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Gary S.

Portland, OR

$40/hour

Voice Mentor, Music Teacher

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San Jose State University
Music Counselling

Education

San Jose State University (Music Counselling)

About Gary

"I learned more about singing in 10 minutes with Gary than I had in 20 years of experience."

I've tutored hundreds of instrumentalists and vocalists though the parts or music, technique and presentation that no one else could show them.

Get your lesson on-line. If I can hear you fine, we don't need to meet face to face.

Your career will need a mentor with established contacts. I will be him.
"I learned more about singing in 10 minutes with Gary than I had in 20 years of experience."

I've tutored hundreds of instrumentalists and vocalists though the parts or music, technique and presentation that no one else could show them.

Get your lesson on-line. If I can hear you fine, we don't need to meet face to face.
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Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 16 miles of Portland, OR 97266
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Physiology
Music:
Composition (Music),
Ear Training,
General Music, Guitar,
Music History, Music Theory,
Piano, Sight Singing, Songwriting, Voice (Music)
Art:
Composition (Music),
Theater
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development, GED, SAT Math
Computer:
Computer Science, General Computer, Microsoft Excel
History:
Music History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

There is LOTS of interesting stuff in Algebra 1, but I bet your textbook makes it dry and confusing. Even better, there are lots of different ways to figure things out at this level: we'll find the ways that you like and can use best and still please your teacher.

Personally, I really enjoy coaching this level of math: every student is different and looks at the material in a different way.

Algebra 2

There is LOTS of interesting stuff in Algebra 2, but I bet your textbook makes it dry and confusing. Even better, there are lots of different ways to figure things out at this level: we'll find the ways that you like and can use best and still please your teacher.

Personally, I really enjoy coaching this level of math: every student is different and looks at the material in a different way.

Composition (Music)

I earned a Bachelors of Arts with Great Distinction in Music Composition from San Jose State University of California in 1979. I completed a degree in Music Education that same year.

My arrangements and compositions have been featured by Portland Symphonic Choir, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Repertory Singers, The Dickens Carolers, and other smaller ensembles.

I've been tutoring this subject and other subjects since 1975.

I always adjust the material and exercises presented to the student's level and desired goals to the subject: whether wanting a good grade, personal growth, a production deadline met, or general curiosity satisfied, each situation requires a different approach from the tutor. I do that.

Ear Training

Learn to write and sing music perfectly after only one or two times listening through.

We start with an assessment of your current skills at notation and ear singing rhythms, pitches, intervals, chords, and entire songs. Then we fill in the skills you will need in your career in jazz, classical, band or any other style of music.

You can get a lot of practice and training for free on intervals, notes and chords leading to perfect pitch using websites.

Geometry

I love geometry and can make it really simple at any level not matter what text book you are using.

I coached lots of other kids on maths in high school and college. I still do math for fun while I work as a musician.

Guitar

I learned to play guitar in 1975 to back-up and support a group of folk singers. I studied under Dr. Allen Strange at San Jose State Univerity in CA, graduating with honors in 1979. I specialize in acoustic technique.

I play and teach acoustic, electric and bass guitar regularly as part of my duties as Music Dirctor at a Portland area church on Sunday mornings. I have held this and similar positions since 2002.

I have a few on-line recordings available for listens and download.

Music Theory

I tutor in two main areas:

1) Paper-less music: How to compose songs, play by ear, and improvise. Sadly, most theory courses neglect this, even though it's the way most of us make and learn music.

2) Paper music: How to read music write music, seeing every dot and line in the right place. Most courses teach this as a kind of language, but it's really more like art.

I do and teach both of these professionally. I can teach you the tricks.

Prealgebra

Let's review the basics first: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Then "get" decimals, percents, and fractions of all kinds. Geometry, measuring and graphing happen at this level. Next, master powers, roots, ratios and proportions. Finally comes equations, the use of variable unknowns, and the simple rules for solving them.

This really is a one-step-at-a-time subject: I can't tell you how much getting the basic review totally makes the subject work.

Voice (Music)

I specialize in working with "non-singers" and hopeless cases using my skills as a physical therapist, physicians' assistant, lifestyle counselor, special-education teacher and professional vocalist. I can coach gifted singers and professionals drawing on a wide range of experience and training in performance and presentation practices.

A prominent member of the Portland choral community, I now teach voice lessons online. I am contracted as the tenor section leader for the Portland Symphonic Choir, the music director for The Rose City Timberlines Men’s Chorus, and the music minister/choir director/organist/pianist/soloist for St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.

In 1979, I was granted a BA in Music from San Jose State University with emphasis in vocal performance. My favorite musical theatre roles include “Judas” in “Jesus Christ Superstar” (rock opera), “Archy” in “Archy and Mehitabel” (jazz revue), “MC” in “Cabaret”(book musical) and the counter –tenor “Count Orlofsky” in “Die Fledermaus” (German operetta).

Once in Portland Oregon, I became the musical director and a vocal coach for “Unicorn Theatre”, “The Musical Company” and “Cabaret Magnifique”, coaching beginner, amateur and professional singers. Later, I provided music and vocal direction and arranging for The Dickens Carolers, then guest direction and arranging for The Oregon Repertory Singers in 1992, and then vocalist and counter-tenor solos with the internationally recognized “Choral Cross-Ties”. Local churches regularly secure my services as professional vocalist and chorister.

Oregon Symphony Orchestra recruited me for tenor and counter-tenor solos in a concert version of Bernstein’s “Mass” in 1994, then again for Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, and “Chichester Psalms”. These solos were reprised and expanded for the Cascade Music Festival to include concert excerpts of “West Side Story”. My current repertoire includes tenor and counter-tenor solos from Bach’s “Wachet Auf”, Handel’s “Messiah”, Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”, Gluck’s “Orfeo” and P.D.Q. Bach’s (Peter Schickle, ed.) as a Bargain-Counter-Tenor in “Iphigenia in Brooklyn”, and a huge number of oldies and jazz standards. I have a few non-commercial recordings available online.

I live and teach music online from the Lents neighborhood in beautiful Portland, Oregon with my wife and two children.

San Jose State University
Music Counselling

Education

San Jose State University (Music Counselling)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Gary will travel within 16 miles of Portland, OR 97266.