Piano, guitar, voice
Piano, guitar, voice
My name is Malderine Birmingham (pronounced Mal as in Mallory, der, reen) and I love teaching all styles of music to all ages and types of people. Everyone learns differently and so it is important to find creative ways to make sure the student not only understands the concepts of music but has fun learning it. Playing music and singing are fun so practicing should be too! I believe that music helps us grow as individuals and that sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to blossom into our full potential.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and composer. I studied piano and vocal performance at Wright State University and have continued my education ever since. I have studied with various professors, instructors and professionals in the music industry. I sang with the Los Angeles Angel City Chorale and now sing with the Oregon Chorale based in Hillsboro. I have composed, recorded and produced 8 albums and directed numerous music videos. I have performed in orchestras, choirs, bands, trios and a musical. I also regularly perform in music venues around the Hillsboro/Portland area.
Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long. If you are a beginner student then I recommend to start with 30 minute lessons.
The lesson curriculum will be catered around the individual student. What works great for one student doesn't always work for another. Books are a separate fee once it is decided which books are the appropriate level. That price is usually no more than $20 for a set and will last for quite awhile.
My lessons are structured so that the student learns how to not only read and understand written music but also how to listen to music by playing by ear. They will learn technique skills for better playing and proper breath support for singing. They will also learn the theory of music so that they understand what it means to play a song in a different key. The best musicians are ones who can not only read music but hear music.
Unfortunately at this time I am not accepting new students