Lindsay

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About Lindsay


Lindsay has a BA from Berklee College of Music and over a decade of experience playing, performing and teaching. She draws from many years of experience as a songwriter, performer and composer, with a strong foundation in classical technique and many years spent studying jazz piano. She began playing piano when she was four years old and started singing shortly after. In elementary and middle school, she learned violin, and in her early twenties, she taught herself to play guitar. In her teen years, she started exploring writing her own songs and found her voice through songwriting. Today, Lindsay plays in a solo folk project, has toured in the US and abroad and has released multiple albums. Some of Lindsay's influences are Bach, Debussy, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys, Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes. As a teacher, she is interested in each students unique interests, goals, and learning style and in finding music they love and connect with. She loves bringing joy, inspiration, and passion through her music and enjoys teaching those who are motivated to learn.

Q&A with Lindsay

Which musician would you like to play with?

Brian Wilson, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell

Which musician has influenced you the most?

So many! Bach, Debussy, Beach Boys, Townes Van Zandt

What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?

Technique and form, musical expression (making music sound like music and not just notes!), how to find music you love

How did you learn to play your instrument?

I took lessons for a long time and practiced quite a bit :) I also played and sang in ensembles and choirs and wrote music on my own.

What equipment do you play on today?

A small upright piano, acoustic guitar, and violin (once in a blue moon!)

Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?

Feeling that inner fire to express myself and get better! I also had a lot of encouragement from my family and teachers.

How do you handle children?

With kindness, humor, and an attitude that they are doing their best and can succeed at what they're doing. I look for strengths and what they are doing well and little tips for how they can improve. I try to give lots of praise and some challenges.

What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?

Touring in Europe and recently recording with some musicians I really admire.

What was the biggest stage you played on?

Some venues in Portland ~ 250 and a festival in Europe (big, I'm not sure how many!)

Which record would you take with you to the desert island?

Simon & Garfunkel "Bookends" - maybe!

Besides music, what else is important in your life?

My family and community, hiking and nature, meditation and self reflection, creativity in general and lots of other creative pursuits - learning how to be the best version of myself in my own life and the outside world :)

Music style(s)

folk, classical, popular, other

Level(s) Comfortable Teaching

beginner, intermediate, advanced

What languages can you teach in?

English

What's your age?

37

Other Music-related work / goals

I am an aspiring writer and composer, but am always working on my own albums and songs. I'm currently studying to become a creativity coach.

Accolades

I've been featured in a lot of local and national press re - my songs, received artists grants and participated in many artist residencies in the US and Europe.

Personal Interests

hiking around the pacific northwest, traveling, cooking, spending time with friends

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