Janet Rayor won solos and lead roles from 3rd grade through high school, was one of three in her school to qualify for state classical choir, and began private vocal training at 11 yrs. She received a merit scholarship to attend Washington University in St. Louis. Still in her teens, she was accepted to NYU's Theatre program, NYC's Circle in the Square Summer Intensive, and Shakespeare & Company's intensive month study. She left college early to be a repertory member of a professional theater company in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She performed over a dozen leading singing and acting roles with rave reviews in Colorado. She's performed supporting roles with 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle Opera, Opera Pacifica, Broadway Performance Hall's Allegro!, and NOISE in the Northwest. Her French band, Rouge, plays popular nostalgic French music and for fifteen years has performed concerts, festivals, and fundraisers locally and nationally.
As a teacher, Janet has taught privately off and on for over twenty years. She's taught university workshops and been the vocal teacher for Summit High School's musicals, gaining the trust of students and teachers for her successful work with teenagers.
Lessons are an hour long, half technique and half applying to songs and interpretation. There is a voluntary sliding scale of $40-$50 individual, and $60 buddy lessons.
Link to Janet's Voice Lessons & Coaching at Thumbtack.com
CALL, YES, CALL (206) 706-3322 to arrange workshops or private lessons.
Below are testimonials.
I can completely recommend Janet as a teacher! She is extraordinary with teenagers
~ Bruce Monroe, Summit musical director, Seattle conductor/musical director for Village, 5th Avenue, Empty Space theaters
A real saturated, confident, passionate approach that had immediate
impact on everyone. . .probably one of the best workshops that we have
had in five years!
~ Steffon Moody, Chameleon Performance
Performer and physical theatre instructor
Again, THANKS for an awesome workshop. Great teaching! Everyone
felt like you were the first to truly deserve the money it pays!
~ Kate Smith, Big Apple Circus Clown Care Team,
Team leader and performer, 2007 workshop
Ms. Rayor's enthusiasm and expertise was apparent as she worked with my
intermediate acting students. Her easy and light manner complemented the
seriously practical advise she gave and exercises she conducted with my
students. Students found the work invigorating, instructive and
enlightening. I am looking forward to hosting another workshop in the
~Professor Karen Libman, Grand Valley State
University, April 2008 workshop
The girls are absolutely LOVING their work with you! Thank you so much.
~Nancy Canino, parent of a 14-year-old taking private lessons with her best friend. After 3 months, she won the lead of "Beauty & the Beast" in her school musical!
After being in a car accident, I was having neck and back pain that
persisted for months. I went to chiropractors, acupuncture, Feldenkrais
and physical therapy. No one could give me long term relief to my
aching neck and back. Janet figured out that I was breathing
incorrectly and helped me learn to breath normally again. The pain
disappeared! Janet's has an uncanny sense of seeing how I use my body.
She plays with fun breathing and vocal exercises and together we find
those that help me to breath and move with ease. I am so delighted with
the results. No more pain in the neck!
Janet heard me talking and told me that I wasn't using my voice
correctly. My speaking voice was harsh and I had trouble talking loud
enough to be heard over a crowd. When I did talk loud enough to be
heard, I would become hoarse. Janet could tell what I was doing wrong
and found ways for me to talk loudly with ease. Now I my voice is loud,
clear and less harsh. It has even improved my self esteem. I am
forever grateful to Janet for changing my voice, my breathing and my
approach to movement. Thank you Janet!
~Karen Powers, private student
Ruthie Dornfeld has taught fiddling for 25 years, both privately and in workshops and classes at music camps and schools throughout the United States, Denmark, and Finland. She teaches all ages, beginning to intermediate levels, with the focus on general technique and repertoire building. In her own words: "We focus on staying relaxed and supple in a basically classical violin position, develop the ear to improve intonation, develop the rhythmic sense that is so crucial to dance fiddling, and learn some stylistic techniques such as ornamentation and bowing patterns. I teach primarily by ear, and the repertoire is traditional fiddle tunes of various genres according to the student's interest (old-time, Celtic, a bit of Scandinavian, French, and East European). I do teach music reading to those who are interested. I offer even non-music readers some music theory, so you can figure out what key you're playing in, some basic chords, scales, and arpeggios. I teach out of my home in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle."
Rates: $45 for a one hour lesson (recommended for adults) and $35 for a 45 minute lesson (recommended for kids)
Contact Ruthie at: www.RuthieDornfeld.com
Jazz Piano Lessons
or (206) 568-2441
Steve Rice is a creative and encouraging teacher who teaches in the Ballard area and through North Seattle Community College.
His interest in world music as a vehicle for jazz improvisation
has resulted in performances and recordings with world music
luminaries including Chassidic guitarist Yossi Piamenta, French
electropop composer Jean Jaques Perrey, and Bollywood pop superstar
For more information, contact him at: (206) 297-0302 or Steve Rice Music
Bass and Music Theory Lessons
Cary Black has taught music theory and improvisation for six years at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and has taught upright bass for twenty years
at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. He
has also taught bass at the California
Coast Music Camp, Greater Yellowstone
Music Camp, Bluegrass at the Beach, B.C.
Bluegrass Workshop, Sound Acoustic Music
Camp, and Wintergrass Academy.
Described by Alan Senauke in Sing Out! magazine as "a musician's musician," Cary is also a vocalist and producer who lives and teaches in Olympia, Washington.
He can be contacted at (360) 866-7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Social Dancing
From traditional bourrees came a waltzing style which allows one to move easily to the fast beats of musette waltzes. Janet Rayor teaches this workshop of simple moves to get you up and dancing!
Contact: email@example.com or (206) 706-3322.
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