Coastal Music 101

Piano Lessons, Vocal Coaching & live soul jazz on the Central Oregon Coast

Piano and voice lessons in Newport and Lincoln City Oregon as well as live soul jazz music performances by Matt & Amy White.

Amy White

Amy's musical journey began at age 6 when she sang her first solo at church and was immediately in love with the music making process.  Soon after she began taking piano lessons and another passion was found.  A lifetime passion pursuit of music making thus ensued. 
Growing up she performed in various music ensembles at the middle and high school level including being selected 3 years as a member of the Wyoming All State Choir.  In 2003 she was given an award for distinguished soloist at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival and in 2004 she received a bachelors degree in vocal jazz performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.  
She has performed with and directed a variety of music ensembles ranging from jazz trio, Caribbean style steel pan band, women's A Cappella quartet, 16 voice A Cappella group, 150 voice traditional choirs, rock bands and in solo settings. 

Amy works with students ages 5 through adult of all ability levels. She has taught hundreds of people to read music and coached singers to prepare for various auditions ranging from choir, musical theater, all-state, college and rock bands.   She has also worked extensively in the classroom setting having served as the 5-12 choir director at Boulder Colorado's top rated independent school, the Dawson School.  Currently she serves as the music teacher at the Neskowin Valley School, St. James Santiago School and as accompanist and vocal coach at Taft Junior-Senior High School. 

 She loves a variety of musical styles and works to instill that in all of her students.  She performs and teaches jazz, classical, singer-songwriter, musical theater and rock styles.

Matt White

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Matt has been teaching and performing professionally since 1998.  He received his degree in Jazz and Commercial Music with an emphasis on the saxophone, from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in 2001 and is versed in any style from classical to jazz, latin to reggae, pop to rock and folk to gospel. 
He plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, keyboards, organ and works with Ableton live and other music software, and has kept a studio of an average of forty students for over a decade, many of whom have gone on to careers in music. 
He was the director of the band program at the Dawson School in Lafayette, CO for four years and worked as adjunct music department faculty at Kent Denver Middle and High School for nine years, several of which they were awarded the prestigious Downbeat music award.  
He writes, arranges and performs for and with numerous ensembles and has performed or collaborated with the Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson, Fred Wesley, Ozomatli, Maria Schneider, The Delphonics and the Denver Brass, as well as opened for The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Culture, Oro Solido and Galactic.  Music has taken him all across the United States, to Europe and Asia where he has performed, hosted clinics, instructed students and given away instruments to young, upcoming musicians.   
Locally, Matt performs with his wife Amy and the Lincoln City Pops Big Band.

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