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.

From the Newport Times, article by Joan Brown on December 7, 2017.  Excerpt from website: 

"Musician Matt White moved to Lincoln City in June, and he has quickly integrated by teaching and performing in the local scene. “Music is a real positive thing. It’s an outlet of expression,” White said with a big smile as he sat in his studio at Career Tech High School where he teaches, as well as at Taft Elementary. His teaching philosophy is to find out what students enjoy, and build on that. “What inspires them, what drives them in terms of music. I will adapt to that.” From traditional music lessons with traditional instruments or recording, mixing and engineering to just wanting to know about music, he wants to share. “I really like the kids here.”"

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My daughter has been taking weekly voice and piano lessons from Amy for a little over two years. She originally started voice lessons in an effort to improve her skills for a school musical audition and ended up getting the part she wanted! We were so happy with Amy's results that we've continued the lessons. Amy is very professional in her business, knowledgeable in the musical arts and my daughter looks forward every week to her time spent in the music studio with Amy. My daughter has told me that Amy's teaching technique and energy are so uplifting that she leaves each lesson fresh and energized. In addition, we've had the pleasure of seeing Amy perform professionally with one of the bands she sings lead vocals for. I like the fact that Amy not only teaches music, but is also able to give her students current, firsthand knowledge of stage presence and performance. It goes without saying that we've been extremely pleased with the time and resources we've spent on music lesson with Amy.  - Tanya B.


My experience with Amy has been in the realm of Voice. Any review of Amy has to start with her incredible skills as a singer. Amy has a lovely voice, perfect management of pitch, solid wisdom in music theory and very mature interpretation skills. I have personally experienced Amy applying her skills the my betterment of my abilities. Most importantly, I am not afraid to ask Amy for advice in improvement. I am comfortable in asking her to critique me. It is Amy's goodness she brings to instruction that adds to the benefit of accessing her vast musical skill.  - Michael S.



Amy is extremely adept at stretching others' abilities beyond their own limitations.  While she is the last person to toot her own horn, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise into play when working among non-musicians as well as other musicians at varied levels of ability and experience.  She readily and easily works with an individual as well as small and large groups in various musical genres.  Amy is a joy to work with -- both individually and in a group setting -- and to watch her in action.  I would wholeheartedly recommend Amy for musical instruction/coaching. - Janet S.


Amy is an amazing musician.  She's the director of the CherryTones (http://www.cherrytones.o…) so I've watched her teach first-hand.  She's great at communicating musical concepts and is quite talented vocally and on the piano.  She's fun to be around and very encouraging.  If I needed a music teacher for myself or my children, I would definitely choose Amy. - Debbie J.


As a member of the CherryTones, The Cherry Creek Chorale's small a cappella group, of which Amy is the director; I have been impressed and delighted by Amy's musical leadership and her ability to sing, direct and accompany complex jazz and pops numbers.  Her vocal and piano skills are diverse and solid and, just as important, she is a happy presence as a musical colleague.  - Mert N.


I can't tell you how fantastic the performances were last night! It seems like the chorale and the band from both MS and US get exponentially better between concerts! The kids are clearly enjoying themselves, and you're inspiring them to come out of their shells to find their buried "voices".  Another mother and I were speaking after the show about how different your concerts are from those of your predecessors. The main thing I notice is the commitment the kids show. They seem to be on stage because they GENUINELY want to be there! That's a true testament to their connection with you. - Joanie T.


At the end of the performance [the arts director] and I looked at each other in disbelief, and he said: "the bar has been set higher”.  Beautiful, inspired, so skillful and so fun. It is amazing to see how much you have already changed and charged our world. - Kieffer D.


Last night’s concert was as good as it gets!  I was quite skeptical you would ever be able to replace [the former music teachers] as I thought the world of them, but I must admit that last night’s performance blew me away!  The White Couple is passionate and loving, their students are recipients of their dedication and it shows.  They’ve raised the bar so high with beautiful playing, singing and even a nice choreography which explored more of the kids’ talent. - Laure T.

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