Private Lessons


 

 

I offer private lessons, vocal workshops and "Siren Salon" events in Portland, Bend, Salem, and Corvallis, Oregon, as well as Prosser, Washington.

 

Private lessons also available via Skype, FaceTime and Zoom.

 

For more info, email: Paula (-at-) PaulaByrneMusic (-com-)

 

Please include your phone#

 

Private Lessons timeslots available are below:

Lessons are $65/hour and are ONLINE ONLY until further notice
Need a different time for lessons? Email me ... some later timeslots are possible.

---2022---

Mon 6/27 @ 3, 4 pm PT
Wed 7/6 @ 2, 3, 4 pm PT
Mon 7/11 @ 2, 3, 4 pm PT
Mon 7/28 @ 3, 4 pm PT

*** SUMMER BREAK -- ENJOY THE SUN ! ***

Tuesdays

7:00 pm PT

 

 

 

"A Little Taste" ~ FREE Tidbits for Singers !

It's Free.

It's Fun.

It's 15 minutes.


What if you had ONE focus for your practice each week,

taking 15 minutes to explore and integrate ONE concept?


Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm PT, join me for

* A Little Taste *

ONE small bite for you to chew on all week.


NOTE: These are lecture-style sessions.

No singing ... just learning. :-)


Join us on Zoom

Email Paula for the link

paula (at) paulabyrnemusic (dot) com


"A Little Taste" ~ Sing It Like You REALLY Mean It



 


"A Little Taste" ~ Watch Your TONE, Missy!


 


"A Little Taste" ~ Hurry Up and Wait


 

What folks are saying about "A Little Taste":


I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate these. I quit singing almost two years ago. I had lost my urge to perform. Practicing and learning new songs seemed like pure torture. So I've taken a pause.

But these little tastes are good therapy for me. The fact that they are remote is actually good because I don't feel pressured. They are a nice length. And you are so supportive and friendly that it's a balm to my nerves. So thank you very much, Paula! -- Elisabeth Goebel

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For 15 minutes you learn about songs, singing, good jamming techniques, and how to make everybody win on Jazz Jam night! We're all here to have fun and everybody wins. Paula's little tasty morsels each Monday are definitely a bite in the right direction. -- Charla Hathaway

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Paula Byrne's "A Little Taste," 15-minute tidbits of singing wisdom, are indeed tasty. From how to sing low notes to putting more pizzazz in your jazz, Paula's insights provide a focus for each week's practice session. I've especially found myself listening more intently to how the best singers use these techniques. Highly recommend and it's free! -- Anita Thompson

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One evening during a break at a group class, I privately asked the extraordinary pianist who was accompanying us, "What is the most important thing a singer can do to improve?" His response was short and to the point: "Listen."

As much as I was hoping for something more esoteric, some "secret" that would help me leap and bound ahead on the path, this advice opened a whole lifetime plus of exploration for me. Interestingly, it also liberated me.

Paula Byrne's "A Little Taste" generously offers what she has learned through years of passionately engaged listening. It's like a booster rocket to a new place. Or a gentle twist of the kaleidoscope to a new vision. Thank you, Paula. -- LaRae Zawodny

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I so enjoy "A Little Taste." I am not a trained singer, not nearly so -- though I do love to sing, and in my fantasy world I am a classic crooner. What I love most about what Paula offers is that I get to learn so much about singing. Every session includes 3 or 4 tidbits of song, usually from a very well-known singer, that all offer examples of what Paula is conveying. So the sessions are not theoretical they are rooted in musical reality. Now I find that I enjoy the singing of others so much more as I am tuned in to what they are doing. What a great gift! To have increased my enjoyment of music in my daily life! Thank you, Paula. -- David Roche

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Paula Byrne's "A Little Taste" sessions are a delicious mouthful of food for thought for any singer. At just about 15 minutes, they are not to be missed. The concepts, quick insights and wonderful vocal examples from Paula herself, or an array of talented singers' work online, leave much to chew on afterwards through practice, and intrigue me to experience that vocal cuisine more fully. Thanks, Paula. -- Joyce de la Fuente

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I have participated in almost all of Paula Byrne's "A Little Taste" since she began it earlier this year. I am a weekly singer - whether I'm practicing and performing with my jazz trio or performing open mics and jam sessions - Paula's lessons have come through loud and clear. I'll be performing a song and it hits me - hey I'm doing that thing we learned.

So worth the 15 minutes and it's free! -- Mary Boehme

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"A Little Taste" helps me by giving me a smaller and more manageable "portion" of useful lessons.

I lost my desire to perform or to even take lessons or practice a couple of years ago. I just didn't want to do anything music-related anymore. I still have an interest in music and a lesser interest in singing, so these mini-sessions are perfect for me at this stage. No heavy demands, no pressure (it's usually self-imposed anyway), and a reasonable amount of time required.

I love the fact that it requires no driving! I never realized how much time I spent driving to things before the pandemic and now I confess I like not having to get in the car everyday for something or other.

All of these elements make "A Little Taste" unique, but I think that Paula herself makes it truly unique. She is a wonderful teacher and coach. She sets a good pace for information flow back and forth; she's interesting, informed, and engaging; and she is just generally delightful. (Yes, YOU Paula!) -- Elisabeth Goebel

 

 

Saturday

6/11/22

 

 

 

 

Jazz Vocal Workshop with Paula Byrne

 

Accompanied by:

Wes Georgiev, piano

Liam Hathaway, bass

 

Gallery Bistro @ The Seasons

101 N Naches Avenue

Yakima, WA USA

 

1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

$60 singers (limited to 9)

$40 auditors

 

Singers !

 

Bring your favorite tune and let Paula help you make it awesome.

Or bring a tune that you want to love, but don't yet.

Or bring a tune that befuddles you and we will unlock its mystery.

 

Wherever you are in your singing journey, Paula can help you take the next step, get over your current hurdle, and remember why you love to sing.

 

Concepts include:

~ Warming up the voice

~ Basic good vocal form, breathing, navigating register breaks

~ Fine-tuning a beautiful timbre

~ Understanding the importance of knowing the original melody

~ The distinction between jazz singing and musical theater/cabaret

~ How to find and count off your tempo

~ Phrasing differences in swing, latin, blues and ballad

~ How to sing it like you really MEAN it

~ Communicating with the band

 

As a long-time dancer, Paula uses a kinesthetic approach to teaching.

No music theory experience necessary.

We will explore our voices "by ear" and "through the body".

 

Singers of all levels are welcome.

 

Questions / Reservations: Paula@PaulaByrneMusic.com

 


 

iReal Pro for Singers


Online in the Zoom Room

with Paula Byrne

 

All Levels are Welcome


Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 6pm PT


Do you use iReal Pro?

Love it? Hate it?

Wanna learn MORE about it?


This workshop, designed specifically for singers,
will help you make the MOST of the amazing iReal Pro app!

We will cover the best features for
practicing along with the app,
expanding your vocal range,
searching and importing songs,
sharing songs, synching your data,
backing up your data, editing charts
and creating great charts from scratch.

Plus, I'll share some little known features
that will make you a better improviser
even if you know zero music theory.

Cost is $35

Email me to reserve your space or for any questions.
paula (-at-) paulabyrnemusic (.dot.) com

STUDENTS SPEAK:

Thank you so much for the class on Monday! I both needed it and enjoyed it, which is a nice combination.

I've toyed a bit with iReal Pro but it has so many options that I found it overwhelming. I never felt that I had enough time to do all the tutorials and practice on the program. But your class was perfectly matched to what I needed. I needed someone to gently nudge me into familiarity with the basic procedures and you did it beautifully.

I also appreciated the guidance with the tablet form of iReal Pro. Just seeing how the two types compared was extremely helpful.

Thank you very much again! -- Elisabeth Goebel

Zoom for Singers


Online in the Zoom Room

with Paula Byrne

 

All Levels are Welcome


Wednesday, September 19, 2020 @ 7pm PT *** SOLD OUT ***

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 7 pm PT


Come learn about the options for connecting and expressing yourself on Zoom.

This workshop is specifically designed for singers who want to jam, take lessons or perform via Zoom.

Topics covered:
Overview & demo of gear setup
(with options demonstrated from *free* to $invest$)
Zoom settings for your best sound
Where and how to find backing tracks
Transposition apps for playback
Overview of the DAMN glitches I've experienced and resolved
Q&A

Includes:
Links to the specific gear I demo/recommend
A Zoom manual designed for music, dancing and singing, teaching
Links to resources for backtracks
Links to resources for transposition apps
Contact for my favorite Zoom advisor
Contact for my favorite Gear advisor

Cost is $25
Email me to reserve your space or for any questions.
paula (-at-) paulabyrnemusic (.dot.) com

From the Shower to the Stage !


Online in the Zoom Room

with Paula Byrne

 

All Levels are Welcome


Workshop 6-9 pm PT, Performance 6 pm PT


May/Jun 2019 : 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/13 *** SOLD OUT ***

Sept/Oct 2019 : 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/21, 11/7 *** SOLD OUT ***

Nov/Dec 2019 : 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/19 *** SOLD OUT ***

Jan/Feb 2020 : 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/6 *** SOLD OUT ***

Feb/Mar 2020 : 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/11, 3/26 *** SOLD OUT ***

Mar/Apr 2020 : 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/23 *** SOLD OUT ***


A series of workshops that culminates in a showcase of up-and-coming singers.

Topics covered:
Selecting your best songs, keys and style
Sourcing and working with backtracks
Singing with rhythm, clarity and emotion
Telling the story of the song
Expanding your choices for timbre and delivery
Embodying the music
Creating the arc of a set
Dress rehearsal

Each singer will perform 4 songs
Limited to 6 singers
Cost is $250
Email me to reserve your space or for any questions.
paula (-at-) paulabyrnemusic (.dot.) com

*** PAST DATES ***



Siren Salon is returning to Prosser !

in Prosser, Washington

with Paula Byrne

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

12-3 pm

All Levels are Welcome

 

$20 singers

$10 auditors


Hello Dear Singers !

I'm so happy to announce I'm returning to Prosser, Washington for another "Siren Salon" jazz vocal gathering.

I've been hosting these events twice a month in Portland for 7 years and it's one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

'Siren Salon' is a casual, accepting atmosphere that allows everyone to step a little out of their comfort zone, cultivate new skills, learn new songs, and meet other singers and musicians.

Joining us are amazing musicians: Brandon Nelson on piano, Perry Thoorsell on bass.

Bring your sheet music in your key, or send me a note with your songs and I'll locate a chart for you.

And...YES....Sirens can be male. ;-)

Location given upon registration

To reserve a space, email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (dot) com.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please connect us via email.

I look forward to singing with you!

Siren Salon is returning to Redmond !

in Redmond, Oregon

with Paula Byrne

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

6-9 pm

All Levels are Welcome

 

$20 singers

$10 auditors


Hello Dear Singers !

I'm so happy to announce I'm returning to Redmond, Oregon just before the dancing/singing retreat @ Breitenbush Hot Springs! (www.WildGrace.us)

I've been hosting these events twice a month in Portland for 6 years and it's one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

'Siren Salon' is a casual, accepting atmosphere that allows everyone to step a little out of their comfort zone, cultivate new skills, learn new songs, and meet other singers and musicians.

Joining us is Don McFarlane on piano.

Bring your sheet music in your key, or send me a note with your songs and I'll locate a chart for you.

And...YES....Sirens can be male. ;-)

Location given upon registration

To reserve a space, email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (dot) com.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please connect us via email.

I look forward to singing with you!

Siren Salon is returning to Bend !

in Bend, Oregon

with Paula Byrne

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6-9 pm

All Levels are Welcome

 

$20 singers

$10 auditors


Hello Dear Singers !

I'm so happy to announce I'm returning to Bend, Oregon just before the dancing/singing retreat @ Breitenbush Hot Springs! (www.WildGrace.us)

I've been hosting these events twice a month in Portland for 6 years and it's one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

'Siren Salon' is a casual, accepting atmosphere that allows everyone to step a little out of their comfort zone, cultivate new skills, learn new songs, and meet other singers and musicians.

Joining us are amazing musicians: Don McFarlane on piano, Tom Freedman on bass.

Bring your sheet music in your key, or send me a note with your songs and I'll locate a chart for you.

And...YES....Sirens can be male. ;-)

Location given upon registration

To reserve a space, email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (dot) com.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please connect us via email.

I look forward to singing with you!

Siren Salon is coming to Prosser !

in Prosser, Washington

with Paula Byrne

 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

12-3 pm

All Levels are Welcome

 

$20 singers

$10 auditors


Hello Dear Singers !

I'm so happy to announce I'm bringing my first "Siren Salon" to Prosser, Washington

I've been hosting these events twice a month in Portland for 6 years and it's one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

'Siren Salon' is a casual, accepting atmosphere that allows everyone to step a little out of their comfort zone, cultivate new skills, learn new songs, and meet other singers and musicians.

Joining us are amazing musicians: Brandon Nelson on piano, Perry Thoorsell on bass.

Bring your sheet music in your key, or send me a note with your songs and I'll locate a chart for you.

And...YES....Sirens can be male. ;-)

Location given upon registration

To reserve a space, email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (dot) com.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please connect us via email.

I look forward to singing with you!

Siren Salon is coming to Bend !

in Bend, Oregon

with Paula Byrne

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

6-9 pm

All Levels are Welcome

 

$20 singers

$10 auditors


Hello Dear Singers !

I'm so happy to announce I'm bringing my first "Siren Salon" to Bend, Oregon area right after the dancing/singing retreat @ Breitenbush Hot Springs! (www.WildGrace.us)

I've been hosting these events twice a month in Portland for 6 years and it's one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

'Siren Salon' is a casual, accepting atmosphere that allows everyone to step a little out of their comfort zone, cultivate new skills, learn new songs, and meet other singers and musicians.
Bring your sheet music in your key, or send me a note with your songs and I'll locate a chart for you.

And...YES....Sirens can be male. ;-)

Location given upon registration

To reserve a space, email Paula (at) PaulaByrneMusic (dot) com.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please connect us via email.

I look forward to singing with you!

Jazz Vocal Workshop

in Bend, Oregon

with Paula Byrne

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

6-9 pm

All Levels are Welcome

 

$50 singers

$30 auditors


This class will cover many basic concepts of jazz singing.
~ Warming up the voice.
~ Understanding rhythm and the importance of knowing the original melody.
~ The difference between jazz singing and musical theater/ cabaret.
~ How to find and count off your tempo.
~ Basic good vocal form, register breaks, diaphragm and belly breathing.
~ The different rhythmic subtleties of swing and latin, blues and ballads.
~ Beginning improvisation.

As a long-time dancer, Paula uses a kinesthetic approach to teaching.

No music theory experience necessary, as we will explore our voices "by ear" and "through the body".

Singers of all levels and experience are welcome.

Questions or to reserve a space: Paula (-at-) PaulaByrneMusic (-com-)


 

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