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Fiddle, Mandolin, Music Theory, Violin
My passion for teaching is as strong as my desire for personal musical growth. I have been teaching students of all ages in both individual and group settings for over five years. I believe that a one-on-one teacher to student relationship is the best way for the student to grow not only in the subject being taught, but emotionally as well. It is my goal for every one of my students to learn some life lesson or become acquainted with a non-musical philosophy through the study of music. From my personal life-long study of music I have learned about the importance of listening, dedication, compassion, respect, and of teaching oneself, and if I am able to pass on just a fraction of this experiential knowledge, then the student has found success.
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I have a style and structure and discipline of teaching that has been passed onto me from my teachers. There are core values that I maintain, like ear training, good technique, playing etudes and scales, and reading music, but every student learns differently and develops their own way of learning and playing the instrument. I balance my curriculum with your own style and your approach to learning. We work on repertoire that you want to learn, and I will help you set your own achievable goals. If you want strictly classical lessons, we can do that. If you want to learn classical techniques and fundamentals, but play American fiddle repertoire, we can do that. I have experience playing in many, many styles, from jazz and blues, to bluegrass and klezmer, and my experience at Berklee (the world's premier popular music school) has shown me how versatile our instrument can be.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room. 15X20, wood floors, tall ceilings, speakers, recording equipment, parents can sit in during lessons
*** Travel Equipment ***
All we need is a stand, a pencil, and paper, which I can provide if needed. Student must provide instrument, and, if able, buy necessary books. If this is not an option, we can easily work around it!
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Although I am not certified, I use the Suzuki method with books and repertoire. What I specialize in, however, is roots music, world folk music, jazz, and the American fiddle songbook. I teach a lot of improvisation and although I emphasize learning by ear, I do place much importance on reading.
Cello, Fiddle, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin
Hi, my name is Sue L. I teach music and perform professionally with Mango Nights as their arranger, violinist, cellist and bass player. I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango and blue grass/folk bands.
My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.
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I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello, bass and piano students. Most of all, it is the joy of music making that I want to share with my students. I travel to your home or come to my studio.
Private and group lessons
Two recitals a year
Special performance opportunities throughout the year
Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk
Customized lesson plans using various methods old and new
I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential by providing many performance opportunities throughout the year. During the summer months my top students have the opportunity to play for weddings and get paid. Some of my students have appeared as special guests with my band, Mango Nights.
Included with weekly private lessons are once a month group lessons where students can learn essential ensemble skills and have fun meeting other students.
My spacious studio, see pictures, is centrally located with easy access to I-84 and I-205 near the Portland Airport.
Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.
Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.
For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.
*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano, separate room for lessons, off street parking,
Convenient close in location
*** Travel Equipment ***
Small amp, Mac laptop and metronome.
*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Tango and Middle Eastern.
Ensemble playing with other students.
Professional opportunities playing for weddings and other events.
Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
Full Suzuki program plus expert instruction in fiddling. I had 30 years teaching experience e.
I am accepting students ages 3 and up. Adults are also welcome.ÃÂ‚Â
Lessons are organized and structured to develop sequential learning. Attention to development of ear training and technique.
Students have been featured on many news and media through out the Denver metro area. Parent involved, student centered. Phenomenal results. Program is now restarting in the Portland & Vancouver areas!(Please see video of just a few of the news spots Denice's previous program was featured on)
Students may hold 1/2 hour, 45 minute or 1 hour slots.ÃÂ‚Â
Only serious and committed students/parents need inquire.ÃÂ‚Â
Two studio locations - Downtown Portland,OR/ SE Vancouver,WA
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"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."