Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Organ
Benjamin Z. began his musical journey when he was 11 with classical piano lessons in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree (Piano; Jazz Emphasis) at Portland State University in 2011. Benjamin has studied and performed straight ahead jazz, western classical, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, experimental and electronic genres. He has composed and arranged for many types of ensembles including jazz vocal groups, jazz chamber groups (trios, quartets, etc), vocal ensembles and Big-bands.
As a piano instructor, he has experience working with students ranging from preschool to senior citizens in all skill levels. Previously he has worked with instruction of adult group-piano classes at Portland State University, coaching elementary students in after school music programs, group children’s classes, and working on an individual basis. Benjamin welcomes students of all ages, styles, and skill levels.
Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Organ
Chuck recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a staple of the music teaching and performing community for more than 25 years. Originally from Chicago, Chuck completed his BA in Music History and Masters of Music (MM) at the University of Florida. Chuck became obsessed with The Beatles when he began piano lessons at age 12. His first attempt at composing was actually improvising melodies over the ending chords to "Hey Jude". Along with playing Beatles tunes Chuck learned classic standards from a set of Reader's Digest Songbooks inherited from his grandmother.
Chuck has performed with classic rock, top 40, funk, R&B, and jazz groups, and has served as an opening act for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and legendary Texas bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As a soloist he's played classical music, blues, jazz, and original compositions. Before devoting himself to music full time, he worked for 8 years as a radio announcer on WUFT-FM Gainesville hosting shows such as "Nothing but the Blues", "Montage" (acoustic jazz), and "Musica Antiqua" (Renaissance and Medieval).
Chuck has taught students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, organ, flute, digital keyboards, recorder, and ukulele. He's also a multi-faceted composer whose instrumental pieces are infused with elements of classical, blues, and jazz styles.
Chuck's teaching philosophy: "In my 25 years of teaching I’ve found that everyone learns in different ways and at different rates of progress, so each of my students is treated as a unique individual. I try to get to know my students in the first few lessons so I can be more sensitive to their personalities. This helps me choose the best teaching approach for them. From the very first lesson I create a relaxed setting so students feel no apprehension, especially when trying something new. This allows them to feel free to take chances and experience playing music as something enjoyable, not a life or death situation! The biggest measure of my effectiveness as a teacher is when my students embrace new challenges and the opportunity to improve".
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.
I have toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and produced 10 CDs, and have 3 EMMY AWARDS for sound track music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.
I play acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums. I majored in Flute and Voice at UF and have spent my entire life immersed in the world of music.
I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music. I have toured as a solo act, a duo, a trio, and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ, for 8 years.
I am a professional writer and photographer for the LEWIS RIVER REVIEW based out of Woodland, WA.
I teach lessons and classes full time, five days a week, (no lessons on Fridays/Sundays) and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and charity.
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
Don brings over 33 years of teaching experience in Piano, Voice, and Guitar. His relaxed and humorous approach to music encourages students to embrace a love for the musical art.
With 2 American Idol finalists to his credit, along with numerous students who have gone on to professional careers in theater, television, and film. He also has extensive experience as Musical Director for over 40 theatrical productions in the past 15 years.
He has received an award in Southern California for Outstanding Musical Direction in a theatrical production of The King and I. He is currently the vocal coach for Magenta Theater in Vancouver, WA.
He has traveled the US with an international singing group, been a choral director in various capacities for over 40 years, and worked as a recording studio engineer.
Don strives to bring out the best in each student. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, Don will expand your musical horizon and styles to new levels.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I've studied music at Portland State University, and am well dug into the Portland music scene. I teach you how to turn basic chords and strumming patterns into your own musical ideas, as well as learning your favorite songs. I have experience teaching students how to play most any song in front of family and friends, or with others. Students will get real music theory training as well as advanced guitar techniques. I usually teach students to sing and play the songs in order to help students work on melody and chord structure at the same time.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Ukulele
"Cole, you are destroying my son's summer video game aspirations."
For a over decade, Cole Robinson has been dedicated to music education, community development, and youth mentorship. As an educator Cole has taught, designed, and supervised unique and highly acclaimed curriculum in music education, outdoor leadership, and youth empowerment.
Raised in Newport, Oregon, Cole began learning to play guitar at the age of eight. During his teenage years he would travel to seek the tutelage of guitarists including Dan Balmer, John Stowel, Tommy Emmanuel, & Jeff Peretz. He left Newport to pursue his education at the University of Oregon and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2007. Shortly after, he relocated to Portland, Oregon to continue his education, this time in Music. Under the supervision of Darrell Grant, Jeff Putterman, and Alan Jones, Cole received a Bachelor of Arts in music with a focus on Guitar, Composition, and Music Technology from Portland State University in 2011. During this time he supervised the Audio Engineering Program (Portland State Professional Sound) at PSU where he produced over fifty live musical performances annually while training student audio engineers in a hands-on environment.
Cole’s work as an environmental advocate and outdoor educator has always run parallel to his passion for music. With the aim of improving and maintaining the health and beauty of our beloved Northwest, he has coordinated numerous events including cleanups of the Rouge, Willamette, and Sandy Rivers, written multiple grants for environmental advocacy groups, and has led over one hundred wilderness trips for youth and adults from highly diverse backgrounds. Cole has had the pleasure of working with such great youth and environmentally focused organizations as Culture Jam!, the PSU & U of O Outdoor Programs, All Souls Community Center in New Orleans, and The International School in Switzerland. Cole has been actively certified as a Wilderness First Responder since 2004.
In late 2011, Cole was hired by Portland Parks and Recreation as Coordinator of the Teen Environmental Adventures Program and dedicated himself to providing Portland’s Youth with opportunities to become involved with environmental awareness and immersion. In this position, Cole developed many partnerships with local community agencies including Hacienda, ROSE Community Development Corporation, IRCO, Volunteers of America, Latino Network, and the Portland Bhutanese and Nepali Refugee community to provide hundreds of hours of environmental education, job-training, academic support, and long-term youth mentorship programming for these groups.
In 2013, he voluntarily left his position with the City of Portland to focus more directly on teaching, composing, and performing music through the founding of Pacific Guitar Studio (PGS). Through PGS, Cole aims help people find the musicianship, mentorship, and creativity that they seek though providing individual lessons, coaching ensembles, and providing school-break youth music camps.
Cole Robinson looks forward to working with you or your student and helping guide them to a deeper appreciation and understanding for what it means to be an artist and musician.
"Cole inspires quietly through example and cares deeply about the young people he works with. His goal is to figure out how to make each individual shine, excel, and feel empowered and this he does!"
-Robin Bernardi, Director, Culture Jam
Our online tools make booking, managing your schedule and paying for lessons easy and hassle-free.
Every teacher in our network completes a background check, ensuring a safe learning environment.
If for any reason you're not satisfied after your first lesson, we'll help you find another teacher or refund your entire purchase.
No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an
amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the
privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location. Start by
searching in your ZIP code to find teachers near you.
What if the teacher who best fits your needs is on the other side
of the country? No problem. Our online lesson platform connects
you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet
connection, a webcam, and a microphone.
Your search for the perfect teacher starts with the type of lesson and your ZIP code. All of our instructors complete background checks and are pre-screened...
Take some time to review the teachers in our network. All of our teachers provide detailed profiles, including information about their background, specialties, and teaching style. You can also read reviews from past and current students.
Select your teacher and book online. After you book, your teacher will contact you directly to talk about your first lesson and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.
Take your voice to the next level. Download free video tutorials to start singing like the star you are!
Getting Started with Music Lessons guides you through selecting a teacher & preparing for your first lesson.
Kickstart your guitar playing. Download free video tutorials to learn about chord progressions, strumming, and more!
"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."