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
Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
Born in Downey, California in 1965, James began playing the guitar at age eleven. At the age of fifteen he auditioned and ultimately studied with Celin Romero. Shortly thereafter, he performed in several master classes for Pepe Romero, George Sakelariou, Bartolomeo Diaz, Benjamin Verdery and John Duarte. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University under Pablo Cohen, where he also studied voice and viola as well as receiving the SAI/Schmits award for best performance in 1996. Later, he earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University, Oregon, under composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson.
James is an active guitar instructor and has taught at the Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, California, the Beacock’s Music Education Center, Vancouver, Washington, the Urban Music Center, Portland, Oregon, and presently teaches at both Clark College Vancouver, Washington and at Concordia in Portland, Oregon. James has created two instructional DVD’s, one on Classical Guitarist Jeffrey Ashton’s new guitar method and the other on his own beginning method, “Basic Guitar Method 1 Tid Bits.”
As a soloist and ensemble performer, James has performed in concert series, music festivals, and concertos with local orchestras throughout the United States, (Green Valley Recreation Center, Arizona; Portland State University ThinkMusic ThinkLincoln Series, Oregon; Broderick Gallery, Oregon; Arts Equity Theatre, Washington; Portland Classic Guitar, Oregon; The Northwest Conference, Washington; Narberth String Summer Camp, Pennsylvania; Oregon Chamber Players, Oregon; Hilton Hotel, New York City), and with members of the Vancouver Symphony, performing works by Vivaldi, and Savas Zannas.
Teaming up with award winning teacher and performer, Soprano April Duvic, they have performed works of DeFalla, Schubert, Villa Lobos, Dowland and Seiber. “An Evening with the Portland Guitar Duo,” is a live CD and DVD recording with guitarist Foti Lycouridis. This recording features works by Monpou, Defalla, Gimenez, Chopin, Tedesco, Santorsola, Granados, and Albeniz.
James’s repertoire ranges from Baroque music, such as Bach’s Cello Suites, to contemporary composers, such as Bryan Johanson and joins Foti Lycouridis in a duet, Spanish dance No.2: by Enrique Granados. The Portland Guitar Society reviewed his debut recording entitled “A James M. Concert” as a “reflective and immediately appealing performance.”
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