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Classical Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele
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".
*** Lesson Details ***
My primary goal as a teacher is to present musical material in a way that keeps students excited about what they are learning. Even with absolute beginners, I will have a student playing actual songs that they are interested in as quickly as possible. Along with way I include fundamentals such as scales, strength-building exercises, rudiments of theory, and ear training. Some of the method books I use include the Alfred and Faber and Faber series, and Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist, among many others. These materials are always supplemented with arrangements and transcriptions of popular songs and classical pieces, along with original exercises designed to teach specific styles and techniques. I also use interactive music websites to introduce students to concepts of music theory. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. As students progress in their creativity, I also introduce them to composition and improvisation.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai K50 upright piano, music playback devices, Hammond C3 organ, multiple keyboards/synthesizers, acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, computer recording equipment; parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any specific equipment. Piano students should have either a well-tuned piano or full-sized weighted-key digital keyboard (Casio Privia, for example). Guitar students should have a well set up electric or acoustic guitar and an amplifier (for an electric guitar).
*** Specialties ***
I teach students of all ages and skill levels. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. I also teacher recording techniques using computer software including Ableton Live, Reason, and Pro Tools.
Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Ukulele
I am a 35 year old music teacher. My studio is a large space with lots of seating and is at a professional commercial location, (Main St. in downtown Hillsboro, OR).
I have been playing music since 3 years old. At that age I started my first piano lessons at St. Marks Church in St. Charles, IL. My teacher, Sharon, was the first of many piano teachers I had over the next 12 years to come. At age 14 I started on guitar. I still play keyboard and guitar often and this makes up the majority of my students. I also have ukulele students as well as people who just want theory lessons. I started teaching music full time as an independent contractor at Watz Up Hillsboro Music in 2010. I taught at that location for almost 4 years before they closed. The owners retired and I still keep in touch with them. The solution for me and one other teacher from that store was to get our own music studio. We ended up getting a place on the other side of the street from where Watz Up was. It was sad to see Watz Up leave, but now we have a nicer space that can accommodate larger groups and recording capabilities. The system used for recording is a custom built PC on a MS extreme board and can handle dozens of tracks at extremely high sample rating.
We also have dual compressor as well as dynamic microphones of professional grade.
Guitar provided. If you are still shopping for your guitar and wish to borrow one, this can be arranged.
I am a father of a 4 year old as well as a 15 year old. I work well with children and have taught music to very young ages. The response has always been pleasant and parents like being able to sit in on classes.
I also have experience teaching music to people with disabilities. I am not offended easy and I am slow or impossible to anger. I understand that some tasks are difficult for certain people and I will always try to be as encouraging and supportive as possible in their musical progress.
I am a Christian, though I will never bring it up unless the student does first. So if you want to worship with music I can accommodate these wishes as well.
Contact me for more information. I'm happy to share anything you would like to know about me. I am also prepared to take a background check or drug test.
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I am Music Teach and Artist at Heart. I have taught in a variety of subjects, with a variety of age groups, both in TX and OR.
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