Guitar, Improv Acting, Piano, Singing, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, English, History, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Reading
Miss Ena is always singing!
From an early age, I have been participating in music activities, such as choir as well as various musicals like 'Oliver' and 'The Sound of Music'. As music has always been one of my best friends. Like water, I enjoy drinking from the wellspring of muse and melody.
I enjoy music most when it is shared with the natural joy of children. I have an extensive background of teaching private voice, piano and guitar to children. It's the best job in the world, getting to watch a child grow through the magic of music! I received my Kindermusik license in Summer 2005. After working with Dana Harris, formerly of 'Dana's School of Music', Dana thought I would be a perfect Kindermusik teacher.
My education is both experience and university based. In 2003, I graduated from Clark College with a 3.7 gpa. During my two and a half years at Clark, I studied voice with April Brookins Duvic. I, then moved on to Portland State University. During my two years at PSU, I studied voice with Margaret Daane and piano with Connie Titterington. I also attended Marylhurst University working towards my BA in voice performance. I am now taking a break from school to work on some fundamental musical training. I study voice with Pollyanna Hancock Moody and studied piano with John Haek. I have done my best work at Marylhurst and plan to return in fall 2008.
My experience ranges from childhood productions to improv comedy groups. It is the joy of music that I shared with my late mother that built such a lifelong foundation. Singing and sharing with mom gave me some great tools for a successful life, but most importantly, it created an unbreakable bond between her and I and myself and music.
Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
My love of music began at a very early age. By age five, I was improvising at the piano, and I started recording my jam sessions when I was twelve. Throughout middle and high school, I sang in a choir, and upon my graduation in 2000 from Rio Rancho High at the top of my class, New Mexico State University admitted me into its music department with a generous choral scholarship.
I studied voice from 2000 until 2005 under a variety of qualified professors. I won a NATS competition in 2003. My senior vocal recital in January 2005 included two arias, art songs in German and French, some Gilbert and Sullivan, and a few show tunes.
My major was not in voice, however, but in composition. I learned the fundamentals of orchestration both through coursework, and by studying Rimsky-Korsakov's treatise. I spent considerable time analyzing the stylistic qualities of the composers who moved me most: Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Dvorak. I continued to jam at the piano about an hour a day throughout college, developing an intimate understanding of chordal relationships and progressions. I began improvising counterpoint in the Renaissance and Baroque styles, later developing some of my dabblings into full-fledged compositions. By the time I graduated in 2005 with the highest GPA of my graduating class, I had completed a symphony, which I am presently arranging for band at the behest of Dr. John Richards, conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphonic Band.
I believe that fluency with a variety of music languages is key to developing a truly original sound. Since I graduated, I have explored jazz, funk, and ragtime, and deeply enjoy improvising in these new styles. I even played in a punk rock band for a few months; not really my cup of tea, but it was quite an experience!
My Philosophy of Music
Music, more so than any other expressive medium, has the power to affect us emotionally. Music leads us to transcend ourselves. Through its influence, we might be uplifted to joyous elation, or moved to tears of sorrow. This magical quality explains why babies instinctively cry, and why all humans react emotionally to that noise.
Visual images-- including words on paper-- can reach us emotionally, but not to this extent. Imagine reading a powerful essay. Now imagine a gifted orator reading that essay dramatically. Which captivates you more? The orator makes music of words. Try watching a movie with the sound muted. It loses most of its vitality, and much of what it retains is an artifact of your imagining the sounds.
Music is about reaching people on an emotional level. So long as you can reach others using sound, and you reciprocate by letting the sounds of others move you, then you are not only a musician, but a good musician!
Bass Guitar, Piano
I believe that music should be a source of fun and enjoyment for the student. I work very hard to make sure that both the lessons – and the time spent practicing – are engaging, fulfilling, and most importantly, fun.
I have over a decade of experience both performing and teaching piano and bass, in almost every style of music. I have also studied music theory at Binghamton University, and studied jazz theory and performance with Doug Beardsley.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting
I have been a guitar and voice instructor for over 15 years. I really love this job! I had a real hard time learning guitar when I was growing up because of an accident to my left arm, but I wanted to play so much that I was able to overcome it. Because of this I think I have learned to be a very patient teacher. I see students who get frustrated and think that it's too hard to play the guitar, but I promise you my program is fun and simple.I can show you the steps to success. I have taught over 500 students in a variety of cities from Minneapolis Minnesota, to Los Angeles California, and now Portland Oregon. I am currently obtaining my Masters in Music education and spiritual psychology from Marylhurst, and I have taught every age from 5-65. I am also a performer, and I own my own music publishing company through ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers). I also currently teach Piano to level 2, so if you are a beginner, you will love my new program. Music is my life, I can help you make your dream of playing guitar or singing come true. You can do it!
Laima M. studied at the J. Gruodis Conservatory. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Instruction at the Lithuanian National Academy of music in Kaunas and her Master Degree in pedagogy from the Academy of Lithuania. After 10 years of teaching music in Europe, she moved to US and has been teaching in Berkeley CA since 2005. She is a member of the Music Teachers Associations of Oregon and California
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.
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