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Popular Music Teachers Near Portland

Andrew W.

Portland, OR
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR
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Peter M.

Portland, OR
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Andrew W. Portland, OR

About Andrew

A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Andrew has spent over 10 years instructing beginning and intermediate students in every age range and in various styles. Utilizing honed techniques learned both in school and in the professional and live band setting, Andrew draws on classical foundation and a wide range of styles (including pop, jazz, blues and fiddle) to create lessons tailored to each students individuals needs and goals. *** Lesson Details *** Students who study with Andrew receive a fresh experience of the violin. Unlike a "one-fits-all" model, Andrew creates a unique lesson plan tailored to each individual. This allows the student to learn and progress at their own speed and in the style(s) that they are interested in. While every student ...

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Ed R. May 3, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Andrew has been a wonderfully encouraging teacher

a delight to learn from Andrew , very positive, have made alot of progress esp in bowing techniques thru Andrew's patience and skill in violin.
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lynn H. April 16, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Andrew is the best!

Andrew is a fantastic teacher! I came to him as a beginner and it has been fun and I'm happy with what I've learned thus far. He's patient, does a great job explaining things, moves at a good pace, and his sense of humor is just a nice perk :)

I would highly recommend him for all skills levels and age groups, all around great guy
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Ed R. January 10, 2013
Verified Student
Drew has been terrific, patient, professional and a delight to have as a teacher

as above, highly recommend, very happy with Drew's teaching style
Peter Q. Portland, OR

About Peter

I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelors in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam. *** Lesson Details *** I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you. *** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand ...

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Alisa M. October 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
Peter M. Portland, OR

About Peter

I knew I wanted to be a professional guitar player from the first time I picked up an electric guitar over 14 years ago. I started taking private lessons as soon as I got my first guitar, and without the crucial guidance and encouragement I received early on I certainly would not be the guitarist I am today, and that old guitar might even be collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Since I began teaching 8 years ago my goal has been to provide that same encouragement to beginning students and to help them realize that no matter what their ambitions are, they can be achieved with enough practice and they can have fun along the way! When I started high school I realized there was a lot more to playing guitar than the hard rock and blues songs I had been learning up until then, so I ...

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Kelley G. August 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have taken guitar lessons from Peter for a year and a half now, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to any child - or adult, like me - for the highest quality music lessons!

When I researched the TakeLessons website (and others), I looked for an instructor with a strong music background and saw that Peter had a degree in Jazz Studies and Composition from University of Oregon. He has been teaching for a number of years now, and can teach any style of music, including classical. He incorporates music theory into each lesson - very important if you want to learn how to play, improvise or write music. For those students who want to perform, Peter has lots of experience in that arena too, regularly touring with his band and teaming up with other musicians as well.

Peter's an enthusiastic teacher who takes his lessons seriously, and it is absolutely evident how much he loves music. He's exceedingly patient and supportive, and always gives plenty of positive feedback. He taught me how to practice properly, which doesn't mean playing a piece over and over, but rather breaking it down into sections - or even a measure or two - in order to perfect an awkward chord change or erratic rhythm. But perhaps most important is that he doesn't rush through the lesson; he makes certain you understand a technical point, or makes sure you're able to play a finger exercise correctly before he moves on to the next thing.

I've had numerous music instructors over the years in elementary, high school, college and beyond and Peter is without question one of the best teachers I've ever had. He's an incredible musician and a superb instructor. And a pretty terrific human being as well!
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david G. February 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
fun lessons!

Peter's a good teacher, smiling in the face of terrible, broken chords! The lessons are really enjoyable. Peter picks a suitable selection of music where each new piece builds on the past progress. I would recommend him to anyone.

Joseph A.

Portland, OR
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David H.

Portland, OR
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Max W.

Portland, OR
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Joseph A. Portland, OR

About Joseph

Joseph (Joey) A. is a Graduate of Portland State University, recipient of Bachelor of Music degree in music composition. Joey is an experienced performer of jazz guitar especially swing music and gypsy jazz guitar techniques with emphasis on composition, improvisational techniques, and music theory. Joey has played guitar since the age of twelve, self taught and playing in many rock bands starting at age fourteen before going on to study music in an academic setting. At Mt. Hood Community College, Joey learned how to improvise jazz under guitarist Neal Grandstaff, performing in several jazz combos; and also performed a concerto for two mandolins (transcribed for guitar) by Antonio Vivaldi with the string ensemble under the direction of Dr. Marshall Tuttle. Once at Portland State, he ...

David H. Portland, OR

About David

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. *** Lesson Details *** I'm pretty laid back, but I definitely know the value of hard work. We just keep working it until we get it right. We work until we're happy with it. We use handouts as well as books tailored to your learning style. ...

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EdwinM June 29, 2012
Learning to play guitar has been fun

Dave is teaching me to play guitar at quick pace without making the process overwhelming. He is very patient and positive. Never thought I would be playing and singing in only a couple weeks.
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ReneeM February 13, 2011
mother of student

david is great! we really like his style of teaching, savannah enjoys class with him. He's very encouraging and knowledgeable.. great instructor!
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LeeB January 20, 2011
Good instructor overall, patient, however didn't suit the style I'm attempting to learn and was disappointed this wasn't mentioned prior to my first lesson.
Max W. Portland, OR

About Max

Hey there! I have been playing drums for 15 years, starting at the age of nine. I played drums all through high school in superior rated jazz and symphonic bands. I also took lessons from the jazz drummer, Les De Merle, for 2 1/2 years. I would say my style of drumming is a mixture of jazz, rock and a progressive style of playing. I am open to all forms of teaching and would love to create personalized lessons for each of my students, highlighting what they want to get out their lessons to create their own style of drumming!

Music Lessons in Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon has long been recognized for its affiliation with life-changing events in the music industry. The Satyricon Club, a nightclub which closed down in 2010, is said to be where Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love first met. Incidentally, it was also where Nirvana’s drummer, Dave Grohl, gave his first performance as a Foo Fighter.

If you’d like to join these musicians and make a name for yourself, there’s no better place to find music lessons in Portland than TakeLessons. With certified music teachers located throughout the greater Portland area, you can find the best instructor for your needs, interests and goals. Whether you’re looking to learn how to play the guitar, piano, drums, violin, or any other instrument, TakeLessons will ...

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