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Curtis C.

Beaverton, OR
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR
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Kyle S.

Portland, OR
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Curtis C. Beaverton, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Bongo, Conga Drums, Country Singing, Didgeridoo, Djembe, DJing, Drum, Flute, Hand Drums, Marimba, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting, Trumpet, Xylophone

About Me

Hello.
I have been playing drums since I was 10 years old. I loved playing drums so much that it became my life work. I was so advanced at an early age that I began giving lessons and teaching drum line when I was 13. I joined my first professional rock band at 15, and I have been playing and teaching music ever since.
I was fortunate to play in one the worlds top drum and bugle corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard, I also studied Jazz from the area's top jazz drummer, Dick Carlo, who was a student of Joe Morello. My technique is a unique combination of Jazz, Orchestral, and Rudimental styles. The luckiest part of my education was that I went to Lynbrook High School, which had the top concert band in the California. This is where I learned to play concert and orchestra music, and I learned about style, and musicianship.
By the time I should have gone to college I was so busy working as a musician and teaching that I could only go part time. I attended De Anza Jr College where I played in the Big Bands under the direction of Dr Herb Patnoe, who ran the Stan Kenton summer music camps for years. He was a great educator, and jazz musician. Latter around 1979 I studied privately with Narada Michael Walden, who played with The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Jeff Beck, and many other great Fusion bands.
This sums up my formal education. The other part of my education that I have to share with my students is 41 years of professional playing. Unlike most teachers and musicians, I have a very broad background. I played in rock 'n roll bands from 1970 to 2001. I have also played in jazz bands, casual bands, many different ethnic bands (Irish, Philippine, Portuguese, Middle Eastern, German, Mexican). I played in show bands at Marriotts Great America for 3 years, I was the principal percussionist for the San Jose Municipal Band for 14 years. From 2002 till 2011 I only played Opera, Symphony and Musical Theater in the San Francisco Bay area.
In 2005 I received my BA in Music Education from Sonoma State, and latter earned a California teachers Credential. I also have an Oregon Teachers License.
Besides drums and percussion, I have played trumpet, flute, piano, bass and guitar since I was in high school. While in college I also learned Alto Sax, Clarinet, French Horn, Trombone and Baritone. As a school teacher I am qualified to teach all of these instruments, but I have the most experience with Flute, and trumpet. I can take beginners on all of these instruments. I have also been a choir director, and musical director for the Raven Theater. I teach basic singing technique and pop, choral and Broadway styles.
During the 1990's I worked with Mark Wilson of Five Star Music fame at the Sunnyvale Guitar School. We developed a play along program for our students which includes guitar, bass and drums. I also have a Rock 'n Roll program for young bands and musicians that includes Blues and Classic Rock music.
Yea, I know it's a lot to take in. As you can see I have always been playing at a top level where ever I go. And I have done so much it is even hard for me to remember everything I have done. But what ever your needs are, I can help you achieve your goals. My experience makes my qualified to teach college percussionists, yet I am still very comfortable with beginners and very young students. I have taught in public schools for 8 years now, and I even teach kindergarten and preschool students.
Currently, I am the music teacher at M.I.T.C.H. Charter School in Tualatin. I am a percussionist with the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band. I play drum set with Blackbird (a Beatles cover band) and Jazz Drums with Dan Crothers.

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For drum students who want to play in school band and marching band, you will need to learn to read music and develop the best technique possible. This area is my specialty. Over the years I have had dozens of students make county honor band. 3 students placed first chair in California State Honor Band. One made the National Marching band, and one came in second in the world at college level jazz drum set (IAJE).
How do I do it? I have written my own books; Chops Busters for the Snare Drum, Solo Music and Progressive Reading, both for the snare drum. Complete Studies for the Drum Set (volumes I and II), The Hand Drum Hand Book and The Healing Drum. I wrote these from 1980 through 1994, when I began publishing them. I spent over a dozen years writing and rewriting, doing research and development. I think all of my award winning students validate the success of my program.

For those of you who want to play the drum set, but not take formal type of lessons, I have a program for you too. It starts with the basics of learning a little technique, then various beats on the drum set, and even some fills. Soon we start to work on playing songs. I play guitar or bass to give you that feel of playing with other musicians. We can even put you together with other students to practice songs and play with students at your level. You can also invite your friends to sign up on guitar and bass, and start your own band.

Guitar and bass students, I use all of the material from Five Star Music. there are about a dozen books and CDs to choose from. We start with the blues, which is the foundation of rock, country and jazz, and branch out out into the directions you want to go. Learn chords, melodies, and how to solo using the blues scale.

Wind instruments will use one of the popular band method books. If you already have a book or know what your school band director wants you to have, we will use that. We will also learn scales and other exercises, and songs from other sources.

Vocalists will start with basic warm up exercises and scales. We work on intonation and tone development. Songs and styles will mostly be your choice, but I might suggest some songs to help you achieve a certain goal.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music studio; guitar, bass, PA, piano, 5 piece drum set, vibes, hand drums, has a waiting room for parents too.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Drum set; all styles of Rock Jazz, Latin. Grooves and fills and solos.
Timpani, mallet percussion, and hand drums,
For snare drum I teach the finest technique available, also reading and style.

Guitar and bass: blues, rock classics, oldies, country.
winds: school band methods

Peter Q. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Beatbox, Classical Piano, Composition, Didgeridoo, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Hand Drums, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance

About Me

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.

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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 drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.

Kyle S. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Drum, English, Guitar, Language, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Hey!

My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.

I went on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008!

In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.

Look forward to hearing from you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.

If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berkley School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!

Nicole G.

Portland, OR
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Justin B.

Portland, OR
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Karen W.

Portland, OR
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Nicole G. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Nicole’s journey in music began when her father introduced her to improvised music at a young age. Her earliest exposure to jazz included Sonny Rollins’ “Saxophone Collossus” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”. She began playing the clarinet at the age of ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year.

Nicole’s interest and curiosity for music began to blossom in high school. She became involved in a variety of performance ensembles, both within her school and in the community. In 2007, Nicole joined the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra directed by Thara Memory. This competitive, pre-professional ensemble not only provided a solid foundation in the classic repertoire of the jazz lineage, but also granted her the opportunity to travel the country and perform at several renowned jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival for two consecutive years. She was also involved in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s top Jazz Orchestra. In 2008, she met Alan Jones and become involved in the Alan Jones Academy of Music, further deepening her love and appreciation for the music, as well as a heightened knowledge of playing in a small-group setting. In 2009, Nicole was one of 19 students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who embarked on a national tour that involved playing with Bobby Watson and Julian Lage, concluding with a performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis.

Nicole received a scholarship to William Paterson University, where she was granted the opportunity to study with Rich Perry, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton, Steve LaSpina, Marcus McLaurine, Vincent Herring, and James Weidman. Close proximity to New York City also provided Nicole with the opportunity to experience the city's thriving music scene, as well as experience with new types of musical projects.

Throughout her musical career, Nicole has had the pleasure of performing with such great musicians as Esperanza Spalding, Mulgrew Miller, Rich Perry, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Alan Jones, George Colligan, Darrell Grant, Christian Scott, Essiet Essiet, Randy Porter, Mel Brown, Julian Lage, Bernard Purdie, Javon Jackson, Obo Addy, Eric Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Gary Smulyan, Red Holloway, David Ornette Cherry, Terell Stafford, Dana Hall, and Thara Memory.

Nicole returned to Portland, Oregon in 2011 to resume her studies with Alan Jones. She now performs regularly with pianist George Colligan, as well as her own jazz trio and with Happy People, a jazz quintet that performs all original music. In 2012, Nicole was invited to travel to France to play in the Vannes Jazz Festival in an Alan Jones Academy of Music Quartet.

*** Lesson Details ***
We would begin our first lesson with a relaxed conversation about music! I want to know what areas of music interest you and the role that music has in your life. It is very important to me that our lessons specifically address your interests and desires. From there, I will customize our lesson plan to help you achieve your goals.

I have a powerful background in music performance, jazz improvisation, harmony, music theory, composition, ear training, rhythm, repertoire, transcription, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Drum Set, Guitar Amplifiers, Music Stands, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Guitar Pedals. And a cat.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz improvisation, harmony, composition, ear training, sight-singing, music performance, music business, saxophone technique, transcription, repertoire, and theory/analysis.

Justin B. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Drum, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

My name is Justin and I love playing and teaching music. I believe anyone who has an interest in music can learn how to read music, how to play an instrument, how to express themselves, how to understand music and just how to enjoy music more. As such, I individualize every lesson to suit each particular student's needs, abilities and goals. You can do it, and I can help!

Areas of study:

Clarinet: basic technique, classical, romantic, contemporary, avant garde, some jazz and Klezmer.

Music theory: how to read music, understanding rhythm, keys, scales, chords, modes, harmonic progressions, transposition, and improvisation.

Ear training: recognizing intervals, scales, chords, and complex harmonies by listening and singing.

Piano: basic technique, pop and rock, how to play from lead sheets or fake books.

Drums: basic technique, pop, rock, funk, how to play in a band.

Karen W. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Abstract Painting, Acoustic Guitar, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American Government, American History, American Literature, Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Anthropology, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP English Literature, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, Archaeology, Architecture, Arithmetic, Art History, Astronomy, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Biology, Blues Guitar, Botany, Calculus, Chemistry, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, COBOL, Computer Programming, C Programming, DOS, Drum, Elementary Math, English, English Literature, GED Test Prep, Geography, Geometry, Guitar, History, Kazoo, Marimba, Math, Meditation, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, Music Performance, Origami, Percussion, Philosophy, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physics, Piano, Ping Pong, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, PSAT, Psychology, Public Speaking, Qigong, Reading, Reiki, SAT, Science, Sewing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Speech, Spelling, Statistics, Study Skills, Table Tennis, Test Prep, Trigonometry, Typing, Visual Basic, Vocabulary, Weight Loss, Xylophone, Yoga, Zoology

About Me

I have a BA in Psychology, and an MA in Parapsychology. I studied Architecture for 3 years, and Music Education for two years. I was a National Merit Semifinalist in High School for good SAT scores, and in the Honors Society in High School and College. I play piano, percussion, flute, cello, guitar, bass, cornet and glockenspiel, and teach music lessons. I enjoy playing duets with my students, sharing the fun of making music with them. I do macrame', draw and paint, and am certified as a Reiki Master. I always loved school, and enjoy helping other people to learn. My Dad is my role model, since he was a calm, patient tutor for me - I try to live up to his example in my own teaching work.
I like to work with my students in a learning partnership, letting them work at their own pace with my encouragement and support.
I love to teach, and can help you love to learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are usually 30 or 60 minutes, once a week.
I can be flexible, if your needs differ.
I can also arrange more evening times at 5:00 or later,
if the times on my availability list don't work for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with electric piano, electric guitar, percussion instruments, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano students should have a touch-sensitive piano/keyboard in their home.
All other music students should either own or rent their instrument.
Everyone should bring their assignment notebook and their lesson books to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I play Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical styles.
The Faber method books are my favorite.
I have the most tutoring experience with Math and Statistics.

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