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Violin, Mandolin, Music Theory, Fiddle
My passion for teaching is as strong as my desire for personal musical growth. I have been teaching students of all ages in both individual and group settings for over five years. I believe that a one-on-one teacher to student relationship is the best way for the student to grow not only in the subject being taught, but emotionally as well. It is my goal for every one of my students to learn some life lesson or become acquainted with a non-musical philosophy through the study of music. From my personal life-long study of music I have learned about the importance of listening, dedication, compassion, respect, and of teaching oneself, and if I am able to pass on just a fraction of this experiential knowledge, then the student has found success.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo, Harmonica
Originally from Minnesota, I have lived in the Portland area for the past 25 years with my wife, Ruth, and two children.
My formal music education began in 1979, in my home town of Minneapolis. I studied guitar, music theory and composition at the West Bank School of Music, MacPhail Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota (Jazz Studies), and locally, w/ Eric Skye.
Some of my musical influences are: Pat Metheny, Tony Rice, J.J. Cale, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, Mark Knopfler, John Hiatt, Elvis Costello, Prince, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Beatles, Stones...
My teaching experience began back in college when my guitar instructor, Billy Bernard ("first in class" GIT graduate; performed with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Rufus Reid), decided to give me his "overflow" students when his schedule was full. I fell in love with teaching and have continued to teach ever since.
I have a lot of experience teaching children and young adults; I taught beginning and group lessons in Duluth, Minnesota for two years and for years after that in Superior, Wisconsin, where I ran a guitar program and developed the group lesson curriculum. I have had great success teaching all ages and playing levels, and feel comfortable teaching most playing styles (fingerstyle or plectrum/pick).
My musical journeys have given me a broad base of music knowledge and performance experience; I have studied and performed many styles of music with numerous groups and ensembles over the last 35 years; Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, RnB, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Big-Band... I currently play with a bluegrass/neograss/americana group, SwitchGrass.
I consider myself a musical "generalist" because I don't really play or specialize in any one style of music. I am a multi-instrumentalist with interest and experience in many different styles of music. Guitar is my main instrument, but over the years I have become proficient on Mandolin, Banjo (5-string and Tenor), Ukulele, Bass, and Harmonica. Playing multiple instruments and styles helps me to see music and musicians from many angles; I can help a student become a well-rounded, thoughtful musician, not just a "guitar player."
Over the years I have been involved with numerous aspects of the music business, including Radio DJ, Music Buyer for a music chain, and I owned and operated a local music store for 12 years (CDs, DVDs, Games, Guitars, Amps). I have obtained an obscene amount of knowledge and information about musicians, recording, instruments, and the music business in general, and I believe that these experiences give me an extra broad perspective and help to make me a better music teacher.
I am the father of two very active and talented children, one with A.D.H.D. and the other with dyslexia, so I do have some experience dealing with and teaching children that are hyperactive, impulsive, and have learning disabilities. I believe that studying, practicing, and playing music has been extremely helpful in my children's intellectual development and has played an "instrumental" part in building their character and positive self-image.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
I began taking guitar lessons in the Bay Area at the age of 7. I was fortunate to study with respected musician, Tom Patitucci. I was involved with a touring band by age 11, performing all around San Francisco and the surrounding counties. I simply fell in love with playing and performing music. As I grew older I played in a number of different bands ranging from Bluegrass to Metal. In High School, my parents allowed me to teach lessons out of our front room and it was then I developed a lifelong connection with teaching. I studied music at Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. I graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. From there, I moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mt. range and taught music at the high school level. During that time I performed regularly at Weddings, Wineries and Restaurants. I began to move heavily into roots music, focusing on Banjo and Dobro. I truly love all forms of Music. They all generate good times. I currently reside in Portland and perform regularly with my band of ten years. I own Hear and Now Music Instruction in SE Portland and I instruct several styles at our relaxed commercial studio. I look forward to helping you with your own Musical Travels.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."