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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Portland

Emily K.

Portland, OR
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR
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Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR
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Emily K. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Spanish

About Me

I harness years of music teaching in diverse settings (including three years' private studio plus three years as a choral director and two years as a music instructor with homeless youth) for a diverse studio meeting real artistic needs. I also am a fluent and experienced Spanish tutor, teacher, and interpreter and offer effective, individualized Spanish tutoring at your convenience.

Highlights from my career include:

* Professional singing and playing experience in diverse settings (opera stages, pubs, churches, you name it)

* Intensive and well-rounded musical training at renowned Brigham Young University in clarinet and voice (earned BM in vocal performance, 2007), including coursework in piano/keyboard, music theory, pedagogy.

* Member of two professional associations, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) (2007-2008) and networked with local associations (Classical Revolution PDX, for example)

* Mental health, domestic violence, and disabilities direct service work as an advocate, caseworker, support group facilitator, and center director (2007-2012). Broad yet intensive experience in social services enables holistic and effective guidance with the huge array of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual issues and nuances that affect musical development and performance (bodily tension, working through nerves, motivation, stress relief techniques, goal-setting, life changes and music, disorders support, etc.)... Basically, a life music coach at your beckon call, if that is what you need.

* Years of professional teaching, training, and experience in a wide variety of fields (including Spanish, early education/preschool, healthy relationships and abuse, micro-enterprise, and finances) provide dynamic tools to connect with all ages and learning styles, in addition to instruction based on individualized plans and needs

* Choral music conductor experience (four years volunteer instructor) allows me to offer a broader view of instrumentation, developing your voice/instrument in a group, and establishing a presence in the music community

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer a well-rounded curriculum and dynamic approach to lessons that center around what you, the student, need and want. I am as flexible or as hard-nosed as you need me to be, as I believe musical development depends upon a fluid, mutually response teacher-student relationship. I know and teach curriculum across diverse styles and genres and can adapt and weave in student interests, themes, songs, or life goals into our practice as necessary and appropriate.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, upright piano, music library, computer, recording equipment, Internet, guitar, amps, various instruments for exploration/play/rhythm/ambiance (including hammer dulcimer, jaw harp, shakers, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, music stand, recording and playback devices, basic music books, computer. I expect students to be able to purchase some sheet music or books, though I try to provide as many creative solutions if there are financial concerns. It is ideal/helpful if the student or student's family has a computer or media player that they can listen/watch themselves on if possible.

*** Specialties ***
Contemporary and classical styles
Music theory, songwriting and arranging
Multiple instruments or singing while playing other instruments
World music styles, songs, & instruments

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.

*** 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 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.

Elisa B. Oregon City, OR

Subjects Taught

Cello, Guitar, Music Theory, Ukulele, Viola, Violin

About Me

Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

*** Lesson Details ***
I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyable but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising

Nick D.

Tualatin, OR
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Tim B.

Newberg, OR
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Jonathan S.

Gresham, OR
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Nick D. Tualatin, OR

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Ear Training, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Music is almost more than a passion for me, it's how I hear the world! That guy singing the harmony to the crosswalk jingle? That's me.

Though my love for music began long before I ever picked up an instrument, I began taking guitar lessons at age 10. By age 12 I was writing music and by 13 I played my music at my first talent show with my band. In high school I started studying piano and voice, and performed with the Guitar Program, Jazz Ensemble and Men's Choir. I played solo and with multiple bands, playing rock, acoustic, jazz, rock, metal and classical guitar.

After High School I spent a year studying music at University of Oregon. Though I enjoyed my time at U of O, I left the next year and moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring. While at Berklee, I studied with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the country, studying jazz, arranging, contemporary composition, music production, songwriting and more. After graduating I moved to Los Angeles, where I worked on multiple feature films as a composer's assistant, copyist, music editor and music supervisor. After some time in LA, I decided to relocate to Portland and enroll in Berklee's online Masters Certificate in Music Business and Technology, which I completed in 2013.

Currently, I'm an active composer and sound designer for film, Television and video games. Though you won't see me performing on stage as often, I'm very often performing and recording myself and other performers in my home studio!

Music can be a great hobby or a path to a fulfilling career - either way, it's a lot of fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages! I'm very easy-going, and I'm more than happy to teach what the students want to learn at their own pace - after all, we're here to learn and have FUN!
That being said, I do expect some level of practicing or studying. It's all part of the gig!

During our first lesson, we'll go over what the student's goals are and what styles of music the student is interested in. I use a combination of books, listening, and custom assignments tailored to the student's specific needs.

In the first 3-6 months:

Beginners can expect to have basic knowledge of the instrument and technique, and begin looking at songs incorporate techniques addressed in our lessons.

Intermediate students can expect to address any problematic areas in their technique and begin looking at stretching their understanding of theory and technique into new areas.

Advanced guitarists and writers can expect to look at professional aspects of the craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio lessons take place in a home studio room, complete with full size keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, guitar amp, recording equipment and plenty of room for more seating! Parking is plentiful for most of the day.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instrument and copy of lesson material including notes and books. I can provide lesson material while students wait to purchase their own.

*** Specialties ***
Basic to Intermediate Bass, Piano and Ukulele technique.
Advanced Guitar, Music Theory and Songwriting technique.
Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

Tim B. Newberg, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I love to help anyone who has been told they're not able to play guitar, has quit out of frustration, or been told they're too old or too young to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to your learning style and different for everyone depending on what you want to learn. Most of my students like to learn from scratch which would include the following:
In the first 3 lessons you will learn basic guitar fundamentals, basic 1-4-5 song progressions (the stuff that 85% of all music we listen to is made up of), left hand / right hand coordination, picking techniques, how to strum, mute, & play notes on the guitar.

We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum or backing tracks to your favorite artists songs while you play guitar and I play what your not, giving you the feel of a live group situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.

Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Line 6 Spider Jam will take any wave file and speed up or slow down the tempo and lower or higher the key to your preference.
Great transposing tool

Tuner Korg

Electric Ibanez Guitar s470dxqm
Acoustic Taylor 110CE
Classical Cordoba model 20

Amp Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 watt combo all tube
Amp Line 6 Spider Jam

Effects Roland GR-55

Microphone Audio Technica AT 2035
Microphone Peavey I-101

Operating System WIndows 7 64 bit edition
Recording Software Presonus Audiobox USB with Studio1

Mixer Alto ZMX 862 Zephyr Series

Hercules HD Webcam

Camcorder Sony HDCRX430V

*** Specialties ***
I have studied under virtuoso Rex Carroll from Atlantic Records signed band Fierce Heart & another famous band he was in was Whitecross, Shawn Gette who is in the band Forbidden Symphony, who in his words once took over a gig for Steve Vai and the American Guitar Academy.

Jonathan S. Gresham, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting

About Me

Adults only please.

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