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Some of Michael’s specialties:
Tone production – Michael believes that the first thing anyone notices about your playing is how you sound. He provides exercises to put his students on the path to sounding as lyrical as possible.
Improvisation – Michael is comfortable in improvising in all styles including: funk, jazz, Latin, soul, hip-hop etc…. He believes improvising is one of the most natural things for a human to do and is essential for today’s musician.
Jazz theory – Michael is well versed in analyzing chords and music structure.
Audition/recital prep – Michael has participated in many solo competitions, honor bands, and auditions. He draws from these experiences to prepare his students to be relaxed and confident in these situations.
Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in biology and minored in jazz studies. Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience have allowed him to be successful with teaching students with learning disabilities. He has no problem using ...
Sax is my main axe! I can teach you to REALLY play the sax. We'll start at the beginning and go before you know it you'll be playing Giant Steps by John Coltrane.
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 ...
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 ...
I absolutely love teaching lessons and am comfortable teaching any age! My saxophone experience includes lessons under David Hagelganz, Greg Yasinitsky, Sarah Cosano, and Shannon Scott during my music degree at WSU. I also attended a saxophone workshop put together by Eugene Rousseau, performed at 2 Washington educators conferences with the WSU Wind Symphony (their top group), have taken extensive vocal lessons to learn better phrasing with Thomas Blaylock, Shela Converse, and Kyle Chandler, and played saxophone locally for a brief time with Tualatin Valley Community Band. Teaching in all aspects has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I find exactly what it is that a student enjoys about a topic and use that as a window to teach them the more difficult ...
Oregon Music Hall of Famer, BM Performance, University of Oregon School of Music, transcribing, arranging, and performing, has enjoyed working with Les McCann, Tito Puente Jr., The Temptations, Melcochita, Ramsey Embick, Mary Sue Tobin, Mel Brown, Damien Erskine, Patrick Lamb, Al Criado, Devin Sanders, David Valdez, Martin Zarzar, Rafael Trujillo, Bret Malmquist, David "Buzz" Graham, Dr. Freddy Vilches, Matises, Terri Kuechle, Bryce Peltier, Julia Schlippert, Cat�n Lyles, Belinda Underwood, Zenda Torrey, Brian Casey, Tom Kay, Dave Mills, Chris B. Azorr, Tim Clarke, Karen America, Dana Heitman, Randy Rollofson, Yasha Marcinkiewicz, Jackson Coffey, Hank Hirsh, Dan Gaynor, Scott Wardinsky, Jon Hughes, Bernardo Gomez, Marti Mendenhall, Shelly Rudolph, Bruce Cole, Art Resnick, Steve Smith, ...
I have been teaching saxophone for nearly thirty years, and offer a different approach to the instrument. While building strong technique and tone in your band and solo music, we will explore how the saxophone is used in music from around the world, including traditions that pre-date the saxophone itself by many centuries! While learning the basics of music theory, I still encourage playing by ear and encourage curiosity and creativity.
Oregon native Aage Nielsen has been teaching woodwinds to students of all ages for thirty years. He has performed throughout the US and Denmark, as well as Iceland (International Viola Congress) and Holland (World Bass Clarinet Conference). He taught for many years at The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, and performed for over twenty years with the Boise Philharmonic and Darkwood Consort. He has released three CDs on Portland-based Rampur Records, received a 2007 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and is the leading scholar and performer of the douçaine (early oboe). He teaches both modern and historical winds, with the unique twist of encouraging students of both modern instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, and early instruments such
"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."
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