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Chuck M.

Portland, OR
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Peter M.

Portland, OR
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John S.

Portland, OR
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Chuck M. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele

About Me

Chuck recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a staple of the music teaching and performing community for more than 25 years. Originally from Chicago, Chuck completed his BA in Music History and Masters of Music (MM) at the University of Florida. Chuck became obsessed with The Beatles when he began piano lessons at age 12. His first attempt at composing was actually improvising melodies over the ending chords to "Hey Jude". Along with playing Beatles tunes Chuck learned classic standards from a set of Reader's Digest Songbooks inherited from his grandmother.

Chuck has performed with classic rock, top 40, funk, R&B, and jazz groups, and has served as an opening act for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and legendary Texas bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As a soloist he's played classical music, blues, jazz, and original compositions. Before devoting himself to music full time, he worked for 8 years as a radio announcer on WUFT-FM Gainesville hosting shows such as "Nothing but the Blues", "Montage" (acoustic jazz), and "Musica Antiqua" (Renaissance and Medieval).

Chuck has taught students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, organ, flute, digital keyboards, recorder, and ukulele. He's also a multi-faceted composer whose instrumental pieces are infused with elements of classical, blues, and jazz styles.

Chuck's teaching philosophy: "In my 25 years of teaching I’ve found that everyone learns in different ways and at different rates of progress, so each of my students is treated as a unique individual. I try to get to know my students in the first few lessons so I can be more sensitive to their personalities. This helps me choose the best teaching approach for them. From the very first lesson I create a relaxed setting so students feel no apprehension, especially when trying something new. This allows them to feel free to take chances and experience playing music as something enjoyable, not a life or death situation! The biggest measure of my effectiveness as a teacher is when my students embrace new challenges and the opportunity to improve".

*** Lesson Details ***
My primary goal as a teacher is to present musical material in a way that keeps students excited about what they are learning. Even with absolute beginners, I will have a student playing actual songs that they are interested in as quickly as possible. Along with way I include fundamentals such as scales, strength-building exercises, rudiments of theory, and ear training. Some of the method books I use include the Alfred and Faber and Faber series, and Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist, among many others. These materials are always supplemented with arrangements and transcriptions of popular songs and classical pieces, along with original exercises designed to teach specific styles and techniques. I also use interactive music websites to introduce students to concepts of music theory. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. As students progress in their creativity, I also introduce them to composition and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai K50 upright piano, music playback devices, Hammond C3 organ, multiple keyboards/synthesizers, acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, computer recording equipment; parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any specific equipment. Piano students should have either a well-tuned piano or full-sized weighted-key digital keyboard (Casio Privia, for example). Guitar students should have a well set up electric or acoustic guitar and an amplifier (for an electric guitar).

*** Specialties ***
I teach students of all ages and skill levels. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. I also teacher recording techniques using computer software including Ableton Live, Reason, and Pro Tools.

Peter M. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

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 enrolled in a music theory class, joined my school's jazz band and began taking classical guitar lessons at the University of Wyoming. After high school I accepted academic and music scholarships to attend the University of Oregon where I majored in Jazz Studies, and I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on jazz arranging. While at UO I performed in student combos and my own rock band Just People as well as the award winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble. I also had the opportunity to perform with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and play several shows with Grammy-Award winning country artist Lynn Anderson.

This diverse experience allows me to help my students improve their technique and gain a deeper understanding of the guitar, regardless of the style(s) of music they are passionate about. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to play guitar and that lessons should be fun, whether your goal is to be able to sing your favorite song and strum a few chords or start your own band and take over the world!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that lessons are most effective when they relate to your life and the music you love. I've talked to countless people who have told me "I used to play violin..." or "I played piano when I was younger...", and every time I ask them why they stopped I get a variation on the same answer: "I just didn't feel like practicing." My goal is for every student to look forward to their practice time, and to prevent it from falling into the 'chores' category next to taking out the trash and washing the dishes.

In order to make learning fun we'll start by learning songs that are meaningful to YOU. After becoming familiar with the basics like chords and strumming patterns, we'll dig a little deeper and look at the structure of the song and the fundamentals of music theory that went into composing it. After learning a few songs this way you'll gain not just a larger vocabulary of chords and rhythms, but also the tools to start writing your own music. From there we can develop a more concrete lesson plan based on your individual goals as a musician, whether you're interested in songwriting, improvising, advanced techniques or music theory.

In addition to practicing the material covered in each week's lesson I'll often give students small homework assignments, which can range from finding a musical example of a topic we're learning to writing their own chord progressions. I'm very relaxed and easy-going, but I expect students to come to each lesson prepared to work on new material after a quick review of the previous week's lesson.

After a few months of lessons each student will be able to comfortably play several songs from beginning to end, play basic major and minor scales, discuss the basic structural elements of songwriting (verse, chorus, etc) and tell all of their friends how much fun they're having learning to play guitar!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room area w/ guitars and amp, no waiting area for parents but they can sit in on lessons. Lots of street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a laptop, lesson-related handouts and staff paper. I expect the student to have their own instrument and basic equipment (picks, spare strings, etc)

*** Specialties ***
My college degree is in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on arranging, I specialize in teaching jazz guitar as well as classic rock, hard rock, fingerstyle acoustic and blues.

John S. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student will have a customized program tailored to meet their personal aspirations, playing level and level of commitment. The student should be realistic in their goals and make sure that they have committed a block of time every day to pursue their music studies. Lessons aren't cheap, and time is valuable, so I always strive to keep the student on track and using their practice time efficiently and effectively.

Everybody learns at individual rates and respond differently to different teaching styles, so I will always try to adapt my lesson materials and approach to match the personality and drive of the student. Does the student just want to learn some songs for fun and relaxation, do they want to play in their friend's band, or do they want to become a professional musician and perform at Carnegie Hall?

Whatever your musical dreams and aspirations are, I can help get you there and pledge to always keep your lessons fun, organized and inspiring.

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Depending on your goals, interests, playing level, age, etc., lesson topics can include:

Basic Guitar Knowledge >>> learn the parts of your guitar and how everything works; how to tune, change strings, set-up, and maintain your guitar... you won't want to play much, if your instrument doesn't play good and sound good.

Proper Guitar Technique >>> good posture; holding the guitar and pick properly; efficient right and left hand techniques; building hand strength and calluses... things you need to produce a good, solid, musical tone.

The Language of Music >>> naming the notes; standard and "tab" music notation; naming chords; basic music terms and concepts... things you need to know, to learn and communicate about music.

Chords, Scales, & Rhythm >>> (5) main chord types, (5) main scale types, and learn various rhythm styles, and the (supreme) importance of solid tempo and timing... the primary tools you'll need to play music.

Learning and Performing Songs >>> the process of how to learn and practice a song; reading and interpreting sheet music, "TAB," and chord charts; learning to "play by ear;" picking the right key for you to sing in; how to use a capo; how to play and sing at the same time... hint: repetition is your friend.

Music Theory >>> chord and scale construction, harmonized scales, chord inversions, chord extensions & substitutions, passing chords, scale modes, chord-scale relationships, improvisation, etc... things the advanced and serious music student need to know.

Alternative Guitar Techniques >>> "open tunings," "slide guitar," "harmonics," "chicken-pickin," "palm muting," etc... advanced tools and tricks to create a wider palate of sounds from your instrument.

Song Writing >>> I can help you develop your original song ideas; basic song writing and composition techniques; song forms; building chord progressions; building melodic phrases; using different rhythms and time signatures; merging words w/ music... stuff you'll want to know, if you're itching to write your own tunes... hint: that music theory stuff comes in handy.

Learning other Instruments >>> If you already play guitar and have ever thought about learning a second instrument, I can show you how to take the knowledge and techniques that you've learned on guitar, and transfer them over to the Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, or Banjo; I can also teach you how to play the Harmonica, which is a really easy and fun instrument to learn... Impress your friends and add spice to your jams!

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No matter what your ultimate musical goals are, I want you to learn practical tools that you can use and build upon for the rest of your life. I want to help you and inspire you to become the musician that you aspire to... Let me share my love of music and years of teaching and performance experience with you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a complete, full-blown studio available w/ drum kit, hand percussion, bass rig, guitar rigs, keyboards, and P.A. system. I have digital and analog recording equipment with lots of software, hardware, plug-ins, and other miscellaneous musical toys to play with. I have instruments here that you can borrow for your lesson, in case you don't want to or can't travel with yours.

We can record/videotape your lessons and upload them to the TakeLessons.com web site for you to reference any time you want, which is pretty darn cool and high-tech, and quite handy when you forgot what you were supposed to be practicing for the week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I currently don't give lessons outside my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I am a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele, Percussion) and would call myself a "generalist" in that I can play a number of instruments in a number of different styles and don't really specialize in any one... my strength is my diversity.

I am at home playing fingerstyle guitar (ala Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, etc.), or with a plectrum (pick). My style lends itself best to roots-based Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Soul, Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

Along w/ my years of performance and teaching experience, I also have a good amount of instrument repair and maintenance experience, so I can show you so some tips and tricks and help you keep your instrument performing it's best, while saving yourself a ton of money at the guitar repair shop!

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR
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Alan B.

Portland, OR
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Keith B.

Portland, OR
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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

Alan B. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

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.Cheers!

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning students, we will begin the lessons with fundamental concepts such as names of strings and parts of the instrument, the chromatic scale and tuning. From the very onset, we will discuss the style of music you wish to develop and you are encouraged to choose a few favorite songs that we can begin to work toward. As we progress, chord structure and rhythm patterns begin to take shape. Aided with fun, creative exercises, the student gradually begins to merge these musical concepts and in a short time, you are playing your favorite songs. If you desire speed and articulation, we will work on flat picking techniques, fingerboard accuracy and vocal pitch. As with all styles of string instruments, understanding note placement on the neck is crucial. We will build a frame of reference that allows quick changes between registers up and down the neck of the instrument. If you desire to focus on soloing, we will develop exercises that allow you to write and play riffs over different backing rhythms.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Our studio is loaded with a variety of string instruments. Acoustic, Electric, Nylon guitars, Banjos, Ukuleles, Dobros, Mandos and others that are constantly rotating, as we connect seller/buyer from our client base. We use Audix Vocal Mics, Roland acoustic amps, an array of electric amps (both tube and solid state) and a BR-1600 recording console for recording projects.

Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument to lessons. However, in the event the student is unable, we generally have enough on hand of any style to loan for the lesson.

Rentals are available on a first come/ first served basis.

*** Specialties ***
I also teach Dobro or Lap style resonator.

Keith B. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Ukulele

About Me

Guitar player, vocalist that's been passionately involved in uncovering the secrets the ukulele has to offer for 11+ years. For me, having fun with your ukulele is the key to real learning. You'll learn the economy of motion technique to help smooth out your playing.

You'll learn basic and advanced finger-picking and strumming techniques when you're ready. And so much more...

Currently heading up of multiple ukulele jams in the Portland.

*** Lesson Details ***
All Levels, Small Groups or Private.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable music studio with handout materials included in the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
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