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Ena A.

Vancouver, WA
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Suzan G.

Portland, OR
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Jane Y.

Ridgefield, WA
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Ena A. Vancouver, WA

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, English, Guitar, History, Improv Acting, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Reading, Singing

About Me

Miss Ena is always singing!

From an early age, I have been participating in music activities, such as choir as well as various musicals like 'Oliver' and 'The Sound of Music'. As music has always been one of my best friends. Like water, I enjoy drinking from the wellspring of muse and melody.

I enjoy music most when it is shared with the natural joy of children. I have an extensive background of teaching private voice, piano and guitar to children. It's the best job in the world, getting to watch a child grow through the magic of music! I received my Kindermusik license in Summer 2005. After working with Dana Harris, formerly of 'Dana's School of Music', Dana thought I would be a perfect Kindermusik teacher.

My education is both experience and university based. In 2003, I graduated from Clark College with a 3.7 gpa. During my two and a half years at Clark, I studied voice with April Brookins Duvic. I, then moved on to Portland State University. During my two years at PSU, I studied voice with Margaret Daane and piano with Connie Titterington. I also attended Marylhurst University working towards my BA in voice performance. I am now taking a break from school to work on some fundamental musical training. I study voice with Pollyanna Hancock Moody and studied piano with John Haek. I have done my best work at Marylhurst and plan to return in fall 2008.

My experience ranges from childhood productions to improv comedy groups. It is the joy of music that I shared with my late mother that built such a lifelong foundation. Singing and sharing with mom gave me some great tools for a successful life, but most importantly, it created an unbreakable bond between her and I and myself and music.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, I'm all about music fun, but I also ask my students to work hard.
I believe a child should feel successful at every lesson. Each person has musicality within them and when a child is ready, I love to help them bring out that inner musician.

We will work on a wide range of aspects in music from theory, ear training, sight reading, rhythm and more. For piano I use the Faber collection. I will make sure getting your materials is easy and uncomplicated.

So, get set and ready to have some super music fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: desk, sofa, parents can sit in on lesson, piano, music stand, small table and music stand for guitar lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
My students must have an instrument of decent quality. I have them pay for their books, but I pick them up.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in voice and can teach any genre.

In guitar, I teach theory and folk/ rock methods mostly

In piano, I specialize in teaching kids.

Suzan G. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed directing large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of the parts!

I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.

If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.

What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!

The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.

*** Specialties ***
For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).

Jane Y. Ridgefield, WA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.

Having toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and self produced 10 CDs, I have 3 EMMY AWARDS for soundtrack music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.

Playing acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums, I majored in Flute and Voice at UF and have spent my life immersed in and obsessed by the world of music.

I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music, and have toured as a solo act, a duo, a trio, and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ, for 8 years.

I teach lessons and classes full time, and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and community service.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons start with learning the names of notes, how to read music, a bit of music theory (time signature, sharps and flats) and how this translates to the instrument the child chooses. All instruments are taught by fingering first and then musical notes second. It is easier for the child this way, and he/she can be playing a song with both hands by the end of first lesson.

As the child learns the beginning steps of reading and implementing music, I encourage them to tell me what songs they like, and then try to find an easy one to start with.

So that while we are learning "real music" we are also having fun with a piece that your child enjoys and has "CHOSEN".

This way they have some discipline AND some fun!

As pieces are mastered, the same pieces can be redone on different, more difficult levels, so that pieces are always growing and improving.

Eventually the student can read music competently on the instrument, as well as hear and play by ear.

At higher levels I teach the ability to improvise and read music and chord charts in order to play professionally with other musicians. I also encourage students to get with other students and friends to have music "sessions." They can bring their musical friends to lesson to help learn songs for TALENT SHOWS or CHURCH or what ever their immediate needs or desires are. I can also record "Karaoke" tracks for songs they write or want to sing for talent shows/ auditions.

All lessons are custom designed for the student's abilities, tastes and goals. ALL LESSONS ARE DESIGNED TO BE FUN, and ENJOYED BY THE STUDENT as well as the instructor. I want both of us to have a great time in lesson and learn while we do.


*** Studio Equipment ***
Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez and Martin Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.
Crate and Roland Guitar Amplifiers.
Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar and Gallien Kruger amp.
Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier.
Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard
Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard
Djembe hand drum,
Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems,
MacBooks (3), iBook and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software.
Garage Band and Audio box USB interface
4 pc Tama Swingstar Drumset w/ Zildjian Cymbals
Recorder, tambourine, shakers, and Alesis Drum Machine.
Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device.
Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones.
Shure, Audio Technica, and ADK vocal and condenser microphones.
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorders
Autoharp and Thumb piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Student is expected to bring a three ring binder to lessons, to hold all lesson materials, as well as any other required Instruction Books. Sheets will be provided with sheet protectors for your binder.

JR HANON for the Piano: Complete book 1 and excerpts from Book 2&3 $9
Hal Leonard Guitar Method COMPLETE EDITION (Books 1, 2 and 3) in one volume $15
Hal Leonard Bass Method $10

Please have new strings on guitars before the first lesson.

Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories!

FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country!
Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!

Michael E.

Portland, OR
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Jack W.

Vancouver, WA
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Rebekah C.

Portland, OR
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Michael E. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Piano

About Me

I believe that music should be a source of fun and enjoyment for the student. I work very hard to make sure that both the lessons – and the time spent practicing – are engaging, fulfilling, and most importantly, fun.

I have over a decade of experience both performing and teaching piano and bass, in almost every style of music. I have also studied music theory at Binghamton University, and studied jazz theory and performance with Doug Beardsley.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom tailored to each student’s goal. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs from the radio, introduce your child to the world of music, or take your playing to next level by learning music theory, jazz, or improvisation, I can help you to get there!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a weighted key keyboard or a piano for piano lessons, and a bass guitar (for the student) and practice amp for bass guitar lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Pop music, improvisation, soul, RnB. I try to teach to a student's tastes, making sure that they like the music they are playing and are having fun practicing. I am also comfortable teaching classical music (piano only) using Suzuki method, or selecting level appropriate materials that the student chooses.

Jack W. Vancouver, WA

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, Math, Music Theory, Physics, Piano, Pre Algebra, Science, Test Prep, Trigonometry, Viola, Violin

About Me

I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's recording pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that students can only learn properly in the right atmosphere, with an enthusiastic, motivated instructor. If the experience is not fun the student will not excel in what they do. I believe the students should periodically have a chance to show what they are learning by performing in recitals with others.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
All required music

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.

Rebekah C. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Are you looking for an experienced, qualified, dedicated instructor? Does your child need a teacher who can explain concepts clearly and communicate with a beginning student? I have taught over 60 students of all ages and musical backgrounds during my 8 years as a private instructor. I have had the pleasure of teaching enthusiastic 6-year-old students and a determined couple in their 80s. All are welcome!

I first discovered my love for teaching music in my teens when I began teaching in my hometown of Langlois on the beautiful southern Oregon coast. Throughout high school, I accompanied and co-directed the Pacific High School chorus, accompanied weekly for Langlois Community Church, and performed for countless weddings and special events. I also performed regularly in retirement communities in both Oregon (Heritage Place, Bandon; Cherry Wood Village, Portland) and Florida (The Mayflower, Winter Park). I attended and performed for several piano workshops taught by Dr. Alexander Tutunov (Professor of Music, Southern Oregon University), and competed annually in the Oregon Junior Bach Festival, placing 1st and 2nd in the Roseburg District competitions in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and moving on to compete in the Regional competitions in Eugene, OR, all three years. In 2010, I was honored as Featured Soloist for the Mildred Hill Concert Series (Port Orford, Oregon) and completed the Tenth and final level of the Syllabus program with the Oregon Music Teachers Association just before accepting a scholarship to pursue my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.

During my time in Seattle, I studied classical piano with Dr. Peter Mack and early music harpsichord with Jillon Stoppels Dupree. Aside from my studies, I volunteered weekly with the Seattle Music Partners as a piano instructor to underprivileged elementary students; worked for Cornish College of the Arts as a music tutor for the students' Theory, Ear Training, Piano, and Rhythm courses; performed regularly as an accompanist and soloist both at college events and paid events throughout Seattle; accompanied the classical voice students during their private lessons, performances, and competitions; and worked as a personal voice coach to the classical voice students. I also continued to advance my career as a private piano instructor in the Downtown Seattle area.

Since moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2011, I have performed regularly as both soloist and accompanist (Beaverton High School, Trinity Academy, Peninsula Elementary School, Messiah Lutheran Church—Finland Independence Day concerts, Red Sea Church, Cherry Wood Village, Sound Ghost Studios). I currently teach in my private studio located in St. Johns (North Portland). As of Fall 2012, I have joined the teaching staff at Park Place Music and Theater Arts Academy in West Linn as Head Instructor for the Piano Department. Recently, I recorded my first album featuring Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood", Op. 15.

It will be my pleasure to meet you and begin lessons together--my only requirement is a passion for music and an enthusiasm for learning!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy is to provide students with well-rounded lessons at age-appropriate levels through engaging, entertaining, and educational piano lessons. For each student, I create individualized lesson plans that incorporate a variety of lesson books and resources, rather than assigning a predetermined lesson book series. This way, the student enjoys a sense of challenge, achievement, and growth during each lesson.

Younger, beginning students often start with a curriculum including two lesson books, a theory book, and flashcards. Much of the curriculum I choose for my students is based off the curriculum I used myself as a beginning student years ago--the materials are high-quality, easily understandable, and accessible to even the youngest of beginners.

Once a student has progressed from the lesson books and is ready for more challenging material, I select original works, rather than simplified or abridged works. Students learn intermediate and advanced classical pieces, including works by composers such as Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, Brahms, Chopin, Norman Dello Joio, Rodrigo, Clementi, Grieg, and more! The sky is the limit... Many students can reach this level of achievement after only one year of lessons.

I specialize in Classical Repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century) but am also experienced in teaching standard pieces for community performances, weddings, Christmas pageants, and more. I incorporate lessons about theory, ear training, notation, vocabulary, repertoire, technique, and musicality throughout the lessons at age-appropriate levels as the student advances.

Students of all ages and musical experiences are welcome! I am experienced in teaching young beginners, intermediate learners, and advanced conservatory students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private Studio located in "The Hub"--a building containing other offices and art-related private businesses, including Sound Ghost Recording Studios (an accessible tool for interested students). Private and quiet location, residential neighborhood, free street parking. Comfortable kitchen/lounge area for parents to wait for students during the lessons. Upright acoustic piano with matching bench, mirrors, bulletin board to update students on upcoming events & achievements, lesson books & other teaching materials. Grand piano available for concerts and recitals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
What I Provide: Metronome, pencils, erasers, pens, extra staff paper, required repertoire & listening materials.

What Student Provides: Good quality piano/keyboard, repertoire they have been practicing, additional pens, pencils, erasers as needed, notebook for lesson notes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century) for Piano and Harpsichord and also have experience in teaching standard pieces for community performances, weddings, Christmas pageants, and more. In addition to repertoire, I teach music theory, rhythm, and ear training. While I use a variety of teaching materials and methods, I prefer to use primary repertoire sources as often as possible. My students often begin with the Faber FJH Classic series for beginners and progress to learning original classical works.

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