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Benjamin Z.

Portland, OR

About Benjamin

Benjamin Z. began his musical journey when he was 9 with classical piano lessons in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree (Piano; Jazz Emphasis) at Portland State University in 2011. Benjamin has studied and performed straight ahead Jazz, Western Classical, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Experimental and electronic genres. He has composed and arranged for many types of ensembles including jazz vocal groups, jazz chamber groups (trios, quartets, etc), vocal ensembles and Big-bands. Benjamin has experience working with students ranging from preschool to senior citizens in all skill levels. He has worked with adult group-piano classes at the collegiate level, coaching elementary students in after school music programs, group children'™s classes, and individual instruction. Benjamin

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Samuel K. May 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Getting up and singing in front of someone for the first time is intimidating. For some reason, we think of singing as something we should already know how to do. Every singing instructor's first challenge is to get their new pupil to sing. Benjamin passed that with flying colors. He cracked jokes, and sang silly songs to me before ever asking me to sing. Eventually, I gave it a shot.

That first lesson took place about two months ago, and since then my singing has gone from off-key and unbearable to pretty ok. Today I received my first impromptu complement on my singing. It was a big deal. Anyone who has ever experienced real stage fright knows that this is a big deal. And if I hadn't started learning from Benjamin, it wouldn't have happened. I do not think anyone else could have actually gotten me to sing. And if anyone else had, I'm not sure they'd have known what to do with me. Run screaming, maybe. Benjamin didn't do that, however. He gave me vocal exercises, and tips not only for practicing, but for practicing in a way that would not harm my vocal chords. He assed my vocal range, gave me warmup exercises, and a few bits of repertoire to start working on. It's working wonders. The difference between my singing a month ago and my singing today is palpable (I checked my recordings, so I can prove it!).

If you're a little nervous about starting singing, this man is your man. He'll set you at ease, and in no time you'll be able to sing.
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Chad B. March 9, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Pleasant Surprise

I currently have my daughter, age 8, enrolled in singing lessons with Ben. Previously, we had her starting lessons with the most popular teacher on this site, Lisa, with the highest number of reviews and were disappointed. She didn't seem to really invest in my daughters training. It seemed like a factory mill - student in, student out, next student in. I pulled her out after 5 lessons and went with Ben. It soon dawned on me that we had made a very good choice. Ben teaches the fundamentals first so that your child has a strong toolkit and foundation to succeed, which we weren't really getting from the previous instructor. He is very professional and takes what he does seriously and has made me feel that he cares about my daughter's progress. Additionally, he is affable and my daughter enjoys her lessons with him.
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Bangda Y. November 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Professional, skilled instructor who has deep knowledge in music theory

I am a beginner in piano and have taken piano lesson from Ben for 2 months. Ben is a very professional instructor who has both the technical skills and a deep knowledge of musical theory. I learned not just the techniques for improving my piano performance skills, but also some intriguing music theory behind the pieces. The lessons are also well organized and it felt the hour goes by fairly swiftly.

Ben takes student's learning serious but still maintains a friendly and easy-going manner. The lessons usually provided at a musical instrument shop that is very convenient and cozy. Overall I am very satisfied with my experience.
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Greg A.

Portland, OR

About Greg

Music is the universal language that, when tapped into, illuminates the joys of life and shows us how to open the doors of opportunity. When we study and play music, we are cultivating our curiosity and wonder of the world and are gaining a confidence to be expressive, creative, entrepreneurial, and playful. When we feel music, we feel love. The study of stringed instruments in particular is one of tremendous depth. The violin plays a vital role in a great number of music traditions across the globe and every time we play, we connect, we celebrate, and we contribute to that vibrating string community. I have been playing for 20 years and teaching private and group lessons for seven and I would love to show you or your child the wonders of playing music. My passion for teaching is ...

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Jenniffer H. February 4, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Greg is a very dedicated teacher and has really helped my son grow in his understanding and love of his instrument and music in general. He's very knowledgeable and patient and seems happy to accommodate us when changes need to happen. :)
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Kent B. September 9, 2014
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Greg has been my fiddle teacher for a year now. His patience and expert guidance have helped to increase my confidence and skill level. We move logically and painlessly back and forth between new music and technique. I'm now at the point that I am beginning to see how it all works and, thus, to be able to figure out some tunes just by hearing them. Pretty exciting. I look forward to our weekly sessions.
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Kent B. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Top-Notch Fiddle Teacher

Greg is himself a top-notch musician, but, more to the point here, he's a top-notch teacher. He's easy going and positive, but he keeps you moving along and he's clear and constructive when bumps in the road occur (as they frequently do in my case). I think I have made a lot of progress in a relatively short time, especially since I'm in my 60s and haven't touched a fiddle since I was a pre-teen. I recommend Greg highly.
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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR

About Michael

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 ...

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Jack D. October 6, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
"Now that I'm studying with Mike, the efficiency of my practice time is way, way up."

Mike is the first coach who emphasizes "practice the hard parts". So much so that any time a note comes out either not in rhythm, not in pitch, or not a great sound, I have the confidence to stop and repeat the hard part until it's no longer hard. Even when learning to improvise, if the notes I pick on the sax don't match the ones I first heard in my head, I have the confidence to stop and really find those notes that my mind imagined. Eventually I'll be able to hit the ones I intend the first time. He also advocates to always know the purpose of any practicing you're doing---there's no more aimless noodling. Even when I'm jamming, there's a specific goal in mind.

The second thing I really get from Mike is that he expects me to know what notes I'm playing and what role they fill in the key. Formerly my method of improvising was to hunt and peck, occasionally hitting notes outside the key and finding a way to "work them back in". But now, if I'm riffing on the note F in the key of B-flat, Mike wants me to know that that's the 5 of the key. And to also know where the 3 and 7 are---like a home base where you know it's safe to play.
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Aaron S. May 28, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are so lucky to have found Michael! Before we started with him in February, my son played Ode to Joy, now he's practicing jazz and having fun while practicing. Michael has awesome enthusiasm, and a great foundation in both performance and theory. He shows care for the student and is always supportive. I completely recommend him for any skill level!
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Suzan G.

Portland, OR

About Suzan

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 ...

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Renee M. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
what an experienced teacher and wonderful person!

Suzan is such an experienced teacher and she has a passion for music and you feel that. She is kind and such a lovely person. My daughter loves her piano lessons with suzan. She puts together nice recitals for the students and gives all them such an individual attention you feel like the only student. She is also an inspiration to my daughter as an accomplished musician and as a human being. We love suzan! We feel like shes part of the family! ♡♥♡♥
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Zhanna B. January 17, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
The best teacher!

Suzan the best teacher ever! My 9 years old girl say after each lesson. What i can add more?
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Michele A. December 9, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A1 Teacher

Suzan is an excellent teacher with vast experience. She is always positive and willing to go at a pace that is comfortable for me, while encouraging me to stretch! Thank you so much, Suzan!
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Duncan B.

Clackamas, OR

About Duncan

Duncan has studied with Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Ray Mosca ,Roy Brooks, Jim Chapin and many more. A graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Duncan has played with The Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Red Garland, Major Holly, Wilber Ware, Doug Wakins, Barney Kessell, Leroy Vinnegar and many more. I can help you to learn Jazz and other styles with my knowledge and experience. I teach all styles of Drumming. I teach a easy to learn system called "Hands On". *** Lesson Details *** I am very easy to listen to and show you what to learn. I use the "Hands On" approach, which allows you to learn quickly. Muscle Memory is also used. I will teach you to read and use every bit of information out there. After 3 months you will be a Drummer. After 6 months you ...

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Becky S. February 28, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Two thumbs up for Duncan!

I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretches my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)

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