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Chuck M.

Portland, OR

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.
I also use interactive music websites to introduce students to concepts of music theory.

About Chuck

Chuck moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a prominent member 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 grandmo
ther.

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 the 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.
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JIA Z. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Mr. Michaelson is the best teacher I've met at Portland.

I do appreciate Chuck for his professional piano lessons and kind. My son enjoyed his lessons sooooooo much and, loves piano more from then on. He is really a great musician and responsible teacher I've ever met at Portland. His patience and style of teaching are sunshine to my son's piano life.
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lulu M. November 5, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
Great music teacher!

I've been taking ukulele lessons with Chuck for over a year now. I am always impressed with his musical knowledge and appreciate the way he goes beyond the songs and also teachers me musical notation, chord progressions, and more. My lessons are always fun, with just the right amount of challenge to keep my skill development moving forward. Thanks, Chuck!
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Heather B. April 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
skilled teacher

My teen has been taking lessons from Chuck for many months and has learned a lot from him. He is knowledgeable and skilled in guitar, always on time and willing to be understanding with our schedule conflicts. His studio is very attractive and professional, very comfortable and nice location. He is patient and obviously enjoys what he does! thanks Chuck!
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Chuck M.

Chuck M.

Portland, OR 97212
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR

Acoustic guitar, Jazz Guitar, Singer-Songwriter guitar. All the guitar you want to learn!

About Peter

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.
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Lissa M. August 5, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson, and is very excited for more
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Alisa M. October 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jane Y.

Ridgefield, WA

***IN PERSON LESSON for true hands on experience!!!***
****EXCELLENT for SPECIAL NEEDS of ALL AGES and Learning challenges.*** Specialty: Teaching kids to love music!***
Dream of Playing your guitar on a stage? Wanna sing till the hills are alive with the sound of music? wanna Rock out, swing to R&B or Blues, Play lead or Rhythm, Play your favorite pop songs or Country songs? Come play in Miss Jane's Magic Music Studio, where all the instruments and all the styles of music are at your fingertips. So strap your guitar on, Pick a song that you want to learn and come on down and let's learn how to play together! I even let the students perform their best materials at recitals and public shows, several times a year!
***ALL LESSONS have the ability to record their material in the IN HOUSE STUDIO*** Take home your music to share! **YOU CAN'T DO THAT in ONLINE LESSONS!***

About Jane

I teach music to kids, and Kids ONLY!

I only teach in studio, not online, as I believe in being very present and in place with children. I regard them as individuals with differing potentials and personalities. so lessons are custom taylored to your child, after a month of assessing during first lessons. I need to know WHO THEY ARE, in order to best teach them individually, and that is best achieved face to face, one on one.

PLEASE READ MY REVIEWS FIRST! See what other parents say about MISS JANE! thank you.

I specialize in getting young children engaged in lessons and excited about
music. I work with special needs, learning issues, LGBTQ kids and empathic/sensitive kids or shy/anxious kids. as well as gifted and ANY other kids.

My goal is to help your child learn to love music... IN THEIR OWN WAY.
What exactly they learn is not quite as important as how happy they are to learn, and that they want to come to lesson and they want to show you what they can play. I want them to be excited about music, as I AM!

We do learn to read music, to play scales, to listen to and appreciate music and we mix up popular songs with the traditional classical pieces.

Kids get to experiment with different instruments in the studio and they love it! Lots of kids add instruments or change instruments during their time with me. Some kids end up playing them ALL.

Music is a great tool for teaching LIFE LESSONS. I use music as a way to LIFE COACH and MENTOR my kids through the rigors of childhood.

I can show them how MUSIC is a tool to turn life challenges and events into personal art, and how it is a weapon against the rages of the teenage brain and rumination. I help them find their own personal RESET BUTTON through music. And I start early to help them understand this process and train them in controlling overwhelming emotions or anxiety through the daily practice of music.

Music produces ENDORPHINS, SEROTONIN and DOPAMINE. Dopamine must be present for a brain to learn. So Music improves schooling in a BIG WAY! Kids who practice before school see a huge jump in reading, math and comprehension, within three months of starting lessons and usually jump a level in reading.

Music changes the brain and raises the IQ up to 9 points every day you practice~! That translates to better school grades and better functioning in life. 66% of all MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS are music majors.

I have 10 albums releases, two EMMY AWARDS for PBS NATURE DOCUMENTARY SOUNDTRACKS and currently run a jazz trio doing live shows monthly. at 60 years old, I STILL LIVE MUSIC everyday!

I teach all the instruments a kid could want to play, EXCEPT BRASS. If they want to learn flute, clarinet, violin along with the usual PIANO/DRUMS/BASS/GUITAR then we do that. I can help them with school band also.

Kids learn to read music, learn to keep rhythm, learn music theory, and how to change their brain with music practice. We also use Macs and Garage band to create music and I teach them how to use recording software so they can do this at home!

It's always a great, fun day in MISS JANE's MUSIC STUDIO!

Come join me now, I am located right by the Clark County Fairground. Slots are limited and fill up fast at the start of school each year.

Please consult me BEFORE Purchasing any instruments, as I know the best deals and the best fit!

STUDIO EQUIPMENT

Hallet Davies & Co. Acoustic Piano (tuned)
Ensoniq SQ2 synthesizer and keyboard
Roland D-50 Synthesizer/keyboard
Yamaha MOTIF ES6 Workstation and Keyboard
Yamaha PSR 240 keyboard
Casio Sampler keyboard
Guild Dreadnaught acoustic guitar
Guild Thinline acoustic guitar
Guild 1968 Classical guitar
Alvarez baby guitar
Yamaha SSC500 electric guitar
Ibanez roadstar bass
Ibanez pre amped bass
Yamaha Stage drum 6 piece
Yamaha Studio Drums 5 piece
Ludwig Break beats jazz kit 4 piece
Djembe hand drum
Irish drum
Flute
Clarinet
Accordion
Ukulele
Autoharp
Violin
MOTU 828 Recording interface and Digidesign Audio Desk Software
PRESONUS recording interface and STUDIO ONE SOFTWARE
Garage band recording software
Gallien Kruger bass amp
Line 6 Bass amp
Crate Acoustic guitar amp
Line 6 electric guitar amp
Roland Micro Cube electric guitar amp
Peavey KB60 keyboard amp
Peavey 100 keyboard amp
Yamaha PA system with two speakers and stands
Four MacBooks and iBooks
Three iPods for training apps.
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Anukon August 13, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
The greatest instructor in the world.
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Jimmy November 11, 2015
Drum · In studio
With three years training with her on piano, guitar and drums, I can say that I have a pretty good merit to judge Jane. She's honest and brazen, loud and proud, but most of all, if you stick with her long enough, more than just a guitar teacher or whatever. With three years spent with Jane, I made a friend. So, if you want your kid to go to lessons, come home and not have an experience, Jane is not for you. If you want your kid to have another person caring for them each and everyday, and learn some bass on the side, I would highly recommend Jane Yii to you.
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Sydney P. September 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
With one kid on drums and the other on the piano and Mom and Dad joining in, our family looks forward to playing music together. Jane was great for the first time lesson jitters and had her on drums to find the beat too!
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Jane Y.

Jane Y.

Ridgefield, WA 98642
(52)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Don C.

Vancouver, WA

All that I request from a student is a desire to learn. I will work with you at your pace to achieve the musical goals you have. Each student begins at a different level.

The first lesson will focus on your musical background. If you are a beginner, that's no problem. I specialize in working with beginning students to teach them all the joy and satisfaction there is in mastering an instrument.

I love to laugh and the lessons are very laid back and fun, but I desire that a student move forward and learn new techniques.

You will be playing simple songs after your first lesson. I'm asked many times by students "how long will it take until I'm good." My answer is: that is in direct proportion to the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. After a month or two, you will know how to read music and have a basic understanding of music theory.

I use various curriculum depending on the student's need. For guitar, Hal Leonard or Mel Bay.

About Don

Don brings over 36 years of teaching experience in Piano, Voice, and Guitar. His relaxed and humorous approach to music encourages students to embrace a love for the musical art.

With 2 American Idol finalists to his credit, along with numerous students who have gone on to professional careers in theater, television, and film. He also has 16 years experience as Musical Director for over 45 theatrical productions in Southern California, Oregon, and Washington.

He has received an award in Southern California for Outstanding Musical Direction in a theatrical production of "The King and I.
" He is currently the vocal coach for Magenta Theater and Musical Director for Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, both in Vancouver, WA.

He has traveled the US with The Continental Singers, an international singing group, been a choral director in churches and various performing groups. He has worked as a recording studio engineer, live sound engineer, and theater sound designer.

Don strives to bring out the best in each student. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, Don will expand your musical horizon and styles to new levels.

*** Lesson Details ***
All that I request from a student is a desire to learn. I will work with you at your pace to achieve the musical goals you have. Each student begins at a different level.

The first lesson will focus on your musical background. If you are a beginner, that's no problem. I specialize in working with beginning students to teach them all the joy and satisfaction there is in mastering an instrument.

I love to laugh and the lessons are very laid back and fun, but I desire that a student move forward and learn new techniques.

You will be playing simple songs after your first lesson. I'm asked many times by students "how long will it take until I'm good." My answer is: that is in direct proportion to the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. After a month or two, you will know how to read music and have a basic understanding of music theory.

I use various curriculum depending on the student's need. For piano, I generally use Alfred Methods. For guitar, Hal Leonard or Mel Bay. For voice, the curriculum is individually tailored to the students level and goals.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in theatrical performance for actors/vocalists.
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Nina C. January 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Love it! Easy going, easy to understand, great tips and techniques I can use to get stronger more quickly. Looking forward to next week!
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Robin Villarreal January 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was quite nervous trying to sing after many years away from the choir. Don makes your first class friendly and comfortable. I left feeling like he will know exactly what I need. Was great!!!
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Andrea S. November 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my lesson with Don. He was very professional, but laid back. He helped me with exactly what I had asked for. I felt comfortable making mistakes. Also, while practicing in between lessons I'm able to contact him with questions.
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Don C.

Don C.

Vancouver, WA 98665
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mathew M.

Vancouver, WA

My lessons are custom built to fit my students’ learning styles, and help them achieve their unique goals. Lessons will cover chords, songs, scales, technique, theory, and much more. I offer recording services to my students at no cost. Students can learn to write and record their own songs! I also make use of drums and bass to give students experience playing with other instruments. I provide a positive and encouraging environment to help my students achieve their goals, and enjoy playing music.

About Mathew

I have been teaching guitar for 9 years. And have been performing guitar, bass, and drums with rock bands for 16 years. I have studied music and guitar performance through years of private lessons with graduates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. I specialize in classic and modern rock, heavy metal, and gospel music. My goal is to provide custom private lessons for my students to help them reach their musical goals, build confidence, and develop creativity.
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Daniela M. July 7, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor with all levels of expertise ! Mathew is very patient and talented
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Mark May 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mat is patient, knowledgeable and a good teacher. I have no complaints.
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Iman D. March 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Mathew M.

Mathew M.

Vancouver, WA 98664
(12)
starting at
$17 / 30-min

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