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 grandmot
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.
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.
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!
Heather B. April 29, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
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!
I've recorded many albums in my own home, and then shipped them off. Very familiar with recording techniques, and I know many people you could go and see if you were looking for something specific.
My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.
nt on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008! Additionally, I work for a Record Label in Portland, "PJCE Records", and have real life experience with production, press releases and booking through the west coast and mid-west.
In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.
Look forward to hearing from you!
*** Lesson Details *** I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.
If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.
*** Specialties *** I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berklee School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!
Tal R. August 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle is an incredible teacher. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, relaxed, and challenging. His passion is infectious, especially when delving into music theory. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get a fuller, deeper understanding of music and how it works.
Kathy G. August 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I and my daughter have only had our first lesson with Kyle, but we found him very enthusiastic, easy to work with, and left excited to achieve the plan he laid out for us.
Jeremy M. July 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle has been great! I started using him for lessons for my son who just turned 5. He has the energy and attention span of a 5yr old. Despite this Kyle has done very well with him. He mixes the right amount of play and discipline to accomplish the lesson objectives and keep my son focused while maintaining a relationship with my son that makes him look forward to the lessons. I had a hard time finding teachers to start with someone so young, but Kyle has done great and I would certainly recommend giving him a try. We have done lessons both at Kyle's studio and our home.
How much fun is is to spend an hour in the studio with Miss Jane and record a song in GARAGE BAND? even if your child has never done anything musical before, we can go home the FIRST DAY with a recorded piece that your child has chosen the parts to. And if they have Apple products at home, they can create and playback original tunes by themselves.
Recording projects for school or as Holiday Gifts is a great way to keep your friends and family involved in your childs musical creativity. We can upload their pieces onto Utube for listening or email so you can send on to Grandma! Putting together a 7-8 song CD for holiday gifts can be a wonderful experience of giving music for any child and their family! ***YOU CAN'T DO THAT in ONLINE LESSONS!***
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 guita
r, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums, I majored in Flute and Voice at University of Florida School of Music 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, duo - CecilyJane (5 years), and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ (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. My students often accompany me!
*** 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.
Once a student becomes proficient at reading and playing the instrument, they are invited to be a part of the HUMMINGBIRD BAND which does regular performances at local retirement homes and other local events and festivals. Bi Annual student recitals are also held at a local retirement home with a grand piano and Recital room.
*** Studio Equipment *** STORY AND CLARK PIANO Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez brands Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars. Crate Acoustic Amp and Roland Cube Electric Guitar Amp. Line 6 guitar amp. 2 Ibanez Electric Bass Guitars, Gallien Kruger 100w bass amp, Line 6 bass amp Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier. Roland D-50 Synthesizer Keyboard Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard Peavey KB 60 Keyboard amp Peavey KB 2 Keyboard amp Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard Djembe hand drum, tambourine, shakers, Alesis Drum Machine. Yamaha Stage Custom 5 piece drum set. Yamaha DP series 6 piece drum set. Full Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems, 2 iBooks, Macbook and MacBook Pro, and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software. Presonus Recording Studio interface, software and hardware. Garage Band and Audio box USB interface Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device. Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones. Shure, Audio Technica and Audix Performance Microphones, ADK vocal and studio condenser microphones. Flute, Clarinet, All sizes of Recorders Violin Autoharp Harmonica Onkyo 100w Professional Stereo Amplifier with Magnovox and Technics Surround Sound speaker. iPod 4, iPod 5, iPhone 5 (teaching app devices) Djembe (hand drum) *** 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. String instrument and woodwind students are required to bring own instruments. All Amps provided Drum and Piano students are not required to bring any instruments or sticks to lesson, only binders.
JOHN THOMPSON MODERN COURSE FOR PIANO: First grade book $7 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. Or bring $5 for replacement steel strings. Classical and electric to be done by music store in advance.
Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories, and a hungry student cannot focus.
FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Hepa Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio and home.
This is a SHOES OFF studio, please and thanks!
*** Specialties *** FUN SONGS! Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country! Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!
Jimmy November 11, 2015
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.
Sydney P. September 25, 2015
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!
Ayden P. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jane was awesome! She had the entire family playing music together and now my son AND husband are playing drums together. Looking forward to playing as a family and finding joy and bonding in music.
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.
Andrea S. November 18, 2015
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.
Gerald V. October 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
At 60,, I was unsure what to expect,, Don has been so patient, and going at speed I can handle, I am only an advanced beginner,, so it sinks in slowly.... and Don is directing me the way I need to go,, it's only been 3 lessons,, but can tell I will stick with him for awhile,, only complaint,, is the tiny room we are in,, banging guitars together sometimes,, lol,, Great Teacher...
Jeff T. May 3, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Expanded my range and strengthened my voice.
Don has a lot of experience, worked well around my schedule, and is very professional.
From day one he gave me exercises and study material to take home. Due to his experience he could pinpoint my weak points and give me something to work on for next week. If I couldn't make it on my lesson day Don was very open and helpful with rescheduling.
Don is friendly, punctual, and can I say experienced one more time :) I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to expand there music knowledge.
I can coach you or your child how to use Logic Pro, Garageband, or even how to best utilize your old tape 4-track. I will work with you on projects and help with mixing. I have produced and engineered hundreds of recordings, and can show you how the art of recording can take you further as a writer, player and band member.
My name is Sean Archer, and I would love to work with you or your kid as an instructor! I have been playing in, recording, and touring with bands for the past 10 years... and also have 3 years experience working in Head Start classrooms. My specialty is kids 6-12, but am comfortable with all ages. I am particularly interested in offering hybrid lessons, where we work on guitar, songwriting and possibly recording all in one.
For young students, I think what sets me apart is my experience working with kids at a variety of different levels. At Head Start I learned how to instruct and guide ki
ds, but most importantly how to find each kids individual style of learning. My focus is always to keep the kids interested and engaged, while ensuring they make the progress they’ll need to maintain their confidence and motivation.
For adult students, my focus is essentially the same. I want to focus on exactly what's important to you, balanced with the skills you'll need to reach your individual goals.
Morgan November 5, 2015
Music Recording ·
Sean is an old roommate of mine who showed me how to record. We would work together on projects (first on 4-track, then Logic) and he showed me how recording can be an artform. He was great at giving me the motivation and skills I needed to start recording on my home. I learned to think of the recording equipment as another instrument, to be okay making mistakes and to find the fun in recording. I would highly recommend Sean for you or your kid who is seeking to learn recording, whether it be for home demos or to professionally record bands.
Dan November 5, 2015
I have known Sean for the past 3 years from our bands playing together, and while I haven't taken lessons from him myself I have learned so much from playing with him, discussing songwriting, and doing recording projects together. Sean has a unique mind when it comes to discussing and teaching songwriting in particular, and I feel he would be a great fit for you or your kid. Go for Sean!
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