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Peter Q.

Portland, OR

All of my students write songs! You don't have to, but you'll want to/do it accidentally.

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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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
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Peter M.

Portland, OR

Whether you're interested in writing pop songs with basic chords or intricate pieces full of advanced techniques, learning the fundamentals of good songwriting will keep your writing focused and effective.

About Peter

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 ***
Dedicated teaching studio w/ guitars and amps. There is no waiting area for parents but they are welcome to 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.
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Kelley G. August 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have taken guitar lessons from Peter for a year and a half now, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to any child - or adult, like me - for the highest quality music lessons!

When I researched the TakeLessons website (and others), I looked for an instructor with a strong music background and saw that Peter had a degree in Jazz Studies and Composition from University of Oregon. He has been teaching for a number of years now, and can teach any style of music, including classical. He incorporates music theory into each lesson - very important if you want to learn how to play, improvise or write music. For those students who want to perform, Peter has lots of experience in that arena too, regularly touring with his band and teaming up with other musicians as well.

Peter's an enthusiastic teacher who takes his lessons seriously, and it is absolutely evident how much he loves music. He's exceedingly patient and supportive, and always gives plenty of positive feedback. He taught me how to practice properly, which doesn't mean playing a piece over and over, but rather breaking it down into sections - or even a measure or two - in order to perfect an awkward chord change or erratic rhythm. But perhaps most important is that he doesn't rush through the lesson; he makes certain you understand a technical point, or makes sure you're able to play a finger exercise correctly before he moves on to the next thing.

I've had numerous music instructors over the years in elementary, high school, college and beyond and Peter is without question one of the best teachers I've ever had. He's an incredible musician and a superb instructor. And a pretty terrific human being as well!
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david G. February 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
fun lessons!

Peter's a good teacher, smiling in the face of terrible, broken chords! The lessons are really enjoyable. Peter picks a suitable selection of music where each new piece builds on the past progress. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Peter M.

Portland, OR 97217
(2)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Don C.

Portland, OR

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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Gerald V. October 15, 2014
Guitar · 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...
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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.
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Don C.

Don C.

Vancouver, WA 98665
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Chad M.

Portland, OR

About Chad

I am 38 years old, and have been a musician for over 25 years. I began, like many, playing in my middle school band. I attended a Performing Arts School throughout my high school years, where I studied Classical and Jazz Guitar, Music Theory, Ear Training, and many other facets of music. I also studied privately with various guitar instructors, most notable Kyle Hildenbrand, a Berklee grad and film scorer for Universal Studios. In college I also took education and psychology classes which have proven very helpful in my approach to teaching.
I have performed in many ensembles and bands, playin
g both cover songs and writing original music. Blues, country, hard-rock, and even a jazz quartet. Currently I write for and perform in a folk - rock trio.
Playing in so many different circumstances, has been very beneficial working as a teacher. My students are all very different, not only in the way that they learn but also in the style of music they wish to play. I take pride in being able to adapt to each student, teaching them with the most appropriate method.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, I like to teach the fundamentals of music through the style that the student is most interested in. We learn to read standard notation as well as tablature, for guitarists. My curriculum varies from student to student, choosing the most appropriate for the individual. I also emphasize the importance of creativity and self-expression, teaching students how to write and improvise.
After 6 months, a student can expect to be able to read music and tablature, know a wide variety of chords and scales, have the ability to improvise solos, and be able to play songs they enjoy to listen to.

*** Studio Equipment **

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide my instrument, tuner, books, and would expect the student to have their own instrument, a quiet place to have the lesson, and the material we are studying.

*** Specialties ***
I generally begin guitar students with the Hal Leonard books, and continue based on the students personal goals and interests.
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Laura G. February 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chad is very patient and complementary during lessons!
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Rudy Y. January 29, 2013
Verified Student
Patient and adaptable

I have only taken three lessons so far but I am excited about what I am learning and will continue taking more. I've been playing guitar for about 11 years and it feels good to finally be learning the things I failed to teach myself.

Chad is very patient and is willing to modify the lessons to focus on what's important to you as a student. The sessions are engaging and practical.

Recommended.
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Chad M.

Chad M.

Portland, OR 97213
(2)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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James M.

Vancouver, WA

Song writing is a art form and skill. I have written many ideas and molded them into a song. Form is one of the most important musical element to understand in order to give balance with in your song. This also depends on the style of music you are choosing.

About james

Born in Downey, California in 1965, James began playing the guitar at age eleven. At the age of fifteen he auditioned and ultimately studied with Celin Romero. Shortly thereafter, he performed in several master classes for Pepe Romero, George Sakelariou, Bartolomeo Diaz, Benjamin Verdery and John Duarte. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University under Pablo Cohen, where he also studied voice and viola as well as receiving the SAI/Schmits award for best performance in 1996. Later, he earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University, Oregon, und
er composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson.

James is an active guitar instructor and has taught at the Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, California, the Beacock’s Music Education Center, Vancouver, Washington, the Urban Music Center, Portland, Oregon, and presently teaches at both Clark College Vancouver, Washington and at Concordia in Portland, Oregon. James has created two instructional DVD’s, one on Classical Guitarist Jeffrey Ashton’s new guitar method and the other on his own beginning method, “Basic Guitar Method 1 Tid Bits.”

As a soloist and ensemble performer, James has performed in concert series, music festivals, and concertos with local orchestras throughout the United States, (Green Valley Recreation Center, Arizona; Portland State University ThinkMusic ThinkLincoln Series, Oregon; Broderick Gallery, Oregon; Arts Equity Theatre, Washington; Portland Classic Guitar, Oregon; The Northwest Conference, Washington; Narberth String Summer Camp, Pennsylvania; Oregon Chamber Players, Oregon; Hilton Hotel, New York City), and with members of the Vancouver Symphony, performing works by Vivaldi, and Savas Zannas.

Teaming up with award winning teacher and performer, Soprano April Duvic, they have performed works of DeFalla, Schubert, Villa Lobos, Dowland and Seiber. “An Evening with the Portland Guitar Duo,” is a live CD and DVD recording with guitarist Foti Lycouridis. This recording features works by Monpou, Defalla, Gimenez, Chopin, Tedesco, Santorsola, Granados, and Albeniz.

James’s repertoire ranges from Baroque music, such as Bach’s Cello Suites, to contemporary composers, such as Bryan Johanson and joins Foti Lycouridis in a duet, Spanish dance No.2: by Enrique Granados. The Portland Guitar Society reviewed his debut recording entitled “A James M. Concert” as a “reflective and immediately appealing performance.”

*** Lesson Details ***
( To enhance self-worth and ones creativity) I use my own self-authored book, ' Basic Guitar Method & Tid Bits and Jeffery Ashton's., New Basic Guitar Method. As a teacher my class will cover technique, chord progression, note reading, and understanding of basic music skills. I will help you to learn to confidently play the guitar.

. To develop basic music skills
. To develop technical growth
. To learn the art of self- discipline
. To learn the art of performing
. To provide the feeling of accomplishment

*** Specialties ***
I have studied classical and jazz in college and written my own method book for beginning basic guitar. I have used jazz guitar work shop series and "Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats" by Andrew York for theory. I'm a performer that is always reinventing myself to achieve better understanding on being a performer and knowing my audience. I enjoy writing songs instrumental or with lyrics and have learned the most important is form, and balance.
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james M. January 25, 2014
Classical Guitar
He has illuminated my understanding for the guitar

James has been my guitar teacher for four years and has illuminated my understanding for the guitar and classical music. His love of the guitar and music is expressed in his generosity in sharing and teaching. He has a gift of patience that conveys his enjoyment of playing and listening to music, even in it's most beginning expression. One never experiences disapproval from James, the attitude is always toward learning to improve.

Sincerely
George Vaughan
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james M. January 20, 2014
Guitar
A positive, professional teacher.

James,

"I signed up for guitar 101 at Clark College. I found James to be a fine teacher, since he expected me, as a student, to reach beyond my abilities and; yes, compose a musical encore. As a private instructor, I find him to be tactful, as he continues to reward me with ever more complex musical sheets. He is always working with me to reach my specific goals. I could take lessons closer to my home; but continue to visit Clark College, because James has the ability to not only play great guitar, but to teach what he plays. The other Martha"
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James M.

James M.

Vancouver, WA 98663
(2)
starting at
$23 / 30-min

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