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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 lev
els. 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 welcomes students of all ages, styles, and skill levels.

*** Lesson Details ***
"As a teacher I offer a great deal of knowledge in many styles of music as well as a genuine motivation to impart the love I have for music performance. My journey through music has blessed me with experience in western classical, jazz, blues, and popular styles; all of which allows me to instruct students in whatever their musical goals may be. The lessons are always rooted in observing excellent pianistic technique and fundamental musicianship (ear training, reading music notation, etc). Finally, my students know me to be a patient instructor that consistently works to teach the material in a way that is accessible and relevant to the student's goals."

*** Travel Equipment ***

The student should have a notebook to record our lessons in, a piano/keyboard to play and receive instruction on, and what ever music material I have assigned (course work, lesson book, etc). The keyboard should be 88-key and weighted. If the student is very young then it is not critical that the keyboard have weighted keys but it is still preferable.

*** Specialties ***

Voice and Piano

Instrumental and Vocal technique.

Jazz Repertoire: Standards, Comping, Improvisational studies

Western Classical Music. I have studied many classical styles: baroque, classical, romantic, and modern classical music.

Music Theory: Conservatory, Popular, and Jazz Styles.

Ethnic Musics: Several native musics from the far and middle east (Maqqam, Indian Hindustani, Japanese folk musics)
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Eliana K. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Gentle yet firm and directive in his ability and approach to teach the young.
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Eliana K. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Gentle yet firm and directive in his ability and approach to teach the young.
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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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Benjamin Z.

Benjamin Z.

Hillsboro, OR 97123
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joel J.

Beaverton, OR

About Joel

Joel J. took his first guitar lesson in September 1980. A lifelong student and teacher of guitar and improvisation, Joel began playing in bands at age 14. Seeking a higher awareness of guitar, he left school at U-Michigan to study at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. While there, he received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1997 he received his B.M.S. in Professional Music with a concentration in Private Instruction and Studio Arranging from Berklee. No stranger to the industry, Joel has recorded 3 CD's with rock bands Michigan and Color Phobos as primar
y composer and lead guitarist. Joel is former owner of The Great Hall Restaurant and Music Room where raw live performances occurred every night. He currently plays with Portland area blues-rock band The Fabulous Badcats, and co-hosts an open jam every week in SE Portland. Embark upon a discovery of music born in the fires of your own passion as Joel will lead you through a course of study based entirely upon your goals and desires for your relationship with the guitar. with a vivid memory of studying guitar as an eight year old, Joel teaches all ages with patience and understanding.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with Joel are like Choose Your Own Adventure stories. The curriculum is based on the Performance programs of Berklee College and Musician's Institute, with supplements by Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and including the music of YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST. We will navigate through a rigorous study of the instrument, including metronome study, sight-reading and notation, ear training and everything else. But once we cover the basics, the course will take the direction of your interests and what is fueling your fire. Keeping true to what motivates you will keep the lessons interesting even when the commitment becomes difficult..and it will..but as you may already know, nothing worth having is easily achieved. Come take a deep look at the most popular and versatile instrument of the modern age, and master your own style of guitar playing with a teacher whose own commitment to music education is absolute.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio room in private home- with piano, electric and acoustic guitars and equipment, on-screen learning; chairs, piano bench, room for parents to observe lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music stand and curriculum. I expect the student to provide pencil, notebook with lined paper, music paper, metronome and instrument. I do have instruments available for rental

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock and blues improvisation, and beginning to advanced music theory.
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Paul S. December 21, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Knowledgeable and patient

Joel was great. He gave me tons of exercises to practice so I never ran out of stuff to do. He is very knowledgeable about music and really understands the theory and incorporates it into his lessons. Overall great experience.
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Ava J. June 15, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Recommending Joel Jackson

Every time I leave my lesson with Joel I feel inspired and more confident than the week before. ~ He understands my goals and helps me develop a plan to attain them. He's very patient and helfpul. ~ All around an excellent teacher!
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HeidiF March 22, 2012
Joel is great and makes it very easy to understand what to do. He gives me encouragement which i like and motivates me to keep going. I am definitely going to take more lessons with Joel (-:
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Joel J.

Joel J.

Beaverton, OR 97078
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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James N.

Beaverton, OR

About James

Hello everyone! Please have a look around my profile and feel free to contact me. I have taught privately since 2009 and just joined takelessons.com in 2014.

I strongly feel each student needs lesson goals tailored to what he or she wants to take away from music. Getting ready for a college performance degree, making it to state solo contest, surviving band music, or simply discovering the huge scope of music available to us these days are each worthy goals, but require different preparation. I will work with you to figure out where your interests lie and focus on those, first and foremost!


After completing my bachelor's and master's degrees in trumpet performance out in the Midwest, I spent two years living and working in Chicago, IL before returning home to the Portland area in 2013. I have since started a new studio in Beaverton, OR and am taking on new students at this time while maintaining an active teaching schedule with the Southridge High School marching band and Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps, as well as performing in the Portland metro area.

Thanks for your time, and happy practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide: music stand, method books during lessons, recording equipment for lessons, tuner, metronome

Students should provide: instrument/mouthpiece

*** Specialties ***
I have spent most of my playing time on classical (orchestral, chamber, and solo music), but would also welcome students interested in jazz up to an intermediate level, especially if they have an interest in playing lead trumpet.
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Lily C. August 5, 2015
French Horn · In home
Verified Student
James is an excellent and patient teacher. My daughter loves working with him and she is excited to practice what he has taught her after he leaves. Overall, James is very personable, kind and professional. I would recommend him to anyone!
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Hilary July 10, 2015
French Horn · In home
James really took his time and explained everything to my daughter who is new to French Horn. He gave her perfect exercises to improve and stay on track until their next lesson.
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James G. March 17, 2015
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
James teaches our son (13) the horn. He is a true professional in his art and does a fantastic job in teaching it to others. He is knowledgeable in his craft and very patient in laying a solid foundation from which to build on. Our son learned more in his first 30 minute class about how to work on areas that were frustrating him, than the 1.5 years lost in band class. Thank you James for getting our son to start playing with confidence, and best yet enjoying his horn again!
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James N.

Beaverton, OR 97008
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sonya P.

Beaverton, OR

About Sonya

Sonya has performed solo, chamber and choral works at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Music Theatre and Rogue Opera. After graduating at SOU with BA's in both Music Performance and Music Education, she was given the opportunity for many starring roles in opera, musical and stage theatre throughout Oregon. Currently, her favorite audience consists of her three young children who often accompany her on the piano or drums!

Sonya also has had the pleasure of becoming a Master Organizer and Health and Wellness guru with many thanks to her husband and children and is looking forward to shari
ng her wealth of knowledge with others!!
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Jolie V. August 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter thought Sonya was really nice and had fun learning piano from her.
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anna June 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sonya is a great teacher! She is very patience and answer my questions in detail.
She knows all kind of music and teach me fun music to play the piano.
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Katie L. November 19, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sonya is awesome!
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Sonya P.

Sonya P.

Beaverton, OR 97006
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Adam T.

Portland, OR

About Adam

Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile.

My name is Adam and I am a bright, energetic, fun-loving twenty-eight year old. I did my undergraduate studies at Brown University, getting a bachelor of science in Psychology. I am currently finishing a Master's in Basic Medical Sciences at Wayne State University. I have a broad range of subjects that I like to teach and that I am interested about.

I started tutoring in my free time, about a decade ago. I have primarily focused on teaching immigrant youth, but I like to help anyone who is eager to learn.

Thank you for
taking the time to read my profile. I wish you all the success in your endeavors.

Sincerely,
Adam
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Mark August 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
He wants to teach what the student wants to learn, weather that is how to do basic chords, popular songs, how to write songs, and everything in between. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who enjoys freedom and flexibility in lesson progression.
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Kevin C. August 10, 2015
Songwriting · In home
Adam kind of blew my mind. First of all, he had me send an MP3 of the song I wanted to work on before the lesson. He sent me back some brief notes, which I was able to start incorporating into my pre-lesson practice. By the time we actually did the lesson, the song was already in much better shape. The lesson itself was super impressive. Adam was efficient with our time and kept us moving, so we covered a lot of ground - basically all of the essential elements of the song. At the same time, there was space for me to ask questions. Just a really professional and really great guy.
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Andrew August 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Terrific teacher! I took piano lessons from Adam for about 6 months when I was learning piano and had a great time. He's a really talented musician but more importantly can really break things down to basic concepts and teach difficult concepts in simple terms. Definitely recommend him to anyone learning an instrument for the first time.
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Adam T.

Adam T.

Portland, OR 97225
(7)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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