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 with 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!
The Flute is an Awesome instrument. We can play duets, learn how to beat-box on the flute, or work up a recital piece for you. Anything and everything flute!
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.
Alisa M. October 20, 2014
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.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music, I moved to New York where I lived for 11 years. I have been a professional multi-instrumentalist since then and a member of many bands including Beirut and Arcade Fire. I have also performed and/or recorded with many others including David Byrne, Passion Pit, Coldplay, and LCD Sound system. I have performed in dozens of countries, at some of the world's biggest festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury), and on many television shows (Colbert, Letterman, Fallon).
I have experience in playing and teaching many differen
t styles and can teach you what YOU want to learn. Playing music can be a very rewarding experience, but should also be fun. I can promise you will have fun in our lessons and have fun with music in general.
*** Lesson Details *** We will focus first and foremost on what you would like to learn on your instrument, whether it be specific songs, styles, or a more general approach to your instrument or music-making. I have taught students of all ages on many different instruments and can work with anyone at any skill level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drum kit, keyboards, piano, organ, guitar, bass, ukelele, accordion, mandolin, various synthesizers, various percussion, and recording rig.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring any portable instrument, and any sheet music required for our lesson.
*** Specialties *** For brass I am a strong proponent of the Carmine Caruso method. As for genres I am most well versed in jazz, rock, and classical.
Thomas W. January 9, 2014
Trombone Verified Student
I hadn't picked up a trombone in over 30 years. I was interested in joining a community band in my retirement, but knew I needed a lot of "brush-up"
I'm glad I found Kelly! He was able to determine where I needed the most work, and has tailored my lessons to meet my skill level. He's given me a good basic review of the trombone, and is also very capable on many other instruments. He's made sure I have plenty of appropriate level music to practice besides scales - so it doesn't get boring!
I would highly recommend Kelly for anyone like myself who would like to get back to playing for fun. I will continue taking more lessons from him. I'm also sure he would be of great help for more serious students of any brass instrument.
I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing and acting for a wide range of ages and types of acting from stage to film and all types in between including Shakespeare . I normally take students at my house which is in the 97217 area code or at PSU campus. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.
*** Lesson Details *** I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have the opportu
nity to cross over if they would like. I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.
*** Specialties *** Musical Theater Shakespeare Acting Acting for Singers Auditioning how to's Script Analysis Classical acting Various acting methods Classical Flute Music Theory Sight Singing
Ralyn M. November 24, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Kristin does an amazing job of meeting me where my abilities and needs are. She listens to what I want out of the lessons, but also challenges me to stretch beyond what I think I can do... and I'm often delightfully surprised. She also teaches me a great deal of music theory as we work through singing which is wonderful. Her guidance in helping me use my "instrument" properly has been so valuable. And she is very patient and intuitive in the process.
I have played flute for over 20 years. I studied at California State University, Northridge, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. I have been tutoring for over ten years, teaching students of all ages and levels. It is important to me that I get to know my students on a personal level, so I can cater lessons to their individual goals/learning styles. Whether you want to work on tone, prepare for an audition, or learn that song from Frozen, I look forward to working with you!
Hi! My name is Lindsey. I went to California State University, Northridge, where I earned a Bachelor degree in Music Performance and a Master of Arts in Geography. I have been teaching music lessons and tutoring for over 10 years. In addition, I have played in many orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist in venues all over the country including Carnegie Hall in New York and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. When I'm not playing or teaching, I am working as a freelance air pollution consultant and cartographer, knitting, cooking, gardening, or playing with my ridiculously cute dog, Snowy.
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