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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR

About Michael

Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in biology and minored in jazz studies.
Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic
teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience have allowed him to be successful with teaching students with learning disabilities. He has no problem using “outside of the box” techniques to help explain a tough concept.
Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. He caters his lessons to maximize every student’s potential. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style. Michael ensures that every student will have the technique, theory, and musical knowledge to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting.
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Jack D. October 6, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
"Now that I'm studying with Mike, the efficiency of my practice time is way, way up."

Mike is the first coach who emphasizes "practice the hard parts". So much so that any time a note comes out either not in rhythm, not in pitch, or not a great sound, I have the confidence to stop and repeat the hard part until it's no longer hard. Even when learning to improvise, if the notes I pick on the sax don't match the ones I first heard in my head, I have the confidence to stop and really find those notes that my mind imagined. Eventually I'll be able to hit the ones I intend the first time. He also advocates to always know the purpose of any practicing you're doing---there's no more aimless noodling. Even when I'm jamming, there's a specific goal in mind.

The second thing I really get from Mike is that he expects me to know what notes I'm playing and what role they fill in the key. Formerly my method of improvising was to hunt and peck, occasionally hitting notes outside the key and finding a way to "work them back in". But now, if I'm riffing on the note F in the key of B-flat, Mike wants me to know that that's the 5 of the key. And to also know where the 3 and 7 are---like a home base where you know it's safe to play.
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Aaron S. May 28, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are so lucky to have found Michael! Before we started with him in February, my son played Ode to Joy, now he's practicing jazz and having fun while practicing. Michael has awesome enthusiasm, and a great foundation in both performance and theory. He shows care for the student and is always supportive. I completely recommend him for any skill level!
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Oregon City, OR 97045
(2)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR

About Elisa

Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

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I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyable but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising
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Lisa M. June 14, 2015
Violin · In studio
I think Elisa is amazing. My daughter learned excellent technique and was given many opportunities to perform solo as well as in an ensemble. Elisa has a great love of music and a natural gift for teaching and it shows in her individualized approach to her students. She is an excellent musician and teacher with infinite patience and respect for her students.
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L D. June 11, 2015
Violin · In studio
Elisa was very patient and understanding for our beginning violin player!
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D C. June 11, 2015
Violin · In studio
I retired 2 years ago and decided to renew my interest in the violin. I selected Elisa B. to be my instructor and I am still enjoying taking lessons from Elisa. She is an exceptional violinist and teacher. She is patient and encouraging. No matter what your age, I highly recommend Elisa. She is a wonderful person and gifted musician.
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Elisa B.

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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starting at
$27.50 / 30-min
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Karen W.

Portland, OR

About Karen

I have a BA in Psychology, and an MA in Parapsychology. I studied Architecture for 3 years, and Music Education for two years. I was a National Merit Semifinalist in High School for good SAT scores, and in the Honors Society in High School and College. I play piano, percussion, flute, cello, guitar, bass, cornet and glockenspiel, and teach music lessons. I enjoy playing duets with my students, sharing the fun of making music with them. I do macrame', draw and paint, and am certified as a Reiki Master. I always loved school, and enjoy helping other people to learn. My Dad is my role model, sin
ce he was a calm, patient tutor for me - I try to live up to his example in my own teaching work.
I like to work with my students in a learning partnership, letting them work at their own pace with my encouragement and support.
I love to teach, and can help you love to learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are usually 30 or 60 minutes, once a week.
I can be flexible, if your needs differ.
I can also arrange more evening times at 5:00 or later,
if the times on my availability list don't work for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with electric piano, electric guitar, percussion instruments, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano students should have a touch-sensitive piano/keyboard in their home.
All other music students should either own or rent their instrument.
Everyone should bring their assignment notebook and their lesson books to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I play Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical styles.
The Faber method books are my favorite.
I have the most tutoring experience with Math and Statistics.
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Ethan P. July 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son was thrilled with Karen and so was I...she will be a great fit!
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Malini R. July 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Karen was a wonderful teacher to my 6 year old! She was very calm, attentive and flexible with my daughter's learning needs. She was able to start my daughter off on the right foot with love of piano, having her play short songs and duets, learn notes and reading music. We moved but are grateful to have had her as a teacher.
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Gayle M. June 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We are so happy with the lessons we've received from Karen! My son is 15 and is on the Autistic spectrum, so finding someone who is patient and willing to teach a student who is not always clear with his communication could have been a real challenge. Karen has been a wonderful instructor and my son looks forward to every lesson he gets with her. His progress has been impressive and we are grateful that Karen has helped to foster the love for piano that he has now.
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Karen W.

Karen W.

Portland, OR 97206
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Duncan B.

Clackamas, OR

About Duncan

Duncan has studied with Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Ray Mosca ,Roy Brooks, Jim Chapin and many more. A graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Duncan has played with The Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Red Garland, Major Holly, Wilber Ware, Doug Wakins, Barney Kessell, Leroy Vinnegar and many more.
I can help you to learn Jazz and other styles with my knowledge and experience. I teach all styles of Drumming. I teach a easy to learn system called "Hands On".

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I am very easy to listen to and show you what to learn. I use the "Hands On" a
pproach, which
allows you to learn quickly. Muscle Memory is also used. I will teach you to read and use every bit of information out there. After 3 months you will be a Drummer. After 6 months you will be a pretty good Drummer and so on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Gretsch Drum set, Practice Pads,music stands, CD Player and Video Camera,Sticks, Brushes and Mallets

*** Travel Equipment ***
At my studio, a full Drum Set, Stereo, Practice Pads, Stick, Brushes, Mallets, CD's

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles. I use the "Hands on " system, which allows the student to learn quickly. I am a Jazz drummer but have played almost every type of music. I also played with The Oscar Peterson Trio and Dizzy Gillespie while in Canada..1990 I recorded Leroy Vinnegars last Album "The last Sessions"
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David L. July 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and I have a lot to learn
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Becky S. February 28, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Two thumbs up for Duncan!

I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretches my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)
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Duncan B.

Duncan B.

Clackamas, OR 97015
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Rick K.

Portland, OR

About Rick

Hi. My name is Rick, I'd love to teach you to play the guitar. I have 15 years teaching experience and offer lessons tailor-made to your individual musical goals and interests. You'll be surprised at how easy and fun learning the guitar can be.
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Cathy C. June 5, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
I was excited and nervous to start ukulele lessons. Rick quickly makes you feel at ease-greeting me for the intro lessons playing his guitar! With an incredible ability to encourage and motivate he is the ideal instructor. It is very apparent that he loves music and sharing that love with students (of all levels!)
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Kelly L. June 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Rick is a fantastic guitar instructor! I knew absolutely nothing about playing guitar when I first started taking lessons, and now I can read music and play songs. He takes the time to make sure I actually understand what I'm doing, instead of just going through the motions. He's patient and encouraging when I struggle. I'd highly recommend him to anyone interested in beginning lessons, or anyone looking to sharpen their skills and add to their repertoire!
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Dave P. June 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been working with Rick for a while now. He's professional, laid back, and fun to learn from. If you have an interest in a particular style of music, a specific song, or music theory, Rick will incorporate your interests into the lessons. If life gets hectic and you don't practice as much as you should, Rick won't guilt trip you for slacking. (Not that I'd ever do this...) Rick clearly wants you to improve and enjoy learning to play music at whatever pace works best for you.
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Rick K.

Rick K.

Portland, OR 97206
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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