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Susan L.

Portland, OR

Classical, jazz, rock, sight reading, ear training, music theory, improv, scales/arpeggio training.

About Susan

Hi, my name is Sue L. I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all strings and piano for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice.

Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. T
he book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.

For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. Students that pass get a beautiful certificate for each level, grades 1 to 8.

I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango, Middle Eastern and blue grass/folk bands.

My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello, bass and piano students. Most of all, it is the joy of music making that I want to share with my students.

Private and group lessons
Two recitals a year
Special performance opportunities throughout the year
Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk
Music theory
Customized lesson plans using various methods old and new

I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential by providing many performance opportunities throughout the year. Some of my students have appeared as special guests with my band, Mango Nights.

Included with weekly private lessons are once a month group lessons where students can learn essential ensemble skills and have fun meeting other students.

Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.

Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.

For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano, separate room for lessons, off street parking,
Convenient close in location

*** Travel Equipment ***
Small amp, Mac laptop and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Tango and Middle Eastern.

Ensemble playing with other students.

Professional opportunities playing for weddings and other events.
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AprilS June 25, 2012
Susan is a great instructor! She's very helpful and positive. And she lets you move at a pace relative to your abilities. I enjoyed my lessons with her very much!!
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GloriaB1 April 17, 2012
Very Encoluraging

Susan is so encouraging & gets excited because I'm excited to learn to play the piano. She's very patient with me...which is a huge plus! She also has a way of breaking the music language down so that I can relate to it. It's sort of like word association. That works!
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NickK April 10, 2012
helpful and flexible

Susan is a wonderful instructor. She was flexible with my crazy schedule. She gave me enough work to not get boerd between lessons but not to much work. I always look forward to my lessons.
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Susan L.

Susan L.

Portland, OR 97230
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$37.50 / 30-min
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Jake B.

Portland, OR

About Jake

A life long music lover, I was drawn to the bass guitar at age 15. I learned to play by taking private lessons and immediately began practicing and performing with local rock bands. My music education and performance continued in college when I earned a B.A. in Sociology from Western Michigan University with a Jazz Studies minor.
For the past 10 years I've balanced my time between private lessons and performance. I've worked as bass player for many bands in varied musical genres in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR including Jazz, Indie Rock, Swing, Blue Grass, Rockabilly, Latin Jazz, Blues an
d Country music. Versatility in a variety of styles is a key staying busy as a working musician. As a teacher, I use a combination of real world examples and music theory to prepare my students to perform with other musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
My focus is to get students performance ready as a bass player. After identifying musical interests and abilities, I design fun and meaningful lessons. Expect to jam along with me on percussion or guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide amps and cables for students from my home studio. I also provide Sheet music/music stands and will record sessions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For lessons at the student's home, students will provide own instrument and equipment. I will provide sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Learn to groove on bass.
Do you like rock, metal, jazz, country, funk, classical or reggae
bass? I will make you a better player in the music style you choose.
The goal of learning bass is to accompany other instruments, so expect to jam with me on guitar, drums and piano.
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linda D. September 29, 2013
Upright Bass
Jake is a great teacher!

I had never played a stringed instrument when I joined a bluegrass band at the age of 62 and was told that I needed to learn to play the bass. I bought an upright stick bass and was lucky enough to find Jake to teach me how to play it. I was a teacher myself, so I appreciated Jake's approach to teaching -- supportive and specific. He listened to me when I explained that, yes, I wanted to learn how to play the bass, but I also wanted to work on songs that my band was doing. I didn't want a "canned" series of lessons...Jake listened and off we went. Jake is personable and knowledgeable...what gift to me as a learner! My cat liked him, too!
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Jake B.

Jake B.

Portland, OR 97206
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starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Alex K.

West Linn, OR

I've been performing and educating on the upright bass for years. It's the instrument through which I meet most of my students and get most of my gigs. The upright bass is a very challenging instrument to learn, but based on the success of my students and the impact the instrument has had on my life, I consider it a worthwhile journey. I was the principal bassist in the Orchestra and Jazz bands at my alma mater, and am happy to help students develop their technique, time, groove, bowing technique, intonation, tone, and note choice. I combine a mixture of classical and jazz approached teaching to help my students comprehend and appreciate the diversity of music that the upright bass allows them to explore.

About Alex

I am a bassist, pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter, performer, and band manager studying jazz at the graduate level at Portland State University. I manage various groups that play around the PDX Metro area. I also compose classically, and majored in classical composition and theory at Lewis & Clark College where I earned a B.A. in 2014.

I play jazz, funk, R&B, classical, pop, fusion, and a broad variety of other musical genres on a regular basis. I love teaching music, and am especially passionate about teaching music theory to students, as it provides a solid foundation and understan
ding of the art form which can be applied in various facets throughout an individual's musical journey. In addition to performing and managing groups, I also transcribe and arrange songs on a regular basis, and am very familiar with the notation program Finale. I've written for orchestra, choir, jazz bands, and various other ensembles.
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Alex K.

Alex K.

West Linn, OR 97068
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$25 / 30-min
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Kyle W.

Portland, OR

I've been teaching bass for about 3 years and my students have gone on to perform, compose and fill out lead sheets with cohesion. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play any major scale and as time goes on you'll be able to Improvise using any scale. I specialize in Jazz, typically use the real book or any Aeborsold book/practice cd, and have a couple of extra basses/amps if necessary. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Kyle

Hi, there! My name is Kyle W. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since [2012] and have loved helping my students learn how theory relates to their instrument, develop an internal sense of time/pocket, and improvise in a live jam setting. I went to CSU, Chico and earned a degree in Music Industry and technology in 2014. I'm an easy-going and fun person and my teaching style is passionate, mind-opening, and will help you fall in love with your instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Kyle W.

Kyle W.

Portland, OR 97206
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$40 / 30-min
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Corey A.

Portland, OR

I want to work with you on the music you love to listen to and to play. We'll work together to learn the techniques that you need to be able to play your favorite music. We'll design a practice routine that will both allow you to grow as a musician while still having fun and working with your schedule and commitment level.

I also believe that performing with others is crucial for anyone's development as a musician, and also is the most fun thing you can do, and will help you find other musicians to play with and help you book your first gigs!

About Corey

Hi there! I am a local Portland area musician who has been playing professionally for 10 years. I got a degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon. I have experience in teaching and playing a wide range of musical styles: from tango to noise to punk to classical. My philosophy on teaching is that we learn what you want to play, as the real effort to improve will come from finding and working on music you love.
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Corey A.

Corey A.

Portland, OR 97214
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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