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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. The 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 ...


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!!
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!
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.

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 and 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


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!

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 understanding 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


Mark C.

Portland, OR

I hold a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and can teach you everything you need to know about the bass! My wife and I teach music out of our home studio located in West Portland which is the perfect place for lessons.

For Classical Bass players, I can help you improve your intonation, develop solid bowing technique, develop your pizzicato (plucking) technique, and improve any excerpts, sonatas, and concertos you are working on.

For Blues, Jazz, and Bluegrass players, I can help you improve your plucking technique, your stamina on the instrument, and your overall knowledge of how to create basslines in the moment and show off to your band-mates!

About Mark

Mark began studying electric bass at the age of 14. After specializing in classical upright bass under the instruction of Erik Anderson, Mark began playing professionally at the age of 18 in North Dakota, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Bass Performance through Minot State University. In the next stage of his education, Mark completed his Master of Music (Mmus) degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying primarily under John Van Lierop as well as with Tom Martin, retired principal bassist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Mark has recently performed with such symphonies as the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, Minot Symphony Orchestra, the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish ...


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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