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About Chuck M.

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About Chuck
Chuck moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a prominent member 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 grandmother.

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 musi
c, 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 the 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.
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Rick February 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am really impressed with Chuck's ability to get right to the things I want to learn while still explaining the fundamentals. I'm a self-taught guitar player (30 years) but I came to Chuck with no reading skills and no piano experience at all. He has been able to take what I know and show me how to apply it to learning theory, but within 3 lessons he also has me really excited about playing actual music that I'm into. Great learning studio and professional yet laid-back demeanor. Definitely plan on sticking with Chuck.
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Jasper W. April 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great teacher. Patient and I could see my progress
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JIA Z. February 12, 2014
· Piano ·
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.
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Chuck M.

Portland, OR 97212
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About Julia V.

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Portland, OR

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About Julia
I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty. I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.

Students gain a larger vocal range and an easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I have worked with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency
programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

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I am persistent and positive! Working and performing with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument, I recommend adults take 45" - 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons. Studio policy is located at VaaraMusic.com. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice starting with basics before moving to more complex and challenging music. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!

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Condo w/ open area with piano. Visitor's parking lot w/ seating in studio for parents to listen. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.

*** Specialties ***
As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
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Jim S. February 5, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
Great lesson. Thanks Julia.
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Jim S. February 2, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
Great first lesson. Really enjoyed Julia's style. Will be very helpful for me.
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Brandt January 24, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Fun and easy to learn from. I’m excited to do my homework and for the next lesson
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Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
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About Laima M.

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About Laima
Laima M. studied at the J. Gruodis Conservatory. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Instruction at the Lithuanian National Academy of music in Kaunas and her Master Degree in pedagogy from the Academy of Lithuania. After 10 years of teaching music in Europe, she moved to US and has been teaching in Berkeley CA since 2005. She is a member of the Music Teachers Associations of Oregon and California

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Nice living room. Piano. Bench. Little music center. CDs. Bookcases. Couch for parents to sit on. A lot of street parking. Residential area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll provide sheet music.
Student must have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Russian school method.
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Jared H. December 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Laima is very patient and connected with Jared immediately. Very pleased with first lesson.
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Arabella December 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Laima was very patient and has a great approach to teaching kids. Arabella loved her first lesson!
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Jian December 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is patient to teach my son to understand music and piano.
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Laima M.

Laima M.

Vancouver, WA 98663
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About Mark W.

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Portland, OR
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Mark W. is available for in-studio lessons in SE Portland. Mark has played piano and violin for over 25 years and began teaching in 2000. Mark teaches all experience levels from beginner to advanced as well as coaches artists in touring rock bands and professional musicians.

He is a hands-on, one-step-at-a-time teacher who believes in the whole musician. He incorporates music theory, history, and strategies for practicing into lessons. In all cases, he will be searching for and exploring music that you can be excited about.

Mark is a patient instructor and understands that students learn at different rates. after all everyone is an individual.

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Mark studied at the University of Missouri where he completed his Master of Music degree in 2009.

He teaches piano,
violin, viola, composition, and music theory college prep classes. His students range from kindergarteners to adults.

Mark is the Artistic Director and conductor of BRAVO Youth Orchestras, a social justice after-school program for students in North Portland. He has arranged over 100 pieces of folk, popular, and classical music for youth orchestra.

Mark is also a faculty member at Multnomah Arts Center where we directs the Multnomah Chorus, a non-audition adult choir. Between the youth orchestra and his choir, he conducts over 35 concerts each year.

He has held conducting positions at Pacific Youth Choir and the Community Music Center.

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Yamaha grand piano
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Heejoo H. February 14, 2013
· Piano ·
Mark is great

Mark is a very good teacher. My progress with him is better than any other of my teachers. I would recommend him to anyone. He is very kind and I enjoy my lessons with him.
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Olga O. October 28, 2012
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Best piano teacher.

Mark W. is a really good teacher. It's fun to learn piano with him. He is a professional piano teacher. He's careful in making sure that I understand what he tells me. I'm really happy that I am his student.
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CrisC June 11, 2012
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Mark is a very patient instructor, he works hard at encouraging me every class! If you want a good, hardworking instructor who is willing to really take the time to help you in your quest for learning to play a musical instrument I would highly recommend Mark !
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Mark W.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Grace Y.

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Portland, OR
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About Grace
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.

My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.

*** Specialties ***
Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
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Jessica February 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Good overview of basics. She connected well with William and was very patient.
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Robyn November 5, 2017
· Viola · In studio
I feel confident Grace will help me reach my goals, and she's really fun to talk to as well :)
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Jeff Glaser October 28, 2017
· Violin · Online
Grace is excellent! I feel extremely lucky to have her as my violin teacher. I was playing better after just one lesson with her.

Before I found her, I had been turned down by several other teachers on this site because I wanted to learn how to play the violin without having to learn to read music. When I saw Grace's video, I thought surely she would turn me down too, because she's an even better player than the teachers who had said no. I was very surprised and excited when she agreed to teach me. She saw no problem with giving me lessons without reading, which means that not only is she a better musician than the others, but obviously she's a better and more versatile instructor, too.

Like I said, I feel very fortunate. And, as good as she is, I would have expected to pay a lot more for her. I actually WOULD pay more. She'd be worth it! I've looked at dozens of other teachers on this site .. Trust me, she's the best.

-Jeff
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Grace Y.

Portland, OR 97202
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About Trudie C.

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Portland, OR
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About Trudie
Greetings! My name is Trudie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 and have loved helping my students master their favorite songs in various styles while simultaneously learning the basic theory behind their chosen style of music. Many of my students go on to play gigs of their own, and write their own songs and tunes. I'm a friendly, funny and understanding person and my teaching style is based on your needs. I can teach you guitar in your learning style while making it fun and help you to turn information into knowledge. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Marty E. February 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great musician who is a patient instructor who knows her stuff.
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Eric January 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I'm an adult learner new to fingerpicking guitar. From the first lesson Trudie showed me interesting things to practice. Her version of Kashmir is awesome. Especially if you want to learn some Nick Drake or other British Isles guitar music she's the teacher for you.
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Corinne December 31, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Trudie is knowledgeable and cares about her students. If you want to really learn the theory behind the music, and are ready to work, She is the perfect teacher for you.
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Trudie C.

Portland, OR 97213
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About Kayla D.

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Portland, OR

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My name's Kayla and I'm a voice teacher/actor/singer/dancer from Portland. I've got 16 years experience in the performing arts under my belt. I can teach all vocals styles : Classical,Jazz,Musical Theatre,Rock and Metal. I specialize in Rock and Metal vocals with an emphasis on vocal safety and technique. I'm also available for acting coaching and audition preparation. I also offer my opinions and an inside look into the performing arts whenever I can. With a couple years of touring under my belt and several professional shows as well as my experience in film, I hope that I can help to answer any questions you may have about choosing this as a career. Looking forward to working with you! - Kayla
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Tomoko November 3, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed Kayla's lessons. She feels that her natural ability for singing was enhanced through her lessons. We definitely recommend her services.
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AJ June 22, 2016
· Singing · Online
Kayla is very informative and descriptive about how the body works in producing sound. She not only showed technique but also gave some easy tips on how to improve. Best of all, I finally understand how a raspy sound can occur without damaging the voice! This is a thing I've found difficulty in finding online, in a way that does not damage your vocal cords. All in all, a fun teacher and I recommend her, especially if you like rock/metal as she seems to have a great knowledge of this form of vocals.
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Lindsey June 9, 2016
· Singing · Online
Kayla is very thorough and knowledgeable. She made sure to finish the lesson, even going over a minute or two. Look forward to my next few lessons.
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Kayla D.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Ron-Jay G.

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Portland, OR
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Hello! I'm Ron-Jay Gage, and I can teach you to play the drums. I have about 22 years of experience; I actively write, record and perform live music in three bands, and I am proficient in many musical styles including Rock and Metal.

Whether you want to play in school band, orchestra, marching, jazz, rock, or play with your friends at home, I can show you the tools to becoming really good. Some of my teachers include multi-time world rudimental snare drum champion Rob Carson, Chuck Silverman (The Latin/Funk Connection), Fred Dinkins (It's About Time), Gary Hess (The Encyclopedia of Reading Rhythms), Jeff Bowders (Double Bass Drumming), and dozens of other professionals with decades of experience in all styles of music including rock, funk, r&b, jazz, latin. I have also studied classical percussion at Indiana University with Braham Dem
bar, Principal Percussionist of the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, and also have a Music Performance degree from The Musician's Institute.

I have decades of experience, I am organized, enthusiastic and well-rounded, and I've been teaching since 2012. My comprehensive lesson plan leads students to an understanding of hand and foot techniques, rudiments, patterns, coordination, 4-limb interdependence, grooving, filling, song structure, odd meters, theory and ear-training all while having fun and applying it how you hear it. My curriculum derives largely from the curricula of the best instructors in the country, and your lessons will be tailored to meet your personal needs.
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Anthony C. August 5, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very good first lesson.
The lesson was less structured than I thought it would be.
More open flow and flexible.
I look forward to future lessons.
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Kayla D. August 3, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Ron-Jay is an amazing teacher. So knowledgeable and patient. He's the best teacher I've ever had and I plan on studying with him for many years.
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Ron-Jay G.

Portland, OR 97211
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$15 / 15-min

About Cameron J.

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Portland, OR

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Most people think of Songwriting as a flat straight forward activity. Keep it 3 min., stay in the accepted framework, be sure to rhyme in the right places, don't use clichés.., I look at the norm as an opportunity and a challenge. How do you write a great song but push the envelope? My favorite thing is when I take a cliché and stand it on its ear "The early bird catches the worm" can become "He said somethin' 'bout an early bird when he got me out of bed" Why waste a great line like that because someone said don't use a cliché. I will help you explore, be creative and still write a professional style song. Let’s work hard, create and have fun!

Focus of training – Genre’s - Country, Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter -
1.) Songwriting – Beginner to Advanced
• Lyric writing & Story telling - Even if you don’t sing or play an instrument
you can still tell a story, write a lyric or learn basic guitar
• Song Structure
• Melody Writing
• Chord Progressions
• Songwriting Radar/Artistic Discovery

2.) Coaching –
• Artistic Awareness
• Rhythm Guitar
• Music theory
• The Nashville Numbers System
• Vocal performance

3.) Catch All -
• Adaptive curriculum - Choose your own path of training
• Copyright assistance
• General advice, Networking and where to find additional support
• Song Critiques
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Diane September 10, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I very much enjoyed my first songwriting class with Cameron! He knows his craft very well, enjoys teaching, and shared much valuable information with me. Thank you!
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Kathy July 23, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Cameron has a wonderful gift for song writing, and really enjoys passing on the lessons he's learned in his many years of writing music and lyrics. He can work with any level, beginner to adult, especially those interested in playing guitar and singing. You'll really enjoy his easy going teaching style and sense of humor. Cameron will be a great choice for you as a teacher whether you're looking for someone to get you started with songwriting, or if you're looking for some feedback about original songs you've already begun. Kathy
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Cameron J.

Portland, OR 97224
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About Benjamin E.

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Portland, OR

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Practice is the highest pursuit of humanity.

I have been playing music for 20 years, Teaching for 10. My primary instruments are Ukulele and Guitar, and I love helping people come out of their shells with improvisational singing.

Through my life-long studies of Music, Kung Fu, Dance, Psychology, and Personal Development, I have come to the realization that every moment of every day we are practicing something.

The key to a life of satisfaction then is to ensure that we are practicing the skills that align with our Values, instead of simply robbing us of time. If we can do it joyously, then we have discovered one of the keys of life.

My personal Values include Evolution, Practice, Freedom, Fun, Connection, Wisdom, and Flow.
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Julie O. February 19, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Ben's genuine enthusiasm for learning and playing is contagious. He is great at finding the right angle to help a concept to land. He's patient and encouraging. Would highly recommend!
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Dani February 17, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Great lesson with a very positive teacher!
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Benjamin E.

Portland, OR 97219
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