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About Mark W.

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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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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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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.

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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 Naomi B.

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Portland, OR
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About Naomi
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I teach private violin lessons for beginners and intermediate students of all ages. I have been teaching violin for 17 years. I love working with children of all ages and also have many years of experience teaching adult beginners. If you have always wanted to learn, now is the time! No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!

I am thorough and easy to work with. I use a combination of classical techniques and a hint of Suzuki method along with lots and lots of patience, creativity and encouragement.

About me: I am a classically trained violinist with over 20 years of experience and a diverse musical background. I've performed with the University Orchestra and the UT Opera Society at the University of Texas, several string quartets and many bands-- folk, country, rock, experimental, pop and Mariachi t
o name a few. I periodically tour with bands nationally and internationally.

In addition to teaching private lessons, I taught violin in the Mariachi program at a public school in Austin for 3 years and I currently work with students a music school in the Portland area.

For those who live outside of Portland, I also offer video chat lessons via Skype which I've had a great success rate with and is really easy and convenient to use. In town students can also set up occasional video chat lessons anytime they feel like scheduling one (ig rainy days, limited transportation etc.)

My availability is somewhat flexible. Get in touch today to set up a time that works for you!
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Leo October 4, 2017
· Violin · Online
Naomi is a great instructor. My son has worked with her over Skype and has had pretty steady improvement over the past several months. She is patient and knowledgable. My son enjoys working with her and looks forward to continuing to learn the violin.
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Mari October 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Our experience with Naomi has been all positive! She's consistent and reliable, flexible when necessary, and our daughter is enjoying her lessons, and her playing is steadily improving! 5 stars!
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Steve September 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Naomi is the most patient and knowledgeable instructor we have ever had. My daughter loves going to the lessons and has progressed steadily since beginning.
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Naomi B.

Naomi B.

Portland, OR 97266
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About Aage N.

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Portland, OR

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Oregon native Aage (pronounced like Owen without N) has been teaching woodwinds to students of all ages for thirty years. He has performed throughout the US and Denmark, as well as Iceland (International Viola Congress) and Holland (World Bass Clarinet Conference). He taught for many years at The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, and performed for over twenty years with the Boise Philharmonic and Darkwood Consort. He has released three CDs on Portland-based Rampur Records, received a 2007 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and is the leading scholar and performer of the douçaine (early oboe). He teaches both modern and historical winds, with the unique twist of encouraging students of both modern instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, and early instruments such as recorder and double-re
eds, to engage in everything from medieval and traditional music to jazz and classical.

Aage enjoys teaching students of all ages, from beginning to college level, including homeschoolers and adult beginners.
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Gregory R. November 19, 2017
· Oboe · In studio
Very personable, yet business like. An extremely encouraging teacher which would be important for younger students.
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Gregory Bowlby June 23, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
It was an excellent lesson.
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eric D. March 18, 2015
· Clarinet · In home
4th Lessons, I love it and made tremendous progress.
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Aage N.

Portland, OR 97213
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About Mathew M.

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Camas, WA

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I have been teaching guitar for 11 years. And have been performing guitar, bass, and drums with rock bands for 16 years. I have studied music and guitar performance through years of private lessons with graduates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. I specialize in classic and modern rock, and heavy metal. My goal is to provide custom private lessons for my students to help them reach their musical goals, build confidence, and develop creativity.
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sam August 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Mathew my instructor is very sincere and enthusiastic in guiding to my musical interest.Also very patient in correcting my chord positioning. I am glad I found the excellent guitar teacher
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Jaiden H. February 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Matthew is friendly and patient. My son cannot wait until his next lesson!
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Ruby F. December 5, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Mat is patient and kind. He's mild mannered and uplifting. Wonderful teacher for my 8 year old beginner daughter.
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Mathew M.

Camas, WA 98607
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About Quinton G.

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Portland, OR

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I was born into a musical family. Both of my parents are successful, international opera soloists; Jake Gardner and Cynthia Clarey, please feel free to google them. I grew up in the performance lifestyle and by age 10 had already seen countless productions of a myriad of classical and opera pieces. My parents are also responsible for the majority of my voice training, which I began to focus on when I started singing in heavy rock bands which required the ability for me to scream and growl for long periods of time without damaging my voice. It is because of this that I have so much faith in my teaching process: I am living proof that you can create all kinds of abrasive sounds with your voice and still be able to sing, even in tandem with this less conventional styles of vocal performance. In the interim I have ended up performing o
peratic roles both in concert and full-on productions. I have performed in various groups in Germany, the UK and on the East Coast, but most notably with Portland heavy metal act "Only Zuul" with whom i wrote and performed for 9 years, performing with groups such as Origin, Cattle Decapitation and Deicide to name a few. In addition to these experiences I have created a vast network within the Portland underground music scene including performers, booking agents, venue managers, photographers, videographers, visual artists and of course fans. My studio also shares space with Bridge City Sessions, a Portland based Audio/Video recording studio and is surrounded by other art, music and music related studios spaces, making for a rich and welcoming artist community.
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Quinton G.

Portland, OR 97227
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About Cary M.

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Portland, OR

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Born in Fairfax, VA, bassist Cary Miga fostered a love for music and performance in Portland, OR. Attending David Douglas High School opened the doors for his performance in jazz band, choir, orchestra, and musical theater. Cary supplemented his jazz education by studying with Grammy award winning educator, composer, and trumpeter Dr. Thara Memory in the American Music Program. Pushed to pursue music as a full-time career, Cary studied with world-renowned musicians such as Darrell Grant, George Colligan, Alan Jones, Andre St. James, Tim Gilson, and Phil Baker. Upon graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Performance for Jazz Bass, Cary now performs in the vintage pop band Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners which frequently travels for events such as the Seaside Jazz Festival, Coos Bay Jazz Festival, Treefort Music
Festival, Doe Bay Music festival, and Folklife Music Festival. While in his hometown, Cary freelances throughout the city at venues such as Raven & Rose, Solaes Lounge, Hotel Vintage, Laurelthirst Pub, and Secret Society.
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Soham December 12, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Cary is an awesome some teacher! I'm in my 60's and started learning the bass, something I've always wanted to do. He was very practical and patient, able to break the needed skills down into do-able steps. He listened to my goals, not just truing to replicate what he does. He's a great teacher for someone who doesn't have an extensive music background, helping me see patterns and connections that made learning much easier and rational. To me, the surest sign of a great teacher is one the when the lesson is over, the student feels fired up, eager to do more and has a growing sense of pleasure and possibility in their playing. That describes Cary as a teacher. I'm SO fortunate to have found him!
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Peter Q. December 12, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Cary Miga is one of the finest professional bassists on the west coast and an excellent teacher. He is upbeat, fun, and has a contagious love for music. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning bass or guitar.
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Cary M.

Portland, OR 97239
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About John B.

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Molalla, OR

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I began playing piano at age 7, teaching at age 20, and touring Europe at age 24 playing keyboards for a Christian band and living in the Paris area.

My parents started me off and kept me going with piano until it went from being a chore to becoming a joy and, at times, a livelihood that has allowed me to make friends and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

While living in Paris I learned by accident that not only could I play music but I had an ear for arranging and producing. Over the years I have produced 9 cds including two of my own original music. I believe that playing and listening and the "feel" of a good rhythm along with a great melody line are all a part of the teaching experience.

I have a teaching degree in Music from Portland State University and have picked up other instruments along the way, including acou
stic and electric guitar, bass, banjo, and even an electric sitar that I never could quite figure out. Just the opportunity to be in the store in New Delhi India where George Harrison learned how to play sitar was worth the effort!

Improvising and accompanying soloists and playing with bands are important to me as well as solo piano. These are very important areas of music that can serve a student well if they have those inclinations.
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John B.

John B.

Molalla, OR 97038
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$25 / 30-min

About Julie O.

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Portland, OR
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GENERAL: I enjoy getting to know my students and their specific interests and quirks, and incorporating those into lessons to help folks better connect with and get excited about the material. I specialize in confidence-building and will be with you every step of the way as you not only gain skills, but perhaps face and overcome some emotional barriers or frustrations. I like to make lessons playful, fun, and relevant to how you want to use these tools in the world.

SINGING AND MUSIC LESSONS: In addition to providing technical training, I believe that singing is about liberation and expression, and have had successes in helping students to find their unique voices through overcoming vocal anxieties. I both work with students who are preparing for auditions and who play in professional bands, and also with students who have only ev
er sung in the shower and just want to get more comfortable using their own voice for fun. I also specialize in teaching music theory (including how to read music, rhythm practice, and harmony), playing an instrument and singing at the same time, and songwriting coaching. I degree in music from Brown University, have been a professional, performing musician for 12 years, and have been teaching private lessons and classes for 8 years.

For those in bands: I specialize in harmony and can do consultation sessions with you and/or your band to help with blending, finding harmonies that work for your respective vocal ranges and for the flow of the song, and teaching skills for finding and building harmonies.

MATH: As a middle and high school student, I didn't believe I was "good" at math. It wasn't until I was an adult and was hired as a math tutor - and later promoted to Assistant Director - of a tutoring company that I realized that was a belief that had held me back. Many kids and young adults struggle with confidence around math, and having had experience with that myself I use tools that help meet students where they're at and support them in building enthusiasm for math and confidence in themselves. In addition to providing tangible math skills (I have not only been tutoring Algebra, Geometry, SAT prep, elementary and middle school math for 5 years, but have also helped run a math tutoring company in which I built year-long curricula for grades K-12), I help students feel that math is within their grasp and can be approached with curiosity rather than fear and low self-esteem.
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Karla February 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
It was such a pleasure working with Julie! I'd never taken a singing lesson before and Julie made me feel super comfortable. She encouraged me to keep trying when I felt like I was messing up, gave me tips and tricks that worked for me, and also kept it fun! :)
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Tina February 22, 2018
· Singing · In home
My session with Julie was suuuper good for my spirit and clearing up the little stuck places that are keeping my beautiful voice from flowing through. I appreciated the patience and focus she had while bringing awareness to the sound I'm offering and helping to tap into my power and tones. The effects from the session definitely carried into the day-to-day stuff, so I'm excited to continue exploring with her!
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Anthony February 19, 2018
· Algebra · In studio
Very patient with me, and great at finding different ways to explain things that I struggle to understand. She has been a great help!
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Julie O.

Portland, OR 97215
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About Artyom K.

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Portland, OR

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About Artyom
Music is wonderful!


I am a professional musician, band conductor, and am currently teaching private and group ensemble for Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano.



I am pleased to announce my new studio at:
2240 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

This location is easy to access and is just a few minutes from the Hawthorn bridge.



My goal is to help kids grow musically and learn the amazing art of music performance.

I am accepting new students, from beginning to advanced.
I encourage students to focus on musicality, technique and the art of performing. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in quarterly recitals.



Why choose BlackSea Music?
I am not just a teacher, I am a musician who is dedicated to the craft of musicianship. I have a wealth experience with solo and ensemble performances.
Many of my current clarinet a
nd saxophone students play at Portland Youth Philharmonic and have first seats in their school band. I have a wide range of students (clarinet, saxophone, and piano) and I am the band director at the Russian Gospel Church in Woodburn, Oregon.

BIO:

I started to learn music in my home country, Ukraine, at age 5, and my first instrument was a piano. At the age of 6, I started to attend a special music school for talented kids, named after P.S.Stolyarsky. I studied piano until 4th grade, but then I discovered the clarinet.
 From 2004-2008 I was invited to attend international competitions and was awarded 1st and 2nd places. After my second competition, I won a concert tour to the Germany, where I spent 2 weeks, performing the solo recitals.

In 2008, I moved to Kiev Secondary Special Music School - named after N.V.Lysenko- to study more advanced music. From 2008-2012, I became 12 times laureate of the international competitions.

In 2013, my family and I moved to Portland, where I decided to continue my music education at Portland State University. This Spring I will finish my undergraduate degree and then will continue to earn a Master's Degree in Orchestra Conducting. 


Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions. I look forward to meeting you and sharing my love of music!
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Artyom K.

Artyom K.

Portland, OR 97214
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