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About Geoff A.

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Hillsboro, OR

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This is a guitar centric area of study.

Student will learn the fundamentals of what makes a song work, using existing songs as examples of good - and bad- composition.

Some further education in chord knowledge will be introduced as well to enhance and expand available melodic and harmonic potentials necessary to remove limitations in what can be written.

Learning to identify and play what is in your head, the ideas swimming around; you will learn how to hear what is actually going on and figure it out so you can make it a reality.

About Geoff
I am a professional musician with a career spanning 40 years (touring and studio work), and 30 years teaching music.

What do you want to learn? How far you go is up to you!

*** Lesson Details ***
BEGINNING students start with the fundamentals, what you must know in order to begin playing songs, all the right ingredients to create a solid foundation. You will be encouraged to study and to venture into the unknown, using what you're learning as a springboard to discover new things.

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED players will be assessed on knowledge and abilities; areas of struggle and what i
s desired to be learned. Within a couple weeks, you will reap the benefits with new ideas bubbling to the surface moving you closer to your goals, with emphasis that short term goals are important as well.

Everyone learns at a different pace. But with patience and persistence, if you do the work, there will be results that can be measured, and you will achieve success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier for guitar and bass students, and have a piano for piano students.

*** Specialties ***
Having played many styles over the years, I am able to play in most of the popular forms. All music is based on the same fundamental things. It's how they are used that defines a given style.
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Joan R. May 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Geoff has been a wonderful teacher; knowledgeable, extremely patient and
always kind. I would highly recommend him.
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Isabella W. January 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My girls love Geoff! He is patient and positive approach to teaching piano. I like that he heard the lessons to their level and only advances them when they are ready.
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Liliana W. November 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My girls enjoyed their first lesson. Looking forward to many more.,
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Geoff A.

Geoff A.

Hillsboro, OR 97124
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About Ed P.

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Gresham, OR
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About Ed
I have been playing guitar, singing, writing songs and making music for 30+ years. I am not ashamed to say that I am still learning! I have played in dozens of bands in a variety of styles all over the world. I bring a lot of real world experience to the table and can help you prepare to bring your voice and your music to the world. I am fluent in rock, folk, blues, fingerstyle, electric or acoustic, country, bluegrass, jazz and am comfortable working with people of all ages, ideas, backgrounds, cultures, etc.

No matter if you are brand new to the instrument or have been playing for som
e time, I am sure I can help point you in the direction that you want to go so you can make the music you want to hear coming from your fingers!

*** Lesson Details ***
I trick people into learning the fundamentals while they think they are just learning things they like. I always ask students what they are listening to and what they want to learn, after all, it's their lesson. But I always come back around to emphasizing how and why things work and how a student can use the lesson to learn on their own. Students should expect to be very hands on, to bring lots of questions, to expect a lot, to work hard and have some fun in the process. While it's not rocket science, its music and music is fun but it is also a vast wild wilderness. I want you to be able to play your heart out but also have a good idea of musical knowledge that can help you grow way beyond. I also incorporate various ideas to further learning as appropriate to what you are trying to accomplish including recording, video and use of backing tracks, as just a couple examples.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a variety of gear as needed to complement the lesson, the student should provide their own instrument. If you need help picking one out, I can do that. Getting the right instrument that you are comfortable with is important. There are lots of options out there and instruments have never been more affordable.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide all my own equipment, student should have at least a guitar

*** Specialties ***
I usually use a system based on my assessment of the student's goals and current ability. With the guitar, that will usually include reference to CAGED and some music theory although I don't usually call it that.
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Matt W. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Matt is getting back his enthusiasm for guitar. thanks Ed
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Dawn M. February 12, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My son Joshua has been taking lessons from Ed for a year and a half now and I can see a lot of progress in his playing. He is learning a lot but he makes it fun and interesting for him. I would highly recommend Ed.
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Dawn M. June 7, 2014
· Guitar · In home
My son has has been taking lessons from Ed for about 9 months now. He is a great teacher. He is very patient and really tries to make it fun and keep up his interest.
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Ed P.

Gresham, OR 97080
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About Chuck M.

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Portland, OR

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Styles covered include pop, rock, R&B, country, and jazz. Basic skills on piano or guitar are recommended.

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 grandmo
ther.

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 music, 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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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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lulu M. November 5, 2013
· Ukulele ·
Great music teacher!

I've been taking ukulele lessons with Chuck for over a year now. I am always impressed with his musical knowledge and appreciate the way he goes beyond the songs and also teachers me musical notation, chord progressions, and more. My lessons are always fun, with just the right amount of challenge to keep my skill development moving forward. Thanks, Chuck!
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Chuck M.

Portland, OR 97212
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About Peter Q.

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Portland, OR

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All of my students write songs! You don't have to, but you'll want to/do it accidentally.

About Peter
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast
is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
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Paul May 23, 2017
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An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative
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Paul February 20, 2017
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Versatile, skilled and patient
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Amy L. January 5, 2017
· Flute · Online
My daughter just had her first Flute lesson with Peter. She was very nervous but Peter totally made her feel at ease. She loved her lesson with Peter and how upbeat and full of energy he is along with his patience. Looking forward to many more lessons. Thank You.
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
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About Joni C.

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Portland, OR

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If you song write, I'm here to help shape it into something creative or challenging for your voice! We will workshop songs that you've written or start from scratch if you are just beginning. Through the voice, we will find melody and rhythm while using the piano or any other instrument they play. Original songs are forever changing and can grow while you voice does the same.

About Joni
Joni Clare is a performing vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Music degree in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her vocal repertoires started in classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel and later specialized in extended vocal technique, experimental improvisation, composition, songwriting, and vocal pedagogy.

Clare has been performing for eight years ranging from back-up singing, collaborative projects, and song-writing in her band, The City Pines. She released her first album
'Dividing Silence' in 2012 and EP 'Harvest' in 2015 and is currently performing and writing music with for her band in Portland, Oregon.

She is down to earth and has a strong, eclectic sound mixing original soul singing with classical and experimental training. She helps you build conscious control of the singing muscles and full vocal range. Under her guidance, you'll explore all colors and resonation while carrying ideas about singing with your whole self. The goal is to establish a free, confident voice through opening up choice and decision making in singing!
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Drew April 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Joni is a great fit for my singing goals. I can't wait until our next lesson!
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Kevin W. October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Joni is a wonderful teacher to work with. Her passion for music and her drive and dedication to helping you achieve your goals show up so clearly in every lesson with her.

It also seems clear to me that she comes at this not from any strict tradition or method but as someone who has learned very well the science behind how the voice and singing work. How the body works as a whole. She then uses that knowledge and her skills to pull forward whatever will work best for any particular goal you have. She will not only show you what to do but she will be sure you understand why you are doing it.

I for one feel lucky to have found her here on Takelessons. I am confident you would feel the same.
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Rosalie August 31, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Joni shared her gift for vocal instruction with my teen son who has autism. She created a safe place for him to explore his own vocal talent while helping him expand his skills, learn about new kinds of music, and experience the joy of singing.
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Joni C.

Joni C.

Portland, OR 97214
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