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About Barbara D.

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Portland, OR
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About Barbara
I am delighted to be a part of the TakeLessons team here in Portland. I have recently retired from a career in elementary education employed as a visual arts instructor. In addition to my public school career I have also given private piano lessons for the last thirteen years. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1991 with a bachelors degree in education with a minor in music.

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While I have been classically trained, my goal is to provide a strong background in music theory, technique, and performance, which will allow all students to successfully pursue interests in all genres of music. Creating individualized instruction for each student is an important means of nurturing a successful and motivated pianist at every level. I use a broad range of materials based on student interest and abilities with a
core curriculum built upon Hanon, Alfred, and Faber and Faber method books. I look forward to the opportunity to be part of your many successes in the world of piano music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or weighted keyboard, lesson books (available at local music stores and online)

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Brenda March 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Barbara is very easy to work with, flexible, especially for an older student like myself. I really am enjoying our lessons.
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Kandice K. April 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Barbara is a great teacher! She is knowledgeable, patient, kind and funny, and made me feel very at ease. I look forward to my next lesson with her.
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Amy T. March 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
We love Barbara!
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Barbara D.

Barbara D.

Portland, OR 97209
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About Erin W.

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Portland, OR

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About Erin
I have a Master's in Vocal Performance from Portland State University, and over a decade of vocal training and performance experience.

I teach voice lessons to kids, teenagers, and adults.

My voice students range in ability from absolute beginner to intermediate with significant previous musical and vocal training. I have helped the beginning students learn to match pitch and read notes on the staff. My voice students learn to sing with purer vowels, increased breath support, and to access greater vocal range.

I teach beginning piano to all ages. I teach students as young as 5 as long as they are able to stay focused for the duration of a half hour lesson. Most of my piano students are in the 7 -10 range, but I teach some beginning adults as well.

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Voice students will learn to improve their technique thr
ough proper breathing, correct vowels, space, and resonance. I teach repertoire based on the students' interest, but I am well versed in classical and operatic repertoire in English, French, German, and Italian, as well as some musical theatre and jazz. I also teach pop songs for those who are interested. I can help you improve your technique for whatever style of music you want to sing.

Piano students will learn to read music, play with correct form, learn scales, and improve their musicianship skills. I teach out of lesson books (mostly Faber) to improve technique, but I want students to learn supplemental pieces that are fun for them as well.

I hope to share with you the same joy I get from making music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at home has a piano, my music library, a large mirror for aiding the student in observing their vocal habits.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, students will need to have a keyboard or a piano in a space free of distractions. Students should have a neat, three ring binder to hold any loose sheet music. Piano students need a regular notebook to write lesson assignments.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical art songs and musical theatre.
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Trinity K. November 16, 2017
· Singing · Online
I enjoyed how patient she was with me. She has an amazing voice!
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Paige C. November 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My granddaughter, Payge is the one taking piano
lessons. According to her, Erin is an excellent teacher.
She’s fun, easygoing and friendly. Payge loves her a lot.

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Cheri R. May 2, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
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Erin W.

Erin W.

Portland, OR 97217
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$25 / 30-min

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 some 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!

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I trick people into learning the fundamentals while they think they are just lear
ning 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.

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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.

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

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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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$33 / 30-min

About Kris S.

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Portland, OR
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About Kris
My name is Kris, and I have a lot of experience in many areas of music.

In my lessons I emphasize creativity because this approach helps students develop a more complete understanding of music. I will help you build a strong foundation in technique and improvisational skills so that you can see real, measurable progress in your playing and your confidence level.

Ultimately, while my students do learn to perform specific pieces of music, they also learn how to sit down at a piano and simply play, expressing themselves through music in a natural way that lends itself to playing with other musicians, or for song writing.

Lessons can be given from the Melody in Movement Studios at 811 SE Main St, 97202, part of Active Space LLC.

You can learn more about me and hear music I've been apart of at krispianolessons.wordpress.com
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Carrie March 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kris is truly an amazing Instructor! He is extremely dedicated, passionate, and committed to the success of his students. He is able to combine music theory, cite reading, and the fundamentals of composition in a very comprehensible manor. He knows exactly what to teach, how to teach, and when to teach in a way that keeps me motivated, enthusiastic, and inspired to keep learning and reaching new goals. He takes great care in providing music/exercises that will help challenge me to become a better piano player (utilizes several different methods of teaching). I highly recommend him to anyone interested in taking lessons! He is a genuine teacher, that cares, makes learning fun, and always goes above and beyond!


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Kris S.

Kris S.

Portland, OR 97214
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$55 / 50-min

About Adam E.

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Portland, OR
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About Adam
Hello! My name is Adam and I'm so happy to be a part of this community! I've moved here from the east coast where I was a teacher and co-director for music programs at a K-8 music school for 6 years. Currently, I'm a director for a music program in North Portland. During my almost two decades of teaching around the world, I've come across many students of all ages with various levels. Many have won competitions and have participated in regional bands. I’ve graduated with honors from New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters in flute performance. I’ve studied in Switzerland with James Galway and in London with William Bennett, and in the USA with Tara O’Connor and Paula Robison. While living in Germany, I studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende in Frankfurt with Thaddeus Watson. With my verse background in performi
ng and music education, I’ve found unique and fun ways to teach students and have them exceed in any of their endeavors.
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Ralph E. January 31, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Adam and I hit it off immediately. I like his teaching methods and I believe I will easily achieve my goals. I look forward to having fun and future lessons.
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Khadine August 13, 2015
· Cake Decorating · In studio
Adam was an awesome teacher. He was very patient with me. I love how passionate he is about his skill. I learned a lot from him and would recommend him to anyone. Keep up the great work and much success to you and your future.
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Anna August 9, 2015
· Piano · In home
Adam is a fabulous instructor. My daughter studid with Adam for years. She had learned so much from him. Our family loves Adam and we highly recommend him.
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Adam E.

Portland, OR 97203
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About Sam E.

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Portland, OR

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Hi there- I'm Sam Epstein and I'm excited to work with you, whether it's in the studio, in the kitchen, or on the basketball court. I've spent time in all these fields- both professionally and personally- working on these pursuits that have all become essential parts of my life. I've been lucky to work with special mentors whose collective wisdom is essential to my teaching approach. I try to keep in mind how these pursuits relate to developing as a human being: the practical issues of seeking wellness through maintaining your body, and the creative expression that is innate to sports, music, and cooking alike.
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Sam E.

Portland, OR 97211
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$40 / 30-min

About Todd P.

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I am a professional pianist, teacher and composer. I graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2004 with a bachelor in performance.
I can teach all styles and skill levels weather you are taking lessons for the first time, or weather you need help with a Rachmaninoff concerto. I can also help you write and develop your own music. I specialize in piano technique and learning to play effortlessly.
My lessons are nontraditional in the sense that I work side by side with the student whilst he/she is learning a piece. I break down the music into manageable "bites" and we practice it together. In this manner I am able to demonstrate the notes, tone and character in the music and I am essentially teaching the student how to practice. I am also able to teach my students how to play virtuoso passages with fluidity and wi
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Todd P.

Todd P.

Vancouver, WA 98683
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$40 / 30-min

About Vanessa S.

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Portland, OR

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About Vanessa
I'm a professional clarinetist with a passion for helping beginning and intermediate clarinetists achieve their music goals. I have a bachelor's in Clarinet Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music plus two years private teaching experience. I work full time in an office in D.C. and teach clarinet part time, because I love it!

I specialize in fostering an autonomous, flexible learning environment, which means I recommend and advise based on each student's unique needs and objectives, rather than control and demand based on a pre-determined course. Especially for younger students, I encourage ownership of goals.

Lessons with me will always be enjoyable, because I believe people learn best when they're free from stress. I'm happy to match the pace at which you want to learn. Whether you're looking for guidance on techniqu
e, equipment, clarinet literature, competitions, general musicianship, or all of the above, I'm excited to share my expertise and love for the clarinet with you!

I welcome questions and would be happy to chat with any interested students or parents.
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Vanessa is a patient, enthusiastic and passionate teacher. She is able to adjust to different learning styles and present information in a way that you will understand.
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Vanessa S.

Vanessa S.

Portland, OR 97224
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$45 / 30-min

About Johnathan A.

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Happy Valley, OR

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About Johnathan
I'm a drummer from a little town in New Mexico. I've had recording, performing and teaching experience since I was in high school and graduated from Los Angeles College of Music with an A.A in Drum Performance. I also studied Music Education for a year at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.

My early music experience involves playing for my high school choir as well as leading worship in churches. I also played in local bars and pubs. In terms of drums I was completely self taught until college and also picked up other instruments on the side like guitar, bass and ukelele. The music I played ranged from CCM all the way to indie rock and punk as well as world music and classic rock n roll. My fondest music memories growing up were nights like playing Brown Eyed Girl in a old railroad cafe or playing John Mayer at a rodeo.

Once I graduat
ed high school I knew I wanted to learn music theory so I spent my first year studying music education at Whitworth. Even though academics weren't my favorite thing I learned a lot and took those lessons to LA a year later. I would encourage anyone pursuing music to work in Los Angeles. I made the best connections and lifelong friendships there and never had a dull day. I played shows and recorded with friends and even taught a drumline in Hollywood. I've attended and performed at places like NAMM, Comic Con and MUSEXPO in Hollywood. All of my teachers at LACM were working musicians as well. Some of the people I studied under includes Ralph Humphrey, Joey Heredia and Russ Miller.

In my lessons I always take a practical approach and build my lessons around the student. If you want to learn metal music, I will teach you how to function in a band setting and play fast. If you want to learn how to read charts, I have many books that I can recommend and teach out of. I hope that all my students can strive to learn discipline but also remember that music is a communication and conversation tool.
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Johnathan A.

Johnathan A.

Happy Valley, OR 97086
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$42 / 45-min

About Quinton G.

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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.

Quinton G.

Portland, OR 97227
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$34 / 30-min

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