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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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Dianne September 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great personal interaction .
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Audrey T. February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
I have played the piano off and on (mostly off) since childhood. As an older adult, I was looking for a piano teacher who would really work with me to customize my lessons - and Barb is a perfect match. We spent the first few lessons on Christmas carols and now have switched to classics. She is patient, and provides good pointers. I recommend her highly.
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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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Barbara D.

Barbara D.

Portland, OR 97209
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$38 / 30-min

About Susan L.

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Portland, OR

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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 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 students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Sch
ools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. Students that pass get a beautiful certificate for each level, grades 1 to 8.

I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango, Middle Eastern and blue grass/folk bands.

My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.

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I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello and bass students. Most of all, it is the joy of music making that I want to share with my students.

Private and group lessons
Two recitals a year
Special performance opportunities throughout the year
Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk
Music theory
Customized lesson plans using various methods old and new

I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential by providing many performance opportunities throughout the year. Some of my students have appeared as special guests with my band, Mango Nights.

Included with weekly private lessons are once a month group lessons where students can learn essential ensemble skills and have fun meeting other students.

Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.

Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.

For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano, separate room for lessons, off street parking,
Convenient close in location

*** Travel Equipment ***
Small amp, Mac laptop and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Tango and Middle Eastern.

Ensemble playing with other students.

Professional opportunities playing for weddings and other events.
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Sofia April 28, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Sue was fantastic and had just the right balance of instructions, stories, demonstration, and playing. She made the lesson fun and productive!
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Leah March 25, 2016
· Cello · In studio
She was very helpful and knowledgeable. She also knows different styles of music beyond classical. I am an adult student and I felt right at home with her.
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Hue L. February 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ms. Susan is very experienced, fun and flexible. Highly recommend her.
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Susan L.

Susan L.

Portland, OR 97230
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$25 / 30-min

About Don C.

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Vancouver, WA

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Don brings over 36 years of teaching experience in Piano, Voice, and Guitar. His relaxed and humorous approach to music encourages students to embrace a love for the musical art.

With 2 American Idol finalists to his credit, along with numerous students who have gone on to professional careers in theater, television, and film. He also has 16 years experience as Musical Director for over 45 theatrical productions in Southern California, Oregon, and Washington.

He has received an award in Southern California for Outstanding Musical Direction in a theatrical production of "The King and I." He is currently the vocal coach for Magenta Theater and Musical Director for Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, both in Vancouver, WA.

He has traveled the US with The Continental Singers, an international singing group, been a choral director
in churches and various performing groups. He has worked as a recording studio engineer, live sound engineer, and theater sound designer.

Don strives to bring out the best in each student. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, Don will expand your musical horizon and styles to new levels.

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All that I request from a student is a desire to learn. I will work with you at your pace to achieve the musical goals you have. Each student begins at a different level.

The first lesson will focus on your musical background. If you are a beginner, that's no problem. I specialize in working with beginning students to teach them all the joy and satisfaction there is in mastering an instrument.

I love to laugh and the lessons are very laid back and fun, but I desire that a student move forward and learn new techniques.

You will be playing simple songs after your first lesson. I'm asked many times by students "how long will it take until I'm good." My answer is: that is in direct proportion to the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. After a month or two, you will know how to read music and have a basic understanding of music theory.

I use various curriculum depending on the student's need. For piano, I generally use Alfred Methods. For guitar, Hal Leonard or Mel Bay. For voice, the curriculum is individually tailored to the students level and goals.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in theatrical performance for actors/vocalists.
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Eric September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Very good first lesson. Made me want to return.
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Myla K. July 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Don is great!!!!!!!
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John May 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Don has been great at helping me pinpoint the flaws in my delivery which I had hoped to identify and address. With his wealth of knowledge and past experience to share, I have looked forward to each of our scheduled sessions. In the future when I feel in need of a check-up, I'll be returning to Don for that very thing.
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Don C.

Don C.

Vancouver, WA 98665
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About Elisa B.

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Oregon City, OR

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About Elisa
Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

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I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyabl
e but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising
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Rachel September 18, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I have taught myself a couple of instruments but decided I wanted an instructor to learn cello. I've learned SO MUCH from Elisa, she's helped me understand parts of music that had never "clicked" with me despite 6 years of band in middle and high school.

I highly recommend Elisa!
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Sherry M. May 26, 2018
· Viola · Online
I just completed my first lesson with Elisa. I felt so good at the end of the lesson. As an adult learner, I am often uncomfortable with my beginner skill levels and end up feeling embarrassed and apologetic when working with a teacher (silly I know). But she did not make me feel this way at all.

She quickly assessed where I was with my playing and identified quick and easy technical practices to enhance my technique as well as took in my own personal goals. I feel super motivated to practice and look forward to my next lesson with her. I'm so glad I found her!
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Elspeth November 8, 2017
· Cello · Online
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Elisa B.

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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$27.50 / 30-min

About Carrisa S.

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Portland, OR
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About Carrisa
Hello, my name is Carrisa, but you can call me Chrissy. I am a professional singer, songwriter, actress, and teaching artist. I have been singing all my life. I began singing in my mother’s church as a child. I studied music and theatre at Missouri Southern State University in 2004. I have been working with children ages 4-18 since 2001. I currently perform around Portland singing Jazz, R & B, Soul, and Pop.
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Carrisa S.

Carrisa S.

Portland, OR 97222
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$15 / 30-min
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About Tim B.

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Newberg, OR

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I love to help anyone who has been told they're not able to play guitar, has quit out of frustration, or been told they're too old or too young to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to your learning style and different for everyone depending on what you want to learn. Most of my students like to learn from scratch which would include the following:
In the first 3 lessons you will learn basic guitar fundamentals, basic 1-4-5 song progressions (the stuff that 85% of all music we listen to is made up of), left hand / right hand coordination, picking techniques, how to strum, mute, & play notes on the guitar.

We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum or backing tracks to your favorite artists songs while you play guitar and I play what your not, giving you the feel of a live group
situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.

Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Line 6 Spider Jam will take any wave file and speed up or slow down the tempo and lower or higher the key to your preference.
Great transposing tool

Tuner Korg

Electric Ibanez Guitar s470dxqm
Acoustic Taylor 110CE
Classical Cordoba model 20

Amp Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 watt combo all tube
Amp Line 6 Spider Jam

Effects Roland GR-55

Microphone Audio Technica AT 2035
Microphone Peavey I-101

Operating System WIndows 7 64 bit edition
Recording Software Presonus Audiobox USB with Studio1

Mixer Alto ZMX 862 Zephyr Series

Logitech C620 HD Webcam

Camcorder Sony HDCRX430V

*** Specialties ***
I have studied under virtuoso Rex Carroll from Atlantic Records signed band Fierce Heart & another famous band he was in was Whitecross, Shawn Gette who is in the band Forbidden Symphony, who in his words once took over a gig for Steve Vai and the American Guitar Academy.
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Lorena September 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Great lesson!
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Josh June 7, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Good experience
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Alex C. February 15, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Tim B.

Tim B.

Newberg, OR 97132
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$19 / 30-min

About Mathew M.

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Camas, WA

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About Mathew
I have been teaching guitar for 12 years. And have been performing guitar, bass, and drums with rock bands for 17 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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Shawn October 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mathew has made learning fun and stress free for my son. Without Mat's patience and support I do not believe my son would be taking lessons for more than a couple of months much less a year later. My son looks forward to lessons, he trusts Mat, and considers Mat a friend. I can not praise Mat enough for all his contributions to my son's new skill and his part in the building of my son's self esteem!
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Chrystal April 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Mathew is patient and kind. He has provided my son with techniques to help him succeed. I highly recommend Mathew!
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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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Mathew M.

Mathew M.

Camas, WA 98607
(18)
starting at
$17 / 30-min

About Jesse S.

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Hillsboro, OR
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Everyone has what it takes to be great. Everyone I play music with brings character, personality, and feeling to our sessions. From the weekend warrior to the recording artist, playing is an expression of the part of you few can see. But when it hits us, we feel it. Playing guitar inspires me to be fearless, and I love that part the most.
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Jesse S.

Jesse S.

Hillsboro, OR 97124
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$35 / 30-min

About Zoe N.

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Portland, OR

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About Zoe
I studied music at Oregon State University and Kingston University in London, England. I have performed all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia. I have received many awards for her musical ability including the 'Steamers Jazz Young Soloist Award' from Orange County, California. In addition, I have also participated in California's All-State Ensemble and have studied at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Check out my website for more info
zoenormanmusic. net
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Zoe N.

Zoe N.

Portland, OR 97210
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$34 / 30-min

About Sam R.

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I play in 2 different orchestras in the Portland area. I mentor kids with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland, as well as being a conducting fellow with them. Music is the most important part of my life, and my lifelong goal is to make people feel the way I do about playing and loving music to the greatest extent possible.
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Sam R.

Sam R.

Vancouver, WA 98684
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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