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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 and piano 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 Schools 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello, bass and piano 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.

Portland, OR 97230
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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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Will S. July 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
The first lesson went well. Don seems to be very good with teaching kids. He makes learning piano fun.
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Frank N. June 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Being a Senior, I felt that a person who was close to my age would be better for me. I feel now that we would have gotten along even if I was 10 years old. Don brought me to a comfortable level from the outset with his style and knowledge.
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Kennedy H. June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Don has been a great instructor so far! We're excited to see the improvements our daughter has shown. His positive nature has built up her confidence immensely. Would highly recommend ☺️
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Don C.

Don C.

Vancouver, WA 98665
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About Tyler B.

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Portland, OR

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Hi! My name is Tyler Berg, and I'm a great resource for drum set, guitar, piano, bass, and music theory lessons in Portland, OR. Conveniently located in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, my studio is equipped with all the instruments and lesson material needed to provide engaging, challenging, and fun lessons for students of all backgrounds. I have experience teaching students ranging from age 4 to 70, in settings varied as private instruction, group classes, ensemble coaching, and high school/college masterclasses.

Taking lessons is one of the best and fastest ways to enhance your musical abilities. Learning a musical instrument is also proven be similar to a full body work out for the brain. Oh yea, it's also going to be AWESOME!
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Jason Harvey April 11, 2017
· Drum · In home
Tyler is an excellent teacher who made learning music fun for my kids. I have twin boys and one of them took drum lessons from Tyler and the other took piano. Both boys loved taking lessons with Tyler and looked forward to the lesson each week. Tyler was very professional in his communication and was super easy to work with. I would highly recommend Tyler.
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Alan April 10, 2017
· Drum · In home
Tyler worked with our daughter for over a year prior to relocating to Portland. He was engaging and a talented teacher (and drummer!). We were sorry to see him leave Chicago, but whoever works with him will be in for a treat.
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Laura April 10, 2017
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Tyler is a wonderful music instructor and I very much enjoyed managing him at the Rock House. He is exceptional at teaching students of all skill levels on an array of different instruments, and he approaches every student's unique needs and goals in an engaging, fun, yet relaxed way. Definitely take lessons with Tyler!
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Tyler B.

Portland, OR 97215
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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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Kate M. September 18, 2017
· Viola · Online
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Bonnie Q. October 26, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Elisa has been great with my teenage boys. She is always prepared for the next step and has really picked up on what will inspire them.
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Patricia Reed June 22, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Elisa is patient and willing to take the time needed to help explain something until the student understands.
I was worried about trying to renew a skill so late in life, but Elisa was encouraging and helpful.
I look forward to my next lesson!
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Elisa B.

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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About Sonya P.

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Beaverton, OR
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Sonya has performed solo, chamber and choral works at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Music Theatre and Rogue Opera. After graduating at SOU with BA's in both Music Performance and Music Education, she was given the opportunity for many starring roles in opera, musical and stage theatre throughout Oregon. Currently, her favorite audience consists of her three young children who often accompany her on the piano or drums!

Sonya also has had the pleasure of becoming a Master Organizer and Health and Wellness guru with many thanks to her husband and children and is looking forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge with others!!
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Melissa B. June 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Both of my daughters take lessons from Sonya. Previously we were at an academy in Cedar Mill and much of the love of music was being lost in an overly structured environment. Now that my girls are with Sonya, they are playing the piano for fun again and their confidence is building. Sonya is a fantastic teacher that keeps it light with the kids and has a natural ability to encourage and make people feel comfortable so they can perform to their greatest potential.
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Abigail April 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Omg!!! She is a great teacher, I have been learning piano with her for 5 years, and she is the nicest teacher ever. She gives feedback, for what she liked, and what you can improve on. She has made me learn that with lots of time great things can happen, and to shoot for the stars. Everyday she will ask "How are you" and I would say what happened in school like she was my mom, and she would nod patiently. I Think she is the best teacher ever. If you are looking for a Piano teacher she should certainly be one of the options. THANKYOU SONYA!!!!
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Viktoriia November 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sonya listens about what matters to the students and has a lot of feedback. Strongly recommend
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Sonya P.

Beaverton, OR 97006
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About Andrea U.

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Ridgefield, WA
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Andrea’s passion for teaching is evident in her care for the individual student. She realizes the importance of allowing her students to manifest their own creativity, and she takes pleasure in witnessing the blossoming of music within their souls. Her reward is seeing students enjoy the process of learning and discover their own passion in music. Andrea enjoys the challenge of turning reluctant students into passionate ones. She tailors each learning experience to fit the student, finding the styles and pieces that turn apathy into interest, without forsaking a solid musical foundation. Andrea also incorporates the importance of awareness of one’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing at the piano in her lessons. She believes that it is essential for students to know how to play in a way that promotes free movement and prevents injur
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Andrea graduated from Marylhurst University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.
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Daniela July 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Andrea is wonderful, patient and positive. I highly recommend her to anyone 😊
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Andrea U.

Ridgefield, WA 98642
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$25 / 30-min

About Hayley G.

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Gresham, OR
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I received my Bachelor and Master degrees in Musical Theatre Vocal Performance and then relocated to New York City to pursue a successful career in the Performing Arts. I have performed as an Actors Equity member in regional theaters, national tours, off off Broadway shows, new works, staged readings, opera productions and cruise ship contracts. I have also been a successful performer in other genres such as: rock, pop, gospel, jazz, and country music.
Recently, I was a Voice Instructor on faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City- leaving only because I moved to the Portland area.
I specialize in helping students fix existing vocal issues and expanding their vocal range and flexibility.
My goal is to instill passion for the performing arts in each of my students and to inspire them to be the healthiest
singers and best storytellers for their preferred genre. I do this by promoting a fun, safe and positive learning environment in my studio.
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Bethany S. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
After the first lesson, I've realized how much there is to learn about singing! I was so impressed by Hayley's wide range of knowledge and she gave me a few manageable things to work on for the week. I am already learning to feel and manipulate the placement of the vibrations of the notes I sing in different places in my chest and face - something I had never been aware of before. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Sean V. February 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I really admire her honesty and how well she can work with me. Especially giving you support of confidence and new idea how to understand to not listen yourself but feel your voice. To find my true voice that's been hidden in me the whole time.
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Alejandro February 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Hayley G.

Hayley G.

Gresham, OR 97080
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About Emily I.

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Ridgefield, WA

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Emily has been teaching piano for over 35 years and she has loved every minute of it. She studied with Julliard Pedagogue Grace Erickson who enjoyed a reputation for producing prize winning students. One of her favorite solo recital performances was dedicated to Grace where she performed Hochzeitstag auf Troldhaugen by Edward Grieg on a beautiful Steinway grand. And she always makes sure than her students also have the opportunity to perform on wonderful instruments as well! Emily also studied with the renowned Debra O'Dell, Gonzaga University Faculty Emeritus, studying for her Degree in Piano Performance at North Idaho College.

Emily's former students include successful professional musicians: toured internationally as a musician, training to be a Church Organist, professional musician that has performed in Symphonies, profession
al musician doing corporate events and weddings, music educators, composers, just to name a few, along with many other past students that she loves to keep in touch with from over the years.

Just as her teachers instilled in her, Emily works with her piano students intensely with technique while at the same time teaching them to believe in themselves and to let emotions show in the music as it is played. Classical music interpretation skills and musical tone are an important aspect of her teaching style.

Whether a little child having fun at the piano, a group music class, a teenager that performs with a Youth Symphony, a student auditioning for a scholarship, a student preparing to be a College Music Major or an Adult Beginner, Emily is an amazing treasure to be found.

Emily comes from a large entertainment family who she has collaborated with over the years, including an Uncle who was in Frank Sinatra's Orchestra, another Uncle who was the voice of Fred Flinstone, Opera singers, Movie Director, Symphony Orchestra musician, actors and actresses, dancers and choreographers, composers, and even a silent film actress. Her grandmother gave up singing Opera at the Met to have a family because in those days you did not do both, you had to choose. Her own Mother performed Debussy, Beethoven, Scarlotti and much more on the piano. It is no wonder that Emily is "The go-to music educator and piano teacher with a reputation for her own playing and for producing outstanding piano students". Former Music Faculty at Living Preschool.
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Paige March 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My young daughter recently started taking beginning lessons from Emily, and it has been fantastic. My daughter thinks it's fun and Emily is so warm and flexible. I am amazed at the amount of time and knowledge she puts into her curriculum/lessons - she definitely knows her stuff and really cares about her students.
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Nate February 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher. Highly recommend.
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anna February 11, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emily is a wonderful teacher. One of my favorite parts of the day is being able to listen to one of our kids during practicing. She has helped them reach goals while they think music lessons are fun. I want to recommend her to everyone!
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Emily I.

Ridgefield, WA 98642
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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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$30 / 30-min

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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Benjamin E.

Benjamin E.

Portland, OR 97219
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$42 / 30-min

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