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About Michael R.

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Portland, OR

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About Michael
Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Jazz Performance.

Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience allow him to help his students grasp tough concepts and improve at a faster rate than they would on their own.
Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice en
joyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style.

Michael ensures that every student will have the skills to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting. He enjoys working with students of all abilities. Michael relates to the absolute beginner and experienced musician equally.
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Ava Q. February 11, 2019
· Clarinet · In studio
Ava is enjoying her clarinet instruction!
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Heidi January 4, 2019
· Clarinet · In home
What an AMAZING teacher! Michael always has a positive attitude and connects well with people. He is definitely the highlight of my son’s week (age 10). Michael is talented, knowledgeable and kind. He can connect with all age groups. His studio is also an energetic and delightful place to be. He is a true gem and talented musician. My son says, “He is such a fun guy and great teacher!” He inspires my son.
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Caitlin November 1, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Michael is the best! This is the first instrument I've ever learned to play, and the patience shown to me by Michael was legendary. I can't wait to keep practicing and continue learning with him through out this winter!
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Michael R.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Julia V.

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Portland, OR

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About Julia
I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty. I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.

Students gain a larger vocal range and an easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I have worked with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency
programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am persistent and positive! Working and performing with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument, I recommend adults take 45" - 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice starting with basics before moving to more complex and challenging music. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone. For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Condo w/ open area with piano. Visitor's parking lot w/ seating in studio for parents to listen. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.

*** Specialties ***
As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
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Nathaniel H. June 22, 2019
· Singing · Online
Online one lesson in so far, but Julia seems to be a very talented and patient instructor for children.
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Eliza K. May 9, 2019
· Singing · Online
I really appreicate Julia's flexible schedule!
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Kady C. February 11, 2019
· Singing · Online
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Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
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$30 / 30-min

About Tyler B.

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Portland, OR

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About Tyler
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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Sterling October 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Patient, focused, encouraging and time efficient. He was good at keeping our youngster on task and making the experience fun. Wish he was able to take our child further with piano. I don't know how much was Tyler and how much was our child, but our kiddo learned quickly from Tyler. Thank you Tyler!
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Jayne June 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great lesson!
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Kevin November 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Tyler taught me how to play the drums! He was so engaging and informative, and his teaching style allowed me to learn quickly. I had so much fun and have developed a passion for the drums. I recommend highly taking lessons from him.
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Tyler B.

Portland, OR 97215
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About Nick D.

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Tualatin, OR

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About Nick
***About Me***
Music is more than a passion for me, it's how I hear the world! That guy singing the harmony to the crosswalk jingle? That's me.

Though my love for music began long before I ever picked up an instrument, I began taking guitar lessons at age 10. By age 12 I was writing music and by 13 I played my music at my first talent show with my band. In high school, I started studying piano and voice and performed with the Guitar Program, Jazz Ensemble, and Men's Choir. I played solo and with multiple bands, playing rock, acoustic, jazz, rock, metal and classical guitar.

After High School, I spent a year studying music at the University of Oregon. Though I enjoyed my time at U of O, I left the next year and moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of
Music in Film Scoring. While at Berklee, I studied with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the country, studying jazz, arranging, contemporary composition, music production, songwriting and more. After graduating I moved to Los Angeles, where I worked on multiple feature films as a composer's assistant, copyist, music editor, and music supervisor. After some time in LA, I decided to relocate to Portland and enroll in Berklee's online Masters Certificate in Music Business and Technology, which I completed in 2013.

Currently, I'm an active composer for film, Television and video games. Though you won't see me performing on stage as often, I'm very often performing and recording myself and other performers in my home studio. In 2017, I began teaching full-time as an elementary music teacher in Happy Valley.

Music can be a great hobby or a path to a fulfilling career - either way, it's a lot of fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages! I'm very easy-going, and I'm more than happy to teach what the students want to learn at their own pace - after all, we're here to learn and have FUN! That being said, I do expect some level of practicing or studying. It's all part of the gig!

During our first lesson, we'll go over what the student's goals are and what styles of music the student is interested in. I use a combination of books, listening, and custom assignments tailored to the student's specific needs.

In the first 3-6 months:

Beginners can expect to have basic knowledge of the instrument and technique, and begin looking at songs incorporate techniques addressed in our lessons.

Intermediate students can expect to address any problem areas in their technique and begin looking at stretching their understanding of theory and technique into new areas.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio lessons take place in a home studio office, complete with full-size electric piano, recording equipment and plenty of room for parents to sit in on the lessons! Parking is plentiful for most of the day.

I expect students to have their own instrument and copy of lesson material including notes and books. I can provide lesson material while students wait to purchase their own.

*** Specialties ***
Basic to Intermediate Piano.
Advanced Music Theory and Orchestration.
Genres include Contemporary Styles (Pop, Blues, Country, Funk, Rock) Jazz, and Classical
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Whitney May 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We are loving working with Nick. He is teaching both me (mom) and my daughter (age 6) in beginner piano. He has a great way of teaching so it's not overwhelming, but we feel like we progress each week. He's calm and kind and very well educated in his craft. Highly recommended!
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Alex K. May 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Nick is very professional, kind, and courteous. In our first consultation meeting, he was very interested in assessing my skill level and seeing how he could best help me. He was a joy to meet, and a pleasure to talk with.

However, I am taking a star off because he didn't seem prepared to teach a student at the mid-intermediate level. I wouldn't have taken this star off if he would have shown the initiative to discover my experience level before our first lesson (a 30 minute phone interview probably would have been a good idea). At the time, he didn't have any content that fit what I was hoping for.

Because of this reason, I didn't pursue any further lessons with him. However, based on what I saw and the level of professionalism, I would recommend him to people who are just beginning or are in the developing stages of learning how to play the piano. He seemed to be teaching the perfect mix of theory and practice, which is a must!
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Gerri G. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult beginner. Nick is patient, encouraging, and very professional. Assignments are challenging but his instructions help me succeed.
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Nick D.

Tualatin, OR 97062
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About Katherine S.

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Gresham, OR

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About Katherine
Kat S., Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice, as well as teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she strives to support her students in finding their voice, no matter what level they are at. A proponent of being able to use your voice healthily for all singing styles, she is versed in classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop styles. She also has experience teaching beginning theory.

Now a teacher for elementary school music in San Jose, CA, she is also a professional singer for Holy Family Church. Previous jobs she's had are section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church, professional singer for Fremont Presbyterian in Sacramento, and director for music for young adult Masses at the Sacramento Newman Catholic Community. Her own private tea
cher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento, and has performed in both the United States and Europe.

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I teach from a comprehensive approach, taking into account mind and body: the science of voice as well as the art.

Studio Equipment:
- Piano
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Travel Equipment:
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Specialties:
Opera - Jazz Voice - Pop - Folk - Classical
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Joelle Steeves December 1, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Fantastic teacher, currently taking lessons and she is so helpful and nice. I would 100% recommend taking lessons from her!
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Mustafa July 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, made me feel comfortable at home, easy to get along with, and helps to sculpt to music you like.
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Marjorie October 10, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
She is very good at telling me what is expected for each lesson and long term
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Katherine S.

Gresham, OR 97080
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About Tim B.

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Newberg, OR

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About Tim
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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Robert April 12, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I’m a absolute beginner and at 40 years old the thought of learning a instrument was very intimidating. Tim made my first lesson very comfortable and enjoyable. I look forward to more lessons.
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Emil H. February 25, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher. Helpful and experienced! I recommend him
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michael November 19, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Tim B.

Newberg, OR 97132
(50)
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$23 / 30-min

About AllyJo F.

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Portland, OR

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About AllyJo
HI! I'm AllyJo, I am a vocal coach, musician, actor and writer. I have a studio in SE Portland that I teach out of. I specialize in vocal technique and freeing the voice. I love to help people unlock their talent and discover what they can do vocally. We have a recording studio that students for projects and to track progress. I absolutely love what I do and would love to help you feel more comfortable and confident singing. To learn more about me visit my website allyjo dot com
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Grant December 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
AllyJo is an awesome instructor. She makes things comfortable, and is very good at explaining the "why" as well as the "how". I look forward to more lessons.
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AllyJo F.

Portland, OR 97214
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$42 / 30-min

About Deanna M.

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Portland, OR
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About Deanna
Hi, there! My name is Deanna and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students gain confidence and self-esteem through music. Vocal students gain strength and versatility, increase their range, and eliminate their "break." Piano and ukulele students learn how to read music, perform artistically, compose, play chords so they can play in a band, how to learn new music quickly and more.

l have been performing for 37 years in dance, singing and in theater and I've learned how to ease nerves, create compelling stage presence, and give my best performance even when things go wrong back stage. I became a certified instructor in the Blaylock Vocal Method in 2016 and I teach the Wunderkeys program for preschool piano students.

I'm a caring teacher that can guide you and chal
lenge you kindly to new levels of performance. Working with me you'll get to sing or play songs you love and learn new songs to showcase your talents.

We always work toward your goals, not mine, and my teaching style is encouraging and focused on the mechanics of singing and grounded in personal development and success techniques. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Nadine July 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 4-year-old son has been taking lessons with Deanna for the past 6 months. I am a preschool teacher. I was immediately impressed by how Deanna was able to connect with my child and work with him with such calmness and ease. My son tried many different classes and has had many different instructors. Deanna has by far been his favorite instructor and he is always excited and ready for class. The program she uses is wonderful, it introduces children to sequencing and patterns, fine motor skills and development and so much more. I highly highly recommend classes with Deanna. We love her!
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Deanna M.

Portland, OR 97214
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$35 / 30-min

About Gus C.

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Portland, OR

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About Gus
Hello future students! I am a multi-instrumentalist and teacher of many instruments. I love music and teaching equally and strive to make learning music FUN, even if we are just working on rudimental stuff :)

I have taught hundreds students of all ages over the last 4 years and have witnessed a super positive response to my teaching style. I have a talent for adapting to various personalities. I tailor lessons to the individual while using my knowledge and experience to impart the best foundation that I can.
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Dan May 2, 2019
· Banjo · In home
Gus seemed knowledgable and we got right to work on key areas to improve in a fun and friendly way.
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Elaine M. March 19, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Gus is great! Super patient and creative in helping me. elaine
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Gus C.

Portland, OR 97211
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About Dennis M.

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Portland, OR

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About Dennis
Dennis has been in the music scene for the last 25+ years.
Starting piano at the age of 9, he didn't know that piano would become a fixture through the years. Dennis has a classical training background which then led him to other styles of influence such as Jazz, Gospel, & Blues genres.

He holds a B.A. in Music from Portland Bible College and as a professional pianist he has taken on other musical roles; such as composition, arranging, and producer on many recording projects.

Dennis has something to offer to all that want to learn how to play the piano. Whether it's learning for fun, or pursuing piano passionately; his method of teaching is one that will stick with you.

"Playing piano is a lifetime experience; whether you do it professionally or for your own enjoyment, you will always learn something new. My hope is to pass a
long what I've learned to every student that I have the opportunity to teach."
- Dennis Miclau.

Whether you're just starting to learn piano for the first time or already learning and need someone to guide you along in your journey. I'm here to help coach and teach you to become successful in your piano learning and practice.

I teach and coach pianists from all ages and all levels. My musical background starts from when I was 9 years of age. Classically trained and later was attached to other styles of music influence such as Jazz, Gospel, & Blues.

I currently teach the following styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, & Blues
Within those styles, I also have the experience to focus on teaching in the following areas: Improvisation, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Melody & Harmony, Jazz Chords & Voicings, Accompaniment Training, and much more.

Send me a message if you are interested in having me teach you piano and or if you have any other questions. I'm here to help :)
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Dennis M.

Portland, OR 97223
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$38 / 30-min

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