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About Geoff A.

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Hillsboro, OR

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
Having played many styles over the years, I am able to play in most of the popular forms. All music is based on the same fundamental things. It's how they are used that defines a given style.
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Ethan September 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
"It was kind of hard but fun!" My 9 year old left saying, "now I finally know how to learn how to play from sheet music!" Geoff is patient and knowledgeable.
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Joan R. May 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Geoff has been a wonderful teacher; knowledgeable, extremely patient and
always kind. I would highly recommend him.
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Isabella W. January 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My girls love Geoff! He is patient and positive approach to teaching piano. I like that he heard the lessons to their level and only advances them when they are ready.
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Geoff A.

Geoff A.

Hillsboro, OR 97124
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About Jon L.

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Beaverton, OR
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About Jon
Out of all instruments, the sound of the violin is the closest to the human voice. Small wonder it is one of the oldest instruments still being played and it's tones can fit in to almost any style of music.

Learning the violin from me can include violin fundamentals such as bow use and finger placement, reading music notation, lead sheets, and playing by ear. All of these are skills that come into play at different times depending on what your goals are. A combination of these skills will give you a foundation of music knowledge that will serve you regardless of what style of music you want to play. Specific styles I've worked with are: Classical, Irish, Bluegrass, Rock and Symphonic Metal.

I tailor lessons to my students goals. I emphasize technique fundamentals, and help students apply the techniques they learn toward music t
hey enjoy playing, or composing.

In addition to playing violin, I write and arrange music. My song "The Burning Plain" won a national award for songwriting. If writing songs is your goal I can help you apply music theory concepts is ways that will make your songs stand out.
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Torie August 24, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jon was patient and kind and Kitty was happy when she came out.
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Jackie June 6, 2016
· Violin · In home
Jon is a great instructor that has been working with my 14 year old son Logan. He already has Logan working on vibrato which Logan has been terrified to try. Logan becomes more confident in himself with each lesson. He is also great at keeping me informed of Logan's progress.

I have also brought my younger son Liam to a lesson. Loam is autistic. Jon was very understanding and patient with liam and has told me if Liam is ever interested in playing he would give him lessons. All in all I am very happy with Jon as a teacher and would reccomend him.
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Logan May 9, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Awesome instructor, really know his stuff!
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Jon L.

Jon L.

Beaverton, OR 97007
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About Suzan G.

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Portland, OR

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About Suzan
I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed directing large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of
the parts!

I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.

If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.

What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!

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I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!

The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.

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For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).
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Michael K. July 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson went well. -Michael J. Kelly
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Mei 's family October 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We like her!
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Mei Chan October 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She's good!
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Suzan G.

Suzan G.

Portland, OR 97236
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About Joel J.

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Beaverton, OR
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Joel J. took his first guitar lesson in September 1980. A lifelong student and teacher of guitar and improvisation, Joel began playing in bands at age 14. Seeking a higher awareness of guitar, he left school at U-Michigan to study at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. While there, he received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1997 he received his B.M.S. in Professional Music with a concentration in Private Instruction and Studio Arranging from Berklee. No stranger to the industry, Joel has recorded 3 CD's with rock bands Michigan and Color Phobos as primary composer and lead guitarist. Joel is former owner of The Great Hall Restaurant and Music Room where raw live performances occurred every night. He currently plays with Portland area blues-rock band The Fabulous Badcats, and co-hosts an open jam e
very week in SE Portland. Embark upon a discovery of music born in the fires of your own passion as Joel will lead you through a course of study based entirely upon your goals and desires for your relationship with the guitar. with a vivid memory of studying guitar as an eight year old, Joel teaches all ages with patience and understanding.

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Lessons with Joel are like Choose Your Own Adventure stories. The curriculum is based on the Performance programs of Berklee College and Musician's Institute, with supplements by Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and including the music of YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST. We will navigate through a rigorous study of the instrument, including metronome study, sight-reading and notation, ear training and everything else. But once we cover the basics, the course will take the direction of your interests and what is fueling your fire. Keeping true to what motivates you will keep the lessons interesting even when the commitment becomes difficult..and it will..but as you may already know, nothing worth having is easily achieved. Come take a deep look at the most popular and versatile instrument of the modern age, and master your own style of guitar playing with a teacher whose own commitment to music education is absolute.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio room in private home- with piano, electric and acoustic guitars and equipment, on-screen learning; chairs, piano bench, room for parents to observe lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music stand and curriculum. I expect the student to provide pencil, notebook with lined paper, music paper, metronome and instrument. I do have instruments available for rental

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock and blues improvisation, and beginning to advanced music theory.
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Rick July 25, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson went really well. I wanted to learn music theory as well as learn how to play.
Very knowledgeable and teaches in a way that is easy to understand.
I walked away from the first lesson with more than one 'ah-ha' moment and am excited to learn more.
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Tommy R. January 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son just had his first lesson but he is already excited about what he is learning. Joel is very patient and connects well with his student. Looking forward to the next one!
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Will D. November 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Joel knows his stuff and teaches well
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Joel J.

Joel J.

Beaverton, OR 97078
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About Trudie C.

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Portland, OR
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About Trudie
Greetings! My name is Trudie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 and have loved helping my students master their favorite songs in various styles while simultaneously learning the basic theory behind their chosen style of music. Many of my students go on to play gigs of their own, and write their own songs and tunes. I'm a friendly, funny and understanding person and my teaching style is based on your needs. I can teach you guitar in your learning style while making it fun and help you to turn information into knowledge. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Marty E. February 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great musician who is a patient instructor who knows her stuff.
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Eric January 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I'm an adult learner new to fingerpicking guitar. From the first lesson Trudie showed me interesting things to practice. Her version of Kashmir is awesome. Especially if you want to learn some Nick Drake or other British Isles guitar music she's the teacher for you.
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Corinne December 31, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Trudie is knowledgeable and cares about her students. If you want to really learn the theory behind the music, and are ready to work, She is the perfect teacher for you.
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Trudie C.

Trudie C.

Portland, OR 97213
(7)
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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 Hayley G.

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Gresham, OR
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About Hayley
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.

Emily I.

Ridgefield, WA 98642
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$25 / 30-min

About Jeff W.

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Portland, OR

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I am a classically trained cellist and a recent graduate from the Bob Cole Conservatory of music in Long Beach California. My teacher during this time was Dr David Garrett of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Dr, Marlin Owen of the Biola Conservatory of Music. I have been playing cello for fifteen years and have been playing in orchestras for the past ten. I was the principle cellist for the Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestra for two years and was Assistant Principle cellist In the CUSLB symphony orchestra.
In addition to classical music my time at the Bob Cole conservatory allowed to play in various Jazz ensembles and allotted me some proficiency at improve and composition. I primarily teach classical music but I would very enthused to delve into a more contemporary practice as per the request of the student.
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Jeff W.

Jeff W.

Portland, OR 97206
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$30 / 30-min

About Livi Y.

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Portland, OR
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Hey all! I'm Livi, a ukulele playing singer, songwriter, and music teacher living in beautiful Portland, OR. Learn more about me in my bio below, and hopefully meet you in person/online soon! XxoO, -Liv

Livi began taking piano lessons at a young age, and found her love for music watching a stage production of "The Sound Of Music" in Hong Kong where she grew up. After receiving her BA for Film & TV, with a concentration in Audio and Composition from SMU in Dallas, TX. This summer, she will be perusing a performance certificate at Berklee School of Music - Valencia, Spain campus.

Livi moved to California and began teaching music and film making, along with writing and performing all over Los Angeles. After falling in love with the Pacific Northwest at a friends wedding on the Willamette River, Livi moved to Portland and continued teach
ing private voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, and cello lessons as well as group classes such as Kindermusik, Drama, Glee, Rock band, and Songwriting at several music schools in Portland and Vancouver, WA. Now, as a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA), Livi is ready to bring her passion for music and her creative style of teaching to help you find your love for music!
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Livi Y.

Livi Y.

Portland, OR 97211
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