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About Hilary W.

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Portland, OR

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About Hilary
Hi, I'm Hilary. I am a classically trained opera/classical singer who studied at Trinity College of Music in London. I have a Bachelors in Music Performance and a certification in vocal teaching from the LTCL (Trinity Guildhall Board of Music) I have experience both singing and teaching many types and styles of music. I have been performing internationally for the last 7 years and enjoy diving in wherever I can. I have experience not only as a performer/teacher but also in directing, producing, coaching, and designing shows/concerts.

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I have 15+ years of teaching experience and look forward to adding the many years to come. As a teacher I strive to keep my students motivated and working hard while having lots of fun in the process. I have experience working with many different learning styles and also have experi
ence working with special needs youth and adults.

Many of my students have said that I am enthusiastic, fun, motivating, patient, and understanding. I encourage my students to work hard through positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. I believe very strongly that a positive learning environment is the key to success.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a cd/mp3 player, a bluetooth speaker, recording devices, and an electric piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and backing tracks if a piano is not available. I would prefer the student have both a piano and a cd/mp3 player but could work just with a cd/mp3 player if necessary. I also request the student to have a note book to take lesson notes in.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical singing and opera vocals but have taught musical theater, jazz, rock, metal, punk, etc
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KimberlyA May 1, 2012
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Hilary is really great! She has a way of connecting with people easily. She is able to encourage my daughter and help her learn at the same time. We feel very lucky to have been paired with Hilary!
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JaniceN September 29, 2011
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Hillary is a great teacher. She is easy to get along with and makes the lessons enjoyable. I'm learning a lot from her.
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Hilary W.

Hilary W.

Portland, OR 97206
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$40 / 30-min

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!

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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.

*** Specialties ***
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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Yuuki November 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher!
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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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Suzan G.

Suzan G.

Portland, OR 97236
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$30 / 30-min

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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Julia V. January 7, 2019
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Elisa strikes that rare balance of being both kind and professional - you are comfortable yet know you will be progressing to a high level.
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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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Elisa B.

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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$27.50 / 30-min

About Jason R.

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Portland, OR
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I deeply love teaching music. I am currently employed at Ethos Music Center and I have been teaching privately for about 7 years to students of all ages and skill levels. I honestly feel that everyone has the capacity to understand and play music given enough time and patience. I feel it is important to make lessons fun and engaging. I focus on music styles students want to learn while at the same time giving them fundamentals that will be strong building blocks for their future musical endeavours.
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Madelynn T. April 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jason is great with my 15 year old daughter, who's a beginner. Jason's very patient, friendly, and easy going. He's easy to reach and a great instructor overall!
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Jason R.

Jason R.

Portland, OR 97214
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Kari B.

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Portland, OR
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My expectations during lessons are not very strict and instead is based on a willingness to learn and enjoyment of singing or playing. I hope that my students have ideas of what they would like to sing/play, but I am also able to make recommendations if needed. I also ask that students be respectful of being on time to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical piano and classical voice. I teach the Italian bel canto style method and I believe that technique allows people to sing many different genres of music. I am currently pursuing an opera career but I don't want people to think its mandatory to sing classical or opera music. Any and all are welcome. :)
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Kari B.

Kari B.

Portland, OR 97219
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$42 / 30-min
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About Todd A.

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Portland, OR

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Hello. My name is Todd. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Ryan January 10, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I wanted to learn guitar, but I knew absolutely nothing about it. After weeks of failed self-teaching I decided to get a tutor. Best move I ever made and better yet, I stumbled upon Todd. Not only is he extremely talented, but he knows his music theory. Every week he would blow my mind with something new and I actually looked forward to the next week's lesson. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend him to anybody, young or old.
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Parag January 10, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Todd taught my daughters, aged 9 and 7 guitar and piano, respectively. I can easily say that Todd is the best thing in music my daughters could have asked for! He was patient with them, let them learn at their pace and was an awesome teacher. Most of, my daughters learnt to love and appreciate music.

I am a guitarist myself and I can safely say Todd is a great teacher and he has set them up for learning music and so much more for the rest of their lives. We would have continued the lessons had he not moved to another city.
We wish him all the success!
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Anthony December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed his lessons and even practices without my nagging!
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Todd A.

Todd A.

Portland, OR 97210
(5)
starting at
$15 / 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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Mitch M. November 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
If I had a way to give Ben more than 5 stars, I would give him a perfect 10. He made me feel very comfortable on my first lesson and was very encouraging. I used to play Ukulele a little until a severe stroke. I lost all ability to play and remember any music. I mention this because Ben is very encouraging and he seemed to have fun. This is important to me because it has me wanting my next lesson already. He really is the best of the best.
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Alan S. August 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
First lesson was fantastic. I’m basically a pro now
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Akash April 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson. My son was super tired but Ben got him engaged in the lesson and afterwards my son gave him two thumbs up!
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Benjamin E.

Benjamin E.

Portland, OR 97219
(5)
starting at
$42 / 30-min

About Jered J.

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Portland, OR

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About Jered
Hello!

Whether you want to learn a few songs, improve your chops or all-out shred, your lessons are designed to get your playing where you want it to be. Your lesson plan will be custom-tailored to your ability and geared toward your goals as a guitarist.

In addition to private lessons, I am currently a guitar/bass instructor at Oregon Music Academy with students of all ages and skill levels.

I have over 20 years of guitar-playing under my belt, 10 years teaching experience and a B.A. in Music to boot! I played guitar in a bunch of bands and currently play bass in Light Creates Shadow, a rock band here in Portland, OR. I love music of all styles and am passionate about passing along my music knowledge to my students.

Your lesson plan (Roadmap) will include the following:

Technique - You will learn proper playing technique
to ensure accurate playing as well as an injury-free career.

The Fretboard - Learn notes, scales, arpeggios and know your way around your instrument.

Harmony - Learn how to play chords, how to write music using chords, chord inversions and more.

Musicianship - Music theory, improvisation, songwriting, sight-reading, and everything an aspiring guitarist needs.

Progress Reports (Checkpoints) - Don't worry, this isn't a report card! This is just a check in every so often to remind us how far we have come and where we want to go from here.

My teaching style is based on the following core values:

Encouragement
Motivation
Achievable Goals
Patience
Passion
Engagement
FUN!!!

Your success as a musician is my main priority and I will do my absolute best to guide you along your path.

Shoot me a message and we can get started immediately :)
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David B. November 19, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jered is a thoughtful and knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to continuing my work with him.
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Ken H. November 1, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jered was on time. Very cordial. Was very open to my
Expectations. After 2 lessons I’m invigorated and already finding new strategies for this project.
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Jered J.

Jered J.

Portland, OR 97209
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Ethan G.

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Portland, OR

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Wondering how to start singing or if you can sing? Whether you have an amazing voice, need guidance or don't know, I can help! I can help bring out a voice even if it wasn't there before. All of my lessons are geared toward the student's wants and needs. I can help from learning to read music to belting out the classics. Everything in my lessons is done in the healthiest way possible without sacrificing sound. I have specialties in teaching genres like Classical, Opera, Broadway, Musical Theater, Pop, R&B, Soul, Gospel, Rock, and even Punk/Pop-Punk. Message me to see if we match.
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Ethan G.

Ethan G.

Portland, OR 97203
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$34 / 30-min

About Paul R.

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Beaverton, OR

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Hello, my name is Paul Rad, and I have been a private music teacher and performer on solo piano and in bands since 1990. My teaching style is more on the relaxed side, as opposed to following a strict program, and I customize the lessons to fit you and your desires. Students mostly like me to come to their homes (and parents of younger students enjoy not having to drive to yet another place). I have a grand piano and a collection of instruments in my home if you would rather come here. Piano, keyboards, guitar (acoustic and electric), bass, drums and ukulele are my specialties, and I can help beginning students get started on violin, clarinet, horns, percussions, etc.

All ages and all styles of music are welcome, and I can write sheet music on the spot at your level for any song, including new ones that are not yet availa
ble. If you want to write music and/or record, that's great, and I would be happy to help with that, too.

I believe learning and playing music is fun, and enriches your life!
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Arunima October 1, 2018
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Paul has a unique connection with our children and they love his classes. He is patient, encouraging and they learn fast and steadily. I would recommend him to anyone who is interested in taking piano lessons as he also comes home and that makes one trip less.
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Paul R.

Paul R.

Beaverton, OR 97006
(1)
starting at
$42 / 30-min

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