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Individualized piano instruction focusing on theory, technique and performance

About Barbara
I am delighted to be a part of the TakeLessons team here in Portland. I have recently retired from a career in elementary education employed as a visual arts instructor. In addition to my public school career I have also given private piano lessons for the last thirteen years. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1991 with a bachelors degree in education with a minor in music.

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While I have been classically trained, my goal is to provide a strong background in music theory, technique, and performance, which will allow all students to successfully pursue interests in all genres of music. Creating individualized instruction for each student is an important means of nurturing a successful and motivated pianist at every level. I use a broad range of materials based on student interest and abilities with a
core curriculum built upon Hanon, Alfred, and Faber and Faber method books. I look forward to the opportunity to be part of your many successes in the world of piano music.

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Piano or weighted keyboard, lesson books (available at local music stores and online)

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Classical
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Dianne September 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great personal interaction .
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Audrey T. February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
I have played the piano off and on (mostly off) since childhood. As an older adult, I was looking for a piano teacher who would really work with me to customize my lessons - and Barb is a perfect match. We spent the first few lessons on Christmas carols and now have switched to classics. She is patient, and provides good pointers. I recommend her highly.
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Brenda March 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Barbara is very easy to work with, flexible, especially for an older student like myself. I really am enjoying our lessons.
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Barbara D.

Barbara D.

Portland, OR 97209
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About Erin W.

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Portland, OR

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Improve your musical knowledge whether you are completely new to reading music, or experienced and looking to hone your skills.

About Erin
I have a Master's in Vocal Performance from Portland State University, and over a decade of vocal training and performance experience.

I teach voice lessons to kids, teenagers, and adults, ranging in ability from beginner to experienced. I have helped the beginning students learn to match pitch and read notes on the staff. My voice students learn to sing with purer vowels, increased breath support, and to access greater vocal range.

I teach beginning piano to all ages. I teach students as young as 5 as long as they are able to stay focused for the duration of a half hour lesson. Most of my piano students are in the 7 -10 range, but I teach some beginning adults as well.

I travel to some students in N and NE Portland, but I vastly prefer to have students come to me. For students in Vancouver, WA, I do ask that they come to me.

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Voice students will learn to improve their technique through proper breathing, correct vowels, space, and resonance. I teach repertoire based on the students' interest, but I am well versed in classical and operatic repertoire in English, French, German, and Italian, as well as some musical theatre and jazz. I also teach pop songs for those who are interested. I can help you improve your technique for whatever style of music you want to sing. For adults, I recommend an hour voice lesson. For kids, I recommend a half hour voice lesson, and half hour of piano if they are not already taking it.

Piano students will learn to read music, play with correct form, learn scales, and improve their musicianship skills. I teach out of lesson books (mostly Faber) to improve technique, but I want students to learn supplemental pieces that are fun for them as well. For piano beginners, I recommend 30 minutes. Once the student is a little more experienced, I like to have them for 45 minutes.

I hope to share with you the same joy I get from making music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at home has a piano, my music library, a large mirror for aiding the student in observing their vocal habits.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, students will need to have a keyboard or a piano in a space free of distractions. Students should have a neat, three ring binder to hold any loose sheet music. Piano students need a regular notebook to write lesson assignments.

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I specialize in teaching classical art songs and musical theatre.
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Miriam July 24, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
I'm learning so much having lessons with Erin. She's a great teacher!
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Noura P. July 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
She is absolutely awesome, very knowlagabl and great with kids. My son loves her lessons.
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Potran P. May 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
She is absolutely great, my 6 years old son had a blast and we are so excited.
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Erin W.

Portland, OR 97217
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About Julia V.

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Have you wondered how music is notated and what all those sharps and flats mean? Would you like to be able to look at a piece of music and know how it sounds and whether it would work for your voice? I can help you with that. With step by step workbooks and 15 minutes of practice a day, you can learn to read music within a few months and know the basics before that.
I recommend adults take from 45 minutes to 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons.

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.

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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. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons. Studio policy is located at VaaraMusic.com. 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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Izzy A. September 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
This teacher is amazing and very kind. I had only two lessons with her and I feel amazing already I will see when how I am when I finish the package that I picked finishes.
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Shijie R. September 10, 2018
· Opera Voice · Online
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Shelby September 5, 2018
· Piano · Online
She not only teaches you how to play piano, but also how to be a better musician in general. I
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Julia V.

Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
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About Jack W.

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About Jack
I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's recording pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder
and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.

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Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents

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Violin
All required music

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Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.
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Anna B. January 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
We are having great experience with Jack, always willing to work with our schedule and very flexible on what we want to learn first. Jack is a great teacher, and we look forward to this year of learning :)
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Evelyn B. June 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very good instructor
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Lisa O. November 14, 2013
· Viola ·
JACK IS TERRIFIC!

I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success! Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring.
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Jack W.

Vancouver, WA 98662
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About Tyler B.

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Portland, OR

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Want to know the "why" behind the music you love? Now's your chance.

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 Elisa B.

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Oregon City, OR

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Music theory section added in the end of the lesson. Using theory work books. Note names, note values, music terms etc. to increase ability to read and perform music and to gain deeper understanding about music in written form.

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.

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

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

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

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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$27.50 / 30-min

About Bryan L.

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Time will be spent learning the science of music and applying it to playing music.

About Bryan
Bryan is a lifelong student trained in both Contemporary and Classical methodology. Bryan's extensive education paired with his passion for music make him the perfect teacher for any student. Bryan's love for music started at a young age. He began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10 learning the basics. This knowledge has served as the basis for all of his musical training as it provided a strong backbone of fundamental skills to build upon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2005, he practiced and perfected the classical approach to music. Bryan's education continued at the Musicians Institute based in the music capital of the world, Los Angeles. Here he diversified his music skills with vigorous training in the contemporary study of music. This contrast allows Bryan to teach everything from Rock n' Roll to Beethoven!


Bryan Specializes in the guitar and Bass Guitar; however, he is proficient in piano and drums as well. His interests range from simply perfecting the art of guitar playing, to composing modern music for entire bands. Additionally, Bryan's expertise extends into the technological side of recording and producing music. Thorough knowledge of popular computer programs allows Bryan to complete almost any music related task.

Bryan has been teaching private lessons for the past 10 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an incredibly patient teacher with only one goal in mind: help the student progress steadily! For this reason, every students lessons will be different. However, a typical lesson will aim to improve on 4 basic categories... Guitar technique and dexterity, Music Theory / Improvisation, Learning students favorite Songs, and Personal projects. Personal projects can range from writing songs, to recording songs, or to learning the basics of other instruments.

As a lifetime musician I have a very good idea of what works for most students. However, my goal is to be YOUR teacher, and I will focus on whatever it is that interests you the most!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is made up of high quality equipment. It currently includes electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, BASS Guitars, baritone guitars, a piano, Mac computers and a Professional PA system. There is also a ton of peripheral equipment including amplifiers, effects pedals, a Drum machine and stereo equipment.

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I can Provide Everything for Guitar players. I recommend an amplifier, tuner and a cable.

*** Specialties ***
I am particularly proficient in Rock Guitar and Music Theory. I specialize in songwriting as an application of Music Theory.
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Kyra &. November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Both my kids loved Bryan and their first lesson. Off to a great start!
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Hadley H. September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My grandaughter is very happy wth her first lesson and has been practising! Bryan motivated her!!! Thanks
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Devin H. December 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
I highly recommend Bryan

If you are looking for guitar lessons then Bryan is your guy. I have been taking lessons from him for 6 months now and had no experience prior. I have learned a lot from him and not just about playing a guitar but music in general. I highly recommend Bryan.
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Bryan L.

Bryan L.

Portland, OR 97223
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$25 / 30-min

About Ryan L.

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I have a background of 6 years for studying music theory. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to understand basic rhythms and/or how to read notes and as time goes on you'll be able to apply this knowledge to the music you perform. Depending on your theory background, I will start off by using a music fundamentals book about theory, and then we will dig further into theory after that. I have the following tools available for your lessons: Music stand I copy of the textbooks we will be using. I would need you to get the textbook we would be using as well as bringing paper and pencils to work on. I love working with students of all ages and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan
Hi, there! My name is Ryan and I can't wait to meet you! I am a recent Music graduate from Concordia University in Portland and am eager to start sharing my music knowledge with students of all ages. I'm Caring and and also excited to share my musical adventures with my students. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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I like to base my teaching style to each students personal interests and also how they may learn best. I focus more on helping the student learn the material and I understand that each of my students will need to learn at their own individual pace. I will also strive to help my students gain the proper musical knowledge that will be provided during lessons.

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I will be providing the music, a piano, and also music stands.

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l to your place, I will bring a music stand with me, and also I will provide the Music for the lessons.

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I have a background in Music theory and Aural Skills, and I am a recent graduate from Concordia University with a music major background.
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Ryan L.

Portland, OR 97211
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$15 / 30-min

About Rick K.

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I've studied music theory both in college and on my own, and I can vouch firsthand for the value of learning theory.

When you understand how music works, you'll dramatically expand your musical horizons. You'll be able to create more complex and nuanced pieces of music, and your ability to communicate your ideas to other musicians will be much better than you ever thought possible.

My students learn chord theory, scale theory, modes, and more, in a way that's easy to understand and apply.

About Rick
Hi. My name is Rick, I'd love to teach you to play the guitar. I have 15 years teaching experience and offer lessons tailor-made to your individual musical goals and interests. You'll be surprised at how easy and fun learning the guitar can be.
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Dwayne M. March 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Rick makes me feel comfortable. Very patient. Enjoy learning the Ukulele from Rick.
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Susan McCormack February 12, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Rick is quick to see where I am struggling. He is easy to work with and gives me some structure which I need in order to learn. Makes the time very comfortable.
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Cathy C. June 5, 2015
· Ukulele · In studio
I was excited and nervous to start ukulele lessons. Rick quickly makes you feel at ease-greeting me for the intro lessons playing his guitar! With an incredible ability to encourage and motivate he is the ideal instructor. It is very apparent that he loves music and sharing that love with students (of all levels!)
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Rick K.

Portland, OR 97206
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About Jordan V.

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Portland, OR

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I have an understanding of Basic theory as well as Jazz theory and can help with curriculum or build music theory knowledge from the ground up.

About Jordan
Hello! I'm Jordan Vale and I'm a teacher and tutor for Trumpet, Math, and Music Theory in Portland, Or. I am located in the North Tabor area and do In-home lessons around Portland's East side. I try to have my sessions be engaging, fun, and accessible for all levels. I use a variety of resources to provide quality lessons, and have experience teaching students from ages 6 - 36 in a variety of settings including one on one, small groups, ensemble teaching, masterclasses, and classroom teaching.
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Jordan V.

Portland, OR 97201
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$40 / 45-min

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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Portland, OR

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Portland is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $95 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$32 average
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45-min $28
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 13% less expensive at $47, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $32.

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