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About Chuck M.

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Portland, OR
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About Chuck
Chuck moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a prominent member of the music teaching and performing community for more than 25 years. Originally from Chicago, Chuck completed his BA in Music History and Masters of Music (MM) at the University of Florida. Chuck became obsessed with The Beatles when he began piano lessons at age 12. His first attempt at composing was actually improvising melodies over the ending chords to "Hey Jude". Along with playing Beatles tunes Chuck learned classic standards from a set of Reader's Digest Songbooks inherited from his grandmother.

Chuck has performed with classic rock, top 40, funk, R&B, and jazz groups, and has served as an opening act for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and legendary Texas bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As a soloist he's played classical musi
c, blues, jazz, and original compositions. Before devoting himself to music full time, he worked for 8 years as a radio announcer on WUFT-FM Gainesville hosting shows such as "Nothing but the Blues", "Montage" (acoustic jazz), and "Musica Antiqua" (Renaissance and Medieval).

Chuck has taught students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, organ, flute, digital keyboards, recorder, and ukulele. He's also a multi-faceted composer whose instrumental pieces are infused with elements of classical, blues, and jazz styles.

Chuck's teaching philosophy: "In my 25 years of teaching I’ve found that everyone learns in different ways and at different rates of progress, so each of my students is treated as a unique individual. I try to get to know my students in the first few lessons so I can be more sensitive to their personalities. This helps me choose the best teaching approach for them. From the very first lesson I create a relaxed setting so students feel no apprehension, especially when trying something new. This allows them to feel free to take chances and experience playing music as something enjoyable, not a life or death situation! The biggest measure of my effectiveness as a teacher is when my students embrace new challenges and the opportunity to improve".

*** Lesson Details ***
My primary goal as a teacher is to present musical material in a way that keeps students excited about what they are learning. Even with absolute beginners, I will have a student playing actual songs that they are interested in as quickly as possible. Along the way I include fundamentals such as scales, strength-building exercises, rudiments of theory, and ear training. Some of the method books I use include the Alfred and Faber and Faber series, and Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist, among many others. These materials are always supplemented with arrangements and transcriptions of popular songs and classical pieces, along with original exercises designed to teach specific styles and techniques. I also use interactive music websites to introduce students to concepts of music theory. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. As students progress in their creativity, I also introduce them to composition and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai K50 upright piano, music playback devices, Hammond C3 organ, multiple keyboards/synthesizers, acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, computer recording equipment; parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any specific equipment. Piano students should have either a well-tuned piano or full-sized weighted-key digital keyboard (Casio Privia, for example). Guitar students should have a well set up electric or acoustic guitar and an amplifier (for an electric guitar).

*** Specialties ***
I teach students of all ages and skill levels. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. I also teacher recording techniques using computer software including Ableton Live, Reason, and Pro Tools.
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Rick February 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am really impressed with Chuck's ability to get right to the things I want to learn while still explaining the fundamentals. I'm a self-taught guitar player (30 years) but I came to Chuck with no reading skills and no piano experience at all. He has been able to take what I know and show me how to apply it to learning theory, but within 3 lessons he also has me really excited about playing actual music that I'm into. Great learning studio and professional yet laid-back demeanor. Definitely plan on sticking with Chuck.
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Jasper W. April 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great teacher. Patient and I could see my progress
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JIA Z. February 12, 2014
· Piano ·
Mr. Michaelson is the best teacher I've met at Portland.

I do appreciate Chuck for his professional piano lessons and kind. My son enjoyed his lessons sooooooo much and, loves piano more from then on. He is really a great musician and responsible teacher I've ever met at Portland. His patience and style of teaching are sunshine to my son's piano life.
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Portland, OR 97212
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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.

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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!

*** 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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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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Alexandria G. August 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher
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Julia V.

Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
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About Kristin H.

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Portland, OR
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About Kristin
I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing, acting, speech, and piano for a wide range of ages. I teach many styles of acting from stage to film and in between including Shakespeare I have studied a variety of methods on acting and will cater to the interests of my students. I have a degree in Speech and Communications as well as Performing arts and would love to help you with your public speaking or every day speech needs. I coach from two locations. A studio in SE Portland and from a studio in my home. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.

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Kristin

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I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have
the opportunity to cross over if they would like.
I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater
Shakespeare Acting
Acting for Singers
Auditioning how to's
Script Analysis
Classical acting
Various acting methods
Classical Flute
Music Theory
Sight Singing
Public Speaking
Stage Dialects
IPA
Speech concerns and options
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Gerie September 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I’m so glad that I found Kristin. She provided a ton of info for my first lesson, and I’m looking forward to continue learning from her.
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Josephine June 10, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Super fun experience with these lessons! Every lesson is comfortable and i’m Seeing positive changes in my voice
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Charlie June 3, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent first lesson. Engaging and fun. Looking forward to the next one!
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Kristin H.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Marcel M.

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Glendale, CA

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About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

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About Josh S.

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I am jack-of-all trades filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. I have worked in theater and in film for over 15 years. I have a BA in theater and MFA in Motion Picture & Television.
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Josh S.

Gresham, OR 97030
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About Destiny D.

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Saint Louis, MO
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About Destiny
Hi, there! My name is Destiny and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students improve their skills, confidence, and accomplish their goals. I went to Motion Express School of Dance and Acrobatics and have won local, regional, state, national and international titles. I'm a creative and driven person and my teaching style is fun, professional, and productive. I look forward to helping you reach all of your goals!
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Katie August 8, 2018
· Flexibility Training · In home
The difference in my flexibility after just 1 month of privates with Destiny is absolutely mind boggling! Would HIGHLY recommend her service to anyone looking to improve and strengthen their flexibility
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Alice August 8, 2018
· Dance · In studio
Destiny is a creative, outgoing and patient teacher with the passion and charisma that our daughter needed to further herself in her dance career.
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About Sean M.

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Austin, TX

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I'm a NYC based actor currently living in Austin, Texas with a huge case of ADD, that resulted in a background in musical theatre, jazz piano, juggling, and many sports. Aside from acting and dance, I was a varsity tennis player, and competed at the national level for two sports, National Collegiate Table Tennis (NCTTA 2010), and on the U21 National Kayak Polo Team (based in Austin, Texas). I've also been a juggler for the past 15 years (5 club cascade and club passing), and jazz pianist (1 year training with Grammy Winner Hank Hehmsoth, and (in an freak chance meeting, 6 months with 2 time Grammy Winner Floyd Domino). I love all things tap dance and Golden Age Musical Theatre, and have many influences including Sammy Davis Jr, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire.

I love to teach, and find particular joy in jump starting passion in other p
eople for the random professions that I enjoy!
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Aaron September 3, 2018
· Tap Dance · In home
After signing up for Sean's tap dancing lessons, I was a bit concerned I wouldn't be able to keep up. I've seen his performances, and he is top notch. Starting out, I had no rhythm or skill.

We started out with in-home lessons, and after just 4 hours of training my wife was ready to buy the shag carpeting I'd always dreamed of!

All kidding aside, Sean is a fantastic teacher and a great friend. I would highly recommend taking a lesson with him for any of his many talents. He is easy to talk to, listens well, and provides great feedback. Thanks, Sean!
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Alex September 2, 2018
· Tap Dance · In studio
I have been learning tap dancing from Sean for awhile now, and the experience has been very positive. He's a skilled and encouraging teacher.
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Adrienne September 1, 2018
· Juggling · In home
In 5 lessons with Sean, I was able to juggle 3 balls or clubs by myself, and pass 5 and 6 clubs with another person! He’s a delight to be around, always positive and encouraging, and really knows what he’s doing! Whenever I would get frustrated and want to give up, he would find a way to fix whatever was tripping me up, and make me feel great about my progress. I would recommend Sean to anyone wanting to learn this skill! He’s also really funny, and crazy talented in SO many areas in addition to juggling!
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About Adriel B.

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Statesboro, GA
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Adriel Baralt is a student at Georgia Southern University where he is working on a Bachelor of Music Performance with Emphasis in the Voice. Adriel is a Baritone in GSU’s premier ensemble Southern Chorale, and is part of Georgia Southern Opera, some of his previous roles include: Sir Thomas Bertram in Mansfield Park, Sir Francis Nurse in The Crucible, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. He is currently preparing the role of Rigoletto in GSU’s production of Talk Opera, and the role of Angry Man in Steven Chatman’s Choir Practice. Adriel has also done musical theater for 4 years and participated in the Shuler Hensley Musical Theater Awards. He just placed as a Semifinalist in NATS National Classical Singing Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, and won First Place in the PRSSA Competition! Adriel was also recognized with the Studio Role Model Award
by the Georgia Southern faculty in 2018.
As a vocal coach I specialize in teaching bel-canto style of singing, but I have also worked with more contemporary styles in the realms of musical theater. As an avid dancer and actor I also teach about portraying a message through performance and bonding with your audience. In a voice lessons with me, we will work on technique, on presentation, and the performance aspect of music.
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Phillip March 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
He was very dedicated and meticulous! helped me find a better sound by talking about space and resonance. He was great at keeping it fun and exciting to learn! I would recommend!
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Adriel B.

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About Jason M.

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Seattle, WA

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I've been performing roles in the theatre and on-camera for over 25 years. My BFA in Acting and Directing and my MFA in Classical Acting have afforded me a wide variety of tools and skills to employ in the craft of acting. Performing with professional repertory companies like ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, I've gained personal knowledge of the art, craft, and business of being a working actor, which I will put to work for you, in a personalized one-on-one coaching session, either online or in person.

Here's how I can help.

SCENE WORK AND MONOLOGUES: Whether it's dusting off and refreshing monologues you've performed more times than you can count, or developing pieces or scenes for the first time for an upcoming stage or on-camera audition, we can break the material down togethe
r, work on the clarity of your choices and active objectives, and access your personal connection to the material so you'll be ready and confident with a one-of-a-kind performance that reflects the strengths you bring to acting and the story you want to tell.

SHAKESPEARE: Perhaps the most daunting of styles for a contemporary actor, we'll get down to the nuts and bolts of some of the most challenging (and rewarding) material. The famous soliloquies are famous for a reason and can certainly be intimidating, and more obscure material can seem thick and inaccessible. We'll chip away at the mystique of Shakespeare by digging in to the text and verse, activating the language with specificity, and cultivating your personal take on well-known characters or lesser known material they might not have seen before.

DIALECTS AND ACCENTS: From English to Irish to Southern American and beyond, a well executed dialect can be the edge you need to land (and play) that meaty role. I use a multipronged approach that involves ear training to develop an authentic sound, text analysis for clarity of sound substitutions (IPA Proficient), and exercises that pare away stilted and unnatural speech to cultivate an authentic sounding voice that will be your own.

VOICEOVER: I've been booking voiceover gigs on TV, radio, and the internet for over 10 years with clients like Microsoft, Liberty Mutual, UW Medicine, Tableau, Reno Toyota, and Golden One State Credit Union. I can offer tips and tricks of the trade, as well as techniques that can take your VO submissions to the next level and help you book these lucrative contracts.

Let's get started!
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Albert August 30, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
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Jacob B. June 22, 2018
· Acting · In home
Jason was spectacular!
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Alexa June 22, 2018
· Acting · In home
Very good information and first session. Thanks so much!
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Jason M.

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About free G.

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If you're looking for a new hobby or take your skills to the next level, my unique approach to personalized dance instruction ensures that your needs and desires are met every step of the way.
It’s not just about learning to dance, it’s about feeling healthier and happier, while expressing yourself.
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