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Pollyanna M.

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Portland, OR
Starting at $42
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Pollyanna M.

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I love working with beginning and intermediate students. Each student has a different personality, learning style and goal. I design lessons which allows students to learn essential skills while fostering creativity and fun. I have over 20 years experience teaching music at Marylhurst University. I offer a free 30 minute lesson which gives you a chance to see if my teaching style meets what you are looking for.

About Pollyanna

Pollyanna has taught music for over 20 years. In 1996 Pollyanna founded a private studio where she teaches piano, voice and Bodymapping. She also offers a Group Vocal Class at Portland Community College SE Campus. In this class she teaches theory, ear training, vocal skills and accompanies the grou

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Great lesson. Pollyanna is very patient, and gears the lesson for student needs.
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Dennis M.

Portland, OR
Starting at $38
  • Bachelor of Music from Portland Bible College
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Dennis M.

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

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

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

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

About Dennis

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

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Don C.

17 Reviews
Vancouver, WA
Starting at $30
  • Speaks Spanish
  • B.S. Social Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Awarded Outstanding Musical Direction for "The King and I" from Four Star Theater Alliance
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Don C.

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All that I request from a student is a desire to learn. I will work with you at your pace to achieve the musical goals you have. Each student begins at a different level.

The first lesson will focus on your musical background. If you are a beginner, that's no problem. I specialize in working with beginning students to teach them all the joy and satisfaction there is in mastering an instrument.

I love to laugh and the lessons are very laid back and fun, but I desire that a student move forward and learn new techniques.

You will be playing simple songs after your first lesson. I'm asked many times by students "how long will it take until I'm good." My answer is: that is in direct proportion to the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. After a month or two, you will know how to read music and have a basic understanding of music theory.

I use various curriculum depending on the student's need. For piano, I generally use Alfred Methods.

About Don

Don brings over 38 years of teaching experience in Piano, Voice, and Guitar. His relaxed and humorous approach to music encourages students to embrace a love for the musical art. With 2 American Idol finalists to his credit, along with numerous students who have gone on to professional careers

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Riley
Great instructor. Patient, knowledgeable, and very skilled.
Desarae
Don is a fantastic teacher. He's very kind and patient. I'm glad he was the piano teacher I chose for lessons. I enjoy learning and practicing piano at my lessons.
Eric
Very good first lesson. Made me want to return.

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Grace T.

4 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Awarded First Place from MTNA State Piano Competition
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 2017
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Grace T.

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I'm an award-winning, internationally-performed pianist holding a Bachelor of Music from Rice University Shepherd School of Music with 20 years of experience in piano. I'm eager to share wholesome, well-rounded lessons designed to grow your knowledge in music theory, music history, and piano technique. I hope to learn what makes you shine as an individual and help you express that through music and your customized lesson plan.

About Grace

I'm a soloist and collaborative pianist, recording engineer, and teacher! I graduated with my B.Mus. in Piano Performance from Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Spring 2020 and am an incoming M.Mus. student at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying Collaborative Piano. I became a

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Dean M.
Thank you, Grace, for a great first lesson!
I appreciate the time you put into preparation.
You are a wonderful teacher and a pleasant person :)
Alex
Grace is a really patient instructor! She was a blast to work with :)
Faith
Grace is a great teacher! She taught my daughter lessons and helped her prepare for her college auditions.
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Julie P.

36 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Awarded Teacher Enrichment Grant from Music Teachers National Association
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Julie P.

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I am a Broadway musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. I know that each student learns differently so I use many different teaching methods and musical genres in lessons. I can help you get started on an instrument, improve your current abilities, work on school band and orchestra music, prepare for festival and solo auditions, prepare for college auditions, or just find great enjoyment in playing.

I pack a lot into each lesson making sure we address things such as: posture, theory, accuracy of rhythm, note reading, warm-ups, scales, etudes, solos, musicality, composition, interpretation and technique.

About Julie

Julie P. is a Broadway musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is currently in the orchestra for West Side Story on Broadway. Julie enjoys working with students of all abilities and specializes in teaching practice techniques that help her students progress quickly. Julie's lessons

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Mike
It's never too late to learn if you have the right teacher. Julie is knowledgeable, consistent, and amazingly patient with an old man that sometimes finds himself staring slack-jawed at the sheet music.

When I hit a stumbling block, she always helps me find a way around it. If I'm having trouble internalizing a new concept, she always finds another way to look at it.

Julie has helped me to take the modest musical aptitude that I've squandered for most of my life, and finally begin to focus it.

I'm still early in the learning process, but Julie has me well on the road to achieving the personal goals I set for myself.

Thanks Julie. Keep up the good work.
Adriana
Julie is organized, communicates clearly, and takes teaching seriously. She is patient and understanding while also having quality standards for her students' musicianship. I appreciate her consistency in lesson structure, as well as her continual exploration of the modern tools available for teaching and learning an instrument.
Marjorie
She's so thorough! A true professional, but also a very personable woman. My kids and I trust her completely and are excited with our progress.
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Alonso F.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2010
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Alonso F.

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I like to teach piano using a blend of music you want to learn and classic repertoire to teach you what you need to know about music and piano. Over 5 years helping children and beginners start a healthy relationship with music.

About Alonso

I have been performing on drums with bands since 2004. Currently, I am collaborating with two original rock bands, I freelance as a percussionist and drummer with orchestras, broadway musicals, pick-up bands, and other ensembles in the LA area. I have been teaching guitar, piano, drums and perc

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Lindsay V
My son takes drum and piano lessons with Alonso. Alonso is a fantastic music teacher. Alonso is always on time and really allows my son to be engaged with songs that he enjoys! Alonso has taught online and in home and we are very happy with the progress that our son has made with both the drums and the piano with Alonso!
Jeyme
Alonso is very good at assessing a students abilities and interests and adjusting lessons accordingly, very patient and encouraging ! My son is on the spectrum and his drumming classes have been a positive outlet for his energy and creativity and general self-control. 😊
Levy Strande
Alonso is a great teacher. I used to take piano lessons as a child but that faded. He's been the perfect teacher to help me get back into it and learn more advanced topics. He is very patient and is flexible with scheduling. He works at my pace to make sure that I'm getting the most out of each lesson. In our lessons, the focus is on songs that I am interested in. For anyone trying to get into music for the first time, or anyone who wants to start up again, I highly recommend reaching out to Alonso!

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Average Cost of Piano Lessons in Portland, OR

The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons in Portland is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $20 and $276 per hour.
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"We absolutely LOVE Jerry! My 10 yr. old daughter has been taking lessons with Jerry for 2 years now and my 8 year old son has been taking lessons for one year. My daughter has advanced so much and she loves to play. She says what she likes most is that Jerry is very patient and he is very kind and understanding. My son learns in a completely different way than my daughter and Jerry has mastered both of their personalities. Almost anything goes with my daughter but my son loses interest quickly. One day Jerry showed up with Star Wars music. We haven't been able to keep him off the piano since. He will get up before school in the morning and practice. Best experience ever!!!"
Michelle
Took Piano lessons from Jerry S.
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"Alex is a fabulous piano teacher. My children, ages 6 and 9 at the time, never had a lesson before. Alex sparked their interest and opened the world of music to them. His lessons are engaging, motivating and focused. He listens to his students and takes their interests into consideration when planning his lessons. He relates to his students and makes his lessons fun but meaningful. My children quickly learned how to play the piano and it's all because of Alex's teaching. Anyone who is taught by Alex is in for a great experience and will learn to embrace music due to his passion and dedication."
Rena
Took Piano lessons from Alex B.
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"Highly recommend! Has been my son(s) teacher for about six years.

Terri is extremely professional and works well with children. She enjoys teaching and laughs with the children. She makes learning the piano fun, and will allow a child to pass and play similar songs at that level so the material is not monotonous and boring for the child. It also gives the child confidence when they do not have to repeat the same piece, but can learn the material from different books and pieces rather than repeating one song over and over. Terri is not a time watcher at all, but cares more about the child getting the lesson and understanding it well. I am so very glad I found her to teach both my sons. Highly recommend!"
Diane
Took Piano lessons from Teresa L.
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"I took piano and voice lessons with Gabbi, beginner level in both. Gabbi is a great teacher. I loved the systematic approach she took. She's very patient and knowledgeable, the lessons are always fun!"
Dana
Took Piano lessons from Gabbi C.
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"Natural teaching abilities

Teacher is patient, knowledgeable, positive and has a good sense of humor."
Elpidia
Took Piano lessons from Arnell B.
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"It has been a joy and a blessing to have Nancy as a piano teacher for my two children over the past 6 years! She has given them not only a sound, well-rounded piano education, but she has also gone above and beyond by truly caring about each of them and giving of her very self for their benefit. She has taken the time to listen, to investigate, and to find ways to encourage each of them to overcome challenges and to grow in their unique styles and talents. She has used a multi-faceted approach with my children, simultaneously building their knowledge of music theory, ability to sight-read, and understanding of varying kinds of music (including but not limited to: classical, jazz, show tunes, popular music, hymns, praise/worship)... all the while fanning the flames of each child's God-given passions and talents. (For example, she has helped them develop their compositional and improvisational skills as well.) I am very thankful for the role Nancy has played in my children's lives! I know absolutely that having her as a piano teacher has had a profound positive impact on their musical journeys."
Becky
Took Piano lessons from Nancy C.
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"Amazing instructor and amazing lesson"
Ronald
Took Piano lessons from Veronica B.
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"Lana is my daughter's third (and hopefully last) piano teacher. Lana is the BEST instructor! She is loving (yet stern), positive, effective, and truly gets the best from her students.

My daughter has taken a keener interest in playing piano since being under Lana's tutelage (she has played for 7 years, this is her third year with Lana). Whether she's playing Beethoven, Chopin, John Legend or Joni Mitchell, Lana helps my daughter conquer her pieces with confidence and pride (once the pieces are learned).

We have had the old school, hard-core, drill sargeant type of teacher and the lackadaisical, low expectation and low output type of teacher. Lana is neither. Lana focuses on technique, reading music, musicality, presence, and instilling a love of music in her students. And she gets results. Not only has my daughter's skill level improved, her attitude toward piano has completely changed.

Any child would be lucky to have Lana as his/her teacher. We cannot recommend her highly enough!"
Rhonda
Took Piano lessons from Lana G.
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"Athena is an AMAZING teacher!!! She had my 6 year old daughter playing a song on the very first lesson in a way that my daughter wanted to practice it all week. During the lessons all I hear coming from the room is piano playing and laughter. Her lessons are everything I wanted - full of laughter and learning. She isn't just teaching piano. She's teaching my daughter to love it!"
Paulina
Took Piano lessons from Athena M.
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"Ryan is a great teacher, my son has been working with him recently, because his first teacher for more than a year could no longer work at the same school, however my son loved being his student in this short period, and he is very comfortable with him. He is very friendly and patient."
Dima
Took Piano lessons from JunZhao(Ryan) D.
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Essential Supplements to Piano Lessons in Portland, Oregon

By Chuck M. - Portland Piano Teacher

Portland, Oregon is well known for its natural beauty, its bountiful supply of craft beers, and its thriving music community. As a piano teacher, I encourage my students to catch live music performances as often as possible. Portland has many venues throughout the city that feature piano music performed in all styles. Here are a few that happen to sell pianos too:

1) Located in Portland’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood, Classic Pianos is a piano player’s dream house. It has a beautiful piano showroom of new and used pianos by Yamaha, Boesendorfer, Schimmel, and Steinway. It also has a recital hall featuring an ongoing jazz concert series. Artists have included Alan Broadbent and Dave Frishberg. Gino Vannelli recently recorded a song in the recital hall as a fundraising effort for a local young soldier. Classic Pianos is located at 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. http://portland.classicpianos.net/

2) Located in downtown Portland, Portland Piano Company features music education events, concerts, recitals, competitions, and master classes. Many of these events are free! The piano showroom features exquisite pianos by Fazioli, Grotrian, and Kawai. You can find Portland Piano Company at 711 SW 14th Avenue. http://portlandpianocompany.com/

3) Michelle’s Pianos is a family-owned company located in SE Portland. Current news at Michelle’s includes the recent arrival of European exotic pianos by Fazioli, Bluthner, and August Forster. Special events include piano master classes, recitals, and composer workshops. Michelle's Piano is located at 600 SE Stark St. http://www.michellespiano.com/

Jazz venues in Portland include:

1) Jimmy Mak’s is perhaps the best known jazz club in Portland and features live music six days a week with local and national acts. Jimmy Mak’s is located at 221 NW 10th Av. http://www.jimmymaks.com/

2) Wilfs has a romantic jazz supper club ambiance with comfy red velvet banquettes and great live music. It is located at 800 NW 6th Avenue at Union Station. http://www.wilfsrestaurant.com/

Lastly, as a busy piano teacher, I’m always looking for new teaching materials for my students for their piano lessons in Portland. Here are a couple places to pick up piano music and supplies in the city:

1) For piano sheet music, I recommend heading to Portland Music Company located at 531 SE Martin Luther King Blvd. http://www.portlandmusiccompany.com/index.php

2) Secondly, I often tell my students that everything you need to know about playing piano can be found in the recordings of great artists. There are many fine brick and mortar record shops in Portland, and one of the oldest is Music Millennium, located at 3158 E. Burnside St. You can find piano music in all styles on vinyl, CD, or digital download.

I’ve barely scratched the surface for the available piano resources that Portland, Oregon has to offer, but I think this is a good start. Best of luck in your piano lessons in Portland, and enjoy the many opportunities this great city has to offer!

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