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Portland, OR

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I have been teaching music theory for about 20 years. This can be a gateway to arranging, composition and improv plus improving sight-reading skills. I use the many excellent materials from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Students can earn certificates of completion from grade 1 to grade 8. Several practice tests are available to ensure success if a student chooses to participate in the music theory exams.

I customize my teaching to the goals of my students. I can be fun and laid back or very strict and rigorous. I use various methods designed for the goals of my students. I provide performance opportunities through out the year so they can share the joy of music and accomplishment with their friends and family.

About Susan
Hi, my name is Sue L. I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all strings for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice.

Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. The book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.

For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Sch
ools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. Students that pass get a beautiful certificate for each level, grades 1 to 8.

I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango, Middle Eastern and blue grass/folk bands.

My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.

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I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello and bass students. Most of all, it is the joy of music making that I want to share with my students.

Private and group lessons
Two recitals a year
Special performance opportunities throughout the year
Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk
Music theory
Customized lesson plans using various methods old and new

I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential by providing many performance opportunities throughout the year. Some of my students have appeared as special guests with my band, Mango Nights.

Included with weekly private lessons are once a month group lessons where students can learn essential ensemble skills and have fun meeting other students.

Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.

Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.

For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano, separate room for lessons, off street parking,
Convenient close in location

*** Travel Equipment ***
Small amp, Mac laptop and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Tango and Middle Eastern.

Ensemble playing with other students.

Professional opportunities playing for weddings and other events.
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Sofia April 28, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Sue was fantastic and had just the right balance of instructions, stories, demonstration, and playing. She made the lesson fun and productive!
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Leah March 25, 2016
· Cello · In studio
She was very helpful and knowledgeable. She also knows different styles of music beyond classical. I am an adult student and I felt right at home with her.
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Hue L. February 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ms. Susan is very experienced, fun and flexible. Highly recommend her.
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Portland, OR 97230
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About Peter Q.

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Theory is integrated into every lesson in a non painful way.

About Peter
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
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Debbie P. January 10, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.
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Paul May 23, 2017
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An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative
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Versatile, skilled and patient
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
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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.

*** 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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Diana V. November 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great experience. Julia very nice professional and patient. I love her teaching style.
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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
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Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
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About Tyler B.

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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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Portland, OR

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Just want to learn about music with no particular interest in a specific instrument? No problem!

About Ross
My music experiences have lead me all over the world thanks to having great music teachers and a great college education. After finishing my Master's Degree in music, from Rutger's University the State University of New Jersey in 2015, I became a Music Director for big cruise lines. I spent the last 4 years traveling around the world, leading bands and musicians, and performing with touring headliners and in big production shows. Before all of this my favorite occupation of all time was teaching music going all the way back to high school. I am now based out of Portland and am once again enjoying teaching and arranging music full time.

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Please bring your own instrument. I have amps and speakers. I will assign books and other learning materials. If you want to play
some music off a laptop or smartphone please have those with you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please bring your own instrument. I have amps and speakers. I will assign books and other learning materials. If you want to play some music off a laptop or smartphone please have those with you.

*** Specialties ***
Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Songwriting, Arranging
Bass genres- just about all of them
Guitar genres- just about all of them except for classical
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Kelly October 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Ross is a very talented musician with a lot of professional experience. He always strives for the best and his vast music knowledge is great for any student wanting to learn and improve their musical skills.
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Clay October 22, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Ross's understanding of musical theory and ability to help me grasp complicated concepts in simple ways has greatly enriched my ability to analyze, compose, and transcribe music.
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Tom October 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Ross totally knows his stuff. He can teach rock, jazz, blues, heck even classical bass. He has a masters degree in Jazz with a focus on the bass. His teaching style is very friendly and supportive. He has been involved in teaching the bass for years ( along with guitar, piano, etc. and knows music theory like a pro ) in addition to other music profession jobs centered on conducting, teaching and performing.
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Portland, OR 97211
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About Elisa R.

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West Linn, OR

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About Elisa
Hello!

I love to teach and I have devoted my life to obtaining the highest music education possible. Learning to play an instrument is fun but it is also challenging. My lessons consist of technique and general music training that include aural skills and music theory. My lessons are a lot of fun because I have high standards, but also maintain a light hearted atmosphere. I teach violin and viola from beginning to advanced levels. My students have ranged in age from 3 to 65 years old and I feel that I can teach students at any age.

If you want to include learning to play the violin or viola in your life then I would be a great choice for a teacher. Thank you. Elisa

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Education:

New England Conservatory
Master of Music in Viola Performance, May 2013

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, May 2010

Oberlin College
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2010

West Linn High School
High school diploma, May of 2005
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Studied with:
Roger Tapping, Edward Gazouleas, Martha Katz, Peter Slowik, Hankus Netsky, Janz Castelo, and Peter Row

Critiqued by:
Roberto Diaz, Steven Dann, Kirsten Docter, Kim Kashkashean, Barbara Hamilton, Hillary Herndon, and George Taylor
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Awards: Musical and Academic

2013: Master of Music with academic honors
2010: Principle of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in 2010
2009: Winner of the “Best of Chamber Music”
2007: Conservatory Dean's Talent Award Scholarship
2006: SUNY Buffalo Concerto Competition Winner
2005: Oregon Scholar
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Experience: Orchestral

2018-Present: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
2013-Present: Santa Barbara Symphony
2015-2016: Canton Symphony
2013: Banff Festival Orchestra 2012: Banff Master Classes for Strings and Winds
2011-12: American Institute of Musical Studies Opera Orchestra Graz, Austria
2012: Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
2010-13: New England Conservatory Philharmonia
2007-10: Oberlin Opera, Chamber, Symphony Orchestra and LA tour
2009: Round Top Music Festival
2008: Oberlin in Italy, Arezzo, Italy
2007: Rocky Ridge Music Center
2002-2005: The Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland Oregon
2004-5: Oregon All State Orchestra on violin and viola
2003-4: Mel Brown Jazz Workshop

Teaching

2018-Present: Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestra String Teaching Artist
2016-2018: Music and English Teacher in Taiwan
2015-2016: Substitute Teacher in Ohio
2014-2015: Oxnard Music Specialist
2013-2015: Lead String Teaching Artist for Ventura Harmony Project
2011-2013: Violin and Viola teacher at Kwong Kow Chinese School, Boston, MA
2011-2013: Violin and Viola teacher for the Winnie Ip Piano School, Boston, MA
2002-2013: Private Teacher for violin and viola
2009: String Pedagogy course at Oberlin Conservatory
2002: Assistant teacher of violin class at Cedar Oak Elementary, School West Linn, OR

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I have a car.
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Lorena Romero September 17, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Elisa is a great teacher! She is sooooo talented! She was teaching violin to my 8 year old daughter in Ventura CA. She is very kind and patient with kids. We highly recommend her for teaching. We wish she could stay longer. Miss her.
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Latina B. August 6, 2014
· Violin · In studio
My daughter started taking violin lessons with Elisa in January of 2014. She is by far the best music teacher that we've had! Elisa is very challenging but makes learning and playing fun. My 8 year old daughter has made leaps and bounds in music and can now read music after only a short 8 months of playing. My daughters bow hold and tone quality are absolutely excellent and it's because of Elisa! I would definitely recommend her as a teacher. You will not be disappointed.
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Ping D. January 25, 2014
· Viola ·
Elisa is a very responsible, skillful, and sweet teacher

Before Elisa moved to Ventura, CA, she was a master student and taught in IP piano school and Kwong Kow Chinese School in Boston, MA. My daughter, Sarina, was one of her students. My daughter loves her so much and made good progress when Elisa was teaching her. Elisa made Sarina relax and comfortable so that she was enjoying the learning process; she emphasized on skill and poses, she tried hard to help the students to get to the best they could. She is reliable as you can talk with her about the timing change and make up lessions. She came to our house to say goodbye and hug Sarina before she left. She is a great teacher that you can count on and you will enjoy her teaching.
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Elisa R.

West Linn, OR 97068
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About Tim B.

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I took a college harmony and theory course taught by Loren Hamar using Musicians Institute Harmony and theory coursework. I was asked the next year to teach a class. Theory and Technique, A weekend workshop taught by columnist for Acoustic Fingerstyle magazine John Standefer. He also was the winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition.world renowned Acoustic Finger Picker John Standefer. I have also taught Gibson's Best Selling Course, Learn and Master guitar and music theory to my students.

About Tim
I love to help anyone who has been told they're not able to play guitar, has quit out of frustration, or been told they're too old or too young to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to your learning style and different for everyone depending on what you want to learn. Most of my students like to learn from scratch which would include the following:
In the first 3 lessons you will learn basic guitar fundamentals, basic 1-4-5 song progressions (the stuff that 85% of all music we listen to is made up of), left hand / right hand coordination, picking techniques, how to strum, mute, & play notes on the guitar.

We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum or backing tracks to your favorite artists songs while you play guitar and I play what your not, giving you the feel of a live group
situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.

Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Line 6 Spider Jam will take any wave file and speed up or slow down the tempo and lower or higher the key to your preference.
Great transposing tool

Tuner Korg

Electric Ibanez Guitar s470dxqm
Acoustic Taylor 110CE
Classical Cordoba model 20

Amp Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 watt combo all tube
Amp Line 6 Spider Jam

Effects Roland GR-55

Microphone Audio Technica AT 2035
Microphone Peavey I-101

Operating System WIndows 7 64 bit edition
Recording Software Presonus Audiobox USB with Studio1

Mixer Alto ZMX 862 Zephyr Series

Logitech C620 HD Webcam

Camcorder Sony HDCRX430V

*** Specialties ***
I have studied under virtuoso Rex Carroll from Atlantic Records signed band Fierce Heart & another famous band he was in was Whitecross, Shawn Gette who is in the band Forbidden Symphony, who in his words once took over a gig for Steve Vai and the American Guitar Academy.
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Newberg, OR 97132
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About Kris S.

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Learn chord structures, progressions, scales, and how music works. Expand your music tool box!

About Kris
My name is Kris, and I have a lot of experience in many areas of music.

In my lessons I emphasize creativity because this approach helps students develop a more complete understanding of music. I will help you build a strong foundation in technique and improvisational skills so that you can see real, measurable progress in your playing and your confidence level.

Ultimately, while my students do learn to perform specific pieces of music, they also learn how to sit down at a piano and simply play, expressing themselves through music in a natural way that lends itself to playing with other musicians, or for song writing.

Lessons can be given from the Melody in Movement Studios at 811 SE Main St, 97202, part of Active Space LLC.

You can learn more about me and hear music I've been apart of at krispianolessons.wordpress.com
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Rody L. October 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
So good
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Rob April 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I really enjoy Kris' approach to teaching the classical and improvisational concepts. Having multiple approaches to playing the piano has been great for filling in gaps of understanding and making overall progress.
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Carrie March 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kris is truly an amazing Instructor! He is extremely dedicated, passionate, and committed to the success of his students. He is able to combine music theory, cite reading, and the fundamentals of composition in a very comprehensible manor. He knows exactly what to teach, how to teach, and when to teach in a way that keeps me motivated, enthusiastic, and inspired to keep learning and reaching new goals. He takes great care in providing music/exercises that will help challenge me to become a better piano player (utilizes several different methods of teaching). I highly recommend him to anyone interested in taking lessons! He is a genuine teacher, that cares, makes learning fun, and always goes above and beyond!


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Kris S.

Portland, OR 97214
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Everyone knows theory is tough, so I'm here to help.

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Music is incredibly important to me. It has been a large part of my life since I was ten, and I have experimented around to find the instruments that I really love- percussion and voice. Finally learning a new skill is so amazing, and I would love to be the facilitator in someone else's learning.
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Irisa M.

Portland, OR 97201
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Capable of teaching fundamental music theory to 20th century music theory concepts. Partial correlation with sight singing.

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I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in percussion performance from California State University Northridge. During my time there, I was the principal percussionist of the wind ensemble for four consecutive years and played in many orchestras in the Los Angeles area. One of the highlights of my career was playing a concert with the CSUN Orchestra and Serj Tankian, the lead singer of the famous rock band System of a Down. I have been teaching drumline at my old high school since I was a junior in college and since then, I have taught drum set and percussion to several private students with one of those students getting accepted as a music education major at UCLA. I approach each student differently depending on their personality and I try to connect with my students as best as I can in order to teach them in the way that they will learn
best. I do not believe in a "one size fits all" approach when it comes to teaching any subject because each person has different strengths and different weaknesses. I also believe strongly in developing motivation in my students because I want to give them the ability to eventually teach themselves when they stop studying with me.
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David P.

Portland, OR 97215
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Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou

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