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Portland, Oregon has long been recognized for its affiliation with life-changing events in the music industry. The Satyricon Club, a nightclub which closed down in 2010, is said to be where Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love first met. Incidentally, it was also where Nirvana’s drummer, Dave Grohl, gave his first performance as a Foo Fighter.



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Barbara D.

Portland, OR

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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 inte
rests 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.

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

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Christine R. November 10, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

Barbara is an excellent instructor who is encouraging, patient, and knowledgeable. She tailors the lesson to the student’s goals while covering the fundamentals of learning piano for continued and ongoing success. I feel inspired and motivated after each lesson it’s wonderful!!
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Ellen V. November 4, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
An excellent teacher!

Barb is a wonderful teacher for my children, ages 6 and 8. She is kind, encouraging, extremely knowledgable and clearly enjoys teaching piano. I am amazed at how quickly my children are learning the instrument and they are having fun as well. Barb tailors the lessons to each child's needs and skill level. I highly recommend her.
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Karen J. May 20, 2013
Piano
excellent piano teacher

My boys starting taking piano lessons with Barbara D. when they were about 7 years old. She is an amazing teacher and always makes them feel special. She is so upbeat and enthusiastic, yet very patient with kids and their needs and moods. She will find out what kind of music they like or want to learn and then find that music at their appropriate level. It is a wonderful motivator for the kids and keeps the lessons so interesting and exciting for them. Barbara D. is a very skilled, talented artist in every way and an amazing teacher!

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Barbara D.

Portland, OR 97205
(4)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Jon L.

Portland, OR

About Jon

Out of all instruments, the sound of the violin is the closest to the human voice. Small wonder it is one of the oldest instruments still being played and it's tones can fit in to almost any style of music.

Learning the violin from me can include violin fundamentals such as bow use and finger placement, reading music notation, lead sheets, and playing by ear. All of these are skills that come into play at different times depending on what your goals are. A combination of these skills will give you a foundation of music knowledge that will serve you regardless of what style of music you w
ant to play. Specific styles I've worked with are: Classical, Irish, Bluegrass, Rock and Symphonic Metal.

In addition to playing violin, I write and arrange music. My song "The Burning Plain" won a national award for songwriting. If writing songs is your goal I can help you apply music theory concepts is ways that will make your songs stand out.

I tailor lessons to my students goals. I emphasize technique fundamentals, and help students apply the techniques they learn toward music they enjoy playing, or composing.
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Jean June 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Jon is an excellent instructor who teaches music theory, technique in a fun way. He is very versatile in and knowledgeable about different music styles.
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Cassey B. June 14, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jon is a great violin teacher! I wanted to pick the violin back up after nearly 20 years and he's helped me get back into the swing of things. He is enthusiastic and patient and keeps me motivated to practice. l feel I improve every week.

I highly recommend Jon to anyone who wants to get back into violin!
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Emily S. October 4, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is a wonderful teacher! I have been playing violin all my life but never learned theory. I told Jon what I wanted to learn, and every week he has something prepared that helps me learn just what I want. He is patient and encouraging. When I bring something in that I want to work on, not on his lesson plan, we spend time on that too. I am very pleased with my lessons with Jon. And he's nice, fun, and friendly.
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Jon L.

Portland, OR 97225
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Emily S.

Portland, OR

About Emily

Music is my life! I started studying at the age of 7 and never looked back. I'm about to graduate with my degree in vocal performance and have already completed my pedagogy requirements. I have 4 years of teaching experience, and 10+ years of performing experience. Currently I primarily perform opera, however I have extensive experience in musical theater, and have performed solo jazz and in vocal jazz ensembles. I am comfortable teaching any of these styles, though of course when it comes to opera younger students will start with art song and other classical styles that are more suited to the
less mature voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a very kinesthetic approach to teaching. I have training in body mapping, and find it extremely useful in teaching students from ages 5-100. Along with learning the music of their choice, students will learn the way the parts of their body responsible for singing work. We will develop techniques that promote the health and longevity of the voice, and avoid discomfort and unnecessary tension.

It is equally important to me that students have fun in their lessons. Music is fun, and if you aren't having fun then I'm doing something wrong.

During our first lessons students can expect to discuss what their musical goals are and how we can best accomplish them together. Throughout our time together we will review these goals, update them, and make sure that we are working towards them an effective and efficient manner. These goals can be anything from auditioning for a choir or musical to having lots of fun and finding out all the cool things your voice can do. Singing is a fun, uplifting activity and my lessons reflect that.

I incorporate at least some music theory into lessons, mainly through take home sheets, although we do take some time during lessons. The amount depends on the goals of the student, and previous experience in music. It is important that all musicians, even vocalists, understand the basics of music theory including key signatures and how to read music. The level to which we focus on theory will depend on the needs and goals of the specific student.

I do not use a specific book for teaching. I will provide some sheet music, and will provide easy and affordable (if not totally free) ways for students to get and obtain sheet music and practice sheets. I have a few method books that are incorporated depending on the age, and goals of the student. I do not require students to purchase these we will use them in lessons and if we deem it helpful I will provide electronic copies that students can print out at home.

After 3-6 months students can expect to have met at least some of their goals, and will notice an improvement in their pitch and general musicianship. They should also expect to have learned a couple of songs that will be agreed upon during lessons. The number will again depend on the age and goals of the student, the genre, and the songs themselves.

Lastly I want to emphasize the importance of open communication between student and teacher. My job is to help you reach your goals, and if I'm not doing that then I am not the right teacher for you. While I strive to meet the goals of every student, if at any time you feel that I am not meeting your goals I am happy to discuss that and figure out what the best course of action should be. This is about your musical journey and my ability to guide you in it.

*** Specialties ***
-I have had training in musical theater, and jazz styles
-I have had extensive training in opera and classical styles
-I am willing to teach pop music and have been exposed to the style, but have not done as much performing in it.
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Judith E. April 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher. Very knowledgeable and explains skills at the level of the student. She is also easy to talk to and kind.
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Judith E. March 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher. I can't believe how much she packed into a 30 minute session. I feel excited about the next lesson.
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Katie L. August 20, 2014
Singing
Emily is an excellent musician and teacher. You will not be disappointed.
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Emily S.

Portland, OR 97221
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicole A.

Portland, OR

About Nicole

Nicole received her training at Portland State in 2014 where she received a degree in music education. There, she learned the basics of many different instruments, sang in choir, focused on classical voice, developed classroom management, and trained in the Kolday method. Nicole's teaching style is compassionate, energetic, and fun.
She believes that all children and adults have the capacity to play instruments, dance, move, and sing with the natural abilities that are inside all of us. Nicole brings this mentality into her lessons by adapting to the individual. Whether they learn aurally,
kinesthetically, visually, or other, she will personalize her teaching methods to better reach the students.
Her main objective is to foster an environment that promotes a life long love and appreciation for music. Currently, Nicole has many private students, teaches adult classes, as well as kindergarten at a daycare facility. Voice,choir, piano, and beginning guitar are her preferred lesson.
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Therese Y. March 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson with Nicole was amazing. She is amazing! I am excited and can't wait to our next sessions together. I learned so much in one lesson. She is a talented teacher. So glad I found her. Yea, Nicole!!
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Joy G. March 2, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicole provides singing lessons for my daughter who can tend to be bashful at times. Nicole works with her with lots of patience and give her the confidence she needs to really enjoy her lessons.
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Nicole A.

Portland, OR 97219
(2)
starting at
$22.50 / 30-min
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Rick K.

Portland, OR

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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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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Kelly L. June 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Rick is a fantastic guitar instructor! I knew absolutely nothing about playing guitar when I first started taking lessons, and now I can read music and play songs. He takes the time to make sure I actually understand what I'm doing, instead of just going through the motions. He's patient and encouraging when I struggle. I'd highly recommend him to anyone interested in beginning lessons, or anyone looking to sharpen their skills and add to their repertoire!
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Dave P. June 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been working with Rick for a while now. He's professional, laid back, and fun to learn from. If you have an interest in a particular style of music, a specific song, or music theory, Rick will incorporate your interests into the lessons. If life gets hectic and you don't practice as much as you should, Rick won't guilt trip you for slacking. (Not that I'd ever do this...) Rick clearly wants you to improve and enjoy learning to play music at whatever pace works best for you.
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Rick K.

Rick K.

Portland, OR 97206
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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