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<span style="font-weight: bold;"></span>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.

<br><br>If you’d like to join these musicians and make a name for yourself, there’s no better place to find music lessons in Portland than TakeLessons. With certified music teachers located throughout the greater Portland area, you can find the best instructor for your needs, interests and goals. Whether you’re looking to learn how to play the guitar, piano, drums, violin, or any other instrument, TakeLesso
ns will connect you with the best music teachers around. We even have instructors available for singing, woodwinds, brass, music theory and many other subjects.

<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Why TakeLessons?</span><br>With our staff of highly-trained and pre-screened music teachers, you can customize your search by studio location and subject, and even read student feedback. Not only are your lessons fully customized to your needs, but they come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee, so there is no risk to you.

<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Signup Today!</span><br>You can take your Portland music lessons in a private studio location, or in the comfort of your own home. Once you’ve set up your lesson schedule, all you need to worry about is the notes. We make sure that everything else falls into place!
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RJ H. Portland, OR

About RJ

Private instructor specializing in singing, acting, and oratory. Conservatory trained theatre maker, with over ten years experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds in both private and group environments. I am a Great Lakes-Midwestern native now living and working in Portland. I have been singing, performing, and making original theatre since the age of three. My earliest musical outlets consisted of the school choir, popular radio, and weekly Sunday services with family. *** Lesson Details *** My lessons provide a safe space for students to experiment with uninhibited presentation and performance through repeated trial, error, and experimentation. I have worked with singer-songwriters, musical theatre performers, storytellers and public speakers, as well as individuals ...

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Cory W. December 11, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
RJ is wonderful!

I am a new singer & felt insecure during my first lesson. RJ not only helped me feel relaxed, he also made it fun! The hour flew by and I learned a lot about myself as a singer in a very short period. He made it easy to remember why I wanted to sing in the first place & I found it easy to trust him. I would highly recommend him!
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DebbieE July 8, 2011
Vocal Student

RJ is much more than "just" a Vocal Instructor; We just seem to have had an instant connection, and he truly understands the psychology of what I'm going through, musically (Very insecure about my voice, and stage presents). I feel totally comfortable around him, and I feel that I've had enough musical training (guitar and piano), to feel that I can accurately tell you that he is truly a "gift", mentor, and friend, and I am VERY confident in all of the different aspects of vocal performance! I am learning from him! I can honestly say, that if I had been given any other vocal instructor, instead of RJ, I feel that the Vocal Lessons would just be "surface teaching", and not go nearly as in depth as RJ goes with me! I feel that RJ really cares about my vocal endeavors, and my love of singing, , as well as coming to terms with, and accepting my problems and limitations, with RJ's guidance! He is giving me much more confidence that I've had in years, about my vocal ability, and has made me face the facts that I am way too negative in my opinion of my own voice, and he's also helping me find my own "style", which is very important to me, as well as not "living in the past, as far as my vocal abilities go. You really have a gift, and a true asset, having RJ as a Vocal Coach! He is honestly, a great (an very gifted) instructor!!! Deborah Engle :)
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 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 ...

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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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Emily K. Portland, OR

About Emily

I harness years of music teaching in diverse settings (including four years' private studio plus three years as a choral director and two years as a music instructor with homeless youth) for a diverse studio meeting real artistic needs. I also am a fluent and experienced Spanish tutor, teacher, and interpreter and offer effective, individualized Spanish tutoring at your convenience. Highlights from my career include: * Professional singing and playing experience in diverse settings (opera stages, pubs, churches, you name it) * Intensive and well-rounded musical training at renowned Brigham Young University in clarinet and voice (earned BM in vocal performance, 2007), including coursework in piano/keyboard, music theory, pedagogy. * Choral music conductor experience (four ...

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Kerry G. February 28, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
I am a 37 year old woman who played the clarinet over 25 years ago and am therefore a beginner.
I really enjoy my lessons with Emily. She balances learning the theory with actually playing music really well and thus each lesson is fun!
I would definitely recommend her.
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Libby R. January 31, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
We love Emily!

My son is taking singing lessons from Emily in our home, and I'm thrilled with his progress. All I was looking for was a way to build his confidence, but now I have a kid that sings while doing the dishes, explores new music types, and is learning to read music...in less than a couple of months. I love how Emily has adapted each lesson toward what my son is interested in....scales to the Dr. Who or Star Wars themes...who knew? We love Emily and highly recommend her.
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Larisa S. September 10, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Emily is a very fun and awesome teacher!

I took singing lessons with Emily for a little more then 3 months and my singing has improved tremendously, thanks to Emily! She was always patient with me, she never made me feel embarrassed or like I can't sing. She was flexible with choice of songs, even Russian ones! The focus was always on me and to improve my voice. I would recommend Emily to anyone. She is very fun and easy to work with!
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 goes far beyond technique. My training includes reading music notation, lead sheets, and playing by ear. All of these are skills that you can learn depending on what your goals are. A combination of these skills combined with technique on violin will give you a foundation of music knowledge that will serve you regardless of what style of music you want to play. Styles that I have studied specifically are: Classical, Irish, Bluegrass, Rock and Symphonic Metal. In addition to playing violin, I write and arrange music. My song "The Burning Plain" ...

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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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ilene S. August 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Jon is a wonderful violin teacher. As someone deep into my adulthood, who has wanted to take violin lessons my whole life, I finally embarked on this journey. I find Jon's style to be encouraging and supportive, while instructive and he clearly knows his stuff. Learning the violin is challenging and Jon makes it fun and breaks it down in a very accessible way.I have learned an enormous amount from him in a short time and have many "aha" moments as I learn to read the music and associate the sounds with the notes, which is something I did not know prior to my lessons with Jon.
If you are considering taking lessons with Jon, take the plunge. Believe me, you will benefit greatly from the experince.
Thank you Jon.
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Tristan J. August 18, 2012
Violin
Verified Student
Awesome Instructor!

Jon is a pretty nice guy all the way around. He's patient, listens, and is able to explain music terms to me relating to the violin on a level I can understand. I have only had a few lessons with him, but already I have learned tons.

Go Jon!
Sarah C. Portland, OR

About Sarah

I teach vocal technique to recording artists, singers interested in starting or joining bands, people looking to do musical theater, do some opera, and anyone who just wants to sound great around the campfire. My students learn how to embellish the things they like about their voices and make them sound unique, while at the same time defeating tension and poor vocal technique. I also work on shaping the whole performer, from stage presence to microphone control. My instrumental students work on both classical and modern music. If you are interested in learning how to read music, chords, charts, compose or just learn some basics I am happy to help you with that. Optional recitals are held two times a year. I have a Bachelors of Music, Vocal Performance at the University

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GlynisI July 8, 2009
Solid Fundamentals, Spiced with Laughter

Sarah's approach to teaching voice--from a classical background of good form and breath control--instills confidence and forms a solid basis for wherever you want to go. Add to that her great good humor, and every class is a pleasure.
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. ...

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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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Diane D. August 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I cannot recommend Emily highly enough! She has taught me so much in just 2 lessons! I'm preparing for an audition for a singing group and whether or not I get in, I'm going to keep taking lessons because she's such an amazing teacher. I haven't sung in a while and I was afraid that my voice would never be the same now that I'm older. But she is helping me get back into shape and, in fact, I sound better than ever because now I'm learning the proper technique. She is extremely knowledgeable, knows exactly how to help me with mechanics, expression, musicality, presence--everything. I highly recommend her to all aspiring singers of any age :)

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