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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR

Jazz theory and improvisation

About Michael

Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Jazz Performance.
Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teachi
ng style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience allow him to help his students grasp tough concepts and improve at a faster rate than they would on their own.
Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style.
Michael ensures that every student will have the skills to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting. He enjoys working with students of all abilities. Michael relates to the absolute beginner and experienced musician equally.
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Ronnie G. February 12, 2017
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Michael is quite special. He is taking this 57 year old who has never played an instrument nor read music and trying to work a miracle! Three lessons in, I know that this is going to be fun learning with him. I also know that I will be able to play the Saxophone soon. An inspiring teacher!!!
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holly November 15, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
I am really enjoying my lessons with Michael, because he is patient and kind. He takes his time when explaining new ideas and concepts. I feel encouraged to do my best without any added pressure. He sets a good pace and I feel I am moving forward with technique and tone each lesson!
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justin October 9, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Michael is an extremely talented musician, and an equally talented instructor. He challenges me every week with new material to practice, but also keeps the lessons light-hearted and fun.
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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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$26 / 30-min
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Chuck M.

Portland, OR

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 grandmo
ther.

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 music, 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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JIA Z. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
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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lulu M. November 5, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
Great music teacher!

I've been taking ukulele lessons with Chuck for over a year now. I am always impressed with his musical knowledge and appreciate the way he goes beyond the songs and also teachers me musical notation, chord progressions, and more. My lessons are always fun, with just the right amount of challenge to keep my skill development moving forward. Thanks, Chuck!
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Heather B. April 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
skilled teacher

My teen has been taking lessons from Chuck for many months and has learned a lot from him. He is knowledgeable and skilled in guitar, always on time and willing to be understanding with our schedule conflicts. His studio is very attractive and professional, very comfortable and nice location. He is patient and obviously enjoys what he does! thanks Chuck!
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Chuck M.

Portland, OR 97212
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR

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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Amy L. January 5, 2017
Flute · Online
Verified Student
My daughter just had her first Flute lesson with Peter. She was very nervous but Peter totally made her feel at ease. She loved her lesson with Peter and how upbeat and full of energy he is along with his patience. Looking forward to many more lessons. Thank You.
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ricardo V. January 2, 2017
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
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Peter December 15, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is showing me how to practice to play jazz flute. I am very happy with his lessons and will keep it up.
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jack W.

Vancouver, WA

About Jack

I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's record
ing pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Violin
All required music

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.
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Anna B. January 4, 2017
Violin · In home
Verified Student
We are having great experience with Jack, always willing to work with our schedule and very flexible on what we want to learn first. Jack is a great teacher, and we look forward to this year of learning :)
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Evelyn B. June 2, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Very good instructor
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Lisa O. November 14, 2013
Viola
Verified Student
JACK IS TERRIFIC!

I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success! Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring.
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Jack W.

Jack W.

Vancouver, WA 98662
(6)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Douglas F.

Portland, OR

About Douglas

Do you want to play your favorite songs within days without having to take the time to go through every little step of learning the instrument? Learn on your own time and truly enjoy every step of the way?

After teaching for 6 years and playing for 10, I've learned that the traditional teaching method is not only a big waste of time, but it's the main reason people end up quitting!

I'll show you the shortcut to playing your favorite songs - with even less effort.

My philosophy:
No one is born a musician - all it takes is the genuine desire to learn.

With properly set goals, I'l
l guide you through it in a way that keeps you entertained and striving to play.

You'll get better every time you play, instead of spending your time memorizing a bunch of stuff that will "all musicians need to know".

If you've already gotten this far, you probably have a pretty strong interest in learning guitar - and that's all you need! The best time to learn is now!
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Olivia February 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loved it and thought the instructor was patient and laid back. She loved that he picked out some of her music to practice with.
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bryan February 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great guy, awesome teacher and very good with kids as well. Highly recommend Doug if you are planning to learn an instrument.
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Douglas F.

Douglas F.

Portland, OR 97215
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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