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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR

Some of Michael’s specialties:
Tone production – Michael believes that the first thing anyone notices about your playing is how you sound. He provides exercises to put his students on the path to sounding as lyrical as possible.
Improvisation – Michael is comfortable in improvising in all styles including: funk, jazz, Latin, soul, hip-hop etc…. He believes improvising is one of the most natural things for a human to do and is essential for today’s musician.
Jazz theory – Michael is well versed in analyzing chords and music structure.
Audition/recital prep – Michael has participated in many solo competitions, honor bands, and auditions. He draws from these experiences to prepare his students to be relaxed and confident in these situations.

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 minored in jazz studies.
Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic
teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience have allowed him to be successful with teaching students with learning disabilities. He has no problem using “outside of the box” techniques to help explain a tough concept.
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. He caters his lessons to maximize every student’s potential. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style. Michael ensures that every student will have the technique, theory, and musical knowledge to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting.
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Jack D. October 6, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
"Now that I'm studying with Mike, the efficiency of my practice time is way, way up."

Mike is the first coach who emphasizes "practice the hard parts". So much so that any time a note comes out either not in rhythm, not in pitch, or not a great sound, I have the confidence to stop and repeat the hard part until it's no longer hard. Even when learning to improvise, if the notes I pick on the sax don't match the ones I first heard in my head, I have the confidence to stop and really find those notes that my mind imagined. Eventually I'll be able to hit the ones I intend the first time. He also advocates to always know the purpose of any practicing you're doing---there's no more aimless noodling. Even when I'm jamming, there's a specific goal in mind.

The second thing I really get from Mike is that he expects me to know what notes I'm playing and what role they fill in the key. Formerly my method of improvising was to hunt and peck, occasionally hitting notes outside the key and finding a way to "work them back in". But now, if I'm riffing on the note F in the key of B-flat, Mike wants me to know that that's the 5 of the key. And to also know where the 3 and 7 are---like a home base where you know it's safe to play.
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Aaron S. May 28, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are so lucky to have found Michael! Before we started with him in February, my son played Ode to Joy, now he's practicing jazz and having fun while practicing. Michael has awesome enthusiasm, and a great foundation in both performance and theory. He shows care for the student and is always supportive. I completely recommend him for any skill level!
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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR 97045
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starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR

Sax is my main axe! I can teach you to REALLY play the sax. We'll start at the beginning and go before you know it you'll be playing Giant Steps by John Coltrane.

About Peter

I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelors 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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Alisa M. October 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kelly P.

Portland, OR

I have been a professional musician for the past 15 years. See bio here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Pratt_(musician)

About Kelly

After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music, I moved to New York where I lived for 11 years. I have been a professional multi-instrumentalist since then and a member of many bands including Beirut and Arcade Fire. I have also performed and/or recorded with many others including David Byrne, Passion Pit, Coldplay, and LCD Sound system. I have performed in dozens of countries, at some of the world's biggest festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury), and on many television shows (Colbert, Letterman, Fallon).

I have experience in playing and teaching many differen
t styles and can teach you what YOU want to learn. Playing music can be a very rewarding experience, but should also be fun. I can promise you will have fun in our lessons and have fun with music in general.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will focus first and foremost on what you would like to learn on your instrument, whether it be specific songs, styles, or a more general approach to your instrument or music-making. I have taught students of all ages on many different instruments and can work with anyone at any skill level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drum kit, keyboards, piano, organ, guitar, bass, ukelele, accordion, mandolin, various synthesizers, various percussion, and recording rig.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring any portable instrument, and any sheet music required for our lesson.

*** Specialties ***
For brass I am a strong proponent of the Carmine Caruso method. As for genres I am most well versed in jazz, rock, and classical.
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Pat F. August 2, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Very sharp player with lots of experience, and more importantly, a really solid teaching instinct for pushing me to improve without overwhelming. Would definitely recommend!
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Evan H. July 14, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Evan H. July 14, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Kelly P.

Kelly P.

Portland, OR 97214
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Adrian P B.

Portland, OR

About Adrian P

Oregon Music Hall of Famer, BM Performance, University of Oregon School of Music, transcribing, arranging, and performing, has enjoyed working with Les McCann, Tito Puente Jr., The Temptations, Melcochita, Ramsey Embick, Mary Sue Tobin, Mel Brown, Damien Erskine, Patrick Lamb, Al Criado, Devin Sanders, David Valdez, Martin Zarzar, Rafael Trujillo, Bret Malmquist, David "Buzz" Graham, Dr. Freddy Vilches, Matises, Terri Kuechle, Bryce Peltier, Julia Schlippert, Cat�n Lyles, Belinda Underwood, Zenda Torrey, Brian Casey, Tom Kay, Dave Mills, Chris B. Azorr, Tim Clarke, Karen America, Dana Heitman,
Randy Rollofson, Yasha Marcinkiewicz, Jackson Coffey, Hank Hirsh, Dan Gaynor, Scott Wardinsky, Jon Hughes, Bernardo Gomez, Marti Mendenhall, Shelly Rudolph, Bruce Cole, Art Resnick, Steve Smith, Mike Doolin, Olem Alves, Nelson Salazar, Rich Halley, Los Rumberos del Caribe, Donny Osborne, Mike Van Liew, Damien Erskine, Pilon D'Azucar and many local Portland artists.
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Susan S. November 6, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Adrian has an infectious laugh and loves teaching. His technical knowledge and artistic skill continues to impress me the longer I know him. I would recommend him to anyone that wishes technical knowledge and passionate inspiration. The cherry on top is that he is punctual and humble too.
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Adrian P B.

Adrian P B.

Portland, OR 97203
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Aage N.

Portland, OR

I have been teaching saxophone for nearly thirty years, and offer a different approach to the instrument. While building strong technique and tone in your band and solo music, we will explore how the saxophone is used in music from around the world, including traditions that pre-date the saxophone itself by many centuries! While learning the basics of music theory, I still encourage playing by ear and encourage curiosity and creativity.

About Aage

Oregon native Aage (pronounced like Owen without N) has been teaching woodwinds to students of all ages for thirty years. He has performed throughout the US and Denmark, as well as Iceland (International Viola Congress) and Holland (World Bass Clarinet Conference). He taught for many years at The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, and performed for over twenty years with the Boise Philharmonic and Darkwood Consort. He has released three CDs on Portland-based Rampur Records, received a 2007 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and is the leading sch
olar and performer of the douçaine (early oboe). He teaches both modern and historical winds, with the unique twist of encouraging students of both modern instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, and early instruments such as recorder and double-reeds, to engage in everything from medieval and traditional music to jazz and classical.

While he enjoys teaching students of all ages, he has a particular affinity for adult beginners, maintaining this empathy by continuing to learn new musical skills such as voice, and playing North Indian classical music, enabling him to always remember what it feels like to learn something new.
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eric D. March 18, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
4th Lessons, I love it and made tremendous progress.
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Taggart L. January 17, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
I loved lessons with Aage, his spunky attitude and constant encouragement is second to none. Learning with Aage, I didn't realize how much he really offered until I became a teacher myself. He was able to foster my love of music while still giving me the skills I needed to win the Idaho State Solo Championship in 2007. I was also exposed to music written long before the clarinet was created and with his encouragement, participated in numerous honor groups and music related community service.
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Aage N.

Aage N.

Portland, OR 97213
(2)
starting at
$50 / 60-min

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