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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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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Kelly P.

Portland, OR

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 different 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 ...

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Thomas W. January 9, 2014
Trombone
Verified Student
GREAT Teacher!

I hadn't picked up a trombone in over 30 years. I was interested in joining a community band in my retirement, but knew I needed a lot of "brush-up"
I'm glad I found Kelly! He was able to determine where I needed the most work, and has tailored my lessons to meet my skill level. He's given me a good basic review of the trombone, and is also very capable on many other instruments. He's made sure I have plenty of appropriate level music to practice besides scales - so it doesn't get boring!
I would highly recommend Kelly for anyone like myself who would like to get back to playing for fun. I will continue taking more lessons from him. I'm also sure he would be of great help for more serious students of any brass instrument.
THANKS, Kelly!
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Artem K.

Lake Oswego, OR

About Artem

**** Individual way of teaching for each student! My students perform concerts and always doing the best at school **** Currently accepting students of all ages. *** Lesson Details *** As a teacher I offer a great deal of knowledge of basics clarinet, piano and saxophone techniques. I will teach how to play right, how to improve your finger technique, staccato and make your sound beautiful. I will help you with your hand position when you play the piano and how to get fun from the music. I will teach you how to make organization of you practice at home and how to spend practice time that be get great results from this. I can help you from your first steps in the music, and correct your mistakes if you are advanced player. And you can choose - you want to play music just for fun ...

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Quincy G. January 21, 2014
Saxophone
Verified Student
Great teacher, awesome advice!

Artem is great! After our first lesson I feel like I came away with a lot of advice and feedback I hadn't received from previous teachers. Artem is very professional and directed me towards a lot of helpful resources to further my playing.

I am still taking classes with him and hope to continue doing so. He is very helpful and makes me inspired to practice and play!
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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 scholar 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, ...

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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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