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About Michael R.

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Oregon City, OR

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Tired of being frustrated by the pace of self-teaching on YouTube or is your child bored with the progress in school band class? Are you an adult who never played an instrument but are really interested in learning a wind instrument? Not able to express yourself creatively or don't really understand why your favorite songs or styles of music work? Do you want a more hands-on way of teaching with personalized plans just for you?

Learn how to play the Saxophone with Michael!

Michael teaches a variety of instruments and subjects in the woodwind family:

- Saxophone
- Clarinet
- Flute
- Improvisation
- Music Theory
- Jazz Studies

Michael creates versatile and fun lesson plans that incorporate learning your favorite music while teaching theory, improvisation, note reading, songwriting, or any other interests! He has an easy-to-follow, fun, but yet structured and thorough plan designed for results to help the student reach their goals, rather than imposing an ...

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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Sally W. March 19, 2017
Verified Student · Saxophone · In home
This guy is the most enthusiastic, skillful, upbeat musician and teacher. We have had three lessons and already my son wants to turn 30 minute lessons into 45 minutes and I will happily do so. Thanks Michael for nurturing mu son's love of saxophone.
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Ronnie G. February 12, 2017
Verified Student · Saxophone · In home
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
Verified Student · Flute · In home
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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Michael R.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Peter Q.

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Portland, OR

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Saxophone is my main instrument and favorite to teach!

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.

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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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Paul February 20, 2017
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Versatile, skilled and patient
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Amy L. January 5, 2017
Verified Student · Flute · Online
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
Verified Student · Saxophone · Online
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
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About Justin B.

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Portland, OR
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The approach to the saxophone is very similar to the approach to the clarinet, my main instrument. Many saxophonists also double on clarinet and vice versa. I have performed on the saxophone in styles from rock and pop to musical theatre.

You will learn: basic technique, embouchure, air production, posture, note reading, tonguing, rhythm, intonation and more.

About Justin
My name is Justin and I love playing and teaching music. I believe anyone who has an interest in music can learn how to read music, how to play an instrument, how to express themselves, how to understand music and how to just enjoy music more. I individualize every lesson to suit each particular student's needs, abilities and goals. You can do it, and I can help!

Areas of study:

Clarinet: basic technique, embouchure, tone quality, air production, tonguing, rhythm and more. Styles include classical, contemporary, avant garde, some jazz and Klezmer.

Music theory: how to read music, und
erstanding rhythm, keys, scales, chords, modes, harmonic progressions, transposition, and improvisation.

Ear training: recognizing intervals, scales, chords, and complex harmonies by listening and singing.

Piano: basic technique, note reading, classical, pop and rock styles, how to play from lead sheets, piano-based harmony.

Saxophone: basic technique, embouchure, air production, tone quality, tonguing, rhythm and more.
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Vincent D. September 16, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In home
Justin is great, engaging teacher. Our kids love his music lessons.
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Justin B.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Aage N.

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Portland, OR
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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 also encourage playing by ear, and unleashing 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.

Aage enjoys teaching students of all ages, from beginning to college level, including homeschoolers and adult beginners.
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Gregory Bowlby June 23, 2016
Verified Student · Clarinet · In home
It was an excellent lesson.
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eric D. March 18, 2015
Verified Student · Clarinet · In home
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.

Portland, OR 97213
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About Sam E.

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Portland, OR

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I've taught formally at an elite college and shared insights informally with friends and fellow musicians. In your lessons, we will cover the fundamentals of saxophone technique, improvisation and music theory, listening training, and genre studies- all based on YOUR goals (we'll talk about those too). We will also work together to construct a detailed and fulfilling practice plan that fits your schedule, personality, and specific interests.

About Sam
Hi there- I'm Sam Epstein and I'm excited to work with you, whether it's in the studio, in the kitchen, or on the basketball court! I've spent time in all these fields- both professionally and personally- working on these pursuits that have all become essential parts of my life. I've been lucky to work with special mentors in music, cooking, and basketball whose collective wisdom is essential to my teaching approach. I try to keep in mind how all these pursuits relate to developing as a human being: the practical issues of seeking wellness through maintaining your body, and the creative expres
sion that is innate to sports, music, and cooking alike.
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Sam E.

Sam E.

Portland, OR 97211
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$40 / 30-min

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