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Greg A. Portland, OR

Many say that the violin is the most beautiful instrument in the world. It's sound is pure and it's visual and structural aesthetic is as close to perfect as anything else in this world. I began studying the violin at age nine, almost 20 years ago, and I'm still learning new things all the time. I am classically trained and have played in orchestras and chamber ensembles all my life. In high school I started to expand my interests into improvisation and rock, jazz, and bluegrass. The violin can be learned at any age, but for young kids, the study of the instrument is an amazing experience that lets them be expressive and free while also learning how to be disciplined and confident. My teaching style is deeply rooted in the classical violin tradition that includes scale study, etudes, concertos and the Bach solo violin repertoire. I am, however, quite flexible with working with each individual student's needs. Come play the violin me!

About Greg

Music is the universal language that, when tapped into, illuminates the joys of life and shows us how to open the doors of opportunity. When we study and play music, we are cultivating our curiosity and wonder of the world and are gaining a confidence to be expressive, creative, entrepreneurial, and playful. When we feel music, we feel love. The study of stringed instruments in particular is one of tremendous depth. The violin plays a vital role in a great number of music traditions across the globe and every time we play, we connect, we celebrate, and we contribute to that vibrating string community. I have been playing for 20 years and teaching private and group lessons for seven and I would love to show you or your child the wonders of playing music. My passion for teaching is ...

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Jenniffer H. February 4, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Greg is a very dedicated teacher and has really helped my son grow in his understanding and love of his instrument and music in general. He's very knowledgeable and patient and seems happy to accommodate us when changes need to happen. :)
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Kent B. September 9, 2014
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Greg has been my fiddle teacher for a year now. His patience and expert guidance have helped to increase my confidence and skill level. We move logically and painlessly back and forth between new music and technique. I'm now at the point that I am beginning to see how it all works and, thus, to be able to figure out some tunes just by hearing them. Pretty exciting. I look forward to our weekly sessions.
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Kent B. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Top-Notch Fiddle Teacher

Greg is himself a top-notch musician, but, more to the point here, he's a top-notch teacher. He's easy going and positive, but he keeps you moving along and he's clear and constructive when bumps in the road occur (as they frequently do in my case). I think I have made a lot of progress in a relatively short time, especially since I'm in my 60s and haven't touched a fiddle since I was a pre-teen. I recommend Greg highly.
Andrew W. Portland, OR

About Andrew

A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Andrew has spent over 10 years instructing beginning and intermediate students in every age range and in various styles. Utilizing honed techniques learned both in school and in the professional and live band setting, Andrew draws on classical foundation and a wide range of styles (including pop, jazz, blues and fiddle) to create lessons tailored to each students individual needs and goals. *** Lesson Details *** Students who study with Andrew receive a fresh experience of the violin. Unlike a "one-fits-all" model, Andrew creates a unique lesson plan tailored to each individual. This allows the student to learn and progress at their own speed and in the style(s) that they are interested in. While every student receives

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Spencer W. March 3, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew has been great- patient, accommodating, understanding of scheduling issues, and open to different methods of learning in order to provide the best service he can. Great experience so far!
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Ed R. May 3, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Andrew has been a wonderfully encouraging teacher

a delight to learn from Andrew , very positive, have made alot of progress esp in bowing techniques thru Andrew's patience and skill in violin.
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lynn H. April 16, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Andrew is the best!

Andrew is a fantastic teacher! I came to him as a beginner and it has been fun and I'm happy with what I've learned thus far. He's patient, does a great job explaining things, moves at a good pace, and his sense of humor is just a nice perk :)

I would highly recommend him for all skills levels and age groups, all around great guy
Susan L. Portland, OR

Hi, I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all the strings for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice.

Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. The book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.

For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. ...

About Susan

Hi, my name is Sue L. I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all strings and piano for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice. Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. The book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training. For more serious ...

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AprilS June 25, 2012
Susan is a great instructor! She's very helpful and positive. And she lets you move at a pace relative to your abilities. I enjoyed my lessons with her very much!!
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GloriaB1 April 17, 2012
Very Encoluraging

Susan is so encouraging & gets excited because I'm excited to learn to play the piano. She's very patient with me...which is a huge plus! She also has a way of breaking the music language down so that I can relate to it. It's sort of like word association. That works!
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NickK April 10, 2012
helpful and flexible

Susan is a wonderful instructor. She was flexible with my crazy schedule. She gave me enough work to not get boerd between lessons but not to much work. I always look forward to my lessons.
Jon L. Portland, OR

Emphasizing intonation and tone production while maintaining proper posture from day 1. I will help you build a foundation of skills on the violin to play whatever music you desire from Suzuki, to Country, to Rock. Or help apply what you know already to play a different kind of music.

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.
Ilene Starr
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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!
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 recording 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 ...

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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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Sharri L. October 31, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Deserves 6 stars

If I looked for a million years I could not have found a better instructor than Jack. He is a peach. I am an older student with Osteoarthritis and I'm hoping that violin will both help avoid Altzheimer's and exercise and stretch the fingers. Jack is sympathetic to my needs and is helping in any way possible. I always look forward to Jack and his sunny personality and expertise. I'm sure that I have reached the epitome of "difficult students", but Jack is always patient and pleasant. He is a true professional in every sense.
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TD L. October 30, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Piano lessons

Jack is a great teacher! He teaches well and professionally. He picked out the right text books for the lesson which I think very importance. My girls piano skills improve significantly. He also makes it fun to learn so the girls love it. Highly recommend him to everyone.
Elisa B. Oregon City, OR

Starting beginners as early as 3 yrs. School age students, adults. Correct play position, technical skills, music enjoyment, possibility to join Music Academy string orchestra. Learning to play solos and learning to play in orchestra. School orchestra student couching available. Classical music, fiddling.

About Elisa

Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11. Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills. Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music *** Lesson Details *** I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" ...

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Amy K. June 11, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
There are many websites that will tell you instructors don't like teaching adults, but Elisa was a wonderful and patient instructor for all ages. She is able to adjust her approach to accommodate all age groups and skill levels. It's important to let Elisa know what your goals are so she can mold the lessons to help accomplish your goals. Elisa also arranges group rehearsals and recitals to broaden the students abilities in group settings (optional).

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