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Chris S.

Portland, OR

About Chris

I've played the violin since I was four, have a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University - Bloomington, a well-known music school, and have extensive experience teaching and playing all styles from Baroque, Classical, Romantic periods as well as folk, country, rock and blues genres.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm friendly, patient, enthusiastic, positive and get along with almost any kind of student. My goal is to give my students songs of just the right difficulty so that they have a little challenge for that week, but don't get frustrated or discouraged. Of course I also
teach note-reading, music terminology and all things music and violin-related. I like to start slow, but after 3-6 months you will be paying songs that you know and be able to read music for yourself.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, metronome, shoulder rest, notebook, rosin.

*** Specialties ***
I use these books:
I Can Read Music
Songs For Little Players (and next two books in series)
Suzuki Violin
Various duets and self-arranged pieces, including country / folk / traditional styles.
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Rebecca March 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Friendly, but Chris didn't help me progress that much.
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Doan N. January 23, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly. Christ helped me pick the right songs so that I enjoy playing violin More. Great teacher.
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Melissa Williams October 24, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I liked learning how to play the Violin I practiced a little bit at home.
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Chris S.

Chris S.

Portland, OR 97219
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 strin
g 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 as strong as my desire for personal musical growth. I believe that a one-on-one teacher to student relationship is the best way for the student to grow not only in the subject being taught, but emotionally as well. It is my goal for every one of my students to learn some life lesson or become acquainted with a non-musical philosophy through the study of music. From my personal life-long study of music I have learned about the importance of listening, dedication, compassion, respect, and of teaching oneself, and if I am able to pass on just a fraction of this experiential knowledge, then the student has found success.

I have a style, structure, and discipline of teaching that has been passed onto me from my great teachers. There are core values that I maintain like ear training, good technique, playing etudes and scales, and reading music, but every student learns differently and develops their own way of learning and playing the instrument. I balance my curriculum with your own style and your approach to learning. We work on repertoire that you want to learn, and I will help you set your own achievable goals. If you want strictly classical lessons, we can do that. If you want to learn classical techniques and fundamentals, but play American fiddle repertoire, we can do that. I have experience playing in many, many styles such as jazz, rock, country, Americana, and various world fiddle traditions, and my experience at Berklee (the world's premier popular music school) has shown me how versatile our instrument can be. Although I am not certified, I use the Suzuki method with books and repertoire. I teach a lot of improvisation and although I emphasize learning by ear, I do place much importance on reading.

I teach from my comfortable and charming pet and smoke free home studio near Mt. Tabor.

A little more about me from my professional bio:

Greg A. is a multi-instrumentalist and teacher who performs in a wide variety of styles and genres. He has used his classical violin training as a springboard for learning about improvising, jazz, world music traditions. His studies on the mandolin landed him a four-year scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Composition. He was a founding member of the ME/2 Orchestra, a nationally-recognized full orchestra based in Burlington, VT created for people with mental disabilities and those who support them. He also performed in the traditional middle eastern music ensemble Grup Anwar, and has travelled to Scotland with the Vermont theater troupe Spielpalast Cabaret. He currently lives in Portland, OR where he maintains a studio of violin, viola and mandolin students both at his home studio and with Keys to Life Music School and the Northwest Chinese Academy. He performs regularly with Three for Silver, Down Home Music, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, Cascade Chamber Orchestra and various local jazz, classical, and folk ensembles.
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Leah April 14, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
Verified Student
Greg is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. He was tremendously helpful in explaining how to string my mandolin. After one lesson I felt energized and motivated to keep learning!
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Erin C. March 7, 2016
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
As a complete beginner, I was thankful to have Greg teaching me the basics of violin technique. He was organized and clear in his teaching style. I am excited for the next lesson!
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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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Greg A.

Greg A.

Portland, OR 97215
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Andrew W.

Portland, OR

Engaging and professional lessons from an experienced teacher and performer. Start with strong fundamentals and then grow into your own unique style and expression.

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 c
reates 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 a solid foundation in theory, the engaging and performing aspects of music are encouraged in a fun and positive environment.

Please note: I am currently only accepting students who are able to meet every week.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a large professional studio complete with piano and other musical equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
student must provide own violin and accompanying needs.

*** Specialties ***
Classical foundations, with options to progress in improvisation, rock, jazz and world music
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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
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Andrew W.

Andrew W.

Portland, OR 97214
(4)
starting at
$50 / 45-min
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Jack W.

Vancouver, WA

I believe that students can only learn properly in the right atmosphere, with an enthusiastic, motivated instructor. If the experience is not fun the student will not excel in what they do. I believe the students should periodically have a chance to show what they are learning by performing in recitals with others.

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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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.
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Jack W.

Jack W.

Vancouver, WA 98662
(4)
starting at
$40.50 / 30-min
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Naomi C.

Portland, OR

I am a violinist, artist and singer/songwriter in Portland, Oregon who has been teaching violin for over 15 years. I believe that with enough practice, patience and dedication anyone can learn to play a new instrument. No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!

NOTE: My availability is somewhat flexible so please contact me to set up a time that works!

Lessons will focus on:

-A solid basic foundation in classical music-- we can branch out from here!
-Learning to read music, use dynamics, bow, tune, scales, developmental exercises.
-Above all: having fun and pursuing a new passion.

Music is my life and has taken me all over the country and across the world and I want to share it's magic with as many people as I can!

About Naomi

Hello! I teach private violin lessons for beginners and intermediate students of all ages. I have been teaching violin for over 15 years. I love working with children of all ages and also specialize in working with adult beginning students. If you have always wanted to learn, now is the time! No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!

NOTE: My availability is somewhat flexible. Please contact me to set up a time that works!

I am thorough and easy to work with. I use a combination of classical techniques and a hint of Suzuki method along with lots and lots of patienc
e, creativity and encouragement.

About me: I am a classically trained violinist with 20 years of experience and a diverse musical background. I've performed with the University Orchestra and the UT Opera Society at the University of Texas where I went to school, several string quartets and many bands: folk, country, rock, experimental, pop and Mariachi to name a few. I periodically tour with bands nationally and internationally. I'm also a singer/songwriter and I perform with my band, a dream pop/synth folk project called Technicolor Hearts around Austin and all over the country. Additionally, I taught violin in the Mariachi program at Linder Elementary school.

Equipment: I provide a stand and metronome at lessons and students just need to bring their violin and any books and accessories I assign for purchase.

For beginners, I generally start off with the Essential Elements book and/or Suzuki Method and then branch out from there. After the basics are established, students are welcome to bring their own music and ideas to the table as we continue to build a classical foundation. For middle/high school students who need extra help with their school orchestra, solo or UIL music we can make room for that too.

For those who live outside of Austin or travel a lot, I also offer video chat lessons via Skype, which I've had a great success rate with and is really easy and convenient to use. In town students can also set up occasional video chat lessons anytime they feel like scheduling one (ig rainy days, limited transportation etc.)
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Jesse May 18, 2016
Violin · In studio
My first lesson went well, you can ask her anything. Awesome experience so far, i look forward to working hard toward playing the violin. With Naomi you can tell she wants to help you to succeed. Happy learning and practicing.
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Dila May 3, 2016
Violin · In studio
Naomi is so sweet! I really enjoyed my first lesson with her and looking forward to have more.
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Janie A. March 18, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Great experience so far. I am looking forward to learning.
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Naomi C.

Naomi C.

Portland, OR 97220
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starting at
$45 / 60-min

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