Mikael Pederson
Portland, OR
Mikael Pederson

Mikael P.

Portland, OR
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About Mikael P.

Mikael was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. He started playing piano at 6 years old, and took up guitar at age 12. He began taking guitar lessons and learning the classic rock, pop and R&B songs of the 60s, 70s, and 90s while also being classically trained by John Doan, an award winning guitarist and professor at Willamette University.

At age 15 Mikael was performing in local coffee shops with his acoustic folk band, and performing at weddings as well as solo on guitar. It was not uncommon to have the coffee shops completely filled with people standing outside to listen. Mikael's musical endeavors continued in high school as he played and performed with the best jazz choir and choral group in the state of Oregon at South Salem High School. He also won 2nd place for solo guitar in the State High School championship encompassing all high school divisions in Oregon.

After high school Mikael continued his musical education at Azusa Pacific University where he studied Commercial Music and Guitar Performance. While living in Los Angeles Mikael performed internationally as a hired guitarist for Musical acts in the styles of Gospel, Rock, Acoustic Folk, and Jazz/Blues. He also taught lessons in the Southern California to people of all ages and musical interests, sharing his passion for music with their interest in guitar.

Since relocating back to Oregon Mikael decided to start writing and performing his own music as a singer/songwriter. He just finished his first album in September 2013. The album titled "Turn This Around" was written, recorded, mixed, and produced within 6 months with some of the top musical professionals in the industry working on the record. It is available on iTunes. Mikael is passionate about sharing his love for music with students in hopes that they too can pursue their dreams.

*** Lesson Details ***
I live in the Piedmont neighborhood in NE Portland with my wife. She works for Disney here in Portland. Our home is a safe and focused environment for students. As a musician and long term lesson taker, I understand what it is like to approach a musical instrument for the first time. My approach is to start by understanding the student's musical interests, goals, and dreams and customize the lesson plans accordingly. I think it is important to learn theory and technique while learning songs the student likes. It is essential for the student to have short term and long term goals whether that is playing a song on the radio or performing with a group or solo.

With my passion for music, personal approach, and keep it fun mentality I can help you or your child reach their musical goals with just a little bit of commitment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, amps, tuners, pedals, keyboard, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Spare acoustic guitar for lessons only

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk and Classical guitar. I can teach acoustic and electric guitar as both a rhythm and lead player.

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