Dennis Miclau

Dennis M.

Portland, OR
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Dennis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Dennis has been in the music scene for the last 25+ years.
Starting piano at the age of 9, he didn't know that piano would become a fixture through the years. Dennis has a classical training background which then led him to other styles of influence such as Jazz, Gospel, & Blues genres.

He holds a B.A. in Music from Portland Bible College and as a professional pianist he has taken on other musical roles; such as composition, arranging, and producer on many recording projects.

Dennis has something to offer to all that want to learn how to play the piano. Whether it's learning for fun, or pursuing piano passionately; his method of teaching is one that will stick with you.

"Playing piano is a lifetime experience; whether you do it professionally or for your own enjoyment, you will always learn something new. My hope is to pass along what I've learned to every student that I have the opportunity to teach."
- Dennis Miclau.

Whether you're just starting to learn piano for the first time or already learning and need someone to guide you along in your journey. I'm here to help coach and teach you to become successful in your piano learning and practice.

I teach and coach pianists from all ages and all levels. My musical background starts from when I was 9 years of age. Classically trained and later was attached to other styles of music influence such as Jazz, Gospel, & Blues.

I currently teach the following styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, & Blues
Within those styles, I also have the experience to focus on teaching in the following areas: Improvisation, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Melody & Harmony, Jazz Chords & Voicings, Accompaniment Training, and much more.

Send me a message if you are interested in having me teach you piano and or if you have any other questions. I'm here to help :)

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Piano Coach / Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Virtual Piano Coach

Owner & Producer
Jan 2010 - Present

Music Director
May 2002 - Present
Portland Foursquare Church


Bachelor of Music
Aug 2002 - May 2006
Portland Bible College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Feb 2006

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

In this video, Dennis shows the major scale formula and how you can use this formula to play the major scale in any key on the piano.
Photo by Dennis M.

Photo by Dennis M.
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