Jeff Johnston

Jeff J.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
I like to give students a good solid theoretical foundation first, then build to confirm with the students specific goals. For example, if the student is into a particular type of music (jazz, soul, classical...) I tailor the lessons to meet those goals.
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Jeff delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
January 1997

Starting with my first music lessons at age 7, I've spent the last 40 plus years studying and performing music. I studied classical guitar with well-known Cuban virtuoso, Carlos Molina & Adam Holtzman. I've performed with some of the music world’s greats such as blues legend Bo Diddley, The Platters, The Coasters, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash), Bonnie Raitt as well as jazz greats Randy Brecker, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Pam Laws & Marcus Roberts. Since moving to the Portland area in April 2015 I've performed with the Portland Wind Symphony, The Hillsboro Symphony, The Minidoka Swing Band, for Nike at the Olympic trials, on jazz night at WineUp on Williams downtown. & innumerable private performances. As a teacher, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Florida State University and after teaching middle school in Florida, spent 18 years as a teacher trainer in Japan for a major English school chain specializing in children ages 1 ½ on up.

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Guitar/Brass/Woodwind/Beginning Piano Instructor
Aug 2015 - Present
Westside Music School

Semi-pro/pro musician since 1983. Private Lessons on guitar (classical, jazz & popular), saxophone, trumpet, flute, trombone, euphonium as well as beginning piano for ages 2 and over

Teacher Trainer/Curricullum Development Children's program ages 1 1/2 - 12
Sep 1998 - Mar 2015
ECC Foreign Language Institute, Tokyo, Japan

I was in charge of training and supervising over 100 English teachers in the Kanto (Tokyo/Yokohama) region. I also helped develop the "Mini-kids" program for ages 1 1/2 - 4. I wrote/produced/recorded two collections of mostly original childrens music videos to be used in the classroom.

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Bachelor of Science in English Education
Sep 1992 - May 1997
Florida State University
Music Composition
Sep 1986 - Dec 1988
Florida State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Harmony Road Teacher's Training Program
Jul 2016
Harmony Road Music Courses Inc.

This certifies that I completed a week long training course for the Harmony Road Piano Teaching Curriculum. This is a world-wide beginning piano program program for students ages 2 - 16.

Photos & Videos

My band, Bumpadelic" in Ebisu section of Tokyo
some solos with karaoke tracks and 2 of my music videos for ECC
performing in Tokyo

Photo by Jeff J.

working a wedding in Tokyo

live on stage

flutin' in Yokohama

with my custom pocket trumpet

with my Bach 'bone
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