Kelly Pratt

Kelly P.

Portland, OR

About Kelly P.

Kelly teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: April 1995
Last sign in: 2 days ago


After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music, I moved to New York where I lived for 11 years. I have been a professional multi-instrumentalist since then and a member of many bands including Beirut and Arcade Fire. I have also performed and/or recorded with many others including David Byrne, Passion Pit, Coldplay, and LCD Sound system. I have performed in dozens of countries, at some of the world's biggest festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury), and on many television shows (Colbert, Letterman, Fallon).

I have experience in playing and teaching many different styles and can teach you what YOU want to learn. Playing music can be a very rewarding experience, but should also be fun. I can promise you will have fun in our lessons and have fun with music in general.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will focus first and foremost on what you would like to learn on your instrument, whether it be specific songs, styles, or a more general approach to your instrument or music-making. I have taught students of all ages on many different instruments and can work with anyone at any skill level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drum kit, keyboards, piano, organ, guitar, bass, ukelele, accordion, mandolin, various synthesizers, various percussion, and recording rig.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring any portable instrument, and any sheet music required for our lesson.

*** Specialties ***
For brass I am a strong proponent of the Carmine Caruso method. As for genres I am most well versed in jazz, rock, and classical.

Photos and Videos

This is me playing trumpet with Beirut from a couple years ago.

7 Reviews on Kelly P.

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Jesse K. Jan 19, 2016
· Trumpet · In home Kelly was very positive and reinforced great performance and gently corrected and looked for areas of improvement
Em Nov 16, 2015
· Trombone · In home Great first lesson!
James D. Sep 1, 2015
· Trumpet · In studio Kelly has a great teaching technique - really knows how to engage my son (13) and keeps him excited about coming back.
Pat F. Aug 2, 2015
· Trumpet · In studio Very sharp player with lots of experience, and more importantly, a really solid teaching instinct for pushing me to improve without overwhelming. Would definitely recommend!
Evan H. Jul 14, 2015
· Saxophone · In home Great first lesson!
Evan H. Jul 14, 2015
· Saxophone · In home Great first lesson!
Thomas W. Jan 9, 2014
· Trombone · GREAT Teacher!

I hadn't picked up a trombone in over 30 years. I was interested in joining a community band in my retirement, but knew I needed a lot of "brush-up"
I'm glad I found Kelly! He was able to determine where I needed the most work, and has tailored my lessons to meet my skill level. He's given me a good basic review of the trombone, and is also very capable on many other instruments. He's made sure I have plenty of appropriate level music to practice besides scales - so it doesn't get boring!
I would highly recommend Kelly for anyone like myself who would like to get back to playing for fun. I will continue taking more lessons from him. I'm also sure he would be of great help for more serious students of any brass instrument.
THANKS, Kelly!
Kelly Pratt
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