Kyle Shipp

Kyle S.

Portland, OR

About Kyle S.

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Kyle teaches: Ages 10 to 80
Teaching since: June 2000
Last sign in: 4 days ago



My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.

I went on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008! Additionally, I work for a Record Label in Portland, "PJCE Records", and have real life experience with production, press releases and booking through the west coast and mid-west.

In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.

Look forward to hearing from you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.

If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berklee School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!

Photos and Videos

Live for the Time Based Arts Festival, Portland OR 2013


Executive Assistant
Jan 2012 - Present
PJCE Records

I currently work for a record label in Portland as well as teach. I love to share the information about how the recording industry works, how to obtain gigs and how to effectively promote yourself!

Group Lesson Accompanist and Choral Educator
May 2010 - Sep 2012
Ethos Music School

Worked for two summers at Ethos Music School in North Portland. We ran day camps for 80 kids a week of all ages, and I was an accompanist for vocal camps on piano, guitar, and bass, and played in student recitals as well.


B.S. in Jazz Performance
Aug 2011 - Jul 2013
Portland State University
B.S. in Music Composition
Jan 2008 - Jul 2010
University of Oregon

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency


Jan 2004
Red Cross of Portland

I have my CPR certification, renewed when I was working at Ethos Music Center in Portland, OR, originally obtained in 2004 when working for Search and Rescue of Linn Country, Oregon.


Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2007

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

American Choral Directors Association
Jan 2007

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

American Guitar Society, Inc
Jun 2000

We are an organization dedicated to the interests of guitarists and those who enjoy guitar music. Since 1923 the Society has presented monthly programs, featuring solo and ensemble performances of music from the Renaissance to the present.

24 Reviews on Kyle S.

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Kati Mar 13, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My young daughter has been taking lessons from Kyle for 1.5 years now. She is very shy, but excited to learn the guitar. Kyle is very patient with her shyness and effectively instructs her in a way that is comfortable for her. He pushes and encourages her to be the best she can be. I appreciate that he is teaching her to read music and not just chords so later she can pick up any instrument she chooses and read the music to play.

She has written her own song, recorded music and explored various styles of guitar music. He creates a well rounded student by giving history, background and experience to new things.

He is accomplished both musically and academically, we discover new things about how much he knows all the time. He is punctual, flexible and professional. We travel 30 minutes from the Vancouver area weekly for lessons. Sure, there are teachers on our side of the river but we're quite happy with Kyle.
TJ Feb 9, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
I've done a month of lessons so far and it's been going good. Kyle really focuses on making sure I understand the the theory behind playing the ukulele, which is great. I'm not just learning to play songs (which I am), I'm learning to be a better musician. Also, I like how he lets me decide on what songs I learn on.
Gail Feb 4, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Kyle was great. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Thinks outside the box and taught me about the underlying structure of music in one lesson that will help me break out of "just taking lessons" to being able to improvise, understand the keyboard and enjoy playing. Just the kind of teacher I was looking for!
Cameron K. Jan 8, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Awesome teacher! Skillful at teaching music theory and vocal technique. Easy-going personality. Couldn't give him a higher recommendation.
Tal R. Aug 25, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Kyle is an incredible teacher. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, relaxed, and challenging. His passion is infectious, especially when delving into music theory. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get a fuller, deeper understanding of music and how it works.
Kathy G. Aug 13, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I and my daughter have only had our first lesson with Kyle, but we found him very enthusiastic, easy to work with, and left excited to achieve the plan he laid out for us.
Jeremy M. Jul 16, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Kyle has been great! I started using him for lessons for my son who just turned 5. He has the energy and attention span of a 5yr old. Despite this Kyle has done very well with him. He mixes the right amount of play and discipline to accomplish the lesson objectives and keep my son focused while maintaining a relationship with my son that makes him look forward to the lessons. I had a hard time finding teachers to start with someone so young, but Kyle has done great and I would certainly recommend giving him a try. We have done lessons both at Kyle's studio and our home.
Gina S. Mar 16, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Kyle's strengths lie in finding out where the student is, and then teaching to that level as well as inquiring and embracing the curiosity of the student. Whether you're there to learn the basics or to explore writing and "feeling into" music, Kyle is a great guide. I have appreciated him and recommend him wholeheartedly.
Yihan L. Feb 23, 2015
Verified Student · Classical Guitar · In studio
I've had 4 different guitar teachers in the past and none of them teaches like Kyle does. I can feel that Kyle has a very vast but deep understanding in music, but more importantly he knows how to convey his knowledge to a student, which is an ability many teachers lack. Kyle would change his way of teaching according to different students, and I know this because he integrates piano into my guitar lessons due to my past experience with a piano, and it helps so much.

Kyle is very patient and approachable, but has just the perfect amount of sternness to keep pushing you forward.

Learn with Kyle, you won't regret it.

Thank you Kyle :)
Jessica K. Feb 10, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Kyle has been teaching my 9 year old and 5 year old kiddos piano. He has taught my 9 year old more music theory than she's learned in all three years she's been taking lessons elsewhere. Highly recommended!!
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