Lisa Norris

Lisa N.

16 Reviews
Beaverton, OR

About Lisa N.

Background check: Last verified 11/06/2014
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Lisa teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1995
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Hello:
I have been a guitar and voice instructor for over 15 years, and a piano teacher for 3. I have also tutored elementary students and worked for Montessori's for many years. I really love this job! I had a real hard time learning guitar when I was growing up because of an accident to my left arm, but I wanted to play so much that I was able to overcome it. Because of this, I think I have learned to be a very patient teacher. I see students who get frustrated and think that it's too hard to play the guitar, but I promise you my program is fun and simple. I can show you the steps to success. I have taught over 500 students in a variety of cities from Minneapolis Minnesota, to Los Angeles California, and now Portland Oregon. I have had individually and group taught over 28,000 lessons in that time, so I have dealt with every kind of person including those with disabilities. I am currently obtaining my Masters in Music education and Psychology from Marylhurst, and I have taught every age from 5-70. I am also a performer, and I own my own music publishing company through ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers). I currently teach Piano to level 3, so if you are a beginner, you will love my new program. Music is my life, I can help you make your dream of playing a musical instrument come true, even in a few short lessons. You can do it!

* I hold recitals twice a year in May and November. Check out my videos.

*** Lesson Details ***
The thing I have learned over the years teaching guitar, piano or voice, is that everyone learns differently. I have taught in family situations where there are two or three siblings learning at the same time, but each sibling learned the skills that are unique to them. Some students are better at playing rhythm, some students are better at lead, some students are better with barre chords. As long as you are enjoying playing the guitar, you will be able to grow in every area at your own pace. Music should be a fun and rewarding experience. My lessons usually include songs that you like to play and are at your level of playing ability. We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum machine while you play guitar and I play the bass notes, giving you the feel of a live group situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.But if that's not for you we can just play guitar together too, whatever makes you feel the most comfortable is how you will be able to learn the best. Tell me what you need I am always here to help you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifiers, Chords, Microphones, Guitars, Piano

Private Cancellation Policy
Effective 1/1/2014, all lessons scheduled with Lisa N., Take Lessons instructor for piano, guitar, bass, and voice, will now have new reschedule and cancellation requirements. These requirements are that no lessons may be cancelled, only rescheduled. If students cancel the remaining lessons they have paid for, they must make them up or they will be forfeited. If a student misses a lesson due to sickness, vacation, traffic, or emergency, the student will have the lesson marked as missed, but will be allowed to make up the lesson within the month. The student must make up the lesson on a Saturday, unless other times are available for reschedule throughout the week. Check with the instructor for flexibility in scheduling, as every effort will be made to accommodate the situation. There will no longer be a 24 hour cancellation policy as all lessons will be marked missed. The teacher will give the same consideration due to emergencies, sickness, and or classes, and if a student shows up at the studio and a lesson cannot be given by the teacher for any reason, the student will not be charged and an additional free lesson will be given for the inconvenience.
Thanks Sincerely Lisa N.
Take Lessons Instructor

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Beginning to intermediate Guitar Voice and Bass lessons, beginning Piano.

Photos and Videos

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Experience

Music Teacher Mar 2000 - Present
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Education

M.Ed. Music and Psychology Apr 2012 - Present
Marylhurst

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Mar 1985
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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16 Reviews on Lisa N.

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Angela P. Mar 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
After my oldest daughter had been taking guitar for a while, we decided to start her younger sister on piano. It's so nice to be able to have the lessons back to back. After just one lesson my daughter could already play a song. My daughter decided to play in the recital, and she sounded like a pro after only 6 months. Lisa is very talented as a musician and teacher. She really wants her students to feel successful and to feel engaged. She teaches them classical music as well as what is popular today. I'm amazed at how quickly my daughter is progressing.
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Angela P. Mar 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking guitar and sometimes voice lessons for over 2 years now. Lisa is very encouraging and positive. She teaches whatever music my daughter wants to learn and continually encourages her to try new things. She has even helped her and a couple of friends prepare their song for a final in choir class. I would highly recommend Lisa as an instructor.
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Grace D. Jan 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher! She's very patient and adapts to you and your goals.
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Amy D. Dec 18, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My son adores her and is doing great.
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Katie B. Dec 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I'm so lucky to have Lisa as an instructor. She helped me come out of my "singing shell". I'm excited to continue growing as a singer. If you're looking for an instructor you've found the perfect one in Lisa!
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DeLacy J. Jul 22, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Lisa is a great teacher. She is very talented and can teach many musical forms--one of the reasons we chose her. She also lives only a few miles from us so it's perfect to go to her house for lessons after school each week. She's encouraging and goes at the speed that's right for my daughter. My daughter has never taken lessons before. She began with piano and then added voice 2 months later. My daughter has always loved to sing but is very shy about sharing her talent. Lisa has helped boost her confidence so much that after only 5 months, my daughter performed both piano and voice at the recital. We couldn't be happier and are so proud. Thanks Lisa :)
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Carol L. Jul 11, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lisa is very encouraging and sees your true potential. My lessons began with voice and have advanced into guitar lessons. She has provided what I need to succeed. Thank you so much!
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Christina D. Jan 15, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Challenging and FUN!

I've taken 3 lesson with Lisa so far, and I'm definitely going back for more! She is a great teacher, easy to work with and I LOVE that she challenges me to be better! I used to play piano as a small child, and I don't remember having had this much fun. I can't wait to see what she has in store for me next week! Thank you, LIsa for making my lessons something I look forward to every week! :)
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Margaret L. May 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Uplifting and encouraging

Lisa has shared her love of music with my children. She is one of the most upbeat, patient and encouraging teachers I've met. Her range of expertise on a variety of instruments is ever expanding. My daughters truly love coming to piano lessons to grow their skills with Lisa. There are always smiles and laughter in the room. They don't complain about practicing because they enjoy learning currently popular songs as well as the classics. They look forward to showing their teacher that they can perform a skill or song. The recital was not a typical recital, because many of her students play guitar and sing as well as play piano. It was like an 'open mic' performance for solos as well as a variety of collaborative group performances. I like the variety of options that are offered, as my daughters may want to learn the Ukelele or improve their singing voice, we could remain with Lisa's tutelage. We feel lucky to have found Lisa as a creative and talented teacher.
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Robin S. Oct 17, 2012
Verified Student
I am very happy with my daughters lessons and her teacher

My daughter has finally found an activity that makes her want to practice and work toward a goal and is having fun. she really likes her teacher