Mark Woodward

Mark W.

Portland, OR

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Mark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
June 2000

Mark W. is available for in-studio lessons in SE Portland. Mark has played piano and violin for over 25 years and began teaching in 2000. Mark teaches all experience levels from beginner to advanced as well as coaches artists in touring rock bands and professional musicians.

He is a hands-on, one-step-at-a-time teacher who believes in the whole musician. He incorporates music theory, history, and strategies for practicing into lessons. In all cases, he will be searching for and exploring music that you can be excited about.

Mark is a patient instructor and understands that students learn at different rates. after all everyone is an individual.


Mark studied at the University of Missouri where he completed his Master of Music degree in 2009.

He teaches piano, violin, viola, composition, and music theory college prep classes. His students range from kindergarteners to adults.

Mark is the Artistic Director and conductor of BRAVO Youth Orchestras, a social justice after-school program for students in North Portland. He has arranged over 100 pieces of folk, popular, and classical music for youth orchestra.

Mark is also a faculty member at Multnomah Arts Center where we directs the Multnomah Chorus, a non-audition adult choir. Between the youth orchestra and his choir, he conducts over 35 concerts each year.

He has held conducting positions at Pacific Youth Choir and the Community Music Center.

Yamaha grand piano
music stand
Bluetooth enabled speakers

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Master of Music
Aug 2005 - May 2008
University of Missouri – Columbia
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2000 - May 2005
University of Central Missouri


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Mark W.

Conducting BRAVO at the 2015 Waterfront Concert. – Portland, Ore.

Lullabye (cover) Billy Joel

11 Reviews

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Heejoo H. Feb 14, 2013
Piano ·

Mark is great

Mark is a very good teacher. My progress with him is better than any other of my teachers. I would recommend him to anyone. He is very kind and I enjoy my lessons with him.

Olga O. Oct 28, 2012

Best piano teacher.

Mark W. is a really good teacher. It's fun to learn piano with him. He is a professional piano teacher. He's careful in making sure that I understand what he tells me. I'm really happy that I am his student.

CrisC Jun 11, 2012

Mark is a very patient instructor, he works hard at encouraging me every class! If you want a good, hardworking instructor who is willing to really take the time to help you in your quest for learning to play a musical instrument I would highly recommend Mark !

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SharonJ Jul 21, 2011

Consummate Professional!

I chose Mark to work with my daughter in piano and voice, primarily based on his reviews and star ratings. We are not disappointed. Mark is a consummate professional, very knowledgeable, and very talented, as well as an excellent teacher.

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WarrenP Feb 2, 2011

Great Instructor!!!

As an adult learner, I am thrilled with Mark's instruction. He is patient, very focused and understands adult learning methods. I truly feel challenged each week and very rewarded as he is helping me with great progress. I highly recommend this instructor!

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BobbyK Jan 20, 2011

Mark is a thoughtful knowledgeable teacher. He balances challenging lessons with ways to connect emotion to the music I'm playing or singing. I've enjoyed working with him very much.

XanM Nov 19, 2010

Aspiring vocalist

Mark is an excellent teacher. He has dramatically improved my singing technique and instilled confidence in my vocal abilities in a very short amount of time. I am no longer afraid of the microphone!

MaryS1 Nov 12, 2010

Mark is the Greatest!

Mark is an excellent teacher. His valuable help allows me to learn how to site read quickly. I very much enjoy working with him. He provides the right balance of discipline and fun.

My-leT Jul 14, 2010


I think Mark is a great teacher. He's very patient and motivates me to try my best every day in violin class. He takes his time and helps me improve my skills in violin.

CharlesM Apr 9, 2010

Mark is an excellent teacher. He takes the time to be sure that the student (me) understands the purpose of the lesson or exercise and how it relates to progress towards any goals that have been set. I would have no qualms about recommending him to anyone who is truly interested in learning.

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MollyW Dec 9, 2009

Mark is able to adjust the lessons to our needs. He is open to discussion on learning styles.

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