Peter Mortenson

Peter M.

Salt Lake City, UT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I tailor my lessons to meet student goals. I help students learn basic chords and strumming patterns, learn to sing while playing, understand how to read notes, tabs and chord charts, understand power chords and basic music theory, play popular songs of the past or present, learn basic scales and improvisation skills, and even write their own songs! You can search my music on Spotify or iTunes for a sample of my style. My album is called "Songs from Pablo's Attic."

About Peter M.

I love sharing knowledge! Math has always been a passion for me, and I competed in several math competitions even in elementary school. Since then I have tutored many students in math from a fourth grade level to college math. I scored a 34 on the ACT and I enjoy helping others achieve their dreams by getting college scholarships. I lived in Italy for more than 2 years and have worked as an Italian teacher and tutor for 5 years. I have been playing guitar and making music for 19 years. You can check out my CD, "Songs from Pablo's Attic," on Spotify and iTunes. I am currently attending graduate school at the University of Utah and our tutoring endeavors help us work through school in a meaningful way.


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9 Reviews
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Nice teacher
Very personable

Posted May 28, 2019
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Posted Apr 27, 2019
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Peter has an excellent lesson plan waiting for you on day one with easy to follow study material. You will learn how to properly speak, read, and write in Italian in no time. He keeps track of your progress and assigns homework to increase your proficiency and vocabulary. He is a wealth of knowledge about the language and the culture; so much that he even knows how it changes throughout the country and will educate you on it. His experience in Italy was such a benefit for me because where I now live in Italy, the locals speak Neapolitan Italian and he was able to help me adjust to my new surroundings and even find a home! I recommend that you choose Peter as your new Italian instructor! You will not regret it!

Posted Mar 31, 2019
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Peter is an awesome teacher. He makes the italian language easy to learn and also fun!

Posted Sep 29, 2018
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Peter was patient and very kind. He was fun and made immediately my daughter at ease and helped her connect and work through the class. She is only 6 and he was just great with her!

Posted Sep 22, 2018
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Peter is fantastic. He established rapport right away with my 12 yo and provided instruction in a manner that she was able to understand and return demonstrate. She had a very good experience and is excited about learning to play the guitar.

Posted Apr 21, 2018
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Posted Jan 17, 2018
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I was a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect prior to this first lesson. Peter provided great information to use as a study guide, is patient and thorough in preparation for and during our lesson. I am really looking forward to continuing. THANK YOU, Peter!

Posted Nov 6, 2017
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Peter is an excellent one-on-one teacher for Italian. Based on his background, I'm not surprised to find him very knowledgable about the language as it is currently spoken. In our sessions, he often explains the nuances of words and phrases based on usage, is careful to guide correct pronunciation and adds in multiple phrases of common speech. He has assembled a workbook that is well-organized and clear; we have progressed through it week by week and it has a nice feel of building a usable knowledge of key verbs, words and phrases. Peter is great at teaching and sharing what he knows, and on top of all of this he is flexible to the student's pace, needs and interests. We paused in our progress through the workbook to focus on specific topics like directions, clothing, colors, food, the urban setting, etc. Weekly he sends me sentences via a Google doc and I work and them and send my translations into Italian back--works great! I am excited to have Peter as my teacher and I think you will be, too. I plan on working with him through the course and beyond. Grazie mille, Peter!

Posted Jul 25, 2017

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Aug 2015 - Present

University of Utah School of Dentistry

Italian BA
Sep 2008 - May 2015

Brigham Young University



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