Peter Qualtere-Burcher

Peter Q.

Portland, OR

About Peter Q.

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Peter teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: July 2005
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I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.

Photos and Videos

Live at the Alberta Rose Theater


Music Director

Jun 2013 - Present
Sound Roots School of Modern Music

I am the musical director at Sound Roots School of Modern Music in Portland and lead summer rock band camp.

Teacher, Composer, and Performer

Jan 2013 - Present


Bachelors of Music (Jazz Performance)

Aug 2008 - May 2012
Whitman College

B.A Music

Aug 2008 - May 2012
Whitman College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Most Outstanding Senior Recital

May 2012
Whitman College


Full Tuition Scholarship

Jul 2010
Fondazione Siena Jazz
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2 Reviews on Peter Q.

Lissa M. Aug 5, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson, and is very excited for more
Alisa M. Oct 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
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