Peter Qualtere-Burcher

Peter Q.

Portland, OR
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have a Djembe from Ghana! Carved from one piece of African Hardwood. It is one of my favorite instruments!
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Peter delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2005

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.

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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
PQB Music


B.A Music
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Whitman College
Bachelors of Music (Jazz Performance)
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Whitman College


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

Photos & Videos

Live at the Alberta Rose Theater
Before a composers concert! (The glasses are just a joke)

Ellen Gabehart drew this while I was playing a show!

My Logo! If you see someone riding a bike around Portland with an instrument and this on their bike, its probably me.

Photo by Peter Q.
Photo by Peter Q.
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10 Reviews

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Debbie P. Jan 10, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.

Paul May 23, 2017

An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative

Paul Feb 20, 2017

Versatile, skilled and patient

Amy L. Jan 5, 2017
Flute · Online

My daughter just had her first Flute lesson with Peter. She was very nervous but Peter totally made her feel at ease. She loved her lesson with Peter and how upbeat and full of energy he is along with his patience. Looking forward to many more lessons. Thank You.

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ricardo V. Jan 2, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Peter Dec 15, 2016
Flute · In studio

Peter is showing me how to practice to play jazz flute. I am very happy with his lessons and will keep it up.

Jules J. Dec 12, 2016
Flute · Online

Peter was engaging and dynamic! Jules is excited for his next lesson.

Paul J. Dec 12, 2016
Flute · Online

Lissa M. Aug 5, 2015
Flute · Online

My daughter loved her first lesson, and is very excited for more

Alisa M. Oct 20, 2014
Flute · In studio

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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