Peter Q Burcher

Peter Q B.

Portland, OR
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Acoustic guitar, Jazz Guitar, Singer-Songwriter guitar. All the guitar you want to learn!

About Peter Q B.

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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15 Reviews
John B.
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Peter is very easygoing and fun to work with. I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed how much we accomplished in our first 45 minute lesson. Look forward to continuing lessons with him!

Posted Jul 13, 2021
Brenda N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My first lesson was a lot of fun! Peter is great at helping you feel at ease and comfortable. I was extremely nervous and he was great with making me feel like I was right at home with a friend! I also appreciate that he is not rigid in his teaching techniques or format. He caters your lesson to what your learning desires are and is very good at recognizing your skill level (or lack of 😁). I also appreciate how encouraging he is. I’m super excited to continue on my Saxophone journey!

Posted Apr 28, 2021
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My child really enjoyed his first lesson with peter. Peter is a very talented musician and he made the lesson fun! My child seemed to learn a lot from just one lesson with peter and he enjoys practicing what he learned at home.

Posted Mar 17, 2021
John G.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Peter is a great teacher. He finds what your level is and goes from there. Peter finds what kind of style of learning best fits you.
For me, when Peter is playing the drums or Piano after he has given me the structures/scales makes it very easy to learn. Very patient and encouraging. Ask yourself- Why aren’t YOU taking lessons with Peter?

Posted Aug 28, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Debbie P.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jan 10, 2018

An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative

Posted May 23, 2017

Versatile, skilled and patient

Posted Feb 20, 2017
Amy L.
Profile-location-online 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.

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Dec 15, 2016
Jules J.
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Lissa M.
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Aug 5, 2015
Alisa M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Oct 20, 2014
ricardo V.
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Posted Jan 2, 2017
Paul J.
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Posted Dec 12, 2016

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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

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