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Michael R.

Oregon City, OR

About Michael

Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Jazz Performance.
Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teachi
ng style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience allow him to help his students grasp tough concepts and improve at a faster rate than they would on their own.
Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style.
Michael ensures that every student will have the skills to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting. He enjoys working with students of all abilities. Michael relates to the absolute beginner and experienced musician equally.
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JASON September 17, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Michael is a great instructor. My son had the first lesson today and he loves it.
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Nick A. September 7, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson with Mike. He gave him some tips and pointers that improved his playing immediately. He also said Mike made his lesson really fun!
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Jac H. August 7, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Crazy, awsome guy. Really enjoys what he is doing and gets you excited about learning to play. Flexible and offers multiple ideas to reach a goal.
Cool guy!
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Oregon City, OR 97045
(13)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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David W.

Corvallis, OR

About David

Whatever music you want to sing—any style, any time period—I promise I will teach you to sing it in your very best voice.

My name is David and I look forward to the opportunity to teach you how to sing your best, whatever style it is you want to learn. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Oregon State University, where I learned how to sing classical music well. In addition to that, I have years of experience in rock-and-roll bands, and have learned how to apply the lessons I learned from my classical voice teachers to my career as a (very) minor rock star. That's exactly what I
want to help you with: whatever you want to sing, from any period in music history, I know how to teach you to sing with your best voice. Singing is one of the things that makes us all human and I relish the opportunity to help students of all ages and skill levels sing a little bit better each week.

I began singing in high school choir, and quickly added piano and guitar to my repertoire of skills. By the time I began college, it was clear that a life of teaching music was in store for me. While studying music education and vocal performance at Oregon State University, I sang in the OSU Chamber Choir, which toured Arizona in 2005, eastern Europe in 2006, and San Francisco in 2007. After graduation, I worked for two years as a church music director and software tester before making the next move, to St. Louis. I earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2014, and I plan to be a pastor, musician, and music teacher when all is said and done. I sing and play keyboards at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. In my free time, I enjoy the finest coffees, reading fiction, and watching soccer.

*** Lesson Details ***
When you're taking lessons with me, expect to work hard but to enjoy yourself. These lessons aren't meant to be fun in the way seeing a movie or playing video games are fun. They're fun because it's rewarding to work hard at discovering and doing something you love. I work hard to be encouraging and give all of the honest compliments that I possibly can.

But when there are areas you need to improve, I will certainly mention it and help you understand how to make those improvements. After a few months of lessons, you can expect dramatic improvements in your breath control, the energy of your tone, and achieving a beautiful, balanced resonance with your voice.

A typical lesson begins with warm ups. This consists of seven or eight minutes of easy vocal exercises that are meant to warm up the muscles in your voice and get your mind prepared to sing and learn. It will also give me a chance to hear how you're doing when you come in for your lesson.

Next, we spend a few minutes reviewing exercises and ideas from the previous week's voice lesson. This gives us a chance to check in on your progress and make sure that you're using your practice time well.

After the review, we'll work on some musical selections. I'll assign some of your music to you, and you'll choose some of your own music to sing. The best use of our time is to sing and work on polishing the songs you want to perform. As we work on a piece of music, I'll take note of places you're using good technique and areas that you need to improve in.

Finally, we'll work on vocal exercises to help you improve in those areas. These include passages of music that help you understand what it feels like when you're singing well. These exercises induce some positive aspects of singing in your voice, which helps you understand how to sing better when you're singing other passages of music. After warm-ups, we spend about half the remaining lesson time on exercises.
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Tam February 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Loved taking lessons from David. I'm very satisfied with the handful of exercises and advice he's given me to improve my singing. I definitely recommend him!
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Jasmine F. January 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
David seems like a good fit. Very professional and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him.
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Olivia G. August 20, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
You'll find few singing instructors more in tune with (as it were) or more encouraging than David. He's extremely knowledgeable about music/voice theory and, as he gets to know your style and personality, will absolutely tailor lessons to your vocal strengths and needs. High recommendations all around!
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David W.

Corvallis, OR 97330
(5)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Charles M.

Salem, OR

About Charles

I’m Dr Charles. I have been a guitarist since 1977. I began teaching guitar when I was earning my Masters degree in music education from Portland State University in 1998-1999. I also taught guitar privately while I was earning my doctorate in music from Florida Sate University and teaching music history and music analysis at the university as well. I earned my PhD in music in 2008. During my years in Tallahassee I served as a guitarist backing Charles Atkins, Florida’s most well-known blues and gospel singer. During that time I have helped numerous individuals maximize their talent on the gu
itar. I have worked with children, home-schoolers, teenagers who want to form bands, people who want to strum guitar in their church, people who want to write songs, and retired people who are still young at heart and want to rock! I believe that playing music is one of the most spiritually satisfying experiences that one can have, and I am here for you if you would like to study guitar. I welcome students of all skill levels but I particularly love helping beginning students or those who have put the instrument down but would like to pick it up again.
When I was starting out on guitar I had a teacher who hated the music that I loved and nearly killed my passion for the instrument. I will never be that type of teacher. I will run with your passion for music. All lessons are tailored to the individual there is no file that I pull out and expect you to follow but I will tell you when I feel that there is something you should know or work on. I see my role as a musical coach. I enjoy keeping up with the newest trends and styles in music and I am well-versed in the latest versions of punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative styles.

*** Lesson Details ***
My style of teaching is laid back but focused. I have a healthy sense of humor and understand that someone can only play if they are relaxed. I will help you build a technique that requires the least amount of physical energy. When teaching children I maintain a learning environment that emphasizes play and imagination. I often use the Children’s Guitar series from Hal Leonard. With intermediate and advanced students I stress creativity, and finding your own voice on the guitar. We will always analyze the music to see what makes it work and so that you can apply those principles to your own playing. I stress mastery of the fingerboard so that the student can play in any situation with total confidence. I have no set curriculum with rock and folk players. We will work on what you want to work on but I often use my own handouts as well as books from the Musicians Institute. If you want to take formal classical guitar lessons I can help you there as well since I have two degrees in classical guitar. I typically use the Frederic Noad Solo Guitar series when teaching classical guitar.

*** Specialties ***
general classical guitar, blues/rock, general folk guitar. The analysis of all styles of classical music. General music theory from basic tonal harmony and counterpoint to modern techniques.
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Theresa December 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Charles is a great teacher very knowledgeable about many types of music. I am beginning to love my guitar again! Lessons are great! What more can I say...
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Charles M.

Charles M.

Salem, OR 97305
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Tim B.

Newberg, OR

About Tim

I love to help anyone who has been told they're not able to play guitar, has quit out of frustration, or been told they're too old or too young to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to your learning style and different for everyone depending on what you want to learn. Most of my students like to learn from scratch which would include the following:
In the first 3 lessons you will learn basic guitar fundamentals, basic 1-4-5 song progressions (the stuff that 85% of all music we listen to is made up of), left hand / right hand coordination, picking techniques, how to str
um, mute, & play notes on the guitar.

We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum or backing tracks to your favorite artists songs while you play guitar and I play what your not, giving you the feel of a live group situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.

Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Line 6 Spider Jam will take any wave file and speed up or slow down the tempo and lower or higher the key to your preference.
Great transposing tool

Tuner Korg

Electric Ibanez Guitar s470dxqm
Acoustic Taylor 110CE
Classical Cordoba model 20

Amp Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 watt combo all tube
Amp Line 6 Spider Jam

Effects Roland GR-55

Microphone Audio Technica AT 2035
Microphone Peavey I-101

Operating System WIndows 7 64 bit edition
Recording Software Presonus Audiobox USB with Studio1

Mixer Alto ZMX 862 Zephyr Series

Logitech C620 HD Webcam

Camcorder Sony HDCRX430V

*** Specialties ***
I have studied under virtuoso Rex Carroll from Atlantic Records signed band Fierce Heart & another famous band he was in was Whitecross, Shawn Gette who is in the band Forbidden Symphony, who in his words once took over a gig for Steve Vai and the American Guitar Academy.
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Nalia September 26, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
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John F. September 14, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I hired Tim to teach my daughter guitar, and am very glad I did! Tim is a gentle soul, and has loads of patience, especially helpful for shy students and those who are just getting started. Highly recommended.
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maria August 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Tim your fantasticteacher, im glad i your my teacher. thanks again for being patient.
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Tim B.

Tim B.

Newberg, OR 97132
(22)
starting at
$18 / 30-min
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Angela W.

Salem, OR

About Angela

I have a passion for life, good health, and expressing my joy and hopefulness through music. I enjoy helping others become their best version of themselves.

I have been a singing since childhood, taking lessons from many wonderful teachers who have provided me with a powerful tool kit of knowledge and techniques to enable me to help you find your voice of strength and power.

I believe in well-rounded health and have found yoga, with the combined focus on breath, body, and mind, to be a foundation for feeling and being my best. I would be honored to have you join me on the journey.
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Angela W.

Angela W.

Salem, OR 97302
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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