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I have been teaching piano for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to play some easy songs that are easy to learn with a little daily practice. Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.

For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. Students that pass get a beautiful certificate for each level, grades 1 to 8. have Classical, Jazz, Improv, Note Reading, Sight Reading, Scales and arpeggios, Ear Training, Music Theory.

About Susan
Hi, my name is Sue L. I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all strings and piano for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice.

Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. The book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.

For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the
Royal Schools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. Students that pass get a beautiful certificate for each level, grades 1 to 8.

I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango, Middle Eastern and blue grass/folk bands.

My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.

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I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello, bass and piano students. Most of all, it is the joy of music making that I want to share with my students.

Private and group lessons
Two recitals a year
Special performance opportunities throughout the year
Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk
Music theory
Customized lesson plans using various methods old and new

I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential by providing many performance opportunities throughout the year. Some of my students have appeared as special guests with my band, Mango Nights.

Included with weekly private lessons are once a month group lessons where students can learn essential ensemble skills and have fun meeting other students.

Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.

Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.

For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano, separate room for lessons, off street parking,
Convenient close in location

*** Travel Equipment ***
Small amp, Mac laptop and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Tango and Middle Eastern.

Ensemble playing with other students.

Professional opportunities playing for weddings and other events.
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Sofia April 28, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Sue was fantastic and had just the right balance of instructions, stories, demonstration, and playing. She made the lesson fun and productive!
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Leah March 25, 2016
· Cello · In studio
She was very helpful and knowledgeable. She also knows different styles of music beyond classical. I am an adult student and I felt right at home with her.
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Hue L. February 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ms. Susan is very experienced, fun and flexible. Highly recommend her.
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Susan L.

Portland, OR 97230
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About Suzan G.

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Beginning students, intermediate, some advanced, including theory and composition, performance, improvisation, notation, acoustic and electronic keyboards.

About Suzan
I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed directing large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of
the parts!

I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.

If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.

What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!

The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!

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If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.

*** Specialties ***
For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).
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Michael K. July 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson went well. -Michael J. Kelly
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Mei 's family October 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We like her!
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Mei Chan October 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She's good!
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Suzan G.

Suzan G.

Portland, OR 97236
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About Jack W.

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I believe that students can only learn properly in the right atmosphere, with an enthusiastic, motivated instructor. If the experience is not fun the student will not excel in what they do. I believe the students should periodically have a chance to show what they are learning by performing in recitals with others.

About Jack
I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's recording pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder
and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Violin
All required music

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.
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Anna B. January 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
We are having great experience with Jack, always willing to work with our schedule and very flexible on what we want to learn first. Jack is a great teacher, and we look forward to this year of learning :)
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Evelyn B. June 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very good instructor
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Lisa O. November 14, 2013
· Viola ·
JACK IS TERRIFIC!

I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success! Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring.
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Vancouver, WA 98662
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About Terry S.

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Whether you're a total beginner or you've had previous piano study and want to refresh your skills, you're at the right place. I believe that everyone can and should make music a lifelong companion.

GOALS:
* Understand how music works and be able to play music of any genre using a chord approach.
* Confidently play music in any situation.
* Play something on the spot for friends and family.
* Accompany a singer or play in a band.
* Improvise without printed music.

Like most worthwhile skills, learning piano takes regular practice. I understand everyone has busy schedules and I'm ready to help you go at your own "best pace" so you're always making progress.

About Terry
Now you can enjoy convenient online piano instruction to children, teens, and adults. I strive to create accomplished, independent musicians by exploring a variety of musical genres, including contemporary, classical, and jazz/blues.

Start reaping the many benefits of learning a musical instrument. I offer the following to children, teen, and adult learners:

1. Wherever you are in the world, learn to play piano without even leaving home.

2. Choose convenient day or evening lesson times.

3. Use simple music technology apps (iPad, Windows/Mac) for the most interactive experience and accelerated learning.

4. Besides basic music concepts, learners explore music theory, improvisation, lead sheets, sightreading, and ear-training.

5. Learn simple accompanying styles so you can learn to play for churches, family or yourself
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I use a variety of materials and methods to give students effective ways to achieve their musical goals. Technology can also accelerate learning and skill development.

I want everyone to make music a lifelong companion. Learning piano can boost a sense of achievement and confidence not duplicated in other pursuits. It can improve social skills and academic abilities, and it provides a creative outlet that will stay with you throughout your life.

Check out my recording of solo piano works called, "Shall We Gather," now on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and other music services.
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Niall M. March 14, 2014
· Piano ·
Terry brings out the best in his students.

My daughter, age 10, enjoys her lessons with Terry. She quickly built a repertoire which included classical pieces, blues and pop/rock songs. She takes great pride in performing them for anyone who will listen ;-)

Terry is a gifted teacher who motivates students, quickly pinpoints any difficulties and finds creative remedies.

Piano is going to be part of my daughter's life for years to come and I am very grateful that we found Terry.
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Anna H. February 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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As a piano teacher myself, I was anxious to find a teacher that would make learning music an enjoyable experience for my children. I am totally and completely happy with my children's lessons with Terry. He is patient and encouraging. He draws from a variety of resources to provide music that teaches, challenges, and is pleasant to play (and listen to). I highly recommend him!
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marcie H. February 22, 2014
· Piano ·
excellent teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Terry when she was a few months shy of 5 years old. He was very patient with her and met her at her level. He even suggested waiting a few months before beginning so she would not get frustrated due to her small, petite fingers. I appreciated the fact that he was honest and did not want to waste our time or money. Once she started back, he worked to determine what learning methods would work well with her. She has excelled tremendously and is proud of her accomplishments to read and play simple songs as a 6-year-old!
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I have been playing the piano for 15 years and teaching piano for 8 years. I teach theory, note reading, playing skills, and listening skills. I teach beginner to advanced. Teaching is my passion and I try to pass that passion to my students.

About Nadia
- MBA candidate with over 6 years of work experience in teaching.
- BS in Finance

I began tutoring when I was a freshman in high school. I went through the international baccalaureate program in high school that included honor and AP classes. I have the knowledge and ability to tutor; biology, mathematics (algebra, geometry, pre-algebra, algebra II, pre-calculus, calculus, business calculus) , English, Russian, piano, computer knowledge, and history.

Other things that I teach or can help improve in:
Meditation (hypnotherapy, deep relaxation, breathing techniques)
Life Coaching (help organizing your schedule, reaching a goal, improving yourself)
Mixology (I have experience working as a bartender and managing a bar so I can teach and improve your drink mixing skills)
Exercise (I have numerous students who I help exercise on
ce a week or even on a daily basis)
Computer knowledge (excel, word, access, powerpoint, and quickbooks, as well as website design: online and html)

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My lesson starts with me finding out what the student knows and what he needs help with. I ask a few questions to help me direct the lesson so the student can gain the most knowledge. I always make sure that the student has goals and that they know what steps need to be taken to reach those goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own transportation.
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Alexis R. November 19, 2016
· Algebra 2 · In studio
Nadia is the best tutor I have ever met with. Before I met with her I was struggling a lot and I was very nervous. After our first meeting I felt as if I had learned a lot and I was no longer confused. She is very helpful, patient, and very kind.
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Brock B. June 17, 2016
· Algebra · In home
loved it
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Alyssa D. March 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
My granddaughter just enjoys to have Nadia help her with the piano
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About Preston B.

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I believe in catering lessons to a students individual desires and musical goals. Our lessons can cover a broad range of concepts like:
Musicality/Performance
Jazz Improvisation
Composition/Arranging
How to practice
Technique
Reading/Sight Reading
Learning Tunes
And MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

About Preston
With over 20 years playing experience Preston began playing professionally very early. He has toured over 6 countries including England, France, Switzerland and Italy. He received his degree in Jazz Studies/ Performance from the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz program, the first Jazz program in the country and still the greatest with alumni like Norah Jones, The Eagles and The Blues Brothers.
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Jim June 22, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Manzel Is tight. He knows his stuff and he's got a lot of experience when it comes to performing professionally in jazz and popular music.
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Devon John October 27, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
first impression is always a good impression. Preston is a very good teacher. He is knowledgeable, patience and encouraging. he made me feel comfortable throughout the session and I have learned a lot for my first lesion. I am impress of the tone and the way corrects my mistakes. thank you Preston.
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Patient, flexible, experienced, creative, and student-centered instruction across all styles, ages and abilities. Josh's integrative approach begins with skills you already have and develops those you will need going forward--including rhythm, sight-reading, improvisation, composition, two-hand independence, and more. Josh is a highly resourceful teacher who excels in helping students "find" the music (and musician) that is already inside them.

About Joshua
Josh provides patient, flexible, resourceful instruction designed around your goals. He works with students' current strengths and abilities to craft a personalized and highly effective instructional approach that is unique to each student. Even if you have never touched a musical instrument, you already have many of the skills you need to play one; the trick is to find the connection. Josh helps you make fast and effective progress from the beginning, and keeps applying the same personalized resourcefulness as you progress through the learning process.

Josh is a working/touring pianist, organist, educator and music-director; a licensed and CMJ-charting songwriter and composer; and an audio engineer and producer. He teaches college, and maintains a private studio of students of all ages, abilities, and interest levels. His own love of
learning and teaching creates an environment where students come away eager to advance and confident in their own potential.
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Chelsi April 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
Aside from being an excellent musician, Josh is personable and easy to be around. Having someone who is not only proficient at teaching, but who makes the learning atmosphere relaxed and comfortable has been incredibly helpful to my progress. I'd highly recommend taking any sort of lesson with Josh!
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Lucas March 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It has been about 20 years since I last took piano lessons, but recently decided that it was something I wanted to get back into and Josh has been awesome! He’s been very accommodating and we’ve found a good combination of working on lesson-like material, tempo, and on pieces that I’ve wanted to learn how to play. He is very attentive and takes notes throughout the lesson so that we make sure that we always start back up at the same place each time. I’ve been very happy working with Josh over the past few months and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to play the piano again or for the first time!
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I work with YOUR goals - I love teaching basic music foundations, theory & chord-playing/songwriting, up to advanced music reading and technique. With years of experience, I have learned to work with different learning styles and go at your pace. Please don't hesitate to ask for more information!

About Kaia
Hi! My name is Kaia, I'm passionate about teaching students in the way that makes the most sense to them, & inspiring others to reach their potential. I am a singer-songwriter from Denver with a diverse background and years of teaching experience. I studied classical voice at CU Boulder 2008-2010, and songwriting & commercial music business at CU Denver 2010-2013. Teaching full-time since 2013, I LOVE helping students find their best natural sound and how to use their instrument. My strength is teaching fundamental basics in a way anyone can understand, using a variety of ways of thinking and learning. I encourage students to play & sing when they are interested and try composing their own songs. I've played classical piano 23 years, guitar 16 years, and taken voice lessons for 15 years (plus a degree). I also LOVE arranging & composing
and translating this to Ableton and electronic music! Let me know how I can help you!
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As a music teacher my primary responsibility is the inspiration of my students. to build, in their imaginations, a pallet of sounds, textures and motifs, and then to equip them with a technique capable of drawing these out with absolute fidelity.

My goal is redundancy as quickly as possible. I achieve this by practicing with the student at every stage of his/her development. If you want to play the piano like a concert pianist, then you must learn to practice like one.

About Todd
I am a professional pianist, teacher and composer. I graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2004 with a bachelor in performance.
I can teach all styles and skill levels weather you are taking lessons for the first time, or weather you need help with a Rachmaninoff concerto. I can also help you write and develop your own music. I specialize in piano technique and learning to play effortlessly.
My lessons are nontraditional in the sense that I work side by side with the student whilst he/she is learning a piece. I break down the music into manageable "bites" and we practice it together. In this manner I am able to demonstrate the notes, tone and character in the music and I am essentially teaching the student how to practice. I am also able to teach my students how to play virtuoso passages with fluidity and wi
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Todd P.

Vancouver, WA 98683
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