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About Susan L.

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Portland, OR

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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 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 Sch
ools 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello and bass 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 Julia V.

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Portland, OR

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I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty. I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.

Students gain a larger vocal range and an easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I have worked with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency
programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am persistent and positive! Working and performing with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument, I recommend adults take 45" - 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons. Studio policy is located at VaaraMusic.com. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice starting with basics before moving to more complex and challenging music. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Condo w/ open area with piano. Visitor's parking lot w/ seating in studio for parents to listen. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.

*** Specialties ***
As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
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Diana V. November 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great experience. Julia very nice professional and patient. I love her teaching style.
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Izzy A. September 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
This teacher is amazing and very kind. I had only two lessons with her and I feel amazing already I will see when how I am when I finish the package that I picked finishes.
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Shijie R. September 10, 2018
· Opera Voice · Online
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Julia V.

Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
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About Don C.

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Don brings over 36 years of teaching experience in Piano, Voice, and Guitar. His relaxed and humorous approach to music encourages students to embrace a love for the musical art.

With 2 American Idol finalists to his credit, along with numerous students who have gone on to professional careers in theater, television, and film. He also has 16 years experience as Musical Director for over 45 theatrical productions in Southern California, Oregon, and Washington.

He has received an award in Southern California for Outstanding Musical Direction in a theatrical production of "The King and I." He is currently the vocal coach for Magenta Theater and Musical Director for Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, both in Vancouver, WA.

He has traveled the US with The Continental Singers, an international singing group, been a choral director
in churches and various performing groups. He has worked as a recording studio engineer, live sound engineer, and theater sound designer.

Don strives to bring out the best in each student. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, Don will expand your musical horizon and styles to new levels.

*** Lesson Details ***
All that I request from a student is a desire to learn. I will work with you at your pace to achieve the musical goals you have. Each student begins at a different level.

The first lesson will focus on your musical background. If you are a beginner, that's no problem. I specialize in working with beginning students to teach them all the joy and satisfaction there is in mastering an instrument.

I love to laugh and the lessons are very laid back and fun, but I desire that a student move forward and learn new techniques.

You will be playing simple songs after your first lesson. I'm asked many times by students "how long will it take until I'm good." My answer is: that is in direct proportion to the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. After a month or two, you will know how to read music and have a basic understanding of music theory.

I use various curriculum depending on the student's need. For piano, I generally use Alfred Methods. For guitar, Hal Leonard or Mel Bay. For voice, the curriculum is individually tailored to the students level and goals.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in theatrical performance for actors/vocalists.
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Eric September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Very good first lesson. Made me want to return.
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Myla K. July 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Don is great!!!!!!!
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John May 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Don has been great at helping me pinpoint the flaws in my delivery which I had hoped to identify and address. With his wealth of knowledge and past experience to share, I have looked forward to each of our scheduled sessions. In the future when I feel in need of a check-up, I'll be returning to Don for that very thing.
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Don C.

Vancouver, WA 98665
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About Karen W.

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Portland, OR

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I have a BA in Psychology, and an MA in Parapsychology. I studied Architecture for 3 years, and Music Education for two years. I was a National Merit Semifinalist in High School for good SAT scores, and in the Honors Society in High School and College. I play piano, percussion, flute, cello, guitar, bass, cornet and glockenspiel, and teach music lessons. I enjoy playing duets with my students, sharing the fun of making music with them. I do macrame', draw and paint, and am certified as a Reiki Master. I always loved school, and enjoy helping other people to learn. My Dad is my role model, since he was a calm, patient tutor for me - I try to live up to his example in my own teaching work.
I like to work with my students in a learning partnership, letting them work at their own pace with my encouragement and support.
I love to teach, and
can help you love to learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are usually 30 or 60 minutes, once a week.
I can be flexible, if your needs differ.
I can also arrange more evening times at 5:00 or later,
if the times on my availability list don't work for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with
Yamaha Clavinova CVP-65
adjustable touch-sensitive electronic piano:
Advanced Wave Memory tone generator with 53 voices,
32-note polyphony, Dual and Split play modes,
24 styles of orchestrated rhythm, bass,
and chord accompaniments, 10-track performance memory, Disk Orchestra playback capability,
MIDI compatibility and functions,

Fender Squier Bullet electric guitar
customized by Smooth Creations,
with a Line 6 amp,
a Keith Urban acoustic guitar,
an Epiphone Les Paul Special bass guitar,
a tone drum, and assorted percussion instruments,

SoundTech 4150 four-channel mixer,
with recording capability for all instruments
using ACID Music Studio,
and comfortable seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano students should have a touch-sensitive piano/keyboard in their home.
All other music students should either own or rent their instrument.
Everyone should bring their assignment notebook and their lesson books to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I play Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical styles.
The Faber method books are my favorite for piano,
Hal Leonard for guitar.
I have the most tutoring experience with Math and Statistics.
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YP June 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter 7yrs took lessons from Karen for 8 months. She was so patient and kind. My girl loved her and her teaching style.
I would have given 5 stars if she had got a real piano, not an electronic one.
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Maria L. June 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Karen is not only a gifted teacher but an excellent listener and has an extremely easy going personality. This was my third lesson and I already "feel the love."
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Ethan P. July 13, 2015
· Piano · In home
My son was thrilled with Karen and so was I...she will be a great fit!
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Karen W.

Karen W.

Portland, OR 97206
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$25 / 30-min

About Elisa R.

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West Linn, OR

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About Elisa
Hello!

I love to teach and I have devoted my life to obtaining the highest music education possible. Learning to play an instrument is fun but it is also challenging. My lessons consist of technique and general music training that include aural skills and music theory. My lessons are a lot of fun because I have high standards, but also maintain a light hearted atmosphere. I teach violin and viola from beginning to advanced levels. My students have ranged in age from 3 to 65 years old and I feel that I can teach students at any age.

If you want to include learning to play the violin or viola in your life then I would be a great choice for a teacher. Thank you. Elisa

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Education:

New England Conservatory
Master of Music in Viola Performance, May 2013

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, May 2010

Oberlin College
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2010

West Linn High School
High school diploma, May of 2005
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Studied with:
Roger Tapping, Edward Gazouleas, Martha Katz, Peter Slowik, Hankus Netsky, Janz Castelo, and Peter Row

Critiqued by:
Roberto Diaz, Steven Dann, Kirsten Docter, Kim Kashkashean, Barbara Hamilton, Hillary Herndon, and George Taylor
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Awards: Musical and Academic

2013: Master of Music with academic honors
2010: Principle of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in 2010
2009: Winner of the “Best of Chamber Music”
2007: Conservatory Dean's Talent Award Scholarship
2006: SUNY Buffalo Concerto Competition Winner
2005: Oregon Scholar
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Experience: Orchestral

2018-Present: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
2013-Present: Santa Barbara Symphony
2015-2016: Canton Symphony
2013: Banff Festival Orchestra 2012: Banff Master Classes for Strings and Winds
2011-12: American Institute of Musical Studies Opera Orchestra Graz, Austria
2012: Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
2010-13: New England Conservatory Philharmonia
2007-10: Oberlin Opera, Chamber, Symphony Orchestra and LA tour
2009: Round Top Music Festival
2008: Oberlin in Italy, Arezzo, Italy
2007: Rocky Ridge Music Center
2002-2005: The Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland Oregon
2004-5: Oregon All State Orchestra on violin and viola
2003-4: Mel Brown Jazz Workshop

Teaching

2018-Present: Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestra String Teaching Artist
2016-2018: Music and English Teacher in Taiwan
2015-2016: Substitute Teacher in Ohio
2014-2015: Oxnard Music Specialist
2013-2015: Lead String Teaching Artist for Ventura Harmony Project
2011-2013: Violin and Viola teacher at Kwong Kow Chinese School, Boston, MA
2011-2013: Violin and Viola teacher for the Winnie Ip Piano School, Boston, MA
2002-2013: Private Teacher for violin and viola
2009: String Pedagogy course at Oberlin Conservatory
2002: Assistant teacher of violin class at Cedar Oak Elementary, School West Linn, OR

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a car.
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Lorena Romero September 17, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Elisa is a great teacher! She is sooooo talented! She was teaching violin to my 8 year old daughter in Ventura CA. She is very kind and patient with kids. We highly recommend her for teaching. We wish she could stay longer. Miss her.
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Latina B. August 6, 2014
· Violin · In studio
My daughter started taking violin lessons with Elisa in January of 2014. She is by far the best music teacher that we've had! Elisa is very challenging but makes learning and playing fun. My 8 year old daughter has made leaps and bounds in music and can now read music after only a short 8 months of playing. My daughters bow hold and tone quality are absolutely excellent and it's because of Elisa! I would definitely recommend her as a teacher. You will not be disappointed.
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Ping D. January 25, 2014
· Viola ·
Elisa is a very responsible, skillful, and sweet teacher

Before Elisa moved to Ventura, CA, she was a master student and taught in IP piano school and Kwong Kow Chinese School in Boston, MA. My daughter, Sarina, was one of her students. My daughter loves her so much and made good progress when Elisa was teaching her. Elisa made Sarina relax and comfortable so that she was enjoying the learning process; she emphasized on skill and poses, she tried hard to help the students to get to the best they could. She is reliable as you can talk with her about the timing change and make up lessions. She came to our house to say goodbye and hug Sarina before she left. She is a great teacher that you can count on and you will enjoy her teaching.
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Elisa R.

West Linn, OR 97068
(4)
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About Kristin H.

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Portland, OR
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I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing, acting, speech, and piano for a wide range of ages. I teach many styles of acting from stage to film and in between including Shakespeare I have studied a variety of methods on acting and will cater to the interests of my students. I have a degree in Speech and Communications as well as Performing arts and would love to help you with your public speaking or every day speech needs. I coach from two locations. A studio in SE Portland and from a studio in my home. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.

Thanks
Kristin

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I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have
the opportunity to cross over if they would like.
I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater
Shakespeare Acting
Acting for Singers
Auditioning how to's
Script Analysis
Classical acting
Various acting methods
Classical Flute
Music Theory
Sight Singing
Public Speaking
Stage Dialects
IPA
Speech concerns and options
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Gerie September 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I’m so glad that I found Kristin. She provided a ton of info for my first lesson, and I’m looking forward to continue learning from her.
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Josephine June 10, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Super fun experience with these lessons! Every lesson is comfortable and i’m Seeing positive changes in my voice
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Charlie June 3, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent first lesson. Engaging and fun. Looking forward to the next one!
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Kristin H.

Portland, OR 97217
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$30 / 25-min

About AllyJo F.

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Portland, OR

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HI! I'm AllyJo, I am a vocal coach, musician, actor and writer. I have a studio in SE Portland that I teach out of. I specialize in vocal technique and freeing the voice. I love to help people unlock their talent and discover what they can do vocally. We have a recording studio that students for projects and to track progress. I absolutely love what I do and would love to help you feel more comfortable and confident singing. To learn more about me visit my website allyjo dot com
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AllyJo F.

Portland, OR 97214
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$42 / 30-min

About Benjamin E.

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About Benjamin
Practice is the highest pursuit of humanity.

I have been playing music for 20 years, Teaching for 10. My primary instruments are Ukulele and Guitar, and I love helping people come out of their shells with improvisational singing.

Through my life-long studies of Music, Kung Fu, Dance, Psychology, and Personal Development, I have come to the realization that every moment of every day we are practicing something.

The key to a life of satisfaction then is to ensure that we are practicing the skills that align with our Values, instead of simply robbing us of time. If we can do it joyously, then we have discovered one of the keys of life.

My personal Values include Evolution, Practice, Freedom, Fun, Connection, Wisdom, and Flow.
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Mitch M. November 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
If I had a way to give Ben more than 5 stars, I would give him a perfect 10. He made me feel very comfortable on my first lesson and was very encouraging. I used to play Ukulele a little until a severe stroke. I lost all ability to play and remember any music. I mention this because Ben is very encouraging and he seemed to have fun. This is important to me because it has me wanting my next lesson already. He really is the best of the best.
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Alan S. August 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
First lesson was fantastic. I’m basically a pro now
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Akash April 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson. My son was super tired but Ben got him engaged in the lesson and afterwards my son gave him two thumbs up!
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Benjamin E.

Portland, OR 97219
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About Carrie R.

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Vancouver, WA

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I have played piano since I was 5 years old. I am new to teaching but am excited to develop my teaching style to meet individual students needs. I do not believe there is a one size fits all method of teaching and I want to ensure that first and foremost that you as a student continue to enjoy what you are doing.

Each student will have different genres of music that they enjoy playing. I have a divers background in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary, and even Pop. Whatever you enjoy is what you will learn because I believe this is what will keep a student interested.
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Carrie R.

Carrie R.

Vancouver, WA 98682
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About Jacqueline S.

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Want to learn how to play the piano? Start today!
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Jacqueline S.

Jacqueline S.

Clackamas, OR 97015
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$34 / 30-min

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