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I have been teaching music theory for about 20 years. This can be a gateway to arranging, composition and improv plus improving sight-reading skills. I use the many excellent materials from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Students can earn certificates of completion from grade 1 to grade 8. Several practice tests are available to ensure success if a student chooses to participate in the music theory exams.

I customize my teaching to the goals of my students. I can be fun and laid back or very strict and rigorous. I use various methods designed for the goals of my students. I provide performance opportunities through out the year so they can share the joy of music and accomplishment with their friends and family.

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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Portland, OR 97230
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About Michael R.

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Oregon City, OR

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Jazz theory and improvisation

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 teaching 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 enjo
yable 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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Liam August 22, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
He is a great teacher! He truly loves what he does, you can tell! This makes for a great experience for learning...
We can definitely recommend Michael!
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Garrett July 25, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Michael is an awesome teacher. He really listens to his students and teaches them in a very engaged way
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Marina S. June 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Michael takes the time to really understand our daughters interests and goals, and then develops a plan just for her. He takes his job very seriously, and always provides great advice. I would enthusiastically recommend Michael to any saxophone student.
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Michael R.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Ed P.

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About Ed
I have been playing guitar, singing, writing songs and making music for 30+ years. I am not ashamed to say that I am still learning! I have played in dozens of bands in a variety of styles all over the world. I bring a lot of real world experience to the table and can help you prepare to bring your voice and your music to the world. I am fluent in rock, folk, blues, fingerstyle, electric or acoustic, country, bluegrass, jazz and am comfortable working with people of all ages, ideas, backgrounds, cultures, etc.

No matter if you are brand new to the instrument or have been playing for some time, I am sure I can help point you in the direction that you want to go so you can make the music you want to hear coming from your fingers!

*** Lesson Details ***
I trick people into learning the fundamentals while they think they are just lear
ning things they like. I always ask students what they are listening to and what they want to learn, after all, it's their lesson. But I always come back around to emphasizing how and why things work and how a student can use the lesson to learn on their own. Students should expect to be very hands on, to bring lots of questions, to expect a lot, to work hard and have some fun in the process. While it's not rocket science, its music and music is fun but it is also a vast wild wilderness. I want you to be able to play your heart out but also have a good idea of musical knowledge that can help you grow way beyond. I also incorporate various ideas to further learning as appropriate to what you are trying to accomplish including recording, video and use of backing tracks, as just a couple examples.

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I have a variety of gear as needed to complement the lesson, the student should provide their own instrument. If you need help picking one out, I can do that. Getting the right instrument that you are comfortable with is important. There are lots of options out there and instruments have never been more affordable.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide all my own equipment, student should have at least a guitar

*** Specialties ***
I usually use a system based on my assessment of the student's goals and current ability. With the guitar, that will usually include reference to CAGED and some music theory although I don't usually call it that.
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Matt W. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Matt is getting back his enthusiasm for guitar. thanks Ed
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Dawn M. February 12, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My son Joshua has been taking lessons from Ed for a year and a half now and I can see a lot of progress in his playing. He is learning a lot but he makes it fun and interesting for him. I would highly recommend Ed.
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Dawn M. June 7, 2014
· Guitar · In home
My son has has been taking lessons from Ed for about 9 months now. He is a great teacher. He is very patient and really tries to make it fun and keep up his interest.
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Gresham, OR 97080
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About Julia V.

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Have you wondered how music is notated and what all those sharps and flats mean? Would you like to be able to look at a piece of music and know how it sounds and whether it would work for your voice? I can help you with that. With step by step workbooks and 15 minutes of practice a day, you can learn to read music within a few months and know the basics before that.
I recommend adults take from 45 minutes to 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.

About Julia
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.

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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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Stephanie June 20, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Julia is a joy and wonder to work with. She teaches with phenomenal skill and great heart, which makes each lesson easy, productive and fun while really working hard. I look forward to every session and to seeing her as well.
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Anne Marie January 3, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Warm welcome led into warm lesson. Already have 3 key things to work on!
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Neely M. October 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
Thanks for the great lessons for Neely!
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Portland, OR 97218
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About Bryan L.

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Time will be spent learning the science of music and applying it to playing music.

About Bryan
Bryan is a lifelong student trained in both Contemporary and Classical methodology. Bryan's extensive education paired with his passion for music make him the perfect teacher for any student. Bryan's love for music started at a young age. He began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10 learning the basics. This knowledge has served as the basis for all of his musical training as it provided a strong backbone of fundamental skills to build upon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2005, he practiced and perfected the classical approach to music. Bryan's education continued at the Musicians Institute based in the music capital of the world, Los Angeles. Here he diversified his music skills with vigorous training in the contemporary study of music. This contrast allows Bryan to teach everything from Rock n' Roll to Beethoven!


Bryan Specializes in the guitar and Bass Guitar; however, he is proficient in piano and drums as well. His interests range from simply perfecting the art of guitar playing, to composing modern music for entire bands. Additionally, Bryan's expertise extends into the technological side of recording and producing music. Thorough knowledge of popular computer programs allows Bryan to complete almost any music related task.

Bryan has been teaching private lessons for the past 10 years.

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I am an incredibly patient teacher with only one goal in mind: help the student progress steadily! For this reason, every students lessons will be different. However, a typical lesson will aim to improve on 4 basic categories... Guitar technique and dexterity, Music Theory / Improvisation, Learning students favorite Songs, and Personal projects. Personal projects can range from writing songs, to recording songs, or to learning the basics of other instruments.

As a lifetime musician I have a very good idea of what works for most students. However, my goal is to be YOUR teacher, and I will focus on whatever it is that interests you the most!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is made up of high quality equipment. It currently includes electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, BASS Guitars, baritone guitars, a piano, Mac computers and a Professional PA system. There is also a ton of peripheral equipment including amplifiers, effects pedals, a Drum machine and stereo equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can Provide Everything for Guitar players. I recommend an amplifier, tuner and a cable.

*** Specialties ***
I am particularly proficient in Rock Guitar and Music Theory. I specialize in songwriting as an application of Music Theory.
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Hadley H. September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My grandaughter is very happy wth her first lesson and has been practising! Bryan motivated her!!! Thanks
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Devin H. December 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
I highly recommend Bryan

If you are looking for guitar lessons then Bryan is your guy. I have been taking lessons from him for 6 months now and had no experience prior. I have learned a lot from him and not just about playing a guitar but music in general. I highly recommend Bryan.
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NickL April 6, 2012
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Bryan has been a very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible guitar teacher. He uses my interests and questions to drive lesson content. I find personally that understanding the music theory behind what I'm learning to play is very helpful, so we've spent a lot of time breaking things down. He's very knowledgeable. He also does a good job of explaining how he uses his intuition as a guitar player and musician, which helps me develop intuition of my own.I would definitely recommend Bryan!
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Bryan L.

Portland, OR 97223
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About Vaughn B.

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Vancouver, WA
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Rhythm, harmony, composition.

About Vaughn
As a 2014 Berklee College of Music graduate and someone who loves teaching, my goal is to help students find their own joy of playing the drum kit and other percussion instruments. My job is to teach students various styles of music; music theory; technique; and to have fun!
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Vaughn B.

Vancouver, WA 98662
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$25 / 30-min

About Anna S.

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Portland, OR

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I graduated from CU Denver with a musical performance degree. In my lessons you'll learn the circle of 5ths, intervals, how to take those intervals and build chords, meter, key signatures, major and relative minor keys, labeling chord types and how they work in chord charts, how secondary dominants function,scales, modes, counterpoint etc.

Music theory can be mind boggling but I like stress the fundamentals and use those to make the more advance parts of music theory less overwhelming

About Anna
My name is Anna Smith, I am a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, pianist, banjo and mandolin player. I graduated at the University of Colorado with a Bachelors of Music Performance, and an emphasis in Songwriting

As a professional musician I've released 3 albums with my band Birds of a Feather Circus House and Ancient Elk. I have gone on a few national tours. Received runner up in the 2011 Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival Songwriting competition.

I've performed in several different types of bands ranging from Folk, Bluegrass, Psych Rock, Electronic and Funk/R&B/Soul. The versatility I've gained from this makes it easy to help my students customize what they want to learn.

Vocal students will learn proper technique, healthy vocal habits, an emphasis in breath control. I teach students how to find their voice, and how to best use it w
ith techniques that will increase their vocal range, improve tone, diction and pitch.

Guitar students: I can teach the basics of reading music, chords, scales, modes, picking patterns. I have experience in performing a number of guitar styles from folk, bluegrass, flat picking, finger style, travis-picking, bossa nova, jazz, pop, blues/lead guitar

Piano students: I can teach beginning/intermediate piano students how to read music, play scales, chords, learn contemporary songs of the students choice.

Songwriting students: I can help you become a better songwriter by teaching you different song forms, assigning various songwriting prompts, exploring poetic/lyrical devises, learn about publishing and licensing your music.

I love to mentor students in finding their own voice, increase level of confidence and expand their range of musicality.
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Anna S.

Portland, OR 97217
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About Jeff J.

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I like to give students a good solid theoretical foundation first, then build to confirm with the students specific goals.

About Jeff
Starting with my first music lessons at age 7, I've spent the last 40 plus years studying and performing music. I studied classical guitar with well-known Cuban virtuoso, Carlos Molina & Adam Holtzman. I've performed with some of the music world’s greats such as blues legend Bo Diddley, The Platters, The Coasters, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash), Bonnie Raitt as well as jazz greats Randy Brecker, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Pam Laws & Marcus Roberts. Since moving to the Portland area in April 2015 I've performed with the Portland Wind Symphony, The Hillsboro Symphony, The Minidoka Swing Band, for Nike at the Olympic trials, on jazz night at WineUp on Williams downtown. & innumerable private performances. As a teacher, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Florida State University and after teaching middle school in F
lorida, spent 18 years as a teacher trainer in Japan for a major English school chain specializing in children ages 1 ½ on up.
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Portland, OR 97229
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About Joni C.

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Learn to read notes, identify key signatures, roman numeral analysis, rhythm, chords and harmony, and notate melodies of your own or your favorite tunes!

About Joni
Joni Clare is a performing vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. She studied the instruments of voice and piano at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor of Art degree in music. Her vocal repertoires started in classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel and later specialized in extended vocal technique, experimental improvisation, composition, songwriting, and vocal pedagogy. Her piano repertoires have included classical and popular music.

Clare has been performing for eight years ranging from back-up singing, collaborative projects, and singing/playing keys in her band, The City Pines. She released her first album 'Dividing Silence' in 2012 and EP 'Harvest' in 2015 and is currently performing and recording music with her band in Portland, Oregon.

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s down to earth and has a strong, eclectic sound mixing original soul singing with classical and experimental training. She helps you build awareness and conscious control of the singing muscles while expanding the vocal range. Under her guidance you'll explore colors and resonation in relationship to tuning. The goal is to establish a free, confident voice through opening up choice and decision making with an understanding of your instrument!
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Drew August 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Joni is an amazing teacher! I studied with her for over 4 months, and it was an absolute pleasure to build my singing skills. She helped me find what I wanted from my lessons, and then helped me tackle my goals. She has no problem explaining as much or little as you are inclined to learn. I hope to take lessons with her again some time in the future. Thank you for all your help Joni. You rock!
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Drew April 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Joni is a great fit for my singing goals. I can't wait until our next lesson!
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Kevin W. October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Joni is a wonderful teacher to work with. Her passion for music and her drive and dedication to helping you achieve your goals show up so clearly in every lesson with her.

It also seems clear to me that she comes at this not from any strict tradition or method but as someone who has learned very well the science behind how the voice and singing work. How the body works as a whole. She then uses that knowledge and her skills to pull forward whatever will work best for any particular goal you have. She will not only show you what to do but she will be sure you understand why you are doing it.

I for one feel lucky to have found her here on Takelessons. I am confident you would feel the same.
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Portland, OR 97214
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About Ezra S.

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From music fundamentals to music analysis and songwriting, these lessons will equip you with all the tools you need to begin creating your own music.

About Ezra
I currently work as a remote mentor at Pyramind, a music production company in San Francisco.

My goal as a teacher is to unlock the creative potential within people. I believe that music education should empower the student to bring the contents of their imagination into full expression. Discipline and practice is only half the battle. You will learn all of the fundamentals of music theory, but the fun really begins when we start looking at your favorite songs and learning how to incorporate those ideas into your own creative process.

As a performing musician, I have fifteen years experience writing music for bands, studio recording, pressing cds and vinyl through record labels, touring nationally, writing and publishing two books on music theory, giving public talks for large audiences, and have been featured as interview guest on
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Jessica September 14, 2017
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Ezra is a great teacher, he breaks down complex music theory concepts and make them more digestible and fun. He's one of those rare intellectuals that is patient and empathic, which shows in his teaching style.
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· Music Theory · Online
Very informative, great work!!
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Vanessa September 13, 2017
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Ezra views life through the eyes of magic and mystery. Anything he teaches will be a moving experience and I highly recommend learning from such a great teacher.
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Ezra S.

Portland, OR 97214
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Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory

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