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Chuck M offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

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...Chuck began piano lessons at age 12 at a time when The Beatles caught his attention. His first attempt at composing was actually improvising melodies over the ending chords to "Hey Jude". ... Read More

Marianne P offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Marianne P

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...I have always enjoyed helping students play better. My private teaching career began in 1978 and continues to the present. It is always more fun for the student it they understand why something is important and what the long term benefits are for them. ... Read More

William A offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

William A

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...I have found that when students like the pieces they are playing, they will put more effort into learning them and therefore will develop their skills more quickly and completely. ... Read More

Lee E offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Lee E

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...For the guitar, I like to incorporate these concepts with chordal exercises as well, such as playing progressions to let the student's fingers grow accustomed to their forms.... Read More

Angela O offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Angela O

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...I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Music Education from Wartburg College in 2004.  I then moved to Wisconsin where I was a middle school and high school choir director for seven years.  There I taught chorus, private and group voice lessons, piano class, general music class, and also organized the middle school talent show.  I later moved on to Hawaii where I taught private voice and piano lessons through Musikgarten Hawaii.... Read More

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