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Featured Piano Teachers Near Portland, OR

Here are just a few of the many teachers offering Piano lessons in Portland . Whether you are looking for beginner guitar lessons for your kids, or are an adult wanting to improve your skills, the instructors in our network are ready to help you now!

Dr. Kathleen L offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Dr. Kathleen L

Instruments: Piano Violin Viola Fiddle

Kathleen's teaching style seeks to draw out what is most interesting to students and build from there. Drawing from the Suzuki, Galamian, and Flesch methods, she encourages students to follow their interests to learn how it all fits together. She feels that the joy of learning music is contagious and looks for ways to get students plugged into local performing groups as well as helping the whole family find ways to play together. Read More

Rory K offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Rory K

Instruments: Piano Guitar Bass Guitar Ukulele Electric Guitar Classical Guitar Acoustic Guitar

With new students, my first goal is to surmise what they have learned thus far. I then "fill in the gaps" to get them up to speed, which depending on their skill level, can take one lesson or many lessons. For younger students who need more inspiration to be able to do that sort of catch-up work, I attempt to balance the fun with the learning. Learning instrument technique can be tedious, so I do my best to help my students be aware of their weaknesses and play to their strengths, to work smarter, not always harder. Read More

Elisa B offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Elisa B

Instruments: Piano Guitar Violin Cello Viola Ukulele Electric Violin Fiddle Acoustic Guitar

Each student is their own personality and I enjoy seeing how the music making unfolds with them in the process of learning. Each student gets their own unique weekly practice program based on their age and level. I am encouraging and patient teacher. I also see to it that my students get to their own goals by time. I want to make sure that my students have a firm foundation that holds when students advance further in their studies. Read More

Sarah G offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Sarah G

Instruments: Piano

I tend to emphasize piano theory and lots and LOTS of practice for my methods I link to success. Piano theory and understanding the circle of fifths and chords with their relative minors, etcetera are extremely important as building blocks to a good knowledge base, especially if you'll be composing. I find that learning how to read sheet music takes a while, but is extremely essential in order to behind fluent in practice. Read More

Lyra C offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Lyra C

Instruments: Piano Guitar Violin Bass Guitar

When I teach I enjoy seeing my students express their emotions through their music, and develope a passion for their instrument. That passion is so very magical, and I aim to encourage this with personalized lesson plans hinging off of the musical stylings of a musicians that my student is interested in so they can begin to build a unique and passionate style of their own. Most of all I believe that its important to have fun with music, which is why I consider improvisation an important part of my curriculum. Read More

Kristin H offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Kristin H

Instruments: Piano Voice Flute Piccolo

I have taught in four states and two countries. I have been teaching in Portland for two years after graduating with my Master's degree here. Read More

Joseph A offers Piano lessons in   Portland, OR

Joseph A

Instruments: Piano Guitar Bass Guitar Ukulele

I'm a fun and energetic guitarist who specializes in gypsy jazz and music composition. I play in several swing bands around Portland and have been for over 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in music composition from PSU university. When I teach music I focus on first helping students meet their goals, whether it's play a rock song or improvise or read music, I feel every student learns at their own pace and I simply act as a facilitator to guide the student on their own musical path. Read More

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Kevin C

Instruments: Piano Trumpet Trombone Ukulele Recorder Euphonium Music Keyboard

What is your dream piece to perform and why?
Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This piece of music is one of the most popular programmatic pieces due to it's wild story about the artist. I love how it has been brassy sections in the march and dances as well as singing motives in the ball dances.

If you have a Music Degree, what is it in (Performance, Education, Musicology, Theory, Composition, etc) and why did you choose that degree?
I have an Music Degree in Music Education. This means I learned how to teach others how to play instruments, even ones that aren't the trombone. I chose this degree because I wanted to share the ability to create music with others rather than expect others to listen to my music. Music expresses emotions that are beyond words and pictures, and no one should be restricted from that expression.

Why did you choose your primary instrument?
I chose the trombone in fourth grade because I thought it was a funny looking instrument and was simple because it did't have any valves or keys. I also chose it because I love how beautifully it can be played, almost like it was singing. On the other hand, it is a lot of fun to play it loud and booming, like in Star Wars' Imperial March.

When will I start to see results?
When learning music, set a goal with many steps in between. This way you can track your own progress. You could make this goal a one-year goal or a weekend goal, the important part is staying committed to the steps it takes to get there. Another option would be to record yourself playing your instrument the day you set your goal and to record yourself throughout the time period and once the goal has been achieved. The trick here is to not listen to the recordings until you are all done.

How do I know if my child is ready to start lessons?
Any student is able to start lessons. If you are concerned that they are unable to start lessons, sit in on the lesson(s) with them. Some students need their parent to be their while they transition to learning something new with a new teacher. Any student of any age can learn anything, so long as they have the tools given to them and someone to guide them.

What advice do you have about practicing effectively?
Make practicing enjoyable. Make a clear schedule or set of goals for your practicing. This could be a two-month goal leading up to a concert or just a 30-minute goal for daily practice. Then write down steps on how to achieve that goal on a sheet of paper. Once you have a good list of steps, try adding in additional steps in between. This way, you take more steps to achieve a goal, but each step is a little easier. If these steps become boring and you feel like practicing is becoming boring or feels like a chore, set your instrument down and take a short five-minute break. It is good to stay positive while practicing. Keeping yourself in check with your list to achieve your goal will help you practice effectively.

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