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Dr. Kathleen L offers violin lessons in Portland, OR

Dr. Kathleen L


...She has over twenty years of teaching experience, including Indiana University, Davis & Elkins College, and George Fox University. Kathleen is also a Fulbright Scholar who completed dissertation research on Celtic fiddling in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. ... Read More

Elisa B offers violin lessons in Portland, OR

Elisa B


...I think that both the process of learning and the end goal are important. I like to balance musical enjoyment and technical training in my teaching method. ... Read More

Lyra C offers violin lessons in Portland, OR

Lyra C


...Playing the guitar gave me the tools i needed to express my emotions in a healthy manner, and I wish to share these tools with everyone that I can. ... Read More

Kai A offers violin lessons in Portland, OR

Kai A


...In 4th grade I got a recorder and from then on I've soaked up all the music experiences around me. I fondly remember my first solo performance was 5th grade, and my first honor band was that summer.... Read More

Mark W offers violin lessons in Portland, OR

Mark W


...I now teach piano and violin (and occasionally voice) full-time. For beginning and intermediate students, I select a method book series that best complements there learning style and skills.... Read More

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