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Best of 2016

Browse these lessons with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Portland, OR.

  1. #1 Ease of Play - Guitar Lessons

    (16 reviews)

    Lorissa R.

    Awesome! My son likes Evan a lot and is super excited about learn guitar from him. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone learning guitar!

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  2. #2 Jason Moore Studio

    (11 reviews)

    Eva A.

    Jason is a genius guitar player and musician. He is able to compose the music into bite size pieces that you are able to understand. Best guitar instructor that I have had and I highly recommend him.

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  3. #3 David Gauthier

    (1 reviews)

    Dean C.

    I enjoy Davids approach. I am looking forward to working with him more.

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  4. #4 Montavilla Guitar Studio

    (4 reviews)

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Aaron Wolf, guitar lessons & music science

(11 reviews)

What do you love about your job?

As a private music teacher, I get to work with a wide variety of students. Rather than stick to a restricted lesson plan dictated to me by some bureaucracy, I get to adapt to the interests and pace of each student. I keep things fresh and engaged by always sharing whatever most excites and interests me, so I'm always growing along with my students. I love the sense of awe and inspiration that I see on my students' faces when I teach them about music perception and the physics of music. Suddenly, everything makes so much more sense compared to the plain memorizing of chord shapes or other simplistic rote approaches they got from generic sources.

What or who inspired you to start your own business?

My own teacher had his own business and actively encouraged me to follow in his steps. I had lots of doubts, but I did my homework. After thinking that I had things okay, I still wondered about what was in those many books about running your own business. So I went to the library and started reading a lot. No particular source was superb, but after reviewing dozens of books about the music-teaching business and hundreds of titles about music teaching generally, I picked up lots of little hints and ideas. In the end, I found the most success running the business my own way, figuring out policies that felt most consistent with my own ethical values. When I moved to a new city, Thumbtack was a major help in getting reestablished.

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Best of 2015

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  1. #1 Piano Lessons with Jana

    (23 reviews)

    Wendy W.

    Having Jana as a teacher has been a wonderful experience. I used to hate piano, but now I am excited for my lesson every week. Instead of teachers that make you do what they want, Jana gives me options. We tried jazz, baroque, pop music and more. She lets me use her own piano books and gives specific tips. Jana has taught me so many different areas of music. We also have fun. She always comes with a smile on her face. She always comes when we need her to(even on short notice.) Jana teaches piano theory, technique and music (of course!) When we did pop music, she bought the song I was playing on I-Tunes just so that she could help me with it even better. Jana has without a doubt, been my favorite piano teacher ever!

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  2. #2 Voice and Piano Lessons with Jesse Cromer

    (28 reviews)

    Richard P.

    Jesse is an amazing vocalist who has an inspiring enthusiasm for helping his clients become a great singers/musicians. In session relaxed and confident because of his approach. even in one session I've learned so much to put me on the path to becoming fantastic at singing. He is a fun guy, very attentive to my individual needs as a vocalist and anybody would be lucky to get such quality lessons at a rate as modest as his.

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  3. #3 Piano Lessons with Kris

    (19 reviews)

    Elizabeth B.

    I am so happy to have found Kris as my daughter's piano teacher! She is 8 years old, had some introductory, minimal piano lessons at a summer camp last year so basically a beginner student. We started once-a-week lessons in January and 4 months later...L loves playing the piano! She plays when she is getting ready for school, she plays when she gets home from school. I have to remind her about the week's lesson but more importantly, she is experimenting and enjoying making music and this is encouraged by Kris as well as the fundamentals. I have seen her confidence grow, be proud of her development, and practice towards a goal. Since the lessons, when she listens to music she sometimes tries to play the chords or mimic playing it while we are in the car. I can tell she is thinking about how she could play songs she enjoys. Wow! Kris is patient, focused on the student, provides clear guidance and tailors the lessons to her level. For example, if she needs more time to practice a newer concept, he understands this. He also challenges L to stretch her ability a bit each week which is perfect for her personality. He has a calm, positive, and encouraging presence. I am so appreciative of his dependability and flexibility to make up a lesson the two times we weren't able to make our scheduled lesson due to scheduled events. It's clear he cares about the consistency of her lessons/practice and is reasonable about the occasional scheduling hiccups in families. I highly recommend Kris!

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  4. #4 Gene Greer

    (7 reviews)

    Joe W.

    I studied guitar with Gene for two years, until some transportation issues (living further away and deciding to go car-free) made it tough for me to make it to lessons. Gene was patient, dedicated, organized and kind- wonderful qualities in any teacher, and especially good if you're trying to develop those same qualities in your approach to guitar. I made much more progress in my time with Gene than during many years of unstructured playing on my own. It really helps (helps me, anyway) to have someone there to encourage you and keep you moving in the right direction. Thanks, Gene!

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  5. #5 Edge Movement Arts

    (13 reviews)

    David S.

    Jessica is an incredible person and instructor. One of the only people to modivate me to want to better myself. She is always there for me. Thank you Jessica, you are changing my life for the better.

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  6. #6 Portland Guitar Academy

    (25 reviews)

    Lesley B.

    Working with Samantha is both fun and easy. She is very encouraging and genuinely interested in my progress. She has helped me understand music theory in a way that I can apply it to my guitar playing which has made the experience very worthwhile!

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  7. #7 Grant Richards Piano Lessons

    (9 reviews)

    Miranda M.

    Grant is a wonderful teacher! He is easy going and very talented... as well as funny! His personality combined with true talent make him a great choice for any age.

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  8. #8 Aaron Wolf, guitar lessons & music science

    (11 reviews)

    Louis A.

    Aaron has been very good at getting me to unlearn some bad habits and cover the basics of flamenco guitar in a very short amount of time. His personality and mine seem to be very complementary. I like his technical explanations of material but also ability to pull back and just play some music. I should practice more between sessions more to get the most out of it.

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  9. #9 Gay Otey

    (6 reviews)

    Brenda G.

    Gay is wonderful. She works with our busy schedule, travels to us in a difficult-to-find location, and listens to my daughter (7 years old) to bring the perfect instruction for skill development while maintaining inspiration for playing the piano.

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