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  • Best of '16

    Ease of Play - Guitar Lessons

    (16 reviews)

    I enjoy seeing results in my students' abilities. I feel responsible for their progress, therefore I put forth my best effort in teaching new concepts and reinforcing previously learned concepts. I have endless patience for anyone who tries their best. If you have goals and you want to meet them, it is entirely attainable with a little bit of foresight and plenty of practice. If you have the interest in guitar then I can help direct you to accomplishing your goals! I enjoy helping students develop their overall appreciation of music, guitar, and the learning process. I am able to make sure a student will get a major payoff from all of their hard work! My favorite part of teaching guitar is: seeing a new musical idea clicking with one of my students. I get a vicarious joy out of helping a student gain clarity and understanding. I also really appreciate making connections and seeing my students and their family every week. Every time i'm reminded of how great it is to experience learning a unique, beautiful art. When I finish a lesson, my student leaves with tons of new ideas and ways to look at music, and I can't wait to have them come back with their newly acquired skills to build upon what they've learned!

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  • Best of '16

    Jason Moore Studio

    (11 reviews)

    I offer private guitar, bass and drum lessons. Individually structured lesson plans are designed to make sure that every student gets exactly what they want from music lessons, from jamming around the campfire to playing on stage!

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  • Best of '16

    Montavilla Guitar Studio

    (4 reviews)

    I’m changing the music world by guiding guitarists to reach the highest levels of musicianship. I have a vision of a world of highly skilled guitarists who can excel in any musical situation they encounter, are equipped with the skills to play the music they want to play, and will go on share this movement of guitar excellence with the next generation of guitarists. I love learning about learning. I love seeing the spark of understanding when a new concept rings true with my guitar and bass students. I love that feeling when it happens to me, too. Everyday I strive to learn more about teaching. I am rewarded when I find new ways to get results with my guitar and bass students. Most of all, I love inspiring people to find the talent they never knew they had before.

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  • Best of '16

    David Gauthier

    (1 reviews)

    I offer beginner to intermediate drum and guitar lessons. I do an ergonomic and economic approach to the drum set. This eliminates some bad habits from forming. For guitar, I teach chords, chord scales and fingerpicking as well as blues patterns for both acoustic and electric. Give me a call.

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  • Voice and Piano Lessons with Jesse Cromer

    (31 reviews)

    I am proud to have won both of Thumbtack's Best of 2015 and Best of 2016 awards, thanks to outstanding reviews. Also, I offer training directly from New York City, having graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2009. I can teach (and sing) in any style, and offer a unique, direct, and patient approach to singing. I have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, two Off-Broadway shows, and toured with hip-hop super group Deltron 3030, culminating in a Letterman Show appearance. I live my life to inspire and be inspired. I have the best job in the world. There is nothing more satisfying than watching each individual student grow. From a budding opera singer that flourished, winning spots in every school she auditioned for, to a timid backup singer in a local pop band that has charged to the position of front man, I am eager to be a part of YOUR story.

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  • Emily Haswell - Voice and Piano Lessons

    (29 reviews)

    I listen to my students and tailor lessons to their needs and interests. I look for ways I can help them achieve their goals beyond execution of pieces in lessons. Sometimes this means connecting them with other opportunities or ensembles, helping them transition to being a professional musician, or helping them with auditions for universities (or even encouraging them to go for it). I enjoy guiding curious and passionate people to reach a higher artistic level and also achieve a greater understanding of life. I believe art and music are completely intertwined with the realities of life, and yet transcend them. Art has always pulled me from one day to the next, and it makes me very happy to help others realize or further their passion for it.

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  • Portland Guitar Academy

    (27 reviews)

    I am a patient instructor who wants you grow your skill level and confidence while having fun (at your own pace because every student is different). I want you to see real results with your playing because this will ultimately make playing more fun! I take pride in my continued work in improving myself as an instructor. I regularly meet with other instructors and discuss ways to get the best results for my students. I am a career instructor (not just a guitar player) teaching is a passion for me. It is a great feeling being able to watch as a student's dreams of playing guitar turn into a reality for them. I love being able to coach and help my students bypass many of the struggles I experienced when I was learning to play

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  • Piano Lessons with Jana

    (23 reviews)

    I work very well with all kinds of personalities. While I am comfortable preparing a student for a professional piano career, I feel it is equally important to teach the hobbyist and dabbler. I have worked extensively with adults with developmental delays and with high functioning children. Music reaches us at our core, enabling us believe more strongly in humanity's beauty. I love sitting down one-on-one with a student and focusing on that individual's musical self. It is a privilege to watch the student's fingers learn to express what he/she feels and thinks. I love helping the student bring life to the printed notes on the page and recognize his/herself in the music.

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  • Eliason School of Music

    (19 reviews)

    Eighteen years ago Brian Eliason began teaching Music in the Portland area. As he starting teaching he noticed two big holes in the learning of local students. First he noticed students who could play by ear well but did not understand the reading the notes. Second he noticed students who could read notes but had not developed their ability to play by ear. From this experience he created the Complete Instruction Method, a balanced approach that teaches musicians how to learn music purely by hearing it as well as the skill of reading and understanding sheet music. This balanced, dual approach gives students more tools to achieve higher levels of play, it removes frustration and brings out the joy in experiencing music! The method has caught on and has grown from a studio of a dozen students to a school of 400 students of all ages who now participate in this new approach to learning. The method works for all instruments and currently is being taught at the school for piano, violin, cello, viola and guitar. We welcome you to visit our website or give us a call anytime to find out more about how fun and rewarding it can be to learn music. One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching is listening to music that sounds poor at first and showing someone how to change it and beautify it. It is also very rewarding to watch students love to play their instruments for the pure joy of playing.

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  • Ease of Play - Guitar Lessons

    (16 reviews)

    I enjoy seeing results in my students' abilities. I feel responsible for their progress, therefore I put forth my best effort in teaching new concepts and reinforcing previously learned concepts. I have endless patience for anyone who tries their best. If you have goals and you want to meet them, it is entirely attainable with a little bit of foresight and plenty of practice. If you have the interest in guitar then I can help direct you to accomplishing your goals! I enjoy helping students develop their overall appreciation of music, guitar, and the learning process. I am able to make sure a student will get a major payoff from all of their hard work! My favorite part of teaching guitar is: seeing a new musical idea clicking with one of my students. I get a vicarious joy out of helping a student gain clarity and understanding. I also really appreciate making connections and seeing my students and their family every week. Every time i'm reminded of how great it is to experience learning a unique, beautiful art. When I finish a lesson, my student leaves with tons of new ideas and ways to look at music, and I can't wait to have them come back with their newly acquired skills to build upon what they've learned!

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Thumbtack Spotlight

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

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

  1. #1 Voice and Piano Lessons with Jesse Cromer

    (31 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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  2. #2 Portland Guitar Academy

    (27 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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  3. #3 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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  4. #4 Piano Lessons with Kris

    (20 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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  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 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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  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 Gene Greer

    (8 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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  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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