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  • Kyle Shipp's Music Studio

    Kyle Shipp's Music Studio

    Portland, OR 97211

    5.0 (4)

    Over twenty years of playing all my taught instruments has shown me there is not one specific way to teach music to every person, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in! I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.  In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for
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  • Nick Layton Guitar Lessons

    Nick Layton Guitar Lessons

    Vancouver, WA 98682

    5.0 (3)

    I'm passionate about seeing my students get results. The joy of making progress towards ones musical goals is exciting for the student and for the teacher, and the positive energy created spills into many other areas of life.  My lessons focus on building a solid foundation in technique, harmony & theory and vocabulary. Once we determine what the students goals are I create a plan customized for each student that is fun, challenging and effective. I've been teaching for over 15 years in music stores and private studios in California and Washington state. Several of my students have go
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  • Adrian's Music

    Adrian's Music

    Portland, OR 97201

    5.0 (2)

    My teaching approach: instruction is my forte. We talk. We play. I work w/ you to recommend a path to follow that will lead you to your musical destinations. I have group classes available as well. I love bringing music into people's lives. Sometimes it's through performance (I play professionally) but I'm particularly passionate about teaching. I enjoy working with beginners as well as advanced players (and everyone inbetween). I have two studios (NE and SE Portland, OR). One teachings space is at 5511 N. Albina Ave. the other is at 3130 SE. Hawthorne. I have a sliding scale for lessons. We c
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  • Fletcher Music Services

    Fletcher Music Services

    Hillsboro, OR 97124

    5.0 (1)

    My name is Geoff Arnold and I have a professional musical career spanning 40 years in touring and recording studio work, and 30 years teaching experience (including college music educator) and I would love to guide you in learning to play music. I teach multiple instruments: Guitar, Bass and Piano. And I have played all three for no less than 45 years. I will partner with you to learn to play. If you are a beginner, we will walk you through everything you need to establish a solid foundation with all the right ingredients, starting with the basics and working into songs you want to play. Fo
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  • Center Stage Music School

    Center Stage Music School

    Vancouver, WA 98661

    5.0 (1)

  • Music Lessons Portland

    Music Lessons Portland

    Portland, OR 97214

    5.0 (1)

    All instructors have a minimum of a BA in music in the instrument they teach and most have over ten years of teaching experience! Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring? All materials for first lesson (barring the students instrument) are included in this offer. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? The founding director of Music Lessons Portland recently relocated to the states following a ten year management position teaching English in Europe through musical modailties. What do you love most about your job? We operate on the principle th
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  • Doug's Lessons In Jamming Out

    Doug's Lessons In Jamming Out

    Portland, OR 97215

    Guitar & Drum lessons that are super effective, straight-to-the-point, and engaging.  I specialize in rock, pop, alternative, reggae, and metal.  -- Don't let the old teaching methods tire you out.  Let's forget about practicing or memorizing the traditional things that "all musicians need to know" and go straight to accomplishing your personal goals.  I'll guide you as we go directly into playing along with your favorite songs, and you'll see why my style is so much more engaging.  Some of my principles are: 1) Most songs are based on an easy-to-follow formula.&n
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  • Danny Small Guitar Lessons

    Danny Small Guitar Lessons

    Vancouver, WA 98660

    My teaching approach: I take a very personal approach with each individual student. First and foremost, I talk to them about their goals and what they want from playing guitar, or musically in general. Then, I develop a lesson plan based on what their goals and desires are. With each lesson, I give the student the opportunity to choose if they'd like to review a past lesson or lessons, or if they'd prefer to move on to new material. I've found this approach really helps students absorb material easier and tend to feel less overwhelmed. This approach also gives students direct control over thei
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  • R.J. Young Guitar Lessons

    R.J. Young Guitar Lessons

    Happy Valley, OR 97086

    My teaching approach: I teach a wide variety of information to make my students into well-rounded guitarists. I teach songs, reading music, scales, theory, chords and more chords, songwriting and improvisation. I have a curriculum that I have developed over many years of teaching. My influences are: I love all music. I love alternative country, alternative rock, classic rock, hard rock, jazz and experimental music. I studied classical composition while I was a music major. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I h
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  • Christian Johnson Guitar Lesosns

    Christian Johnson Guitar Lesosns

    Happy Valley, OR 97086

    My teaching approach: GIT graduate 1979. I customize lessons for the individual. I have played on stage in bands since 7th grade My influences are: Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Richie Blackmore, Eric Johnson, George Benson, many more My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: West Linn, Or Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Slide Guitar, Fingerstyle, Open tuning, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar Your
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  • Kenny Lavitz Guitar Lessons

    Kenny Lavitz Guitar Lessons

    West Linn, OR 97068

    My teaching approach: I have been playing professionally & teaching for many years. I have toured all over the world with different acts & now make my living playing & teaching here in Portland, OR. Lessons are at three different locations. I bring a lifetime of experience & enthusiasm to every lesson & will help you play what You want to play! My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales a
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  • Mark Hanson Guitar Lessons

    Mark Hanson Guitar Lessons

    Happy Valley, OR 97086

    My teaching approach: Grammy-Award winning acoustic guitarist. I've written two dozen guitar instructional manuals and DVDs, most published by our company, Accent On Music LLC. I have taught private and group lessons since the '70s. I run the Accent On Music Guitar Seminar in Portland every July, and have performed with the best in my field. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: 1) Studio: West Linn, Oregon (503) 69 2) Pioneer Music, 6000 Stark SE Portland, Oregon Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Ope
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  • William Jenks Guitar Lessons

    William Jenks Guitar Lessons

    Happy Valley, OR 97086

    My teaching approach: University Trained Instructors Our instructors hold college degrees and have extensive teaching experience. Most importantly, our students have a proven track record of success because we are careful to only select well-trained, courteous, and patient instructors to be part of our teaching staff. All Ages, Styles, and Levels Our current students range from 5 years old to many students in their 60's and 70's. We currently teach beginner through advanced levels in guitar, piano, voice, and banjo. We are careful to teach you the necessary skills every music student needs to
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  • James Varieur Guitar Lessons

    James Varieur Guitar Lessons

    Happy Valley, OR 97086

    My teaching approach: Teaching philosophy: I believe in confidence building and using that confidence as the force to accomplish goals. I assess what a student's interests are and gauge where their confidence level is. I then cultivate and grow this confidence within the student by helping them play the things they are interested in. It could be a theme from a movie or something they heard on the radio. Many of the songs people hear everyday are surprisingly simple. Whatever it may be I can break it down and make it playable for even the most timid beginner. Each small success builds and rein
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  • Justin Price Guitar Lessons

    Justin Price Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97224

    My teaching approach: In addition to performing and touring ins everal acts over the years, I am also a music instructor. I tend to be laid back, but, do insist on fairly consistent practice schedules. I am more then happy to allow students to choose certain songs to work on, as long as they are willing to do the excercises needed to attain the skill level to play those songs. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Beaveron Music Services in beaverton, my house in Milwaukie, or your house/office Guitar Techniques: Song
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  • William Hart Guitar Lessons

    William Hart Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: I offer year-round private lessons to individuals and small groups of 2-3 students, as well as, community instruction performed in classroom settings during the summer months of the year. My primary approach to teaching is to provide music lessons in a manner which promotes ease of access, rapid learning and a continuing sense of achievement, thereby addressing the core benefits that long-term students value most. My influences are: I have many influences ranging from classical to heavy rock. They include; Andres Segovia, Randy Rhoads, Roy Clark, Van Halen, Joe Satria
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  • Tim Mackey's Tigard String Studio

    Tim Mackey's Tigard String Studio

    Portland, OR 97224

    My teaching approach: Please go to my webiste: http://www.bandmix.com/tim-mackey My influences are: Chet Atkins, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Charlie Byrd, Les Paul, Roy Clark, Tony Mottola My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I own Tigard String Studio, where I teach Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Banjo. 5 Min. SW of Portland. Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Vocal Accompaniment,
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  • Rock Dojo

    Rock Dojo

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: The Ultimate Rock Guitar Dojo for Kids is a fun and systematic method for developing kids’ rock guitar playing skills. Here at the Dojo, students go through five levels of rock guitar ability ranging from the untested white belt all the way through the road worn black belt. My students master the fundamentals like: rhythm, rock history, improvisation, repertoire, ensemble playing, music theory, and ear training. My influences are: My influences are musicians like Steve Cropper, Jimi Hendrix, and Grant Green. In addition, I'm influenced by educators like Dr. Barbara Oa
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  • William Marsh Guitar Lessons

    William Marsh Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. In my 15 years of performing, I have toured extensively throughout the United States, as well as performances in Europe, Australia and East Asia. I have been teaching privately for 9 years, during which I co-owned and co-directed Harmony Roadhouse Studios, a lesson school in Eugene. Lessons will take place in my safe, clean and comfortable studio at the Falcon Art Community at N. Albina and Killingsworth. My influences are: I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, but my favorites inc
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  • Anne Weiss Music

    Anne Weiss Music

    Portland, OR 97215

    My teaching approach: My guitar/voice/piano/songwriting/musicality teaching style is student centered, meaning that I focus on the student's main interests, enthusiasms, and learning style and help build their musical skills and knowledge from there. My greatest areas of expertise are folk, blues, and related genres. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach in my home near S.E. Division and 72nd, or Artichoke Music on 31st/SE Hawthorne Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Song Writing, Recordin
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  • Dylan Pagillo Guitar Lessons

    Dylan Pagillo Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: I have been teaching guitar for over two years. I have had students from 6 - 60. I specialize in classical guitar, but I have plenty of experience teaching and performing various styles including rock, jazz, folk, finger picking, and percussive steel string. In addition to these playing styles I also teach music theory, and song writing. My influences are: Radiohead, Steve Howe, Sonic Youth, J.S. Bach (I have a tattoo of his portrait!) Francisco Tarrega, Kaki King, Antoine Dufour. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Le
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  • Aaron Wolf Guitar Lessons

    Aaron Wolf Guitar Lessons

    Oregon City, OR 97045

    Along with standard approaches, my lessons have a special focus on the psychology and science of music. Music making is about how the human mind processes things like rhythm and harmony, the way we form patterns and expectations, and the way emotions and social associations affect our experiences. I also emphasize creative exploration. I have a classical guitar degree and experience with lots of other styles. I spent a couple years in a full-time pop/rock/jam band. I've reviewed over 800 books on guitar and music education and known many other teachers, so I know what's out there otherwise. My
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  • Todd McNamee Guitar Lessons

    Todd McNamee Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: Lessons are based on what the student wants to learn. Some students are learning songwriting. Some are learning lead metal guitar ala Eddie Van Halen. Some are learning classical music and music theory. I also teach piano and have several students learning both instruments at once. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach in my studio in Southeast Portland Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisa
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  • Zachariah Meints Guitar Lessons

    Zachariah Meints Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: Fun. Theory. Fun. We learn something that sounds good;a song, riff or scale to stoke the fire. Then some theory to put it in context and build versatility, which leads us back to fun. I've been teaching nearly three years and playing nearly 15. I've taught at the Paul Green School of Rock for a year, instructing students as young as 6, as well as privately around Multnomah county. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I primarily teach in NE Portland, although occasionally
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  • Doc Fleetwood Guitar Lessons

    Doc Fleetwood Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: I have taught for 38 years. I practice what I call "prescriptive teaching". The purpose is to determine your interests, background and learning style and and build lessons that provide you with the tools and guidance to become the musician you want to be. I love introducing youngsters to the joy of making music, and helping adults realize that lifelong dream of making music. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach at Uptown Music in Keizer, Or and Cadenza Academy in SE Portland, OR Gu
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  • Don Corey Guitar Lessons

    Don Corey Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97206

    My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach @ my home, Uptown Music (8665 SW Canyon Rd Portland , Or ) , and Portland Music /south east Guitar Techniques: Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Performance, Fingerpicking, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar

  • Rick Klaras Guitar Lessons

    Rick Klaras Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97206

    My teaching approach: I provide a customized, balanced guitar curriculum that will help you learn the things you're interested in without neglecting important fundamentals. I make learning the guitar fun and easy for my students. I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and teaching for 15. My influences are: Like many guitarists, I love classic rock such as Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Jethro Tull, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. Lately, I've been listening to Son Lux, Michael Nyman, Timber Timbre, Aesop Rock, Tubeway Army, and Tame Impala. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio
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  • Ethan Pierce Guitar Lessons

    Ethan Pierce Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: It's always a good time to start learning. I can help you at any phase of your musical career, from the first time you touch an instrument to woodshedding those chops for the big gig. My influences are: Many influences from many different styles, backrounds and genres. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: all over PDX Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills,
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  • Josh Taylor Guitar Lessons

    Josh Taylor Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97201

    My teaching approach: From Guitar Lessons Made Simple, you get a combination of playing your own favorite music AND foundational techniques like chords, notes, theory and all that good stuff. Why be stuck in a rut, let's embrace the best of both worlds. Mondays and Tuesdays are best for me at the studio I teach out in Gresham. Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: I go through the basic chords, and ask if they've had any other musical background with note-reading or anything like that which can help. If they're already past that stage we dig right in to more advanced m
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  • Dan Cooke Guitar Lessons

    Dan Cooke Guitar Lessons

    Portland, OR 97224

    My teaching approach: The instrument is just that, an instrument you use to create music. But to really be able to play it well you need to understand music, styles, techniques used to produce certain sounds and effects. I teach on both electric and acoustic guitars. I play on Stat, tele, LP's, semi hollow and full hollow body guitars for electrics. Acoustics I teach on steel strings and nylon strings. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Areas of Portland, Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, Sherwood,
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Portland Guitar Lessons

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Portland Guitar Instruction

Geoff Arnold · Portland, OR


What or who inspired you to start teaching?

My name is Geoff Arnold, and I come from a musical family and began learning with formal classical piano lessons from a renown concert pianist. Within a couple years, I began playing drums, and then guitar and bass, all of which I continue to play, and teach, to this day.

I began teaching, initially as a way to earn money during down time between tours in my musical career. It soon came to me that I am good at sharing information, in part because I had been playing music nearly my whole life, and understand the "language" of music very well, like a second native spoken language.

What do you love most about your job?

The thing I love most about teaching music, it is not a "job" to me, it is a calling, is helping people learn an appreciation for music they can't have simply listening to it. Now they begin to understand what is going on in the songs they hear, and even come to recognize what the instruments are doing musically, theoretically, on some level. How amazing is that?

And since schools are cutting musical education programs, it is even more important people such as myself are out there to inspire a love for listening to and playing music.

What types of students have you worked with?

The kind of students I work with has ranged from the young (6 years old is the youngest I'll teach, and only for piano; all other instruments I start at 8-10 years) on up to retired people seeking to remain active in their later years. And nothing keeps the mind engaged more than playing music!

Tell us about your passion for teaching

I live and breathe music, and have played music for over 53 years, since I was eight years old. It has never been out of my life since starting the journey. I play every day, I learn every day (and even learn from my students, too!), and I grow better and better in playing and writing music. I will continue to write, perform and teach for the remainder of my years on earth, all to bring just one more person into the world of creating music!

What advice would you give aspiring students?

For anyone who wishes to learn to play music, you have to understand it is a commitment. You won't sound great on day One... or Two. Above all, I am honest with my students. But one day you will wake up, start playing your instrument and it will be magical. This can take as little as three months, and when it happens, you'll be hooked for life. So you have to hang on and keep practicing and learning until that moment. It will be worth every minute because you'll understand in that magical moment what music really is all about. No words can describe it. It's just amazing!

I hope that gives you a good overview of my passion, my love and my devotion to music. I've been a rock star, but teaching music to people far exceeds that experience because transferring the gift, nurturing the gift of music within someone, is beyond rewarding. I am spreading the "gospel" of musical performance and appreciation in a way that will live well beyond my lifetime, in and through everyone I have taught. And they will become teachers, some of them, and keep the gift, the joy, going and growing in the lives of a new generation. What more could one ask for as a legacy than that?

Thanks!

--Geoff