Ryan Kwan Music Lessons

Ryan Kwan Music Lessons

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I am passionate and highly knowledgable musician and performer. I can offer a pure joy in learning music and finding a voice in your own expression. My teaching style is lax. I feel out what the student needs in the moment and give them assignments to work on every week. I am very creative to find resources that will help the student and guide where the lessons and goals head towards.

I am a singer-songwriter who specializes in many instruments such as piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and singing. I am an active performer and songwriter and have performed and collaborated with many individual in many unique situations. I also went to school at Los Angeles Harbor College and studied vigoursly many music courses that includes theory, performance, piano, guitar, singing, electronic music, songwriting, business of music, notation, ear training, jazz, and classical. I have learned to read and write music on the piano, guitar and currently learning more with all instruments including banjo and mandolin. What you can experience with me is my love of music, the ability to be creative, to learn to read and if you want to write. I can teach practical theory for instruments and can teach songwriting.

I love connecting with people and sharing my love of music. I know it is something that brings peace to people and the more people in peace the more the world enters peace. It is a spark of creativity to work with people and share experiences, something that feeds me and inspires me.



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Portland, OR 97206
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5 Reviews


  • Ross Orndorff

    I have been taking lessons with Ryan for the past few months and have enjoyed them a lot. I have been playing guitar for about 15 years now and wanted to refresh some of the basics I might have skipped over. Ryan was the perfect help for that! He quickly recognized my needs and provided personalized lessons to fit my situation. His style is very relaxed and it makes me feel a ease. I can feel rather up right about the areas of guitar that I am not good at. One lesson I spoke with Ryan about singing and playing guitar, a huge huddle for me, he gave me simple advise about how to just sing and play and not worry about what its about at first or how it sounds. It seems simple but it was a massive break through for me. I would recommend Ryan to any one starting guitar, getting back into it like me, or trying to improve their song writing skills. He was always on time, wish I could say the same for me! Thanks Ryan!

  • Glo Clair de Lune

    Ryan is very patient and talented. He knows how to break down a lesson according to the student. He also knows how to make the lesson fun, which is very important when learning something new :)

  • Allison T. Cummings

    Ryan is extremely knowledgeable and creative. He is extremely patient and helped me feel comfortable even though playing music makes me nervous. He was able to get me out of my head and into a song, theory, and experience. Ryan can be fun and focused simultaneously. Highly recommended!

  • Summer Abdel

    Ryan has a keen sense of the feel for music and really helped me step back and be more intuitive with what I was doing! I'm an impatient learner but Ryan is a great teacher and helped me appreciate the nuances of the guitar in a way I never expected. He's a wonderful musician and a talented guide into the realm of music! Highly recommend him!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

For Beginning Guitar Students: Basic intro to the instrument including posture, naming the fingers of the left and right hands, pick holding, basic strum, naming the strings, naming the frets, basic scales, naming the notes in open position for each string, beginning reading

For Intermediate Guitar Students: The first lesson I would assess the skills the student possesses and would go into topics that relate to grow his experience from there

For Beginning Piano Students: The material we would focus on for a beginning is through Alfred Basic Piano Course Book 1. This gives a good starting place to get familiar with certain notes and keys and to develop reading skills. From there I can see weak and strong point that we can expand on with other materials and see which musical direction the student wants to take

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied music in school at Los Angeles Harbor College including Music theory, musicianship, group piano classes, performance, guitar, percussion, electronic music, singing, business of music, notation, jazz band, jazz improv, private piano lessons, choir, and songwriting.

I have carried a continual self study through songwriting, performing, collaborating with other musicians, reading many different works, and learning from observation and other tips people give me, etc.

I think my greatest experience is my willingness to show up and practice and continue writing music and perform, collaborating with others and feeling in the moment what is the best way to approach each musical experience

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

The Standard for me in around 45 to 50. This is include an hour lesson, preparation time, all the other expenses to drive and rent out rooms to have the lesson

Online lessons are 35 per hour

How did you get started teaching?

I just love people and always just try to teach people stuff, like friends or whoever needs it. Lessons.com helped me aquire a few piano students, and reaching out on social media platforms. Currently I have 3 students, 2 guitar, 1 piano.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with children, teens, adults. I have worked with beginning, intermediate students

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Finding someone you feel comfortable with that inspires you and makes you want to play more and more! That way you will play more and practicing is one of the key things that develop towards success!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Consider if their goals are in line with their abilities, saying that being connected more to the body than the mind when it comes to expectations. This way the learning experience becomes more fun and engaging than disappointing and debilitating