Ryan Kwan Music Lessons

Ryan Kwan Music Lessons

5.0 (4)

About this pro

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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4 Reviews


  • 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!

  • Clark

    He was a very calm and patient teacher

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

First we will figure out if we are good fits for a teacher student relationship by determining the needs of each party. This includes figuring the time of the week that works best for both of us, setting the meeting place for the lesson, and seeing if the goals of the student meet the teacher's offerings. 

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.

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

sliding scale from 30-60 dollars, this includes the gas money to drive to location.

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