Find a music lesson in Portland, OR

Find music lessons in Portland, OR

Find music lessons in Portland, OR

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Find music lessons in Portland, OR

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Top 10 music classes in Portland, OR

Students agree: these Portland music lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Dillon Nadler Music Lessons

Dillon Nadler Music Lessons

4.9Exceptional(7)
Offers online services
25 hires on Lessons
15+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
John N. says, "Dillon was very patient with me.. Even though I came into my lessons with Dillon with a few years guitar experience , I certainly needed more theory . I highly recommend Dillon to anyone .. from the very new to the more experienced guitarist." Read more
Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons

5.0Exceptional(5)
2 hires on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Nancy M. says, "It is absolute pleasure that I write a letter of recommendation for Irina Kasatkina. Irina has been my children's piano and for the past 7 years. My 17 year old (presently) and my 13 year old girls loved her from the very beginning, connecting with her warmth and enthusiasm as well as her consistently positive approach. Irina is a patient teacher and treats each child with love for their individuality. Never-the-less, she has standards and expectations that she makes clear to them and they have learned the benefits of self discipline as it regards to music and other aspects of their lives. My children have progressed as both piano and harp players, gaining self- confidence and skill that will help them socially and for enjoyment, their entire lives. Irina's true vocation for music and teaching is obvious. I highly recommend Irinaas a music teacher for any adult or child who wishes to learn. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to recommend someone I truly believe in! Sincerely, Nancy Muggoch, NP, MS, ACHPN " Read more
Ruby Friedman

Ruby Friedman

5.0Exceptional(9)
Offers online services
8 hires on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
W.scott B. says, "Ruby is wonderful! She is so talented, and knowledgeable about singing. She's one in million, I'm so grateful for helping learn and improve my voice. She has a terrific personality and an excellent spirit. Scott B." Read more
Bass Lessons With Ross

Bass Lessons With Ross

5.0(1)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
19+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
William T S. says, "He's a great teacher, keeps me focused & helps guide me on the path I am interested in going down. A+ !!" Read more
Upright And Electric Bass Lessons

Upright And Electric Bass Lessons

New on Lessons
Offers online services
10+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Hello! I am Eden Holland, a Professional Upright and Electric Bassist living in Portland, OR. I have played Bass professionally and taught music throughout the Pacific Northwest for the last 10 years. I offer dynamic lesson plans tailored to each student, for all ages and skill levels, with the prime directive of fostering a life-long love of music for every student! I am a firm believer that learning music should be a fun, rewarding experience. Whether you are looking to pick up music as a hobby, applying to college music programs, or refining your skills as a professional bassist, there is always more to learn, and more to be gained from s
Rebecca Ewing Music

Rebecca Ewing Music

5.0(4)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
Serves Portland, OR
Fiker H. says, "Rebecca Ewing Music is incredibly talented and versatile. I enjoyed collaborating with her because she has a unique ability to bring emotion and personality to her music. Her professionalism and attention to detail also made the working process smooth and productive. Overall, it was a great experience learning from her! My daughter loves you so much ❤️" Read more
Guitar Lessons With Dr. Zisa

Guitar Lessons With Dr. Zisa

5.0(4)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
44+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Andrew P. says, "Dr Zisa has developed personalized strategy for me to improve my playing based on my strengths, weaknesses, and goals." Read more
DeAnna Howe Piano Lessons

DeAnna Howe Piano Lessons

New on Lessons
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
42+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
I have a Doctoral Degree in piano performance. My students excel in competitive and non-competitive events. I teach students of all levels and ages. They make progress very quickly - and, they have fun! I am qualified to help you set up a great foundation from the very beginning, so you don't spend years fixing bad habits! Let me help you with a great foundation. I love seeing my students excel! They are excited about the practice suggestions they learn with me, and I see a lot of progress because of these suggestions. This is very rewarding. After just a few short months, my students play confidently, with dynamics, articulation, and...
Adam King Piano

Adam King Piano

New on Lessons
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and my love for bringing music into people's lives is a regular gift unto myself. As a professional musician, I have toured the country playing everything from rock to jazz to blues to hip-hop to classical to indie to electronica. I pride myself on a vast wealth of musical knowledge and the ability to create individualized lessons that allow my students to play the music they want to play. One of the greatest honors of my job is becoming a part of family's lives. Not only do i get to watch my students' knowledge and abilities increase, I get to see their lives grow and expand. I don't wo...
Natalia Bortolotti

Natalia Bortolotti

5.0(2)
Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Shin Yen H. says, "I had a wonderful time with Natalia. As a 26 year old wanting to take songwriting seriously. She provided me many exercises to activate my creativity. Together in the 6 months we were together we’ve written ~10 quality songs. What I really like about about Natalia is the investment in me as an artist and what I want and need out of class. Having tried a few songwriting teachers, i know she has this rare quality. " Read more

Your Music Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do music lessons cost?

Music lessons cost $40 to $90 per hour. Most teachers offer weekly lessons in order to provide regular feedback, keep students motivated, and provide enough opportunities to learn new techniques and pieces of music. More frequent lessons do not provide enough time to practice and master skills between lessons.

To save money on music lessons consider group lessons, which are often cheaper than private lessons and allow you to learn from other students. Another option is to take online lessons which tend to be more affordable than in-person lessons and can be a great way to learn from a qualified teacher that isn't local. Finally, look for scholarships or grants to help pay for music lessons.

At what age can you start music lessons?

The best age to start music lessons depends on the individual and their interests. Most experts agree that children can start learning music as early as 3 or 4 years old when they can communicate and follow instructions. There is no age that is too late to take music lessons – even seniors can benefit from learning or improving their musical skills.

Studies have shown that children who are exposed to music at an early age have better language skills, memory, and problem-solving skills. Music lessons help improve fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity which are important for other activities like writing and drawing. Learning to play an instrument can also build a child's self-confidence and help to develop a child's creativity.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

The amount of time it takes to learn an instrument depends on the instrument, the student's age, and the amount of time they practice. In general, it takes several months to a year to learn the basics of most instruments including how to read music and play basic scales and chords. With regular practice, students can expect to play simple songs within a few months.

Piano, guitar, and percussion instruments are some of the easier instruments to learn. Strings and horn instruments take a bit longer to learn. Becoming proficient at any instrument takes several years of lessons and regular practice.

Do I need an instrument at home to take music lessons?

No, you do not need an instrument at home to take music lessons, but it does make it easier to practice and improve your skills. Without an instrument at home, you will need to find an instrument to practice between lessons if you hope to improve.

Before investing in any musical instrument, you will want to talk with the music teacher to find the instrument that is right for you. Guitars are a popular instrument for beginners since they are relatively inexpensive to buy. The flute is another simple instrument to learn and is a good choice for students who want to learn to play an instrument quickly. Pianos are a more costly instrument but are a popular choice for families since everyone can enjoy playing the same instrument.

How do online music lessons work?

Online music lessons are similar to in-person lessons, only the teacher and student are not in the same physical location. Using video conferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom, the teacher and students can communicate with each other from the privacy of their homes.

In order to take advantage of the affordable online lessons, you need a computer and internet connection with good audio and video quality to avoid frustration. The teacher and student join the video call and the lesson proceeds in the same way they would for an in-person lesson. Online music lessons require more focus and patience and are not suggested for very young students.

What questions should I ask a music teacher?

Here are some important questions you should ask a music teacher before you start taking lessons:

  • What is your teaching style?
  • What is your experience teaching music?
  • What are your rates?
  • How long are your lessons?
  • What is your availability?
  • What are your expectations for students?
  • Can you provide references from your current and past students?

How do I choose a music teacher?

Choosing a qualified music teacher is important for those wanting to learn or develop their musical skills. Find a teacher that fits your schedule, budget, and learning style by following these recommendations:

  • Look for a teacher with a degree in music or years of experience teaching your preferred instrument.
  • Make sure the teacher with a teaching style that suits you. For example, if you learn better with a more formal teacher that focuses on technique, don't choose a teacher that is more relaxed and focuses on creative, free-style playing.
  • Find a teacher that is affordable for your budget and has availability for lessons that fit your schedule.
  • Confirm that the teacher will help you reach your goals whether it is to learn a new instrument, read music, learn music theory, or just have fun.How do I choose a music teacher?

Reviews for Portland music classes

Recent success stories from people in the Portland area.
Gavin B.
Knowledgeable and easy going. Makes the learning process fun and approachable. Was able to keep a flexible schedule for me who works a 9 to 5.
Dillon Nadler Music Lessons
Paul P.
Irina Kasatkina has been teaching piano to my 11-year old son for two years. He has developed both an ability to play and an enjoyment of music because of Irina's thoughtful guidance. Her love of music and teaching is quite evident, whether she's teaching how to play, how to read music, or other music fundamentals. I am impressed with her kind and clear manner that encourages my son to explore the music. She incorporates his interests into the lessons, including helping him write his own compositions at age 10! She has won my son's heart and imagination, and he has this to say about Irina: "She helps me change what I"m doing wrong, she picks out the right books and songs for me, and she does it all very nicely." Perhaps the best recommendation is that he enjoys coming back every week for his lesson, and wants to practice so that he can improve every week! I would be happy to talk to parents about Irina's abilities as a piano teacher. Paul R. Peterzell
piano lessons
Frankie B.
Ruby is amazing! She is super talented and such a great instructor. I already see improvements in just a short period of time. She’s encouraging, empathetic, direct, patient, and knowledgeable. Her greatest quality as a teacher is that she really cares. She’s attuned to your skills, can quickly identify issues, and will design exercises tailored to your personal needs. I strongly recommend Ruby because she is AWESOME!
Ruby Friedman
Stephanie A.
Rebecca has a gift for engaging my 4 and 6 year old boys during their piano lessons. They are learning quickly and having fun while they do it! I highly recommend Rebecca for piano lessons!
Rebecca Ewing Music
Nicholas S.
A true modern Master and as much a Virtuoso as a Teacher...
Guitar Lessons with Dr. Zisa
Michaela R.
Natalia Bortolotti
Merriah F.
Grace does a great job teaching students "where they are at" and mixing up the lesson to keep it fun and engaging. Highly recommend.
Mercury Music
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