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Guitar Lessons

Thad Beckman

Location:
Broadway Store
(503) 228-8437

 

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Thad Beckman (guitar, ukelele and songwriting)

 

Thad Beckman offers lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced guitarists and beginning and intermediate ukuleleists.    Specialties are fingerpicking and flatpicking blues (acoustic and electric), folk (traditional and contemporary), traditional country and slide guitar. He also works with songwriters looking for help in all aspects of songwriting from chord structure, lyrics, melodies and guitar hooks to studio recording.    
In his 35-year career Thad Beckman has performed on the David Letterman ShowLevon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and festivals, theaters and clubs all across The USA, Canada and Europe.  He has played guitar for Bo Diddley, Earl Thomas and Tom Russell to name a few. 

He has shared the stage with B.B. King, Emmy Lou Harris, Los Lobos, The Band, Jesse Winchester, Dave Alvin and many others.  He has eight critically acclaimed studio albums to his credit and has lent his talents to countless other CD/album projects, most recently Tom Russell’s Grammy nominated album The Rose of Roscrae released in 2015
He has taught workshops throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.

He started his teaching career in 1977 and has worked one on one with hundreds of guitarists from beginners to experienced professionals.   He designs his lessons around each student’s personal goals.   Student must be at least 10 years old.

 


 

Location:
Broadway Store
(503) 228-8437

Tommy Houston (guitar)

 

After a 20,000 mile, 100 day motorcycle tour of America, Tommy relocated to Portland, OR in 2009, where he now performs with The Flat Nines jazz ensemble and continues his studies with several advanced teachers. He teaches all ages; from beginning to advanced levels on guitar and beginning to intermediate levels on violin and mandolin. His styles encompass Jazz, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, Alternative and Latin, among others. Tommy has studied and played guitar, violin, and mandolin for over 15 years.

 



Mark Hanson

MLK Store
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503-775-0800
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Mark Hanson (guitar)

Mark has taught guitar for 30+ years, and is well known for his many recordings, guitar books and DVDs, including his best selling Art of Contemporary Travis Picking. Fingerstyle guitar is Mark's forte, but he can teach most styles at most levels, expertly tailoring his teaching to match each student's needs. Mark is also a nationally known recording artist and performer. He won a Grammy award in 2005 for contributing two pieces to the "Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar" CD, and in 2009 played for the president of the United States in San Francisco. Mark also contributes regularly to Acoustic Guitar magazine, and is a founding member of Portland's Acoustic Guitar Summit. He has shared the stage with Jerry Garcia, Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, and many other guitar greats.

 


Steve Bradley

Location:
Broadway Store
(503) 228-8437
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STEVE BRADLEY: Guitar
A local professional for many years, Steve is grounded in 50's and 60's rock. Also offered are blues and fingerpicking folk styles. Roots type music is fun to play and also provides excellent foundation for any musical direction the player may wish to go. Besides the basics of getting started with the instrument, learning to provide "the groove" or rhythm guitar is pursued as well as learning to improvise lead lines. Beginning through advanced players.
Steve Bradley was inducted
into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

 


Jon Edmondson

Location:
Division Store
(503)760-6881
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JON EDMONDSON: Guitar

Jon Edmondson moved to Portland in 2010 from Chicago, Illinois. Jon has been playing guitar since 1990 for various bands and in several studio projects. Jon has been teaching guitar professionally since 2005 and he has 3 + years private study experience in music education and performance from The College of Lake County in Chicago, Illinois. He specializes in keeping lessons fun, teaching beginning young musicians to advanced players looking for a new direction. He is very well versed in Acoustic, or Electric Blues, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Folk. Also, fingerpicking, flatpicking techniques, and Nashville style hybrid picking. Jon has been working in the guitar department and teaching at Portland Music Company on MLK since June of 2010. Contact Jon at the MLK store WED-SUN.

 


Don Corey

Location:
Division Store
(503)760-6881
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DON COREY -Bass & Guitar
at Portland Music Co. on Division. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Music Performance. Don is excellent with kids and beginners as well as advanced players. He has been teaching for over 10 years and strongly believes music should be fun .He has an abundance of patience and enthusiasm. Lessons can include techniques for soloing, theory, sight -reading , chords, playing by ear , and having fun learning your favorite songs. Don has very eclectic musical tastes. He has experience playing Jazz, Classical, Rock, African, Reggae, Funk and Cuban music.

 


 

Allen Markel

Location:
Beaverton Store

503-641-5505
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Allen Markel: Bass

 

I'm a Professional Bass player and teacher. I have over 20 years of experience and have a Bachelors degree of Music in Jazz Performance from the prestigious William Paterson University.
In 2005 I played on Raphael Cruz's CD "Bebop Timba" which was nominated for a Grammy in the Latin Jazz Category. Since 2007 I've been mainly performing with Delta Groove recording artist Kevin Selfe. We are currently in The Cascade Blues association's blues hall of fame. throughout this time I've always balanced my performance schedule with teaching. In 2006-2007 I was hired for 2 Bass instructional DVD's for Millennium Interactive's Fun to Know series.
Learn the proper technique on Fretted and Fretless Bass so you can learn any style of music! I specialize in Jazz and Blues but have an eclectic taste in music and have studied and played many different styles. Rock, Funk,Country,Latin, Brazilian to name a few.
I look forward to meeting you!


 

Tim Roth

Location:
Beaverton Store

503-641-5505

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TIM ROTH: GUITAR

Tim Roth has been teaching guitar in the Portland area since 1996. He
taught guitar at the Central Community School of the Arts in Arizona
and at Portland Community College. He holds a Bachelors in Music from
Arizona State University and graduate studies under local guitar great
Jerry Hahn at PSU. Two of Tim¹s recent students are now music majors
at Oregon State University. Tim teaches a variety of styles including
finger style chord melody jazz, blues, classical and classic rock. He
teaches all levels, including beginners.

When he isn¹t teaching or practicing, Tim has frequent performances in
and around the Portland area. You can see him at Ford Food and Drink
every Sunday afternoon, 12-2. You can also catch up with him on his
website.

 


MARK SHARK

 

Location:
Division Store
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Beaverton Store

503-641-5505
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Broadway Store

503-228-8437

MARK SHARK: GUITAR

 

With over forty years of guitar playing experience Mark Shark brings his unique talents to the Pacific Northwest. As a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer, teacher and author he has had the good fortune to have shared the stage and studio with many of his own personal hero's over the years (Jackson Browne, Jesse Ed Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, John Trudell and Bob Dylan). Mark's qualifications include the analytical, technical and patient ability to teach music, and the undeniable desire to shed some light on his love of world music and alternate tunings.

Mark's first book The Tao of Tunings (Hal Leonard) takes a unique and comprehensive look at how to approach and play the guitar in altered tunings. His latest project is the soon to be released chronicles of Jackson Browne's Solo Acoustic Records Volumes I and II (Inside Publications 2015). His next endeavor, Comparative Scales in Exotic Tunings for the Guitar, is underway now.

Mark specializes in Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, 12 String Guitar, Pull String Guitar, Bouzouki, Balalaika and Dulcimer.

Expertise: Altered Tunings, Music Theory, Songwriting, and Improvisation.

 


 

Steve Giedosh

 

Location:
Broadway Store
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Steve Gajdos: bass guitar / chapman stick .

 

Steve Gajdos grew up in a family of musicians. He started his musical journey on the violin at the age of four. His hunger for music lead him to the tuba. He playing in marching band, concert band and pep band. In 1997 Steve picked up bass and in 2001 he enrolled in the jazz music program at the University of Minnesota Moorehead. During Steve’s seven years at MSUM he taught bass and performed in numerous bands to include: jazz combos, musicals  big bands, Salsa, Latin, Caribbean, country, rock, blues, funk, bluegrass, and jazz fusion groups. In addition he has played with such notable musicians as Jimmy Heath, Robert Lemming, Dan Phillips,Harold Honey, and George Colligan. Steve continues to expand his musical knowledge in jazz arranging and composition, chapman stick, piano and melodica.  After graduating from MSUM with a Bachelors in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Performance, he played regionally with singer songwriter Hailey Rydell and Brian Matson. In 2010 and relocated to Portland Oregon, and has since played in  Portland groups such as Wundersound, The Bitter Soundfase, EARTH, Graxxus and Steel and Glass.  Steve recently earned his Masters in Jazz Studies at Portland State University, and works as a freelance composer and musician in the Portland area.

Drum lessons

 

Ryan McPhail

Location:
Broadway Store
503.228-8437
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RYAN MC PHAILL — DRUMS


Ryan has been teaching individualized drum lessons in the Portland area since 1995.  His lessons are tailored to the student; emphasizing technique, independence, reading, transcription, preparation, and above all, confidence.  He currently plays around Portland with the bands Sioux, Ed and the Red Reds, and Salyut Seven. Beginners are always welcome!

 

 

 


 

Jillian Stansell

 

Location:
Broadway Store
503.228-8437
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Jillian Stansell - Cello

Jillian Stansell has studied cello since the age of four and has worked as a professional musician and educator for 11 years. She has studied at Western Michigan University with Bruce Uchimura, and Northern Illinois University with Cheng-Hou Lee. She has toured Europe as the principal cellist in the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2002, and 2004-2006. A lifelong musician and teacher, she is comfortable teaching any age and skill group, and tailors private instruction to each individual student.

Saxophone lessons

 

Melissa  Carroll

Location:
Division Store
503-760-6881
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Broadway Store
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MELISSA CARROLL: Saxophone,flute, oboe, clarinet and recorder

 

Originally from Salem, Oregon, Melissa Carroll has a B.A. in Music from Pacific University where she studied classical oboe and a M.M. of Jazz Studies from Portland State University where she studied alto saxophone. From 2004-2013 she traveled and lived extensively in south east Asia where she performed professionally and taught music to students of all ages and ability levels. Currently Melissa is the Music Director of the Nopo Big Band, and performs regularly as a leader and sideman in various projects in Portland. Her instruments include saxophones, flute, oboe, clarinet and recorder. Melissa is
an experienced educator and performer and welcomes all levels of learners. Lessons are designed to suit each individual student's needs, learning styles and provide the proper tools and techniques to grow as a musician. She specializes in teaching fundamentals, theory, classical, jazz, and improvisation.

 


 

Devin Phillips

 

Location:
Broadway Store
503.228-8437
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Devin Phillips: Saxophone - Soprano - Alto - Tenor - Baritone

 

Devin Phillips is a performing and recording artist based in Portland Oregon. He has eight years of experience in coaching elementary through college level saxophone students. From beginners who have never touched a saxophone to college students well on their way, Devin will help the student develop as a player and accomplish his or her desired goal.

Devin creates customized lesson plans for each student, and helps them bring music alive one note at a time! Do you or your student need a little help preparing for their big audition? We can help you get there. Whether you want to step up your playing in school band or you just want to play for fun, I can help you get there.



 

Location:
Division Store
(503) 294-9787
(503) 975-7628 cell
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JOHN GROSS Saxophone,Clarinet, Flute

John Gross has been a professional musician for over forty years and a music teacher for more than thirty.  He is skilled in helping beginning students to play correctly and to understand the fun and satisfaction that comes from playing music.  John also helps students to prepare for joining and advancing in school bands, getting ready for recitals and preparing for auditions.  He is currently teaching the Jazz Improvisational Ensemble at Pacific University in Forest Grove and has many private students at all levels of playing.  He also is helping advanced improvisational students applying for acceptance to music conservatories nationwide. 

 

John continues to play and teach locally, nationally and worldwide.  His book, Multiphonics for the Saxophone: A Practical Guide (Advance Music, 1999), is regarded as an industry standard and is still in print in English, French, German and Japanese.  For more on John’s activities as a musician, please visit his Wikipedia page, John Gross (Musician).

 


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Broadway Store
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Patrick Nearing: Trumpet and Trombone

 

Patrick Nearing has been playing jazz trumpet and teaching in the Portland Metro area since 2002, and is dedicated to helping students of all ages and levels of playing to excel  in their enjoyment of the trumpet. Patrick believes that the study of music is a pursuit of mastery, and an opportunity for developing people as well as aspiring musicians. Lessons are tailored to the individual, using fundamentals, classical approaches and jazz repertoire.
   Always expanding his teaching and creative skills, Patrick is currently a student of Jazz Studies at Portland State University, and will earn a Bachelors of Music in the spring of 2015.  Patrick is a recipient of the William Bradford Merserau Scholarship.
Patrick works in small groups as a jazz soloist, and is currently the lead trumpet player in the Bureau of Standards Big Band, making regular appearances at local venues and private events.

 

 


 

   
piano lessons

Benjamin Zuelsdorf

Location:
Broadway Store

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BENJAMIN ZUELSDORF - PIANO

 

Benjamin Zuelsdorf began his musical journey when he was 11 with classical piano lessons in Chicago.  He earned a Bachelor of Music degree (Piano; Jazz Emphasis) at Portland State University in 2011.  Benjamin has studied and performed straight ahead jazz, western classical, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, experimental and electronic genres.  He has composed and arranged for many types of ensembles including jazz vocal groups, jazz chamber groups (trios, quartets, etc), vocal ensembles and Big-bands.
As a piano instructor, he has six years of experience working with students ranging from preschool to senior citizens in all skill levels. Previously he has worked with instruction of adult group-piano classes at Portland State University, coaching elementary students in after school music programs, group children’s classes, and working on an individual basis. Benjamin welcomes students of all ages, styles, and skill levels.
Students will learn about reading music, proper technique and body awareness, repertoire studies, music theory, and improvisation.  He also works with intermediate to advanced students in: Jazz and classical repertoire, composition, advanced music theory, and ear-training. Lessons are tailored individually to each student based upon their learning styles, musical goals and skill level. 

 


Gordon Neal Herman

Location:
Division Store
503-760-6881
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GORDON NEIL HERMAN: Piano and Keyboards
Gordon is a professional jazz pianist who has been teaching piano for 37 years both privately and at the college level. He teaches jazz, classical and popular styles as well as theory and technique and tailors his lessons to the students needs and abilities.Gordon earned a Bachelor of Music in jazz history from Cal State Long Beach and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Idaho. His performance background is quite varied ranging from playing in a heavy metal progressive rock band to music theater work to playing in a variety of jazz ensembles. He currently leads the Gordon Neal Herman Trio.As a composer, Gordon was part of national residency in musical theater and has written many works for musical theater, wind ensemble, string quartet, and piano. To round out his schedule, Gordon free lances presentations in American music history both publicly and for private groups.


 

 

 

 

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