About Montavilla Guitar Studio

Business Profile

Montavilla Guitar Studio is the destination for anyone seeking support on their musical journey. Montavilla Guitar Studio offers exploratory group classes and one-on-one lessons focused on developing musicianship through learning guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano, flute, voice, drum set, and Alexander Technique. Montavilla Guitar Studio boasts the best music lessons in Portland, helping the absolute beginner to the lifelong dabbler, the weekend rock ‘n’ roller to the soon-to-be studio musician, the Juilliard-bound teenager to the play-by-ear professional, MGS sets students on a clear course to musical development.

Teaching Philosophy

At MGS we believe that everyone can learn to make music. Musical development is essentially no different than speech development in that, with the right amount of environmental stimulus and practice, musical ability can be cultivated. Students taking music lessons at MGS develop their musicianship in five essential areas: Correct Technique, Rhythm Training, Aural Skills, Note Reading, and Practice Planning. It’s the complete package approach to guitar that gets results and makes learning rewarding and fun! Find out Why We’re Different!


Montavilla Guitar Studio is located at 7828 SE Stark Street in the heart of downtown Montavilla. Group classes, ensembles, and recitals are held at Montavilla United Methodist Church (see map below).

Montavilla United Methodist Church

Montavilla Guitar Studio

We want to show you the way to become an exceptional musician!

Our mission is to give you the creative solutions to remove the obstacles that stand between you and your musical development. We’re changing the music world by guiding musicians to reach the highest levels of musicianship. We have a vision of a world of highly skilled musicians who can excel in any musical situation they encounter, are equipped with the skills to play the music they want to play, and will go on share this movement of excellence with the next generation of musicians. Find out more about guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano, voice, drums, songwriting, and Alexander Technique lessons here!

Meet the team!

We are performers and trendsetting teachers. We believe that anyone can learn to make music, and that learning to play an instrument is an incredibly fun and rewarding way to grow as a person. That’s why it’s our passion to provide the best music lessons in Portland!

Neil Mattson (he/him)

Neil Mattson (he/him)

Business Owner

Neil has taught more than 20,000 lessons during the past 22 years as a full-time guitar instructor. During that time he has developed his own unique approach to teaching guitar that centers on building students’ confidence and growing musicianship skills.

Hallie Clarke (she/her)

Hallie Clarke (she/her)

Studio Manager

Hallie comes to MGS with over 20 years working in an administrative capacity for businesses in many different industries, teaching private piano lessons for 8 years, and holding both bachelors and masters degrees in music. Her role at MGS is the perfect blending of these sides of her professional and educational experiences.

Sam Pape (they/them)

Sam Pape (they/them)

Communications Manager

Born and raised in Portland, they’ve been playing music (drums and bass primarily) since 5th grade, and spent the better part of the last decade touring the county with various bands, before settling in back home in Portland to complete their degree at PSU in 2018.

Madeline Pape (she/her)

Madeline Pape (she/her)

Programs Manager

Madeline has been musically inclined since the second grade. She studied music at a small liberal arts college in Illinois, where she TA’d for numerous classes and sang with professional and college choirs. She has a strong instinct for musical pedagogy and is dedicated to a care-centered curriculum.

My teenage son started lessons with Neil in the fall & I am astonished at how far he’s come. Neil takes guitar seriously but makes the learning fun with additional practice groups & recitals (with professional musicians sitting in!). Though my son takes private lessons this makes him feel part of a community and he works hard to perform his best. I strongly recommend Montavilla.

Jana R.

Portland, OR

Your first lesson is on us!

Follow the link to schedule your Kickstart Session, a free 30 minute lesson where we play, chat, and find out if we're a great fit.

Montavilla East Tabor Business Association
Music Teachers National Association
Montavilla East Tabor Business Association
Oregon Music Teachers Association
Montavilla East Tabor Business Association