Best Teachers in Portland

Dana Elizabeth

Dana Elizabeth

Dana studied jazz at University of Oregon and Portland State University. Her music, under the stage name Coco Columbia, has caught the attention of many in the Portland music scene and fuses catchy indie-pop melodies and jazzy harmony to create her own brand of bumpin’ future-pop. She teaches beginning to advanced songwriting lessons. Dana is passionate about personal empowerment and wants to help students find their voice and their purpose through songwriting.

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Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Chris is a guitarist and composer with a degree in Music Composition and Theory from Jacksonville University. As a teacher, Chris is committed to providing a solid theoretical, performance and compositional understanding of music to his students. Chris is particularly interested in contemporary music that pushes the limitations of genre and encourages his students to develop their own unique musical voice.

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Zachary Rizer

Zach Rizer

Zach has experience playing in multiple performance settings. He toured with his original Electro-Funk band ‘Mouth’ for over 7 years, playing at festivals and clubs all over the country. He has also performed many solo recitals demonstrating his modern approach, musical prowess, and technique on the electric bass. Zach inspires and guides his students to become great musicians. He teaches all levels–complete beginners to touring musicians.

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Nick Klaver

Nick Klaver

Nick has 25 years of performance and recording experience. He specializes in teaching guitar but also teaches banjo, lap steel, ukulele, bass, music theory and songwriting. His passion is for teaching kids and adults, in addition to performing and recording. Nick’s teachings draw from his mastery of technique, ear training, reading, tempo, rhythm, and creativity. He helps his students have fun and find peace of mind through music.  

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Angie Fritz

Angie Fritz

Born and raised in Chicago, Angie’s roots lay in blues, folk, and rock, though her true passion is songwriting. She studied jazz performance at University of North Texas before moving to Portland in 2014. Lessons with Angie focus on building a strong foundation in music theory, as well as emphasizing individual creativity. She performs around Portland as a jazz singer, folk songwriter, or rock guitar player, depending on the night. 

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Neli Mattson

Neil Mattson

Neil is a guitarist, composer, educator, and the founder of Montavilla Guitar Studio, a destination for anyone seeking support on their musical journey. Neil has taught more than 12,000 lessons during the past 16 years. During that time he has developed his own unique approach to teaching guitar that centers on building students’ confidence. Neil’s work is delivered through group classes and one-on-one lessons focused on developing musicianship and guitar skills.

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