Best Teachers in Portland

Angie Fritz

Hayley McCurdy

Guitar, voice, songwriting

Hayley Lynn (McCurdy) is a prolific and thoughtful songwriter from Portland, Oregon, with a BFA from University of Victoria specializing in theater, voice, and sound design. Hayley’s music is featured in film, musical theater, and radio. Her debut EP ‘Hypnotize’ was released in 2016 followed by her single ‘All In Spite’ in 2017. Hayley helps beginner to intermediate songwriters develop their story, melodic structures, hooks, and proper vocal technique.

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Dana Elizabeth

Dana Elizabeth

Digital songwriting, production

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 through songwriting.

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Angie Fritz

Angie Fritz

Guitar, piano, voice

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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Taylor Walton

Guitar, ukulele, songwriting

Taylor is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Phoenix, Arizona. He studied music theory and classical guitar at Arizona State University. Taylor is also a certified luthier. Taylor has taught music since 2004, starting when he created a drum class at his high school. Taylor has performed many types of music genres and plays most the instruments on his recordings. He enjoys guiding students to new levels, and helping them find their own creativity.

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Katie Aufenthie

Katie Aufenthie

Piano, voice, songwriting

Katie holds a degree in music performance, psychology, and philosophy from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. She has performed as a pianist and vocalist throughout the Southeastern United States and in the United Kingdom. Katie has experience teaching piano and voice students as young as three years old. Katie has a special love for music theory and likes to incorporate composition into her lessons with students at an early age.

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Samuel Naples

Samuel Naples

Guitar, ukulele, bass

Sam is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and engineer from Traverse City, Michigan. He earned degrees in Music/Media Technology and Audio Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2015. Sam has a decade’s experience performing with several bands ranging in styles from rock, blues, jazz, industrial, punk, jam, and electronic music, and has toured the US and Canada. He has engineered and produced a number of records with professional recording artists.

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Zachary Rizer

Zachary Rizer

Bass, 6-string, 5-string

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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Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

Alexander Technique, voice

Christine is known for her expressive, intelligent performances of early music and art song. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is certified to teach Alexander Technique through the St. Louis Center for the Alexander Technique. Christine has taught voice since 2002 and Alexander Technique since 2007. Christine helps students overcome challenges related to performance including injury and anxiety.

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Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Guitar, theory, composition

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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Neil Mattson

Guitar, bass, ukulele

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 one-on-one lessons focused on developing musicianship and guitar skills.

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