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, voice, and drum set. 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.


Montavilla Guitar Studio is located at 7828 SE Stark Street in the heart of downtown Montavilla.

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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, and drum set lessons here!

Meet the MGS team!

We are the music professionals who 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.

We’re here to help make sure you have an exceptional music lessons experience!

Neil Mattson (he/him)

Neil Mattson (he/him)

Business Owner

Neil has taught more than 25,000 lessons during the past 24 years as a full-time music instructor. During that time he has developed his unique approach to teaching music that centers on building students’ confidence and growing musicianship skills. Neil is active in the community serving on the board of the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association, and he’s one the founders of the Montavilla Jazz Festival.

My teenage son started lessons with MGS in the fall & I am astonished at how far he's come. MGS takes guitar seriously and makes it 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 MGS!

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
Oregon Music Teachers Association
Montavilla East Tabor Business Association