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Teacher Profile: Kirk Kalbfleisch

Kirk Kalbfleisch Kirk (he/him) is a freelance drummer that performs with several touring bands including World’s Finest, Coco Columbia, and Toothbone. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Kirk attended the University of Portland, where he continued his studies in jazz...

Teacher Profile: Jeni Wren Stottrup

Jeni Wren Stottrup Jeni (she/hers) has more than twenty-five years of performance experience. She holds a degree from the University of Iowa in vocal performance. Jeni is also an accomplished pianist, audio producer, podcast coach and teacher with more than a decade...

Teacher Profile: Kennedy Verrett

Kennedy Verrett Kennedy (he/him) is a pianist and composer whose scores can be found in a number of studio and independent productions including At The End of The Tunnel, Sightings, and This Is Us. As a musician, Verrett has performed with the Monroe Symphony...

We’re Hiring….Come work with us!

Music Studio Manager Talent Search Montavilla Guitar Studio is seeking to fill the position of Studio Manager. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to continued development and delivering exceptional customer service. We seek an intelligent, open-minded and...

Teacher Profile: Madeline Pape

Madeline Pape Madeline (she/her) studied music at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She participated in numerous choirs, including the professional choir, Nova Singers. Madeline is singer/songwriter, performing under the name Begonia. Madeline is passionate about...

Teacher Profile: Alex Margitich

Alex Margitich Alex (he/him) studied guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Alex has toured internationally, conducted choirs, and wrote and produced songs that have been featured on network TV. Currently he produces synth chamber pop and...

Teacher Profile: Ross Garlow

Ross Garlow Originally from Philadelphia, and a recent Portland transplant already very active in the PDX music scene, Ross holds a master’s degree in music, has spent 5 years of his life traveling the world as a music director for major production companies and...


Thank you so much for nominating us for Willamette Weekly's "Best Music School in Portland!"   We are thrilled to be nominated for the second year in a row for "Best Music School In Portland"! We are proud to serve our local community members with quality music...

2019 Montavilla Block Party!

METBA Block Party We will be joining our neighbors at the Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association's Spring Block Party! We'd love to see you there. Come by and ask us any questions you may have about the studio, teachers, or classes we offer. Check out our very...

Rock Camp FAQ

Have questions about MGS Rock Camp for Kids? We're here to help! What is your student-to-teacher ratio? We're proud of our very low student-to-teacher ratio of four campers to every one teacher. What's the venue for MGS Rock Camp for Kids? MGS Rock Camp for Kids is...

Teacher Profile: Maxx Katz

Maxx Katz Maxx (she/her) is a classically trained flutist with a master's degree in music from the University of Virginia. She has toured extensively in the US and Europe. As a multi-instrumentalist, Maxx is fluent in metal, jazz, classical, and free improv styles....

Teacher Profile: Kate Morrison

Kate Morrison Kate performs regularly with Kate & The Crocodiles and is often a featured guest soloist with Pink Martini and the Utah Symphony. She has many vocal competition wins to her name including the National Arion Award for Music. Kate began playing...

Teacher Profile: Alex Arnold

Alex Arnold Alex (he/him) holds a degree in music composition from Earlham College. Alex is a multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer, who has toured the US, produced multiple records, and composed music for TV and film. Alex performs and tours with his group...

Teacher Profile: Kathy James

Kathy James Piano Kathy James graduated from Portland State University with a degree in piano performance and music education. Lessons with Kathy make learning good technique, musicality, and sight reading fun! She works well with students of all ages, has a calm...

Teacher Profile: Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson Alexander Technique / Vocals Christine is known for her expressive, intelligent performances of early music and art song, and has a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is certified to teach...

Teacher Profile: Hayley McCurdy

Hayley McCurdy Guitar, Songwriting Hayley 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...

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    November 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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    November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Neil Mattson of Montavilla Guitar Studio is the most patient, positive, and skilled instructor! I had little previous experience, other than loving music. In just 10 weeks I have learned more than I had ever thought possible!  I am resurrecting a long neglected dream and loving every minute of it!

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Portland, OR

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