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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...

Teacher Profile: Jasmin White

Jasmin White Vocals, Bass, Theory Jasmin has a master’s degree in voice from Cincinnati Conservatory, and bachelor’s degree from USC Thornton School of Music. She is a two-time winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council: Oregon District, and won second place at...

Teacher Profile: 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...

Teacher Profile: 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...

Teacher Profile: Liz Chibucos

Liz Chibucos Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting Liz is a guitarist and songwriter with a degree in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University with a focus in composition, theory, and recording. She has toured the world performing and teaching with the...

Teacher Profile: Neil Mattson

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 15,000 lessons during the past 20 years. During that...

Studio Manager Talent Search

Music Studio Manager Talent Search Montavilla Guitar Studio is hiring a Studio Manager! We are a young and growing business. We need your help to make sure that our clients are getting the best service possible. Our ideal studio manager finds meaning in, and cares...

Preparing For Your Performance

Practice Challenges 6, 7, & 8 Preparing for your performance Congratulations! You’ve worked so hard to get to this point. It’s been several weeks since we started learning this semester’s songs and each step we’ve taken has brought you closer to mastery. Let’s...

Counting and Clapping Rhythms

Practice Challenge Week 2 Counting and Clapping Rhythms This week’s practice challenge will help you learn how to read and play common rhythms written in standard music notation. There are several important concepts to get familiar with so that you can be a successful...

Practice Challenges 9–16

The home stretch! Now that we're in concert prep mode for the next several weeks, I thought I would condense the Practice Challenges into one post. I've been assigning the first few on the list below in lessons, but here's the entire list. Good luck!   The following...

Practice Challenge 9

Practice Challenge 9: Routine Re-Charge! Welcome back to the blog! We've had a few weeks off from the song challenges to give everyone a chance to regroup and get caught up. After eight weeks of song challenges, and more than a dozen songs presented, it's time we...

Song Challenge 8

Oh Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) Welcome back to the blog for Song Challenge 8, the last one for a little while–we'll pick back up with our weekly song challenges after spring break! In honor of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2016, I thought we'd explore a very old and...

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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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