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Return to in-person lessons at MGS this fall!

Return to in-person lessons at MGS this fall!

To start the 2021-22 MGS season we're offering in-person lessons to those families and individuals who are ready for the return. We know some of you wish to remain online and take advantage of our...

Teacher Profile: Brenden Ramirez

Teacher Profile: Brenden Ramirez

Brenden Ramirez Brenden (he/him) is a guitarist and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Brenden attended Willamette University and earned his B.A. in music with an emphasis in improvisation. Brenden...

Teacher Profile: Stephanie Scelza

Teacher Profile: Stephanie Scelza

Stephanie Scelza Stephanie (she/her) has been singing since the age of 8. In 1998 she discovered guitar and started writing music. She's been performing in Portland since 2005 and teaching guitar...

Teacher Profile: Carley Baer

Teacher Profile: Carley Baer

Carley Baer Carley (she/her) started writing songs at the age of 5, and hasn't stopped since. In 2008, she met her musical soulmate: the ukulele. Since then, she's travelled the world and all across...

Teacher Profile: Tyson Stubelek

Teacher Profile: Tyson Stubelek

Tyson Stubelek Tyson (he/him) has been teaching drums for the past 17 years. He holds an MM and GD from the New England Conservatory, and has toured internationally with numerous prominent...

Teacher Profile: Rebecca Conner

Teacher Profile: Rebecca Conner

Rebecca Conner Rebecca (she/her) holds a degree in music from the University of Oregon. She has over a decade of experience performing live and touring internationally, including as the front-woman...

Teacher Profile: Ben Turner

Teacher Profile: Ben Turner

Ben Turner Ben (he/him), a Portland native, has been playing professionally in Portland since around 2009 and teaching since 2014. He attended Portland State University, graduating with a degree in...

Teacher Profile: Arcellus Sykes

Teacher Profile: Arcellus Sykes

Arcellus Sykes Arcellus (he/him) earned a degree in music from Western Illinois University before moving to Portland in 2003. Since then, he’s toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists,...

We’re ready to teach you!

We’re ready to teach you!

With schools closed and social distancing becoming the norm, we are so thankful to have the opportunity to follow through with our obligation to you by continuing to offer music instruction remotely...

Teacher Profile: Dennis Aydemir

Teacher Profile: Dennis Aydemir

Dennis Aydemir Dennis (he/him) holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He began actively teaching music at the age of 13, and playing live at 14....

Teacher Profile: Timmy Barnett

Teacher Profile: Timmy Barnett

Timmy Barnett Timmy (he/him) holds a master's degree in performance from Ball State University. He has played for numerous orchestras, and also performs a wide variety of music such as experimental...

Teacher Profile: Harmon

Teacher Profile: Harmon

Harmon Harmon (they/them) holds a bachelor’s degree with a focus in guitar performance from UC Santa Cruz. They were raised by musical parents, one a former concert promoter, and the other a...

Teacher Profile: Kirk Kalbfleisch

Teacher Profile: Kirk Kalbfleisch

Kirk Kalbfleisch Kirk (he/him) is a freelance drummer who performs with several touring bands including World’s Finest, Coco Columbia, and Toothbone. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Kirk attended the...

Teacher Profile: Madeline Pape

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...

Teacher Profile: Alex Margitich

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...

Teacher Profile: Ross Garlow

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...

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!

Mary B.

Portland, OR

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