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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 Flute Maxx Katz (she/her) is a flutist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who works with metal, jazz, classical, free improv, and performance. A classically trained flutist with an M.A. in Music from the University of Virginia, she has toured extensively...

Teacher Profile: Kate Morrison

Kate Morrison Ukulele  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...

Teacher Profile: Alex Arnold

Alex Arnold Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Music Production Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Earlham College. As a working multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer, he’s toured the US in rock and jazz groups, produced multiple records, composed...

Teacher Profile: Daysmel Muniz

Daysmel Muniz Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Daysmel has a decade of experience as an educator in schools in Southern California. He’s been teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele for the past seven years. He is also a touring performer in the band Mr. Moonshine. Daysmel believes...

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: Bryn Roberts

Bryn Roberts Piano Bryn is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a mainstay at NYC jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz...

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...

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...

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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!

Mary B.

Portland, OR

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