Jesse (he/him) has studied piano since age 4. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in jazz piano from Portland State University. He has performed regularly with many groups locally over the past 12 years. Jesse’s lessons focus on each student’s goals, nurturing creativity and personal development. He teaches with kindness, enthusiasm, and patience–an approach well suited to both children and adults.
What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
4 years old
Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher:
My first piano teacher made progress fun for me. Even at 4 years old, I was encouraged and trusted in my development. I liked getting stickers on my completed repertoire!
What are your favorite bands or musicians?
Esperanza Spalding, her music and philosophies are equally astounding! I remain heavily inspired by her live-stream album creation titled, “Exposure”. Anomalie, this amazing artist is currently producing very enthralling music which I must hear over and over again! Also Thelonious Monk and Frank Zappa.
Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
Performing Salsa music on the same stage and night as greats like Willie Rosario, El Gran Combo, Porfi Baloa, and more. It is exhilarating playing live music and interacting; with fans, other musicians, and myself!
Describe your ideal student.
I am open to any stage of musical development at the start of our lessons. I would hope that anyone wanting to take lessons be willing to work with me to achieve your goals.
Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons.
At our first lessons (and all lessons after), I want the feel to be relaxed. I want to know about your musical interests and skill. We will likely converse a bit and play music then I will determine our first assignments.
Why did you want to become a music teacher?
My first teacher, Shirley Tennant made a big impact on my early and developmental years through childhood. Having a hobby and outlet like piano, gave me confidence and determination to be able to succeed; even if it means for little things it meant a lot.