Best Teachers in Portland

Chris Jackson

Alex Harrison

Beginning guitar and theory

Alex holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and considers music to be his truest passion and aspiration. He specializes in teaching music theory, rhythm, and guitar technique in a way that is relatable to beginner musicians of all ages.Alex believes we are all born with a creative essence, and it is his mission to help students discover and nurture this within themselves, thus developing a style and form unique to the individual.

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

Alexander Technique, voice

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 Alexander Technique through the St. Louis Center for the Alexander Technique, and has taught voice since 2002 and Alexander Technique since 2007. Christine helps students overcome challenges related to performance including injury and anxiety.

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Hayley McCurdy

Guitar, voice, songwriting

Hayley Lynn (McCurdy) 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 EP ‘Hypnotize’ was released in 2016 followed by her single ‘All In Spite’ in 2017. Hayley helps beginner to intermediate songwriters develop their story, melodic structures, hooks, and proper vocal technique.

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 demonstrating his modern approach, musical prowess, and technique on the electric bass. Zach inspires and guides his students to become great musicians. He teaches all levels–complete beginners to touring musicians.

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Brent Follis

Advanced drum set, music production

Brent has a degree in advertising and music performance from Southern Illinois University. He has a decade of performing, composing, producing, recording, and teaching experience, and can be found backing up many talented singer-songwriters, jazz and pop artists. Brent teaches advancing drum students how to master great feel, uncover the nuances of each song, and create a unique and supportive drum part in any style.

Danny Fish

Danny Fish

Guitar, bass

Danny has been teaching guitar and bass for the past decade. They play, teach, and live for punk, new wave, soul, R&B, funk, metal, noise, alternative, post punk, new wave, riot grrrl, and queercore. They are currently playing in The Bedrooms, Trash Romeo and Conditioner. Danny loves working with students of all ages. Lessons with Danny will grow your creativity, help you make sense of challenging musical concepts, and guide you to learn your favorite band’s songs.

Katie Aufenthie

Katie Aufenthie

Piano, voice, songwriting

Katie holds a degree in music performance, psychology, and philosophy from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. She has performed as a pianist and vocalist throughout the Southeastern United States and in the United Kingdom. Katie has experience teaching piano and voice students as young as three years old. Katie has a special love for music theory and likes to incorporate composition into her lessons with students at an early age.

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 music to his students. Chris is particularly interested in contemporary music that pushes the limitations of genre and encourages his students to develop their own unique musical voice.

Daysmel Muniz

Daysmel Muniz

Guitar, bass, ukulele

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 that music can enrich a person’s life, develop their brain and be used as a means of self expression in the world. Lessons with Daysmel help students make important discoveries about music and their individual learning process.

Neli Mattson

Kirk Kalbfleisch

Beginning drum set

Kirk Kalbfleisch 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 drumming. Since graduating in 2015, Kirk has been an active member of Portland’s local and touring music scene. Kirk specializes in giving each student a strong foundation in drum set technique, rudiments, and stick control.

Neli 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 12,000 lessons during the past 16 years. During that time he has developed his own unique approach to teaching guitar that centers on building students’ confidence. Neil’s work is delivered through one-on-one lessons focused on developing musicianship and guitar skills.

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