Best Teachers in Portland!

We are experts in guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano, flute, voice, drums, songwriting, and Alexander Technique.

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Alex Margitich

Guitar, Ukulele
Alex (he/him) has been teaching guitar for the past six years in Portland and in NYC before that. He especially loves teaching beginners and uses a variety of styles including pop, rock, and jazz to help students create a strong foundation to build on. Alex began learning guitar from his Berkelee College of Music educated dad and followed in his footsteps, attending Berklee to study guitar and composition. Alex’s wide range of musical experiences include touring internationally, singing with and conducting choirs, and writing and producing songs that have been featured on network TV. Currently he produces synth chamber pop and performs under the name Telecommuter. Read more…

 

Neli Mattson

Ross Garlow

Bass, Guitar

Originally from Philadelphia, and a recent Portland transplant already very active in the PDX music scene, Ross (he/him) holds a master’s degree in music, has spent 5 years of his life traveling the world as a music director for major production companies and cruise lines, and already has over a decade of teaching private bass and guitar lessons under his belt.  Ross has an intense passion for music and teaching. Read more…

Katie Aufenthie

Kathy James

Piano, theory, jazz

Kathy (she/her) 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 caring demeanor, and encourages musical growth. Kathy believes music can be a lifelong joy for any learner, and as a teacher, the opportunity to pass that joy along to her students is immensely rewarding! Read more..

Neli Mattson

Liz Chibucos

Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting

Liz (she/her) is a guitarist and songwriter with a degree in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University. She has toured the world performing and teaching with the U.S. State Dept.’s cultural exchange program. Liz performs and tours with many bands, including her funk-rock project, Far Out West. Liz has a diverse musical background in classical, jazz, and American folk styles, and instills a passion for music in her students while helping them find their musical voice. Read more…

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Guitar, theory, composition

Chris (he/him) is a guitarist and composer with a degree in Music Composition and Theory from Jacksonville University. Chris regularly performs in original music projects in Portland. 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. Read More…

Neli Mattson

Neil Mattson

Guitar, bass, ukulele

Neil (he/him) 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 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. Read more…

Angie Fritz

Maxx Katz

Flute, rock flute, improvisation

Maxx Katz (she/her) is a flutist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who fluent in metal, jazz, classical, and free improv. A classically trained flutist with an M.A. in music from the University of Virginia, she has toured extensively in across the US and Europe. She has a solo flute-centered doom metal project called Floom which performs locally and afar. Lessons with Maxx focus on technique, classical repertoire, composition, and improvisational skills. Read more…

Angie Fritz

Madeline Pape

Voice, Beginner Piano
Madeline Pape (she/her) is a Portland native who has been singing forever. She studied music at Knox College, where she participated in numerous choirs, including professional choir, Nova Singers. Madeline is also known as Begonia in her solo project as a singer-songwriter. She is passionate about incorporating self-love and compassion into her teaching, as well as open-communication to cater to individual student needs. Read more…

Neli Mattson

Kirk Kalbfleisch

Drum set

Kirk (he/him) 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

A.G. Donnaloia

Guitar, bass

A.G. (he/him) excels in a wide range of music styles including jazz, latin, soul, R&B, rock, and Americana. He has been performing all around the world for more than 20 years. A.G. helps students of all ages and levels grow their music reading, writing, and theory skills. Students who work with A.G. learn to improvise and improve their guitar technique. A.G. especially guides each student to reach their potential, starting them on a path to a lifelong love of music. Read more…

Zachary Rizer

Zachary Rizer

Bass, 6-string, 5-string

Zach (he/him) 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. Read more…

Angie Fritz

Kate Morrison

Concert, tenor, and soprano ukulele 

Kate (she/her) performs with Kate & The Crocodiles and is 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 playing ukulele, tenor guitar, and banjo to develop her own songwriting. Lessons with Kate will cover technique, strum patterns, chord progressions, and fingerpicking and will be tailored to each of her students.

Angie Fritz

Hayley McCurdy

Beginner guitar, songwriting

Hayley (she/her) 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 guitarists and songwriters develop their guitar technique and learn about story, melodic structures, hooks, and proper vocal technique. Read more…

Neli Mattson

Alex Arnold

Guitar, bass, ukulele, piano

Alex (he/him) 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 music for TV and film, and currently leads his group !mindparade. Alex’s well-rounded teaching approach helps students discover their special interest, then teaches them technique and music theory to accomplish their goals. Read more…

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

Voice, Alexander Technique

Christine (she/her) 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. 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. Read more…

Katie Aufenthie

Bryn Roberts

Piano, theory, jazz

Bryn (he/him) 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 Gallery, the 55 bar and Dizzy’s. Roberts has four albums out featuring his own music. He teaches students of all ages and looks forward to sharing his experience with the next generation of musicians. Read more…

Danny Fish

Danny Fish

Guitar, bass

Danny (they/them) 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.

Neli Mattson

Brent Follis

Drum set, music production

Brent (he/him) has a degree in advertising and music performance from Southern Illinois University. He has a decades of performing, composing, producing, recording, and teaching experience, and can be found backing up many talented singer-songwriters, jazz and pop artists, including Portland’s own Pink Martini. 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.

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