Best Teachers in Portland!

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

Neli Mattson

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 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. Read more…

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.

Angie Fritz

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

Katie Aufenthie

Kathy James

Piano, theory, jazz

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 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!

Daysmel Muniz

Daysmel Muniz

Ukulele, guitar, 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 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.

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.

Neli Mattson

A.G. Donnaloia

Guitar

A.G. 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. have a blast learning 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.

Katie Aufenthie

Bryn Roberts

Piano, theory, jazz

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 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.

Neli Mattson

Kirk Kalbfleisch

Drum set

Kirk 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.

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.

Chris Jackson

Angie Fritz

Guitar, bass, ukulele, voice

Born and raised in Chicago, Angie’s roots lay in blues, folk, and classic rock, though her true passion is songwriting. She studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas before moving to Portland in 2014. Lessons with Angie focus on building a strong foundation in music theory, good technique, and emphasizing individual creativity. She plays shows all around Portland as a jazz singer, folk songwriter, or rock guitar player, depending on the night of the week.

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 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.

Neli Mattson

Jasmin White

Voice, bass

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 the 2017 M.O.N.C. Seattle Regionals. In Portland, she plays bass with her band, Talk Mouth. Jasmin helps her students find new avenues of creative expression, and transform their lives through the magic of music.

Angie Fritz

Kate Morrison

Ukulele 

Kate’s love of music began at an early age with classical and jazz vocal training. She has many vocal competition wins to her name including the National Arion Award for Music. She performs regularly with her Portland-based band, Kate & The Crocodiles, and is often a featured guest soloist with Pink Martini and the Utah Symphony. 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. 

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.

Neli Mattson

Brent Follis

Drum set, music production

Brent 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.

Chris Jackson

Alex Harrison

Guitar, 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.

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