Best Teachers in Portland!

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

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…

Neli Mattson

Jasmin White

Voice, bass

Jasmin (she/her) 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. 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..

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…

Daysmel Muniz

Daysmel Muniz

Ukulele, guitar, bass – Se habla español

Daysmel (he/him) 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. 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.

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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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