Best Teachers in Portland!

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

Angie Fritz

Maxx Katz

Flute, rock flute, improvisation

Maxx (she/her) is a classically trained flutist with a master’s degree in music from the University of Virginia. She has toured extensively in the US and Europe. As a multi-instrumentalist, Maxx is fluent in metal, jazz, classical, and free improv styles. She has a solo flute-centered doom metal project called Floom which tours and performs locally. Lessons with Maxx focus on technique, classical repertoire, composition, and improvisational skills. Read more…

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

Voice, Alexander Technique

Christine (she/her) has a master’s degree in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. Christine is certified to teach the Alexander Technique through the St. Louis Center for the Alexander Technique. Christine performs locally and is known for her expressive, intelligent performances of early music and art song. Christine helps students overcome challenges related to performance including injury and anxiety. 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 music scene. Kirk gives each student a strong foundation in technique, rudiments, and stick control. 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 are individually tailored to meet the student’s needs, covering chord progressions, strumming and fingerpicking. Read more…

Neli Mattson

Brent Follis

Drum set, production

Brent (he/him) has a degree in music performance from Southern Illinois University. Brent has decades of performing, composing, producing, recording, and teaching experience. He performs regularly with 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. Read more…

Zachary Rizer

Zachary Rizer

Bass, 6-string, 5-string

Zach (he/him) has a degree from the University of Missouri. He toured the US with his original electro-funk band ‘Mouth’ for more than seven years, playing at festivals and clubs. In addition, Zach performs solo recitals demonstrating his modern approach and technical prowess 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…

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Kennedy Verrett

Piano, composition

Kennedy (he/him) is a pianist and composer whose scores can be found in a number of studio and independent productions including At The End of The Tunnel, Sightings, and This Is Us. As a musician, Verrett has performed with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and Fullerton Woodwind Quintet. Lessons with Kennedy focus on nurturing a student’s interest in music and providing steps to improve technique and musicianship. Read more…

Neli Mattson

Alex Arnold

Guitar, bass, ukulele

Alex (he/him) holds a degree in music composition from Earlham College. Alex is a multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer, who has toured the US, produced multiple records, and composed music for TV and film. Alex performs and tours with his group !mindparade. Alex’s well-rounded teaching approach helps students discover their passion, improve their playing technique, and learn music theory. 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 locally with her funk-rock project, Far Out West. Liz has a 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…

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Hayley McCurdy

Guitar, songwriting

Hayley (she/her) is a singer/songwriter 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…

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Madeline Pape

Voice, piano

Madeline (she/her) studied music at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She participated in numerous choirs, including the professional choir, Nova Singers. Madeline is singer/songwriter, performing under the name Begonia. Madeline is passionate about teaching kids to incorporate self-love and compassion into their music. She has an open communication style and caters to each individual student’s needs. 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 a unique approach to teaching music that centers on building students’ confidence. Neil’s work is delivered through private lessons focused on developing musicianship skills. Read more…

Katie Aufenthie

Jeni Wren Stottrup

Piano, voice, production

Jeni (she/hers) has more than twenty-five years of performance experience. She holds a degree from the University of Iowa in vocal performance. Jeni is also an accomplished pianist, audio producer, podcast coach and teacher with more than a decade of practical teaching experience, working with children and adults. Lessons with Jeni focus on fun and engaging work to grow each student’s skills and confidence. Read more…

Neli Mattson

Ross Garlow

Bass, guitar

Ross (he/him) holds a master’s degree in music from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Originally from Philadelphia, he spent 5 years traveling the world as a music director for major production companies and cruise lines. Ross is very active in the local music scene in Portland. Ross has a decade of experience teaching private bass and guitar lessons. Lessons with Ross focus on developing the student’s passion for and understanding of music. Read more…

Katie Aufenthie

Kathy James

Piano, theory, jazz

Kathy (she/her) holds a degree in piano performance and music education from Portland State University. Lessons with Kathy make learning good technique, musicality, and sight reading fun! She works well with students of all ages who appreciate her calm and caring demeanor. 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…

Daysmel Muniz

Alex Margitich

Guitar, ukulele

Alex (he/him) studied guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Alex has toured internationally, conducted choirs, and wrote and produced songs that have been featured on network TV. Currently he produces synth chamber pop and performs under the name Telecommuter. Alex teaches a variety of styles including pop, rock, and jazz. Alex loves helping beginners create a strong musical foundation. 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 and touring worldwide 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. guides each student to reach their potential, starting them on a path to a lifelong love of music. 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. 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…

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