Teachers


Contact info for local teachers. If you would like to be listed, please fill out the teacher listing form.


Banjo

Barry Southern
I teach Old Time and Bluegrass banjo, using both three-finger and clawhammer techniques.

Gabrielle Macrae
I teach Old Time fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. I teach by ear with a focus on the rhythmic aspects of Old Time music and a oriented towards the tradition of playing socially and jamming with other people.
Gabrielle Macrae
N.E. Portland and Skype
503-407-0073
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.com/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Jane Keefer
I teach all levels and most folk styles, such as Bluegrass, Clawhammer, and Pete Seeger style banjo. I use both tablature and by ear learning for teaching, and my basic philosophy of teaching is to “put myself out of a job” with every student; i.e, to facilitate and bring each student to the level of being able to teach themselves as independent learners.
Jane Keefer
SE Portland, North Woodstock Neighborhood
503-775-2846
keefer@teleport.com http://www.artichokemusic.org/classes/teacher.php?id=508

Maggie Lind
I teach group banjo classes for adults (age 12 and over) with the Portland String Band Class and group guitar classes (Intro to Intermediate, adults only). I am not accepting private students at this time.
Maggie Lind
Northeast Portland
503.756.2579
maggiebanjo@gmail.com
http://NeighborlyMusic.net/

Martha Stone
Learn to play old-time fiddle tunes, chords, and songs on clawhammer banjo. No music experience needed, any age is welcome. It’s never too late to start a new, fun, experience that will help you meet new friends and jam with other musicians. You will be able to tune your banjo and play 3-4 tunes in just a few months! Join Clawhammer Rules Facebook group to listen and learn.
Martha Stone
NW Portland and Cascade Locks, OR.
509-699-0842
clawhammerrules@gmail.com


Fiddle

Annalisa Tornfelt
Fiddle lessons for children and adults.
Annalisa Tornfelt
NE 58th and Sandy
(503)984-7079
annalisatornfelt@gmail.com
http://annalisatornfelt.com/lessons/

Gabrielle Macrae
I teach Old Time fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. I teach by ear with a focus on the rhythmic aspects of Old Time music and a oriented towards the tradition of playing socially and jamming with other people.
Gabrielle Macrae
N.E. Portland and Skype
503-407-0073
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.com/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Jane Keefer
I use both tablature and by ear learning for teaching, and my basic philosophy of teaching is to “put myself out of a job” with every student; i.e, to facilitate and bring each student to the level of being able to teach themselves as independent learners.
Jane Keefer
SE Portland, North Woodstock Neighborhood
503-775-2846
keefer@teleport.com http://www.artichokemusic.org/classes/teacher.php?id=508

Kate O’Brien
Hello! I love to play mostly Old-time Fiddle, some blue-grassy tunes and some Irish too. I’m not stuck on one genre and love to explore all types of folk music. I offer a history of classical study and have taught private classical lessons for 12 years. I believe the classical technique, mixed with some dirt and grit, provides excellent tone production, finger placement and bow work – no matter what the style!
Kate O’Brien
Inner SE Portland
971.221.4237
kate@katesmusicstudio.com
www.katesmusicstudio.com

Lisa Ornstein
I teach old-time, Québécois, and Acadian/Cajun fiddle, styles which drew me to spend years doing visits with elders and master musicians in kitchens and dance halls in North Carolina, Québec, Acadie, and Louisiana learning and playing tunes until dawn with folks like Tommy Jarrell, Louis Boudreault, Dewey Balfa, David Greely, and others. In addition, I also teach core technique, playing with ease and nimbleness, and how to learn by ear.
Lisa Ornstein
I teach by Skype and otherwise teach in SE Portland by appointment.
503.236.8277
lisa.ornstein@hotmail.com
http://www.lisaornstein.com

Guitar

Barry Southern
I also offer guitar lessons in both styles, using flatpicking and rhythm backup for Old Time and Bluegrass.

Gabrielle Macrae
I teach Old Time fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. I teach by ear with a focus on the rhythmic aspects of Old Time music and a oriented towards the tradition of playing socially and jamming with other people.
Gabrielle Macrae
N.E. Portland and Skype
503-407-0073
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.com/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Jane Keefer
I teach all levels and most folk styles, such as Bluegrass, Carter Family , fingerpicking, and flatpicking guitar styles. I use both tablature and by ear learning for teaching, and my basic philosophy of teaching is to “put myself out of a job” with every student; i.e, to facilitate and bring each student to the level of being able to teach themselves as independent learners.
Jane Keefer
SE Portland, North Woodstock Neighborhood
503-775-2846
keefer@teleport.com http://www.artichokemusic.org/classes/teacher.php?id=508

Jeffree White
Private instruction in guitar, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. Guitar — all levels and styles, except classical. Piano — beginning to intermediate, with a more visual, chordal and theoretical approach; pop, blues, honky-tonk, jazz. Mandolin — bluegrass and more, with lots of tricks and exercises to get you pickin’!

Jonathan JT Trawick
I am rooted and have a deep understanding of many regional American styles. You will learn where the music comes from while improving upon your own skill sets and becoming a better musician. Seasoned pickers will be inspired and we will get over that hump together while less experienced players will be eased into the steeping process, learning great tunes to get started with and gaining confidence to pick and grin with anyone.
Jonathan JT Trawick
I teach online, preferably, but in-person sessions will be a part of our study. My studio is located in southeast Portland.
971.347.6050
trawickjtt@gmail.com
http://www.jttrawick.com
http://www.facebook.com/travellinarkansawyer

Maggie Lind
I teach group banjo classes for adults (age 12 and over) with the Portland String Band Class and group guitar classes (Intro to Intermediate, adults only). I am not accepting private students at this time.
Maggie Lind
Northeast Portland
503.756.2579
maggiebanjo@gmail.com
http://NeighborlyMusic.net/

Mary Flower
I teach all thinks finger picking: blues, ragtime, how to get around in open tunings, arranging songs, etc. Inlcuidng lap slide guitar.
Mary Flower
North East Portland
503-679-1977
mary@maryflower.com
maryflower.com

Steve Cheseborough
1920s-30s-style blues, working from the original recordings, by the aural method. There is a group Beer & Blues Class as well as individual lessons available. Fingerstyle and slide, various keys and tunings are covered, as well as blues history. The goal is to get you singing the blues and accompanying yourself with a complex guitar arrangement, a one-person orchestra! Prerequisites: familiarity with basic chords, ability to keep a beat, interest in the blues, willingness to practice. Adults only, although bright teenagers will be considered. We have a lot of fun as we work hard at this marvelous music.
Steve Cheseborough
Northeast Portland
843.817.6065
chezztone@gmail.com
http://www.stevecheseborough.com
facebook/steve-cheseborough

Zak Borden
Zak has been teaching, touring and recording on the mandolin, guitar and vocals for over 20 years. He loves teaching all levels and will take on students of many styles. Folk, Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, Blues, Brazilian, New Acoustic etc. It’s all music. His approach focuses on the rests and the rhythm of music in order to build relaxation and confidence. He believes true growth comes from a commitment to slowing way down and savoring what you are playing right now – not what you would like to play in the future.

Harmonica

Steve Cheseborough
1920s-30s-style blues, working from the original recordings, by the aural method. There is a group Beer & Blues Class as well as individual lessons available. Fingerstyle and slide, various keys and tunings are covered, as well as blues history. The goal is to get you singing the blues and accompanying yourself with a complex guitar arrangement, a one-person orchestra! Prerequisites: familiarity with basic chords, ability to keep a beat, interest in the blues, willingness to practice. Adults only, although bright teenagers will be considered. We have a lot of fun as we work hard at this marvelous music.
Steve Cheseborough
Northeast Portland
843.817.6065
chezztone@gmail.com
http://www.stevecheseborough.com
facebook/steve-cheseborough

Mandolin

Jane Keefer
I use both tablature and by ear learning for teaching, and my basic philosophy of teaching is to “put myself out of a job” with every student; i.e, to facilitate and bring each student to the level of being able to teach themselves as independent learners.
Jane Keefer
SE Portland, North Woodstock Neighborhood
503-775-2846
keefer@teleport.com http://www.artichokemusic.org/classes/teacher.php?id=508

Jeffree White
Private instruction in guitar, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. Guitar — all levels and styles, except classical. Piano — beginning to intermediate, with a more visual, chordal and theoretical approach; pop, blues, honky-tonk, jazz. Mandolin — bluegrass and more, with lots of tricks and exercises to get you pickin’!

Jonathan JT Trawick
I am rooted and have a deep understanding of many regional American styles. You will learn where the music comes from while improving upon your own skill sets and becoming a better musician. Seasoned pickers will be inspired and we will get over that hump together while less experienced players will be eased into the steeping process, learning great tunes to get started with and gaining confidence to pick and grin with anyone.
Jonathan JT Trawick
I teach online, preferably, but in-person sessions will be a part of our study. My studio is located in southeast Portland.
971.347.6050
trawickjtt@gmail.com
http://www.jttrawick.com
http://www.facebook.com/travellinarkansawyer

Zak Borden
Zak has been teaching, touring and recording on the mandolin, guitar and vocals for over 20 years. He loves teaching all levels and will take on students of many styles. Folk, Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, Blues, Brazilian, New Acoustic etc. It’s all music. His approach focuses on the rests and the rhythm of music in order to build relaxation and confidence. He believes true growth comes from a commitment to slowing way down and savoring what you are playing right now – not what you would like to play in the future.

Mountain Dulcimer

Jane Keefer
I use both tablature and by ear learning for teaching, and my basic philosophy of teaching is to “put myself out of a job” with every student; i.e, to facilitate and bring each student to the level of being able to teach themselves as independent learners.
Jane Keefer
SE Portland, North Woodstock Neighborhood
503-775-2846
keefer@teleport.com http://www.artichokemusic.org/classes/teacher.php?id=508

Singing

Linda Leavitt
I teach vocal technique, harmony and performance to adults interested in bluegrass, country, gospel and old time singing. I am the vocal instructor at Taborgrass and perform with my band, Mountain Honey.

Piano

Jeffree White
Private instruction in guitar, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. Guitar — all levels and styles, except classical. Piano — beginning to intermediate, with a more visual, chordal and theoretical approach; pop, blues, honky-tonk, jazz. Mandolin — bluegrass and more, with lots of tricks and exercises to get you pickin’!

Ukulele

Jeffree White
Private instruction in guitar, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. Guitar — all levels and styles, except classical. Piano — beginning to intermediate, with a more visual, chordal and theoretical approach; pop, blues, honky-tonk, jazz. Mandolin — bluegrass and more, with lots of tricks and exercises to get you pickin’!

Marianne Brogan
Founder/leader of the Portland Ukulele Association gatherings, individual and group ukulele lessons, absolute beginner to intermediate. Rhythm and strumming, finger-style, singing, music reading, harmony and advanced chords, chord melody.
Marianne Brogan
Inner Southeast Portland
503.679.0391
pua@pdxuke.com
http://www.pdxuke.com

Bass

Gabrielle Macrae
I teach Old Time fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. I teach by ear with a focus on the rhythmic aspects of Old Time music and a oriented towards the tradition of playing socially and jamming with other people.
Gabrielle Macrae
N.E. Portland and Skype
503-407-0073
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.com/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Jonathan JT Trawick
I am rooted and have a deep understanding of many regional American styles. You will learn where the music comes from while improving upon your own skill sets and becoming a better musician. Seasoned pickers will be inspired and we will get over that hump together while less experienced players will be eased into the steeping process, learning great tunes to get started with and gaining confidence to pick and grin with anyone.
Jonathan JT Trawick
I teach online, preferably, but in-person sessions will be a part of our study. My studio is located in southeast Portland.
971.347.6050
trawickjtt@gmail.com
http://www.jttrawick.com
http://www.facebook.com/travellinarkansawyer