Teachers


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


Appalachian Clogging

Leela Grace
I teach group classes and private lessons in Appalachian clogging. My focus as a teacher is in making music and dance accessible, understandable, and fun for all levels, including complete beginners. Whatever their level, I challenge my students to grow and really dig into the nuances and complexities of the music. I draw from the old time, old country, folk, and singer-songwriter genres and I teach strictly by ear. However, I always offer tools (audio files, videos, tab, etc.) to my students so they have the best chance of success.

Banjo

Leela Grace
I teach group classes and private lessons in clawhammer banjo. My focus as a teacher is in making music and dance accessible, understandable, and fun for all levels, including complete beginners. Whatever their level, I challenge my students to grow and really dig into the nuances and complexities of the music. I draw from the old time, old country, folk, and singer-songwriter genres and I teach strictly by ear. However, I always offer tools (audio files, videos, tab, etc.) to my students so they have the best chance of success.

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
503-896-4128
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.net/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Paul Savignac
I teach very beginning to very advanced five string banjo. Licks, styles, genres and levels are not as important as learning to play the banjo like any other instrument. Learning to play the banjo is fun. You will be able to play bluegrass, blues, Americana and Rock n’ Roll without having to learn “licks”, because you will make your own “licks”.

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


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
503-896-4128
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.net/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Dobro

Tim Dawdy
I teach basic and intermediate Dobro out of my modern music studio. Teach most styles, Western Swing, Bluegrass and Jazz Standards.
Tim Dawdy
Ridgefield, Washington
360 904-0347
timdawdydobro@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/TimDawdy


Fiddle

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
503-896-4128
gabriellemacrae@gmail.com
http://www.horsenecks.net/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

Annie Staninec
I am a traditional bluegrass fiddle player, and teach at all levels. I emphasize learning by ear, and working on skills that you can quickly apply to a variety of songs and tunes in order to improve your sound and have more fun in jamming or performance settings. I also teach old-time, Cajun, Traditional Irish and other styles, as well as working on fundamental techniques that can be applied to all styles. I have been performing and teaching fiddle professionally for 15 years, both privately and at workshops around the country.
Annie Staninec
415.999.6423
aks916@yahoo.com
https://anniestaninec.com/

Guitar

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

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

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.net/
www.facebook.com/thehorsenecks

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’!

Harmonica

Steve Cheseborough
Harmonica is not the hardest instrument to play — but it is the hardest to teach! Everything’s invisible. I’ll try to get you using your ear, as well as your mouth, throat, diaphragm and hands, to get the sounds of the blues coming out of that little metal instrument. Group classes sometime available.
Steve Cheseborough
Northeast Portland
843.817.6065
chezztone@gmail.com
http://www.stevecheseborough.com
facebook/steve-cheseborough

Mandolin

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’!

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’!

Singing

Leela Grace
I teach group classes and private lessons in harmony singing by ear. My focus as a teacher is in making music and dance accessible, understandable, and fun for all levels, including complete beginners. Whatever their level, I challenge my students to grow and really dig into the nuances and complexities of the music. I draw from the old time, old country, folk, and singer-songwriter genres and I teach strictly by ear. However, I always offer tools (audio files, videos, tab, etc.) to my students so they have the best chance of success.

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.

Ukulele

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

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’!