Portland Area Guitar Teachers

 
 Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Jeff Kuhns

Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Jeff Kuhns

Jeff Kuhns

Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist. He teaches guitar, piano, voice, and bassoon. Jeff has 15+ years of teaching experience. He studied classical guitar, classical piano, opera, and botany at Central Michigan University. Jeff played principal bassoon in the Eastern Michigan University honors band as well as with the Oakland Youth Orchestra. He has recorded two albums professionally and regularly composes new music. 

Jeff considers his teaching style to be relaxed, dynamic, and adaptive. He caters each lesson to the individual student's interests, ability, and learning style. Jeff believes learning and playing music should be an enjoyable experience if not among your favorite activities. Jeff accepts any student from beginner to advanced with interests in any genre. Jeff will challenge you as much as you would like to be challenged.


 Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Malderine Birmingham

Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Malderine Birmingham

Malderine Birmingham

Malderine loves teaching all styles of music to all ages and types of people.  Everyone learns differently and she finds creative ways to make sure the student not only understands the concepts of music but has fun learning it.  Playing music and singing are fun and practicing should be fun as well!  She believes that music helps us grow as individuals and that sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to blossom into our full potential.  She teaches piano, voice and guitar.

Malderine is a multi-instrumentalist singer, composer and songwriter.  She studied piano and voice at Wright State University and has continued studying with various professors and professionals in the music industry ever since.  She has composed, recorded and produced 7 albums and directed numerous music videos. She has performed in orchestras, choirs, bands and a musical. She also regularly performs live in music venues in the Hillsboro/Portland area. 


 Guitar & Bass Teacher Alexander Margitich

Guitar & Bass Teacher Alexander Margitich

Alexander Margitich

Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, Alexander Margitich began his musical journey singing in the church choir that his father conducted. Alex took up the guitar and eventually attended Berklee College of Music where he studied guitar and composition. While in school Alex found work as a peer tutor and began to develop his teaching skills and his love of sharing knowledge.

After his time at Berklee Alex found an opportunity playing bass in the band WATERS, leading him on a year-long adventure of playing Rock n Roll all across the United States and in Europe. Eventually landing in Brooklyn, Alex spent the next few years founding his own band, Andrei Rublev, and playing shows all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. Alex also worked full time as a teacher for NYC Guitar School where he continued to learn and hone his craft as a teacher, specializing in using the guitar for songwriting and improvisation.

Before moving to Portland, Alex met his future wife and got married in June 2016. In addition to teaching, Alex also works as a composer, performer, and songwriter. Recently his song “Together/Apart” was featured on Season 2 of ABC’s Quantico. Alex recently began releasing music under the name Telecommuter and his debut single “Can’t Get Back To Sleep” was premiered on the online music magazine, Earmilk.


Jessie Gerold

 Guitar Teacher Jessie Gerold

Guitar Teacher Jessie Gerold

Jessie believes that music is a form of communication and that learning technique is not the goal but rather the tool box that carries the performer’s unique voice through the instrument. Her teaching style and pace is fluid and adaptive to the student’s creative ambitions, whether that be to write songs, learn covers, perform, or play with a band. Jessie loves to teach all styles and genres of guitar to students of all ages and skill levels. Her patience and enthusiasm makes her a great fit for instructing kids and beginners. 

Jessie has been studying music and learning a variety of instruments since she was 5 years old, but her expertise comes from her 15 years of in-depth guitar study, practice and performance. Jessie has not only studied all throughout grade school and at the University of Las Vegas, but also under professional blues, jazz and flamenco guitar performers. She has taught entire classes, worked with students one on one, won two talent shows and has performed all over the west coast with rock bands, choirs and orchestras.


Tristan Harris

 Guitar Teacher Tristan Harris

Guitar Teacher Tristan Harris

Tristan Harris is a music instructor of developing minds through creative play and expression. As a multi-instrumentalist, Tristan developed a passion for all things music at an early age, ranging from vocals to strings, (guitar, bass) starting in high school. While in his first year of concert choir and jazz choir, he decided to teach himself guitar and never stopped in the pursuit in mastering his craft. He lettered twice in vocal performance during high school. 15 years later, he has played at local venues on a number of occasions; venues such as The Goodfoot, Mississippi Studios, Hawthorne Theater, Ash St. Saloon, and more. 

Tristan began teaching guitar right out of high school, teaching friends and loved ones the basics of guitar and how to feel confident right out of the gate. Student led approach, he tailors his lessons on what the student wants to learn the most. If they're just beginning and have never picked up a guitar, rest assured that they'll have that baby singing in no time. If the student has been playing for a while and need gaps of knowledge filled in, not to worry, Tristan is equipped with years of experience.

From preping for a performance to learning fundamentals, Tristan has the knowledge and skill set to make you enjoy every moment of learning. The first rule he has, have fun above anything else. Without it, the expression of the soul loses meaning. Cheers and happy learning! 


Jeffrey Shapiro

 Guitar, Ukelele, Bass & Piano Teacher Jeffrey Shapiro

Guitar, Ukelele, Bass & Piano Teacher Jeffrey Shapiro

Jeffrey Shapiro has been studying and performing music for nearly 20 years.  After teaching himself how to play the guitar in high-school he decided to pursue a formal music education at the college level, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music Pedagogy and Performance.  While living in Texas Jeffrey began teaching music at a school run by the Salvation Army before opening his own teaching studio in Dallas for students of all ages.  He is a very patient teacher and can teach several instruments and multiple styles of music.  Jeffrey regularly creates his own teaching materials in addition to utilizing several established methods.

On top of being a private lesson instructor, Jeffrey has performed regularly around the DFW metroplex with solo artists and multiple bands.  He eventually accepted a position as the lead guitarist with the One Voice Choir in Dallas.  During this time he also began recording guitar tracks for many artists in Dallas, and getting more aquatinted with the process of recording music.

Jeffrey and his wife Carol decided to move to Portland in 2017 to experience a wonderful part of the country that they were only slightly familiar with.  Jeffrey has already begun teaching students around Portland and is a regular fixture in the live music community.  He is currently recording original material and helping others to do the same in his home studio.