Portland Area Piano Teachers
Voice and piano teacher Amanda Habner has been teaching for over a decade. She began teaching piano at age 15 and discovered her love for teaching. Amanda knew that her true passion was singing, so she pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, which she received spring of 2014. She followed that degree with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy (the study of teaching) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.A native of Washington State, Amanda decided to return to the west coast upon finishing her studies to begin eagerly teaching music.
Amanda loves to work with all ages and levels. Her teaching philosophy includes building trust between the teacher and student, honing musical and technical aspects of piano and singing, stressing the health of the student, use of appropriate repertoire and learning techniques, emboldening students to perform, create personal opportunities, and becoming self learners, and finally having fun.
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.
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.
Anirudd "Andy" Sharma is a clarinetist and educator based in Portland, Oregon. He has performed for over 15 years, and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony (WA), Newport Symphony, Oregon Mahler Festival, Portland Choir & Orchestra, Oregon Symphonic Band, Portland Wind Symphony, and frequently collaborates in chamber groups and with various composers, appearing at venues throughout the northwest. He has performed throughout the United States as well as Canada, U.K., France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Andy holds a Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from Portland State University. His primary teachers were James Campbell and Barbara Heilmair, and received coaching from Howard Klug and Eli Eban.
Andy has collaborated with musicians of the Oregon Symphony, Boston Symphony, and 3 Leg Torso, and has performed with orchestras such as the Indiana University Philharmonic, University and Summer Festival Orchestras, the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Orchestra, New Voices Opera Orchestra, PSU Symphony Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony. He recorded for the NAXOS label with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra in David Diamond’s Symphony No. 6, and produced historical recordings of music by the Old Aurora Colony Pioneer Band with the PSU Wind Symphony. Andy has performed as a concerto soloist with the Beaverton Symphony, Oregon Sinfonietta, and Indiana University Orchestra. His 2016 recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the IU Orchestra garnered more than 2,300 views.
Andy maintains a private studio in Portland where he teaches clarinet, saxophone, piano, music theory, and ear training to students of all ages/levels. He has coached students at West Sylvan Middle School, as well as Westview, Southridge, Beaverton, and Sherwood High Schools, and is an adjudicator for solo/ensemble festivals. Andy is also active as a conductor, having worked with the Indiana University Symphonic Band, and the PSU Concert Band.
Brandon Kennedy Verrett is an innovative and versatile composer whose imaginative works can be found across a variety of genres. His compositional vocabulary is sought after by many collaborators who seek an authentic musical experience.. Kennedy’s scores can be found in a number of major studio and independent productions including At The End of The Tunnel, Sightings, and This Is Us. In addition to composing, Brandon’s orchestrations and arrangements can be found in films such as Deliver Us From Evil (Screen Gems), The Monkey King, Priest (Screen Gems), and Drag Me to Hell (Universal).
As a musician, Kennedy has performed with many ensembles, including the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and Fullerton Woodwind Quintet, playing bassoon and contrabassoon. Additionally, Kennedy performs on piano and an assortment of exotic instruments, including didjeridu and duduk and can be heard on many of his soundtrack recordings.
Highly talented and expressive with the baton, he has served as conductor of the Monroe Symphony Youth Honors Orchestra, has guested with a variety of groups from coast to coast, and conducts most of his own soundtrack recording sessions. This background as an orchestral musician, conductor, and player of orchestral and exotic instruments offers Kennedy an unparalleled perspective in the workings and abilities of a wide range of ensembles in the marriage of sound, visuals, and emotion. His expansive and eclectic experience, united with his limitless imagination, allows him to offer in his music and to an incredibly broad pallet of musical colors and sounds.
In addition to composing, Kennedy teaches private lessons in music composition, orchestration, piano, saxophone, and didgeridoo.
Jon Roberts is a Portland based pianist and trumpet player. He went to Berklee College of Music for Trumpet and Film scoring, and has a Bachelor's degree in Jazz piano performance from Portland State University. He has been a professional studio musician and performer for over a decade, working and touring with a variety of jazz, orchestral and pop groups in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Portland, and working as a cruise boat musician and ballet accompanist for OBT, TPB and NW Dance project.
His current active groups include the NW hip-hop band Eastern Sunz and his own jazz quartet. He is accepting students at all levels and abilities, but is especially interested in teaching students who show an interest in jazz, pop, or other forms of improvised, group music.
West Troiano is a pianist, composer, and music educator living and working in the Portland and Hillsboro areas. He has over a decade of piano, composition, and music theory teaching experience in a variety of different settings, from college classrooms to private studios. West pursued both undergraduate and graduate studies for piano performance and composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he discovered a love for modern classical music and improvisation. Trained as a jazz pianist from a young age, and having developed a taste for pop, rock, and film music during high school, West happily dwells at the crossroads of a broad array of musical appreciations. West has performed as a soloist and accompanist in numerous concerts and recitals, including the US premier of Gloria Coates’ Stolen Memories at REDCAT concert hall in Los Angeles in 2014. As an educator, West strives to bring the bigger musical picture into focus through clarity of communication and enjoyment of craft. He encourages his students to seek the answers to the ‘why’ in addition to the ‘how,’ and is constantly working with them to establish the balance between what they want to know and what they need to know.
Karl Schultz is a pianist, composer and music educator residing in Portland, Oregon. He holds a Masters of Music in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors in Music from Lewis and Clark College. He studied piano with Jill Timmons and Susan DeWitt Smith, and composition with Michael Johanson and David Conte.
Karl is a classically trained pianist, well versed in the standard repertoire from Bach to Prokofiev. His current work as a performer is centered on playing new music for the instrument. Karl recently premiered solo works for the piano by himself and other emerging composers at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. He loves to bring his lifelong passion for music to his teaching. Karl has had extensive experience in the teaching profession, having spent the previous year teaching general music for grades K-8 and Band and Choir for grades 8-12 in Lake County, OR for Ethos Music Center.
Karl offers lessons in piano, from young beginners to advanced high school and college students, to adults who wish to take up the instrument again after years away from it. He also offers voice and violin lessons to beginning level students. While he seeks to ground his students in a solid foundation of musicianship, Karl also wants his students to know that music can be fun. His goal is to provide his students with the foundations and the training to be the best musicians they can be.
Will is a Portland-based pianist and new sitarist, studying music at Lewis & Clark College, set to graduate in the Fall of 2018. He specializes in the theory, performance, and musicology of the Romantic Era. However, his musical interests are far-reaching, and he enjoys teaching rock and pop piano, as well. While still young, he’s eager to prove himself and learn with his students.
Will’s teaching philosophy centers around developing a deep love and understanding of music, giving his students the tools to critically engage with the music they play and experience in everyday life. While he chooses to tailor each lesson to individual students, he hopes to help deepen their understanding of what they play beyond learning the notes on the page. He believes this is best achieved by tying what students are learning in lessons to the music that made them want to play to begin with.
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.
Allison Frazier is a Portland area flutist with over 25 years of experience performing and teaching music. She currently teaches private lessons and classes in flute, piano, recorder, beginner piano, and general music at Portland Metro Arts. In addition, she performs with the Oregon Sinfonietta, the Clark College Orchestra, the Oregon Mahler Festival, and appears periodically with the Rose City Flute Choir. Allison has also appeared with the Light Opera of Portland and the Portland Civic Orchestra.
Allison received her Bachelor of Music and Texas Educator Certificate from Texas State University in San Marcos. She expanded her musical knowledge at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and received her Master of Music with a concentration in theory and composition. Her former private instructors include Dr. Adah Toland Jones at Texas State and Dr. Andrea Kapell Loewy at the University of Louisiana, and she has studied jazz with Willie Matheis in Portland.
Allison is the classical specialist in the music program for Housecall Providers, a non-profit organization where she volunteers her time to bring recorded music to patients in home hospice. She is attending Pacific University in Forest Grove, pursuing music therapy.
Madeline is a multi-faceted musician who has spent the last 12 years developing her skills in both the art of singing and playing piano. She pursued higher education at Westminster Choir College where she trained for two years as a Music Education major. After transferring to a smaller program in New York on scholarship, she was awarded a B.A. in Music focused in Vocal Performance. After attaining her degree from The College of Saint Rose, she moved to Portland with the hope of pursuing work with the Portland Symphony Choir and Portland Opera.
Throughout her schooling, Madeline honed in on her craft and developed skills in music theory, diction, collaborative piano and choral conducting. She considers herself especially equipped in all matters pertaining to educational philosophy and vocal pedagogy. Madeline has performed in masterclasses, given a number of recitals and has an extensive background in choral singing. While her training is in classical music, Madeline is willing and able to teach healthy technique to students hoping to perform any genre of music.
Madeline's philosophy is that the most touching musical experiences are those that bring deep joy to the performer. In order to lose one's self in music, the student must feel personally connected to the piece; for this reason, self-selection plays a significant role. Madeline is passionate about establishing an open dialogue with her students so that she can better equip them with the skills they seek to attain and teach the repertoire they wish to perform. Madeline is also thrilled to challenge students with more complex pieces as they progress. Ultimately, making music is an emotive process. Madeline is, first and foremost, concerned with creating a safe environment for her students where they feel accepted and completely free to be themselves.
David is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar, piano, drums, bass and violin instruction. He accepts students of all ages and skill levels. David has professionally recorded over ten albums and toured nationally with diverse groups ranging from jazz and rock to techno and heavy metal. He has also worked extensively as a live sound and mastering engineer.
As passionately as he has explored all aspects of sound and music, he is equally committed to developing a highly impactful teaching style. With an emphasis on personal growth and self-discovery, David attempts to empower each student to carve out their own musical journey and push themselves to grow physically, emotionally and cognitively.
Piano, Guitar and Vocal Coach, Samantha Bogard, has been teaching for 6 years. A native to the Beaverton area, Samantha went to Arts and Communications Magnet Academy to study Vocal Music after studying privately for nearly nine years. She is a talented multi-instrumentalist with experience performing in Orchestral Music, Jazz and Blues Bands, Pop and Opera. She attended New England College receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (education and behavior intervention techniques for children and people with disabilities) and is pursuing her PhD in School Psychology. Samantha performs in solo events, operatic events, composes music and is a regular accompanist for Classical Competitions (such as OMEA).
Samantha is a teacher of joy and self discovery. With guidance, music can become an important aspect that provides enrichment differently in the life of each student. The interest of the student paves the educational path, and she is simply along for the ride to assist in overcoming bumps on the road while providing technical and theoretical knowledge.
Samantha enjoys working with beginners and intermediate students with interests in any genre, as well as working with musical theory and composition students. She will challenge her students and curve their learning appropriately.
Tanya Lannaccone is a working musician living in Portland. She teaches violin, piano and guitar and studied with Sona Hayden as part of her masters in piano studies at Washington University St. Louis. Tanya has performed extensively at the world famous blueberry hill and taught English in Munich through musical modalities.
Ben Zuelsdorf is a multi-faceted pianist that regularly performs in many genres in the Portland, Oregon area. He is professional, hardworking and able to perform at a high level in numerous styles of music.
His musical journey began when he was 11 with classical piano lessons in Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he received a Bachelor's of Music in Piano (Jazz Emphasis) from Portland State University. He has studied personally with Darryl Grant, Alan Jones, Ezra Weiss, George Colligan, Randy Porter and Brian Ward.
Ben is continually working in new directions on his instrument and is able to enhance any performance by drawing from a wide range of experiences. Previous events performed at include the Silverton Jazz Festival, wedding receptions, formal dinner events, informal shows, Christmas services and album release parties. He currently works with groups ranging from Straight-Ahead Jazz, Contemporary/Popular styles and accompanies religious services and also performs Classical repertoire for private events and semi-annual recitals.
In the future, Ben hopes to begin teaching at a college level and also maintain a diverse performing career. With that goal in mind, he intends on completing a Master's degree in Piano performance in the Pacific Northwest.
Margaret Wehr is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, performer and session musician originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been living in Portland and participating actively in the local music scene since 2010.
Ms. Wehr offers private, in-home instruction for all levels of experience in voice, piano and violin. With over two decades of experience on each instrument she has been teaching piano and voice for the past two years and violin for six. In addition to teaching she performs and tours with several local bands including Y La Bamba (synth and vocals) and Moorea Masa & the Mood (vocals).
Students under Ms. Wehr's instruction are encouraged to choose their own goals for learning their instrument and have a good deal of say in their overall lesson experience. Emphasis is placed on finding ways to enjoy music as both an intellectual challenge and emotionally expressive, often healing experience. Lesson time is intended to be empowering, exploratory and most importantly a source of self-discovery and joyful creativity for students of all levels.