Music Teachers

• Spacious lesson studios • Several locations for your convenience • Flexible Hours • Professional Teachers • Wide selection of music lessons

Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Teachers

Thad Beckman

Location:
– Broadway Store 503 228-8437 ON MONDAYS

– Beaverton Store 503 641 5505 WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
www.thadbeckman.com

Thad Beckman (guitar, ukelele and songwriting)

Thad Beckman offers lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced guitarists and beginning and intermediate ukuleleists. Specialties are fingerpicking and flatpicking blues (acoustic and electric), folk (traditional and contemporary), traditional country and slide guitar. He also works with songwriters looking for help in all aspects of songwriting from chord structure, lyrics, melodies and guitar hooks to studio recording.
In his 35-year career Thad Beckman has performed on the David Letterman Show, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and festivals, theaters and clubs all across The USA, Canada and Europe. He has played guitar for Bo Diddley, Earl Thomas and Tom Russell to name a few.
He has shared the stage with B.B. King, Emmy Lou Harris, Los Lobos, The Band, Jesse Winchester, Dave Alvin and many others. He has eight critically acclaimed studio albums to his credit and has lent his talents to countless other CD/album projects, most recently Tom Russell’s Grammy nominated album The Rose of Roscrae released in 2015
He has taught workshops throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.
He started his teaching career in 1977 and has worked one on one with hundreds of guitarists from beginners to experienced professionals. He designs his lessons around each student’s personal goals. Student must be at least 10 years old.


MARK SHARK

Locations:
Division Store
(503)760-6881
Beaverton Store
503-641-5505
Broadway Store
503-228-8437
Milwaukie Store
503-226-3719

MARK SHARK: GUITAR

With over forty years of guitar playing experience Mark Shark brings his unique talents to the Pacific Northwest. As a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer, teacher and author he has had the good fortune to have shared the stage and studio with many of his own personal hero’s over the years (Jackson Browne, Jesse Ed Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, John Trudell and Bob Dylan). Mark’s qualifications include the analytical, technical and patient ability to teach music, and the undeniable desire to shed some light on his love of world music and alternate tunings.
Mark’s first book The Tao of Tunings (Hal Leonard) takes a unique and comprehensive look at how to approach and play the guitar in altered tunings. His latest project is the soon to be released chronicles of Jackson Browne’s Solo Acoustic Records Volumes I and II (Inside Publications 2015). His next endeavor, Comparative Scales in Exotic Tunings for the Guitar, is underway now.
Mark specializes in Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, 12 String Guitar, Pull String Guitar, Bouzouki, Balalaika and Dulcimer.
Expertise: Altered Tunings, Music Theory, Songwriting, and Improvisation.


Erick Hailstone

Milwaukie Store
503-226-3719
Website

ERICK HAILSTONE
I studied at the Berklee College of Music, G.I.T., M.I.T., and private studies with some of the best musicians in the world. If you don’t know my name I’ll bet you’ve heard music I’ve written or my guitar playing on such TV shows as “Friends” or commercials for “Lowes” and “Lifelock”.

I’ve got decades of experience in many areas of the music business. For years I’ve been studying and teaching all aspects of music and guitar playing. I work for Yamaha as a Clinician and have taught Guitar Master Classes at Christian conferences all over the country. I have also created and taught music classes for Home School Organizations.
With many years of experience teaching and performing I can find the unique way for you to learn about music and the guitar. Whether it’s Rock, Jazz, Pop, Alternative: picks, fingers, hybrid approaches; scales, harmony, rhythm. I’ve studied it, performed it, I’ve done it.


Ian Miller

Location:
Division Store
(503)760-6881

Ian Miller – Guitar

Ian Miller has had a long career (34 years and counting) as an established and respected performing/recording guitarist within the Portland music community, spanning genres of rock, punk, classic country, traditional and Western swing, rockabilly, smooth jazz, and more. This variance reflects not only Ian’s wide range of taste and interest, but also his recognized capabilities in bringing both a traditionalist approach to whatever musical style he is inhabiting, as well as an adventurous ear for improvisation and a healthy appetite for musical mischief (because he feels that guitar playing should, most of all, be fun).

Being that one of Ian’s acknowledged strengths is indeed lead guitar (be it arranged or improvised), it’s no surprise that his mission as an instructor should focus on what he likes to call “fretboard familiarity”, or making said fretboard seem not so vast and unfriendly, and he is quite thrilled with the possibility of helping players of all experience levels gain confidence, knowledge, and dexterity.


Tommy Houston

Location:
Broadway Store
(503) 228-8437

Tommy Houston (guitar)

After a 20,000 mile, 100 day motorcycle tour of America, Tommy relocated to Portland, OR in 2009, where he now performs with The Flat Nines jazz ensemble and continues his studies with several advanced teachers. He teaches all ages; from beginning to advanced levels on guitar and beginning to intermediate levels on violin and mandolin. His styles encompass Jazz, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, Alternative and Latin, among others. Tommy has studied and played guitar, violin, and mandolin for over 15 years.


STEVE BRADLEY

Location:
Broadway Store
(503) 228-8437

STEVE BRADLEY: Guitar

A local professional for many years, Steve is grounded in 50’s and 60’s rock. Also offered are blues and fingerpicking folk styles. Roots type music is fun to play and also provides excellent foundation for any musical direction the player may wish to go. Besides the basics of getting started with the instrument, learning to provide “the groove” or rhythm guitar is pursued as well as learning to improvise lead lines. Beginning through advanced players.
Steve Bradley was inducted
into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2007.


JON EDMONDSONDON COREY

Location:
Division Store
(503)760-6881

JON EDMONDSON: Guitar

Jon Edmondson moved to Portland in 2010 from Chicago, Illinois. Jon has been playing guitar since 1990 for various bands and in several studio projects. Jon has been teaching guitar professionally since 2005 and he has 3 + years private study experience in music education and performance from The College of Lake County in Chicago, Illinois. He specializes in keeping lessons fun, teaching beginning young musicians to advanced players looking for a new direction. He is very well versed in Acoustic, or Electric Blues, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Folk. Also, fingerpicking, flatpicking techniques, and Nashville style hybrid picking. Jon has been working in the guitar department and teaching at Portland Music Company on MLK since June of 2010. Contact Jon at the MLK store WED-SUN.


Location:
Division Store
(503)760-6881

DON COREY -Bass & Guitar

Don graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. Don is excellent with kids and beginners as well as advanced players. He has been teaching for over 10 years and strongly believes music should be fun .He has an abundance of patience and enthusiasm. Lessons can include techniques for soloing, theory, sight -reading , chords, playing by ear , and having fun learning your favorite songs. Don has very eclectic musical tastes. He has experience playing Jazz, Classical, Rock, African, Reggae, Funk and Cuban music.


Allen Markel

Location:
Beaverton Store
503-641-5505

Allen Markel: Bass

I’m a Professional Bass player and teacher. I have over 20 years of experience and have a Bachelors degree of Music in Jazz Performance from the prestigious William Paterson University. In 2005 I played on Raphael Cruz’s CD “Bebop Timba” which was nominated for a Grammy in the Latin Jazz Category. Since 2007 I’ve been mainly performing with Delta Groove recording artist Kevin Selfe. We are currently in The Cascade Blues association’s blues hall of fame. throughout this time I’ve always balanced my performance schedule with teaching. In 2006-2007 I was hired for 2 Bass instructional DVD’s for Millennium Interactive’s Fun to Know series.
Learn the proper technique on Fretted and Fretless Bass so you can learn any style of music! I specialize in Jazz and Blues but have an eclectic taste in music and have studied and played many different styles. Rock, Funk,Country,Latin, Brazilian to name a few. I look forward to meeting you!


TIM ROTH

Location:
Beaverton Store
503-641-5505

TIM ROTH: GUITAR

Tim Roth has been teaching guitar in the Portland area since 1996. He taught guitar at the Central Community School of the Arts in Arizona and at Portland Community College. He holds a Bachelors in Music from Arizona State University and graduate studies under local guitar great Jerry Hahn at PSU. Two of Tim¹s recent students are now music majors at Oregon State University. Tim teaches a variety of styles including finger style chord melody jazz, blues, classical and classic rock. He teaches all levels, including beginners. When he isn¹t teaching or practicing, Tim has frequent performances in and around the Portland area. You can see him at Ford Food and Drink every Sunday afternoon, 12-2. You can also catch up with him on his
website.


Shiloh Schatzkame

Milwaukie Store
503-226-3719
Broadway Store
503-228-8437

Shiloh Schatzkamer- Guitar

Shiloh Schatzkamer is a recent graduate of Reed College and an experienced ukulele and guitar teacher. She has the good fortune of being the daughter of renowned guitarist and educator Mark Shark (Tao of Tunings.com) and the student of master guitarist Julia Banzi (Al Andalus Ensemble, Reed College).

Shiloh welcomes students of all ages interested in any genre, but specializes in teaching children and young adults interested in pursuing music. “I’ve been around music my whole life, playing with my father and brother for years in our home, as well as in my high school jazz band, at Reed College, and performing in coffee houses and open mics both here and in LA. These experiences have given me a broad musical foundation to draw from… I love teaching, I love learning, and I love playing music.”


Drums and Percussion Teachers

RYAN MC PHAILL

Locations:
Broadway Store
503-228-8437

RYAN MC PHAILL — DRUMS

Ryan has been teaching individualized drum lessons in the Portland area since 1995. His lessons are tailored to the student; emphasizing technique, independence, reading, transcription, preparation, and above all, confidence. He currently plays around Portland with the bands Sioux, Ed and the Red Reds, and Salyut Seven. Beginners are always welcome!


Trumpet & TROMBONE Teachers

JOE KLAUSE – TRUMPET/TROMBONE
Joe Klause received his Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston after having graduated from the Pre-College program at Juilliard in New York. At the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, he continued his studies with a Master’s Degree in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (the study of music through movement) and an Artist Diploma in Chamber Music (with the Redline Brass Quintet, of which he is a founding member). After his time at music school, Joe put his skills to good use and built an ice cream sandwich business, Peace Pie, which now has six stores in three states up and down the East Coast. Feeling satisfied that he scooped enough ice cream, Joe moved to Oregon in 2017 to follow his passion for music. Aside from teaching at the Portland Music Company, Joe teaches at the Community Music Center of Portland, and with the BRAVO youth orchestra program. He is a regular performer with the Eugene Symphony as well as other local orchestras and festivals.


Saxophone and Clarinet Teachers

MELISSA CARROLL

Locations:
Broadway Store
503-228-8437
Division Store
503-760-6881

MELISSA CARROLL: Saxophone,flute, oboe, clarinet and recorder

Originally from Salem, Oregon, Melissa Carroll has a B.A. in Music from Pacific University where she studied classical oboe and a M.M. of Jazz Studies from Portland State University where she studied alto saxophone. From 2004-2013 she traveled and lived extensively in south east Asia where she performed professionally and taught music to students of all ages and ability levels. Currently Melissa is the Music Director of the Nopo Big Band, and performs regularly as a leader and sideman in various projects in Portland. Her instruments include saxophones, flute, oboe, clarinet and recorder. Melissa is
an experienced educator and performer and welcomes all levels of learners. Lessons are designed to suit each individual student’s needs, learning styles and provide the proper tools and techniques to grow as a musician. She specializes in teaching fundamentals, theory, classical, jazz, and improvisation.


Piano and Keyboard Teachers