Do you teach beginners?
Yes, I teach beginning clarinet and saxophone students, as well as intermediate and advanced musicians.
How long are the lessons?
I offer lessons in 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute blocks. I encourage all new students to sign up for a one-hour Introductory lesson. Active students choose a regular lesson length of either 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Read more about lesson lengths on the Monthly Package Signup Page.
Do you teach jazz improvisation?
Yes! I instruct musicians on any instrument who want to learn the fundamentals of improvisation. I use my music method, Truly FUNdamentals, to teach introductory improvisation lessons.
What days do you teach?
I teach Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from after school (first lesson is either 3pm or 4pm) through the early evening (lessons end by 8pm.) Although this schedule can change in the Summer months. Friday and Saturday lessons are available by scheduling with me personally.
Where are the lessons taught?
All lessons are given at Grace Notes Music Studio, located in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood of Portland at 5644 SE Belmont St, Portland OR 97215.
Do you offer performance opportunities for your students?
Yes! Twice a year, I produce student recitals; in the Fall and Spring. The format of the Fall recital is small ensembles, in which students combine into groups of two, three and four and play duets, trios, and quartets. In the Spring, each student performs a solo with or without accompaniment.
How much are lessons?
Monthly lesson packages are $120 for 2 hours a month and $180 for 3 hours a month. Utilizing 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute lessons throughout the month, students can schedule two, three or four lessons per month depending upon the lesson length chosen. See the Monthly Lesson Package page for more detail about this.
What do you expect of students?
I expect each student to practice the assigned lesson, keep playable reeds in rotation, maintain their instrument in playable condition, and most importantly, ask questions. All of these practices demonstrate student involvement.
What if I need to reschedule my lesson?
You may use the online scheduler at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule a lesson. Please read my complete studio policies.