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Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
music performance
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
Master's

Education

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (music performance)

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (Master's)

About Justin

There are many reasons to take music lessons. Maybe you would like to learn to play an instrument or maybe you know the basics but want to develop your abilities on the instrument further. Maybe you would like to learn how to read music, get familiar with musical terminology, or gain a better understanding of how the various elements of music theory work together. Maybe you are taking a music class right now and need some extra help. All of these reasons are great reasons to learn, and I can help.

Hi, my name is Justin. Music has always been an integral part of my life. I currently teach instrumental lessons in clarinet, saxophone, piano, and drum set. You'll learn the basics of whichever instrument you choose (instrument assembly, technique, posture, note reading) and when you're ready, you'll develop a good tone, work on muscular conditioning, expression, and musicality. I have years of experience performing on these instruments in all different styles, including symphonic, chamber music, rock, pop, musical theatre, world music and more. If you're thinking about trying out for a band or orchestra or auditioning for colleges, I've been there many times too and I can help you prepare. I have been teaching primarily in the private, one-on-one format for about seven years, and I have experience teaching independently, as part of a music school, and in a classroom.

In addition to instrumental lessons, I offer sessions in music theory, ear training/sight singing, and other music tutoring. Whether you're a beginner to the world of notated music, a hobbyist who wants to understand how things like chords, keys, harmony and structure work, or a current music student who could use some assistance with your current course of study, we can craft a one-on-one plan that works for you. I hold Bachelor and Master's degrees in music, which means I have many years of music theory training ranging from basic to advanced concepts.

I also strive to always make my lessons enjoyable as well as productive. That's why I make sure I know what kinds of music my students enjoy so I can integrate that into our music lessons too, whenever possible. The great thing about the private lesson format is that it's all about you, so I strive to customize my students' lessons to their individual needs. I travel to all my students' locations, all throughout the Portland metro area, including Gresham, Beaverton, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Oregon City , Milwaukie, and everywhere in between!

I look forward to hearing from you!
There are many reasons to take music lessons. Maybe you would like to learn to play an instrument or maybe you know the basics but want to develop your abilities on the instrument further. Maybe you would like to learn how to read music, get familiar with musical terminology, or gain a better understanding of how the various elements of music Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$35/half hour or $60/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97214
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
English:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Language:
German
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Clarinet

I began clarinet studies in 1996. I went on to receive Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with a concentration in clarinet. I have performed in all kinds of settings on the instrument, including in bands, orchestras, chamber groups and as a solo recitalist, with singer/songwriters, in musical theatre pits, Klezmer/world music ensembles, avant-garde productions and accompanying dancers. I have taught students of all ability levels from grade schoolers to senior citizens.

Drums

I have been playing the drums since 1994. I started out playing drums in rock and jazz bands, took private lessons to allow my technique to improve, and since then have performed in all kinds of bands, from classic rock, metal, punk, funk, jazz, and singer/songwriter settings. I also have played drums in many pits for musical theatre productions, a very vital role in keeping the ensemble playing together. After students are comfortable using all four limbs and have a grasp of basic drum set technique, you can learn to play along to great rock, pop and jazz songs or to develop your repertoire of beats and fills and learn to improvise your own part. Learning the drums can be a great way to solidify your understanding of rhythm, an important concept in any musical endeavor.

Ear Training

My academic background included 2.5 years of ear training and sight singing to foster musical development. The two areas are closely related and are used to achieve the same end results: 1) to improve your ability to understand what you are hearing in musical terms and 2) to improve the accuracy of intonation, or pitch, regardless of whether you are a singer or not. Through ear training and sight singing, you will be able to recognize intervals, triads, scales, advanced chords, harmonic progressions and more just by listening. Transcription, the ability to notate music by listening to it, is a related skill. I use the Kodaly method of intervallic training to gradually expand your ear's and your voice's abilities to recognize and replicate sounds.

General Music

I have been a musician in various shapes and forms for over twenty years. I play piano, drums, clarinet and many others and teach these instruments as well. I took private lessons in these instruments as well as music theory and ear training and went on to earn Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. I believe anyone can learn the basics of music and I can help. Learning to read music opens up so many doors and performance opportunities. I've seen in my own experience students of all ages learn to read music and then feel empowered that they begin studying an instrument. Having knowledge of musical fundamentals allows you to gain a deeper understanding of music in general, whether you are looking at a piece of music, listening to a song on your iPod, or attending a live performance. I am willing to work with you to help you achieve exactly what you want in your musical studies.

Music History

I hold Bachelor and Master of music degrees, and I have studied an enormous amount of music history. If you are taking a music history course and need extra support, I can help. My musical studies include music from Ancient Greece to the present, and include the commonly studied periods of Western music like the Baroque, Classical, Romantic eras as well as the explosion of various styles that occurred in the 20th century. I also have a good foundation in the history of music from non-Western cultures and have experience on a few world instruments as well, including the hulusi. As a clarinetist, I also boast a special understanding of the history of music written for that instrument, in solo, orchestral, and chamber settings.

Music Theory

I started taking music theory lessons at age 14 to help supplement my instrumental music studies. I went on to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music. My academic background has given me a thorough understanding of music theory from the most basic to the most advanced concepts in Western music. I enjoy teaching music theory to students of all ages and all experience levels. My current students know that I could talk about music theory concepts for hours and am also happy to explain something in a different way to accommodate a range of different learning styles. Whether you want to learn the basics of music notation, key signatures, time signatures, clefs, rhythm, articulation, chords, scales, or harmonic progressions, I have years of experience and I can help. I am also a perfect tutor for someone who is taking a music theory class and needs additional assistance with homework completion or test preparation.

I strongly believe an understanding of music theory will help anyone have deeper, more meaningful experiences in music, as a performer, scholar or listener.

Piano

I began studying the piano in 1992. I took many years of private lessons and learned basic technique, sound production, as well as the basics of musicianship and note reading in treble and bass clef through piano studies. The piano is a versatile instrument and I perform in many styles including pop and rock music (incorporating keyboards, organ and synths as well), musical theatre, improvisation, and avant-garde productions. My strong background in classical music allows me to coach students in classical piano studies as well. Learning the piano is also a great way to learn basic musical concepts like chords, keys, the circle of fifths, scales and more.

Saxophone

My strong background in clarinet studies allows to be able to teach concepts of saxophone study as well. The tone production method, embouchure, tonguing and even the fingering systems are very closely related, and students who study one often find they can, with additional practice, gain competency on the other. I have performed on the saxophone in pop/rock and musical theatre settings and have taught saxophone to students of all ages. The sax is also a great instrument to use to learn about phrasing, breath control, and transposition. Its versatility allows students to play in band, classical, pop, and jazz settings freely.

Sight Singing

I have years of experience in ear training and sight singing and I know firsthand how they help to foster musical development. By studying sight singing, you will improve not only the intonation of your singing, but also the intonation of any instrument you play. The key is developing an understanding of intervals, the distance between notes. This skill will help you improve your sight reading and also help you better understand the music that you listen to. I use the Kodaly method as a starting point for lessons in sight singing and ear training.

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
music performance
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
Master's

Education

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (music performance)

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$35/half hour or $60/hour

Travel policy

Justin will travel within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97214.