Since 2004, our instructors have been teaching students in and around Portland at our school or in the comfort of their own home with private lessons. Our instructors offer music instruction for students from age four and we teach adults as well.
In addition, we are home of the Complete Instruction Method, which balances learning by ear as well as note reading and theory. Our instructors consists of career music teachers from Portland for piano, guitar, violin & cello who have focused on teaching as a life path and who love what we do. Our school in Portland offers fun private lessons, free recitals, family discounts and we are conveniently located locally.
Trying to choose the best instructors in Portland to get the best lessons for you or your child? The Eliason School Of Music in Southwest Portland’s Multnomah Village offers guitar, violin, cello & piano lessons to students of all ages. We understand that as a parent you have a choice between several local schools & private lessons providers and that not all programs are the same.
Students receive all the technical tools necessary to achieve their highest play.
Students are allowed to play a wide assortment of music using the cello, guitar, piano or violin and experience the joy of playing.
After years of experiences with music and voice students in Portland who came to our school after experiences with other programs in the Portland METRO area, we developed the Complete Instruction method. We found these students and parents had common complaints about their previous lessons for piano, cello, guitar or violin that led them to us. Some students were allowed to play lots of pieces of music and the focus was on fun, but they were not improving because important techniques were not being taught.
Other students were not learning any pieces and had spent as long as almost two years devoted solely to exercises and musical theory. In an attempt to offer students a balanced approach to learning in our Guitar & Piano Lessons, we have developed Complete Instruction. We believe this sets us apart from other instructors that provide lessons, combined with a philosophy that learning music should be a fun and positive experience. Music is challenging and as teachers we help students to overcome challenges by using the best techniques and giving positive encouragement.
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Students enrolled in our lessons over time develop the ability to learn music purely by ear as well as by note reading. This dual method of learning opens up a world of possibilities for students, allowing them to be free to learn what inspires them to play.
It also diminishes the likelihood of becoming frustrated, because when you learn a new piece of music you will have two ways of learning it in your mind, rather than just one. The method also works beautifully when exploring different styles such as Jazz, Folk, Pop, or Improvisation because you can hear how the notes should sound just by ear, but you also understand them and what they mean when they are written down on paper.
Learning the complete instruction method is a lot of fun and as teachers we love sharing this new technique with our students.
My son and I feel Brian is an instructor who knows how to play, how to teach other people to play, and has patience, wisdom, and prudence to do his job.
- Alex A.
Caitlyn went through piano lessons with three music teachers around Portland before finding her way to our music school in Portland. She used to love to play the piano but recently practicing had become a chore and she and her parents would argue about practice time.
When she came in to try one of our music lessons the teacher noticed that Caitlyn did not understand the names of the notes and she could not play her newest pieces on the piano beyond the first few lines. She had a great ear and for years she had learned her songs by listening to them repeatedly and searching for the notes on the piano, all the while not knowing what the names of the notes were.
As the pieces grew more complicated she found herself getting lost and her frustrations grew. The teacher wrote out a practice chart for her that included some of her favorite songs, to keep up her interest in practicing and reinforce good posture, and he also wrote out some piano note reading exercises and created a note reading game for her to play at home.
After a few weeks Caitlyn began to understand the notes in her pieces and she felt much more relaxed and confident at the piano. In time Caitlyn began to write pieces of music and share them with friends and family. Caitlyn always had talent and a rich inner world of music, however she did not have the tools to express this to the world.
Now she loves to play her piano, her talent is being fully developed and practice time is something that is looked forward to in her home. Our music school is thrilled to share this with you along with other stories.
When Erin walked into our music school in Portland for lessons seven years ago she was on the brink of quitting music altogether, however she figured she would give it one more try. At the first lesson the teacher noticed three main problems with her technique and wrote out a practice chart to remedy these issues.
Within 20 minutes she noticed her violin sound was much improved and realized what she had been missing all these years. She also was working on a piece of music that was beyond her current ability and she had been frustrated as she struggled to make sense of the notes.
The teacher found some easier pieces to work with and played examples for her, making sure to find pieces that not only were within her ability level, but that she liked the sound of and would enjoy musically as well. Her new practice plan contained a balance of exercises to improve the Tone and beauty of her sound, easier but enjoyable pieces to grow her skills and confidence, a note reading assignment every day as well as a new advanced piece that was challenging but not too difficult.
This violin lesson was a huge turning point for her musically, she was soon able to read and understand all of the notes, create a beautiful sound that her ears enjoy, and express herself in pieces of music that she loved. Erin has now reached the highest levels of violin, playing concertos of the greatest difficult with beauty and precision.
Most importantly, however, she enjoys the violin once again and she found her inspiration as a musician.
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