Chuck M. (Write Review) Portland, OR
Chuck moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a prominent member of the music teaching and performing community for more than 25 years. Originally from Chicago, Chuck became obsessed with The Beatles when he began piano lessons at age 12. His first attempt at composing was actually improvising melodies over the ending chords to "Hey Jude". Along with playing Beatles tunes Chuck learned classic standards from a set of Reader's Digest Songbooks inherited from his grandmother. Chuck has taught students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, organ, flute, digital keyboards, recorder, and ukulele. He's also a multi-faceted composer whose instrumental pieces are infused with elements of classical, blues, and jazz styles. Chuck's teaching philosophy: "In almost 30 years of teaching I’ve found that everyone learns in different ways and at different rates of progress, so each of my students is treated as a unique individual. I try to get to know my students in the first few lessons so I can be more sensitive to their personalities. This helps me choose the best teaching approach for them. From the very first lesson I create a relaxed setting so students feel no apprehension, especially when trying something new. This allows them to feel free to take chances and experience playing music as something enjoyable, not a life or death situation! The biggest measure of my effectiveness as a teacher is when my students embrace new challenges and the opportunity to improve".
Chuck M. has over 30 years of music experience in the Portland area.
Chuck completed his BA in Music History and Literature and Masters of Music (MM) at the University of Florida.
Chuck studied piano with Dr. David Z. Kushner and Professor Kevin Sharpe at the University of Florida. He studied historical instruments including recorder, krummhorn and flute with John Kitts at the University of Florida.
Chuck has performed with classic rock, top 40, funk, R&B, and jazz groups, and has served as an opening act for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and legendary Texas bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As a soloist he's played classical music, blues, jazz, and original compositions. Chuck currently performs as a soloist at private events and with the groove-jazz outfit "The Soul Meters".
Through his teaching studio, Helios Music, Chuck has taught students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, organ, flute, digital keyboards, recorder, and ukulele. Musical styles covered include rock, pop. classical, jazz, Latin, and blues. Instruction in music theory, songwriting, and improvisation is also available.
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