FAQs

Who are you?

I'm Jake! a Portland-based musician and teacher.

I've played guitar for over 15 years, piano for many, saxophone for a handful, ukulele for two, and even clarinet for one.

I hold a degree in Professional Music from PCC, which includes training in theory, performance, and recording.  Additionally I work as a freelance engineer at studios such as Hallowed Halls and Jackpot, and operate a small home studio of my own.

I currently teach group and private lessons with Ethos, and have taught with other music organizations in Portland and Boston for many years. I have been a teacher most of my life, and have spent over ten years running afterschool programs, volunteer teaching, and assistant teaching with students from HeadStart to High-School.


Solo Lesson at MY space:         $40/50 minutes

Solo Lesson at YOUR space:    $50/ 50 minutes

Group Lesson:                     add $15 per person

Songwriting Workshops:         $75/ 3-hour Workshop

**All payments can be made by cash, check, or card via Square card reader, and will be collected at the start of the lesson or workshop**

How much?


Where are you?

 

Lessons:

What ages, styles, and skill levels do you teach?

All ages and most styles; I've taught private lessons to students from age six to age 60 ranging in styles from folk, to jazz and blues. I naturally work music theory into the lessons, often utilizing the piano to illustrate various concepts, and am always happy to delve into the technical side of things.  

I teach beginner and intermediate level players, with many students having come in with little to no experience.

Do you teach piano?

Some. I've taken years of piano lessons, and can play pretty dang well, though I am admittedly more knowledgeable on guitar. There is a piano in my space, and I often incorporate piano into my lessons and workshops, using it to teach theory and harmony. If you're interested in piano lessons, I'm happy to talk.

Do I need my own guitar?

Nope. I've got you covered, whether you want to play acoustic, electric, or ukulele.

What's a songwriting lesson?

A songwriting lesson is a lot of fun :) It starts with a song or a seed that the student wants to work on and goes from there. It will usually be part guitar or piano lesson, part writing workshop, and part vocal/ melody/ harmony training. The direction is largely dictated by the student as I help to guide, and present tools/ tactics to overcome roadblocks and build your skill-set as a songwriter. 

Do you do group or partner lessons?

Yes! I love group and partner lessons. I regularly teach groups as large as 8, and have taught friends, siblings, and couples as well.

And you do house calls?

Sometimes, depending on where you live and when you'd like the lesson. I like to teach in peoples homes, as it can be much more comfortable and convenient - though it's all a matter of timing.


Group Workshops:

Do I need to have a full song?

Nope! Come with a bit, a piece, a nugget, or a seed and we'll work with that. If you have a (mostly) full song, or a few songs you wanna work on, that's cool too! Just be mindful that everyone gets the same amount of time and focus regardless of how much material they've come with.

How many people we talkin?

Group Workshops work best with between 3 and 6 students.

When and how long are the workshops?

Workshops are typically held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and typically run around 3 hours, 2pm - 5pm being a time that I've found works well.

What should I bring?

Bring your instrument (guitar or ukulele), paper, pens, and some ideas. There is one keyboard on site, as well as one guitar amplifier. Though, due to the nature of the space, acoustic instruments are preferred. If you do not have an instrument that you can bring, let me know and I can supply one.

What will I walk away with?

Hopefully you'll walk away with a song that you're proud of, though sometimes you just need to work on a song for years until it's complete (trust me, I know!). However, you're guaranteed to walk away with practical skills on how to overcome roadblocks in you're writing process, and how to write in ways you'd never previously explored. Additionally, you'll walk away with a book of exercises, writing prompts, and other resources that will continue to help you create.

I'm not convinced, Capistran. What else you got?

Coffee.... Plenty of coffee.