I've been playing music since I was ten years old, first the trumpet and later the guitar. Although I can teach a variety of genres, my passions include fingerstyle folk and gypsy jazz. I'm especially influenced by Bob Dylan, Sungha Jung, Stephan Wrembel, Louis Armstrong, and The Tallest Man on Earth.
I believe that if learning guitar is ever frustrating or unwelcoming to the student, the teacher has to take a different approach.
Because of my 10 years of experience in classrooms and my strength as a communicator, I can confidently make beginner and intermediate level guitar lessons enjoyable and easy.
I have been playing guitar for nearly 15 years now. As a youngster, I also took guitar lessons, learning theory and lots of pop and rock songs. Nowadays, I'm more of a Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, Indie, influenced guitarist.
My favorite artists range from the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, J Dilla, D'angelo, to Iron Maiden.
I love to teach! I make fun my top priority, and I want students to always walk away with a positive impression of music. I pride myself on being informative and direct while remaining very patient and relaxed.
I first started playing music in sixth grade band where I learned and the alto saxophone. As mush as I enjoyed the sax, when I picked up the guitar in eighth grade, I instantly knew it would become a passion for the rest of my life. After playing in several projects throughout high school and college, providing lessons to friends and younger students, and performing in a funk/jazz/rock band for four steady years, my love for the instrument and teaching it to others continues to grow!
I know I'm leaving out one or two, but here are my top musical influences: Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Funkadelic, and Tame Impala.
As a certified educator from Michigan State University who has worked with all age levels, and as someone who truly loves to play the guitar, I believe in making my lessons engaging, challenging yet motivating, and unique to my students’ learning styles and goals. I love to teach different genres, styles, and techniques to both beginner and intermediate players. Whenever I work with a student, I always ask them what they enjoy about the guitar and what they hope to accomplish, making their interests and desires the objective of each lesson.
I've been playing guitar for 13 years and giving lessons for the pas 6 years. My main influences are blues, funk, jazz, and rock. Some guitarists I've been digging recently are: Isaiah Mitchell, Cory Wong, Julian Lage and Marcus King.
I emphasize learning many songs, developing good technique for a clear tone, and fostering a strong foundation of playing in time. This prepares students for playing in a band or as a solo performer. I especially enjoy helping beginning students. I love teaching a bunch of styles - jazz, folk, rock, pop, funk. We'll make learning the guitar fun and rewarding!
I found an affinity for playing acoustic guitar when I was 14. Continuing to take piano lessons
through my teen years, I taught myself guitar with Pete Townshend, The Beatles, and
Paul Simon in the foreground for inspiration. Learning these songs and stylings of inspiring
musicians has been most resourceful for discovering what resonates with me.
Now in my third year studying jazz guitar and music composition at Portland State, my musical inspirations and interests have expanded greatly (Gilad Hekselman is a favorite guitarist). Improvisation and songwriting are my two strongest interests now. I still recognize musical vocabulary coming out of me in improvisation and writing from those beginning guitar years.
I'm eager to teach the technique, theory and songs that will help uncover and enjoy what is musically resonating in those early years.
I’ve been playing music since I was eleven years old and it became my life’s my passion in high school. I went to Berklee College of Music for two years in Boston, Massachusetts from 2009 to 2011.
After the second year, I left to join a band from Oklahoma called 'Outline In Color' as their lead singer. In the following six years, we put out three albums and toured the United States several times, until we parted ways at the end of 2016.
Since I was eighteen, I’ve taught guitar to friends, family and fans in mostly informal, freelance situations, but I always knew it was something I wanted to do eventually because I found it extremely rewarding to pass on my knowledge to people younger than me so I could help them avoid the obstacles that I went through, and making sure music is always a fun and fulfilling experience!
Aaron Stern is a guitarist, pianist, bassist, composer and songwriter native to Portland, OR. He began performing at 15 with his high school band in venues like the Hawthorne Theater and now defunct Satyricon.
A graduate of Portland State's College of the Arts with a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition with Jazz Guitar focus, Aaron is also a frequent performer in the Portland music community where he plays a variety of instruments and styles. With experience in rock, jazz, folk, country, pop he can help your student achieve their musical goals regardless of age or experience level.