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Amy loves introducing students to the violin and helping them explore their own ability to create music. Having taken her first violin lesson at the age of eight and remembering many of the frustrations of the early years, she seeks to provide students with meaningful exercises that will increase their capabilities and engaging songs that motivate their learning. She has taught students worldwide in her life of travel and especially enjoys coaching adult beginners. Schedule Lessons with Amy To schedule a lesson, browse our lesson schedule to to view teacher availability and request an appointment, or contact Amy directly at 1-800-779-0242.
Learn to play the music you want to play! With a background in performing classical, traditional Irish, Celtic, gypsy, blues, rock ’n’ roll, country, folk, modern, klezmer, and even improvisation, Katie Lubiens customizes her lessons to the style of music her students want to learn. Her energetic teaching style gets her students excited about making music while learning the fundamentals of technique and theory which are imperative to becoming a great violinist. She believes that with a strong foundation of reading sheet music and understanding impeccable intonation, her students can take their learned skills into any genre of music with ease. Each lesson with Katie incorporates some form of ear training, sight reading, technique coaching, muscle memory exercises, and defining the student’s personal goals with their violin so Katie can create a customized curriculum to attain their musical aspirations. Katie currently performs with several groups around the Pacific Northwest. Her groups range from a classical quartet, a traditional Irish group, a classic rock and folk band, a country and blues group, and a gypsy steampunk band. Her vast experience with these different musical genres has influenced her teaching style to incorporate fun new repertoire, technique, and teaching methods into her lesson program. Katie recognizes that music comes in many different forms and styles, and she loves exploring both traditional and new ways to express oneself through music. As a teacher, Katie hopes to inspire her students to find the same joy from making music as she has for so many years. Schedule Lessons with Katie To schedule a lesson, browse our lesson schedule to to view teacher availability and request an appointment, or contact Katie directly at 1-800-779-0242.
Sam Ross is a young professional musician from the Vancouver, Washington area. Trained classically, Sam is an experienced orchestral musician, playing for 4 years in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and various local orchestras, alongside being a member of a local professional string quartet. His life has been shaped by inspiring and enthusiastic music educators, sharing the love that they have for music to anyone who’ll take it. Sam has taken lessons from Clark College viola instructor Wendy Edgar, worked with various musicians from the Oregon Symphony, and takes conducting lessons from Bruno Walter award winning conductor Raul Gomez. Being a young adult in the classical music world, Sam hopes to connect with and inspire a new generation of music lovers.
Jessica Rhee started playing the violin at 5 years old and grew up involved in Portland’s classical music community. At 8, she was the youngest person to then be accepted in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She played with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, leading the orchestra as concertmistress in its 2006 tour to Europe. She was also selected as a soloist in the Pacific Northwest Korean-American Youth Music Competition. At New York University, Jessica majored in Violin Performance, gaining a solid technical foundation with Gregory Fulkerson and developing her artistic sensibility with Naoko Tanaka. After working as a professional violinist in New York City, Jessica pursued her master’s degree in Historical Musicology at the University of Oxford. Specializing in 20th-century Russian music, Jessica delved into her intellectual passion for seeing the history of ideas reflected in Western art music. She was also involved in many of the University’s musical groups, including the Oxford University Symphony Orchestra, the Oxford University String Ensemble, and led as concertmistress in the Oxford-Cambridge Trinity College Concert of the Mozart Requiem. Jessica’s guiding principal as an educator is that music is a meaningful experience which can instill values, and develop an individual's emotional and intellectual capacity. She tailors lessons to the unique skills and approaches of each student. She assists them in developing problem-solving skills which link violin technique to beauty of sound. Scheduling Lessons with Jessica To schedule a lesson, browse our lesson schedule to to view teacher availability and request an appointment, or contact Jessica directly at 1-800-779-0242.
Owen Hofmann-Smith is a performer of many talents. He began his musical training in the fifth grade on the cello. He played in orchestra and sang in choir through his school years. As a youth he played with the Portland youth Philharmonic. During college he picked up the string bass and began studying jazz. It was also at that time that he got his first choir directing position at a local church. After winning the concerto competition at PSU, Owen was awarded the first prize of performing the full, unabridged concerto with the PSU Symphony. When practicing vigorously for this concert he sustained a severe playing injury that prevented him from continuing to play bass or cello. Faced with giving up his lifelong goal of a career as a cellist, he then begin to study voice and opera singing as well as completing a master's degree in conducting at Portland State in 2013. Having made a full recovery from that injury a couple of years later, he is back performing on his cello and bass regularly. After years of gigging as a classical, jazz, and theatrical stage performer, more recently Owen has been developing as a rock and R&B musician on guitar and bass guitar. Owen has recently performed on bass with The Casimir Effect, Karaoke from Hell, Pete Krebs, The Clambake Combo, Stumptown Swing, Vintage Knights, Torchsong Entertainment, Rio con Brio, Arco PDX, Columbia Symphony, and Opera Theater Oregon. Owen is also very into folk and fiddle music after traveling to Dublin and Cork. Fiddle tunes and Irish folk songs are often featured in his musical sets. Owen currently holds position as Director of Music Ministry at Bethel UCC, conductor of Liedertafel Harmonie (community choir of the German American Society of Portland), and instructor at Kennedy Violins.
Zach is a Portland native with a bachelors degree in bass performance from PSU. He’s been an active private teacher in the Vancouver area since graduating in 2010. He’s studied with Jeff Johnson of the Oregon Symphony as well Jazz artists Glenn Moore, Alan Jones, Dan Schulte, and Kevin Deitz. Zach performs as a member of the SW Washington symphony as well as freelancing throughout SW Washington and the Portland area. When he’s not playing bass Zach enjoys permaculture gardening, mountain biking, kayaking, and anything that gets him out in the great outdoors of the pacific northwest. Schedule Lessons with Zach To schedule a lesson, browse our lesson schedule to to view teacher availability and request an appointment, or contact Zach directly at 1-800-779-0242.
I have been a music teacher for over twenty years, learning and advancing my craft as a teacher. I have studied guitar pedagogy, piano and have written a basic method book that have I use successfully. In my years teaching, I have dealt with students needs from learning disabilities to social issues that create obstacles in their development. I have learned a lot of techniques and communication skills using music as a medium to help those students overcome barriers in their lives. Music is a powerful tool and used as a universal language that can motivate and inspire students to learn. With years teaching guitar privately, I have also been teaching music and guitar classes since 1997. I have lectured as an educator on the importance of art in the community, at Libraries, schools, churches, museums; I am a resident of Vancouver, WA and have offered myself as a liaison to students in the surrounding schools. I have been a part of teaching programs in the middle and high school level and have been invited to participate in school music education advising and productions. I have great joy taking on the responsibility of teacher and mentor and have seen the result of my work from the responses by parents as well as students themselves. I have been my own advocate as promoter, manager, and local artist in Vancouver, WA. I would like an opportunity to visit with you and welcome you to our family here at Kennedy violins. Scheduling Lessons with James To schedule a lesson, browse our lesson schedule to to view teacher availability and request an appointment, or contact James directly at 1-800-779-0242.
Jordan first picked up playing guitar in middle school and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in music. He privately studied guitar method under Randy Rusk and jazz under Mimi Fox. He has taught guitar for over 5 years and currently works as a music teacher, freelance musician, and audio engineer. Jordan spends most of his time in the studio and deeply enjoys messing around with all types of instruments, pedals, amplifiers, plugins, and what nots. Jordan has a deep love for all different types of music specializing in rock n roll, folk, bluegrass, country, blues, and pop. He strongly believes that there is no single teaching plan that works for everyone and that part of being a good teacher is adapting each lesson to each student! He finds great joy in teaching all ages and skill levels, and looks forward to inspiring and motivating his students to enjoy the process of learning. He knows that It is important to start immediately having fun playing and focuses each lesson on the music each student loves. He believes that every song holds its own lesson to improve the groundwork of healthy guitar playing, or strumming techniques, or expand chord vocabulary, or grasp some concept of music theory, ear training, and sight reading. Jordan aims to inspire students to be excited about practice, to be proud of their growth, to exceed their own expectations, and to find the same happiness in playing that he does!
Dyonnis has taught piano and voice for over 25 years to students of all ages. She studied piano pedagogy at Marylhurst College under Joanna Hodges, founder of the Joanna Hodges Conference and Piano Competition. She studied voice under Dr. David Murray. She has sang in the Portland Opera Chorus and served as Music Director and as a piano accompanist in churches. Dyonnis takes into consideration each student’s unique learning style and interests to achieve a common outcome of proper technique, theory, ear training and sight reading ability. She is passionate about helping a student achieve the lifelong physical, mental, social and emotional benefits that playing an instrument provides.