Piano Lessons for Teens in Portland

This page is for hobbyists. If your student is an aspiring pro, or intermediate-to-advanced hobbyist seeking more intensive study, please go here.

More than younger kids, teens want to play music that interests them, that they consider “cool,” or that relates to their musical goals. They are starting to forge their own personal way with music. Piano lessons with the goal of having your teenager enjoy music as a lifelong skill are certainly better than no lessons at all. Unfortunately, “no lessons at all” is often what happens if teens’ musical needs are not being met. The Lab takes teens’ musical needs into account, and focuses on cultivating the internal motivation to practice and play for the love of music and for the satisfaction of achieving one’s musical objectives (and not because of parental pressure). Teens enjoy lessons and practicing more, and parents can relax. Students may be beginning, intermediate or advanced players.

Daniel

Daniel, 15, is learning chords and how to arrange songs from lead sheets. He’s also learning the fundamentals of composition and songwriting and beginning to write his own songs. He likes to accompany himself while singing.

Madison

Madison, 13, has played since she was 8 but was starting to lose interest in the classical repertoire. Now she’s playing several contemporary pop songs she loves while continuing to strengthen her reading and rhythmic skills.

Pramod

Most weeks, Pramod, 16, says he’s going to study music in college, though he’s not sure whether he wants to go the classical or jazz route. Pramod is seriously studying the traditional classical repertoire while learning the fundamentals of blues and jazz improvisation.

“Musicianship and Creativity”

Excellent musicianship and artistic creativity and expression are the key elements of the Portland Piano Lab’s approach for teen students. Depending on their musical goals and interests, teen students may choose to:

  • Play any piano style, including rock/pop, blues, ragtime, jazz, New Age or classical
  • Learn basic chords or advanced/jazz chords
  • Learn how to improvise
  • Learn how to compose music or write songs
  • Learn how to play lead sheets (melody and chord symbols)
  • Learn how to accompany themselves singing
  • Improve important musical skills such as keyboard technique and reading, rhythm, ear and practicing skills

Recitals

Recitals are optional and low pressure/informal compared to traditional piano schools. Students may choose to perform their own compositions in addition to the repertoire they have learned.

Scheduling

Lessons for teens are 45 or 60 minutes long. Highly motivated students should take 60 minute lessons. Students may begin at any time of year.

Tuition

45 minute weekly lessons are $50/lesson

60 minute weekly lessons are $65/lesson

Location

The Portland Piano Lab is located in the Alberta Arts District in NE Portland. Free parking is available. See Location for a map.

Ready to start, or have a question?

Contact the Portland Piano Lab