photo Adrian Martin

Instrument: Guitar

Adrian Martin is a performing musician who has appeared in venues across the nation. He's been featured with blues guitar hero Lonnie Mack and songwriting legend Warren Zevon. He holds a degree in classical guitar, studying with one of Maestro Andre Segovia's prize students. He is an accomplished musician. But he was never a "natural" musician. His love for music has inspired him to practice and persevere. The unique perspective of a professional musician who never "breezed through " offers the student an understanding guide. All students have difficulties. Adrian helps guide you through the struggles while we celebrate all the progress you've made. 

His teaching experience includes working in public and private schools as well as running his own studio for fifteen years in Ohio. His philosophy is simple and can be summed up in the two questions he asks most frequently in his private sessions. 1) What would inspire you? 2) How 'bout if we have some fun today? 

Teacher's Web Site: Adrian Martin

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Anne Weiss

Instruments:  Guitar, Performance, Piano, Voice

Anne Weiss is a nationally-touring folk and blues singer-songwriter whose home base is here in Portland. She has performed and/or recorded with Dar Williams, Taj Mahal, Shawn Colvin, and many other blues, gospel and contemporary folk artists. She has been teaching blues and folk piano, guitar and vocals (both privately and at national music workshops) for over 15 years, working with absolute beginners to advanced students. 

Anne's teaching style is student-centered, building on the strengths and interests of each individual student. Some of the individual and group classes Anne has taught in the past are: Singing for the Vocally Challenged, Harmony Singing, Community Choir, How to Sing Blues & Gospel, Blues Guitar I & II, Guitar Tunings, Guitar Accompaniment for Folk Songs, Blues Piano for Beginners, and From Folk to Funk in 4 Easy Steps. 

Anne's approach is always patient, energetic and non-judgmental, earning her constant positive reviews from her students.

Teacher's Web Site: Anne Weiss

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Avery Hill, Community Outreach Director

Instruments:    Guitar, Ukulele:

Avery Hill specializes in working with beginning musicians of all ages on guitar, banjo, ukulele and piano. She believes beginners learn best within the context of what they want to learn, and works with each of her students to build necessary skills and achieve personal goals. 

According to famiy legend, Avery sang before she talked. She learned to sing harmony with her dad listening to The Beach Boys and thanks her mom for schlepping her to piano lessons week after week (even when she hadnt practiced). Over the years she has honed her skills on several instruments and has most recently focused her creative work on studying and practicing the art of songwriting. You can hear her music and learn more about her teaching at www.averyhilltunes.com

Inquiries: Community Project/Lesson Request

Bob Howard, School Director-Community Volunteer

Instruments: Guitar

I have been a member of the Artichoke Community since I retired in 2010. In July of 2016, I joined the Artichoke Community Music finance committee to help our community find a new home. In September 2016, I was elected to the Arichoke Board and in February 2017, I was elected to the role of Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer. I serve in these capacities as a volunteer. I have been responsible for the financing, management and construction activities at Artichoke’s new location on SE Powell Street since we opened the store on July 27, 2017.  In our community, I also serve as the treasurer for my church and member of my church leadership council; the music director for Portland Tennis & Education, an after-school educational enrichment program for low-income families in St Johns where I volunteer teach beginning and intermediate guitar, and host an after school sing-along every week during the school year; and I volunteer as a mentor for the Portland chapter of Soldiers, Songs and Voices.  Outside of my work with Artichoke, I am an avid tennis player.--I served on the Sportsmanship Committee of the Pacific Northwest Section of the United States Tennis Association from 2011 to 2016 -- and, I am the editor of the Oregon Tennis History Committee Facebook page and serve on the Board.

I am fluent in French.  I was born in Houston, Texas. I went to High School in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from college in Texas, I completed a Masters degree in economics at Claremont, California and have stayed on the west coast of the United States ever since I left Texas in 1974.  I released my first solo album, "Sticky Notes and Warm Pancakes" in August 2018 available on CD Baby.  Most of the inspiration for the song songs were born from cues from the songwriting classes I took from Matt Meighan at Artichoke.

Webpage: One Black Shoe Productions

Questions about the School: Contact Bob Howard


photo Brenna McDonald

Brenna began her study of flamenco in 1997 with Martita Santiago (baile) and Jaime Woods (guitar) in Eugene, Oregon. Since then she has devoted her life to the study of flamenco, moving to Spain in 2003-2004 to study with Chiqui de Jerez and Jose Luis Balao and in 2008-2009 to study under Juan and Saray de los Reyes. Brenna started performing in 2004 with Solo Flamenco while pursuing her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Reed College ('06). Brenna has performed and collaborated with Flamenco Callejero, El Cuadro Gallo, Madjaleo, Assa Flamenco, Tablao de Rosas. She is co-director and co-founder of Espacio Flamenco where teaches flamenco dance and guitar to children and adults and directs the professional performance company. She is a guest teacher at Center for Movement Arts where she teaches dance for kids ages 6 to 18. She performs regularly with the Espacio Flamenco company and Latin/Flamenco/Rumba quartet Seda.

More info at espacioflamencopdx.com

Carl Thor

Instruments:    Hammered Dulcimer, Piano, Music Theory

The hammered dulcimer is one of the world's oldest musical instruments, dating back 800 years or more. It is found throughout the world, from China to the Middle East, Europe and North America. Many people, upon first hearing the hammered dulcimer, immediately fall in love with its sound and may eventually want to learn to play it.

Carl Thor began playing hammered dulcimer in 1990 and has been performing, recording, and composing music since 1993. He currently plays dulcimer, piano, and/or mandolin with Cascade Crossing, Celtinalia, Hands4, and the Portland Megaband, as well as in other groupings for English country, contra, and Scandinavian dancing, as a soloist, and as an accompanist. Carl has accompanied the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Aurora Chorus, the Portland Lesbian Choir, and several other choral groups in performance of music for choir and hammered dulcimer by Malcolm Dalghlish.

Carl is recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as a knowledgable, patient, and inspiring teacher. Over the last 25 years he has taught dulcimer in workshops at the Spring Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous, the Chatter Creek dulcimer festival, and, prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, the Prairie Dulcimer Club in Kansas City. He teaches workshops and private lessons at Artichoke Community Music in Portland, and group piano classes for Portland Community College (PCC). In addition to three years of course work in music theory and music technology at Clark College and PCC, he has studied dulcimer with Steve Schneider, Linda Lowe Thompson, and Ken Kolodner.

Carl brings a sense of fun and adventure, as well as a lifetime of musical experience with piano, bands, and choirs to his playing and teaching of the hammered dulcimer and the piano. If you have never played before, he will help you to get started making music at your first lesson, then help you learn more advanced skills and music theory along the way in future lessons. If you already play, he’ll help you to improve your skills, knowledge, and musicality. Carl is very responsive to the needs of his students and enjoys helping each individual student learn in a way that fits with their particular interests and works well with their own learning style.

To learn more about Carl and to hear some of his music, please visit his web site.

Teacher's Web Site: Talisman Music

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Dan Compton

Instruments: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Two-row Button Accordion

Dan Compton is a multi-instrumentalist performer and teacher with a deep knowledge of traditional folk music. He specializes in strings - guitar, fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin, and tenor banjo - as well as C#/D Irish-style button accordion. 

Dan has a strong background in classical guitar. He earned a Master of Music in performance from Lewis and Clark in 1983 (working with guitarist Ian Mitchell), and performed in masterclasses with Christopher Parkening, Michael Lorimer, and José Thomas, among others. 

Over the years, Dan has explored a wide range of guitar styles, from progressive rock, through ragtime, to traditional Irish dance music. Adept at both fingerstyle and flatpicking, Dan is also well versed in alternate tunings, notably DADGAD. He can guide students through the intricate solo styles of John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan, the roots-based music of Mississippi John Hurt and the Carter Family, as well as the inventive backup playing of Micheál &?Oacute; Domhnaill and Gilles LeBigot. 

Dan stresses understanding technique, harmony, scales and modes, and other tools necessary to be a complete guitarist. But above all, he teaches students how to use their ears: to hear and understand what's going on in the music and to translate that to the fingerboard. 

Dan is also an experienced Irish-style fiddle player. His music is especially influenced by players and mentors like Kevin Burke, Matt Cranitch, and Denis Murphy. Dan is adept at other fiddle styles as well, notably Appalachian, Quebecois, and Breton. He studied violin technique with Kathryn Gray and Tina Alexander.  In teaching the fiddle, Dan emphasizes learning by ear, helping students to hear the structures and phrasing in traditional music. His students also explore in detail the ornamentation and bowing used in different styles, as well as solid and relaxed bowing technique, tone production, and intonation.  Dan takes a similar approach in teaching the mandolin, octave mandolin, and tenor banjo - with a special emphasis on plectrum technique and tone production, rhythm, and ornamentation. 

In addition to private lessons, Dan teaches the popular "Irish Session Class", which offers a unique setting for learning Irish traditional tunes on all traditional instruments, as well as the listening skills essential to ensemble playing. 

Dan currently performs with fiddle player Lisa Ornstein and box player Johnny Connolly, button accordionist Fran Slefer, flute-and-banjo player Mark Roberts, Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval, the poly-folk group Sprig, and the dance bands Jigsaw and The BFD. His most recent recordings include The High Caul Cap (with Mark Roberts), Session at the Cottage (with Fran Slefer), and The Magic Paintbrush (with Lisa Ornstein).

Teacher's Web Site: Glen Cottage Music

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Din Pelonca Huerta

Instruments:    piano, voice, percussion and composition

Hello, my name is Din Huerta.  I enjoy playing the piano, teaching and composing among other hobbies, but even though music is a hobby of mine, it is also my work since I've spent a good amount of my time practicing my instrument(s) and even charging for my services.  I have taught music with Ethos in the Rural Music Program and I am now teaching at the Happy Valley Arts Academy.  My music education started at Columbia Basin Community College in the tri-cites area and I have studied at Reed College and Lewis & Clark.  But my focus is now is on the creative side and I love working with young audiences and teaching them to play music together.   Some day I hope we can exist in a world without $$$ and without borders too, then perhaps we'll all be playing music in the streets, much as many of our ancestors had.  For now, we can take steps towards a more musical and community centered tomorrow by simply attending some workshops, classes or open mics at Artichoke Music Center today.  

Teacher's Web Site: Dinner Pelonca

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Ezza Rose

Instruments:  Guitar, Ukulele, Voice

Hello. I'm Ezza Rose, a Portland-based musician. Over the past ten years, I've used music as a vehicle to see the world and experience some beautiful stages. Music has become not just an occupation, but a way of of living. For me, teaching is an opportunity to share with others the joy that this amazing art form has brought me. My classes, regardless of instrument, will focus on each student finding their unique voice. I believe in using good technique as a guideline and letting the rest build naturally. I'm excited to help you discover how music fits into your life. If you'd like to learn more about the music I make, come visit me at my website.

Teacher's Web Site: Ezza Rose

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Jane Keefer

Instruments:    Banjo, Dulcimer (Mountain), Fiddle, Guitar

Styles:    Old Time, Appalachian, Folk, Carter Family 

Like many modern traditional players, I started out doing something other than music, namely theoretical chemistry and physics (phD 1969, Univ of Illinois). This led to Southern California in the mid-70's where I encountered a small but intensely dedicated group of string band music enthusiasts. I was entranced and within the space of several years acquired a banjo, fiddle and dulcimer to go along with the guitar I had owned since my teens. When the budget was trimmed in 1977 and I got laid off, I never looked back. 

I am pretty much self-taught, and that means my technique is not always "correct" in a classical sense. Still, having a penchant for analysis, I soon discovered that if you read music, either tablature or notes, you can also write it. This led to teaching for a local music store and ultimately some 1200 arrangements and several years later to a modest mail-order business and numerous published tablatures. 

I especially enjoyed group classes where I could combine some individual tutoring with group teaching as a "performance" art. I am perhaps most proud of my "folk ensemble" class that introduced beginning and intermediate players to the joys of Old-Time String Band playing. I've taught since 1977 in a myriad of settings for individual and groups for instrumental arrangements in tablature for flatpick and fingerpicking guitar, clawhammer and 3-finger banjo, strum and fingerpicking mountain dulcimer, mandolin and fiddle. Fiddle arrangements are also available in standard notation for use on any instrument. I've published scores of tablature arrangements in Banjo Newsletter (BNL) and Pickin' Magazine and recorded with Truman Price "Songs & Tunes of the Oregon Trail". 

As a solo performer, I focus on traditional songs and tunes from the Appalachian mountains, sung and played on the 5-String Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, Fiddle and Guitar. Material includes lively dance tunes, novelty songs from the 20's and 30's, ballads and songs from a variety of sources with a special emphasis on Carter Family songs. Newer songs and an occasional original, all crafted in the traditional mold, are mixed in for good measure.

Private Lessons: Lesson Inquiry

photo Jenna Dalton

Instruments: Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

Jenna Dalton is a healer, visionary, teacher, artist, mother and musician. 

She has joyfully led retreats, camps, choirs, conferences, lessons, private healing sessions and classes for all ages for over 15 years.  
Born on a spiritual community in Nevada, her family moved to Portland Oregon when she was 14. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Alternative Education with a Double Minor in Music and Skills in Spiritual Living from Prescott College and went on to receive her Master's in Education through a full time Waldorf Teacher training program.  

She has recorded three albums of original music, climbed the tallest peak in Nevada and brain tanned several deer hides with her bare hands!   Her real training has been in mothering twins and teaching music to hundreds of students.   She taught in Waldorf schools for over ten years and currently facilitates workshops, offers music lessons, healing sessions, and plays, performs and records music.

For more information check out her web site.

Teacher Website: Jenna Dalton

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

John Richter

Instruments:    Harmonica, Guitar, Clarinet

John Richter is a retired teacher who taught at the Sunnyside Environmental School and led middle schoolers in song several times a week as well as the leading the Song Circle once a month at Artichoke. He is a singer-songwriter having taken several songwriting classes with Matt Meighan. His main instruments are guitar, banjo, saw and harmonica. His latest love is the harmonica and he is excited about teaching people how to play beginning folk and blues harmonica.

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Kate Power & Steve Einhorn

Intruments: Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, Songwriting, Stories, and FUN

Grand prize winners for "songs that make a difference" (Music2Life 2006), raconteurs, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn build community with harmony, guitars, banjo and two mighty little ukuleles.

Legendary in the Pacific northwest for community building and social action through music, Kate & Steve tour in concert full time with fine folk and original music described as "a rare elixir and good medicine, brightening even the darkest of hearts."

Special guests of Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion" and lauded by Pete Seeger for their beautiful music, Kate and Steve are singing their way across America with a soul struck marriage of musicianship, humor and harmony.

By day, Kate & Steve teach their revolutionary "Ukalaliens Workshop" to the uninitiated, converting non-musicians to the joys of making music with ukes by the thousands across the country.

The "Ukalaliens Songbook & CD", released October 1, 2009, is garnering praise for its artistic, whimsical and inclusive approach as it brings new players into the fold.

Capturing winning endorsements from teachers, publishers and music communities nationwide, Kate & Steve are delivering workshops and converting Ukalaliens wherever their concert performances lead them.

"Kate Power & Steve Einhorn are entertainers of intelligence, compassion and wit... Their songs reside in many places across the Americana landscape - from barbershops to mountain glens, from city streets to the other side of never - each holding a treasure worth hearing and keeping close. Listen with someone you love, you will find yourself wanting to reach out and hold a hand. If love is a matter of finding the right person to harmonize with, then Kate Power and Steve Einhorn have shown us all the way." - Tara Wolfe, Cabin Fever

Teacher Website: Quality Folk

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Leela Grace

Instruments:    Banjo, Clawhammer Banjo

Leela Grace is a nationally-known singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, percussive dancer and teacher of music and dance originally from Missouri. She spent a beautiful 8 years in Portland, teaching popular banjo, by-ear harmony singing, and Appalachian clogging classes. In 2014, Leela embarked on the new adventure of motherhood when her daughter was born. In late 2015, Leela and her family moved to northern Vermont following a job opportunity for her husband. After many "adventures" in the snowy northern lands of the east, she returned to the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2016, inspired and ready to resume teaching and performing in her home community. 

Leela has performed and taught nationally for over 25 years, first with her family, and now as a solo musician and with her sister Ellie Grace (as Leela and Ellie Grace). She has earned critical and audience praise for the "great depth and insight" of her original songs, which have been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered and chosen for inclusion on a "Best of Portland Acoustic Music" compilation CD. She picked up the banjo as a young teen and has developed her own exceptional clawhammer banjo style, marked by clear, bright melodies and powerful rhythm. Leela is also recognized as a dynamic percussive dancer whose style draws most strongly from Appalachian clogging, but also incorporates Irish step dance, rhythm tap, body percussion, and much more. 

As a teacher of music and dance, Leela has inspired literally thousands of school children, banjo students, percussive dancers, and singers of all ages through the classes, school assemblies, week-long camps, and lessons that she has taught across the U.S. and Canada since she was little more than a child herself. Her students have called her a "dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable instructor" and "a skilled musician" who "has a wonderful ear, and a super way of motivating you to develop your skill." She is a kind, entertaining, experienced teacher who offers clear, understandable instruction to singers, musicians, and dancers of all levels.

Teacher's Web Site: Leela Grace Music

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Mark Bosnian

Instruments: Voice

Multi-instrumentalist Mark Bosnian, vocal coach and inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, leads the group in singing songs of many genres: Motown, Pop, Rock, Folk, Soul, Blues, Country, Broadway, Standards, and more. Sing the melody, sing a harmony, sing whatever works for you. Adults and kids are welcome–if you want to sing, please come and add your voice.

Teacher Webpage: Portland Sings

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Matt Meighan

Instruments: Songwriting, Guitar

Performing songwriter Matt Meighan has taught songwriting classes at Artichoke since 2008. He is co-founder and host of the Hidden River Songwriting Camp each July, and of an annual Donegal, Ireland Songwriting Retreat. Matt hosts Artichoke's Songwriter Roundup on alternate Thursdays. 

Matt's teaching approach is to create an environment where students' own wisdom is encouraged to emerge. "The goal is not the passing along of the teacher's knowledge, nor the passing along of anyone's knowledge: the course sessions are meant to provide occasions for individual insights and encouragement." - poet William Stafford. 

Matt earned an MFA in writing and poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder.

Teacher's Web Site: Matt Meighan

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Max Tucker

Instruments:    Drums. Percussion

Max Tucker is a drummer and percussionist who moved to Portland from Brooklyn, NY in 2018 -- where he had been based since 2000. After receiving a BFA in Jazz Performance from New School University Max went on to play with many bands; most notably (electro-pop act) Francis and the Lights, (Afrobeat collective) Asiko and (psych-rock band) Dinowalrus. Tucker has played drums on 15 albums and toured/opened for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne, MGMT and The Charlatans. Early on in his drumming career Max discovered his love for teaching when working as a music counselor one summer at Camp Killooleet in Vermont. His goal in teaching is to give each student the tools and inspiration to discover what kind of drummer they want to be.

Teacher's Web Site: Max Tucker

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Megan Cronin

Instruments:    Fiddle, Viola, Violin

Megan enjoys working with students of all ages. She stands by the idea that older students can successfully learn any instrument later in life and have a very fulfilling musical experience. She teaches private lessons in violin, fiddle, viola and composition as well as group violin classes. 

Megan began playing violin in 1994 and immediately fell in love with it. She has backgrounds in classical, bluegrass, folk, country, and rock. Megan has toured the country with folk rock bands and has been a studio session player in both Colorado and Oregon. She currently plays music with a wide variety of other Portland-based musicians.

Teacher's Web Site: Megan Cronin Music

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo René Berblinger

Instruments:    Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory

I have over 30 years teaching and performing experience. My goals are to provide a solid background in music fundamentals, theory and technique. Even more, I aim to enable the students to pursue their OWN musical tastes and interests.  

Studied Musicology at Goddard College, Vermont. Took Classical Guitar studies with Sophocles Papas, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Perry, Bryan Johanson. Master classes with Michael Lorimer and Jose Thomas. Studied jazz, music theory and arranging with Frank Mullen.  Mandolinist, Radim Zenkl has been a friend and mentor for years, enabling me to explore the mandolin well beyond the basics and into the beautiful soundscape of Eastern European and Balkan music as well as classical and traditional Irish & American music. 

Playing 5-string Banjo has been a love of many years which included visits to the southern Appalachians to listen to and learn from the old players. Beginning in the 1950's I participated in weekly musical gatherings in Baltimore, MD, attended by Mike Seeger, Tom Paley, John Cohen of the New Lost City Rambers, Peter Streett, old-time clawhammer afficionado, as well as many others who were playing and collecting traditional mountain music.  I teach frailing, clawhammer and melodic 5-string banjo styles, as well as beginning and intermediate bluegrass. 

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Sally S. Smith

Instrument: Mountain (lap) Dulcimer
Style:  Old Time, Gospel, Traditional Music in DaD Tuning
Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate  
Location: Artichoke Music

Music Bio: I love the mountain dulcimer! Although beginning my music experience as a vocalist many years ago, I become enamored with the mountain dulcimer while living in Ohio, where dulcimers abound. After moving to Oregon in 2005 I found no dulcimer players, so began teaching at Artichoke Music and through community schools in 2006. Since then dozens of folks in the area are enjoying my favorite instrument! Several other “old time” instruments have become part of my life, including banjo, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, as well as ukulele and piano, but the dulcimer reigns!  

As a certified music practitioner I began playing for hospice patients while in Ohio 14 years ago and have continued to this day here in Oregon. For this activity I find the mountain dulcimer the perfect bedside instrument. I studied music at Sinclair College in Dayton, OH, and incorporate that knowledge in my teaching.  

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Stephanie Cooke

Instruments:    Piano    

Stephanie Cooke is a performing artist who engages in a wide scope of musical genres as both a solo and collaborative pianist, both locally and internationally. 

Stephanie received her masters in piano performance at Portland State University, and her undergraduate at Central Washington University. She currently teaches a private studio, leads body mapping workshops, and is adjunct faculty at Portland Community College. 

Stephanie is an active performer with the non-profit concert series titled The Connection Experiment, as well as with her jazz/pop band, SARCA.

Teacher's Web Site: Stephanie Cooke

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Steve Cheseborough

Instruments:  Guitar, Harmonica

Steve Cheseborough re-creates the blues, hokum and ragtime of the 1920s-30s, interspersing the songs with stories, history and humor. The author of Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues and one of the stars of Last of the Mississippi Jukes, Cheseborough has the uncanny ability to turn any setting into a 1925 Mississippi jook joint. A cult figure, he has played at festivals, riverboats, jook joints, breweries and barbecues throughout the Western world. In his teaching, he works from the original recordings and tries to get his students to feel the groove with their hands and voices.

Teacher Web Site: Steve Cheseborough - Oregon Art Beat

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry


photo Tracy Kim

Instrument: Guitar

Tracy Kim is a Portland Oregon native. He started playing the guitar at the age of 8, piano at 10, and drums and bass at 12. Tracy then studied music composition and Jazz guitar at the University of Oregon where he received his degree in music. He has composed music for film(feature and short), commercials, multi-media, and also modern dance. 

Tracy is also a highly sought after guitar instructor and clinician. He has 20+ years of teaching experience at colleges and privately. While still an undergraduate at U of O, he was asked to teach as an adjunct instructor. After teaching at U of O, he taught at Linfield College and at the Northwest Academy. Tracy is proud to say many of his students have gone on to become professional musicians, recording artists, and/or music educators. 

Most recently, Tracy has been writing, recording, producing, and performing music with different artists and in various genres. From his own power pop/rock songs with his band, The Janglies to co-writing and producing radio friendly country/pop songs by the Muriel Stanton Band. 

Tracy is honored to have worked with/instructed many of Portland's finest songwriters(such as McKinley, Pete Krebs, Ben Darwish, Adam Zwig, to name few). Usually playing either his trusty, twangy Fender Telecaster or his old Gibson archtop jazz guitar. 

In Portland, Tracy might be most known as a gypsy swing guitarist enthusiast and instructor. He can be caught performing gypsy swing music with his own trio or with Portland's favorite "Django" band, The Kung Pao Chickens. The KPC's have had a weekly Monday night gig at the Laurelthirst Pub for the last 14 years! 

Tracy is currently available for private music lessons for all styles and all ages ranging from: guitar(acoustic and electric), piano, bass, ukulele, mandolin, drums, melodica, songwriting, composition, and theory. Also, he conducts workshops in the style of Django Reinhardt; swing jazz ukulele; songwriting, and sight reading. He also occasionally does his own "school of rock", helping coach young musicians in ensemble performance, songwriting, and arranging. 

Teacher's Web Site: Tracy Kim Music

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

Soldiers, Songs and Voices Team

Instruments: Guitar, Songwriting, Voice

Soldier Songs and Voices’ Coaches are a group of established songwriters and musicians, about half of whom are veterans. We have played a wide variety of styles and genres in our musical careers and have a broad range of skills to share. Our rotating Coach schedule serves to expose our vet participants to different perspectives and approaches each week and we are committed to the principle that everyone takes something new home from each session.

Group Website: SSV-Portland

Information: Inquiries

photo Anne Weiss & Kelly Brightwell

Anne Weiss and Kelly Brightwell have joined forces to create a cooperative songwrting workshop that promises to inspire.  

Anne Weiss is a nationally-touring folk and blues singer-songwriter whose home base is here in Portland. She has performed and/or recorded with Dar Williams, Taj Mahal, Shawn Colvin, and many other blues, gospel and contemporary folk artists. She has been teaching blues and folk piano, guitar and vocals (both privately and at national music workshops) for over 15 years, working with absolute beginners to advanced students. Anne's teaching style is student-centered, building on the strengths and interests of each individual student. Some of the individual and group classes Anne has taught in the past are: Singing for the Vocally Challenged, Harmony Singing, Community Choir, How to Sing Blues & Gospel, Blues Guitar I & II, Guitar Tunings, Guitar Accompaniment for Folk Songs, Blues Piano for Beginners, and From Folk to Funk in 4 Easy Steps. 

Kelly Brightwell plays and writes songs that one can call shimmering northwest Americana -- rain-soaked folk with introspective lyrics and radiant vocals. Think Neko Case meets Patty Griffin, or Jonatha Brooke with a dash of Over the Rhine.  She has recorded to solo albums-her debut album "Wait for Your Spring" and "Hearts and Home" , both are products of years of soul-searching and personal growth.  Since her latest album's release, a group of seasoned players have joined Kelly to support her live performances. Kelly often performs her work in solo or duo format for listening rooms and house concerts. She is focused on playing locally and tours in the Pacific Northwest. Her songs have received critical acclaim at contests hosted by the Tucson Folk Festival, the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and most recently the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Kelly has released two EPs with friend and co-writer Woody Moran under the moniker Radio Stranger. She is currently working toward her next full length solo record, due out in 2018.


Max Tucker & Jason Alburger

Max and Jason are joining forces to offer workshops about ensemble playing.  Bring a sound or work with them on adding more dimension to your work or to playing your favorite songs or styles.  Max Tucker is a drummer and percussionist who moved to Portland from Brooklyn, NY in 2018 -- where he had been based since 2000. After receiving a BFA in Jazz Performance from New School University Max went on to play with many bands; most notably (electro-pop act) Francis and the Lights, (Afrobeat collective) Asiko and (psych-rock band) Dinowalrus. Tucker has played drums on 15 albums and toured/opened for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne, MGMT and The Charlatans. Early on in his drumming career Max discovered his love for teaching when working as a music counselor one summer at Camp Killooleet in Vermont. His goal in teaching is to give each student the tools and inspiration to discover what kind of drummer they want to be.  Jason has been the lead teacher for the Artichoke's education outreach program with Youth Progress Association's Alternative High School.  He offers a balanced menu of Rock & Pop, Americana, Reggae, Afrobeat, Soul, Blues, Funk & Groove, flatpicking, improvisation, & beyond.  Lessons are primarily focused on breaking down & understanding the ingredients of a chosen song, recommendations on technique, & tips on approaching the desired sound for performance.  He provides lessons to students with a range of musical backgrounds, from absolute beginners to intermediate skill levels, including some advanced players.  

Both artists have been playing & performing an eclectic variety of  guitar music for over 25 years.  Their aim is to guide students towards discovery and away from pitfalls along the path to reaching their musical goals.  Let them help you explore the essential skills and techniques to play the music you love.


photo Austin Whittle, Associate Artichoke Instructor

Instruments: Bass guitar and guitar

Austin Glenn Whittle is a performing musician, studio musician, instructor, and current student at Berklee College of Music. He has dedicated his life to the guitar (10 years) and bass guitar (14 years), and teaching the artistry of both instruments. From young children to teenagers, to middle aged and elders, Austin has the ability to connect with any student. Humble, optimistic, and genuine are a couple characteristics he beholds, and very compassionate for music. He covers education in blues, rock, country, folk, reggae, and many other genres. He encourages and motivates students when teaching guitar, and provides a clear understanding on important concepts. His number one priority is getting the student encouraged and revealing their potential when it comes to playing guitar. The student will be enlightened and confident in their playing. 

"Learning guitar should always be fun and interesting, no matter what. In my curriculum, I provide fun, comprehensive, and simple exercises that develop your guitar craftsmanship, listening skills, musicianship, and knowledge. I immediately get the student playing guitar, and save the concepts and theories for later, or when applicable. There is no need to focus on complex material that is unnecessary in the early stages, so let's play guitar!"

Website: Austin Glenn Whittle

Teacher Reviews:  Austin Glenn Whittle

Lesson Inquiries: Questions?

Berto Boyd, Associate Artichoke Instructor

Instruments:    Spanish Nylon Guitar

Berto Boyd is recognized as one of the top classical flamenco professionals in the music industry.  Berto Boyd began his musical training on the piano at age 5 and has been playing guitar for over 30 years. A rigorous musician and a careful researcher, Berto has studied in Spain and performed throughout the United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical and Jazz artists. Born into a family of artists, which includes famed lead singer, Brandon Boyd of the multi-platinum band Incubus, he is one of the rare and few Americans who has dedicated his musical dreams to mastering the art of the Spanish guitar and composing original Flamenco music. Currently he is the Artistic Director of the Corvallis Guitar Society, Musical Director of Flamenco Pacifico, and the owner of the international guitar instruction series, Flamenco Guitar Class. 

Berto specializes in teaching traditional and modern Flamenco, Classical guitar, Brazilian Jazz, Music Theory, Composition and the Art of Transcription. His teaching style is "eye to eye, ear to ear", which is how a student would learn if they went to Spain to study Flamenco. This approach expands a students knowledge by utilizing elements of ear training, muscle memory and applicable music theory. Additionally, Berto puts great emphasis on proper technique and creating practice routines to help students overcome technical obstacles and gain confidence as a musician. 

Berto’s debut album "Esmeralda" was released in 2003 featuring all original Flamenco compositions. In 2017, he released the debut album "Convivencia" with his group Flamenco Pacifico. Additionally in 2017, he performed in the finale concert of Chintimini Chamber Music Festival Classical works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Boccherini with a string quartet. In 2015, he was commissioned to transcribe the monumental guitar score for Avalon – Suite for Flamenco guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Jose Luis de la Paz, which he performed during its’ debut at the Miami Dade Auditorium. Other performance credits highlights include: Opening for the Gypsy Kings at Britt Fest with Flamenco Pacifico in 2015 as well as annual appearances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Oregon Country Fair, "Flamenco Guitar – Past * Present * and Future" with Ben Woods at the Jewelbox Theater in Seattle, WA 2014, "An Evening of Guitar" with Berto Flamenco y Ritmo Gitano at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA 2008, Co-Musical Director/Guitarist for "Calle Flamenca" with Bailes Ferrer in Miami 2006, Musical Director/Guitarist for "Flamenco en Concierto" and "Tarde Flamenca" at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood, CA 2006, and Musical Director for "Arte y Pasion" with award winning Flamenco dancer Timo Nuñez at the Center Stage Theater Santa Barbara, CA 2004.

Teacher's Web Site: Berto Boyd

Private Lesson Inquiry: Lesson Inquiry

photo Jason Alburger, Associate Artichoke Instructor

Instruments: Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Bass

Jason has been the lead teacher for the Artichoke's education outreach program with Youth Progress Association's Alternative High School.  He offers a balanced menu of Rock & Pop, Americana, Reggae, Afrobeat, Soul, Blues, Funk & Groove, flatpicking, improvisation, & beyond.  Lessons are primarily focused on breaking down & understanding the ingredients of a chosen song, recommendations on technique, & tips on approaching the desired sound for performance.  He provides lessons to students with a range of musical backgrounds, from absolute beginners to intermediate skill levels, including some advanced players.  

Playing & performing an eclectic variety of  guitar music for over 25 years he can confidently say, that he's still asking questions about it.  Although thankfully many answers to these questions have been unlocked for him by his musical mentors, he has found that having discovered so many answers on his own has allowed him to share his knowledge & experience with others effectively.  

His aim is to guide students towards discovery & away from pitfalls along the path to reaching their musical goals.  Let him help you explore the essential skills & techniques to play the music you love.

Lesson Inquiry: Questions?



Ronnie Robins, Associate Artichoke Instructor

Instrument: Guitar, Songwriting
Levels: Intermediate-Advanced
Styles: Brazilian (Samba and Bossa Nova), Fingerpicking, Songwriting, Folk & Folk Rock, Accompaniment styles for vocalists (Pop, Jazz, etc.)

Music is a vehicle for expression. The more you know, the more clearly you can communicate what is inside. With an organized and patient approach, tailored to your desires and ability, I can help you express what is inside you.

I have 40+ years of playing experience, as well as 30+ years experience teaching private lessons. I have studied at the Crane School of Music (State University of New York, Potsdam), Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University.

For the past 24 years I have also performed extensively as a solo artist and with a band. My debut CD bossamba, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim.
I have taught guitar to adults in my home studio and at Artichoke Music since 1985.  In 2003, I also became an instructor at the Multnomah Arts Center, and have enjoyed teaching children and mentoring young talent there.

I also created a program called “Fun with Brazilian Music: Brazilian Rhythms.” This program is the first in a series that I am creating under the umbrella name “SoundZ Fun!” SoundZ Fun! Is a series of all-age, interactive events that inspire learning and fun through music and sound.

I welcome dedicated students who are passionate about expressing themselves through music. I look forward to helping you gain the skills you need to realize your goals while having a fun, positive experience.

Student Comments:
“Ronnie believes you can play anything you want, and he will help you get there.” –MRP
“Thanks for teaching me so much so patiently.” -AK
“You’re a great teacher, you really showed me what I needed to work on to improve my playing.” –BG
“You are not only talented and skilled, but patient and encouraging.” –AMK

Reference: Steve Einhorn, Musician and Former Owner, Artichoke Music: Available on Request

Lesson Inquiry: Contact Ronnie Robins


photo Don Julin, Visiting Artist & Instructor

Don Julin is the acclaimed author of the best-selling Mandolin For Dummies (Wiley 2012).  He is regarded as one of the most eclectic mandolin players and top mandolin instructors on the scene today. Don’s patient, detailed teaching style is appreciated by students of all levels. Don has previously taught at the Mandolin Symposium (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Elderly Instruments (Lansing, Mich.), Dusty Strings (Seattle, Wash.), Classical Mandolin Society of America conventions, National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival (Weiser, Idaho), Richter Mandolin Camp (Bloomington, Ind.), Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Music (Padua, Italy), Midwest Mandolin Festival (Indianapolis, Ind.), and others. His hands-on workshops focus on developing good left- and right-hand skills, along with a dose of ear training and music theory. His YouTube mandolin instructional videos have garnered more than three-quarters of a million views.

Artist Website: Don Julin

Jake Shulman-Ment, Visiting Artist & Instructor

Instrument: Violin, Composition

Born in New York City, violinist Jake Shulman-Ment is among the leaders of a new generation of Klezmer and Eastern European folk music performers. He has performed and recorded internationally with Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, Frank London, Di Naye Kapelye, The Brothers Nazaroff, The Other Europeans, Michael Alpert, Joey Weisenberg, Duncan Sheik, and many more. Jake has been a faculty member of New York's Henry Street Settlement, KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Klezmer Paris, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Fiddle Tunes, and other festivals throughout the globe. He collected, studied, performed, and documented traditional music in Romania as a Fulbright scholar, and has lived and traveled in Hungary and Greece, learning traditional violin styles. Jake's debut solo album, A Redele (A Wheel) (Oriente Musik, 2012) was nominated for the German Record Critics' Award. His new group, Midwood, released its first album, Out of the Narrows, (Chant Records) in May 2018.

Artist Website: Jake Shulman-Ment

Workshop/Artist Questions: Questions

photo Scott Ainslie

Scott Ainslie’s mother found him at the family piano picking out melodies from the records she listened to during the day when he was three years old.

He’s been a musician all his life.

A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power.

Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.

Ainslie has spent more than 30 years looking for the right story, the right set of facts, the right piece of history, to introduce a song. He offers a personality, a moment in history, a vignette to entice you into a song and to give that song a chance to wake and breathe among us like a living thing.

On stage, in educational teaching concerts, workshops, and school residencies, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. His easy, conversational way with audiences and cross-disciplinary approach to the music consistently garners rave reviews from presenters, audiences, students, and teachers, alike. He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician.

Ainslie transcribed the original recordings and published a book on Delta blues legend Robert Johnson [Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads (Hal Leonard, 1992)], and has an instructional DVD on Johnson’s guitar work [Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques (Hal Leonard, 1997)].

Ainslie has six solo CDs to his name and maintains an active recording, performing, and teaching schedule that carries him around the country, to Canada, and to Europe.

His most recent recording is an award-winning collection of songs played on a 1934 Gibson archtop, “The Last Shot Got Him.” The CD has received strong reviews from listeners and critics, alike, and among other honors, was chosen as the Album of the Year (a Tammie Award from the Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT).

Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. He has been a Public Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA, a federal agency in Washington DC) and the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council.

His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.

A leader in both the North Carolina and the Virginia Visiting Artist Programs, Ainslie served the citizens of these states in rural community college-based residencies from 1986 through 2000.

In 2000, Ainslie was also presented with an Indie (the Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award, Durham, NC), with the National Slide Guitar Festivals’ Living Heritage Award, and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for “outstanding contributions to the fine arts” (from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC).

As a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, Ainslie has specialized in performing and presenting programs on the European and African roots of American music and culture in community and educational settings.

His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.


Adam Levy, Visiting Artist & Instructor

Whether Adam Levy’s many gifts as a guitarist and songwriter are the result of good fortune or hard work is tough to say — safe bet it’s a combination of the two. But what’s undeniable is that Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years, and his talents continue to evolve today. 

Chalking up an enviable career to luck is characteristic of the soft-spoken Levy, whose humility is echoed in his musical voice. Much as he chooses his words wisely, Adam is tactful and tasteful in his guitar playing, never stepping into a solo spotlight without something meaningful to add to a song. One great example is his guitar work on the Norah Jones hit “Come Away with Me.” Understated but memorable, Levy’s solo draws on elements of jazz and country to reflect perfectly the simple, earnest sentiment of the composition. 

He met Jones in New York City, before the songstress had played her first real gig, and was recruited for the recording of Come Away with Me — her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut on Blue Note Records. He remained in Jones’ orbit for several years to come, recording two additional albums and three DVDs, and touring the world as a member of her Handsome Band. 

Making music with Norah Jones was just one experience in a string of elite gigs for Levy. A few years prior he had met Tracy Chapman, who enlisted him to play on her mid-’90s masterpiece, New Beginning. Levy’s guitar earns the limelight in the bluesy “Give Me One Reason,” which won Best Rock Song at the 1997 Grammy Awards. More recently, he has worked with Ani DiFranco, Rosanne Cash, Jamestown Revival, and Allen Toussaint. 

Beyond continuing his recording career as a sideman for celebrated artists, Levy has risen as a songwriter in his own right. His compositions have been recorded by Norah Jones, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Miles Zuniga (Fastball), and Amber Rubarth (rising indie artist). The full force of Adam Levy’s songwriting is in play on his six solo recordings, the latest being 2016’s lyrically driven Blueberry Blonde. 

Levy is also a respected writer and educator, with the instructional courses Play the Right Stuff (book/DVD), 50 Low-Down Rhythms (DVD/online course), and Alternate Tunings & Capo Tricks to his credit, as well as numerous articles for Guitar Player, Fretboard Journal, and other top guitar magazines. He teaches privately, and at LACM in Pasadena. 
Levy currently lives in Los Angeles — the city where he was born.

Teacher's Web Site: Adam Levy

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photo Danny Barnes, Visiting Artist & Instructor

Intrument: Banjo

As a Texas native and one of bluegrass music’s most distinctive and innovative performers, Barnes is known for blending together different sounds in order to defy labeling. His desire to pick up the banjo stemmed from a Grandpa Jones and Stringbean concert he attended as a child. Moved by the performance, Barnes was first inspired to learn how to play the banjo at age ten. He continued his musical endeavors at the University of Texas, where he focused his studies on audio production and discovered his passion for recording music. 

In 1990, Barnes founded the progressive bluegrass band Bad Livers. The group’s 1992 debut album, Delusions of Banjer garnered attention within the alternative rock and country music scene- putting them ahead of their time. Today, Bad Livers is credited with pioneering the way for the current crossover of Americana in notable bands such as Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers. 

Barnes began his solo career in 1998 and launched his own private record label, Minner Bucket Records, which focuses on cassette-only releases. In 2010, Barnes released the genre-defying album Pizza Box. Barnes followed that album with 2011’s Rocket, issued on ATO. It was produced by John Alagia, and features all-star drummer Matt Chamberlain and keyboardist/bassist Zac Rae. 

Barnes frequently plays with artists such as guitarist Bill Frisell, Dave Matthews, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz and has composed the scores to Richard Linklater’s The Newton Boys and (with Frisell) the documentary American Hollow. Barnes just finished tracking his upcoming album, produced by Dave Matthews, and featuring some of Danny’s close friends and colleagues Bill Frisell and Matt Chamberlain. 

Teacher's Web Site: Danny Barnes

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