We offer group lessons for piano, guitar, and voice. These are intended for students who are motivated by being — or just enjoy working as — part of a team. The social interaction helps these students stay motivated and challenged in a supportive, friendly environment. Each class is a 45 minute session and limited to just 4 students per class. The classroom is set up as a group piano lab with each student using an individual instrument for the class and the teachers uses a state of the art digital piano which allows them to hear each student. Guitar classes are structures so that each student brings their own instrument. As students grow throughout the course of each class, they will have the option to progress into the next group level or into private lessons.
Groove Nation offers piano lessons for students of all ages and abilities from beginners to very advanced students. We offer every style of piano lessons from classical, jazz and pop. We have students who want to play just for fun and students who wish excel onto professional levels. We like to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest. We start piano lessons at any age from age 5 onward. Before age 5 we recommend our group preschool music program. For our advanced piano students we have teachers with master’s degrees in piano who can prepare them for university entrance.
Our private piano lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.
GUITAR / UKULELE
Our guitar lessons include acoustic, electric and bass guitar. We also offer Ukulele lessons. We have an excellent guitar teaching staff and teach guitar lessons in many styles including rock to jazz, classical, pop, Spanish and chords. Many of our teachers actively perform in bands. Our guitar teachers have college or university music degrees so they know how to teach the proper theory and technique no matter if a student is interested in metal or in classical. Guitar lessons are enhanced by the opportunity of learning how to jam with other musicians in a rock band setting put together by the instructors or how to perform solo in one of our recitals. No matter what type of guitar lessons you are interested in, we have the teachers to help you. Typically a student would be 8 years old before starting guitar lessons, due to their hand size, but some younger students start with a junior sized guitar.
Our private guitar lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. Group Guitar is also offered for this class, ages 8 +.
We offer a wide variety of drum lessons or percussion lessons. Most of our students learn on a drum kit. We have both male and female students and typically do not start drum lessons before the age 8 as students need to be able to reach both the pedal and the cymbals. We do have some younger students but suggest they come in for a trial drum lesson to see if they are big enough to get started. Drum lessons are taught on a drum kit in our studios but students are able to get started practicing at home on practice pads before purchasing or renting a drum kit. Our drums lessons stress proper technique so students become good drummers quickly. Our drum instructors have university or college training and are active performers.
Private drum lessons are available in 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour lengths.
Preschool Music Lessons
The preschool music program is a group music class for children ages 3-5 — designed to teach the fundamentals and the fun of music! All classes are limited to 8 students per class and are 30 minutes once per week.
The preschool music classes are taught by our instructors with university degrees in music who love working with young children. We’ve selected instructors which are patient, fun and very encouraging. This music program prepares young students to go on into private instrument lessons when they are older and to begin a life long journey into music.
The classes cover:
- Movement and Music
- Introduction to Singing and Listening
- Making Music with Percussion Instruments
- Recognition of Orchestral Instruments
- Beginning Rhythm and Melody
- Elementary Note Recognition
The rhythm component is taught through fun games with rhythm sticks, triangles, shakers, hand drums, etc. Besides being a favorite activity of children, rhythm games are easily picked up and help to cultivate the relationship between the thought, the action, and the sound.
For the melody component, students learn by creating the principle concepts of music through various singing exercises. High–low, loud–soft, major–minor exercises build the basics for control and recognition of pitch, volume and tonality — all on your child’s natural melodic instrument!
Music notation is introduced through recognition of musical symbols such as the treble clef, the bass clef, half notes, whole notes, etc. These foundations are taught much the same way as the alphabet is learned before learning how to read.
We also teach recognition of all the instruments of the orchestra by sight and sound. Far more than simple memorization, this skill enables your child to start creating connections between the types of sounds they hear and the physical structures that create those unique sounds. For example, by the end of the program they can quickly tell you if the sound they hear is a trumpet or saxophone.
The preschool music program has two options (if size of class permits):
Level 1 is for children ages 3-4 who have not taken the program before, and
Level 2 is for children ages 4-5 (age 4 who have completed our preschool level 1, or age 5 who are new to the program).
We have many students who take are interested in voice lessons or singing lessons at GN. Students sing all kinds of music from their favorite artists to classical arias. Our voice teachers have university training in music specializing in voice and sing everything from pop and jazz to opera. Our teachers all have performance backgrounds as well. Just a sample of what a student will learn in singing lessons includes how to breathe properly, how to increase their range, proper pitch, how to project and stage presence. Our schools offer optional performance opportunities each year with our Winter Showcase and Summer Showcase. We offer a professional accompanist who rehearses with the students and plays for them at the recitals. Many of our students also perform at local festivals. Our private, one-on-one voice lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.
We also offer group voice lessons in the form of our children’s choirs for ages 6-12, and glee club vocal lessons for ages 13-18.
DJ / MUSIC MIXING
The DJ Mixing course is designed to take students from the basics of mixing & scratching all the way up to advanced mixing techniques and live performance scenarios.
Some of the Skills covered, will include:
- DJ fundamentals, DJ history, and music and mixing theory.
- Equipment setup
- Basic beatmatching and scratching techiques
- Cross genre mixing
- Advanced mixing techniques
- Digital DJ platforms
- Set and mixtape design
Advanced students will have chances to appear as an opener at some of Portland’s hottest nightclubs. Upon completion of the course the student will receive a 15 minute mix tape demo of their own design under guidance of the instructor.