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1416 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512842 -122.657605
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Fiddle Made Fun – Marilee Hord is the perfect breath of fresh air that makes music fun again. When I began looking for a teacher, I felt passionately about my need to find a person like her. My Grandpa used to make and repair fiddles, and I had just received the last one he ever made. I also wanted to learn some of the music I'd grown up hearing. Grandpa used to play bluegrass with the other men folk, after they took the women out square dancing. These were my first memories of ever hearing live music. So, I needed someone who held the instrument with the same magical attachment that I did. I found that in Marilee. Even better, I asked her to help me explore the genres to find my musical voice. Without batting an eye, she happily agreed. Marilee's style is completely collaborative. Thus, we’ve hopscotched through genres like folk, bluegrass, Irish, and classical. All the while, Marilee sneaks in the technical elements, so you learn it with a smile on your face. She's become my fellow explorer, mentor, and above all—friend.
Take Cello Lessons here with Kendra Carpenter! – I am so extremely happy that I chose to learn cello at Starfish Studios with Kendra Carpenter. Kendra is exactly what I need in a teacher. She not only teaches sterling technique but she takes a very personal approach with her students that makes learning a joy and not a burden. She teaches me at the pace that is right for that week and makes me feel proud of the ways I am improving. I truly look forward to my hour of playing with her each week and could not be more thankful to not only learn from her musically, but to have also just had the chance to know her as an individual. I fully encourage you to give Kendra a call if you are looking to learn Cello or Piano!
Study Fiddle with Marilee Hord! Don?t wait! – This is not cookie-cutter instruction. Marilee?s teaching is finely attuned to students? individual goals, experience, and abilities.
I have been her student for about two years. She has a deep well of skills and influences--classical training, broad experience as a working musician, performing, teaching, and recording?and a great ear.
In my lessons, she has
? broadened my fiddling by blending useful elements of bluegrass, honky-tonk, competition, and old- and new world styles.
? intuitively recognized the little adjustments that pay big benefits in my playing.
? transformed how I listen, and led me to creative ways of understanding what I was hearing.
If you are serious about playing the fiddle, Marilee?s instruction is oriented toward real progress, and has my highest recommendation.
Wonderful Fiddle Teacher – I've been taking fiddle lessons from Marilee Hord for many years and I feel that I've improved under her guidance. She gives helpful, insightful criticism in a non-judgmental way that helps me focus on how a passage should sound, and how to get that sound out, but never gives false praise. She knows her stuff! She likes taking on a variety of styles and enjoys students who challenge her musical abilities. If you are an adult who has always longed to play fiddle, Marilee would be a good teacher for you. I guarantee that you'll learn and have fun doing it.
The Quintessance of Quality – I have had the pleasure of studying guitar with Noah Beck and simply cannot praise him enough. Noah is one of the only people I know who understands the artistry of guitar playing and I couldn't imagine a more positive influence on my guitar playing. When you're with him it's hard not to have his enthusiasm about music rub off on you. He is open to work on abslutely whatever you want with you and he'll surely have something helpful to say. Whether you're playing classical, bluegrass, jazz, psycadelic noodling, or just want to learn some chords, Noah has spent time truly understanding it and how to effectively improve your playing. I love this guy, he's had such a huge influence on me. If you're at all interested in not only playing guitar well but also understanding the reason and technique behind it all, do yourself an immense favor and go to Noah Beck.
Lovely, just lovely – My 10 year old takes violin lessons weekly with Jillian Hicks although my daughter will tell you, "I play the fiddle!". We look forward to our lesson each week; incredibly motivating lessons that are fun and are tailored for your child. You bite what you can chew, you are commended for the progress you have made. We've never come to a lesson feeling not good enough, which can often come up when learning. Not only is my daughter's technique come along her love for this instrument is growing. Thank you Star Fish Studios there's a bit more dancing in the kitchen these days! Kristin
great music lesson studio – I recently started teaching bass guitar at Starfish. The facility is well equipped and very comfortable. My students enjoy the quiet relaxed atmosphere. A great place to study music.
Most qualified and enjoyable Fiddle lessons I have ever had – Jillian at Starfish Studios is one of the most patient, fun, and enjoyable teachers in music that I have ever had. My time flies by and I cannot wait for my next lesson. She encourages much fun while learning. This is underpinned by her exceptional backgroung with the fiddle / violin.
I would and have recommended Jillian and Starfish Studios to many of my friends who are looking for the pursuit of the arts.
Thank you Jillian
It's good. – Me: A beginning guitar student.
The studio: Easy to find with parking lot adjacent (no parallel parking for those of us who have never mastered the skill) and comfortable private rooms for lessons.
My teacher: Noah Beck. He is a knowledgeable and experienced musician. As a teacher he is patient, answers questions thoroughly, and adapts to the needs of his students - whether you are learning just for fun or have greater ambition he will adjust his teaching style to fit your goals. But that is not all! As an added bonus, Noah is a really nice guy.
Nicest Studio Ever – I've been teaching saxophone, clarient, and flute at Starfish Studios for about 6 months. After working for several other music lesson studios and taking many lessons throughout my childhood at various music stores, I can confidently say that Starfish is the nicest and most comfortable studio space I have ever encountered. The interior is warm and all of the teachers are equally enthusiastic. Students never seem to be scared or uncomfortable when attending their lessons. Starfish Studios and its teachers take the anxiety out of learning music and makes it a fun and rewarding endeavour.
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