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Portland Piano Lessons

Fun and effective piano lessons for kids and adults ages 4 and up in Portland, OR! Specialty Lessons: Piano PLUS Voice & Piano PLUS Composition! Locally owned and operated.

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Lessons that harmonize with your interests

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Piano Lessons for All Ages

One on one piano lessons with tailored curriculum to help students learn the music they know and love! Great for building a strong music foundation. 

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Piano PLUS Voice Lessons

Combination piano and voice lessons teach piano skills, age-appropriate vocal technique and the skills needed to learn to combine the two (to play and sing)!

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Piano PLUS Composition

Combination piano and composition lessons teach piano skills and composition basics (writing your own music)! iPad and/or laptop required for these lessons. 

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About Portland Piano Lessons

Portland Piano Lessons is a new name for a business that's been operating in Portland since 2010: Sarah Collins Music. Sarah went straight from teaching preschool at Childswork Learning Center to private piano lessons and brings her expertise in music, child development and performing to every student, every week.

With a focus on personalized instruction and a passion for music, Sarah has taught hundreds of Portland kids and adults how to play the music they love on piano. The pandemic has brought changes to private lessons and Sarah now teaches both Portlanders and folks from all over the country online with the same gentle care, humor and focused attention that she's brought to lessons since 2010.

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Google Reviews

Sarah was our kid's piano teacher from the little years to the high school years. Not only was she a musical inspiration, she also became an invaluable role model and friend to our child. We couldn't recommend Sarah enough!

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Dave Sanderling

Dave Sanderling

2 months ago

Sarah was my daughter’s piano teacher starting in Kindergarten up to the week before she left for College. She has been an amazingly positive influence in her life, helping to foster a love of music and encourage the confidence to perform and explore. Sarah has the ability to engage with kids and teens with authenticity and humor. When we switched to online classes she brought just as much energy and inspiration to each lesson as in-person lessons. I am so thankful for all that Sarah has done for our family. She’s the best!

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Tally Armbruster

Tally Armbruster

3 months ago

Sarah Collins is THE BEST music teacher ever!!! I've taken weekly piano lessons with Sarah for 2 years, and now both of my kids see her for piano lessons as well. Sarah is an amazing teacher and such an enjoyable person to learn from. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking to learn piano.

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Andrew Nicolai

Andrew Nicolai

4 months ago

Sarah is exceptional. Her teaching methods are innovative, weaving together each lesson with patience, love, kindness, and joyful laughter. With a remarkable ability to tune in to her students, she guides them on their musical journey, tailoring her approach to their unique interests and needs. Our child recently "graduated" from piano lessons, a journey that began at the age of 9 and continued until they were nearly 17. It was a bittersweet decision to say goodbye to Sarah, yet it feels like she became a part of our family. She served as a valuable adult role model in our child's life, instilling not just a passion for music but also equipping them with the skills necessary for a lifelong musical adventure. For us, Sarah's impact extends beyond the realm of music education, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts.

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Mary McVein

Mary McVein

5 months ago

Sarah is a truly amazing teacher. My 6 year old has attended both her in person piano lessons and her online piano lessons. Somehow, Sarah is able to teach her online lessons just as expertly as her in person lessons. My daughter has absolutely loved all of her lessons. Sarah is such a natural teacher of children. It has been so impressive to see my child respond and learn to all of Sarah's wonderful teaching.

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Timmy Dunegan

Timmy Dunegan

6 months ago

Sarah welcomed my 5 and 6yos into her studio despite their young age, and my kids immediately took to her style of teaching. She kept the lesson light and fun. Can’t wait until our next lesson!

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Piano Lessons FAQ ♪ Break it Down ♪

What age should you start piano lessons?

Age 5 is a wonderful time to begin lessons. 5 year olds who work with experienced teachers will build audiation skills on a much higher level and much more quickly than older students. Technique building is also much more effective when started early.

How much should I spend on piano lessons?

For piano lessons, spend what works best for you and your family. Teachers who charge less tend to have less experience and that often means more lessons in the long run. Conversely, teachers who charge more can often get you playing the way you want to play faster, and with fewer poor habits that’ll hold you back later on.

How much does piano tuition cost?

Piano lessons in Portland, Oregon may be as little as $25 per 30 minute lesson or as much as $75 per 30 minute lesson. The cost of piano lessons ranges from place to place and is based largely on the teacher’s expertise.

How many piano lessons does a beginner need?

If you’re working with a teacher who has at least 10 years of experience, and practice regularly, you can learn enough to be able to play early intermediate piano well in 1-3 years.

Can you really learn piano online?

I've taught piano both in-person and online for 15 years and I've consistently found online lessons to be more effective than in person lessons for most people. Students tend to learn more material per lesson and retain that material more effectively.

Can piano be self-taught?

Piano can definitely be self-taught. If you've worked with a teacher for more than one year to learn any other instrument, you have a pretty good chance of teaching yourself well. A musician who's trained in another instrument will also likely have a good gauge of when you've hit a wall with either reading or technique and need to work with a teacher for a bit. Some teachers are willing to do less-frequent lessons with students who are teaching themselves but would like to check in with a teacher occasionally.

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