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Private Music Lessons

All Ages Welcome!

Community Ensembles

Private music lessons are offered at Art Center East's annex on the campus of Eastern Oregon University or in Teaching Artist studios to kids, teens, and adults. Students can expect to receive an in-depth, one-on-one instruction with a qualified and experienced music educator. During the sessions, the instructor will focus on challenging a student's existing skills while introducing them to new techniques, materials, and styles. These private lessons can also be tailored to students who are just starting out learning and experimenting with music, to those who would like to hone their skill and take it to the next level. No experience necessary!

Enrich your life or someone you love with the gift of music lessons! Times are arranged between student and instructor. Private music lessons are offered year-round and occur at Art Center East’s campus office, located on the corner of 6th St. & ‘L’ Ave. in La Grande.

Have a particular instrument in mind? Call 541-624-2800 to inquire.

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Mio Aoike - Piano

Teaches 10 & Up

Dr. Mio Aoike holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Oregon, an MA degree in piano from the University of Southern California, and a BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her serious training in music started in graduate school, where she studied piano performance and keyboard collaborative arts and served as a graduate teaching fellow in vocal and instrumental studios. She has studied both piano and accompanying with Nellie Tholen, Stewart Gordon, Daniel Pollack, Alan Smith, and Victor Steinhardt.

Aoike spent her early years abroad, participating in international music festivals and studying with teachers in Japan, Jordan, and Venezuela. Since settling in the United States, she has won awards and honors including semi-finalist at the Portland Chamber Piano Competition, finalist at the Iizuka International Competition in Fukuoka, Japan, and finalist at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Aoike is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Eastern Oregon University's Music Department where she teaches piano, works with students and their recitals/performances. Aoike is also an active member of the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association and was recently appointed the chair of the Baroque Festival of the Blue Mountain District.

FEE:   $25 - 30 minute session | $35 - 45 minute session | $40 - 1-hour session

Matt Cooper - Classical and Jazz Piano

Teaches Ages 14 & Up

Matt Cooper is a Professor Emeritus of Music at Eastern Oregon University, where he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Faculty award, retiring after a 31-year college teaching career. He is also a Past President of Oregon Music Teachers Association. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon. Dr. Cooper has done extensive study in the Taubman approach to piano with senior faculty at the Golandsky Institute and in summer symposia at Princeton University, and has studied Tango music in Buenos Aires.

He is the author of a book on Duke Ellington’s piano styles and has been a keynote speaker and recitalist at conferences in Amsterdam, in England, and at Reed College. Dr. Cooper has adjudicated many piano festivals and competitions throughout the Northwest, including the MTNA Performance Competitions in Washington and Montana, the Boise Sonatina Festival, and many others. He has performed numerous solo recitals, chamber recitals, and concerto appearances throughout the Northwest as well as in the Midwest U.S. and in the Russian Far East. He has recorded four jazz and classical CDs and has been a guest artist at the International Festival of Creative Pianists, the San Juan College (New Mexico) Jazz Festival, Piano Duet Festival-by- the-Sea, and others.

He is in frequent demand throughout the Northwest as a performer, adjudicator, clinician, and presenter, and he is known locally as the accompanist of choice for nationally-known jazz artists such as Rob Scheps, Kathy Kosins, and Dmitri Matheny.

FEE:   $45 - 1-hour session

Jan Miller - Piano

Teaches Ages 5 & Up

Jan graduated from Western Oregon University with double major/certification in Elementary Education and Music Education, with a double emphasis in voice and piano. Besides teaching 3 years in public school, working in literacy in Africa for 2 years, and homeschooling 5 children, she has taught private lessons for 20 years.

She belongs to the local chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association which provides additional opportunities for her students. Private instruction will include the development of technique and repertoire. Theory and music studied will be determined jointly by the student and teacher. Syllabus based on Oregon Music Teachers Association incremental learning system. .

FEE:   $20 - 30 minute session | $28 - 45 minute session | $35 - 1-hour session

Jamie Jacobson - Voice

Teaches Ages 9 & Up (Younger with Audition)

Jamie Jacobson is an Instructor of music for Eastern Oregon University and owns and operates a local private voice studio, Studio Della Bella Voce. Mrs. Jacobson works with singers of all kinds, ranging from children to adults, from beginners to professionals with most of her students centered in the music department at EOU. She is extremely skilled at creating a course of study that serves each student’s unique needs. Her former students are professional singers, voice teachers, choral conductors, music educators, church musicians, and early childhood music specialists. Many have gone on to win national awards, compete on the vocal stage, become music educators, and continue their vocal education beyond their four-year degree.

Jamie Jacobson is a Certified Instructor of Somatic Voicework. Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is a body-based method of vocal training that draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary modalities such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. Somatic Voicework™ is unique in that all of the vocal exercises are focused on function. It is based upon what the voice is doing, not just how the voice sounds. This specific training has given Jamie the ability to “cross-train” vocalists to be comfortable in contrasting vocal qualities necessary for appropriate expression in various styles.

During her time at EOU, Jamie has had the opportunity to work with many local church choirs, serve as an adjudicator for several district solo and small ensemble contests, and is often invited to present workshops to local schools as well as extended education for current public school music teachers. She also facilitates a local "Beer Choir" at the local brewery for the community and teaches community classes through the local Art Center East.

On the musical theatre stage, Mrs. Jacobson has been the music director or vocal coach for both community and EOU musical theatre productions including Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, White Christmas, Little Women, Assassins, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Secret Garden, and Jekyll and Hyde.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Eastern Oregon University where she was presented with the Outstanding Music Student award in 2001. She then attended graduate school at Boise State University where she completed coursework towards a master in music degree in vocal pedagogy. She is an active member of the Cascade Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), serves on the board of directors, and seeks annual professional development based in vocal science and pedagogy in order to provide up to date instruction for her studio students.

FEE:   All-inclusive and are set at $100 for 30 minute weekly lessons and $200 for 60-minute weekly lessons. Recitals, masterclasses, and workshops are available for performers throughout the quarter. Drop-in lessons may be available based on availability.

Jan Miller - Piano & Voice Combo

Teaches Ages 5 & Up

Jan graduated from Western Oregon University with double major/certification in Elementary Education and Music Education, with a double emphasis in voice and piano. Besides teaching 3 years in public school, working in literacy in Africa for 2 years, and homeschooling 5 children, she has taught private lessons for 20 years.

She belongs to the local chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association which provides additional opportunities for her students. Private instruction will include the development of technique and repertoire. Theory and music studied will be determined jointly by the student and teacher. Syllabus based on Oregon Music Teachers Association incremental learning system. .

FEE:   $20 - 30 minute session | $28 - 45 minute session | $35 - 1-hour session

Dave Felley - Mandolin

Teaches Ages 14 & Up

FEE:   $20 – 30 minute session | $28 – 45 minute session | $35 – 1 hour session

Keith Van Vickle - Saxophone

All Ages

FEE:   $20 – 30 minute session | $28 – 45 minute session | $35 – 1 hour session

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