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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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Community Ensembles

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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:   30-minute session: Member - $25 / Non-Member - $30 | 45-minute session: Members: $35 / Non-Members: $40 | 1-hour session: Members - $40 / Non-Members - $45

Matt Cooper - Classical & Jazz Piano / Accordion

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:   Piano | 1 hour : Member $40 / Non-Member $50
Accordion | 1 hour : Member $28 / Non-Member $35

Ruthi Davenport - Beginning Piano

Teaches Ages 5 & Up

Ruthi has taught piano to young children for 31 years, while teaching as an education professor at EOU, and later while running a private preschool called Oak Haven. She has also taught adult beginning students. Students will select their own songs to learn, and Ruthi will provide the music via email. She teaches notation, reading music, using chords,The Circle of Fifths, proper hand position, and music theory right from the start.

FEE:   30 Minutes: Member $25 - Non-Member $30 via Zoom

Jan Miller - Piano, Voice, 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:   30 Minutes: Member $22 - Non-Member $26 | 45 Minutes: Member $30 - Non-Member $36 | 1 hour: Member $35 - Non-Member $42

Dave Felley - Mandolin

Teaches Ages 14 & Up

I have been playing music all my life, picking up the guitar in 1979 and the mandolin in 1992. Since then I have attended numerous workshops and lessons, performed in several local bands in Wyoming and Oregon, and taught classes similar to this one over the last ten years. I love getting folks started playing music together and I love the mandolin.

FEE:   30 Minutes: Member $20 - Non-Member $24 | 45 Minutes: Member $28 - Non-Member $34 | 1 hour: Member $35 - Non-Member $42

Keith Van Vickle - Saxophone

All Ages

Director of the Grande Ronde Symphony Band. Keith is also a retired music educator.

FEE:   30 Minutes: Member $20 - Non-Member $24 | 45 Minutes: Member $28 - Non-Member $34 | 1 hour: Member $35 - Non-Member $42