My name is Dan Cosley. I'm a guitarist, composer, and dedicated teacher, offering lessons at my private studio in Northwest Portland (Alphabet/Pearl District).

(Hear/see me play.)

My passions are music-making and guiding others (total beginners through professionals) on the path to creative-fulfillment through music.

Offering lessons in classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, bass, ukulele, keyboard, improvisation, music theory, composition, songwriting & arranging.


My lessons are relaxed, but focused. We’ll explore songs and pieces by your favorite musicians, technique, and music fundamentals. The emphasis will be on learning to play by playing!


  • Nearly 20 years of teaching experience, including university positions.
  • Performances with the world's leading guitarists including Marc Ribot, Roland Dyens, and Chris Broderick.
  • Dual Master's degree in guitar performance and composition, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Teaching Assistant to Ricardo Izanola & Ricardo Iznaola Scholarship recipient.
  • Composition & performance studies with Samuel Adler (Chair of Juilliard Composition Department), and Ian Underwood (Frank Zappa)
  • Performances in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
  • Lived in Tokyo, Japan for 5 years. Recorded, arranged, and wrote articles for Asia’s leading classical guitar label/magazine, Gendai Guitar.
  • Author of 8 books and numerous articles. Publishers: Les Productions d'OZ (Canada) and Gendai Guitar (Japan).

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