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WELCOME:

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. My focus is on choosing inspiring pieces, establishing effective practice habits & efficient technique, and creating a welcoming atmosphere for creative risk-taking & experimentation.

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

Total beginners through professionals, and all ages welcome.


TEACHING APPROACH:

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.


EXPERIENCE:

  • Professor of Music at Marylhurst University.
  • Instructor of classical and jazz guitar at Portland Community College.
  • Master's degree in guitar performance and composition, teaching assistantships in guitar, jazz, and music history. University of Denver.
  • Over 15 years of teaching experience, including university positions.
  • Worked in Tokyo, Japan for 5 years as a guitarist, composer, and teacher.
  • Performances as a classical and electric guitarist in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
  • First foreign-born guitarist elected to the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association's board of directors.
  • Published composer and arranger. Compositions and arrangements by Canadian publisher Les Productions d'OZ and Japanese publisher Gendai Guitar.


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