Mount Tabor Music School

Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Violin Lessons, Voice Lessons & more!

Finalist for Best Music School in Willamette Week’s Best of Portland, 2019!

Private Lessons

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Banjo

Select to contact Norman Hamilton today for banjo lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Baritone Ukulele

Select to contact Norman Hamilton today for baritone ukulele lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Composition

Select to contact Sarah Collins today for composition lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Fiddle

Select to contact Adam Easley today for fiddle lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Guitar

Select to contact Norman Hamilton or Adam Easley today for guitar lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Mandolin

Select to contact Adam Easley today for composition lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Music Theory

Select to contact Chrysa Eleni Siameti today for music theory lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Piano

Select to contact Sarah Collins and/or Chrysa Eleni Siameti today for piano lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Ukulele

Select to contact Norman Hamilton today for ukulele lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Violin

Select to contact Adam Easley today for violin lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Voice

Select to contact Chrysa Eleni Siameti today for voice lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Combining Voice & Piano

Select to contact Sarah Collins today for combining voice and piano lessons at Mount Tabor Music School!

Group Classes - Winter/Spring 2020

Social learners unite!

Beginning Ukulele for Kids Ages 5-7

Starts February 8th! Saturday afternoons @ 1:30pm - each session 45 minutes Class meets weekly for 6 weeks Spark your child’s curiosity in the ukulele and introduce them to the world of fretted string instruments! Ukulele pro and master teacher, Norman Hamilton, teaches bite-size skills that add up quickly! Great for kids with any level of experience playing music or no experience at all. This organized approach helps kids feel comfortable and secure as they make their way toward mastery. Class size limited to 6 students to ensure each child receives personal attention. $149 total Register at https://www.normanwhamilton.com/classes/ today to secure your spot!

Beginning Ukulele for Kids Ages 8-10

Starts February 8th! Saturday afternoons @ 2:30pm - each session 45 minutes Class meets weekly for 6 weeks Spark your child’s curiosity in the ukulele and introduce them to the world of fretted string instruments! Ukulele pro and master teacher, Norman Hamilton, teaches bite-size skills that add up quickly! Great for kids with any level of experience playing music or no experience at all. This organized approach helps kids feel comfortable and secure as they make their way toward mastery. Class size limited to 6 students to ensure each child receives personal attention. $149 total Register at https://www.normanwhamilton.com/classes/ today to secure your spot!

Beginning Guitar for Adults

Starts February 6th! Thursdays @ 10:30 am - each session 45 minutes Class meets weekly for 6 weeks If you're an absolute beginner when it comes to playing guitar, this class is for you! Guitar pro and master teacher, Norman Hamilton, uses a step-by-step approach that will have you strumming patterns, reading music and playing chords in no time at all! By the 6th week, you'll have a repertoire of folk and old time tunes that are fun to play on your own or with friends and family. Class size limit of just 6 students means you'll get personal guidance on your playing technique. $149 total Register at normanwhamilton.com/group-classes today to secure your spot!

Free Guitar for All Levels

Thursday January 23rd @ 7:30pm Thursday February 6th @ 7:30pm Class held once each month - additional dates coming soon! Learn a new song every month for FREE! All levels are welcome to this interactive class with professional guitarist, Adam Easley. With over 20 years of experience teaching guitar, Adam ensures that every person attending his class will be able to play a new song by the end of the evening. And playing your new song with a group is wonderful for building confidence and connectivity! Register at guitarlessonspdx.com/free-guitar-class today to secure your spot!

Beginning Ukulele for Adults

Starts February 6th! Thursdays @ 11:30 am - each session 45 minutes Class meets weekly for 6 weeks If you're an absolute beginner when it comes to playing ukulele, this class is for you! Ukulele pro and master teacher, Norman Hamilton, uses a step-by-step approach that will have you strumming patterns, reading music and playing chords in no time at all! By the 6th week, you'll have a repertoire of folk and old time tunes that are fun to play on your own or with friends and family. Class size limit of just 6 students means you'll get personal guidance on your playing technique. $149 total Register at normanwhamilton.com/group-classes today to secure your spot!

“We started her with lessons thinking we’d explore it for a few months, but Norman’s kind, teacherly approach and his easy-to-follow lesson plans made continuing a good investment of our time and money.”
Aimee
Parent
“Sarah, with her sense of humor, grace and nerves of steel took on our football playing, rough housing, tough guy 9-year-old and taught him to sit down, play piano and love it .”
Eamon
Parent
“Eleni has changed my life. I have always wanted to sing, and she has helped me progress so much farther than I ever thought possible. I’ve recommended her to a couple people, and they have all loved her too!”
Aaron
Student

Our School

Upstairs in the UPS building on Hawthorne - right next to New Seasons - there's an unpredictably beautiful 1,000 square feet of space. Wood-slat ceilings, a skylight that stretches the length of the school, 4 teaching studios, a kitchenette, central heat and A/C and a large private restroom. And once Mount Tabor Music School moved in: a deep purple performance space complete with stage, an art/homework bar, cozy waiting area and a Portland-themed mural. Welcome to our school. ❤️

In the Heart of Southeast Portland

Mount Tabor Music School is located in the upstairs suite of the UPS building at 41st and Hawthorne. Enter through the door facing Hawthorne, and the stairs to the school are immediately to the left. There's one reserved parking space on the lot, and plenty of street parking.

Mount Tabor Music School is not your average music school…

Mount Tabor Music School, founded February 2018, utilizes a “salon model” – meaning each teacher is an independent contractor who rents their own room. 

There are high standards in place for selecting our teachers.

MTMS only chooses teachers who are:

  • Highly trained and experienced musicians.
  • Experienced teachers, either in the classroom or privately (or both).
  • Devoted to prioritizing the well-being of the student over the lesson plan for the day.
  • Safe and welcoming for all families and people.

Each teacher has also passed a professional background check to ensure comfort and safety for all.

The salon model often means our school feels different than others. 

  • There’s frequently just one teacher at a time here as we all run different schedules. 
  • All communication about lessons, payments, etc happens directly with your teacher, rather than with an administrator. 
  • Students can always expect to be in the same studio with the same teacher, rather than being moved around as administrators re-assign studios.

It also means that our teachers commit to our space because it’s their space too. And the security that comes from that long-term relationship ripples out to our students, and their relationships with both their teachers and their instruments.

Our teachers believe in the power of music education so much that they’ve devoted their careers to it.

And Mount Tabor Music School is dedicated to finding and nurturing the very best teachers.