Music Lessons

“I began playing guitar in my 40s.  After teaching myself some basics, I finally got smart and started taking lessons from David.  He is an excellent teacher: skilled, knowledgeable, attentive and discerning, and patient.  He listens well, quickly tuning into what I wanted from the guitar and helping me work toward that, offering all kinds of helpful tips along the way.  David’s passion for the guitar and music-making in general is infectious.  He’ll make you want to practice more!” Gary Borjesson, PhD Professor

Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the greatest journeys one can undertake.  While the effort and dedication required are significant, the rewards are far greater and will enrich your life and the lives of those around you in countless ways.  Wouldn’t it be nice to bring a guitar on that next family camping trip and have a sing along around the campfire?  Or perhaps you write poetry and song lyrics and would like to learn how to put them to music? Maybe you want to set up music lessons for the kids? Or you may be an experienced musician who finds that they cannot push past certain barriers in their playing and want to learn how take it to “the next level”.  All these things Mr. Kelley can help you with. With his extensive background both as a classically trained and as a self taught musician, David offers a unique approach to learning music that combines the benefits of music theory and sight reading abilities with the equally important skills of “learning by ear” and improvisation.  Lessons are offered in the styles of classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk and modern instrumental and will be catered to the individual.  David is now accepting students in the following categories:

  • guitar and ukulele (classical, finger-style, jazz, rock, pop, blues, folk)
  • music theory and aural skills
  • songwriting/composing/arranging
  • group lessons/coordinated jam session

I teach out of my home-based studio in NE Portland, but I am willing to travel to your home, though the price will reflect an additional $10 travel expense.

My rates are as follows:
30 minute lesson- $20 ($30 with travel)
60 minute lesson- $40 ($50 with travel)

I offer group discounts and package deals. I also offer a free one-time phone consultation for perspective students. All inquiries are welcome and all skill levels are accepted.  Payment options include cash, money order, check, or Paypal.  Please visit the Contact Page to connect with Mr. Kelley regarding lessons.  Are you ready to take your playing to the next level?


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