What makes learning music easier at Five Star Guitars?
Our instructors are not only great players and working musicians but have decades of teaching experience, and will customize the curriculum to your interests and learning style. Quarterly student concerts allow the students to apply their learning beyond the classroom and show off all of their hard work at a real gig in a real venue that we book for you.
Specialties: 4, 5, & 6 String Electric Bass Guitar
Styles: Funk, R&B, Soul, Rock, Blues
Background: In 30 years of professional playing, Ben has shared the stage and recorded with a long list of artists, including:The Neville Brothers, Jeff Lorber, Frank McComb, Peter White, Rick Braun, Paul Brown (Grammy Winner), Darren Rahn, Jennifer Batten, Patrick Lamb (Gino Vanelli), Tommy Thayer (KISS), Oregon Symphony, Noel Pointer (Grammy Winner), James Carter, BB King, Robert Cray, Phyllis Hyman, Delbert McClinton, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Bernard Allison, Chris Cain, Lloyd Jones, Curtis Salgado, Liv Warfield, Les McCann and David Pack (Ambrosia).
Currently:Performing in the Northwest. Sponsored artist for Carvin Basses, TC Electronic Amps & Effects, Dunlop Strings, MXR Effects,1964 Ears In Ear Monitors, LM Straps, and GruvGear Accessories
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Specialties: Songwriting, Composition.
Styles:Classical, Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Folk, Country, and more
Background:Author of beginner guitar book series. Studied music at PSU. Extensive songwriting and recording experience. Performs with numerous local artists. Dany has taught Guitar for over 25 years.
Currently: Performs around the Northwest as singer and guitarist.
Styles:Guitar: electric, steel string and nylon string acoustic, baritone and lap steel. Rock, blues, funk, soul, classical, folk, country, grunge, metal, pop, improvising, soloing, strumming, fundamentals, fingerpicking, solo guitar, applied theory, reading music for guitar, beginning through advanced slide. Ukulele: Soprano, concert, tenor, baritone.
Background: Studied music at University of Idaho. Designed and taught beginner lesson course for U of I, Pullman, WA Parks & Rec and Hillsboro Parks & Rec/Camp Amp Program (2007-present). Extensive songwriting and recording experience. Lead singer/guitar player of Western Aerial. Geoff has taught music for over 20 years to all age groups.
Specialties:Drum Set, Hand Percussion, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Songwriting, and Ukulele
Styles:Pop, Rock, Swing, Funk, Contemporary Christian
Background: Kevin has spent 10+ combined years teaching students of all ages. He's played in multiple arrangements and church groups ranging from guitar, lead and supporting vocals, and drums. He has been certified as a drum and guitar instructor through Jerry King's 30 year teaching program. This program has become prevalent in multiple public schools in the Portland area including Tigard High School.
Currently: Involved in writing and recording independently with multiple bands based in LA and continues to write original music with a catalog of songs recorded through his home based recording studio.
Specialties:Electric, Acoustic, Classical, & Jazz Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Composition & Arranging, Improvisation, Music Reading, Working with young beginners.
Styles:Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Classical, Fingerstyle, Country, Folk, Fusion, and more.
Background: Studied classical guitar at Chapman University, as well as jazz guitar and improvisation at Portland State University. Designed and taught music theory courses for thePortland Youth Philharmonic.
Currently:Performs in the Portland area as a solo jazz and fingerstyle guitarist.
Specialties: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory
Styles:Guitar: Rock, Blues, Grunge, Classic rock, 70s-80s metal, jazz, folk, pop, improvising, reading music for guitar and more. Ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.
Background: B.A. in music from Oregon State University, studying with Dana Reason, Sam Kincaid, Bob Brudvig, Angela Carlson, Russ Christensen. Studied jazz guitar with Neal Grandstaff. Has experience and has excelled teaching students of all ages.
Currently: Performing around the Northwest and up and down the Pacific Coast as lead guitarist for Black Market Bargain.
Specialties: Violin, Fiddle, Fingerstyle Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Guitar
Styles: Swing & Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Celtic, Irish, Classical, Hawaiian, and more.
Background: Studied violin at Wichita State University. Studied classical and jazz improvisation with Jerry Hahn.
Currently:Performs around the Northwest on banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Also performs as "Twister Savant".
Sunday: 12:30pm - 5:00pm Monday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Rachel Foote Allen
Specialties: Voice, Piano/Keyboard, Music Theory.
Styles:Voice: Pop, Musical Theatre, Folk, Classical and more; Piano: Pop, Fundamental Technique, Accompaniment, and more.
Background: Rachel has B.F.A. in Classical Voice Performance and B.A. in Theatre from the City College of New York. While in NYC, she performed in several musicals, including an off-off Broadway original show, and worked as a vocal coach and accompanist. Since moving to Oregon, she has been a vocal and drama instructor at Hillsboro Arts Summer (H.A.S.) and Camp Amp.
Currently: Rachel continues working as a rehearsal accompanist and vocal coach for area youth theater and music programs and performs at various special events in the Portland area.
Specialties:Vocal, Piano, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass, Music theory, and Songwriting.
Styles: Folk, Pop, Classical, Rock, Singer, Songwriter, Blues, and more.
Background: Ray Beran is a multi-instrumentalist, and accomplished entertainer. With 30 plus years of experience, he has worked as a lead and rhythm guitarist, vocalist, MC, keyboardist, tenor sax player, and solo songwriter. His CD Memory Years received some national airplay. Ray taught vocal for Billings Dance and Performing Arts, as well as co-founded the Glee program for Valley Catholic Middle School. Ray studied music performance and composition at Portland State University.
Currently: Performs around the Northwest as singer and guitarist. Ray also operates a small home based recording studio.