Meet Our Instructors

Guitarfish instructors are hand-selected by our education experts from the best in the greater Portland area. Not only are they all experienced in performance, they have all studied music at a collegiate level and have educational backgrounds as well. Each music teacher is staff, helping us provide a stable environment for students to learn the instrument they choose. They are also a key component in developing and refining our teaching methodology, providing first-hand experience of how well our techniques work and helping us constantly improve. Come into a Studiostore location to learn more about our teaching staff and lesson programs.

Justin Keeth Guitar, Bass, Ukulele Lesson Instructor• Bachelor of Music at Berklee College of Music
• Master’s Degree in Education from Portland State University
• Over 12 years of experience teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele to a wide variety of students
• Currently performs in several Portland-based bands, including a jazz big-band, a rock band, and a ukulele ensemble
• His teaching combines a diverse range of music with solid technical training
• In addition to teaching at Guitarfish, Justin is also a substitute music teacher in the Beaverton, West-Linn, and Lake Oswego school districts
Click here to see a brief lesson from Justin.

Josh Kay Guitar and Bass Lesson Instructor• Studied Music Theory at Portland State University
• Over 7 years experience instructing
• Has composed two solo albums and currently recording a third
• Favorite artists: Steven Wilson, Opeth, and Steve Vai
• Dream musicians to play with: Guthrie Govan, Shawn Lane, and Steve Vai

Guitarfish Music Instructor

• Bachelors of Arts in Music from Portland State University
• 5 years of teaching experience
• Performs with 2 local bands: a Soul/Funk/Hip-hop group and a Rock band.
• Studied many styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, and more.
• Favorite Bands: There are too many to list
• Other interests: Martial Arts, Skateboarding, Reading, Stuff, and Movies.
Guitar, Bass, Uke, Drums, Piano Lesson Instructor Guitarfish
• Born Redman, OR
• Bachelor’s in Music Performance Classical Guitar at PSU
• More than 7 years of experience teaching
• Personal projects include Revolution Overdue, Hog Fuel, Portland Guitar Trio
• Dream musician to play with: Kai Hansen
• Favorite Band: Jethro Tull
Guitar, Ukulele Lesson Instructor Guitarfish
• Born Portland, OR
• PCC Professional Music Certification
• Current projects include self-released video game remixes
• Has a full length album with his band Tanagra
• Favorite artists: Iron Maiden, Yasunori Mitsuda
• Dream musician to perform with: Bruce Dickinson


Guitar, Piano Instructor Portland Music Lessons
• Newberg, OR
• Education stretches over 20 years of private lessons and performances
• Has been instructing for over 2 years
• Hobbies include backpacking / mountain climbing and computer games
• Current projects include recording a solo guitar album with my own compositions
• Dream musician to perform with: David Russell
• Favorite Artist: Classical – Brigitte Engerer, Non-Classical – Led Zeppelin
• Born and raised in Honolulu, HI
• Education and performance experience spanning over 40 years as a professional musician with 11 years of teaching experience.
• Enjoys reading, studying world history, trail hiking & auto racing
• Education goals include transferring knowledge to enrich students in musicality, excel individually, achieve creativity, team building and appreciation for the Arts
• Currently a freelance drummer for local bands and worship organizations in Portland, OR
• Dream musician to perform with: Herbie Hancock
• Favorite Artists:Dave Matthew’s Band, Herbie Hancock, Incognito

From Budapest, Hungary
Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Guitar Performing and Teaching with 20 years of experience in teaching and performing
• Enjoys reading, swimming, nature walks, spending time with family
• “Teaching is the highest thing you can do – helping people to help themselves or maybe fulfill their dreams.” – Joe Diorio
• Always pursuing new musical endeavors
• Favorite Band: None. Open to all types of music