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

• Born in Albuquerque, NM, Raised in St. Helens, OR
• Studied Music Theory at Portland State University
• Over 5 years experience instructing
• Currently writing/recording a solo album
• Loves to compose music
• Favorite band: Nevermore
• Dream musician to play with: Jason Becker & Marty Friedman


Guitarfish Piano Instructor Portland

• Born in Provo, Utah; raised in Tualatin, Oregon
• Studied Music and English Literature at Brigham Young University
• Over 4 years experience instructing
• Also sings and plays flute, piccolo, and organ
• Enjoys dancing, movies, reading, and new music
• Favorite bands: Sara Bareilles, Beyoncé, The Killers
• Dream musician to play with: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Drum Instructor Tigard

• Born in Minneapolis, MN / Raised in San Luis Obispo, CA
• Degree in Jazz Performance from Portland State University
• 3 years experience teaching
• Enjoys Reading, Cycling, Soccer, and catching live music
• Current projects include La La Land, Weather Machine, Adam Sweeney, Megafauna
• Favorite bands (at the moment): Brian Blade Fellowship, The Band, and The Meters
• Dream musician to play with: Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, and Stevie Wonder


Bass lesson portland

• Born and raised in Portland, OR
• Degree in Music Composition from Portland State University
• Enjoys going to the zoo
• Played at South by Southwest and currently is recording an instrumental album
• Dream musician to play with: Thelonious Monk


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.


Drums, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Bass Lessons Portland

• Studied Music Theory and Recording & Production at Pasadena City College
• 4 years of experience teaching and working with kids
• Taught music and marine biology to kids K-12 on Catalina Island, CA
• Currently playing drums at East River Church
• Written and recorded over thirty original songs
• Loves helping others learn to make their own songs and pursue their passion in music
• Many years of experience playing several instruments



• Born and raised in Minnesota
• Degree from Luther College, sang in top level Nordic Choir, and performed in broadcasted Christmas concert all 4 years
• Experienced singer and soloist
• Chosen in competition over hundreds of talented singers to perform as a soloist at the Dorian Vocal Festival in Decorah, IA
• Enjoys watching a good movie, playing a fun game, eating delicious food, and enjoying good company
• Would love to sing with Josh Groban or Michael Bublé
• Favorite bands are Journey and The Cars


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


Guitar Ukulele Music Lessons Portland

• Born Lancaster, PA
• Hobby’s include Hiking, Camping, Playing Guitar
• 1st Place in NW Acoustic Guitar Contest
• Dream musician to play with: Neil Pert, John McLaughlin, Michael Manring
• Favorite Band: Rush, Yes, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, CCR


Guitarfish Drum Piano Instructor

• Born West Linn, OR
• Bachelor’s in Music; Percussion
• Over 5 years of teaching and volunteering with kids
• Hobby’s include reading, bicycling, hiking, and playing music!
• Projects include The Cabin Project, Supercrow, and building tube amps
• Dream musician to play with: John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock
• Favorite Band: Grizzly Bear, Sharon Van Etten, The National