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

 

Greg Smith Bass Piano Guitar Lessons

• Studied music theory, piano, and voice at Mt. Hood Community College
• Has performed and recorded with bands, duets, and solo nationwide
• Plays guitar, keyboard, bass, mandolin, and percussion
• Favorite band: Rush
• Favorite songwriter: Jackson Browne
• Dream musician to play with: Benmont Tench, Howard Leese

 

Piano Lessons Instructor Michelle Ericksen

• 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.