Nicole Anderson - Voice, Guitar, & Piano
Nicole Anderson studied music education at Portland State University, with a focus on elementary education and voice. She began performing in choirs at a young age, and has continued to perform in choir while at her University. Through her studies, she has performed solo vocal repertoire and learned the basics of many different instruments. She believes that all children have the capacity to play instruments, dance, move, and sing with the natural abilities that are inside all of us. Her approach to private lessons is entering with the mentality of having fun and creating a lifelong love for music. Voice, keyboard, and beginning guitar are the preferred lesson.
Mike Mazur- Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Songwriting & Voice
Michael Mazur is a New Jersey native who has been playing music for over 20 years, having started lessons in piano at age 7 and guitar at age 13. He has enjoyed playing guitar in bands with styles ranging from blues, jazz, rock and roll, indie, and folk to world music with exotic instruments. He is also a singer/songwriter with a talent for putting a creative flare in covers of popular songs. Through music, Michael believes that we can express ourselves while broadening our minds - learning every step of the way. Lessons are taught with a focus on expanding knowledge of musical theory while continuing to feed the flame of inspiration that keeps an instrument fun and exciting. Whether you're plucking a string for the first time or wanting to hop in the middle of a crowd of instruments and play along, Michael will guide you there with his upbeat fun style.
Will Gibbs - Bass, Guitar, Piano, Cello & Violin
Will Gibbs is a native of Portland, Oregon and grew up educated by the city's wonderful youth symphony programs; Portland Youth Philharmonic and Metropolitan Youth Symphony. After studying with jazz bass legend Glen Moore through out high school he went on to study bass performance at Portland State University. Upon receiving his degree in 2014 he began playing with regional symphony orchestras as well as touring the world with musical group The Von Trapps. His unique and varied experiences lend themselves to his love of teaching as well. Never afraid to try something new in the quest to create something beautiful, he enjoys the challenge of finding what makes his students inspired and excited to perform.
Joshua Cunningham - Theory, Voice, Piano, & Guitar
Joshua Cunningham joins RMC Portland as one of its newest instructors. He originates from Tustin, California (a small city in Orange County), where he began singing in choirs in the 7th grade and never stopped singing since. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2010 and studying the education of music at Portland State University, Joshua has put his focus on music as a fundamental grounds for any education. During his post-secondary education, Joshua really grew to love the theory behind music and how it all fits together. He put a special focus in the area of theory/composition, voice and piano. He has studied and performed pieces from composers all the way from Bach to John Legend. Joshua has spent many years at various private schools working with all ages. When he is not teaching music, Joshua enjoys planning and managing events in and around the metropolitan area of Portland, cooking, hiking, gardening, traveling, going on long walks, and simply sitting down and playing his piano and guitar. With his background and firm expertise is music theory, vocal training and piano, Joshua is thrilled to be a part of a fast growing music education studio and looks forward to exciting times with his students. He puts the fun in fundamental!
Sean Kenny- Drums, Beginning Guitar, & Piano
Sean Kenny was raised in a military family that moved around frequently, so he has experienced and performed a wide variety of music in locations from England all the way to Hawai'i. He has been playing music for 17 years, and now finds himself in Portland, OR to pursue his passion for performing and teaching. After being heavily involved in his high school music programs in New Jersey and Maryland, including concert band, all-state band, jazz band, and marching band, he went on to perform with the University of Hawai'i Jazz Orchestra for 7 years. In addition to music, he also studied education and astronomy at university. Outside of school, Sean was a regular performer and instructor in East Hawai'i County, playing a variety of music at local venues ranging from jazz, to rock, blues, reggae, fusion, and even some more eclectic music like the works of Frank Zappa. Sean truly enjoys every aspect of music; performing, teaching, listening, learning, and hopes to convey his passion to his students.
Nicklas Waroff- Saxophone, Woodwinds, Piano, Guitar
Nicklas Waroff is a saxophonist, woodwind specialist, composer, and educator in Portland, OR. Nicklas has been involved with numerous music ensembles and projects which encompass the genres of jazz, symphonic, funk, Arabic, blues and more. As a student, Waroff studied music at Southern Oregon University and University of Wyoming where he earned a Masters Degree in saxophone performance. While at university, he was priveledged to work and perform with many saxophone and music visionaries including: Rhett Bender, J. Scott Turpen, Eugene Rousseau, Kenneth Fischer, Otis Murphy, Stefan Harris, Gregg Bissonette, and Steve Turre. Nicklas enjoys having fun with his wife, Jamie, growing vegetables and playing music.
Luke Swearengin- Voice, Piano,Guitar, & Ukuele
Luke is a future music educator, and is eager and ready to teach Voice, Guitar, Piano, and ukulele. He was an active member in his high school choir, and has awards for classical tenor voice and solo musical theater singing. Guitar was his first love and he has been playing and learning this instrument for over 13 years, and can teach new and experienced students alike. He also has experience in recording and song writing and performance etiquette. While he is accomplished as a musician, his passion is teaching, and cannot wait to share his talent and love for music with everyone.
Max Baker - Guitar, Songwriting, Piano, Theory
Max Baker is a guitarist, composer, producer/engineer, and Music Theory geek from Olympia, Washington. He studied Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music, and is finishing up his degree in Music Production through Berklee Online. He’s been playing guitar for over 12 years, growing up heavily influenced by classics like Hendrix and Clapton, as well as the Seattle grunge and alternative rock scenes. He specializes in various rock styles, blues, folk, songwriting, improvisation, and jazz styles. Along with teaching, Max produces himself and various artists in both Boston and the Pacific Northwest, studies Music and Sonic Arts at Portland Community College, has a home studio, and performs his own music wherever he can in the Portland area. Outside of music, Max loves to spend time with his girlfriend, Tiffany, as well as watch shows and movies. He aspires to one day write music for film and television, and also own his own recording studio.