Have you always wanted to play the guitar or banjo?

Maybe you’ve tried learning on your own without much success. What if you had the right tools to become a better player? What if you had the guidance you needed to make real improvements? 

With the right kind of help, you can make real progress. Who knows, you might even surprise yourself as well as your friends.

Hi, I’m Norman

I have over 15 years of experience teaching , banjo, and ukulele. Since 2003, I’ve taught at several music schools in Portland, Oregon. Today I have my own studio where I focus on teaching beginning adults and kids ages 5 and up.

Before I taught music lessons, I was an elementary and high school teacher. My college degree is in education. I specialized in helping students who were struggling to keep up in their studies. With personalized instruction, I helped them become more successful in the classroom. This often involved finding out what was holding them back. And then, developing a plan on how they could best achieve success. In a way, it’s not unlike what I do today.

Music growing up

My introduction to music came from my parents. Dad taught classical guitar at a university. Mom was an excellent pianist and organist. I took part in my dad’s classes for younger students. He was an excellent teacher and I have many fond memories.

I’ve also had excellent teachers as an adult. Rene Berblinger has been a mentor of mine for many years. Through him, I learned a lot about classical guitar, clawhammer banjo and music in general.


When I first started teaching music lessons, it was natural for me to focus on teaching children. I was surprised, though, by the lack of quality teaching materials for young learners. I did quite a bit of research and ended up putting my own materials together. That process has been refined over the years and the result is a step-by-step method that’s a favourite for both kids and parents.


Today, I have my own studio where I teach guitar and banjo as well as kids ukulele. The space is in a convenient location on Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, Oregon. It’s close to lots of shops and eateries. And we are right across the street from New Seasons Grocery Store. Our location makes it easy to take care of a few errands or grab a bite to eat when you drop in for a lesson.