michelle medler - music educator

Do you need help with solo ensemble piece? Or want to take a better jazz solo? Maybe you want your fingers to move faster? Or your tone to be more present? I've spent decades learning my craft so that I can be a versitle musician and an expert teacher on all of my instruments.

Michelle has been teaching music since 1994. She is a the top call private instructor with former students performing music around the world. Holding a BM from Portland State University, she supplemented her music education by taking extra lessons form world class musicians. Often studying with 3 instructors at a time and commuting to Seattle or traveling to Boston for lessons.

Fundamentals are important to Michelle. Including, air control, posture, finger mechanics, scales, 12 key work, articulations for classical vs. jazz etc., ear playing, sightreading skills and more!

  • Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Co-director/Co-founder
  • Portland State University - Adjunct Faculty -Jazz Ed Techniques


  • Private lessons are typically once a week at my studio in SW Portland, OR, USA. Skype or video critique is possible for those outside the area. Please email to find out about current openings or costs. 24 hours notice for cancellations.