Instruction from an Experienced Teacher

Guitar Ukulele & Banjo

Online or in-person

Start Making Real Progress

With personalized lessons you can start making real progress playing the guitar, banjo, and/or ukulele. Locations in Portland and Forest Grove, Oregon- Or learn remotely from the convenience of your home.


Get to know the fretboard with beginner-friendly lessons that are fun and engaging. Learn how to play fingerstyle with a method grounded in traditional folk music. Options with classical guitar are also available.


You’ll start with a two finger technique that’s easy to learn and fun to play. Then ease into clawhammer technique. Step-by-step instruction will put you on a path towards becoming a solid musician. 

Ukulele for Kids

Enroll your child in an innovative program that captures their interest and imagination. Carefully structured curriculum means students know exactly what to work on after each lesson. Instruction starts at age 5.

Music is to the mind as air is to the body.

– Plato

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I’ve been taking lessons from Norman for a little over a year now, and I have made more progress in that time than I did in 30 plus years of teaching myself!

Joan Bleeg

 As a busy adult with a demanding job, my practice ebbs and flows, however, he has always been patient with my ability and flexible with scheduling to my needs.

Cody Traweek

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

– Confucius