I offer piano and composition instruction focused on personal expression and a solid understanding of music. My name is Galen Huckins and I’m a Jazz pianist and composer originally from Boston. I teach out of my own studio in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood and occasionally at a private studio in NE and students’ houses. I work with students at their own pace to develop their voice and creativity alongside their technique and proficiency at the piano. I work with any self-motivated student regardless of age or ability.
The things that we generally focus on are: developing a musical ear (ear training), music theory, learning good technique (read: finding the easiest way to do things) and developing your own unique link to creativity and the music you want to make. Many students of mine have focused on composition and songwriting, 2013 saw the production of a musical by a student of mine at the IFCC theater and several original chamber scores.
People learn in very different ways to reach many different goals, and I work in the direction of each student as opposed to guiding them through a pre-determined course.
I have been a performer and a teacher for many years, writing music heard on KMHD, OPB and in soundtracks for many films. Some of my music can be heard at www.galenhuckins.com, or through the arts group in town that I direct at www.filmusik.com.
I’d be happy to talk and meet with you to see if we would work well together. Feel free to call and ask any question.
“I have been taking lessons from Galen for about 3 months now, and I couldn’t be happier. I came into this afraid, and unsure of my abilities. Not only has Galen been a great encouragement and has been completely willing to fit his lessons with whatever I need for that week, but he also has a really great way of teaching that helps me to feel at ease. As a singer/songwriter, this has been an incredible experience for me and Galen has met all my challenges with grace. I am extremely thankful the universe had me find him!”
– STARR SHEPPARD-DECKER
Galen is very knowledgeable about what he teaches on the piano. And even teaches in Spanish and a knows a bit about the guitar which has been very helpful with my songwriting and guiar playing.
– JOAQUIN LOPEZ