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“Matt has been a true professional during the Covid craziness and has been a great music teacher to our daughter during a difficult time when music has been such a saving grace. He’s been a gift to our family.” - Val C.
“[My son] is really enjoying his lessons! Robin has been a great match for him and seeing the growth after just a month is very exciting!” - Janelle M
“ Trinh was amazing. He was patient, extremely knowledgeable and very detailed. I absolutely would like to continue taking lessons with him as my instructor. I wish I would have found him two months ago when I first picked up the guitar. ” - Tawnie J
Lessons for Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Bass Guitar & Mandolin
Music Lessons for All Levels
My name is Matt Krein and I am proud to own and operate the Milwaukie School of Guitar. As an instructor for over 15 years, I have helped well over a hundred students of all ages learn and embrace the joy of playing music.
Lessons are available in person or remotely through Zoom (for most instruments). I’ve been offering remote lessons for years and am well-equipped to offer the best experience possible with HD video and studio-quality audio. Remote lessons also allow us to take on students from anywhere around the world. For more information on how online lessons work, see the FAQ.
Whether you want to be a "campfire" player and sing and strum, or want to learn to play your favorite rock solos, fingerstyle arrangements, or compose your own music, we can help.
I'm happy to offer a free 30-minute trial session to all interest new students to make sure the Milwaukie School of Guitar is the right fit for them before committing to regular weekly lessons. If you have questions about how scheduling works, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Milwaukie School of Guitar is actively expanding and adding additional staff and instruction a wide variety of instruments. We currently offer private instruction in all types of guitar and ukulele, as well as piano, banjo, voice, electric bass, and mandolin. All our instructors have extensive experience, and most hold Bachelor's or Master's Degrees in Music.
Ready to give it a try? Schedule your free lesson today!
$32.50/ 30-minute weekly lesson.
$55.00/ 60-minute weekly lesson
Discounts avaialble for families enrolling multiple students, or studying multiple instruments.
Group Lessons will be available in the future. To be notified of future group classes, please fill out our Group Class Interest Form.
“Matt's guitar lessons make learning to play a complicated instrument fun... His patience with teaching my five year old son to play guitar is amazing, and I would recommend him to students of any age.” - Rachel C.
“I take online lessons with Matt. He is a music theory genius and an excellent guitar player, and my guitar playing has come a long way since we first started. He's always on time and easy to communicate with. Highly recommended!” - Alec S.
“Matt is an excellent teacher. Patient but strong. I had no experience and he taught me to play with confidence in a very short time. I highly recommend him!” - Julie C.
“He is an excellent teacher. My daughter is 8 and is learning how to play Ukulele. Obviously he's a very advanced player and teacher with lots of experience, but it doesn't stop him from teaching her at her pace. She loves it, and she is utterly shy. This guy's the bomb.” - Allison J.
“Our daughter requested a ukulele and lessons for her 5th birthday. We feared that she was too young to start, but Matt welcomed her with age-appropriate content and instruction.” - Nadine G.
“Matt is a great teacher. He is patient and has the ability to go wherever you want to go as a student. He also literally wrote the book on music theory for guitar! I would highly recommend taking lessons with Matt if you want to learn guitar.” - David B.
“I recently retired, and on my bucket list was learning guitar. After shopping around a little, I began taking lessons from Matt K. at the Milwaukie School of Guitar. I was somewhat skeptical about my ability to succeed, having little to no ability. However, I found Matt to be an exceptional teacher. He is patient, skilled, and experienced. The pace has been just right, learning technique but also having fun and playing songs. I recommend Matt K. and the Milwaukie School of Guitar highly. Give it a shot!” - Doug M.
“Matt's lessons are great! He gives a lot of helpful guidance, without applying too much pressure to do things exactly one way. I've taken guitar lessons with Matt as an adult. I've been casually learning guitar for years, but having lessons with Matt has opened my eye to theory and techniques that I couldn't learn just from looking up tabs online. There are lots of books and online resources out there, so it takes a great teacher to be worth while, and Matt is one of them.” - Brad F.
Conveniently Located in Downtown Milwaukie
Situated near the intersection of 99 and 224, the studio is just minutes away for students located in
Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Sellwood, and Southeast Portland.
Right on Hwy 99 (Mcloughlin Blvd)
The Milwaukie School of Guitar is easily accessible with plentiful parking, both in the lot and on the surrounding streets. The building is a short walk from a number of restaurants, the Ledding Library, Milwaukie High School and the Portland Waldorf School.
Right next door is the wonderful Spring Creek Coffee House -
a great place to grab a coffee and pass the time during your child's lesson.
We are equipped with two modern teaching spaces outfitted with everything you could need for a great learning experience, and a comfortable waiting area with a view of the lesson rooms for family members.