Instructors can be reached through MIR Music.

Pricing, scheduling and course of study will be discussed directly with instructors.



Monday – Saturday (depending on Steppenwolf tour schedule)

Beginner to Advanced

A seasoned touring veteran, Ron’s credits also include performances with Chuck Berry and Charlie Daniels’ “Volunteer Jam” Band, as well as guest appearances with Greg Allman and the Doobie Brothers. When called to task, Ron also stepped in to play with The Guess Who and Three Dog Night (when last minute emergencies prevented their respective drummers from performing.

Ron currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he has quickly established himself as an accredited drum instructor. When not on tour, Ron stays busy balancing teaching and session work with various international projects.Ron’s work with John Kay and Steppenwolf has made him a well sought after commodity in the music industry.

Ron Hurst has been the drummer for John Kay and Steppenwolf since 1984. He also plays and has recorded with John Kay and Friends, Kay’s most recent solo project.

Sharon Donaldson

 Violin Viola Cello Fiddle

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Western Classical Celtic Rock

Sharon is a well-respected violin and fiddle player with a passion for Celtic music. She has 14 years of experience teaching children and adults. Her repertoire includes Western Classical, Celtic, Old Time and Classic Rock.

A believer in life-long learning, she learned to play Scottish and Irish music in the traditional way (by ear) and joined the Scottish Fiddle Club of Portland. The club has played for Scottish Country dancers and the Portland Scottish Highland Games.

Sharon has played in a few bands including Yesterdaze Child and continues to give solo and ensemble performances.

Sharon began playing violin at the age of 9 in a school program in Arizona. She progressed to private lessons with Pamela Joseph and has continued to learn different styles.

Sharon works with students on the tools of music-tone, intonation, technique, sight-reading and playing by ear-as a means to tap into the students’s self-expression. For beginners she teaches basic bowing and fingering techniques and a practical approach to basic music theory. For those wanting to learn fiddle, Sharon teaches the student how to play by ear. where the student learns to recognize patterns and repetitions and how to add some ornamentation. Scottish fiddle styles include simple jigs, reels, hornpipe, polk and slow air and finally; guidance in equipment selection.

Sharon accepts students form all age and skill levels.She especially enjoys working with folk and fiddle styles. Lessons are tailored to each student’s interests, goals, abilities and learning style and are conducted in a positive, supportive and friendly environment.


Joanne Jackson is an experienced piano and flute teacher, who graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Piano Pedagogy and Social Welfare and Corrections. She has over 25 years experience teaching students from age three to adult, and is trained in childhood music and theory education, with background in Suzuki Piano. She has been active in California as a teacher and founder of a youth orchestra, moving to Oregon in 2000, where she continues to teach and perform. Having worked in several music stores, early in her career, she is very knowledgeable in the area of printed music. At this time she is playing for the second year in the Rose City Flute Choir, and will be playing piano in a newly formed jazz band. Having spent a year in France, recently, she has French Flute and Piano Methods available to teach the solfege method if requested, and has moderate ability to do this in French.

Katherine Rhee



Professional Instructor and Musician

Katherine began learning the violin at age 10 through the music program in Mankato, MN which continued through high school focusing primarily on classical technique and music. She was introduced to orchestral music and performance very early on. After moving to the west coast, her musical pursuits expanded to include many musicals, private ensembles, solos, duets, trios and quartet performances and 20 years in community orchestras. She is currently principal second violin for Willamette Falls Symphony in Oregon City which she has held for 10 years. Her taste in music is eclectic and she has experimented in many different styles of music from around the world such as Celtic, Gypsy/Klezmer, European and many others, in addition to ballads, country and so much more. She has performed in solo venues like coffee houses, small restaurants/pubs, art centers, weddings, markets and occasionally mixes her own recorded background accompaniments. Not limited to violin, her interests also include guitar (mostly classical,) hammered dulcimer and percussion instruments. Rhythm and sight-reading are her strong suits. She has often accompanied other artists for classic light rock and folk music. It is her hope to inspire new violinists to “hear the music,” learn classic techniques and help to take them musically where ever they want to go.

Bill French


Mondays and Wednesdays

Professional Musician and Teacher

Bill is a professional Jazz pianist and music teacher with 45 years experience. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (piano/composition;) Bethany College-KS  (BA Music) and at the University of Illinois-UC (Master in Music Education.) Bill has
traveled throughout the US and abroad playing with bands including the Jimmy Dorsey  Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, Zoot Sims Quintet and the Arnett Cob Quartet. He  continues to perform with bands of all sizes and descriptions. Original compositions
appear on CD’s: Bass Case Sessions and Champaign Underground.

Bill teaches all levels of classical and Jazz/Blues piano and also how to improvise on any  instrument. Lessons include ear training classical and Jazz theory, singing related  to improvisation and rhythms including Clave and Latin. His teaching philosophy is to have
students, over time become more independent so that they can rely on their own  knowledge and creativity. This included the ability to develop technically and musically  through personal awareness and assessment. Bill is currently accepting students of all  skill levels and ages.

Joe Aloia

Guitar Bass Ukulele

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturday

Professional Musician and Teacher

A music afficionado, Joe has been performing for over 15 years and has taught for the last 10. A graduate of South Florida University with a BA in Music, Joe focuses on guitar and bass. You can catch Joe playing locally or throughout the Pacific Northwest from Eugene and the Portland Metropolitan area, to Seattle.

Joe teaches all levels of guitar, bass and ukulele with an individualized approach based on each student’s goals.

Bailey Paugh

Trumpet Cornet


Musician, Teacher and Clinician

Originally hailing from South Dakota, Bailey Paugh has taught privately in her home state and in the Portland area. She attended the Eastman School of Music, where she received a bachelor of music in trumpet performance. She will finish her master of music in trumpet performance at Portland State University in 2019, where she is also the graduate teaching assistant for music history and theory. Bailey’s performing experience includes orchestras, wind ensembles, and various chamber ensembles, as well as several appearances as a soloist.

Michael Downs

Guitar Bass Ukulele

Mondays and Tuessdays

Professional Teacher and Musician

Michael Downs has been teaching music in Hillsboro, Oregon since 2009. He started out teaching guitar to his Mail-Man who encouraged him to search for a music store where he could teach. Since then, Michael has taught at two different locations in Hillsboro and now considers this fine town his home.

Michael’s education in music sarted at a very young age, taking private piano and guitar lessons for 12 years. Michael then went on to perform in garage bands through his teens and early 20’s. Now 37, Michael still performs around the Hillsboro area. Cafes, Wineries, Banquets and low-key Restaurants are his favorite venues. He holds a 3.8 GPA at PCC in music studies with a focus on theory and a practical application of theory. Michael recognizes the use of cover songs as an engaging way to teach form and style. Michael can help you learn to read sheet music, tabs, lead sheets, and chord charts, as well as song-writing and improvisation.

Emily J. Cadiz

Vocal Performance Coach


Music Instruction and Performance Technique

Emily Cadiz is an accomplished vocalist, teacher, and sing-songwriter. She began her vocal career at the age of 4, singing with the University of Oregon Children’s Choir and performing with the University of Oregon Theater Department. She later performed with the Portland Opera Company, Oregon Mozart Players, Women’s Choral Society, and the Oregon Festival of American Music. She studied vocal performance at the University of Oregon and through the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program. She graduated from Columbia University with a minor in music, and began performing in musical productions both on and off Broadway in New York City. She was first runner-up to Miss America and still actively supports local scholarship programs dedicated to women and musicians.

Emily has taught private vocal lessons, and worked as both a music and drama teacher in the metro-area for the past 15 years. She loves working with students of all ages, and feels that anyone can and should sing.

Diana Kravitz

Woodwinds: Saxophones, Clarinets and Flutes


               Diana has been playing and teaching in numerous avenues most notably Musical Theater, Pop Orchestra, Classical orchestras as well as Jazz and Private and Ensemble instruction and Performance.
               Diana has been teaching Flute,Clarinet and Saxophone for over 30 years in California and Oregon. She has taught General Music, Band and Choir in Oregon for over 25 years in Salem-Keizer, Yamhill-Carlton and the Tigard-Tualitin School districts. She has also taught at Pacific University’s  Music in May Program for flute and Saxophone during the last 5 years, working with High school students throughout the northwest.
                Diana has a BS in Music from WOU and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University. In addition she has a teaching License in Music K-12, Classroom teaching PP-9 and an endorsement in ESOL – English as a 2nd language


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