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Music School Beaverton OR

Music schools provide lessons in music history, music technology, composition, musicianship, music theory, chamber music and more. See below to find music schools in Beaverton that give access to early childhood music programs, adult music learning programs, as well as advice and content on music education.

Multnomah Arts Center
(503) 823-2787
Portland OR
Portland, OR

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Marylhurst University
(800) 634-9982 x6268
Marylhurst OR
Marylhurst, OR

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Clackamas Community College
(503) 657-6958
Oregon City OR
Oregon City, OR

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Forte Music Studio
(503) 690-3505
15280 NW Central Dr Ste 103
Portland, OR

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Paul Green School-Rock Music
(503) 231-2945
111 SE Madison St
Portland, OR

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Portland State University
800.547.8887 x3511
Portland OR
Portland, OR

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Ethos Music center
(503) 283-8467
Portland OR
Portland, OR

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Pacific University (Pacific University - Music Department)
(503) 357-6151
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR
 
Rhythm Lab
(503) 228-1874
2516 NW 29th Ave
Portland, OR

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Robb Terry Nw School-Acstc Gtr
(503) 234-7807
811 SE Main St
Portland, OR

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Reaching For The Soul Zone

Reaching For The Soul Zone
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

Every searching artist wants to get there. It's that magical place where something takes over, you know, when something bigger than you whispers in your ear and says "Relax - I'll take it from here!"

I like to call it the 'soul zone', others simply call it the 'zone', I'm sure there are many other names for it.

For those of you who don't know what the heck I'm talking about, it is the ultimate state to be in as an improviser. You might have played a gig and gone through the motions and nothing particularly interesting sprung from you. You might have played a solo at a different time and place and thought you said some pretty interesting things. But then you'll probably remember those times when you played a solo and something absolutely magical happened. Maybe you closed your eyes and you went off into this magical mysterious place where nothing else mattered. While you were playing you felt like you were in the middle of a 'happening'. Your tone was just right, your phrasing was great and it seemed like you were truly improvising for the first time in a long while. And strangely enough, at the end of your solo, you look up and you can't remember a thing you just played. Then the band members look at you with a big smile of approval. You were in a completely altered state, or so it seemed.

Does this situation sound familiar to you? If so, you have experienced the soul zone. One of those trance like states that every searching musician is trying to get back to. It's the spiritual realm. And we would like it to happen more often than it does.

There's no question about it, this experience may well be one of the factors determining why so many musicians have turned to drugs and alcohol in the past. That Zen like state seems to be one of the reasons musicians play music at all. Of course the good news is that you can get there without the substance abuse!

The question I have always asked is this: "Why does this zone only come about from time to time?" I think there are a number of reasons.

First and most important I think is the fact that there are so many distractions when we play. I have found that as my career got busier as an artist, I was sometimes taking on the role of artist, manager and agent. By the time I got on stage I was finally having to think about entertaining, whilst asking myself all sorts of things like "Am I losing the audience? Do they like this song and if not should I cut it from the set? - have I brought enough people to this show? Is the promoter seething with anger - will she book me ever again? How many CDs am I selling over there? Should I be promoting my CD more during the show? Am I funny witty and charming on stage - dammit do they like me at all??" Yiiiikkes heeeeeellllllppp!!

As you can imagine, this scenario doesn't exactly make for a Zen like transce...

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