Meet Our Teachers
At Westside Music School, we pride ourselves on the quality of music instruction provided to all of our students.
Westside offers classes and music lessons in piano, keyboard, violing, voice, guitar, brass & woodwinds, as well as Early Childhood music and movement.
We’d like to introduce you to our instructors.
Claudia has been a music lover her entire life. Very early, she felt the calling to become a music teacher, working with several students while she was still in high school. She has been a student of music throughout her life and career (see list of degrees and certifications below). She began her professional career as a music instructor in 1979 with the Keyser Music Center. Nine years later, in 1988, she purchased Westside Music School.
With a love for teaching students of all ages and Claudia enjoys watching as they grow in knowledge, ability, and confidence. In addition to providing music instruction Claudia also enjoys the challenge of managing the music school and the joy of getting to know and work with really wonderful people… READ MORE
Josh Killingsworth, Voice Intructor
Josh has taught privately for 10 years. He teaches all ages, from 10-80+. Josh is proficient in classical, opera, jazz, and musical theater. His lessons foster a fun, supportive atmosphere. Josh is a current or former member of: Portland Symphonic Choir, V-Chords, Oregon Catholic Press, Opera Theater Oregon, and EveryMan Jack A Cappella.
Chris Swanson, Violin Instructor
Chris has 20 years of teaching experience. He teaches classical, folk, popular, country, and bluegrass styles to children and adults. He has an incremental teaching style with reasonable expectations for easy progress at each lesson with a focus on both excellence and fun.
Jeff Johnston, Brass & Woodwind Instructor
Jeff has 20 years of teaching experience. He teaches classical, folk, popular, country, and bluegrass styles to children and adults. He has an incremental teaching style with reasonable expectations for easy progress at each lesson with a focus on both excellence and fun.
Erik Aanestad, Guitar Instructor
Erik has a wealth of teaching and performing experience. He works well with children and adult students with an emphasis on encouragement and excellence as well as fun.
Westside Music School
1800 NW 167th Place, Suite 110
Beaverton, Oregon 97006
From the Chorus
"Thank you so much for teaching me all these years! You have helped me to develop a strong passion for music and I will always be grateful for that. I will keep in touch with you – even when I’m in college. Thanks again."
-- Bethany, Graduating Senior