Ian Meyer studied music at Portland Community College and Portland State University from 2007-2012. He eventually received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Portland State University. Trained in Music Education techniques for grades K-12 with an emphasis in instruments and wind ensemble, Ian has spent over 100 hours in Portland Metro schools observing different teaching styles. As well as studying with two renowned saxophone teachers including Kim Reece, Ian has played Saxophone in Wind Ensembles, Quartets, Jazz Bands, Rock Bands, and Solo Acts academically and professionally.
With private and small group lessons in any of the listed instruments you can expect lessons based on music theory and reading emphasis and/or learning by ear and/or tabs.
Forty-three-year-old North Carolina native, Tim Snyder, a father of two and aspiring musician since birth conceived the idea for Underground Music Station.
Born to parents of the 50's and 60's, Tim grew up in a home where rock 'n roll was daily fare...but his exposure was broad. His love of music was born in his soul and shared with all who saw the great passion he had for rhythm, instruments and the artists who brought the instruments to life.
Tim's home studio is stocked with a collection of vintage instruments and equipment, in addition to modern sound and recording gadgets to make it more fun for family as well as the students he has been mentoring there for over a decade. He is anxious to share his new venture with the many students he has helped launch their music career over the years.
As Manager and Owner, Tim will oversee operations at Underground Music Station on a daily basis as well as instructing beginning drummers and guitarists. His experience ranges from beginner drum lessons to playing various venues and recording in professional studio environments across the U.S. With an extensive background in sales and customer relations, as well as giving lessons and playing music, Tim is well-suited to grow his vision into a successful business venture.
Daniel's formal education includes Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education. A father of four, Daniel mentored at the Frankton Head Start program and is anxious to reverse roles from full-time operations manager in the customer service field to full-time friend, mentor and instructor to people of all ages in the gorge who have a dream, a goal, or a curiosity about how getting involved in music can enrich their lives.
One of the premiere guitarists in the area, Daniel honed his skills on hand-me-down and garage sale instruments that he found and restored in his bedroom to pristine new condition under dark of night after finishing his chores. The sounds he is able to extract from instruments he saved from the junkyard are pure, range from simple to complex and evoke melancholy or joyous celebration in the strike of a single note. He is renowned for his power plays on guitar and bass, taking them from Hendrix-style frenzied pitch to soul-stirring long melodic chords.
Another noteworthy talent of Daniel's is "beatboxing," a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. His skill extends beyond the percussion aspect to include singing or humming a tune behind the "beats." Kids of all ages enjoy this fun and imaginative technique.
Daniel says, "My gift is the love of music and the ability to help my students feel the magic of music and utilize it to bring pleasure and solace to their everyday life." His love of music far surpasses any instrument or any single song or music style. His desire is to help his students pull the music from their inner soul through the instrument and share it in their own unique style.
Roman is a native of Hood River and has participated in numerous successful community projects through his work and his generous volunteer efforts. He is widely renowned as one of a team of musicians and artists that helped to create and build "The Polar Express" into a sold out rolling theater. During his decade-long tenure as Conductor and Assistant Event Coordinator for The Mt. Hood Railroad, Roman starred in the popular seasonal production that carries families on a musical adventure from the village station into the foothills of Mount Hood and the upper valley nightly for Christmas fun.
There is no denying that Roman values family and community to the highest degree. He works as a Behavioral Therapist with children for a local non-profit both in and out of the Hood River County public school system. He coaches basketball, baseball, soccer and football as well as serving as an umpire to the community leagues and volunteering for Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
Roman honed his musical and technical stage skills while traveling around the world by ship from Hong Kong to Panama, followed by twenty years of playing with bands around Oregon. With his background in psychology and his broad musical experience, Roman is a natural fit for the Underground Music Station mentoring team.
“Sharing music with others has been a life long goal of mine. The opportunity to work in a program like the Underground Music Station is a dream come true for those of us that appreciate music as an integral part of shaping a successful life. Music is a positive force in a child’s malleable mind that reinforces hard work and creativity that lasts a lifetime. An area like Hood River, as rich in talent and artistic energy as it is, is perfect for this “come one, come all” musical oasis. I want to be part of this amazingly talented group of educators so that we as a team, can open up new doors to our community through music education”.
Chris Friesen is a multi-instrumentalist from Molalla, Oregon. Helping people cultivate their creativity is his passion. He’s collected his musical skills through international touring and seven years of formal education in the realms of jazz, classical, world and electronic music. Chris’ approach to music is faithful to the approach of learning a language, striving to get students speaking as quickly as possible.
With a decade of coaching background Christopher formulates lessons based upon the individual student’s goals. With experience training special needs children Christopher has began the study of music therapy. Private and small group sessions are both available. Lessons can encompass a broad scope from basic technique, improvisation, song writing and arranging, to genre specific style and feel, music theory, reading, and ear training.