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    PGS Ensembles

Now accepting students for Fall ensemble sessions!  Fall Classes begin September 17th.   Call 503-522-9191 for more information. 

Join a band coached by Cole Robinson

  • Learn a Breadth of Music

    • Classic & Modern Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Fusion
    • Many of Cole's students have performed Herbie Hancock, Led Zeppelin, Pharell, and Jimi Hendrix in the same performance
  • Perform!

    • Participate in a performance at Mississippi Studios, one of Portland' finest music venues. 
  • Small Scale Environment Equals Direct Mentorship

    • The course is built based on the needs and interest of each student
    • Students are guided toward diverse types of knowledge



I am thrilled that we signed our son up to take part in the ensemble (band) lessons at Pacific Guitar Studios. My son had been taking drum lessons for two years, and, while he was certainly improving, he wasn’t motivated to practice much. Joining up with a band not only motivated him to practice, but working with other musicians also made the whole thing click for him. His improvement since working with Cole (the owner of PGS) has been amazing. Cole is a fantastic teacher and obviously cares about making sure his students are challenged to improve. And, as a bonus, our family gets to watch our son play a gig at the end of the lessons, complete with an audience and beer. We re-enroll our son every term, and we will continue to do so, probably until he leaves for college. Cole is great. His teaching is great. The whole thing is great.
— Scott Bowman
Our daughter is a talented drum-kit player, but is too young to easily find a band to join. Solo lessons do not fill the need she has for developing as a part of a band. Cole’s program has provided her with a set of musically talented peers and the framework for learning songs together and preparing for a high stakes gig in a professional setting. His “band coaching” has filled a much needed niche for developing musicians of all ages. The gigs, themselves, are a powerful event, in so many ways, for both the bands and the audience. Fantastic model for a music program and the only one like it in town as far as we have been able to find. Cole is approachable, trustworthy, and serves as an experienced and quite, but effective, musical guide, rather than a director. Thanks, Cole!
— Sam Koss

Background and Course Structure

The primary goal of this class is to help students develop the skills necessary to engage with music over the course of a lifetime where musical interests may vary significantly.   Regardless of one’s musical preferences, there are skills that musicians of every tradition benefit from.   Throughout this course, students will be working on all of the objectives listed below.  Each class will primarily involve rehearsing our band and finding “teachable moments.”  We will also take time for constructive feedback and group discussion while we prepare for a performance.  The instructor will also prepare demonstrations and bring topics for discussion.



Ensemble classes will be billed for their full tuition every quarter.  After the third class there will be no refunds of tuition. 

Tuition is as follows:

  • Fall Term 11 rehearsal and performance $380
  • Winter Term 11 rehearsals and performance $380
  • Spring Term 10 rehearsals and performance $350



Please do your best to attend as many sessions as possible.  Learning in this environment is most effective when all members of the team are regularly present.  Conflicts do arise, however.  In these instances, please notify me in advance of your absences, as I may need to arrange a substitute musician to keep the class engaging for the students present.


Course Objectives

  • Technique – Developing the physical requirements to get the music in your head onto your instrument.

  • Rhythm – The ability to count and play in time. 

  • Music Theory – The ability to comprehend, organize, and verbally articulate musical ideas.

  • Ear Training - Learning to identify the elements of music by ear.

  • Communication & Leadership

    • Giving and receiving constructive feedback

    • Working together toward achieving group goals


Final Thoughts

In my last decade of music teaching, my students have shared with me what aspects of music have been the most fulfilling.  The results, particularly from retired people who have had time to reflect on their lives, have been shockingly similar.  The two most commonly enjoyed musical experiences shared with me are playing music with other musicians and performing.  Sadly, beginning music students often wait too long to have these experiences and end up quitting before reaching the most rewarding part.  My goal in creating this program is to help my students have these experiences, now.

 Celebrating the one year anniversary of rock ensemble, The Sweatshirts. 

Celebrating the one year anniversary of rock ensemble, The Sweatshirts. 

Meet The Holographics.  Winter 2018