Owner John Jaqua and teacher Ben Graves appear on KGW's Hello Rose City

Coronavirus Update

Chordination teachers are committed to maintaining the progress and enthusiasm for music that their students enjoy. During the Coronavirus outbreak they will be offering the quality lessons they are known for online. They are also available for families seeking new music lessons for their children while at home. Lessons in Piano, Guitar and Voice can be done online. Please contact Kim at chordination.office@gmail.com for more information.


Should you need help in creating a quality streaming connection, Chordination has arranged with Eric Harrod, to be available to you for a complimentary 30 minutes of questions and guidance on creating a smooth streaming experience.

Eric Harrod owns and runs Harrod Media, a Portland-based video and media production company. Eric studied filmmaking, music and digital media at New York University and UC Santa Cruz. His professional background is in filmmaking and sales management. He is experienced in training others, as a music and arts teacher himself, and has a solid background in video production and digital communications. This combination makes him especially suited to the needs of teachers and students working to take their music lessons online. In this challenging time he is dedicating himself to bringing continuity and growth to his clients' businesses, and helping many bridge the gap into the exciting possibilities offered by video and live streaming technology.

Eric's contact information:

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Students Seb and Max with teacher John Harr performing Seven Nations Army.

CHORDination, founded by John Jaqua in 1984, is designed to provide music lessons, music educational materials, instruments, and performing opportunities for students. Experienced instructors teach piano, guitar, drums, singing and composition lessons to students at different levels including beginning to advanced for both adults and children. Additionally, lessons may be for some who may be preparing to study music in college or a career in music. Lessons are taught in the student's home. CHORDination administers the program so teachers can focus primarily on teaching. This enables students to learn the art of playing a musical instrument in an enriched and supportive environment.

Images from Winter Recital

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are lessons taught?

In the comfort of your home.

Are lessons available at a studio?

Studio lessons are available for students of John Jaqua. All other lessons are taught in the home.

What instruments does CHORDination teach?

We currently offer piano, keyboard, drums, percussion, guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), and singing lessons.

How do I pay?

You receive an invoice via e-mail each term. This invoice will have a link to online bill pay if that is your preference. For an additional administrative fee you have the option of paying monthly. At this time we do not accept credit cards.

How do we sign up for classes?

Call Kim at 503-896-2890 or email chordination.office@gmail.com. She will discuss prices and availability of teachers to insure best fit. You will be referred to a teacher with space available in your location who will call you to set up a 15-20 minute interview in your home. This will give you the opportunity to see if personalities and styles are a match. At that time you will be given a registration form and brochure that explains our policies. These can also be found on our website. The registration form and initial payment must be received by CHORDination before the start of lessons. Click here for printable form.

How long are the terms?

Our terms generally follow the school year. We have four terms: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Where do we teach?

We primarily teach in Lake Oswego, Southwest and Northwest Portland, Inner SE and Inner NE Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn and some parts of Beaverton.

Does a parent need to be present for the lesson?

A parent or legal guardian must be present in the home for the entire lesson, otherwise CHORDination teachers have been instructed not to enter the home.

What ages do you teach?

Students as young as 5 are taking lessons with CHORDination, although we recommend ages 6+. Adults are welcome as well.

How do we schedule lessons?

The CHORDination teachers each keep their individual schedules.

Contact Us

Fill out the form to the right or mail us at:

PO Box 1060
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Kim Brown  
(503) 896-2890
For lesson information and invoice questions.

John P. Jaqua  
(503) 701-3679