Peter McCoid | Instructor Bio

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  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    I like to let every class naturally unwind with what the kids are interested in, while still sticking to my plan on what to accomplish in class time. This allows every class to be unique and more fun for everybody.

    How long have you been teaching music?

    I’ve been teaching music since November of 2012, when I was hired as an intern at Youth Music Project. I’ve helped out with classes and summer camps since then, and now have been promoted to an instructor before the 2015 fall term.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?

    My favorite thing about teaching music is the end product, the concerts. The performances are what we all work for, and at Youth Music Project they are the best!


  • What do you expect of your students?

    I expect my students to be able to play a solid performance of a song after a 10-week term, and practice between every class, coming ready to play with the whole group.

    What do you expect of your students’ parents?

    My expectation of the parents is to encourage the student to practice in their free time, and help the kid out if they have questions.

    When did you first start playing music?

    I started playing music in the 4th grade, at Willamette Primary School. My first instrument was the marimba, before I bought my first acoustic guitar in 5th grade.

    What is your educational background?

    I have been teaching at Youth Music Project since 2012, and I am in the 2015 graduation class at West Linn High School. Now I am studying music, among other things, at Clackamas Community College, and am planning to transfer to a University.

    Do you play in any bands?

    I have been playing in bands since middle school with friends, but my first serious project started in 2012, called Andromeda Sun. We’ve played shows all over Portland, and recorded albums here as well. Right now, I am working on my solo album that will be released in 2016.

    First song you learned how to play?

    The first song I learned on guitar was probably Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, when I was in 5th grade. I played it for a talent show with a wig on and a KFC bucket on my head.

    How do you handle your mistakes when performing?

    When I make mistakes performing or forget what I’m playing, I will just stop for a second and go back in on time when I’m ready, or I start laughing at myself!

    Skill that you’ve struggled with?

    I’ve always struggled with picking the guitar super-fast. It has taken me years to get faster, and I have to practice constantly to keep my speed.

    Your musical influences?

    My musical influences are mostly from the ‘60s/’70s era, including (but not limited to) The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Neil Young, and CSN, as well some newer musicians like Ben Harper and Tame Impala.

    What do you feel when you play music?

    I feel relieved of all of my worries, and all of my problems in life. Any bad day can just turn right over with some good old tunes.

    If you could work with, or study with any musician who would it be?

    Jimi Hendrix, because he was so good at the guitar and is such an influential figure on rock and roll. I dream of writing a song with him.

    When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

    I knew I had to play music when everybody on the football field grew bigger than me, and I was getting destroyed. My childhood dream was to be a football player, but after I was hired at Youth Music Project I realized how cool musicians are!

    If you weren’t a musician/ teacher what would you be?

    I might still be an athlete if I didn’t go into music. I still daydream of playing baseball, football, and rugby, and I hope to play someday again.