The WSoM offers private instruction in guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and bass guitar with musician Jeffree White, near downtown Washougal, WA.

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studio closed; offering remote lessons

Due to the quarantine, the studio is closed. We are offering a limited amount of lessons remotely, via various video chat/conferencing apps. If interested, please drop us a line.

We are also taking advantage of down time by organizing and developing our curriculum and our studio setup! We shall emerge stronger.


My favorite guitarists include Jeff Beck, Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Herring, Trey Anastasio, Steve Howe, Frank Zappa, John Scofield, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, and Allan Holdsworth, just to name a few.



Piano offers several advantages as an instrument: it's very visual, with immediately apparent patterns, and there is less of a physical impediment to playing basic stuff. Pressing down three keys -- every other key -- is very easy compared to say a guitar chord, and you can move the same shapes around, if you are in the key of C. So it's possible to start playing music immediately. I favor identifying a few chord shapes first, and looking at chords in basic keys, first -- so you can play songs without learning to read a note! Lastly, piano has a very wide range, so you can be your own bass player.

Of course, there is no limit to the possibilities on piano. The disadvantage of piano is that all 12 major keys (scales) look different on piano, unlike a guitar where the pattern is just moved up a fret. So there is homework involved! But I can help you demystify the keys and chord groups.

I have exercises borrowed from classical masters designed to build strength and dexterity. I have lots of blues-based licks and sophisticated honky-tonk 6th interval patterns, and walking bass parts, to show you. And when you get into rich harmonic elaborations -- fat jazz chords -- combined with the Great American song book, there are endless fun challenges to explore.



I love the tuning and condensed scale length of the mandolin: scale patterns -- especially pentatonic -- are compact, and the consistent 5th intervals between strings allow patterns to emerge. Also, there are plenty of two-finger chords! And 6th intervals are condensed too, making harmonizing melodies into double-stops easy. In some ways it's easier (and louder!) to play leads on than guitar.



Our latest offering. Ukulele is not just a kids' toy! It's exploded in popularity in recent years amongst enthusiasts of all ages; there are all kinds of group jams, and it's showing up in bands of various styles. It's the most accessible instrument in terms of cost, portability, and playability. And it is a good choice for small hands. The chord shapes are similar to guitar, so it can serve as a stepping stone to taking up guitar later.



I've played bass in various rock bands, playing 4-string, 5-string, and U-Bass.

In my work on guitar and keyboards, I incorporate a lot of bass lines, so I think about it a lot.

You have to think differently as a bassist; note choices are more limited, and very functional. Playing bass carries a lot of responsibility! Everyone feels the bass. If the rhythm isn't right on, it's noticeable. I gain new appreciation for bass players every time I play it with a band! But because bass has such power to change the feel -- groove, and dynamic -- of the music, it's a lot of fun.


I understand that regular lessons over time can become cost prohibitive, so I offer a sliding scale to lower income students: one full scholarship and one half-price scholarship per month, with a waiting list. The student must demonstrate a desire to learn. To apply for a scholarship for reduced cost, don't hesitate to write me.

CANCELLATION POLICY: cancellations must be notified 3 days in advance. (This is actually generous -- many teachers charge a month at a time with no allowance for cancellations.)


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About Jeffree

Founding instructor Jeffree Noyes White’s 30+ year career in teaching and performing -- with over 70 bands! -- is a testament to the benefits of both skill-building and versatility. His students benefit from his vast body of technical knowledge, individualized instructional approach, and mastery of many musical styles, from rock to jazz to bluegrass to various world music. For more about Jeffree's current projects and accomplishments, visit his website at

Over the years, Jeffree has created hundreds of original visual aids, worksheets, and exercises to facilitate individualized learning. He's able to quickly identify a student's gaps in skills, while tailoring the curriculum to match the student's desired focus -- resulting in "aha!" moments, and realizations of "this is just what I needed". He works with students of all ages and abilities.

Our philosophy

The desire to enhance one’s life through the study of music is universal and timeless. However one begins their study - self-study, through a public school program, or online tutoring, for example - nothing can help one achieve mastery quite like regular private, one-on-one lessons and a rigorous schedule of practice. For a student to achieve the most for their money and time, it's advisable to commit to a regular lesson schedule, put in daily practice, and be an active participant in goal-setting. Those who commit to it will see a difference. (He also offers one-off lessons or consultations for musicians who need a little help to get beyond a creative or technical rut.)

Put simply, if you’re looking for formal instruction in your instrument combined with freedom to explore and an enjoyable process every step of the way, Washougal School of Music is the place for you!



We had a wonderful writeup in the Camas-Washougal Post Record! Read it here.




And see several flattering reviews from happy customers on the Reviews section of our Facebook page.



Email is generally preferred, but any method is fine.


Lessons usually take place in our studio at Jeffree's residence in close-in Washougal, WA at 1103 D St. Traveling to students' homes is negotiable for a fee based on average commute time.




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photos of the studio

easy guitar songs we like to play

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piano pieces we like to play

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ukulele songs we like to play