About Us

Who is Song by SongTM ?

A woman walking from the ocean onto a sandy beach.

Hi there. This is me, Avery – the Founder, the Director, the Every Position of Song by Song.TM  I should have known I was destined for work in music because my mom says you could hear me screaming before I came out in the delivery room. My nickname was Raging Bull. I promise I’ve calmed down since then.

I came to teaching music in a roundabout way, first as an English teacher abroad then as an environmental educator on Bainbridge Island, WA, and finally as a classroom teacher in Portland, OR. When I left the classroom, I first tried my hand at performing as a singer-songwriter, releasing a couple albums, creating a one-woman show, and really enjoyed touring the country.

Being a professional musician made clear to me how integral music is to the person I am: how I see and hear the world around me, how I understand other people and cultures, and what difference I want to make in my community. Before I knew it, I was teaching again: this time it was ukulele classes at Artichoke Music, a non-profit here in Portland. Since 2013, I’ve been developing and enriching my ukulele curriculum, and building a community of musicians with my students, which has finally led to this venture, Song by Song™ LLC.

I am over the moon to launch this company / community / hub and to welcome you to the fold. What I love most about the ukulele is how many purposes it serves: it’s an accessible introduction to the world of music, it’s the perfect ice breaker in making a new friend, and it invites us to try something new and maybe see things a little differently. So, let’s get started. Here we go …