Montavilla resident and co-op member, Neil Mattson has lived in the neighborhood since 2009. He and his partner, Tina Granzo, have been active volunteers, hosting co-op meetings at their home and donating their talents when called upon to do so.
After spending seven years teaching mainly in the west side neighborhoods of Portland and in Lake Oswego and Beaverton, Neil decided to start his own studio with the goal of bringing the highest musical education experience to the east side and, more specifically, Montavilla.
With Montavilla Guitar Studio (MGS), Neil has designed a program that shows every student the path toward guitar mastery. His approach centers on developing musicianship skills through note reading and ensemble playing. MGS is conveniently located in the heart of Montavilla, just blocks from the Stark Street business corridor.