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Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Music Performance, Saxophone
With a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Pacific Lutheran University, Naomi offers one-on-one clarinet or saxophone instruction molded to fit each student.
Naomi has been teaching privately since 1998 and works with the Maple Valley Youth Symphony as the single reeds coach. She also volunteers with the Tahoma and Kent School District Band Programs, and is the clarinet consultant for Auburn Riverside High School's award winning bands. She also is a substitute teacher for Music Works Northwest.
An accomplished musician, Naomi holds a permanent clarinet position with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, and plays alto saxophone with the Maple Valley Big Band. She also subs with groups all around the Puget Sound.
Let's start learning today!
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are every week, 30 - 60 minutes in length and focus on fine tuning each students' abilities, as well as learning music that suits the students' interests. Naomi runs a full studio, so she will only be scheduling students who choose a reoccurring lesson schedule.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Kirmser Academy of Music - sound proof studio space with music stand and small waiting area. Free Saturday seminars are offered through the Music Trader.
Maple Valley Youth Symphony Studio - private studio with music stands. Waiting area includes a small kitchenette and free WiFi.
Student will need to provide instrument, instrument accessories, and books.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice logs and music stands are provided for each student.
*** Specialties ***
classical, jazz, contemporary, worship
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Podcasting, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Ukulele
My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.
All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, and more!
I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. I am one of the 16% of people who attended Cornish that actually graduated from their school.
Many times a student will come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted. The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great to get you ready to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself. I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing their instrument, by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited. In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE THEIR INSTRUMENT!!!
Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.
Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!
"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"
Marianne Burch, Tacoma
"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David Jaedyn C. and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"
Dan DuBeau, Tacoma
I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!
I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.
Skye Reed, Tacoma WA
I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.
I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.
Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.
Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.
Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA
I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!
Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA
*** Studio Equipment ***
invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff.
Tama drumset, Full Mic's.
University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.
*** Specialties ***
Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
Acting, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, English, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Phonics, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
I am an actor, singer, writer, director, and lecturer. I have a Bachelor of Science in Contemporary Vocal Performance and a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies. I enjoy teaching people how to perform on Saturdays out of my apartment.
*** Lesson Details ***
I cater lessons to students' individual wants and needs. I recommend potential students to get regular, 45 minute or preferably one-hour lessons on Saturdays to get the most out of their investment. You absolutely must notify me at least 24 hours before cancelling a lesson or I will be forced to charge you and no one feels good about anyone's money or time wasted.You pick most of the repertoire, but I expect you to be open enough to discover music you haven't heard before.I mainly work out of Bob Stoloff's "Scat" book for both singers and actors. Learning the basics of scat allows students of all experience levels to develop skills and learn a diverse set of music fundamentals. Whether you sing for fun or work professionally, learning how to scat will make you better.I enjoy finding repertoire from a variety of sources. I have three Real Voice books with hundreds of jazz and pop standards from the 20th century. If there's a karaoke version for a song you want to learn, I can easily work with that. With a little advanced notice, I can prepare to play chords for most songs. Otherwise, if there's no sheet music for the song and no karaoke for it either, I would recommend you either 1) learn how to accompany yourself on a portable instrument or on piano, or 2) be comfortable singing it a Capella. This last option would more than likely be for the most obscure, independent songs, but I am very flexible and willing to take extra time to transcribe chords for any song if the student feels passionately committed to it. A lot of what makes great sounding, healthy singing is breathing, attitude, and self-awareness. Everything else is pretty much a bonus. BREATHING: With weekly lessons from me, you will be exposed to breathing to the extent that you will foster a stronger psychological bond between your mind and your breathing. Great performers need this bond to take into effect while on stage. In other words, you don't want to have to struggle to remember to breathe when what you're singing has to be fantastic. I can train you for this. ATTITUDE:The natural detriments to every performer, from amateur to big budget, are the psychological defenses we use to protect ourselves in our day-to-day lives. The best vocal performers have learned how to temporarily break down these walls for the sake of their audience. It's what the audience gravitates to; the vulnerability of it all. As a coach and instructor, I will guide you into forming your own healthy attitudes about what it means to express your voice in terms of your life and the lives of those you sing or act around. Making mistakes feels so much better when you're singing for the right reasons. A singer with the right attitude understands mistakes are meant to be learned from and not avoided at all costs. To avoid failure means you're probably not reaching the potential you're looking to achieve through investing in regular, weekly voice lessons.SELF-AWARENESS:Because it is natural for us to have psychological defenses (we need them!), I find it is quite common for singers of many different experience levels to have very little understanding of what they actually look and sound like when they are singing or acting. It's not exactly the most comfortable thing to watch ourselves in the mirror or listen to the sounds of our recorded voices. There is a lot of bio physiology involved, but basically what you hear when you sing is not what other people hear. If you take lessons through me, I will encourage you to record yourself and practice in front of the mirror.You can expect to get out of your lessons what you put into the time you spend during your lessons. All I expect is for you to try and be as present as possible during your weekly lesson.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
A native of West Seattle, Rian took his first piano lessons at the age of seven. His middle school music teacher recognized Rian’s musical talent and gave him his first public performance opportunity during the school’s annual musical. Rian would go on to play piano for the middle school productions for 3 more years. As Rian progressed into high school his talent increased as well. As a freshman in high school Rian successfully tried-out for the award winning JFK High School Jazz Band and soon took over as the primary pianist. While performing at a high school jazz band festival he was singularly awarded the “Best Rhythm Section” award, a prize usually given to a band’s entire rhythm section. Rian concluded his high school musical career with a trip to the Washington Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Competition (WMEA) after achieving a 1+ Superior rating for Solo Piano Performance.
Pursuing his passion for music, Rian attended Washington State University (WSU) and studied under the tutelage of Julliard alums Jeffrey and Karen Savage. During his time at WSU, he expanded his boundaries and became accomplished in his study of classical piano, earning gold medals in multiple years at Musicfest Northwest. In addition, Rian performed as a soloist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony as a winner in their Young Artist Competition. Prior to his senior year at WSU, Rian received the Presser Scholarship. The Presser scholarship is a nationally funded scholarship awarded by each University to only one student each year. The Presser Scholarship represents the highest level of academic achievement in the United States.
Following graduation from WSU in 2010, Rian began teaching piano and working as a freelance musician in Seattle. Rian joined the staff of the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance as a piano instructor in addition to working as an accompanist for several local churches, high schools and music schools.
Rian’s passion for playing, teaching, and learning about music has taken him throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the east coast of the United States. Besides his work as an accompanist and teacher, he also maintains an active presence in the Seattle music community, frequently volunteering at local events and serving as Secretary of the Seattle Music Teachers Association. As an educator, Rian understands the value of continued learning and has conducted independent study with Randy Halbersadt, jazz professor from Cornish College of the Arts, as well as studying classical technique privately under World-Renowned Pianist-Teacher Peter Mack.
Rian became a Licensed Simply Music Teacher in 2013.
Ableton, Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Ear Training, Fashion Design, Film Production, Gospel Singing, Makeup, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Sewing, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Violin, Vocal Training
*** Specialties ***
Contemporary ear training, speech-level singing, songwriting, rock, r &b, soul, gospel, musical theatre, Beginning classical, Voice
Accompaniment, Audition Prep, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
Every piano has black and white keys. They contrast each other in color, but work together to create beautiful harmonies. Similarly, I love working with all types of individuals to bring out the beauty in their lives through music. Please contact me, and let's see how music can contribute to your life!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."