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BJ M. Seattle, WA

About BJ

I grew up studying violin under the Suzuki method for over 13 years at the University of Louisville School of Music Preparatory School, my listening and playing skills were nurtured at the young age of five. I performed with the Louisville Youth Orchestra and other ensembles increasing my skills and confidence playing the instrument. A confidence that I can bring out in you as your violin teacher. Beyond the classical foundation of Suzuki's collection, the violin has afforded me a unique opportunity to express myself in a wide range of musical styles and venues: * I have supplied harmonies on acoustic covers and classic rock numbers at college open mics and coffee shops. * I rocked out with an indie-pop band on famous Seattle stages like The Showbox, The Crocodile and ...

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Nilanjana G. December 16, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
BJ has been a wonderfully dedicated violin teacher for my 10 year old kid. He is very approachable and understands the student's needs very well. I would highly recommend him.
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Carol D. May 17, 2014
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
I have learned more in 3 lessons with BJ than I did in a year with my last teacher. He has clear and helpful exercises to fix my bad habits in how I bow. We aren't into actual playing yet, but I expect things will progress well for me.

His place is easy to get to and comfortable. He is prompt, organized and manages to be efficient at fitting a lot of teaching into the time we have. I did shift from half hour lessons to a full hour, as the half hour was not enough time to really finish a topic for us.

I'm very happy with the experience and am so glad to be playing again.
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Greg S. December 1, 2013
Music Performance
This guy is a true PRO

I have not personally taken lessons from B.J. Montoya, but I am a colleague of his and have created and performed music with him off and on over the last ten years. WHat I can confidently and boldly say is that B. J. is masterful at the violin and fiddle, and truly knows all aspects of the language of music. IF you take lessons from him, you won't just learn songs; you will learn artistry, technique, music theory, ear-training skills, music appreciation, and most of all a PASSION FOR MUSIC - which B.J. cannot HELP but to pass on to his students. I say this because I have always respected and admired his true passion for creative muical expression on the violin.

Besides all that, B.J. is a sincere, super-friendly, and laid-back guy who will help any student - at any level - feel comfortable and at ease. His ability to offer warm support and encouragement - AND make the lessons FUN - will surpass any other violin teacher - I can pretty much guarantee that.

I highly recommend B.J. as a music teacher.
Heidi M. Bellevue, WA

About Heidi

With over 25 years experience teaching voice, including at the college level, I bring a wealth of experience to my students. I earned my Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance, studied at the Tanglewood Institute, as well as with many other professional singers and acclaimed teachers. I have sung professionally with opera companies, symphonies and other presenting organizations. My students will learn vocal techniques that work and that will allow them to be the artists they want to be! I create a safe, supportive, and fun atmosphere for my students. I firmly believe that studying music should be enjoyable, and that high standards don't equal stuffy seriousness! *** Lesson Details *** My students start singing better immediately - learning the basics of breath ...

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Lydia B. September 7, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Heidi is very knowledgable in teaching classical vocal techniques.

I didn't realize how much Heidi changed my breathing techniques until several months later when the choir members I sing with told me that I was projecting my voice over all of the altos and all of the tenors. Her ability to demonstrate and teach great vocal range and tone is amazing.... She does require that her students practice these techniques at home and is also open to your needs and desires.
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Amanda S. February 26, 2013
Singing
Don't Miss an Opportunity to Learn from the Best

Heidi is not only excellently trained and incredibly knowledgeable, she is personable and a great friend. In the lessons, you can expect instruction not just on singing a song, but on the mechanism of your vocal chords, the way sound works, how to translate classical singing and correct technique into pop and other styles of singing, how to perform and be engaging, and a myriad of other skills and techniques.

It bears repeating, do you ever think "I can't or don't want to learn how to classically sing Opera... who sings that way anymore?! I want to learn how to sing 'for real'"? If you do, you'd be like so many other students who don't understand the correlation between pop/modern style and classical training and you'll miss out on an incredible opportunity. You will learn how to breathe correctly, use your voice in a way that will leave you singing for the rest of your life, and techniques to reach those notes that you thought were impossible. Don't let those thoughts stop you from taking lessons with Heidi. I can honestly say that the techniques I learned with Heidi over 2 years ago, I still use to this day and I'm singing all the time! (In private and in performance). I can sing longer and better than many other peers just because of my lessons with Heidi. I know how to use and treat my voice.

She will stretch you to the point where you sometimes feel like you're going to break, but she will always be there to encourage and push - she knows the exact balance! Along with her impeccable skills, talent and knowledge, she is a friend to her students.

Personally, I had gone through some very emotional life events and once or twice she would even say "Let's just go for coffee" because I was obviously not focused on singing that day.

I can't stress enough how valuable and instrumental she has been in my life. Don't miss out on taking lessons from the best!
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Elizabeth O. February 23, 2013
Singing
A Voice-Transforming Experience

Through 4 years of study with Heidi, I can honestly say her teaching has completely transformed my singing voice. Whereas before, I had poor pitch control and a thin, breathy tone, Heidi has taught me technique that has changed all of that for the better. She is a true master of her craft, which both inspired and challenged me to be the best that I can be as a singer. For those who want to be serious about improving their vocal technique and musicality, I could not more highly recommend Heidi as a voice teacher!
Brett R. Seattle, WA

About Brett

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and experienced musician available for instruction offering the following: # In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone recognition # Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include: Guitar - electric & acoustic Drum Kit and percussion rhythms Piano/Keyboard # Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age groups Personal experience includes: 1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord progressions, and alternate tuning. 2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing,

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Nirav P. April 16, 2015
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
Verified Student
What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
John Paul S. Seattle, WA

About John Paul

I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons. My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning ...

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Elyse N. December 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
John Paul is an amazingly talented artist (performer, writer, teacher, singer, producer, composer, director...the list is seriously too long). We have worked together as professional singers, and I have collaborated with him on an album that he wrote/produced/recorded/edited himself. He is a kind and inspiring person who LOVES music more than anything in the world. I wholeheartedly recommend him to students of all ages who want to find and express their creative voice in the world.
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RUTHI L. March 15, 2014
Singing
Best teacher ever

JP has been teaching Mya for almost 2 years (since she was 6 years old) and Mya has been loving each lesson, can't wait for the next one, and has grown in many ways, that have exceeded our expectations.
JP is extremely patient, always positive, and knows how to reinforce the confidence whenever needed, provide clues for improvement that are very useful and positive. JP is an outstanding teacher.
The lessons are always a good mix of warming up, theory, singing, expressing emotions, new creations and also recording.
JP brings the best out of Mya, and makes her feel that he is also enjoying it.
James R. Seattle, WA

About James

I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started on guitar and electric bass. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area for over a decade and am passionate about many styles of music. I've played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle. I currently play in a band called Wax Orchards in Seattle and perform on my own as well. I play acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and have taken up Ukulele in recent years. *** Lesson Details *** I provide my own student binder that is divided into two main sections: Songs and Fundamentals. SONGS I will write up any song for you that you'd like to learn, assuming it's within your skill level. If you have no particular recommendations, I bring in songs regularly of my own choosing as well. Student ...

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Gabrielle B. September 19, 2014
Guitar · In home
I had a wonderful experience learning from James! He was very attentive to my learning style and pace, and I felt supported and encouraged.
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RachealA October 3, 2011
Mother of 12 Year Old Student

James is a fantastic teacher. He totally resonates with my 12 year old son. He's patient, kind and enthusiastic. Ricky and I both feel lucky to have him as his teacher. Thank you, James!
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LeisaW September 2, 2011
Knowledgeable, Relevant, Friendly

James has expertise, talent and a genuine desire to see our son truly learn guitar. He meets our son at his level and makes learning enjoyable and effectual.
Eric W. Seattle, WA

About Eric

Eric holds his degree in Music and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and over a decade of experience as a working musician. Whether he's performing for a room of 50 or stadium of 5,000, Eric always conveys his passion for music and commitment to the groove. Eric currently plays bass and sings in The Nines, the Northwest's premier party band, as well as numerous other projects. While a student at UCSB, he was a member of the Hip Hop/Funk/Fusion collective, Boombox Orchestra, and the UCSB Jazz Ensemble as well as other groups. He has had the benefit of studying with bass legends like Dartanyan Brown (Chase) and Mark White (Spin Doctors), and has studied at the Berklee College of Music. In addition to his familiarity with traditional methods of instruction, he's ...

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Jack M. October 7, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric is a great bass teacher, who has been teaching me for almost a year now. He is passionate and very knowledgeable about bass guitar. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a good bass teacher.
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Kelli J. November 24, 2013
Bass Guitar
awesome and funky bass teacher

Eric is an amazing bass teacher. He has great taste in music and he KILLS it on the bass. His funky grooves inspired me to practice for hours everyday. His music taste is very diverse, so if you have a song you want to learn he will probably be able to teach it to you. He also has a very keen ear and will teach you the skills you need to develop your ear so that you can jam.

If you want to rock at bass, definitely call Eric.

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