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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

About Kelly

After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/ pop piano to pop/ rock/ jazz singing, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info....
**In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and just finished a new album of some jazz, folk, and original music.
**I perform in New York City and Seattle,
and I tour with my band a few times each year
**I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to advanced, classical, pop or jazz -- and I teach rock bands how to learn music by ear and have fun playing with other people! I have also been teaching privately for six years out of my home.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I am joining the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty in Spring 2015!

I moved back to Seattle in April 2014 after being in NYC for four years -- completing my Master of Music degree (NYU), living, teaching, and performing in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC was amazing, and I'd love to share with you all of the cool things I picked up during my time there. From 2005-2010, I lived in Seattle and taught music lessons. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Jazz Performance (voice) and performed a lot around Seattle-- from jazz clubs to concert halls-- performing pop, rock, soul, jazz and even working in a Steely Dan Tribute Band!! (your parents might appreciate that more than you do)

More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different ways that students learn and always love figuring out what kind of learning works best for YOU.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love watching my students progress and enjoy their music, no matter what style they enjoy or what level they are. I work with students to pick out music that they'll enjoy working on-- it's always more fun to learn songs you love!
I'm a pretty laid back teacher, but I work to inspire my students to try their hardest and do the best that they can do. I will provide you will the exercises, materials, and right level of songs to help you meet your goals, and together we can assess a plan for our lessons.

In our lessons we will cover a variety of topics, including:

--Strong, Healthy TECHNIQUE so that you can gain a command of your instrument and play or sing whatever you choose. Through various EXERCISES you will develop strength, control, musicianship, and good habits.
(Vocalists:)
It is important to develop a healthy technique so that you can sing whatever you want without getting fatigued or injuring your voice. We'll work on developing strong technique and finding your own unique SOUND-- we'll choose music that is right for your vocal style and music that YOU connect with so you can really express yourself.
(Pianists):
No matter whether you want to play classical, pop, or jazz, you'll want your fingers to be strong and agile enough to get the sound that you want out of the instrument. With good technique you can play anything!

--Rhythm, subdivision, and groove

--Ear-training & Music Theory (chord qualities, pitch matching, easy transcription)

--Building your REPERTOIRE so that you have songs to play, and discussing techniques specific to each style of music you study

--Arranging or Communicating with a band (if that is something which interests you)

--Performance considerations.... developing confidence and personal expression!

My goal is to inspire students to play their instruments (or sing!), develop good habits and encourage healthy curiosity..... but most of all to Love Playing Music! 

*** Studio Equipment ***
full music room with 88 f/w keyboard with music stand, amp, microphone (if applicable), seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide lesson plans and corresponding handouts, exercises, examples, etc. If the student is taking piano lessons they should have access to a keyboard or piano at home. Where appropriate I can also bring a vocal microphone to work on microphone technique.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz/ pop piano and voice, and have a strong background in classical and jazz theory and technique. I typically design a curricula which includes technical exercises from my classical background and then focus stylistically on the genre that the student is interested in. I have extensive experience both performing and teaching in many jazz, pop, rock and soul styles-- I try to help the student find their unique voice while establishing a strong foundation of healthy technique.
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Andy June 29, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
Kelly really knows her theory, inside and out. And she can explain how it all works. It's much easier to memorize a piece once you understand the theory behind it: the progression of the chords, and their functions. I wish my former teachers had known theory instead of making me memorize all those notes with no explanation.
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Eric K. June 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
I have been studying jazz piano on my own for a while and started lessons with Kelly a few months ago. Her knowledge of chord theory and practical application has helped me to move along very quickly. She is also very supportive and a pleasure to study with. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
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Tjorvi H. June 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
When my family moved from Iceland earlier this year one of the first thing we did was searching for singing teacher for our 16 years old daughter an we could not have been luckier meeting Kelly. She welcomed our daughter and from first lesson my daughter has been improving her skills.
I can surely recommend her and am confident that anyone will become better musician learning from her!
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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA 98103
(11)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Vanessa P.

Lynnwood, WA

About Vanessa

Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range.

Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera'€™s most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and
Teaching career ranging from Opera to Broadway. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Boston University, and is an award winning Poet. Vanessa has produced, hosted, sung, and broadcast over 2,500 television programs, concertized and spoken in the US and abroad, recorded nine albums in various languages, co-authored an Early Childhood Education book which included training in the use of music for the young, authored three poetry books and accompanying cd's, and teaches Voice to her private and group students.

*** Lesson Details ***
The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Tool”, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.
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Rebecca M. April 25, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Vast amount of experience...kind ....patient....inspirational...super encouraging.
My daughter has grown musically and personally by leaps and bounds.
Amazing teacher!
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Maxim A. October 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Seriously, best instructor ever!
Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable professional.
Pleasure to work with and to learn from.
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Curt H. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Superior Teacher, Outstanding Vocal/Music Lessons

Vanessa is an exceptional vocal instructor with an amazing ability to connect with my daughter Cameron and elevate her skill level as a vocalist. Her commitment to supporting the needs and requests from the student is fantastic and I appreciate her dedication to the Arts and her ability to communicate the language of music with such vigor and clarity. Thank you so much Vanessa!
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Vanessa P.

Vanessa P.

Lynnwood, WA 98036
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Evan W.

Seattle, WA

About Evan

I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty
members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, and Andrew D'Angelo. Aside from that, I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs, a new Seattle-based record label, as well as a co-founder of the Racer Sessions, a weekly forum and performance outlet for new and improvised music.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the University of Washington. My private students have ranged from total beginners to advanced, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. In addition to teaching my own students, I have much experience as a substitute percussion teacher at Northshore Junior High School (Kingsgate, WA) and Spotlight Studios (Woodinville, WA). I have also presented many clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Eckstein Middle School, and Holy Names Academy, as well as for Seattle JazzED. For these, the topics covered have ranged from free improvisation to straight-ahead and big band jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning players, I like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Beyond that, what I teach depends largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics. In that case, I would do my best to construct a rough curriculum that I think would work well for the student. The following books are all ones I have worked with and have found to be excellent at improving unique things: "Syncopation" (Ted Reed), "Stick Control" (G.L. Stone), "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay), "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee), and "Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone).

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I also expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum kits

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation
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Anne-Marie A. April 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Evan is a terrific drum teacher for our two sons. My youngest is a beginner; Evan has structured lessons for him but definitely encourages creativity. My oldest is in a band at school and Evan is great at reinforcing the style of music that he plays at school (mostly jazz) and teaching other styles that my son enjoys playing (mostly rock). He is organized, dependable, and easy going. He is flexible when we have conflicts. Most importantly, not only does he have great skill but he has a great demeanor for teaching: he is kind, encouraging, and has a good sense of humor. Highly recommend him!
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Rachelle M. January 15, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Evan has been an outstanding drum teacher for our son! His skill and enthusiasm for the instrument come through in his instruction. He sets a positive example, has excellent technical knowledge and theory, provides clear, easy to understand lessons, and allows our son to express his own interests and develop his own style of drumming. Our son is excited to see Evan each week, and looks forward to sharing his new skills with the family. Evan provides lessons at our house, is organized, and timely, as well as flexible with the his schedule to allow for changes in our family schedule from time to time.
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Jinhoon L. December 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Evan is a talented musician and a great teacher!
What I like about him is that he gave a great experience in music, in addition to the theories and techniques of drumming

He's talent gave me a great inspiration to get more interested in drumming and
especially the jazz. I am satisfied of the learning that I got so far, and I am excited for more experience that will come in the future.
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Evan W.

Evan W.

Seattle, WA 98125
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Erica L.

Seattle, WA

About Erica

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!
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Lisa R. March 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Erica provides piano lessons to our eight year-old son. She is timely, creative, and an excellent motivator. Erica easily built rapport with our son and made him feel special and respected. She knows how to keep him focused, while having a lot of fun. Our son looks forward to every lesson and we are impressed with how quickly he is advancing.
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Meg G. December 4, 2014
As a colleague of Erica's I have watched her grow into an incredible performer and educator. Her wisdom in teaching piano supersedes her years and is evident in her thoughtful integration of educational techniques, music theory, diverse repertoire, etc. in engaging lessons tailored for each student. Erica believes in herself and encourages others to do the same, thus creating an environment of "I can" rather than "I cannot or am not." If you are seeking a teacher to nurture a love for the instrument in addition to establishing fine technique in a safe and supportive setting-- call Erica.
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Sara Y. October 22, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
From the moment we met Erica we knew we were going to lover her! She put both of our boys (8 and 11) at ease, made them laugh and challenged them right away. My 8 year old had lost interest in piano and after his first lesson with Erica he was hooked. Both boys now voluntarily practice and are learning a ton about overall music education. Erica is prompt, creative and energetic. We are thankful we found her!
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Erica L.

Erica L.

Seattle, WA 98155
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Scott C.

Seattle, WA

About Scott

Scott C. is a Seattle-area singer/songwriter, musician, and artist offering private, individually-focused instruction since 2005 in multiple areas of self expression including for guitar for performance, pleasure, and personal growth; creative storytelling through songwriting, music theory, and metaphor exploration; and personal voice development.

Having worked with students from 9 to 60 years of age from zero to 30 years of experience playing, Scott has recognized that each student brings a distinct investment and style to the work of personal development. However, committing quality time
in which to retain, practice and nurture new skills beyond scheduled lessons tends be a nearly universal struggle in the 21st century.

For busy minds in a busy world, Scott works intentionally to enrich information comprehension and enhance the value of practice. His own distinct style of teaching and coaching draws from contemporary neuropsychology, learning theory, multi-modal thinking, mindfulness, self-awareness, and Zen thought. Whatever the bounds of your lesson, he will help you define cognitive tools for potent learning, foster your self expression, and widen the space of your life for new realms of possibility.

Scott is also the Donor Representative for downtown Seattle on behalf of Puget Sound Blood Center, and front man and primary songwriter for the seven-piece 'new vintage soul' band Letters From Traffic.
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Jess K. January 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Took guitar lessons from Scott for about a year! I was such a beginner I didn't even have a guitar at the time! Not only did he find a lovely guitar for me, his lessons were awesome. He was always on time, very patient and took your improvement seriously. Great guy and great teacher. Highly recommend!
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Janet V. January 18, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I took guitar lessons from Scott for about 6 months when I was living in Seattle. He had a room in his house dedicated to music and he was always prepared for our lesson together. Scott not only taught me different basics and techniques of playing as well as theory, but he also helped me break some self-taught bad habits. Scott encouraged me to look at and listen to music in a different way than just strumming a chord or plucking a string. He taught me how to play with my heart and to play with passion. He also told me about "The Song" which is that moment in playing that you just play whatever shows up and you keep playing and everything around you disappears. And its in this moment that real music happens and your experience of life shifts. If you choose Scott as your instructor, I promise you will not be disappointed.
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Justin M. September 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
I had 8 guitar lessons with Scott, and if it wasn't for moving out of state, I would have kept going much longer. Scott is extremely skillful, but also continuously re-considering what he knows, and looking at things from different angles. This really makes him an amazing teacher, as he both shares that learning and curiosity with you, and also is able to give you a different way of looking at things if you're having trouble or just want a deeper understanding. I've enjoyed tinkering with my guitar for many years, but Scott really helped me find the right tools to enjoy practicing, learning, and exploring the instrument.
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Scott C.

Scott C.

Seattle, WA 98177
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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