Blake Luley

Blake L.

Seattle, WA
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Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've been playing guitar for twenty years and teaching it for the past seven to kids and adults of all ages. When I’m teaching all my musical experience comes into play to create an fun, creative, and immersive experience. Both my formal musical training and history of playing in bands helps me incorporate the power of creativity and improvisation into every lesson. My degree in Music Composition has allowed me to create engaging theory/ear-training games and exercises to sharpen a student's ear and musical understanding. My experience in bands over the years ensures a focus on being able to play with others, harmony, and keeping consistent rhythm. It also helps out when learning the chords to the latest pop single! Overall, I make sure learning the instrument is fun, no matter what age or skill level you are. After all, fun is what kept me playing music consistently all these years!
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About

Blake passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Blake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

I am a musician and teacher living in Seattle, WA. I have been a part of many different aspects of the music world, both in Seattle and in my old home of Brooklyn, NY. I've written, recorded, and toured the world with a a variety of rock bands, I've composed music for film projects, and most recently I've begun teaching music to kids and adults of all ages and skill levels. When I’m teaching a lesson all my musical experience comes into play to create an immersive, creative, and thoughtful experience. Both my formal musical training and history of playing in bands helps me incorporate the power of creativity and improvisation into every lesson. My degree in Music Composition has allowed me to create engaging theory/ear-training games and exercises to sharpen a student's ear and musical understanding. My experience in bands over the years ensures a focus on being able to play with others, harmony, and keeping consistent rhythm. It also helps out when learning the chords to the latest pop single! Overall, I make sure learning the instrument is fun, no matter what age or skill level the student is. After all, fun is what kept me playing music all these years!

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Experience

Lead Music Instructor
Sep 2016 - Jan 2018
Illumination Learning Studio

I taught children (ages 4-15) Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele with a focus on creativity and technique. I also created & led a group ensemble class focused on team building, learning modern pop songs, and improvisation. My main focus was to emphasize a fun and creative experience for a continued connection to and relationship with music.

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Music Instructor & Content Creator
Aug 2014 - Aug 2016
Brooklyn Music Factory

I wrote and executed lesson plans for group band classes of children (ages 5-11) focusing primarily on pop music. I also provided personalized private guitar and bass lessons to children (ages 6-15), as well as adults. As a content creator, I created curriculum and supplemental interactive games & documents for use in the private lesson program.

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Teaching Artist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Wingspan Arts

I taught after-school group classes of children (ages 5-10) in Public Schools all over New York City in a wide variety of subjects (percussion, rock music, and even cooking).

Volunteer Music Instructor
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011
Music Harvest

Provided private lessons to (ages 10-15) children in piano, guitar and drums/percussion for a N.G.O. non-profit organization based in Nablus, Palestine. I also coordinated summer camp programming for children (ages 5-10) with a music and art focused curriculum

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Education

Music Composition
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music
Music Production & Audio Engineering
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
Institute of Audio Research

Photos & Videos

Me & my favorite musical toys!

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Learning the ropes of note reading.

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Working on songwriting with a group of kids!
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4 Reviews

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Sonja Feb 2, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Blake is an incredible teacher - he aligns his lessons with my son's musical interests which makes practice time way more fun.

Elizabeth Feb 2, 2018
Piano · In studio

Blake was my older son's piano teacher for the past three years, and then initiated our younger son into piano as well when he started kindergarten this fall.
I feel immensely grateful to have lucked in to having such a kind and knowledgeable teacher for our boys. Not only is Blake incredibly patient, he instilled a joyful love of music in our children. We had several other instructors, as well, so I fully realize that our experience with Blake was nothing short of exceptional.

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Karen Jan 27, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Blake taught my daughter to play the ukelele! He has unlimited patience and really inspired my daughter to practice and play. For the recitals, he encouraged creativity and individuality and it was great to see him work with her to get a great performance. I wouldn't hesitate to have him be her instructor again.

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Becky Jan 24, 2018
Piano · In studio

My daughter started learning piano with Blake in September 2017 and is really engaged in practicing and improving. He has helped her build her confidence for performing.

Blake is patient and encouraging.

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