Douglas Yassen
Seattle, WA
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Douglas Yassen

Douglas Y.

Seattle, WA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing the cello for 20 years and started teaching in 2010. I use a hybrid Suzuki method, that introduces learning music a little earlier. For more advanced cellists, we concentrate on advanced methods and etudes to refine the craft.

About Douglas Y.


I'm Douglas, a 30 year-old cellist and composer living in Seattle. I have been playing cello for 19 years and have been composing for 14. I started teaching lessons in 2010 at Texas Tech University where I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in education and composition in 2013. I then moved to Seattle to attend the Seattle Film Institute and graduated with a Master's in Film Composition in 2014.

Since then, I have spent my time teaching professionally for 5 years in Seattle as well as another 3 years in Texas. Ive also scored several short films and video games (Shroud of the Avatar, Kingsmen, Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War, ReWrite) as well as writing arrangements for a HI SCOR3: a videogame orchestra.


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8 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Excellent first lesson! Douglas was very patient, he corrected my daughter hand positions and show her the proper way to play the cello. He explained things clearly and made the lesson fun!

Posted May 18, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Doug is great - he's patient, supportive, positive, and provides enough structure to make me feel like I'm progressing while understanding the challenges of an adult student's schedule.

Posted Jan 14, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Doug was on time (early, in fact!), super helpful, pointed out some minor tweaks that make a huge difference to my playing (things that I never learned in my previous cello lessons) and has been really accommodating. He's lent me some of his books and has offered to transcribe some songs I want to work on! Thanks!

Posted Oct 20, 2016
Wela Q.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I've had 5 lessons with Doug now and it has been so much fun and a pleasure every time! I am excited to continue my progress with him. Thanks Doug!

Posted Sep 21, 2016
Alex Talsma
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Communicative in terms of scheduling and getting things set up, showed up on time, and had a great first lesson! I already have some music knowledge so Douglas was willing to progress at my pace, and we covered a lot of ground on day 1.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I mentioned when I set up my initial lessons with Doug that my long term goal was to play modern and contemporary music by living composers. He has since gone out of his way to transcribe and modify pieces by popular composers for me to learn. I have been very impressed by his ability to choose pieces that are not only appropriate to my playing level but also introduce only the cello techniques I am ready to learn. I would gladly recommend him as a teacher for his genuine interest in my improvement.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Douglas is awesome! Patient, helpful, friendly, talented, all the things you want in an instructor.

Posted Jan 30, 2016
Ioana T.
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My son is pleased with the lessons. Recommend!

Posted Sep 24, 2015

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Mar 2017 - Present

Iron Heart Music Studios

Composer/Sound Designer
Oct 2014 - Dec 2018

Hevanti Productions

Lead Cello Teacher
Sep 2010 - Dec 2012

Texas Tech String Project


Master's of Music/Film Music Composition
Sep 2013 - Jul 2014

Seattle Film Institute

Bachelor's of Music/Music Education and Music Composition
Aug 2008 - Aug 2013

Texas Tech Univeristy



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Game Audio Network Guild
Sep 2015
This organization is the central hub for composers and sound designers of the video game industry. G.A.N.G. is your global game audio community. G.A.N.G. provides one voice to articulate, discuss and confront issues affecting the interactive audio industry as well as build a strong community for its fellowship through an online forum, local chapters and industry-wide events
Broadcast Music Inc.
Feb 2015
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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