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Though I've been a part time K-12 tutor since 2009 with a nonprofit arts center called 826 National, once I graduated cum laude from Whitman College in 2014 with a BA in Theatre and thousands of hours of classical guitar training under my belt, I focused primarily on professionally touring the USA twice over as a live guitarist and bassist with two artists on Seattle's Barsuk Records (Hibou and Chris Staples). Last year I self-released my own album of self-produced songs under a pseudonym, Jake Laundry, called "Über Millennial ©," which can be found on every digital platform. Until I struck out on my own after college, I've always had a teacher guiding my craft, so I know the importance of a patient, encouraging, knowledgeable mentor when learning the arts. Every person is different and every student learns differently, and while there's no right or wrong way to learn, I think the best tutors can be flexible to their students' needs but be able to provide alternative learning methods. This is what I offer!
Since graduating from Whitman College three years ago, I've been hired as a musician for the following Seattle artists (all of whom you should check out #online...!): Chris Staples (live touring guitar, vocals, and keys), Ben Yudin (of the band Cayucas [songwriting and production]), Hibou (live touring guitar and vocals), Cataldo (recorded bass guitar), Fauna Shade (live guitar, bass guitar, and songwriting support), Sloucher (live bass guitar), and Ruler (live and recorded guitar).
I also make music under a pseudonym, Jake Laundry, and you can find/stream me everywhere online. I put on a #whacky live show with costume changes, music videos, and political satire.
Part time, sometimes volunteer position after school tutoring children K-12. When I wasn't helping students write creative stories or do math homework, I was teaching a Songwriting Club (that later got taken over by none other than Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie!).
ScholarMatch is a San Francisco nonprofit cofounded by author/screenwriter/philanthropist Dave Eggers. We matched low-income, at risk students in the Bay Area seeking college money with a vast donor base.
Helping Link is a Vietnamese community center in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood. I was a paid summer intern who, with another college-aged student and a dozen volunteers, planned, coordinated, and taught a 10-week summer school program for 25 K-12 students from the neighborhood. I taught a writing class, a daily group creative project, and secured/chaperoned weekly field trips around the area. Our goal was to keep the students' minds sharp for school, and to enrich the students' experience of their neighborhood/city's local culture. And to have fun!