Jared Cortese

Jared C.

Seattle, WA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For students who have played an instrument prior to our lessons, I try and shape a curriculum entirely based upon the specific goals of the student, and I rarely use text books although I use a lot of exercises and educational material when appropriate.  I feel learning to play and transcribe songs and solos to increase a students self reliance and confidence is my most important job.  Most students come to me looking for structure so I try and provide a clear path to their goals. For students with no prior music experience I use text books, and exercises to strengthen their technique, expose them to musical ideas, and give them a foundation for basic theory.  After that is accomplished I move into a curriculum that is more personal to their specific goals.
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Jared delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
June 2004

I have been playing instruments and performing live since I was 11 years old. Initially trained in classical piano I added guitar to my musical palette at the age of 14. In college I spent time continuing my studies in both piano and guitar and received a bachelors of fine arts with a concentration in jazz guitar from Columbia College Chicago in 2004.

I have since moved to Seattle, WA and have become a regular fixture in the music community as a guitar and theory teacher, songwriter/guitarist of the pop rock bands Electric NoNo and Warren Dunes, and co founder and producer of the The Big Ass Boom Box Festival Seattle and the Seattle X Southwest showcase at SXSW Festival in Austin. I have released five studio albums that have received regional and national attention, toured regionally and nationally, and perform regularly at Seattle mainstays including The Crocodile, The Sunset, Columbia City Theater, and many more. My band recently performed at The Upstream Music Festival in downtown Seattle in March 2017.

I consider myself a life long student of music and I pride myself on my dedication to a complete understanding of my instrument. I offer beginner - advanced lessons for guitar and songwriting, and beginner - intermediate lessons for ukulele. I also administer a variety of workshops throughout the year for guitar, songwriting, and music theory, as well as bi annual student recitals.

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Professional Musician
May 2017 - Present
Warren Dunes

Calypso Pop band from Seattle, WA. I co write and play guitar. We perform regularly in Seattle including Folk Life Music Festival.

Music Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present
Music Teacher

I teach electric and acoustic guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. I welcome most genres including rock, jazz, blues, country, hip hop, EDM, and classical. I welcome students of all ages and levels.

Professional Musician
Jan 2007 - Present
Electric NoNo

Muscle Pop duo from Seattle, WA. I compose, sing, and play guitar. We play regularly in the NW and have toured the country multiple times including performances at SXSW and Upstream Musical Festival.


BFA Music Performance - Jazz Guitar
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
Columbia College Chicago


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


BFA - Music (Jazz Guitar)
Jun 2004
Columbia College Chicago


Jan 2009

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

Photos & Videos

This exercise can be used by anyone to improve strength, dexterity, timing, and ability to use a metronome. It's a great way to warm up!
Photo by Jared C.


2 Reviews

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Duffy Jun 27, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I have taken acoustic and electric guitar lessons with Jared for several years. Through my own experience and my observation of Jared with other students, I would describe Jared as patient, encouraging, courteous, and respectful. His knowledge and facility with guitar-playing styles and techniques is vast. His understanding of music theory is infectious. He will proceed at your pace, not his. He makes a genuine effort to help his students identify and achieve their goals--and he's genuinely happy when they do. In short, Jared is an exemplary teacher. Highly recommended!

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Aaron Jun 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I've had the pleasure of learning from a couple of good teachers in my time. These were instructors with a clear fervor for music and a deft hand at instruction. Then there's Jared. With a calm and joyful persistence, one that not only holds onto an organic passion for music but one that also understands the unique challenges of the pupil, he guides the student through inevitable missteps and atonal chaos with a firm grace. His warmth and humor, coupled with a serious depth of music knowledge, are a must for the aspiring musician or the hobbyist. Whether your aims include songwriting, composition, or just plucking away in the garage, Jared's bespoke formula works. And, it's a joy while one partakes.

Best medicine I ever had!

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