Jesse Whitford

Jesse W.

Bellevue, WA

Lesson Details



Jesse delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2010

I believe learning music should be fun, otherwise you wouldn't want to do it!
I tailor each student's lesson plan to their personal musical goals. You decide what we work on and when!

*** About Me ***

I am a professional musician in the greater Seattle area. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in music performance. I have been an instructor at the Vashon Drum Camp for 6 years and have taught at a local high school for the last 3 years.

Since 2010 I have been a lead member of Sound Wave - the official band of the Seattle Sounders FC; and is also a member of Blue Thunder, the Seahawks drum line.

Having played professionally for a wide variety of groups/projects I bring a well rounded, versatile approach to teaching. Unlike some other instructors I am a gigging musician and know what it takes to perform at the highest levels, from classical to post-rock, and can teach you to have this same all-encompassing approach that will leave you feeling comfortable behind any instrument in any musical situation.

In addition, I have experience teaching autistic students and students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. I have seen amazing results in the past and feel comfortable sharing the gift of music with anyone, learning disabled or not.

*** Studio Equipment ***
5-piece 90's Pearl Export Drum Set (20", 16", 14", 12", 10")
Custom Hand-Made Jazz Kit (6", !3", !2")
Pearl Maple Piccolo Snare Drum
Slingerland-style Steel Snare Drum

Various Small Percussion Instruments
Various Hand Drums (Djembes, Bongos, Etc.)

Yamaha 88-Key Weighted Keyboard

Fender Deluxe P-Bass
70's Fender Squire J-Bass

Yamaha Steel String Acoustic Guitar
70's Yamaha Nylon String Classical Guitar
2 Ukuleles
Fender Mandolin

Kustom 100W PA with 2 microphones

*** Travel Equipment ***
I encourage every student to have their own instrument at home to practice on, however, arrangements can be made for me to bring instruments if the students does not have one by the time of the first lesson.

For guitar, bass, and ukulele I will always bring my own instrument to demonstrate on.

For piano students I prefer if they have an upright or baby grand piano at home but portable keyboards and synthesizers are fine. It all depends on the type of music you want to play!

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drum set playing: jazz, blues, funk, rock, pop, Latin, country, hip-hop, etc...

All classical/band percussion: timpani, 2 & 4-mallet keyboards, concert bass drum, snare drum, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, concert toms, etc...

All marching percussion: snare, tenors, bass & cymbals.

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Drum Set Instructor
Sep 2013 - Present
Hamlin Robinson School

Blue Thunder
Apr 2013 - Present
Seattle Seahawks

Assistant Director
Jul 2012 - Present
Vashon Percussion Camp

Marching Band Instructor (PIT)
Aug 2011 - Present
Newport High School

Mar 2010 - Present
Sounders FC

Orchestra Pit Musician (Drums/Percussion)
Apr 2012 - Dec 2013
Village Theater

"The Producers" - 2012
"Fiddler On The Roof" - 2013


Bachelor of Music - Percussion Performance
Sep 2004 - Jun 2009
Western Washington University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

El Corazon. Seattle, Wa

St. Patrick's Day 2012 - Sounders FC Soundwave. Seattle, WA.

Westin Hotel Ballroom. Seattle, WA.

Wedding Ceremony. Kingston, WA.

Vashon Drum Camp - with Todd Zimberg. Vashon, WA.

Hawaii Vacation 2011. Kauai, HI.
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3 Reviews

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Jeffrey K. May 21, 2014
Ukulele · In home

Jesse is great. He's been coming to our house to teach my wife and I ukulele.

He's super upbeat and enthusiastic which makes the lessons fun. He's also very patient with us.

Kranthi B. Jan 3, 2014
Piano ·

Great Teacher!

Jessie teaches my 5 and 7 year olds and is a great teacher. They absolutely love him. He is very patient and has made Piano lessons enjoyable for them.

Trinh D. Jan 2, 2014
Piano ·

Satisfied so far

My daughter is doing great with Jesse. I am switching my son to have piano lessons with him as well. Looking forward to more enjoyable lessons with him

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