Jesse Sullivan
Bothell, WA
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Jesse Sullivan

Jesse S.

Bothell, WA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am happy to teach intermediate to advanced students who want to improve their capacities as a musician. You can expect a regimented lesson plan that will help you reach your goals in an efficient manner if you are willing to put the time and effort in.

For my students, the necessary foundation consists first of knowing all seven modes of the major scale across the entire fretboard in all 12 keys, all barre chord shapes, and the ability to read standard music notation. If these fundamentals are not mastered at the time of the first lesson, half of the lesson will be dedicated to teaching them, and the other half will be dedicated to learning one song that a student will commit to learning for that group of lessons.

Once the fundamentals are mastered, the entire lesson can be dedicated to becoming fluent in whatever style(s) they desire to play at an advanced and professional level at. This is done through transcriptions of bass parts from records, analyzing transcriptions, aural transcriptions. The basics of building basslines, how to play with a metronome and band, and the important interaction between the bassist and drummer are some of many topics that will be covered. Music expression and interpretation will be an ever-recurring theme throughout my lessons from day one.

About Jesse S.

My name is Jesse and I am a guitarist who lives in Seattle, WA. I graduated from the University of Southern California with Cum Laude Honors in 2015 who maintains a busy schedule performing in the Seattle metropolitan area. I have a decade and counting worth of experience as a professional guitarist.

I teach students of all levels in Jazz, funk, rock, and pop music. As your teacher, it is my job to help students achieve goals through tailoring lessons towards their learning styles and their work/school schedules. In the first lesson, we will cover your goals, and I’ll design lessons and weekly assignments to help you achieve them. Each week will have key objectives and goals that I will lay out for you to meet based on your accomplishments from the week before. Although there is structure within my teaching philosophy, within that structure exists flexibility to adjust lesson plans and goals as needed along the way.

If you have any questions, please contact me in the chat box. You can see my schedule and availability as well. I am offering discounted rates for in-person lessons in the Seattle area as my availability for in-person lessons will end on August 15th.


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Very kind, thorough, and patient

Posted Jan 23, 2020
Spencer M.
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Helpful, patient, knowledgeable

Posted Aug 13, 2019
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Jesse is so patience in teaching. Very nice guy. I learn alot and it's fun. God will bless him alot. Thank you very much.

Posted Aug 31, 2018
Christian B.
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Jesse is awesome!!

Posted Aug 15, 2018

Lesson are well organized for quick results. My son has learned a lot in a short period of time.

Posted Aug 6, 2018
Stuart M.
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I've been taking lessons with Jesse for 9 months now, and highly recommend him. While, he is very knowledgeable and specializes in jazz guitar, he has also helped me learn several pop tunes that I have been interested in.

Posted May 29, 2018
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I have been taking lessons from Jesse for almost a year.

Jesse is a fantastic guitar player, and
he is an experienced and effective teacher.

From the first lesson he has been clear, concise, and serious about my progress on the guitar and bass guitar.

Jesse displays a strong passion for guitar playing and teaching and his in depth understanding of the subject comes across in his lessons.

His lessons are very well thought out. I would highly recommend Jesse if you want to take your guitar playing to the next level.

Posted May 29, 2018
Bailey Ehrgott
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I have been a friend of Jesse's since Highschool.. I have always admired his positive approach to music, the guitar, and anything else he speaks of. Recently, we had a Skype lesson and I had asked Jesse about accompaniment, (as singing and playing is something I want to move forward with)...his time spent with me was organized, precise, and very very knowledgeable as well as enjoyable! I felt I was gettin a clear sense of were to start and how to approach what I want to work on. Also, Skype lessons are logged so all the information is stored, and you can go back and revisit the material. Jesse is an excellent musician and instructor. Even if you are not a guitar player, any instrumental principle could work with him and grow from a duo setting experience.

Posted May 28, 2018
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I took lessons from Jesse when he was at USC. As a beginner I found his teaching style easy to follow and with practice I improved quicker than another teacher I tried. Would highly recommend him to any other students.

Posted May 28, 2018
Nate E.
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He's the best because I don't have anyone else to compare him to. Also he is amazing at teaching the basics! Went through what other instructors would do in 2 months in a single week! (Nate - age 9)

Posted Apr 25, 2018
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1st good teacher I have worked with ! very helpful.

Posted Nov 18, 2017
Tina H.
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Jesse is methodical, patient, organized, and excellent in conveying his teaching. He is knowledgeable about a vast span of music. I enjoy learning from him!

Posted Apr 3, 2017
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My daughter is 14 years old and although she had been playing the guitar for several years she was ready to advance to jazz guitar. She began lessons with Jesse and it was instant progress, she always enjoys the lessons and she is really good thanks to the constant support of her teacher Jesse, she plays in the school jazz band and has shown huge improvement over the past year. Jesse is extremely flexible which has really helped us with our daughters busy schedule. I would recommend Jesse to anyone interested in quality guitar lessons.

Posted Mar 14, 2017
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Jesse is incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of guitar. He is a great teacher and makes lessons very enjoyable by relating his experience and making the subject matter relevant.

Posted Mar 13, 2017
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Jesse is an excellent guitarist who knows more tunes than you could ever imagine. He's knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and willing to adapt to many styles. He is rooted in jazz, but can teach to any preference. I highly recommend him for guitarists of any age/skill level in the market for a young teacher that is a quality veteran in his own right!

Posted Mar 12, 2017
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Great first ever lesson for my 9 year old! He can't wait for next week!

Posted May 11, 2016
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Jesse is a fantastic guitar player and teacher. It is obvious he knows what he is talking about and has plenty of experience playing guitar. Jesse is very good at articulating his thoughts and being able to express those in his teaching in a way that is easy to understand. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Jesse no matter what style you are trying to learn.

Posted Apr 11, 2016
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Jesse is such a swinging guitar player, and always maintains such a happy positive attitude. He really gets the ins and outs of his instruments which comes across in lesson time. He is articulate and passionate about jazz which is so inspiring. Easily, THEE go to Seattle guitar teacher no matter what style you are trying to learn.

Posted Apr 7, 2016
Danae B.
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Jesse is extremely patient and allows for my confidence to increase by really making an effort to meet me where I am at in terms of learning. I am very grateful for my weekly lessons and have shared his contact with other colleagues that have been looking for guitar lessons.

Posted Mar 26, 2016
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Jesse is a fun and experienced guitar teacher. He will help you and guide you through if you are having troubles or not understanding something about the guitar. If there is a song that you want to learn, he will teach it to you. Jesse is a very patient and informative teacher. If you are looking for a guitar teacher, then Jesse is the one to pick.

Posted Feb 26, 2016

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Guitar Teacher
Aug 2015 - Mar 2019

Music and Arts

Teaching guitar students and tailoring lesson plans to students learning styles and goals!

Vocal Jazz Accompanist
Aug 2015 - Apr 2018

Cornish College of the Arts

I accompanied students in lessons in classes taught by Seattle vocalists Johnaye Kendrick and Kelly Ash on the guitar.

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

Andrew White School of Music

I teach guitar students in their homes primarily on the Eastside. This is a great organization to work with!!

Musical Director
Jan 2013 - May 2013

Olivia Lane Music

I was responsible for hiring musicians for performances as well as making readable charts to make rehearsals and performances run as smoothly as possible. I helped coach Olivia on musical direction with her songs as well as specifics on arrangements.


BA Music
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015

University of Southern California

High School Diploma
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

Bothell High School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


B2 French Proficiency
Apr 2020

McGraw Hill Education


Accompanist for High School Division Winner of the Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition
Mar 2017

Seattle Kobe Sister City Association

5th Runner Up
Jul 2016

Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Rhythm Guitar Competition

USC Thornton Faculty Award
Mar 2011

USC Thornton School of Music

2011 MENC All Northwest Jazz Guitarist
Feb 2011


2009 MENC All Northwest Jazz Guitarist
Feb 2009



Alpha Lambda Delta
Aug 2012
Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. (For a brief history of the Society, click here) We recognize those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year. Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

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