Linda Upshaw

Linda U.

Federal Way, WA

Lesson Details



Linda delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 65 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1994

Currently I teach and tutor students in the following areas: piano,
voice, choir, math and reading. I have experience working with
all developmental levels of children and adults. I offer both individual and group lessons in music and in academics.

Supportive and encouraging, I guide students step-by-step and provide a solid foundation in musicianship and technique so that students are empowered to explore any kind of music. Igniting the imagination of students and providing them with the practical tools to realize their highest potential is the basis of my teaching

My interest in music and performing arts spans a period of over 20 years with taking piano lessons, creative dramatics classes, dance as a very young child. I was very engaged with every aspect of performance. Currently I sing with the Northwest
Repertory Singers which performs throughout the Puget Sound area.

As a master teacher, I use music and art to stimulate student interest in their core subjects and have numerous methods in which to access student progress and to stimulate learning.

For teaching piano, I use the Mayron Cole Piano method which starts with learning rhythm, then keyboard notes, followed by staff notes. Each of the 3 steps is repeated in fun and engaging ways until the student feels comfortable.

We encourage group/ensemble based learning, where each student learns and plays a different part, however simple, to help keep students engaged. Board games, movement and singing are also used to help reinforce music theory concepts.

I teach individual and group piano lessons in my studio, and will travel to a students home, a community center, or to a school, to accommodate a student's schedule.

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Elementary Teacher
Oct 1999 - May 2012
Numerous public and private schools in King county, Washington

Taught basic arithmetic to 3rd - 5th grade students using motivational approaches. General and Special education


Master In Teaching
Jan 1991 - Jun 1994
Seattle University
Bachelor of Arts
Sep 1985 - Jun 1987
The Evergreen State College
Associate of Applied Science
Feb 1979 - Jun 1982
The Fashion Institute of Technology


English only
Professional Proficiency


Washington state teacher credential K - 12
Jun 1994
Seattle University

Specializations: Curriculum Design, Diverse Learning Styles,
Special Education, Education Technology, Elementary Education -
all core subjects.


Global Dialogue Teacher Program
Jul 1994
National Education Association


National Association for Music Education
Aug 2007

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Miss Linda Capturing a Mood at Her Piano

Piano Studio

Music Class with Miss Linda
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