Makala Wengelewski

Makala W.

Seattle, WA

About Makala W.

Background check: Last verified 01/15/2016
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Makala teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliche© to say so, but it's true! :)

For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.

I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.

I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key piano, (Yamaha keyboard), cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, library, computer, lessons are given in the living room.

*** Specialties ***
As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.

Photos and Videos

Music Video of my band, Big World Breaks, performing our original song "Closer To Us."


Bachelor of Music

Aug 2003 - May 2007
Cornish College of the Arts

Bachelor of Music Degree

Aug 2003 - May 2007
Cornish College of the Arts

Languages Spoken

Brazilian Portuguese

Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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19 Reviews on Makala W.

Angelica G. Jun 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter loves how talented and kind Makala is. As a parent, I really appreciate how accommodating she is in regards to scheduling. We both highly recommend her as a teacher!
Silviana M. Sep 26, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's an amazing instructor! She's showing professionalism in a relaxed, personable way, and is able to adjust her teaching to suit the learner.
Laura F. Jun 19, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Last summer, I insisted my then 11-year-old daughter take some kind of music lessons. She wasn't excited about it. We found Makala online and based on the great reviews, my daughter and I agreed she would give it a try 6 months. She has been taking lessons from Makala for close to 1 year now.

At one point I asked if my daughter wanted to switch to a music teacher where her friends take was much more conveniently located for me (we live in southeast Seattle), but she said "no way." It actually made me happy to see her commitment to her instructor. And it's been more than worth it to me to make the 45 minute commute to Ballard in order to have her be so excited and engaged in music.
Stefan K. Feb 3, 2014
Verified Student
Down to Earth!

Makala is a patient person. She really takes a lot of time in explaining things so that you understand them. I took lessons from her for a year. I had never sung a note before. She helped me learn about the mechanics of my voice and taught me a lot about myself as a learner and singer! I wholeheartedly recommend her.
David S. Feb 10, 2013
Verified Student
Makala is a wonderful instructor. My daughter loves her piano lessons.

My seven year old daughter has had three piano lessons from Makala thus far. Her interest and enthusiasm for the instrument has sky rocketed. Although it takes work, Makala helps to instill in her the necessary motivation to do the work. She is also great at building confidence. I would certainly recommend her for piano lessons.
KevinS1 Jul 25, 2012

Makala has done wonders for my confidence with her approach and her tender teaching style. She has the skill set to teach classical to jazz and beyond. She is a special and gifted person.Kevin Saunders
AlysonD Jul 3, 2012
Makala is a great musician and has a very clear and comfortable method of teaching music. She knows her stuff!
KateC2 May 11, 2012

I would certainly recommend coaching with Makala. She has a very friendly and sunny approach, who encourages and teaches me new skills every lesson. I always come out of my lesson on a total high and always wanting to do more!
AngelaM2 May 2, 2012
Great with young kids

Makala teaches cello to my 4 year old. I didn't think that we could make it through a 30 minute lesson, but Makala is really good at engaging and keeping my child's attention. We have been taking lessons for two months and my daughter now enjoys practicing and loves visiting Makala!
RodericD Apr 28, 2012
Makala is professional and fun to work with. My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week!