Marcus Trader

Marcus T.

Seattle, WA

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Marcus delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 18

Teaching since:
October 1995

Experienced and highly qualified instrumental instructor.

University credentials from programs that remain amongst the best in music performance and education in the nation. These credentials are matched by 10 years of performance and teaching experience - New York and Seattle.

As an experienced soloist, orchestral and lead player, I have had the time to develop a deep physical connection to my instruments. This connection, gained after years of practice and performance, informs my approach to instruction. My goal is to impart technique and knowledge that assists the student to break through physical barriers and achieve maximum musical expression, no matter what the style.

*** Lesson Details ***
PIANO - As long as you love the sound the exercises will make sense. Great works - Beethoven to Ellington - Contemporary- Rock, R&B,etc...
TRUMPET - Any style, any score, any chart - learn to read - improvise across jazz chords - compose etudes.
VOICE - Male vocals - Classic Rock/Broadway, American Folk, specializing in the changing adolescent voice.
All curriculum is designed so that instrumental and vocal students have the opportunity to engage standard repertoire as well as modern and contemporary practice/method (Rock/Jazz/World music). Established curricula are driven towards individualized instruction encompassing interest, ability and personal expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
open living room, two pianos, couches, chairs,

*** Specialties ***
PIANO: Bastien, Pace, Bartok (Mikrocosmos), Hannon, Brahms, Beethoven, Adult contemporary/Jazz
TRUMPET: All methods (Arban's, Clark, Rubank, Smith, Charlier, Bitsch etc...)

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13 Reviews

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Tim/Teresa G. Sep 26, 2014
Singing · In studio

Marcus has a gift for teaching children! He was able to take our inexperienced boys, and in only a short time, help them become strong, comfortable singers. That is great, but even better - our kids enjoyed every minute of their work with Marcus. His approach provides and excellent foundation. We are thrilled to recommend him with 5 Stars!

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Cori K. Apr 26, 2013
Piano ·

Marcus' teaching technique works wonders with young children

My 5-year-old grandson has been taking piano lessons from Marcus since December, and I am thrilled -- and quite amazed -- with his progress. Marcus is unfailingly patient -- calmly encouraging and sensitive to just how much he can expect from a little boy who is being exposed to music education for the first time. Marcus' approach gives very young students an excellent foundation, and my grandson is eager to come to his lessons and stays focused the entire time. The results are exciting!

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Oscar M. Mar 6, 2013
Piano ·

Great at what his doing

I agree that his good because he spend time watching you working on the keys and shared his skills.

Riaz P. Aug 30, 2012
Singing ·

Great teacher and environment

Marcus is very professional, has a great in-house studio. He's very encouraging and patient and is very focused on helping the student!

ChaunM May 8, 2012

The Experience

I am totally enjoying the encouragement I receive from my teacher. He is pushing me to grow in my music journey and it's exactly what I need at this time. He is very knowledgeable and patient. I think I chose wisely with this one.

SteveZ1 Mar 28, 2012

Marcus is great. My son is having a super time working together. Last time we came home from a lesson he was very pumped and was telling his mother how much confidence he is gaining working with Marcus. Our son made the comment that Marcus is the first instructor he's been with that is interested in hearing about what he wants to play. Our son feels Marcus cares about his interests as well as his own.

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ShailendriaS Jan 15, 2012

Excellence Expected

I recently moved to Seattle from Los Angeles, and I really enjoy vocal training with Marcus. He is patient, talented, knowledgable, and over all a wonderful person. I have had several teachers before him including an American Idol coach, and he has definately taken me to the next level. Thank you Marcus.

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DanH Nov 15, 2011

I really enjoy the instruction I have been receiving from Marcus. He is patient and tries to make me feel at ease. He sees the mistakes before I make them and has great suggestions on how to improve on them. I am very pleased and look forward to each week's lesson.

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JanetB1 Oct 3, 2011

Marcus was able to focus in quickly with my son's level of musical ability by organizing some lesson plans for his interest. Marcus seems like a very passionate musician with a wonderful ability to teach others.

TammyF2 Sep 29, 2011

A multi-faceted music instructor

Marcus is an adept instructor who is able to quickly assess a student's needs and then develops an effective plan to help that student achieve progress. He is encouraging and supportive while also ensuring that each lesson is challenging and results-focused. He is committed to his students, to music and to his profession as an instructor.

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ErinH Jul 18, 2011

5 stars

He is a wonderful teacher. At each lesson, he is able to bring things out that I never thought I could do.

OmurT Mar 19, 2011

Thank you!!!

I had my last lesson with Marcus today. I would highly recommend him as an instructor. He's very approachable, very talented, and a very good educator. If I ever get a chance to take classes again, I will definitely choose to work with him again. Thanks a lot !!!

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SabinaN Dec 25, 2010

Marcus is a skilled teacher and musician. As an adult student, I find his approach incredibly useful. He both explains and models good technique, tone, and practicing habits. (All things which I expressed as important to me.) He is patient while also presenting plenty of challenges. And, simply, I am enjoying myself and the space to be creative. I have definitely found the right instructor for me--an adult returning to playing the trumpet after over a decade.

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