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Seattle is full of rich musical tradition, beginning with the one-and-only Jimi Hendrix. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Queensryche, Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Heart, Modest Mouse, the Posies, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot are still just the tip of the iceberg. To this day, Seattle has a strong music culture, and the newest generation of musicians are now pushing themselves every day to hone their craft and make it to the top.



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The possibilities are endless: music theory, voice lessons, performance techniques, recording secrets and songwriting are just a few of the topics covered. Nearly every instrument is available, from acoustic and electric guitar to drums and percussion to piano to violin and more.



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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

About Kelly

After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/ pop piano to pop/ rock/ jazz singing, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info....
**In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and just finished a new album of some jazz, folk, and original music.
**I perform in New York City and Seattle,
and I tour with my band a few times each year
**I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to advanced, classical, pop or jazz -- and I teach rock bands how to learn music by ear and have fun playing with other people! I have also been teaching privately for six years out of my home.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I am joining the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty in Spring 2015!

I moved back to Seattle in April 2014 after being in NYC for four years -- completing my Master of Music degree (NYU), living, teaching, and performing in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC was amazing, and I'd love to share with you all of the cool things I picked up during my time there. From 2005-2010, I lived in Seattle and taught music lessons. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Jazz Performance (voice) and performed a lot around Seattle-- from jazz clubs to concert halls-- performing pop, rock, soul, jazz and even working in a Steely Dan Tribute Band!! (your parents might appreciate that more than you do)

More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different ways that students learn and always love figuring out what kind of learning works best for YOU.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love watching my students progress and enjoy their music, no matter what style they enjoy or what level they are. I work with students to pick out music that they'll enjoy working on-- it's always more fun to learn songs you love!
I'm a pretty laid back teacher, but I work to inspire my students to try their hardest and do the best that they can do. I will provide you will the exercises, materials, and right level of songs to help you meet your goals, and together we can assess a plan for our lessons.

In our lessons we will cover a variety of topics, including:

--Strong, Healthy TECHNIQUE so that you can gain a command of your instrument and play or sing whatever you choose. Through various EXERCISES you will develop strength, control, musicianship, and good habits.
(Vocalists:)
It is important to develop a healthy technique so that you can sing whatever you want without getting fatigued or injuring your voice. We'll work on developing strong technique and finding your own unique SOUND-- we'll choose music that is right for your vocal style and music that YOU connect with so you can really express yourself.
(Pianists):
No matter whether you want to play classical, pop, or jazz, you'll want your fingers to be strong and agile enough to get the sound that you want out of the instrument. With good technique you can play anything!

--Rhythm, subdivision, and groove

--Ear-training & Music Theory (chord qualities, pitch matching, easy transcription)

--Building your REPERTOIRE so that you have songs to play, and discussing techniques specific to each style of music you study

--Arranging or Communicating with a band (if that is something which interests you)

--Performance considerations.... developing confidence and personal expression!

My goal is to inspire students to play their instruments (or sing!), develop good habits and encourage healthy curiosity..... but most of all to Love Playing Music! 

*** Studio Equipment ***
full music room with 88 f/w keyboard with music stand, amp, microphone (if applicable), seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide lesson plans and corresponding handouts, exercises, examples, etc. If the student is taking piano lessons they should have access to a keyboard or piano at home. Where appropriate I can also bring a vocal microphone to work on microphone technique.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz/ pop piano and voice, and have a strong background in classical and jazz theory and technique. I typically design a curricula which includes technical exercises from my classical background and then focus stylistically on the genre that the student is interested in. I have extensive experience both performing and teaching in many jazz, pop, rock and soul styles-- I try to help the student find their unique voice while establishing a strong foundation of healthy technique.
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Scott S. April 11, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
After meeting with Kelly and doing some voice exercises, I am certain that she can help me reach my goals. Kelly instils a healthy approach which will surely build confidence in any singer.
Thank You Kelly for your time.
- Scott
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Danielle Hyatt March 21, 2016
Ear Training · In studio
Verified Student
We worked on technical exercises that focused on the intonation areas I wanted to improve. I have a lot to practice.
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Saher P. March 13, 2016
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly keeps my 12 daughter energized about song writing!
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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA 98103
(18)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jae-In S.

Seattle, WA

About Jae-In

Starting to take violin lessons when Jae-In was 4 years old, she had become the youngest winner of the Korea national music competition at the age of 6, and made a solo concerto debut with one of the major orchestras at the age of 10. Since the debut, she has been performing extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and often performs live on national television and radio such as on KBS and King FM Radio. and Asia, S. had performed solo with the Seoul Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, UW Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic, Gloria chamber Ensemble, and Washington
Idaho Symphony.

She studied music at the Preparatory School of Korean National University of Arts, Yewon School, and Seoul Arts High School and received her bachelor degree in music at Yonsei University, Master degree at Yale School of Music on full scholarship, and Doctoral degree at University of Washington. She studied with Dong-Suk Kang, Hyo Kang and, Ronald Patterson and appeared at the master classes by Gil Shaham, Nam-Yoon kim, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Paul Kantor .

Throughout the world, Jae-In has won numerous competitions, including the American Protege international Competition, Korea-Germany Music Competition, the Baroque String Competition, the Carmel Instrumental Competition, LMC Competition, and has been a two-time winner of the Korean Music Society Competition. As an active soloist and chamber musician She has concertized at Carnegie Hall-New York, Benaroya Hall- Seattle, Sunset Center in Carmel, New Haven, Pullman, and Port Angeles in USA; in Seoul, Dajeon, Busan and Jeju, Korea; in Courchevel,France; in Gorizia, Italia; in Pamplona, Spain; as well as in Hong Kong and Beijing, China.

Jae-In had served a concertmaster in many orchestras throughout the country and taught string players at Yale University, Bellevue High School and the Gloria Chamber Music Academy. A founding member of Bozarth Trio, Jae-In is also a part of Parnassus Project and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival and has been involved in various musical projects beyond the classical world. Jae-In is now a concertmaster of Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

*** Lesson Details ***
Jae-In teaches private lessons for Violin, Viola, and Chamber Ensemble at Jane'€™s violin studio in Seattle, Washington. Since 2003 her students have won national music competitions and received scholarships to continue their studies at the college level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Parking's available. Musics, Etude books, Music stand, Metronome, Rest area, Wifi, Computer,

*** Specialties ***
Music Performance, Musical Education, Music Theory
Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Music Ensemble
Classic, Jazz, Electronic
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Tom P. April 25, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I played violin for two years in Jr High school. That is to say, I was way past "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" but couldn't quite do vibrato without ripping the violin away from my face. That was 30 years ago. I hadn't touched a violin until about a month ago.

Jae-In listens patiently and adapts her approach to what works best for me. For example, I explained that I can barely read music, I learned by sound when the orchestra rehearsed and memorized the material. I'm older and have both the discipline and desire to learn to read music. So half my homework she played for me to memorize and the other half helps build my music reading. :)

I feel privileged to have somebody of Jae-In's caliber as a teacher. Her skill with the violin is absolutely superb. Even more importantly, she is super friendly and kind. She immediately made me feel welcome as she greeted me with a big smile. With her, I can go from beginner to advanced without needing to switch teachers. This, I feel, reduces the likelihood that I will form a habit early in my training that limits my progress further down the road.

I highly recommend Jae-In no matter your age or playing level.
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Lucyna T. March 22, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I had my very first lesson with Jae-In and I liked it a lot. She is helping me to get a good foundation and although I bought only 5 classes to see how that goes, I will probably get some more. I like her dedication and I sensed that she truly want you to succeed. I like her teaching style a lot.
Thank you,
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Carmella T. June 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Thank you.
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Jae-In S.

Jae-In S.

Seattle, WA 98112
(6)
starting at
$60 / 45-min
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James R.

Seattle, WA

About James

I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started on guitar and electric bass. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area for over a decade and am passionate about many styles of music. I've played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle. I currently play in a band called Wax Orchards in Seattle and perform on my own as well. I play acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and have taken up Ukulele in recent years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I provide my own student binder that is divided into two main sections: Songs and Fundamentals.

SONGS
I will wri
te up any song for you that you'd like to learn, assuming it's within your skill level. If you have no particular recommendations, I bring in songs regularly of my own choosing as well. Student notebooks come with at least five beginner songs. I am happy to go through songbooks students may have purchased.

FUNDAMENTALS
In the fundamentals part of the student binder, scales, chords and theory are presented in an easily readable fashion. These parts of lessons become improvisation time, as the student learns how to apply these scales and chords.

I do a mixture traditional music notation and tabulator in my sessions. Accessories required are a tuner, three-ring binder with sheet protectors and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring one of my acoustics to my lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I play all kinds of music and can assist with anything from pop to jazz to metal to folk and acoustic playing. Some of my personal favorite artists are The Beatles, John Frusciante, Paul Simon, The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
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Carl March 14, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Patient and encouraging instructor for a beginning student.
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Jagger January 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
So patient with my 5 year old! He really was great at making it easy for him to understand and follow along! Can't wait until the next lesson!
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Nick L. January 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
James is very nice and patient. He taught me a lot of fundamental skills and knowledge, which helps me really understand how guitar works. I look forward to making more progress with James in the future sessions
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James R.

Seattle, WA 98112
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Evan W.

Seattle, WA

About Evan

I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty
members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, and Andrew D'Angelo. Aside from that, I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs, a new Seattle-based record label, as well as a co-founder of the Racer Sessions, a weekly forum and performance outlet for new and improvised music.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the University of Washington. My private students have ranged from total beginners to advanced, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. In addition to teaching my own students, I have much experience as a substitute percussion teacher at Northshore Junior High School (Kingsgate, WA) and Spotlight Studios (Woodinville, WA). I have also presented many clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Eckstein Middle School, and Holy Names Academy, as well as for Seattle JazzED. For these, the topics covered have ranged from free improvisation to straight-ahead and big band jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning players, I like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Beyond that, what I teach depends largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics. In that case, I would do my best to construct a rough curriculum that I think would work well for the student. The following books are all ones I have worked with and have found to be excellent at improving unique things: "Syncopation" (Ted Reed), "Stick Control" (G.L. Stone), "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay), "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee), and "Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone).

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I also expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum kits

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation
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Phoenix M. February 1, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Evan has knowledge, is friendly and my son has been enjoying his lessons.
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Tino H. January 24, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I gave these lessons to my husband as a gift and he really enjoyed meeting Evan and is looking forward to learning more from him.
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Hunter A. January 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Hunter loves his teacher, we are very happy with him. He is good at teaching the fundamentals of music theory, like notation and scales but also keeps it relevant and fun. He asks Hunter what type of music he's into so that it isn't a chore to practice- it is pretty cool that a 10 year old is playing The White Stripes!
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Evan W.

Evan W.

Seattle, WA 98125
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christopher M.

Seattle, WA

About Christopher

H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!

I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Dem
iero and Phil Matson.

In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the largest male choir in the world.

I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!

Just Sing!

Chris
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Caio S. May 23, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've had singing lessons for many years, and Chris is one of my favorite teachers of all time. Whether you are a beginner or already know how to sing, I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Chris.
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Andre M. January 29, 2016
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Had a great first lesson and I am looking forward to working with Christopher!!
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Zach Reinhardt January 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgable and tons of fun. Singing is improving at a rapid pace!
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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Seattle, WA 98102
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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