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Makala W.

Seattle, WA

The main thing that I like to remind students of, when they take lessons with me, is that music is FUN! A lot of hard work goes into it, but the end result is always rewarding! I am a pretty laid back teacher, yet I still work to inspire my students to try their hardest and to be the best that they can be at what they do. It is very important to me that my students get their musical wants AND needs fulfilled.

In my lessons we will work on a variety of topics, including:

-Gaining a feel and command for your own instrument.

-Finding your SOUND: Helping you to produce the right tones on your instrument.

-EXERCISES: Scales, Etudes, etc. to strengthen the muscles being utilized while playing, and also to build up muscle memory and accuracy.

-Music Theory and Ear-Training

-Building your repertoire, which is necessary for performance.

-Arranging and Communication with your accompanying musicians.

-Exercising variation and creativity through improvisation.

-How to ...

About Makala

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 start
ed 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.
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Jaaziq April 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Makala is very seasoned at teaching music. I love that fact that she's patient but at the same time persistent. My daughter has grown tremendously from being under Makala's structured music teachings. Makala is very versatile and has a really open of mind with music. She can sing like an angel and her personality is warm and friendly. You can't go wrong with choosing her to help you with your music.
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Rebecca April 10, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Makala is easy to work with. She makes music so easy to understand and she approaches lessons in funny and focused way that keeps them enjoyable while staying on-track. She also has an encyclopedic knowledge of music across a surprisingly extensive range of styles. Every time I see her I learn of a new artist that I love. Highly recommend Makala!
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Derek April 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Makala's knowledge of music and vocal training really helped me to discover my own voice. She is incredibly positive, patient, knowledgeable, and sincerely cares about her craft and students. I would recommend her to anyone who is beginning or advanced.
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Makala W.

Makala W.

Seattle, WA 98107
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starting at
$43 / 30-min
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James R.

Seattle, WA

As with all instruments I teach, we'll explore chords, scales, improvisation, songs by beloved artists, etc.. I make sure to play my Stratocaster every day because without it I might go insane! In my band I am the lead guitarist and singer. Riffs, rhythm, lead, you name it, we'll cover it!

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.

James R.

Seattle, WA 98112
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Eric W.

Seattle, WA

Learning guitar is a great introduction to the world of music! Eric can help you expand your musical knowledge while having fun learning songs. Eric will walk you through learning songs by ear and, when necessary, creating simplified arrangements that make even difficult songs accessible. He specializes in teaching beginning students.

About Eric

Eric is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist and media professional with a passion for inspiring students through music. His knowledge and expertise are diverse, ranging from music performance and audio production to radio programming and video editing. Eric has a BA in Music and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a decade of experience as a working musician, and over seven years of teaching experience with students from ages 9 to 60. When he's not teaching, Eric performs bass and vocals in The Nines, the Northwest's premier party band, working as an audio engineer a
nd session musician at Mirror Sound Studios, and hosting the Grateful Dead Hour and Backtracks on KBCS-FM.
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Mark M. March 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have been working with Eric for over a year, and I would highly recommend him as a bass teacher. He has a good balance between fundamentals (scales, modes, fingering techniques) and learning songs. He brings songs from a variety of genres (some familiar to me and others not) but is always ready to work with me on a song that I find appealing.

Eric obviously enjoys music and wants his students to enjoys it. He knows that I learn best when I enjoy what I'm doing and am motivated to work by that enjoyment. If I struggle with one approach he will use a different one to get to the same end goal.

Eric pushes me to do more than just learn what others may have done, but to improvise and try to make my own parts. He is encouraging even when my fumbling efforts fall far short of my own expectations.
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Dustin T. October 20, 2015
Audio Engineering · In home
Verified Student
Eric helped me with guitar and Pro Tools. The lessons were very useful as I was recording demos which eventually turned into an EP. Eric helped me learn how I could add tracks to work I had already recorded in Chicago so we were able to work out some vocal harmonies and layers. The result was great. Once schedule allows I plan on resuming lessons if possible!
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Jack M. October 7, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric is a great bass teacher, who has been teaching me for almost a year now. He is passionate and very knowledgeable about bass guitar. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a good bass teacher.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Seattle, WA 98108
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Cameron A.

Seattle, WA

In the world of music education it is important to recognize that everyone learns differently and there is no universally prescribed teaching method that works for all students. Everyone must find how he or she learns best. As a teacher I acknowledge this and incorporate it into my method of instruction. Anyone can find success as a proficient instrumentalist if they are able to learn on there own terms and find what they are doing enjoyable. Through my methodology I know I can help you achieve your musical aspirations!

About Cameron

Cameron began playing guitar at the age of 14, as a kid who found great Inspiration in classic rock music, idolizing such groups as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, and many more. This was only the beginning of a life long intimate relationship with music and guitar playing. Since his first introduction to the guitar he quickly grew, establishing a love for blues and all of its incarnations, from Chicago Blues to the varying acoustic and electric styles found in New Orleans, Mississippi, and South Carolina among other places.
Through high school Cameron played in rock and blues
bands writing original music and getting his first real experiences as a composer and a bandleader. High School was also the place where Cameron discovered his interest in Jazz music as he began playing guitar in the school's Jazz band. Following high school Cameron began playing more jazz music as he attended Bellevue College studying theory and composition with Dr. Brian Cobb and guitar performance with Mark Hillard Wilson. After this he soon met renowned Jazz Guitarist Chris Spencer, with whom he studied with for years to follow.
Cameron eventually found himself at Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. While at Cornish he had the opportunity to play guitar and compose for Jazz Orchestras, Latin Jazz ensembles, and Modern Jazz groups while playing under the direction of internationally know musicians such as Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Jovino Santos Neto and Chuck Deardorf.
In the realm of composition Cameron studied privately with composers Jarrad Powell and Tom Baker, with a deep focus in contemporary classical music. He is now the composer for the quickly rising interdisciplinary arts group the Pendleton House.
Currently Cameron spends his time working as a guitar player in Seattle while also writing chamber music for various ensembles and art groups. He performs on a regular basis with a variety of groups in the Seattle area including the Seattle based jazz trio Honeysuckle Rye, folk and bluegrass group Modern Bygones, as well as the orchestral pop band Sebastian and the Deep Blue.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the world of music education it is important to recognize that everyone learns differently and there is no universally prescribed teaching method that works for all students. Everyone must find how he or she learns best. As a teacher I acknowledge this and incorporate it into my method of instruction. Anyone can find success as a proficient instrumentalist if they are able to learn on there own terms and find what they are doing enjoyable.
Lessons will start with an assessment of what the student wants to learn and what their goals are. From there, we will determine the proper approach to meet those goals while keeping things fun and interesting. Once a particular skill level and interest are established I will develop an individualized lesson plan for the student to fit their wants and needs. The goal with beginning students is to get them up and running right away with chords and melodies, learning the fundamentals while being able to play their favorite songs. For all students I like to extensively focus on knowledge of the fret board and the many possible approaches to mastering it, as well as looking at creative practice methods and daily routines. A musician’s method of practicing can greatly determine their rate of improvement. For more intermediate and advanced students the general focus will shift to topics such as ear training, rhythm, music theory and music notation (if desired) and, their application to the guitar.
For students interested in composition, we will focus more on analysis and the application of theory. We will look at songs or pieces that are of interest to the student and take them apart to figure out what makes them great. We will also look at many different kinds of music and their construction. A large part of music composition in the 21st century is the integration of electronic and computer music. For students looking for an introduction into pre-recorded and live electronic music with or without the use of guitar or other instruments, this is strength of mine that I love to teach.
Whether you are a serious musician or just looking for a fun hobby, I can get you where you want to be in your musical life. I’m fun, friendly and music is my passion and profession and I love to share it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring extra guitars if needed, acoustic or electric.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in getting beginners up and running right away while helping each guitarist to find there own voice and have fun at the same time! When playing non-original music I specialize in blues, jazz and popular music.

VIDEO'S OF ACOUSTIC BLUES AND FOLK PERFORMANCES:

Summertime Acoustic
https://vimeo.com/130905051

In the Pines
https://vimeo.com/130905033

JAZZ TRIO: HONEYSUCKLE RYE:

https://soundcloud.com/honeysucklerye
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Erik S. January 12, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cameron has been teaching both myself and my teenage son for 6 months now. He is great teacher, but also a great musician, who not only is proficient at the technical aspects of the guitar, but also very knowledgeable about music theory, which he has incorporated in the lessons for my son, and is also teaching him the frame work for improvising.

He is extremely eclectic in his musical tastes and therefore versatile in being able to teach any style you might be interested in - indie stuff for my son and more blues/traditional American for myself.

He is good humored, easy going but very attentive, very responsive to what we request to learn in the lessons, and always punctual.

I couldn't recommend him enough. Awesome teacher!
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Pamela D. September 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cameron was fantastic! He was flexible with our schedule and a great first instructor for our daughter. We would highly recommend him; he's knowlegable, enthusiastic, and very positive.
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Blaise A. September 13, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
There are great teachers out there, and there are great guitarists out there. However, you can tell on the first lesson that Cameron is really very good at both, which is uncommon. He is not only funny and kind but with him has an instructor, you will find yourself learning at a rapid pace, yet covering everything very thoroughly. Cameron is a great pick for guitar teacher.
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Cameron A.

Cameron A.

Seattle, WA 98108
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joshua B.

Seattle, WA

Music should be fun, but just like anything, we must learn the techniques to become proficient. My goal is to help not only students learn to play the guitar, but also offer correlate it to other parts of their lives to enhance understanding.

About Joshua

I am a professional tutor, I'm re-engaging with my roots and experience as a educator to help people learn. It's one thing to teach a student the answer, but it's exponentially better to teach students how to find the answer for themselves, encouraging and guiding along the way.

I went to Ohio State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Kum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band.

I have taught a variety of subjects in many settings, including:
- History, formally and informally, domestically and internationally.
- En
glish and Spanish.
- Math, science, reading, writing, music theory, music composition, music performance.
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Irlanda G. June 14, 2015
Math · In home
Verified Student
I'd like to write a quick testimonial about the tutor I found here on Takelessons. Joshua has worked with my 1st grade brother for about 8 weeks and he has made impressive progress in both his reading and math skills. He has also helped discover my brothers learning condition, dyslexia, but it seems like Joshua has had no problem with that. My brother has enjoyed working with him and is demonstrating new learning, this delights me. Joshua has also developed a fun relationship with my other brothers too. I could not more strongly recommend Joshua to tutor any student.
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Geoff M. May 28, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Josh is good and was good at helping us set reasonable goals. It was fun!
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Seattle, WA 98112
(2)
starting at
$49 / 30-min

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