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Let the Music Community of Seattle Inspire You!

by Seattle piano teacher Erica L.

Do you have trouble convincing yourself to practice those scales? Or does your child throw a fit when it comes to practice? Has the passion and excitement of starting piano lessons died? While these are normal emotions, you are in luck! The music community in Seattle loves to inspire and encourage new pianists. Come join in the community and listen to beautiful music!

Visit Your Local University All of your local universities present performances for various types of music. The University of Washington hosts musicians from around the world to participate in their UW World Music Series. In Queen Anne, Seattle Pacific University Music Department holds free concerts of all types, including choirs, a symphony, percussion ensemble, and individual musicians in recitals.The events calendar at Cornish College of Arts consistently remains full of arts programs for multiple disciplines, such as visual art, dance, and music.

Enjoy Music at Benaroya Hall (http://www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall) Of course, Benaroya Hall is home to the Seattle Symphony. However, did you know that Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Symphony, and the City of Seattle work together to provide quality programming to younger audiences for free or discounted prices? Very young audiences may enjoy the opportunity to interact with various types of musical instruments. Teen audiences can use the TeenTix Program through the city to receive tickets for only $10!

Listen to Classical King, 98.1 FM (http://www.king.org/) If the thought of commuting beyond your driveway seems overwhelming, then the friendly hosts of Classical King provide an excellent resource! The station plays classical music around the clock. They are also an excellent resource to the Seattle music community without leaving your living room. Every Friday, they broadcast live performances, including Seattle Symphony concerts. On Sunday evenings, the station airs the compline service at St Mark’s Cathedral.

ZooTunes at the Woodland Park Zoo (http://www.zoo.org/) For families with young budding musicians, the ZooTunes at the Woodland Park Zoo are the perfect opportunity for age­-appropriate concerts. The concerts offer exposure to musical traditions, such as jazz, blues, folk, and bluegrass. The artists for each summer are announced at the end of April.

Concerts in the Park (http://www.seattlechambermusic.org/) The Seattle Chamber Music Society loves to encourage young musicians. Each summer they provide free concerts in parks around Seattle. Additionally, the society runs a Family Concert Series with low-cost tickets. Check out their website for more details!

Dine at Boxley’s Jazz Club (101 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, www.boxleysplace.com) Lastly, not all piano students study classical music. Perhaps you prefer jazz music. While there are many 21+ jazz clubs downtown, younger students and their families are welcome at Boxley’s Jazz Club. Many jazz pianists frequent the club, including the owner. Contrary to classical music, jazz generally requires an ensemble work ethic. Often, solo pianists miss out on the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians.

Don’t let the blues get you down! Seattle is full of opportunities for exploring new realms in music. The options listed above are only a small sliver of what Seattle has to offer. Find music and performances that inspire you! And, talk with the performing musicians, they want to encourage and assist you, too.

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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

from basic "Square One" (learning note names) to advanced jazz & pop piano…. I can teach you to read music and play it on the piano (classical/ pop/ jazz, etc). You can also learn to play piano by ear. Or, if you're a singer, I have many techniques and methods to use the piano to help you feel more empowered and knowledgable as a singer

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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Ava G. August 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing, relevant and able to relate to my 8 year old and immediately be someone she looks up to. Highly recommended!
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Lauren July 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly was knowledgable and friendly. I was nervous for my first lesson but she put me at ease.
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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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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA 98103
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Julia H.

Seattle, WA

Students begin to read music at their first lesson. Beginners will learn simple repertoire, and as their skills progress more challenging songs.
Piano lessons include music theory, scales, chords and rhythm exercises. There are 1 or 2 yearly piano recitals students look forward to performing in.

About Julia

Julia sings with Seattle Women's Choir and hosts 2 annual studio recitals for her students to perform. While attending University Julia was an avid performer of the WSU Atrium Recital Series, the School's Musicals, Operettas, and a member of the Cougar Marching Band.

***Lesson Details***

A personalized plan is made for each student depending on their goals and level of commitment. Intensity varies depending on what the student wants out of lessons. Some students are singing/playing competitively, and some are just singing/playing for fun!

At each lesson the student will play or s
ing the songs they practiced. Julia will congratulate the student on their improvements and then use a variety of methods to help the student become more comfortable with the trouble spots. The next part of the lesson will be used to introduce new material.

"I believe learning the language of music can be a great adventure." ~Julia
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Hannah August 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great manner and engaging approach. My 13-year old daughter loves her.
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Cindy Vaughn July 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had a great first experience and I'm excited for my next lesson
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Sherrill Nichols November 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Julia is a great instructor and she's fun to work with! I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Julia H.

Seattle, WA 98133
(14)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jeremy S.

Seattle, WA

I've been playing piano my whole life. I like to use method books, but also teach in a more hands on style where the student learns chords and scales and songs as well

About Jeremy

A Berklee College of Music graduate and a professional music instructor for over ten years, I can help you to reach your musical goals. I tailor lessons to suit your needs covering everything from skill development, music theory and musicianship, to expanding your repertoire and composing original work. I play and teach drums, piano, bass and guitar. I am new to Seattle, having just moved from San Francisco where I performed regularly at a wide array of venues such as Great American Music Hall, Freight and Salvage, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bimbos, Bottom of the Hill, Savanna Jazz,
Amnesia, Ashkenaz, Mystic Theater and Cafe Du Nord. I play many styles of music. Jazz, rock, funk, punk, blue-grass... you name it. I can show you how to play what you want to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in a strong musical foundation and that learning to play music should be fun!

*** Specialties ***
Whatever style the student is attempting, I stress proper technique and understanding of theory.
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jessykca June 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
hi i would like to know if you can teach me how to play crime of centure from supertramp? can you ?
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Victor April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great teacher and so friendly.
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John H. January 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Our son left his first lesson excited and actually learned! Jeremy was a true artist and teacher. My husband and I are Very pleased.
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Jeremy S.

Jeremy S.

Seattle, WA 98122
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Holly T.

Seattle, WA

I have been teaching piano in the Seattle area for close to ten years. I have worked with young beginners to intermediate and some advanced students. My methods are eclectic and I often draw from the Kodaly Method for beginners. I encourage my students to sing along while they play to reinforce learning, accessing multiple neural pathways.

I teach my students to read music and play with feeling and heart. I instill a love of music in my students by creating musical moments in them and expose them to a wide variety of genres and styles. Students will learn basic technique, theory, improvisation, and performance etiquette, all while having fun!

About Holly

I am an enthusiastic musician with a talent for teaching. I have worked as a voice and piano teacher in Seattle for over ten years. Previously employed at The West Side Music Academy in 2003-2006, I realized my passion for individual instruction early in my career. I studied Music Education under Dr. Romana Holmes at Seattle Pacific University and furthered my knowledge in Pedagogy.

I am a huge believer in being a lifelong student! I have continued my music education throughout my adult life and have studied Jazz, Classical, Opera, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Folk. As a p
ianist I began individual instruction at age fourteen and have studied Jazz with Darius Willrich, Ryan Burns, Dan Kramlich and Mark Samson.

I began singing and playing piano at age five. I have been involved in school and community choirs including The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle Pacific University Women's Choir, and The Spokane Area Children's Chorus. Musical productions including Grease, Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago, and Les Miserables. I have been a featured soloist in ensembles throughout my life. I also performed in the Jazz Ensemble at Seattle Central Community College for three years as a vocalist and pianist.

I have an extensive background as a performer in small and large bands in the Seattle area. I have played in various venues throughout the area including Key Arena, Benaroya Hall, McCall Hall, Folk Life Festival, Marymoor Park, Highway 99 Blues Club, Tula's Nightclub, and the Nectar Lounge to name a few. I have also worked as a studio musician with various funk, soul, and electronic music producers and bands.

I study African dance and other forms of dance including hip-hop, house, and have traveled to Guinea, Conakry to study dance and music with Les Ballets African a premier African dance ensemble that tours the world. I also spent the summer of 2012 working with a non-profit organization in Chiapas, Mexico teaching music and dance to kids k-12 in the Indigenous Village of Ignacio Allende. More recently I have been studying and performing with Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir since 2014.

*** Lesson Details ***
As your teacher I can help you thrive in music. I promise to provide a fun learning experience with lots of laughs and smiles. My number one goal is to help build a love and passion for music and boost student's confidence. I understand and appreciate different levels of experience and make sure to cater the lesson to the individual. Whether my students are young or old; whether they view voice or piano lessons as a just-for-fun hobby; or whether they wish to pursue a serious music career - I am happy to facilitate all of this and more, as we work together to reach their goals.

My musical foundation is one built on proper technique and strong musicianship skills. Students will learn proper posturing, breathing, and vocal production- in addition to reading and music notation, music theory and more. As students master these techniques I will work to help them bring out their own voice and creative expression. We will explore music from a variety of genres including Jazz, Classical, Pop/Rock, and more. Each of my students will be able to perform in ways that are not only healthy and technically sound but unique to them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In the studio I have an acoustic upright piano, shakers, tambourines, and a library of music books. The studio is also used for dance lessons and has hardwood floors and mirrors. There is also a waiting room area for parents to sit and listen in during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books, metronome, and keyboard stand. Students are expected to have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, RnB, and Broadway style singing. I use an eclectic approach to teaching.
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Alexander August 16, 2016
Speaking Voice · In studio
She helped me after one lesson, teaching me the Alexander Technique. I can't wait to take more lessons later.
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Paul C. September 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Holly turns the frustrations of learning the piano into fun. I highly recommend her as a teacher. Her instruction has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of trying to learn to play the piano as an adult. She is active in instruction, giving an excellent demonstration of the material and sometimes singing along. When she is enjoying herself teaching, I can't help but enjoy learning. She ensures that whatever is being learned, is mastered before proceeding. She gives clear directions as to what I should practice next, and even loaned out a book she though I might enjoy. I did.
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Rachel S. June 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Rachel likes it. We practiced last night. Castle in the Clouds. I think she will warm up.

Paul
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Holly T.

Seattle, WA 98102
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Naomi H.

Bellevue, WA

Hi everyone!! This is Naomi. I am an experienced piano teacher of 16 years, teaching students of all ages! I absolutely enjoy helping my students progressing at every stage of their learning!

I personally handpick the materials for my students that suit their learning needs. The number-1 philosophy of my music teaching is to go on the journey with my students to discover the joy of music that enriches their lives, while building a strong foundation of playing techniques.

As my studio is growing, please contact me to check for the latest availability. I look forward to hearing from you.

About Naomi

Hello everyone!! This is Naomi. Passionate about guiding my students explore and enjoy what music can bring to their lives. Have been teaching piano and violin for more than a decade now, and absolutely enjoy seeing my students picking up music playing and loving it!

Graduated with the Piano Performance and Pedagogy Degree from Bemidji State University, Minnesota, music teaching has always been at the core of my career.

The philosophy of my music teaching is to help students discover the joy of music and to establish the mindset of lifelong learning.

I've taught students of all ages
. I personally handpick the materials for my students based on their personalities and learning needs.

If you're serious about enriching your lives and the lives of your child, I’d love to get in touch with you!!
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Mary C. June 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter is enjoying her beginner-level lessons with Miss Naomi very much. Miss Naomi is encouraging her to learn and play and develop her technique in class and at home during practice sessions. I was very pleased with my daughter's progress during our initial 5 lessons. We're planning to continue lessons with enthusiasm and appreciation for Miss Naomi's teaching skills and professionalism.
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Vincent N. May 31, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Naomi is great with kids. My daughter always had fun during the lessons. And, that is the most important thing for a 4-year-old. Naomi is goal-oriented, and she made sure that there is continuity between the lessons. Good teacher.
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Bob J. May 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My first experience with any music lesson.
I am a senior.
I loved it.
Naomi was excellent.
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Naomi H.

Bellevue, WA 98008
(9)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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