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Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA

About Alexander

My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments ov
er the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

Here’s what I can do for you…

I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. Together we will explore the principals of music that will enable you to learn to play in any style you choose to study. Ultimately my job is not to teach you to play, but to show you how to teach yourself. I will arm you with a thorough understanding of technique and theory.

I love working with kids and adults. I love brand new players with no experience as well as seasoned players who just want to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Whatever your age, and wherever you’re at with your playing, I hope you will give me the chance to help you have more fun and confidence in music.

Every player I work with gets access to a personal online Lesson Journal where you can see my notes from our lessons, do homework from your “Stuff to work on” lists, and access my entire digital library! Every lesson is designed just for you.

Let’s get started…

You can take lessons at my studio, in your home, or online via Skype.

For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

You’re going to love your lessons!
-Alex
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Christian A. July 14, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He's great! Teaches at my pace but also pushes me to go further.
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Elijah A. July 3, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
My three kids (11, 10, and 8 years old) are taking Uke lessons with Alex and we're so pleased to have him as an instructor. He's very patient, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. I appreciate that he sends us home with material (online) so that my kids can continue their lesson at home. We've only had our first lesson, and my kids can't wait for the next one!
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Robert P. June 3, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is a good teacher. Made himself available at all times. Answers all my questions. Everything was good!
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Alexander A.

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA 98466
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kendra M.

Federal Way, WA

About Kendra

I have been teaching percussion lessons since 1994. Outside of my home studio, I have also taught within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools as a percussion and music specialist, at The University of Rio Grande (OH) as an affiliate faculty member, at Ohio University and The University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) as the All-State percussion instructor, and at New England Music Camp (ME) as a faculty member.

I have performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Tucson, Phoenix, and Juneau (AK) symphonies and was the prin
cipal percussionist and timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. My volunteer performances have included churches, adult care facilities, children's museums, universities, public schools, bookstores, and farmer's markets.

I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology. I have a strong interest in percussion instruments of many cultures including Trinidad, where I studied steel drums in 2005, and Ghana, West Africa where I studied drumming, dance, and the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in 2006.

In 2009, I was awarded a grant from the University of Arizona to travel to Appleton, Wisconsin for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Other awards I have earned include the Concerto Competition from Western Washington University, the Music Advisory Board Scholarship from The University of Arizona, and the Graduate Achievement Award in Service from Ohio University.

*** Lesson Details ***
In your first lesson we will discuss your musical goals and interests. If applicable, you should bring along any music that you are currently practicing, have played most recently, and/or would like to perform. If you are learning a new instrument, we will go over the basic technique and I will give you some exercises to practice at home.

Whether you are new to percussion or have been playing for years, your lessons will be tailored to help you reach your full potential and get the most out of your musical experiences. If you are interested in solo performance, we can perform together within the community. (I especially enjoy performing at care centers, farmers markets and in church services.) If you are interested in performing in ensembles, competing in solo/ensemble competitions, or studying music in college, I can help you prepare a successful audition. If you are interested in playing drums or marimba because they are fun, I can introduce you to new opportunities and impart knowledge that will inspire you and continue to open your mind.

I am patient and creative in my approach to tackling challenges in improving technique, sight-reading, and musicality. I believe that music performance should be an enjoyable and energizing experience for the performer and the listener. My life has been deeply touched by the art of sound and I hope to pass on this passion.

I have a large library of method books, solos and CDs available to check out and peruse between lessons. You are expected to purchase method books and solos that you will be using long-term. Spending quality time with your instrument between lessons should be enjoyable; I will provide you with direction on how to effectively use your at-home practice time while still having fun playing music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio, I have a drum set, marimba, timpani, snare drums, practice pads, a tenor (lead) steel drum, auxiliary percussion instruments, Ghanaian (African) drums and gyili (African xylophones).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in orchestral percussion (snare drum, timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, etc.), marimba, African drumming (especially Ghanaian drumming) and drum set. I also play steel drums and guitar.
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Miho T. June 4, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Kendra is an effective educator because she is very detail oriented without being uptight or too picky. She has great ideas for teaching, knows how to develop them, and offers them to students and the community. In addition, she creates fun learning opportunities open to the pubic, where anyone can come and enjoy drumming. This shows that she is a good leader and wants to share her passion for music with other people. To me, these are two of Kendra's greatest strengths. We are lucky to have her in the Puget Sound area.
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Michael F. June 2, 2015
Hand Drums · In studio
Kendra has provided lessons on the African drum for a year. In that time I stumbled from basic novice to something far beyond that. As my technique improved Kendra gently continued to move the bar and set high expectations, all the while offering encouragement and understanding my learning style. I looked forward to the lessons, knowing each one would offer another challenge. I now have a much better sense of what the hand drum is all about and look forward to learning even more.
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Raphael H. May 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Kendra for about three months now. She is a gifted teacher with credentials second to none. She has amazing patience and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your skill level. And most importantly can teach to any style or skill level. Highly recommended!
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Kendra M.

Federal Way, WA 98023
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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David C.

Lakewood, WA

About David

Hello!

My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.

All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, and more!

I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. I am one of the 16% of people who attended Cornish that actually graduated from their school.

Many times a student w
ill come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted. The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great to get you ready to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself. I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing their instrument, by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited. In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE THEIR INSTRUMENT!!!

Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.

Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!

TESTIMONIALS:

"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"

Marianne Burch, Tacoma

"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David Jaedyn C. and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"

Dan DuBeau, Tacoma

I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!

Ashley Allen

I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.

Skye Reed, Tacoma WA

I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.

I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.

Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.

Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.

Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA

I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!

Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mac
Logic
Presonus
invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff.
Tama drumset, Full Mic's.
University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.

*** Specialties ***
Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
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Rudy F. June 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've been working with David for a couple of months, and it has been a great experience. I'm new to bass, with a little guitar experience--he quickly sized up what I knew and had me working on exercises and a great bass line that got me playing right away. He has been very flexible and accommodating of my schedule needs, and he gives plenty of positive and constructive feedback. I've been working in education for nearly 30 years, and I know a great teacher when I see one. David fits the bill, and I'm lucky to be working with him.
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Doug Miller June 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
David was able to identify several things that I was not doing correctly right off the bat. This will help me greatly.
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Carl G. March 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great. Making progress.
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David C.

Lakewood, WA 98498
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joshua R.

Puyallup, WA

About Joshua

Joshua is a versatile young artist in the Seattle area. Joshua’s playing has been described as “elegantly shaped” (San Francisco Examiner) and “with graceful intimacy” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Joshua holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Joshua also holds an Artist Diploma from the Cornish College of the Arts in Early Music. Joshua has appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Ukiah Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Healdsberg, and the St. Claire Shor
es Symphony. With the St. Claire Shores Symphony, Joshua held the piccolo position for the 2004-2005 season. In 2005, Joshua was the first prize winner of the South Eastern Michigan Flutists Association young artist competition, followed by a performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in 2006. In 2014, Joshua placed 3rd in the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition and was a winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Walter Frances Competition.

While in Austin, Joshua worked with movie composer Hanan Townshend and can be heard on the movie soundtracks for Terrance Mallick’s Tree of Life and To the Wonder.

Joshua is also an accomplished baroque flute performer. Winner of the 2012 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Concerto Competition, Joshua performed C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Minor on baroque flute with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble. Joshua also performed at the 2012 BFX Festival in Berkeley as a member of Ansambl Luython. Joshua has performed in San Diego with the Pacific Bach Project and in San Francisco with MUSA and the Albany Consort. This season Joshua will appear in concert in the Byron Schenkman and Friends concert series, with the American Bach Soloists, as well as with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. On baroque flute, Joshua has received lessons from Janet See, Sandra Miller, Stephen Schultz, Philippe Allaine-Dupre, and Greer Ellison

Joshua teaches privately across the Tacoma/Seattle area. Joshua’s primary teachers have been Timothy Day, Marianne Gedigian, Jeffery Zook, and Janet See.

*** Lesson Details ***
Joshua believes in giving students the tools to express and perform at their highest level by instilling a strong sense of core fundamentals and musical awareness. With these tools students can leave lessons inspired and with a clear idea of how to improve during their private practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Three music stands
Metronome
Tuner
Music Library

*** Travel Equipment ***
One to three music stands
Metronome
Tuner

*** Specialties ***
Orchestral performance and auditioning
Solo recital preparation and performance
Competition preparation and performance
Concerto preparation and performance
Historical performance practice on baroque flute.
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Cassandra F. July 31, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Joshua is a wonderful teacher to my daughter. He has helped encourage her in all aspects of her musical abilities. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for flute lessons from beginning to advanced
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Dawn W. April 5, 2014
Flute
Verified Student
very encouraging

Joshua is a very reliable and punctual teacher. He is encouraging and patient. My daughter really enjoys lesson time with him.
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Joshua R.

Joshua R.

Puyallup, WA 98373
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mercedes N.

Seattle, WA

About Mercedes

Mercedes is friendly and patient. She is an active performer and sings professionally all over Western Washington. She teaches "Speech Level Singing" Technique. She is fun and very interactive. Her students say "learning from Mercedes is like having fun" you work hard, but you don't feel it.

Mercedes teaches breath control, learning how to tap into your power, voice care, singing with confidence, and performance skills.

Mercedes Genre's are: Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Blues
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Lydia N. July 1, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with Mercedes, and I am SO happy I chose her! She was patient, encouraging, uplifting, very knowledgeable, and a lot of fun! I'd recommend Mercedes to anybody! :)
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Mercedes N.

Mercedes N.

Tacoma, WA 98409
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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