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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.

Kendra M.

Federal Way, WA 98023
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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BJ M.

Seattle, WA

About BJ

I grew up studying violin under the Suzuki method for over 13 years at the University of Louisville School of Music Preparatory School, my listening and playing skills were nurtured at the young age of five. I performed with the Louisville Youth Orchestra and other ensembles increasing my skills and confidence playing the instrument. A confidence that I can bring out in you as your violin teacher.

Beyond the classical foundation of Suzuki's collection, the violin has afforded me a unique opportunity to express myself in a wide range of musical styles and venues:

* I have supplied har
monies on acoustic covers and classic rock numbers at college open mics and coffee shops.

* I rocked out with an indie-pop band on famous Seattle stages like The Showbox, The Crocodile and Graceland (now El Corazon)

* I had the pleasure of accompanying young cast members of musicals such as The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes.

* I even fiddle about with traditional jigs and reels in an Irish style band.

Professionally trained as a designer, I bring a unique outlook to students. I can bring clarity to challenging musical concepts through a variety of tools. And I provide perspective teaching from my broad range of experience.

It seems there is little I have not experienced because of this wonderfully versatile instrument. So I am excited to teach any expression of music you may have an interest in. I look forward to sharing my passion for the violin with you and helping you to gain confidence you desire.

*** Specialties ***
Certified Teacher O'Connor String Method of American Music
Over 13 years as a student of the Suzuki Method.
Over 10 years violinist playing contemporary/folk liturgical music. Have also performed rock, and irish fiddle
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Nilanjana G. December 16, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
BJ has been a wonderfully dedicated violin teacher for my 10 year old kid. He is very approachable and understands the student's needs very well. I would highly recommend him.
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Carol D. May 17, 2014
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
I have learned more in 3 lessons with BJ than I did in a year with my last teacher. He has clear and helpful exercises to fix my bad habits in how I bow. We aren't into actual playing yet, but I expect things will progress well for me.

His place is easy to get to and comfortable. He is prompt, organized and manages to be efficient at fitting a lot of teaching into the time we have. I did shift from half hour lessons to a full hour, as the half hour was not enough time to really finish a topic for us.

I'm very happy with the experience and am so glad to be playing again.
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Greg S. December 1, 2013
Music Performance
This guy is a true PRO

I have not personally taken lessons from B.J. Montoya, but I am a colleague of his and have created and performed music with him off and on over the last ten years. WHat I can confidently and boldly say is that B. J. is masterful at the violin and fiddle, and truly knows all aspects of the language of music. IF you take lessons from him, you won't just learn songs; you will learn artistry, technique, music theory, ear-training skills, music appreciation, and most of all a PASSION FOR MUSIC - which B.J. cannot HELP but to pass on to his students. I say this because I have always respected and admired his true passion for creative muical expression on the violin.

Besides all that, B.J. is a sincere, super-friendly, and laid-back guy who will help any student - at any level - feel comfortable and at ease. His ability to offer warm support and encouragement - AND make the lessons FUN - will surpass any other violin teacher - I can pretty much guarantee that.

I highly recommend B.J. as a music teacher.
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BJ M.

Seattle, WA 98118
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Allison P.

Tacoma, WA

About Allison

Hi! My name is Allison and I'm an opera singer. I fell madly in love with music and singing as a young child and was bitten by the opera bug at age 15. Ever since seeing that first opera, I've never looked back. I did lead roles in my high school musicals, then got my Bachelor of Music and my Master of Music degrees in Classical Voice and Opera Performance both from competitive conservatories. Ever since graduation, I've been lucky enough to make my work as a professional singer. I've traveled all over the country and even internationally bringing this amazing art form to audiences. Now
I feel like my dream has come true because I get to do what I love: sing! Pavarotti said, "I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to." I feel so lucky to have a life in music and now I want to share everything I've learned with you.

Students of mine regularly are chosen for lead roles in school and extracurricular musicals and operas and score very high in school music evaluations.

*** Lesson Details ***
During a voice lesson with me, we'll warm up and do vocal exercises for the first half, then we'll learn new music together or work on music you've already learned. I love teaching all styles of classical music and working in many different languages including French, German, Italian, English, and more. I teach lyric diction of all of these languages and the styles of each composer. Above all, lessons with me are relaxed and really fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ electronic piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Vocal Technique. I feel very comfortable assigning repertoire of any difficulty and I am especially confident in my lyric diction knowledge of Italian, French, German, and English. I can teach audition preparation and audition technique, as well as acting and stage technique for singers.
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Marie P. May 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Allison was able to identify my natural vocal range in the first lesson. Never thought that I would be comfortable singing in the soprano range, but she has given me week by week goals to build vocal technique and help me see my progress. She has an outgoing and enthusiastic personality! Lessons are a pleasure.
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AllanM1 June 26, 2012
Look no further

Allison is not only an exceptionally talented vocalist, but a warm and easy going person. Her extensive experience and artistic abilities speak for themself. She is the total package. If you're looking for a challenging yet highly rewarding lesson, look no further.
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DavidY March 28, 2012
Enthusiastic, talented and knowledgable voice teacher

Allison is a warm, caring, fun, talented and knowledgable voice teacher. She provides lots of fun exercises that challenge as well. She is a professional singer and is very passionate about her craft and her passion is infectious!
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Allison P.

Allison P.

Tacoma, WA 98406
(4)
starting at
$80 / 60-min
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Rian D.

Seattle, WA

About Rian

A native of West Seattle, Rian took his first piano lessons at the age of seven. His middle school music teacher recognized Rian’s musical talent and gave him his first public performance opportunity during the school’s annual musical. Rian would go on to play piano for the middle school productions for 3 more years. As Rian progressed into high school his talent increased as well. As a freshman in high school Rian successfully tried-out for the award winning JFK High School Jazz Band and soon took over as the primary pianist. While performing at a high school jazz band festival he was sin
gularly awarded the “Best Rhythm Section” award, a prize usually given to a band’s entire rhythm section. Rian concluded his high school musical career with a trip to the Washington Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Competition (WMEA) after achieving a 1+ Superior rating for Solo Piano Performance.

Pursuing his passion for music, Rian attended Washington State University (WSU) and studied under the tutelage of Julliard alums Jeffrey and Karen Savage. During his time at WSU, he expanded his boundaries and became accomplished in his study of classical piano, earning gold medals in multiple years at Musicfest Northwest. In addition, Rian performed as a soloist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony as a winner in their Young Artist Competition. Prior to his senior year at WSU, Rian received the Presser Scholarship. The Presser scholarship is a nationally funded scholarship awarded by each University to only one student each year. The Presser Scholarship represents the highest level of academic achievement in the United States.

Following graduation from WSU in 2010, Rian began teaching piano and working as a freelance musician in Seattle. Rian joined the staff of the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance as a piano instructor in addition to working as an accompanist for several local churches, high schools and music schools.

Rian’s passion for playing, teaching, and learning about music has taken him throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the east coast of the United States. Besides his work as an accompanist and teacher, he also maintains an active presence in the Seattle music community, frequently volunteering at local events and serving as Secretary of the Seattle Music Teachers Association. As an educator, Rian understands the value of continued learning and has conducted independent study with Randy Halbersadt, jazz professor from Cornish College of the Arts, as well as studying classical technique privately under World-Renowned Pianist-Teacher Peter Mack.

Rian became a Licensed Simply Music Teacher in 2013.
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Allyson M. August 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Rian is a great teacher. When he needs to correct you, he does it gently, and it doesn't make you feel like you have done something wrong. He teaches from a set of books that is very precise, and so would be a fantastic fit for younger students.
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Cameron C. October 23, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
rian is a good teacher

he is the only piano teacher i have had. i was teaching myself piano and was given some lessons as a gift, and i chose him somewhat randomly from the teachers listed on takelessons dot com. i had several lessons from him and he gave me lots of good ideas. i would have continued with him, but for circumstances out of my control. i would recommend him as a teacher. he has lots of experience and can tailor his teaching depending on what you want to do
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JudithS June 30, 2012
Rian is patient which is what I needed. He makes you feel comfortable and has a low key way of pointing out areas for improvement without offending.Would recommend him to others who want to play piano, regardless of how old you are.
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Rian D.

Rian D.

Seattle, WA 98108
(3)
starting at
$37 / 30-min
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Eric W.

Seattle, WA

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 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 and se
ssion musician at Mirror Sound Studios, and hosting the Grateful Dead Hour and Backtracks on KBCS-FM.
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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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Kelli J. November 24, 2013
Bass Guitar
awesome and funky bass teacher

Eric is an amazing bass teacher. He has great taste in music and he KILLS it on the bass. His funky grooves inspired me to practice for hours everyday. His music taste is very diverse, so if you have a song you want to learn he will probably be able to teach it to you. He also has a very keen ear and will teach you the skills you need to develop your ear so that you can jam.

If you want to rock at bass, definitely call Eric.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Seattle, WA 98108
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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