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About Alexander A.

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Tacoma, WA

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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 over 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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Sandy F. June 14, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very knowledgeable, tailored the lesson to my level and very open to anything that I want to learn.
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Lisa June 9, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
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Jake June 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Alex was great! We had problems with the website audio but were able to continue via phone.
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Alexander A.

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA 98466
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About Jeremy S.

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Seattle, WA

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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.

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I believe in a strong musical foundati
on and that learning to play music should be fun!

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Whatever style the student is attempting, I stress proper technique and understanding of theory.
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Jon C. July 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
It was a perfect first lesson! Jeremy is a great teacher who sets goals and challenges while making it fun. I'm so glad I finally did this and am already looking forward to my next lesson!
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Tony Wang September 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Knowledgable and friendly
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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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Jeremy S.

Jeremy S.

Seattle, WA 98122
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About Allison P.

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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 s
hare 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.

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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!

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Music room w/ electronic piano and seating for parents

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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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Eugenie Moore May 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
Allison is a very knowledgeable teacher. She' really good. She explains the what and why of the exercises she's teaching. She leads by example.
She' s patient in teaching you a skill till you get it. I'll highly recommend her.
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Leonardo King March 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
If you want a real professional that draws out the best in you and helps you to rise to the challenge than pick Allison. I was extremely nervous and worried, it was my first real singing lesson, she made me feel comfortable and relaxed immediately. She can be fun as well as challenging. It was a wonderful pleasure to take classes with her and I hope to continue in the future.
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Marie P. May 2, 2015
· Singing · In studio
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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Allison P.

Allison P.

Tacoma, WA 98406
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About Svetlana V.

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Auburn, WA

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About Svetlana
I was educated in the former Soviet Union, where I received my classical piano education, and hold the equivalency of a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory, as well as a Master's Degree in Piano Teaching, and Choral Conducting. I have taught private piano lessons for 29 years -- 18 years in the U.S. I enjoy working with students of all ages, but prefer school age children.
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Kim Searcy September 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Svetlana is a wonderful teacher. Her passion for piano shows through her teaching. She gives a full well rounded experience, not just the mechanics of playing. I am learning and enjoying my lessons more than I ever had with other instructors.
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Tanya K. January 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter is seven and she really looks forward to piano lessons with Svetlana. She knows how to get down on the child's level and help them understand. You can tell that Svetlana really enjoys teaching!
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Kaimi July 28, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
My son loves Lana! She's a great piano teacher, she loves kids. :)
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Svetlana V.

Svetlana V.

Auburn, WA 98092
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About Abby V.

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Seattle, WA

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About Abby
Due to my maternal grandfather's work as a Chicago vaudeville orchestra leader, from early childhood, the performing arts have been in my blood. Starting to study classical flute at age 12, then playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and taking professional jazz/classical flute workshops/master classes, I've been teaching and playing all styles of music professionally since my 20's.

Vocal study began at age 15 with some great artists/educators in SF, Seattle, and Europe, including Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Adrian West from NYC Broadway, David Tigner- SF Opera, Davida Kagan-Seattle Opera, and Roland Wyatt-
Manhattan Transfer coach /NY Academy of Dramatic Arts. Through many teaching years, I've developed a very successful, uniquely simple 8 part method to help cross cultural individuals and groups sing optimally from thei
r hearts. For all levels from beginners to professional. the necessary basic vocal techniques can be taught effectively in 4 to 8 lessons, though the process of becoming a successful artist continues during one's lifetime.

With a BA in Theater Arts from SFSU, and over 50 years directing, acting, and musical experience, including 15 years working successfully as an ESL educator, my experience has allowed me to help any student achieve their personal and/or professional goals.
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Elizabeth D. July 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Wonderfully encouraging and knowledgeable.
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Na October 12, 2016
· English · In studio
Abby is an excellent teacher. She tried her best to help me understand English by providing me examples, explaining detail, revising grammar, and so on. Besides teaching me English, she shared her own experiences with me. She told me how people can get through difficulties.
She is not only a real teacher in English, but also in life.
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MARLE May 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Abby van Spronsen is an excellent teacher, who has helped me develop my voice and musical style before and during my Conservatory studies. She really takes time for her students and because of her musical background she knows about many different styles, from jazz to pop to musical and even classical music. She knows how to use this knowledge well in her classes and loves to teach, which makes her a very inspiring voice teacher. I have learned a lot during the time that I took classes from Abby.
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Abby V.

Abby V.

Seattle, WA 98133
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About Christie R.

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Seattle, WA

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Find Balance, Maintain a Healthy Instrument, and Experience Freedom to Live Truthfully in the Moment!
We sing because we have something to say; whether a professional singing on Broadway, an amateur singing in the church choir, or a hobbyist singing karaoke. I know first hand the struggle it can be to say what you need to say when your instrument (your voice) seems to be working against you. For this reason, I have made it my mission to learn everything I can about how the voice works, scientifically, in order to understand and then share with my students how we can work WITH our instruments and not against them.
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Sarah June 11, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Christie is an amazing voice teacher who focused on what my voice needed each lesson. She is incredibly kind, flexible, and talented and has helped me with not only the vocal quality but the overall performance of every piece I worked on. I cannot say enough on how much I would recommend her.
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Alicia June 8, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Christie has been a literal godsend. I am a trained opera singer but have been struggling with nodules and edema of the vocal chords related to a thyroid condition and acid reflux and I feel like I can finally sing again. Her instruction has given me real methods for working around these issues and healing my voice. It has improved my speaking voice as well. The voice is a sensitive instrument and in the wrong hands, you can develop damaging habits. Christie is a teacher you can trust!
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Christie R.

Christie R.

Seattle, WA 98115
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$45 / 30-min

About Jared C.

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About Jared
I have been playing instruments and performing live since I was 11 years old. Initially trained in classical piano I added guitar to my musical palette at the age of 14. In college I spent time continuing my studies in both piano and guitar and received a bachelors of fine arts with a concentration in jazz guitar from Columbia College Chicago in 2004.

I have since moved to Seattle, WA and have become a regular fixture in the music community as a guitar and theory teacher, songwriter/guitarist of the pop rock bands Electric NoNo and Warren Dunes, and co founder and producer of the The Big Ass Boom Box Festival Seattle and the Seattle X Southwest showcase at SXSW Festival in Austin. I have released five studio albums that have received regional and national attention, toured regionally and nationally, and perform regularly at Seattle ma
instays including The Crocodile, The Sunset, Columbia City Theater, and many more. My band recently performed at The Upstream Music Festival in downtown Seattle in March 2017.

I consider myself a life long student of music and I pride myself on my dedication to a complete understanding of my instrument. I offer beginner - advanced lessons for guitar and songwriting, and beginner - intermediate lessons for ukulele. I also administer a variety of workshops throughout the year for guitar, songwriting, and music theory, as well as bi annual student recitals.
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Duffy June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have taken acoustic and electric guitar lessons with Jared for several years. Through my own experience and my observation of Jared with other students, I would describe Jared as patient, encouraging, courteous, and respectful. His knowledge and facility with guitar-playing styles and techniques is vast. His understanding of music theory is infectious. He will proceed at your pace, not his. He makes a genuine effort to help his students identify and achieve their goals--and he's genuinely happy when they do. In short, Jared is an exemplary teacher. Highly recommended!
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Aaron June 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've had the pleasure of learning from a couple of good teachers in my time. These were instructors with a clear fervor for music and a deft hand at instruction. Then there's Jared. With a calm and joyful persistence, one that not only holds onto an organic passion for music but one that also understands the unique challenges of the pupil, he guides the student through inevitable missteps and atonal chaos with a firm grace. His warmth and humor, coupled with a serious depth of music knowledge, are a must for the aspiring musician or the hobbyist. Whether your aims include songwriting, composition, or just plucking away in the garage, Jared's bespoke formula works. And, it's a joy while one partakes.

Best medicine I ever had!
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Jared C.

Jared C.

Seattle, WA 98103
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About CW P.

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C.W. (guitarist) is a graduate of The Musician’s Institute of Los Angeles, California. He studied under an array of celebrity teachers, such as: Marty Friedman (Megadeath), Robben Ford, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Keith Wyatt, Paul Gilbert, Dan Gilbert, Gary Hoey, Frank Gambali, Howard Roberts, Ross Bolton, Ron Eshete, Steve Travato, Joe Pass, Pat Hicks, Pedro Wyant, Joe Diorio (legendary jazz guitarist) . His influences range from Yngvie Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Joe Satriani, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, to Eric Johnson. After graduating the institute, C.W. taught privately for many years; he also played with bands like, Kubla featuring ED-K. Other aspects of his music career included: recording studio sessions for up and coming artists and specialized sound tracks for T.V. and Film.
Not only is C.W. gifted in the world
of music but he has an extensive acting resume as well. He was a Scholarship Recipient from The East West Players Conservatory (Los Angeles, California) in 1995, represented the USA in 1997 in Seoul, Korea at The International Theatre Festival (hosted by ITI and The Theatre of Nations) as Actor, Musician and Composer and is an active SAG member who is featured in Regional/National TV Commercials, Television and Film. You may have seen him onscreen in shows like: Constantine, John, Chuck, Alias, The Shield, Jake in Progress and Red Skies, just to name a few.

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Becky July 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
CW is a great guitar instructor.....very patient, understanding and supportive. I highly recommend him!
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Dom July 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I booked lessons with CW for my 12 year old son. CW is patient, concise and listens to what my son wants. I cannot speak highly enough of CW. My son looks forward to every lesson and is learning at a much faster rate than I expected. Thanks CW!
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Jeremy July 1, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
What a great find! Didn't know there were so many choices for a blues progression. CW took what I knew and just keeps adding to my musical vocabulary which comes out in my playing! I can't wait till the next lesson! If there ever was a "secret" to playing better I found it! Thank you CW!
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CW P.

CW P.

Seattle, WA 98155
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About Polina D.

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I am a classically-trained vocalist and have been studying/performing for the last ten years. Currently pursuing my Bachelors of Music. I have experience working with youth in music and enjoy other genres including Jazz and Broadway Standards. Also able to teach pop/contemporary. My central focus is on technique and building the foundation for healthy, beautiful singing, giving my students tools that they can apply long into their musical careers. I have quite a bit of performance experience and work with my students to develop their stage presence for auditions and competitions. Can also teach basic theory. Comfortable with both female and male voices.
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Nicole August 7, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
This vibrant young lady was just simply a blessing: knowledgeable, dynamic and simply a pleasure to be around and in-take information from. My child was simply taken by her and was, as it seemed and looked to me, craving every following visit from her. She was able to commence, see through and complete the entire task I set in front of her-for my child to be ready for the next stage in her education. My son is going to be in need of similar educational assistance soon-I have already discussed his lessons with Polina and will definitely call upon her once the concrete dates arise!
I strongly recommend this highly gifted, professional and serious individual to anyone looking for a tutor, in more subjects then one, that can captivate and deliver results, not just talk!
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Polina D.

Tacoma, WA 98406
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About Ryan I.

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Seattle, WA

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In addition to being a piano, drum, and music software teacher for over a decade, I also work as a composer and sound designer for video games. As someone who had a lot of great teachers growing up, I think it's important to emphasize the fun in learning an instrument, instead of only focusing on technical skills or music theory (though those are big too).

There's no point in taking lessons if you don't like what you're learning. To that end, my specialty is in creating a lesson plan that revolves around getting you the skills you need to perform the music you want to play. Here are just a few examples of the kinds of pieces I've helped students learn in the past:

-I've taught students a ton of Hollywood's best movie scores on piano; everything from Pirates of the Caribbean to The Avengers. Even The Exorcist, if you're down to get scar
y!

-I've helped students learn the ins and outs of ear training by teaching them how to play their favorite anime theme songs from memory alone.

-Like classical or jazz? I've shown people how to shred on everything from Chopin to Count Basie.

-Video game nerd (like me)? There are a ton of amazing soundtracks in games, and I've taught many students how to play songs from Zelda, Halo, and Final Fantasy, as well as indie games like Undertale and Journey.

-Want to be that guy/girl that can bang out awesome Karaoke jams at parties? I've taught people to play hits by Lady Gaga, Journey, 21 Pilots, and many more.

I've worked with kids and adults from beginner to advanced, so no matter what your age, background or skill level, I'd love to meet you and chat about what you want to get out of learning music.
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Diana September 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I avoided the piano after I experienced a bad teacher when I was young, but Ryan made me excited to learn again. He is fun and encouraging, patient with my learning style, and makes me feel accomplished with everything I achieve. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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Jacob September 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an incredible teacher! He is very patient and understanding and helped me break down learning some songs and theory in a way that made sense and was easy to digest. His humor and gentle personality made me feel very comfortable and made some seemingly difficult exercises seem way easier and less scary. I eagerly look forward to lessons with him, and highly recommend him as a teacher!
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Akash September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan is easily the best piano teacher I've ever had. His approach goes far beyond just learning standard classical pieces. He listens to what you want to learn, creates custom arrangements, and makes sure that you're having fun every step of the way. I can't recommend taking lessons with Ryan highly enough.
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Ryan I.

Seattle, WA 98117
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