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Seattle, WA

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everything from basic "Square One" (learning note names) to advanced jazz theory (harmonic/ rhythmic), transposition, and music transcription (learning by ear and writing it down)… you can also learn to use theory to help you write your own songs.

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, to songwriting and/or ear-training, 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 recorded an 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 (independent home studio) since 2007.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I joined 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 create 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), acoustic guitar, seating for parents.

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. I also have a vocal microphone & amp 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 curricula which include 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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Alison P. September 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kelly is an awesome teacher. She is thorough, patient, and has a great personality which is very important for a teacher to have. Kelly has presented her knowledge in a way that I can understand and apply. I've learned quite a bit in a very short time. I recommend her teaching skills for young and old.
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Mylene August 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Kelly is the best voice/singing teacher I've had from takelessons! She's a true professional--prompt response for scheduling, on time/ready for my lessons when I arrive and she has a proper studio space (clean and organized)! But above all that, her education, experience, talent and heart makes her give you her very best to help you succeed in your goals--while doing it in a sincere, respectful and encouraging way. She has techniques, tips and advice geared specifically for my challenges, that are my go-to's for when I'm rehearsing/warming up and performing! Thanks, Kelly!
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Emily R. July 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
Felt very comfortable at my first lesson! Also, Kelly was very knowledgeable and felt like I could apply my new skills right away. It's hard to come by a teacher like this.
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Seattle, WA 98103
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About Jared G.

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Learn to understand the inner working of music and well as learn to read and write music

About Jared
I have been teaching guitar upwards of thirteen years and as an instructor, My teaching method comes from a curriculum I have developed which uses popular guitar driven rock tunes as musical etudes. Educating the student with valuable theory, reading, technique, and scale theory, while remaining fun. As a songwriter I have worked with companies like Wild Whirled Music which
writes and records music for use in film and television as well as songwriter
and producer greats such as Tim James, Antonina Armato, and legendary Desmond Child. With Wild Whirled Music I have had my songs placed on MTV, FOX, TNT, VH1, CW, E!, Bravo, FX, USA and TLC on shows such as LA Ink, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation, Mentalist, Psych, Bones, The Office, The Adam Sandler Film "That's My Boy" and the Greg Kinnear film “Stuck In Love”
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Merideth M. March 11, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My 13 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Jared for 4 months. Jared is versatile and really knows music. His stlye is very relevant and he keeps my daughter interested in learning by teaching her music she knows and hears on the radio and at home. I would definitely recommend Jared for anyone who wants to learn not only how to read music but how to master the guitar, the correct way!!
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Jared G.

Jared G.

Everett, WA 98201
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About Jessica H.

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Seattle, WA

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Composer and teacher looking for eager theory students of all ages! Lessons are developed according to student’s interests and goals and can include analysis of pieces, composition, sight-singing, and more. Beginning students are given personalized worksheets while more advanced students work out of the Laitz music theory textbook. I teach four-part writing, figured bass, analysis, counterpoint, and post-tonal theory as well as how to translate those skills into other areas of music.

About Jessica
Expect fun and relaxed lessons with an emphasis from the beginning of establishing a love and appreciation for music while developing and polishing technique!

Hello! My name is Jessi H. and I received a Bachelor’s of Art in Music from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico. Playing with other people is a great joy and throughout my schooling and afterward, I have performed in in orchestras, chamber ensembles, pit ensembles, and in collaborations with artists in other mediums. I began teaching violin lessons during my undergraduate degree and have maintained a private studio since then, which has been full of a wide variety of students and has branched out to theory and composition.

My intention in the first few weeks of lessons is to identify the goals of each studen
t and how best they learn. While familiar with most teaching methods, I prefer to modify my style of teaching to what is effective for each student. If the student is motivated by what we are playing, then skills grow exponentially faster. Students are encouraged to perform in spring and winter recitals to showcase their progress.

After three to six months, my students can expect to have a solid foundation in the subject they are studying, a start on the repertoire or subjects of their choice, and motivation to keep going!
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Max December 11, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great teacher!
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Mikayla I. January 13, 2014
· Violin ·
Great Knowledge

Jessica has a fantastic knowledge of the violin. Not only can she explain the theory behind music but relate it to everyday examples. She has a fun personality too; so she makes understanding and learning the pieces fun and easy. She taught me to learn more, push my boundaries, and gain confidence while playing.
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Amanda L. October 21, 2012
· Violin ·
Great Beginnering Instructor

Jessica is very patient and provides excellent feedback. She is highly knowledgeable on a variety of music types. Her studio is a positive and relaxed environment.
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Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Seattle, WA 98115
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About August L.

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About August
August is an extraordinarily versatile guitarist who has been playing in Seattle for over a decade. He has studied under distinguished players of the electric, classical and steel-stringed guitar and at Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts. Gus has also studied with the guitar chairs of Julliard, Yale, Curtis and USC.

Past performances have included works by J.S. Bach, Alex de Grassi, Edward Van Halen, Michael Jackson, T-cophony, Michael Hedges, Billy Strayhorn, Jimi Hendrix, Toru Takemitsu, Mississippi John Hurt and others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love teaching and helping people discover their talent. If you're hoping to pursue advanced studies, develop your skills or learn the basics, I can help. I teach people of all ages, backgrounds, and stylistic preferences. Beginners are welcome. My lessons are tailore
d to your goals and designed to give you the tools to navigate any genre and find your own unique voice.

I want all of my students to study what interests them and to have fun while doing it; they are welcome to bring in anything they want to work on.

Styles that I've taught in the past include: Classical, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, Steel-String, Finger-style, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Spanish, Mariachi, Brazilian, and Hawaiian Slack Key .

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Basses, Amplification, Hand Drums, Piano, Microphones, Practice space, Recording equipment, Waiting room, Instrument maintenance-workshop & Music library.

*** Travel Equipment ***
All the student needs is his or her guitar- although I can occasionally loan one out. I provide the materials, extra picks, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic guitar- Folk, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter.

New Age Steel-String Guitar - In the style of Andy Mckee, Alex Degrassi, Michael Hedges, etc. (alternate tuning, extended technique, right hand tapping, composition)

Classical guitar (Baroque, Renaissance, Romantic, Brazilian, Spanish)

Electric Guitar (Blues, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Metal)

Hawaiian Slack Key and Ukelele
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Tony Wang October 3, 2016
· Blues Guitar · In home
a knowledgeable and friendly teacher, recommend!
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Susan April 9, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I wanted to learn guitar, but felt some anxiety about my abilities. Gus was very encouraging and made me feel relaxed and confident. The lessons were matched to my abilities and interests so that, although challenging, they were fun too. Would recommend.
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August L.

August L.

Seattle, WA 98116
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About Abby M.

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About Abby
My name is Abby, and I've been playing guitar for about 15 years now. I graduated from Musician's Institute in 2007, and since then, I have had a great deal of experience teaching guitar to kids and adults, both individually and in groups.

I've spent three summers in a row teaching at Camp Jam and Day Jams, and I had the pleasure of being the Camp Jam kids director of the Orange County location in 2008. They were both great experiences . I have spent he last couple summers teaching School of Rock summer camps which was also a really fun time.

I love helping students find their passion for music and the creative process. I have been teaching at my current music school for about two years, and privately for about 6 years.

I have studied and taught many different styles of guitar, as well as note reading and theory. You could
say I'm a rock player at heart, but I love all styles.

I do request that if you are a male 18 years and up and you are requesting me to come to your house, that the first lesson be at my location. As a safety precaution, I do not go to adult male's homes without having met them first. Thank you.
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Abby M.

Abby M.

Seattle, WA 98119
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About Ian H.

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Two years of college level music theory under my belt, and applied in studies on the guitar and composition. I'm not just a theory nerd, I'm also pretty darn good at explaining it, and more importantly, why it helps.

About Ian
Ian has graduated with an associates of music, along with studying with a handful of Seattle's finest instructors for Jazz guitar. In addition to studying flamenco guitar in Barcelona with the world-renowned Pedro J. Gonzales, Ian is also is a practiced percussion and drums instructor, and trained vocalist. He regularly plays in clubs around Seattle, is frequently employed by local musical theater orchestras, and already teaches a vibrant studio in Northeast Seattle.

I have a six year background of teaching music, which overlaps with a six year background of working at and managing a K-5 after school/summer daycare, so I can especially excel at getting the best out of young students, but love to teach all ages. 

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Depending on your age, experience and musical aspirations, lessons will be approached from va
rious angles. I have taught seven-year old girls to strum and sing Taylor Swift songs just as much as I have taught aspiring young jazz players their beginning standards and Jazz theory. I try to work music theory in to my lessons, and always assure that my young students have proper music reading skills. Ultimately my goal as a teacher is to have fun connecting and playing the music that my students are passionate about, while simultaneously attempting to introduce them to new concepts and music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Sets, Guitars, Amps, Keyboard and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Various Acoustic and Electric Guitars, amps, Snare Drum, stands, etc. Drum sets, if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Teaching Guitar and Drums/percussion to children. Jazz and Funk Guitar, Classic Rock, Musical Theater.
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Ian H.

Ian H.

Seattle, WA 98125
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$35 / 30-min

About Rachelle M.

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I can help you learn the basics (chord progressions and scales) to advanced analysis techniques ( Schenkerian and 12 Tone).

About Rachelle
I teach voice and piano.

I can help you be a great singer or pianist in any style (Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, Operatic, etc...). We will build a repertoire that is appropriate for your age and ability. Over time you will gain greater control, endurance, and confidence.
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Abby July 25, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
A wonderful experience and I received so much good instruction!
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Brianna July 25, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Rachelle really is the best! She is extremely patient and knowledgeable about music and the voice. She works hard to make me feel comfortable while still challenging me in new ways. I so look forward to our lessons every week! If you're looking for an amazing classical voice teacher, Rachelle's my recommendation! :-)
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Gerald J. May 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I had my first lesson with rachelle and being really nervous in the begining she totally hit a home run. 1 lesson and never had any music training in my life she explained everything and as the lesson went on I gained more and more confidence she is so knowlegable and really knows how to convey it in simple terms that I could understand. I am so confident in her ability that I will reach my goal. Its real exsiting. Oh yea by the way I just turned 65. Great person and excellent teacher.
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Rachelle M.

Gig Harbor, WA 98332
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About Jonathan G.

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I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chad T. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Jonathan has a demonstrable amount of knowledge about the violin including different playing styles, music theory, and its practical application. His approach is incremental and measured that adapts to my specific strengths and weaknesses intermixed with an appropriate amount of patience. He is also very personable. I always look forward to our lessons together.
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Seattle, WA 98105
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$40 / 30-min

About Svetlana V.

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I teach music theory generally as a part of piano lessons. However, I may teach theory separately if you wish. Music Theory is a very extensive subject, and I teach several aspects of it. Below are listed several different categories, beginner to advanced, and there are still many other categories, hence the etcetra. It may seem intimidating at first, but especially during piano lessons, you'll have a solid understanding of these subjects before you know it!

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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Auburn, WA 98092
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About Chris J.

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Music theory can help any musician improve their craft. I can help you learn the magic of theory in a manner tailored to your musical interests. From beginner to advanced, I am happy to share my extensive theory experience with you.

About Chris
Chris has been playing the bass since the age of ten. He loves music and sharing has enthusiasm with students. Chris has been teaching students of all ages for seventeen years and is eager to share his skills with others. He teaches upright and electric bass, as well as music theory for students of any instrument. Chris' teaching style uses individual interests to tailor student-specific lessons.

Chris studied jazz at the University of Washington and has been a part of the Seattle music scene for over 15 years, playing many styles including jazz, classical, big band, and rock. He has played in the Issaquah Village Theater's orchestra for seventeen years and currently plays weekly in the Andy Coe Band.
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Sue F. March 8, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
It's back to the basics for me! That is good because I am a new bass player. Lots of good feedback!
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Seattle, WA 98168
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