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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.

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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 Ryan S.

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I am well versed in the language of music theory and can help tutor students taking music theory courses or can incorporate music theory into private music lessons.

About Ryan
I have been playing guitar and bass for 19 years. In that time I have written, recorded and produced 6 albums of original music and toured the west coast three times. In 2011, I began my formal music training at Shoreline Community College. I am well versed in the many genres of rock and roll as well as classical, jazz, country, and worship music. I have performed in jazz groups, worship teams, rock bands, solo classical guitar and played orchestra guitar in Shoreline Community College's production of the play "Working" by Stephen Schwartz. In addition to my varied performance experience I have contributed original compositions to 8 student games produced at DigiPen Institute of Technology. I am a well rounded musician with a ton of relevant experience and I am looking for an opportunity to share that with others.
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Draven February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Well, it was my nine year olds first lesson and we're all feeling optimistic, so that's a good sign! Ryan gave me some pointers on banjo shopping before I ever signed up for lessons, told ya what book we would need, and he showed up with parts I didn't know we needed! Looking forward to next week :)
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Ryan S.

Lynnwood, WA 98036
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About Jeremy S.

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Seattle, WA

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Hear's my theory about music theory... Learn music theory...Lets start here... major minor diminished augmented... Do you know the difference? I can help!!!

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!

*** Specialties ***
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 Jessica H.

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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.

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.

Seattle, WA 98116
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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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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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Seattle, WA 98105
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About Joshua B.

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Ever wonder what Mixolydian or diminished means? They're just musical terms that describe the relationship a set of sounds, or notes. Music Theory is the analysis of what music is, how sound is turned into music, why it works the way it does!

Whatever your Music Theory goals, whether it's analyzing Beethoven or writing your own music, I have what it takes to make learning truly learning!

About Joshua
I am a tutor who earned a music teaching degree and didn't want to be a school teacher. I worked professional jobs in retail and tech sales and have come back to teaching.

Whatever subject or instrument I teach, I always make sure to work with the student first. I enjoy helping learners have new aha moments.

The majority of my students take guitar, bass guitar, or Spanish lessons, though I am an educator and help my students learn other skills and knowledge sets too.

I went to Ohio State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Kum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band, partially to rehab a brain injury.

Through my healing journey, I've developed patience, insight, and understanding for my students' learning processes.

Practice is a must in order to develop the n
ecessary skills that demonstrate learning.

I'm excited to help you incorporate new skills into your life!
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Hilary July 23, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
In search of helping our 10 year old son build some self-confidence we sought out clarinet lessons this summer. He started playing in school last year, and it was something our reluctant son liked "enough" to want to build up some competency. Joshua has been amazing! He finds just the right amount of challenge to encourage my son to practice, but not get discouraged. My son looks forward to his lesson each week and told me that he isn't even sure he wants to switch to saxophone next year because he is having so much fun playing the clarinet. Joshua is amazing with children, and has spent time getting to know our kiddo and find out what will work best for him. Patient, calm, and inspiring--very talented instructor.
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Joan Y. May 4, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Joshua Blatman is a fantastic music teacher. He has a great resume, is experienced in a variety of instruments, and a solid background in teaching.
I think any kids lucky enough to learn music from Joshua will have fun and hopefully fall in love with learning it, just like my kids have.
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Carolyn January 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I whole-heartedly recommend Joshua for anyone of any age and any skill level who wants to enrich their life learning guitar. I appreciate the fact that he makes the time and has the patience to adapt to my needs. Joshua is flexible in scheduling - especially for those unforeseen incidents - which is appreciated.

Being an adult beginner with music lessons, Joshua eases my frustration on immediately wanting to play perfect notes and chords. I look forward to continuing lessons.
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Seattle, WA 98112
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About Tia N.

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Received A's in 4 classes of college-level Music Theory, scored a 4 on the AP Music Theory Exam.

About Tia
Tia graduated from Dordt College in 2014 with a BA in Music Performance and Pedagogy. An avid vocalist and single-reed woodwind player, she has been studying music for over 15 years with a variety of teachers, and has experience in the Jazz, Musical Theatre, Praise, and Classical styles. Tia has done well at state-level competitions and honor bands/choirs for both single-reeds and voice from middle school through college, whether for NATS or WMEA. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student's goals and needs, and each lesson combines both physical technique and imaginative style/performance to create a balanced musician with a deep understanding and love for the art form.
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Michelle September 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Tia is great! She improved my range by almost 2 octaves in a month!
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Erin July 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Tia knows her stuff! She is personable, fun, helpful and I always look forward to our lessons!
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Caitlin June 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was great! Can't wait to do more!
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Lake Stevens, WA 98258
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