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About Abby M.

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Seattle, WA
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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 three and a half years, and privately for about 6 years.

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

I am currently not traveling to homes for lessons, but I am still taking students who are able and willing to come to my location.
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Abby M.

Abby M.

Seattle, WA 98119
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$40 / 45-min

About Gwendolyn B.

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Bellevue, WA
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About Gwendolyn
I currently teach private lessons in saxophone, flute, and piano and have experience working with individuals as well as small groups. In 2007, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Washington where I studied jazz and classical saxophone. For the past 15 years, I have been performing with many professional groups, ranging in styles from big band jazz, classical, samba, funk, to gospel and blues.
As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students. Over the past ten years I
have been able to help my students grow and gain confidence, which brings on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
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Ardeshir J. August 7, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Gwen was a wonderful instructor. She was so knowledgable about both music theory and saxophone skills. I would totally recommend her.
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Carl S. July 30, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very friendly and extremely helpful I’m really looking forward to my next lesson. I love how she jumped right in and got me playing.
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Alexis March 31, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
It was an honor and a pleasure working with Gwen. Due to personal circumstances, I had to stop working with her, but I highly recommend her as an instructor. She's very knowledgeable, accommodating, and made me feel comfortable. You'll find yourself in good hands with her.
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Gwendolyn B.

Gwendolyn B.

Bellevue, WA 98006
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About Evan W.

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Seattle, WA

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About Evan
I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, and Andrew
D'Angelo. Aside from that, I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs, a new Seattle-based record label, as well as a co-founder of the Racer Sessions, a weekly forum and performance outlet for new and improvised music.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the University of Washington. My private students have ranged from total beginners to advanced, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. In addition to teaching my own students, I have much experience as a substitute percussion teacher at Northshore Junior High School (Kingsgate, WA) and Spotlight Studios (Woodinville, WA). I have also presented many clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Eckstein Middle School, and Holy Names Academy, as well as for Seattle JazzED. For these, the topics covered have ranged from free improvisation to straight-ahead and big band jazz.

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For beginning players, I like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Beyond that, what I teach depends largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics. In that case, I would do my best to construct a rough curriculum that I think would work well for the student. The following books are all ones I have worked with and have found to be excellent at improving unique things: "Syncopation" (Ted Reed), "Stick Control" (G.L. Stone), "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay), "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee), and "Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone).

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I also expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

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Two full drum kits

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books

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Jazz, rock, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation
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Colin April 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Super prepared and ontime. Awesome!
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Phoenix M. February 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
Evan has knowledge, is friendly and my son has been enjoying his lessons.
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Tino H. January 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I gave these lessons to my husband as a gift and he really enjoyed meeting Evan and is looking forward to learning more from him.
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Evan W.

Evan W.

Seattle, WA 98125
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$30 / 30-min

About Eric W.

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Redmond, WA

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Music lessons for all ages and levels on guitar, bass, violin, cello, ukulele, banjo and voice/singing. Private studio in downtown Redmond. I have been teaching for over 10 years, performing and recording as a singer/songwriter/guitarist for over 25 years. Berklee College of Music alumnus. All styles of guitar, classical, jazz, blues, rock, acoustic, electric. Suzuki method violin and cello as well as fiddle and folk styles.
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Annastasia L. June 28, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Great to play with
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Srinivasan June 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It has been a great experience so far and he does teach a LOOOTT in the hour that I learn from him!.. Its been a very pleasant experience so far!
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Veeravendhan February 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Good teacher, he us very helpful in identifying the instruments and other resources that you required.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Redmond, WA 98052
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About Morgan D.

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Seattle, WA
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About Morgan
Morgan received her training at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Voice Performance. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and received a Master of Music in Voice Performance in 2010. For the 2012-13 season, Morgan was an Opera Colorado Young Artist introducing children across Colorado and Wyoming to opera by performing in their outreach program and giving master classes at the college level. Morgan looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Morgan's lessons are always fun yet constructive with music that both challenges and excites the student.
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Lauren L. June 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Morgan is the best singing teacher I've ever had! She is kind, patient, understanding, and she cares a lot about vocal health. Morgan has helped me grow immensely in just a few months. My range has improved and my break is much better than it used to be. I used to have no high range at all and now I can touch a high E flat! I can't recommend her highly enough!
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Erika W. February 29, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Morgan is awesome! I always have a blast with her during my lessons!
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Morgan D.

Morgan D.

Seattle, WA 98107
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About William R.

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I love to play the clarinet and love to see my students fulfill all of their potential. I have enjoyed being a student of the clarinet myself since I was 9 years old, and have learned lots of things that I want to share.

I played clarinet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, retiring in August of 2015. As a member of the ASO, I've toured Europe, made Grammy award winning recordings, and played in Carnegie Hall many times. I have a Bachelor of Music degree (with Distinction) from Indiana University's School of Music. I have played a lot of chamber music as well, including touring Spain with the Atlanta Virtuosi. I have been Adjunct Instructor of clarinet at Georgia State University, and at Georgia Institute of Technology.

My teaching method is to help the student absorb good playing habits at a pace that feels right t
o them. The process is as important as the learning itself, and I try to teach in a friendly and supportive manner, while setting standards for achievement. I want to be the ally that can help the student, and eliminate the obstacles they may run across in both music and instrumental skill.
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Fred May 9, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
I studied clarinet with William Rappaport when I was a graduate
student in music education at Georgia State University. He may be the
most deeply musical person I have ever known. My sense was that,
though he was a performer of the absolute highest caliber, he was
equally passionate about teaching.
When I initially contacted Bill to schedule lessons, I explained that
I was visually impaired. I wanted to share this information with him
upfront in the event that he had questions or concerns about teaching
me. I remember him saying clearly, “I am aware of the possibilities.”
That was all I needed to hear to feel comfortable entering his studio.
Bill encouraged me to take on any challenge in the clarinet
literature that interested me. He used every possible metaphor he
could think of to communicate ideas that were more easily accessed if
you could simply look at the printed page. He was always warm and
friendly, but focused, never wasting one second of our time together.
Following my work with Bill, I attended The University of Michigan
where, though I was a music education doctoral student, I was
instantly welcomed into one of the clarinet studios. Bill’s creative
work with me played an enormous role in making that happen. Now, I am
a community college professor, teaching a variety of classes including
a studio class for instrumental music students. I often find myself
using the same examples Bill employed with me to help my current
students. I am profoundly grateful for his unyielding commitment to my
growth when I was a student of his.
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Diane April 19, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
I’ve played clarinet for over 30 years, and was a clarinet major in college. I started studying with Mr. Rappaport after I was out of college for several years and had moved to Atlanta, where Mr. Rappaport was playing in the Atlanta Symphony. I found him to be the best teacher I had ever studied with. His ability to help me understand the musical phrase, no matter what style of music I was working on, was amazing. I studied standard clarinet etudes, orchestral literature, and clarinet solo repertoire with Mr. Rappaport. He had the same mild, yet persistent approach with me on everything we worked on – always working to get me to play it to the best of my ability.
One thing I had always feared having to play some day was the opening solo to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A former teacher had been unable to help me with it. So, when a band I was playing with scheduled the piece and told me to get ready to play the solo, I was traumatized and contacted Mr. Rappaport for help. He worked with me and not only got me playing the opening glissando, but helped me to have a better understanding of the other jazzy spots in the piece. So now I can say I’ve performed that piece about 20 times, and the fear is gone! Thanks, Mr. Rappaport!
Regardless of your level of playing, I think you will find Mr. Rappaport to be an outstanding teacher!
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Kim April 18, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Rappaport was my clarinet professor and mentor in college and has continued to be an inspiration to me both as a teacher and as one of the finest clarinetist I know, both in the classical realm and in the jazz and swing styles.

Anyone who has ever heard me play has always complimented me on my clarinet tone. I can honestly say that my clarinet tone is the direct result of Mr. Rappaport's methods and his gentle but very stringent guidelines. If you are looking for someone to take you or your child to the highest standard of musicianship, look no further. I highly recommend lessons with Mr. Rappaport. Kim C.
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William R.

Poulsbo, WA 98370
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$30 / 30-min

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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Lukas December 13, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Avery/Connor December 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ryan was a pleasure to meet and I really think he is a perfect fit for my kiddos. He is funny and super knowledgeable; all while keeping my boys engaged and on task. They can't wait for their next lesson.
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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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Ryan I.

Ryan I.

Seattle, WA 98117
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$30 / 30-min

About Alex C.

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Seattle, WA
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Alex began his drumming career at age 11, and it quickly became his number one passion. Graduating from the snare drum to the drum set in high school, he learned to love the excitement of the stage with his rock band, Ghost Animals, and dove deep into the world of jazz while playing in his high school jazz band. He pushed himself to be well-rounded by participating in any ensemble he could, from the drum line to the pit orchestra, even winning the local solo & ensemble competition on timpani. He continued to study music in college where he was exposed to composition and music theory. Today Alex continues to share his passion by making a career in music as a performer and teacher. He loves the unique opportunity teaching gives to inspire both children and adults to discover themselves through music.
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Alex C.

Alex C.

Seattle, WA 98118
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$30 / 30-min

About Arie S.

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Seattle, WA
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I’m a professional violist, Assistant Principal Viola with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. Currently on sabbatical, I am now accepting new students. In addition to teaching viola, I am more than happy to give violin lessons up to advanced level, and can also teach music theory and composition.

We will work on developing good technique, as well as beautiful phrasing and musical expression. I think it’s important to have a good balance between the technical/analytical and artistic/expressive aspects of playing.

With a Master’s degree in music, two prizes in major international viola competitions, and over 15 years of professional orchestral experience, I believe I can provide the highest level learning experience. More importantly, I give my students the tools they need to think for themselves, improve on their own, and
become their own teachers.
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Arie S.

Arie S.

Seattle, WA 98101
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$50 / 30-min

About James P.

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Seattle, WA
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James Patterson (French Horn) was born in the Principality of Monaco and moved to Seattle, Washington at the age of 5. He began his musical studies at age 6 as a soprano in the Northwest Boys Choir and began playing French horn in 2006 at the age of 12. Before graduating high school, James soloed with and appeared as Principal Horn of many orchestras throughout the Seattle area. He has attended the Marrowstone, Round Top, and Kent Blossom festivals and was Principal Horn of the 2017 New Hampshire Music Festival. James has played solo recitals at The Juilliard School, University of Washington, Indiana University, and the China Conservatory. He also taught masterclasses at the China Conservatory in Beijing, and the Jiangsu Normal University in China. James graduated the Juilliard School in 2016 and is currently a Barbara and David Jacobs f
ellowship recipient at Indiana University. His Principal teachers have included Mark Robbins, Erik Ralske, and Dale Clevenger.
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James P.

James P.

Seattle, WA 98133
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$34 / 30-min

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