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About David
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My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.

All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Slide Guitar, Blues, Jazz, and more!

I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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Many times a student will come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted.

The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great
to get you READY to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself.

I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing guitar by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited.

In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE GUITAR!!!

Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.

Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!

TESTIMONIALS:

“I've been working with David for a couple of months, and it has been a great experience. I'm new to bass, with a little guitar experience--he quickly sized up what I knew and had me working on exercises and a great bass line that got me playing right away. He has been very flexible and accommodating of my schedule needs, and he gives plenty of positive and constructive feedback. I've been working in education for nearly 30 years, and I know a great teacher when I see one. David fits the bill, and I'm lucky to be working with him.”

Rudy Ford, Principal
Charles Wright Middle School

“My son had been taking lessons for seven years and was losing interest. David's passion for music, knowledge of music theory, ability to read the student and know the best way to approach the lessons is exactly what my son needed. Along with his background in a wide variety of genres….classical, rock, jazz, etc. has made learning more exciting, resulting in a renewed interest.”

Tammy Sartain, University Place

“David is an outstanding instructor! My son is 5 years old and loves him. My son is occasionally a difficult child with his own special quirks, but David is so patient and observant and tailors the lessons as we go along week to week to keep my son engaged, encouraged and learning. I also have two younger children who must tag along to the lesson and even they are excited during the lessons and are already asking when they start their lessons! We will be starting at least one more child's lessons with him during this coming school year! He is great!”

Cherise Hartman, Parkland

“Loving the relaxed atmosphere with David. Bargain prices for the one on one experience with such an awesome, educated and talented musician.”

Raven Rose, Tacoma

“David is an amazing talent and provides me with much needed inspiration. In little over a year, I have learned a tremendous amount about nearly all styles of guitar, classical and lead guitar in particular. It's very helpful to have an awesome instructor who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. His lesson plans are geared towards what I want to learn and the lessons that we work on cover all the techniques that are necessary to take my skills to the next level. He makes every lesson fun and he works with me until I am comfortable to move on.”

Larry Larrivee, Gig Harbor

“David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!”

Kory Jamison, Tacoma

"David has been our son's guitar instructor for the better part of a year. During that time we've appreciated his patient encouragement, especially during the early weeks of instruction. His ability to individually tailor his teaching to his students , incorporating their musical interests has helped our son progress quickly and helped keep him motivated. he really is a wonderful teacher."

Amy Lawty, Tacoma

"Where do I begin? I started with a guitar and a couple of chords...(A lot of desire but basically an empty canvas)." 'This was my life for a number of years until I met David.

Now I must first admit, I am ADD so teaching me and captivating my attention is no easy task...David not only broke through that barrier but opened the door to world of music I had aways felt and now suddenly I could touch.

If you posses the desire to learn and the drive to work...the sky is the limit."

Wes Hough
City of Destiny
Tacoma, WA

"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"

Marianne Burch, Tacoma

"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"

Dan DuBeau, Tacoma

I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!

Ashley Allen

I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.

Skye Reed, Tacoma WA

I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.

I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.

Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.

Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.

Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA

I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!

Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA

“I started receiving lessons from David a few years ago, to improve my guitar abilities. I always used to tell people, "I've been playing guitar since the Eighties, though you would never know it." At the time I started, I knew some Metal riffs, three-chord Punk Rock progressions, and simple 12-bar blues. Though I took two guitar classes and first-year Music Theory in college in the early Nineties, the only scale I could say I knew was "blues pentatonic," emphasis on the quotation marks.

My goal was to relearn Modes/Scales, and brush up on theory, so that I could write more complex material. David taught me that, and so much more. Over these few years, I've learned Progressive Rock, Fusion/Jazz, and even some Country styles, as well as a great deal more about Metal and, yes, even Punk from David. I can play leads and solos with much more proficiency, in timing with the rhythm, and more tonally correct, than I ever could before. He has also helped me read music better, construct more professional-sounding compositions, and has started me on my own path to produce my own recordings, from recommending and using recording software, to capturing dynamics with mic placement, to mixing the rough takes to get the most out of the sound.

For a musician of any level or caliber, having an instructor like David is a true asset--for he has the knowledge and skills to take an entry-level musician every step of the way to becoming a professional performer, recorder, mixer, engineer, and producer. The only limit to the lesson's potential is your own level of determination, which David quite expertly helps you to improve with every session. Even if your goal is to simply learn to play one song on one instrument--and David teaches MANY instruments--he will have you playing that song like the musician who wrote it before you realize it--as long as you stick with your practice between lessons. That part's up to you!”

Marc Q Digby, Apple Valley CA

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University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.

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Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
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Daniel June 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have had one lesson with David, and it is enough to tell that he is a great teacher. He clearly knows how to play guitar. He is both encouraging and firm. He explained to me the expectations for my practice and what he wants me to learn by next week, but was also very understanding whenever I made a mistake. I told him about my experience in other hobbies, and from that he was able to use analogies that made sense to me that would help me learn the techniques he was teaching. I am very happy to have David as my guitar teacher.
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Rod February 1, 2017
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David is a great teacher. He's patient and he never talks down to me as I can be a little slow.
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Rod K. January 27, 2017
· Music Recording · Online
My lessons involve music recording, including editing and arranging.

David quickly discovered what I do know what I desired and need to learn. He has helped me to make tremendous progress in just the three lessons. I look forward to each session. He has been able to make some very complex information simple and interesting. He proceeds at my pace and never complains when I need even the simplest things explained. I was so lucky to find him!
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David C.

Lakewood, WA 98498
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About gwendolyn b.

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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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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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Bellevue, WA 98008
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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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Cindy July 13, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Eric was very patient me and I appreciate that, I have never played an instrument in my life, looking forward to learning
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Tess April 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I was nervous about trying to sing again after acid reflux affected my voice. Eric gave great tips and good feedback to help improve my vocals
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Bertie March 21, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Eric is a very accepting and understanding teacher, as well as being musically wide-ranging. As I am an older student with physical problems, I look forward to his lessons as a way of learning outside the box. Five stars!
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Eric W.

Redmond, WA 98052
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About Joshua B.

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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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Joshua B.

Seattle, WA 98112
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About Christopher M.

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Seattle, WA
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About Christopher
H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!

I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Demiero and Phil Matson.

In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the
largest male choir in the world.

I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!

Just Sing!

Chris
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Dave December 23, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Excellent teacher who is able to get me sounding better quickly. Chris helped me learn my parts & to make a much better sound. Thanks!
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Sang H. December 2, 2016
· Speaking Voice · In studio
I am glad to find him. He is an excellent teacher.
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Jake November 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Lessons with Chris are always a good time, and I feel like I learn a lot week by week. I always feel comfortable as a beginner, and the atmosphere is such that I don't fear making a few mistakes on the way to a good sound. Would recommend!
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Christopher M.

Seattle, WA 98107
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About Benjamin S.

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Seattle, WA
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My name is Ben, and I can't wait to start playing guitar with you. I have been playing since age 14, and am a recent college graduate. Most of professional experience is as a jazz guitarist, but I have spent a good part of my career playing rock, funk, blues, and folk. Whatever your style and experience is, I would love to work with you to make you a better guitarist and musician. My number one goal is to inspire the student by giving them tools to start having fun in the practice room as soon as possible.
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Kevin August 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ben is very talented and very knowledgeable. He was open to covering whatever I was looking to do and has helped me learn some of the basics of soloing on an electric guitar (maj/min scales, pentatonic scales, arpeggios, etc.). Ben has a nice setup in his apartment for lessons and I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Josh C. June 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great first lesson and I highly recommend Benjamin. I have played guitar on and off for years, but I'm currently lost on my journey. I feel like I am back on the right path and I am excited to play again! The lesson was a good mix of basics, coordination exercises and learning one of my favorite songs! Thanks Benjamin, looking forward to next week!
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Alex March 14, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher! Alex is really enjoying her lessons and feeling very enthusiastic about playing guitar.
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Benjamin S.

Seattle, WA 98104
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About Megan M.

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Tacoma, WA
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I am a certified music teacher in the state of Washington. After beginning my journey in piano at age 11, I continued in music through high school and college. My main performance instruments are saxophone and piano, however as a certified music teacher I am able to teach all major band and percussion instruments, as well as music theory and aural skills.

I am passionate about music for music's sake and am happy to support you or your young one in developing foundational music skills or build on your existing knowledge!
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Hannah September 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our kids love Megan.
Thanks!
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Mary July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Had my first ever piano lesson. Megan is great. I am 65 years old and it's like trying to get a 1st grader to read. Megan is very patient. Love her.
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JJ June 7, 2017
· Piano · Online
Great!
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Megan M.

Tacoma, WA 98406
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I am very proud to have been born and raised on the lovely island of Guam! I have been playing guitar, bass, and drums since I was 15, and have had a passion for music since I can remember. In 2007, I earned my associates degree in music from Musicians Institute Hollywood. I have had my music placed in popular television shows, such as “The Real World” and “Road Rules," as well as the film “The Tested.”

I previously played guitar in a project called Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. We were featured as the musical guest on the popular late night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2014. We were also featured on the local television programs "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" and "New Day Northwest." We are also featured on YouTube as sponsored artists on EMGtv and Blue Microphones. I also have had the opportunity to share the stage with
Crosby Stills and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Russell Ferrante, Travis Carlton, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Guitar is my main focus, but I am also comfortable teaching bass and ukulele. I love all styles, and specialize in rock, blues, funk, pop, reggae, metal, and acid jazz. I have experience teaching students of all ages (as young as 4 years old) and am currently an active teacher. I am also fluent in Japanese.
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Alex Aldana June 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Max is very knowledgable about music and it's theories. However, he also understands where his students are and what they need. He made lessons in guitar applicable at my level. He is very patient and works well with kids. You can tell he genuinely cares for people and wants them to improve!
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Kevin Mizuta June 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar ·
Max is a great bass guitar teacher. You can tell that he has a deep fundamental understanding of music and he presents lessons very clearly and at a manageable pace. My bass playing, music theory, and music appreciation have improved dramatically under his instruction.
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Maxmillion B.

Renton, WA 98055
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I have been teaching trombone privately for 5 years. I love the act of teaching, especially building confidence and a sense of pride in the skills which my students attain. I work towards also being able to impart the true end goal, a lifetime of musical enjoyement.
I'll be living in Olympia, studying at The Evergreen State College during the school months and in Seattle over summer and over breaks. Feel free to request a lesson if your unsure of avalibility.
I perform in any place and setting I can get my hands on. In small combos, in big bands, as a back-up for vocalists and miscellaneous. I love engaging an audience, a skill I have used also performing and hosting with an improv troupe for more than 3 years.
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John July 2, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Michael is an excellent musician and teacher. He is patient, nurturing, encouraging, enthusiastic, and fun. I highly recommend him.
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Dan July 2, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Michael is an excellent teacher as he communicates well with his students and has such a welcoming personality that encourages students to do their best. He gives students appropriate music that will challenge them at their current playing ability along with making it fun to learn and move on to the next level.He would be an excellent choice for a private teacher for trombone.
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Taryn July 1, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
My son has been taking lessons with Michael for over a year now. Michael is a recent graduate of the Garfield High School extraordinary jazz program and has an absolute gift for teaching and motivating young trombonists. Michael has a contagious passion for the trombone that shapes his lessons. In my son's words, "he's just overall awesome!" Not only has my son greatly improved in technical aspects of the instrument, he has developed a huge appreciation and interest in jazz and music in general. Michael has my highest possible recommendation!
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Michael D.

Olympia, WA 98505
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I am a vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger.
I offer voice and piano lessons to all ages and levels.
I've been involved in music, dance, and theater most of my life, and I love passing on the knowledge of music to other people. I believe that anyone can learn music regardless of age, and I enjoy connecting with others through music, and empowering people by helping achieve their goals.
A perfect balance between fun and learning is what I strive for during our sessions.

Taking lessons with me will boost your confidence, reduce stress level, all while challenging you to be your best self.

Making music is known to transform lives, so come transform yours!
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Ido August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alina is a very detailed and very patient teacher.
She is making sure that my kids are having the right material to take home, and to practice. She is very kind and easy to work with.
I would recommend Alina to any parent that is looking for Piano lessons for their kids or themselves.
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Brittani August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alina is an amazing teacher for my 9 and 7 year old, she is very patient caring, and constructive.
I recommend any parent to have their kids taught by Alina.
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Va August 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Alina is attentive and patient. She seems knowledgeable and makes sure the concepts get across in various ways.
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Alina T.

Seattle, WA 98116
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Are you taking proper care of your violin? Below, violin teacher Ruth V. shares some tips on how to maintain a healthy violin… Learning how to properly care for your violin is important for many different reasons. First, it ensures you get the best sound when playing the violin. More importantly, it helps protect your investment. Violins are expensive, and the last thing you want to do is carelessly tarnish your instrument by not taking care of it. Below are five tips that will help
4 Valuable Tips for Succeeding at the ABRSM Piano Exam
Preparing for the ABRSM piano exam? Check out these helpful tips from New York, NY teacher Nadia B...   Piano exams can be an excellent way to challenge your musicianship, set and reach clear musical goals, and improve all facets of your playing. There are many different types of examinations, but one of the most well-established and thorough is the ARBSM piano exam, administered by the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music. It is a comprehensive examination with eight levels, al
7 Songs to Sing With Your Kids to Encourage Creativity
Studies have shown that children who study music perform better in other subjects than their peers. One of the reasons for this boost is the creative thinking skills that music teaches. Even if you don't have formal music training, there are many things you can do to build a love for music in your child. It's never too early to start - even newborns enjoy listening to soothing lullabies. Below, check out of the different types of songs to sing that can encourage creativity in your toddler, presc

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