MODE Music Studios, West Seattle

We provide music lessons for all ages!
Private piano, vocal, guitar, bass, drum, ukulele, accordion, string, brass, and woodwind
lessons for adults and children
as well as Kindermusik for 0-5 years of age.

(206) 659-4018 Info Scheduling Billing

About Our Studio

Mode Music Studios began life as Erin Rubin Piano Studios. After four years, and with an ever-growing clientele and continuing community interest, we decided to move into a new, bigger space: creating more opportunity for young musicians to find their musical voice through piano, guitar, percussion, and vocal instruction.

“When I was six years old my piano teacher looked like Cher, made me laugh and brought me on stage to play with her. She was young and fun and this inspired me to practice and keep going. I want to give children the opportunity to love music and learning in the ways I was given.” -Erin Rubin

Our Philosophy

Our teaching style incorporates all types of learning. All of our students are exposed to technique, ear training, sight reading, chart reading, composition, arranging and some even singing and songwriting. We have a background of playing live in bands and continue to put ourselves through private lessons. We can’t get enough from learning and growing personally to keep up with our students and put ourselves in the students' seat.

Private lessons give us the freedom to apply different approaches for each individual child’s learning style. We are sensitive to the student and their needs. There is a general lesson plan with a lot of room for amendment and we enjoy each lesson as a chance to give the student exactly what they need based on their interests and ability.

Although we provide two recital performance opportunities a year, we don’t view our style as performance based. Building a repertoire and having songs available at all times is a priority and we love being able to show it off at our winter and spring recitals at The Sanctuary at Admiral. We also offer rock band camps in the summertime to encourage playing music with others and the chance to experience a different type of performance. The Skylark Cafe has provided us with their stage to do so and gives the kids a day to show off their talents on a rock stage. It’s one of our favorite times of year for the children!

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our philosophy. This has worked for 99% of the kids that we have had the pleasure of teaching and we find that, from our own personal childhood piano lessons, when music is fun they will stick with it, and learn in the process!

Private Lesson Rates and Policy


  • Studio Lessons are $32 a week ($30 cash/check) for 30 minutes and $58 a week ($55 cash/check) for an hour.
  • In-home lessons are $70 a week for 45 minutes ($67 cash/check) and $135 for 90 minutes ($128 cash/check)
  • Lessons are paid for in advance. Invoices are issued mid-month, and payments are due in advance for the upcoming month on the last lesson of the preceding month.
  • If payment is made after the last day of the month, the unpaid amount will incur a 5% late fee. If more than one invoice is unpaid, we will be unable to continue lessons until the total amount is paid in full.
  • If a student starts mid-month, the fee will be prorated. Payments may not be broken into smaller amounts unless prior arrangements have been made. We do accept cash, but we do not keep cash on hand, so we are unable to make change. Any overpayment will be credited toward next month’s tuition.
  • Some months have more than 4 lessons depending on the calendar. For instance, January 2018 has 5 Tuesdays-Wednesdays and 4 Thursdays-Mondays, so the total tuition on a monthly invoice will vary, depending on what day of the week the student’s lessons occur.
  • **The first lesson is offered with a “satisfaction guarantee.” ** We include this lesson in continuing students’ tuition but waive our lesson fee if you walk away unsatisfied. We are confident in our approach and connection with the student, understanding the importance of an initial vibe between student and teacher.


  • If you need to cancel a lesson for any reason it must be done as soon as there is a known conflict by emailing or calling the studio during open hours at (206) 659-4018. A group make-up class will be scheduled as soon as you choose a class and date and notify or the front desk. Refunds / credits are not given for lessons cancelled by a student. If a student/parent doesn’t notify us of an absence, we are unable to offer a make-up class.
  • We will accept a cancellation and schedule a make-up lesson as long as you are able to notify us about the absence within 24 hours. If the student simply does not show up / does not call, we are unable to offer any make-up option.
  • If a teacher is unable to teach a lesson due to illness or travel, another qualified teacher will substitute for them. If a teacher/substitute teacher has to cancel a lesson for any reason they will do so as soon as the conflict is known. A make-up lesson will be scheduled or a credit will be applied to your account.
  • If there is an uncontrollable or unforeseen event that prevents any lesson from taking place, the studio will reach out immediately to inform you of any lesson that will not be held. A make-up lesson will be scheduled if possible or you will receive a half-credit to your account. Examples of such events would be inclement weather, power outages, or local/national emergencies.
  • All of our group classes are available to make up for a missed private lesson. Each lesson missed (30 minute or 60 minute) will cash in for one full hour long group class. These are hour-long classes offered to all students to give a different perspective in addition to their private lessons, whether it be a band practice or a vocal workshop. You have 1 month from your cancelled lesson to use your make-up lesson. These classes are also available to students without a make-up for $20 per class. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups are available Monday-Friday through phone, email or the front desk before the scheduled class. Drop-in is available at the time of class and will depend on capacity. Classes are available to students for $20 and non-students for $25 for the hour. Class details at Reschedules may be possible as a courtesy. If a student cancels or misses a make-up lesson that has been scheduled by the office and confirmed by the teacher and student, the lesson will not be rescheduled or credited.


  • We ask for at least a month’s notice of plans to withdraw from lessons. Terminations with less than two weeks given will be charged two weeks of lessons from notification date.
  • Withdrawal notification must be submitted to the office at Failure to attend lessons does not qualify as notification. Failure to notify the office does not release a student from his/her financial obligation and is not an acceptable form of notification of intent to withdraw.
  • If a student has 4 consecutive no call / no shows, we will terminate the student’s lessons, we will release the student’s spot in the schedule, and the student will be charged for all 4 of the missed lessons.
  • Students who withdraw at any time will forfeit any unused reschedules or make-up lessons.


  • We are closed Tuesday October 31 for Halloween, Thursday, November 23 - Sunday, November 26 for Thanksgiving, December 23 - January 1 for Winter Break and Sunday, April 1 for Easter. We do have lessons on “bank holidays” including MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Drop Off/Reception

  • Students should arrive 5 minutes before their scheduled lesson to be given time to use the restroom or grab some water and gather their things for the lesson. If a student is 15 or more minutes late they’re considered a “no show” and are unable to receive any credit or make-up.
  • Mode is a family-friendly environment; however, noise levels in the waiting area should be kept to a minimum as to not disturb lessons and other families.

Summer Lessons

  • We do continue lessons throughout the summer!
  • If you’re taking the summer off, we require a minimum 2 week notice to withdraw from lessons by emailing
  • Summer is a great time for families to get their preferred time slot. If you continue through summer your lesson time will continue into fall. Your schedule will take priority to those who have left. We encourage students to continue throughout the summer to minimize loss in a music education momentum. Coming back in the fall and signing up as a “new student” could be difficult. Special arrangements can be made for families who leave for the entire summer.
  • We offer one optional lesson credit in July as well as one optional lesson credit in August for vacation time. You can choose to use this credit or continue with lessons as usual. If you're only going to be gone for 2 or 3 weeks, we can easily get you in weekend make-up classes to cover those missed days.
  • If it’s important that you come back in the fall to the same teacher or the same time, we offer a "summer hold" which guarantees your time slot will be held until you resume lessons. 50% of the cost of lessons holds your spot! Summer holds are effective until the end of August.
  • We do understand not all families’ schedules are able to accommodate private lessons in the summer and we will do our best to fit you back in with your preferred teacher in the fall. For those who DO take the summer off, please contact us in mid-August to get back in the September fold.

Email us with any questions regarding summer policies.

Our Teachers

All of the teachers at Mode Music Studios are working musicians getting paid to write, perform and record. Our teachers also have a passion for what they do. We feel fortunate to be able to pass that down to the younger generation and get them excited to play music in the same way we have been throughout our careers. All Mode teachers have passed a Washington State background check.

Erin Rubin

Erin has been playing music since the age of four. At twelve, she was on stage with the local working musicians at The Scarlet Tree every Tuesday night. She has written music for and performed with many Seattle bands including: Wesafari, The Exploding High-Fives, People Eating People, and “Nouela.” Erin has worked as a hired studio musician since the age of 17 in Bellingham, Seattle and Los Angeles. Erin found her calling as a teacher in her early twenties and dedicated over three years at Westside Music Academy. She believes a healthy balance of technique, theory and arranging songs the child loves is the fast track to any student’s success in music lessons. Ready to go out on her own, she started Erin Rubin Piano Studios in the basement of her West Seattle home in 2010.

Erin teaches piano and voice.

Dick Cady

In 1978 Dick Cady attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in the 2-year diploma program for writing and arranging. On returning to Seattle in the mid 80's he studied with the storied jazz piano teacher Jerome Grey for 3 years. Since the late 90's he has attended many of the Golandsky Institute summer seminars, first at Williams College and later at Princeton and studied with many of the staff including John Bloomfield and Kendall Feeney. In 2004 he began studying with Charlie Banacos for several years until Charlie's death.

He was a regular on the Seattle music scene for many years doing club dates with his own group and many other instrumentalists and singers including Ernestine Anderson and Pete Seeger. He was the music director for the Orion Street Youth Theater. Providing instruction steadily for 25 years to all ages and levels, Dick teaches piano.

Brandon Bermudez

Brandon is a working musician, producer, and engineer in the Seattle/Tacoma area for the past decade. He regularly plays in and around town, sometimes tours countries, and frequently collaborates with many professional musicians in the area. Recently, he's played bass with prog-rock band Bone Cave Ballet and alt-rock band Starry-Eyed Samurai, and drums with both new-wavers Trick Candles and pop-fusion band Nitrogen Lion Society.

Brandon believes that consistency, versatility, and attitude are the traits that make great musicians. With his interactive-guidance teaching approach, the student controls the pacing of each lesson, which alleviates classroom anxiety and helps the lesson material become more comprehensible. With a heavy emphasis on creativity and technique, Brandon will improve the understanding of rhythm and ability to perform in many styles of music by sharing from his 20+ years of composition and performance experience.

Brandon teaches drums, bass, and guitar.

Jen Wood

Jen Wood was born and raised in Seattle – she played her first show at the age of 15 and began recording in studios and touring at the age of 16. She has over 20 years of working experience as a singer-songwriter - on her main instrument which is the guitar, though her next favorite instrument is the piano. Wood comes from a musical family and naturally gravitated towards it. She started out as self-taught guitarist, learning how to sing and play by ear, which developed her musical intuition and creative approach to songwriting; she discovered alternate tunings at the age of 17 and was hooked. Jen has recorded several albums and toured the U.S and Japan. She is perhaps most known for her work as a guest vocalist for bands such as: Juno, Jeremy Enigk, The Black Heart Procession, Joan of Arc and most notably the Postal Service. Jen has studied voice with Sue Carr over the last 10 years and returned to college last year to study the fundamentals of music that pertain to her teaching career. Jen is very passionate about working with kids and young people; she loves helping to empower them to find their own voice through music. She also believes that having fun, being collaborative and spontaneous are the magical keys to learning new skills.

Jen teaches voice, piano and guitar.

Nate Rogers

Nate Rogers has a diverse background in the arts, having worked on professional film sets and for literary journals, but music has been the constant throughout his life; his musical endeavors (and teaching) are informed by that multivalent background. His first and primary instrument is the piano, which he studied classically starting in the first grade and continued to do so actively through college. He also began playing in jazz combos and rock bands starting in middle school, the age at which he also picked up guitar and saxophone. An occasional DJ, Nate listens widely and loves drawing connections between diverse styles of music across the world, in his own playing and his teaching. He has played in numerous bands in Seattle, including Friends and Family, Pampa, ANDY, and The Quiet Ones, and they have played alongside such notable groups as The Polyphonic Spree, The Moondoggies, and Blitzen Trapper, both in the Northwest and on tour. He loves to instill the same diversity of interest in students that his teachers gave to him.

Nate teaches piano and guitar.

Ricky Claudon

Ricky has been studying, writing and performing music since his childhood, and has played guitar and piano for about 23 years. He works as a para-educator at the Academy for Precision Learning, and as a recording/touring musician. As a musician, he has put out three albums, toured the United States, and he looks forward to touring in Europe in the near future for the first time this spring. He is knowledgeable in a variety of styles on the guitar, but is most proficient in Blues, Rock n Roll, and Post-punk.

Growing up, he was instructed by a professor of music theory and history, on the piano; this education has formed the foundation of his knowledge of these subjects and informs his instruction in both instruments. Ricky also has quite a lot of experience working with students from a diverse range of developmental levels and is trained in methods intended to address the individual needs of neurologically diverse populations.

Ricky teaches piano and guitar.

Alex Meyers

Alex fell in love with music at a young age, picking out melodies from children's songs on piano by ear. He quickly expanded his repertoire by diving headfirst into learning trumpet, piano, ukulele, guitar, and almost any other instrument that came his way. He explored nearly every music opportunity available to him, eagerly joining jazz combos, men's choirs, concert band, marching band, bluegrass groups, and founded a number of rock bands, all before graduating high school. Alex received a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, Decatur IL, focused on classical & jazz guitar performance and audio engineering. During this time, he was fortunate enough to manage the school's recording studio, which allowed him to work with a variety of musicians and artists, learning new musical ideas from each meeting. After spending two years in Chicago working as a freelance audio engineer and session player, Alex came to Seattle to explore the thriving and welcoming music community here.

In lessons, Alex's approach starts from the idea that we all have an inherent potential for musicality, whether we have tapped into it or not. Like laughter, music is a common language that can connect humans across the globe. From this perspective, Alex teaches with the goal of helping the student grow as a musician, using ear training, music theory, improvisation, song analysis, call-and-response, and songwriting techniques. Alex's aim is to provide a welcoming, supportive environment for the student to become comfortable in their musicality, while learning the technical skills necessary for their instrument of choice.

Alex teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, and beginning piano.

Erin Rae Murray

Erin Rae Murray has been singing her little heart out professionally for the last few years although her love for music goes as far back as she can remember. Her childhood was steeped in the rich four-part harmonies of the Mennonite tradition and the daily DJing her father did around the house. In elementary school, she sang in choir and fronted musicals, picked up the guitar in high school, and sang in gospel choir in college. After graduating, she spent her time adventuring and teaching around the world; from teen empowerment in the mountains of Guatemala, to preschool in urban El Salvador, to 6th grade English in South Korea, to Spanish at a Montessori school here in Seattle. All of which has brought her here to Mode, where she couldn't be happier to finally combine her passion for teaching with her love for music.
Erin teaches voice, guitar, ukulele and beginning piano.

Tess Freedel

Tess Freedel is a guitarist, vocalist and pianist with her B.A. in Interdisciplinary arts from Seattle U. Tess has a strong background in music theory and multiple musical styles, encompassing Jazz, Rock, Punk, Pop, Country and Funk. Through teaching she aims to provide each student with the tools to take their creativity to the next level while keeping lessons fun and exciting. She loves to encourage her students to discover new sounds while learning the music they already know and love. A student of music business, she is also a resource for musicians learning to set up their first shows and gain confidence on stage.

A fan of a well rounded approach to teaching and playing, she has toured and performed with local acts Bad Saint, Skates!, Albatross Jazz combo, StutterPunk and many more. In her free time she can be found drinking bad coffee and shopping for pedals.

Tess teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele.

Eva Walker

Eva Walker is the front-woman for the band The Black Tones. She is a guitarist, drummer, vocalist and harmonica player. Her main styles are rock n roll, punk and blues. Her band has been featured in AFROPUNK, KEXP 90.3, 107.7 The End and was featured on the television show Band in Seattle on CW 11. She's worked for Grammy nominated singer and good friend Mary Lambert and was the featured drummer in Lambert's music video "Know Your Name". Eva is also featured in the upcoming film documentary 'Nice & Rough: Black Women In Rock'.

Eva teaches voice, piano, guitar, ukulele and drums.

Heather Dickson

Heather has been a music lover her entire life. She started competing as a classical pianist at the age of 6. She completed all 10 levels of the Certificate of Merit program (California) and has a strong background in music theory, sight reading, ear training, and performance. Heather attended the University of Utah on scholarship as a Piano Performance Major. She is also the bass player/backup singer in the local band, Tiger Rider. Heather is currently attending UW for Entrepreneurship, and hopes to one day use her degree to spread music through her community. She loves both classical and rock music, and believes that a strong rhythmic background is the key to appreciating and playing music.

Heather teaches piano, bass, guitar, ukulele, and voice.

Sphie Holman

Sphie is a singer, songwriter, pianist and music producer. Trained from age seven in classical opera, musical theater and piano, she also had a thriving curiosity in improvisation, songwriting and pop performance from a young age. Because of this, her teaching style compliments a multi-genre curriculum. She also intertwines traditional theory, technique and performance while accommodating individuality and creativity within each student. Sphie offers a fun, relaxed and creative approach to singing, piano, songwriting and music performance lessons. She believes that education is an individualized process and thrives on growing healthy minds through compassionate and interactive learning. She received an A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music where she studied recording arts, songwriting, pop stage performance and music business. In addition to private vocal, piano and performance lessons, she generates curriculum for inner-city music programs. These programs focus on generating compassion, self-confidence, communication and collaboration. Sphie is a solo recording and touring artist, dancer and music video producer. She is also a yoga & mindfulness instructor and vibrational sound therapist. Through these mediums, she also offers classes and workshops focused on healing trauma and bringing positive self- awareness to individuals and communities.

Sphie teaches voice, piano and ukulele.

David Totten

In his youth, David started picking on the guitar and never set it down. He is trained in rock, folk, and jazz. David's curriculum focuses on finding a musical style or idea that resonates with his student and using it as a springboard into theory, sight reading, and ear training. He loves teaching all different kinds of styles, but his personal favorites include metal, progressive rock, and American Primitive--an acoustic folk movement from the 60's and 70's, that blends ragtime, blues, folk, and world music into a unique blend of Americana. He believes that learning an instrument should be fun, therapeutic and a valuable creative outlet. He has toured the country and played in many bands and stuff.

David teaches songwriting, ukulele, and vocals.

Rachel Ewen

Rachel was raised in a family of musicians and has been pursuing a life in music from an early age. Her experience in music began with taking private voice, and piano lessons throughout her childhood and participating in musical theater productions. She was trained as a classical vocalist and moved on to focus on jazz vocals and composition while studying at Cornish College of the Arts. She has been involved in the Seattle music community since 2010, writing music and performing with various local and touring artists from the Pacific Northwest. Her lessons are tailored to fit each student's musical interests and strengths.

Rachel teaches piano and voice.

​Kenneth Aramaki

Kenneth Aramaki, a Seattle native, has experience playing classical piano for over 25 years and Jazz Piano for over 15 years. He has over 14 years of professional music experience as a music educator, performer, recording musician and composer. During this time he has taught a range of experience levels and ages. He is connected and engaged with the local community working on projects, performing, and touring with Seattle bands of varying musical genres. He is musically ambitious and teaches new students by establishing the fundamentals of piano but also loves building a students’ knowledge using improvisation, theory, and song writing. He has established a passion of his career, making his number one priority to share this passion with others.

Kenneth teaches piano.

Kevin Slota

Kevin first picked up the trumpet at age 10, as many children do in their 4th grade band class. But this was only the beginning as he would soon pick up guitar and start learning his favorite songs and writing his own. Soon he would perform and promote house shows with neighborhood friends. Trumpet is one of the most versatile instruments and can be found in almost any genre of music making it a great tool to cultivate lifelong relationships. It can be a challenging and frustrating instrument but its versatility is welcoming in that there truly is a style for everyone. Trumpet has provided Kevin with a great number of unique performance opportunities over the years including musical theatre, variety shows, blues/jazz/soul/r&b/indie/country/rock bands, festivals, street fairs, orchestras, brass ensembles, private/corporate events, and recording. He has had the pleasure of performing with great local bands such as Cooper Smith and the Vouyers, EXOHXO, KITHKIN, Ravenna Woods, Twilight Motel, and Vicious Petals. He also plays in the Seattle Rock Orchestra/Street Band/Social Club, West Seattle Community Orchestra/Brass Sextet, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and recently sat in on a performance with Thalia Symphony Orchestra. Kevin is also involved in brass coaching with WSCO Debut and Intermediate Orchestras as well as the Michael J Owen Music Education Fund supporting local, under-served elementary school music programs. While trumpet is his main instrument, Kevin teaches beginning french horn, trombone, and baritone; focusing on breath support and fundamental tone production while connecting with a student's musical needs and aspirations.

James Squires

James has been playing music since the age of six, starting with the piano. A Seattle local, he participated in the renowned Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble and continued to study music privately. James attended Berkeley School of Music and studied drum performance. He plays locally with Maiah Manser (a favorite Mode Music alum), blues-rock band C-Leb & The Kettle Black, psych-rock band Supermother and local country acts. James also has been working as a producer and engineer for the last five years and teaches production using Ableton Live and other programs.

James teaches drums, piano and audio production.

Craig Suede

Craig is a transplant from San Diego where he played music for a living in casinos, bars and restaurants between tours, travel, and shows. He got his musical start singing in various audition choirs, competing in vocal competitions, and performing in musical theater. He started playing guitar in 8th grade and that began shaping his future path of songwriting and singing/playing guitar in a variety of bands. He currently fronts and tours with the indie rock band Happy Heartbreak, sings harmonies and plays lead guitar for local pop-soul/ R&B singer Young-Chhaylee, and plays lead guitar and performs harmonies/alt-voicings for emo-revival/post-hardcore band, Dearheart.

After several years of running education programs for students and teachers around the World, Craig has decided to settle in Seattle and re-focus his efforts on music and its local educational impact. He bases his teaching strategies in brain-based learning and finding simple connections between music theory and the joy of playing music. The ability to connect and express through music increases confidence and critical thinking. Strengthening these skills can also increase retention of information in other areas and improve quality of living. Music and learning should both be joyful experiences that encourage us to continue moving forward to connect, create and share.

Craig teaches guitar, vocals, ukulele, and beginning piano.

Andy King

Andy teaches drums.

Heather Thomas

Heather is a drummer, singer, songwriter, and ukulele player. She plays drums with Mary Lambert, leads (from the drum set) the Heather Thomas Band featuring all-original music, and co-fronts psychedelic rock band General Mojo's alongside Dune Butler. ​ Heather is a versatile musician with an ear for melody and a groove that comes from years of jamming with excellent musicians in Seattle and across the country. Her experience on festival stages, arenas and amphitheaters, and live television, including Good Morning America, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and VH1 You Oughta Know, has honed her presence and established her as a well known player in many scenes. She's currently working on demos for her next album and touring with Mary Lambert.

Heather teaches drums and piano.

Jonah Byrne

Jonah Byrne has been playing violin for over 25 years, performing, recording, and composing in a wide variety of styles. He studied music composition at University of Colorado and has been active in the Seattle music scene for the past ten years. In that time he has played with country band Country Lips, experimental bands Beast Please Be Still and Snowman Plan, indie rock band Pilot Lights, and many others, alongside teaching and writing music. He believes a good ear and good technique are the foundation that lets us play and enjoy any kind of music there is.

Jonah Byrne teaches violin and viola.

Liam Downey

Liam teaches guitar, piano and drums.

Nicki Danger

Nicki Danger is a multi-instrumentalist from Seattle with 20 years of experience. She started on trumpet at age 10 and carried on to the age of 15. She got an old, beat up acoustic guitar and plugged away until it sounded good. She moved to Seattle at 17 to attend the Art Institute. While studying Audio and Video production she met some people that had bands! She was extremely inspired and upgraded to an electric guitar. At 21 she formed her first band called Tigernaut. Following Tigernaut, Nicki fronted and played guitar in Darlings of the LoFi, Chartreuse and Soda and Glitterbang. She switched gears a bit for electro-pop band Glitterbang and started working with Ableton live. Here she learned to program electronic music, play bass and piano. She worked on Glitterbang for six years, honing her skills as a song writer and producer. At that point she started playing a ton of tribute nights. This taught her an amazing amount about song structure and technique. She currently drums for 90's grunge inspired band, The What For. She also fronts and writes for the female punk band, Pink Parts. All in all Nicki is a very well rounded musician. She can play nearly anything and writes hooks for days. Her projects have been direct support for acts such as Mudhoney, Pussy Riot, Peaches, Fujiya and Miyagi, Com Truise, Poolside, Jd Samson and Men, Am & Shawn Lee, Imperial Teen and many more. Nicki is currently on tour, playing guitar for SSDD.

Nicki teaches voice, guitar, ukulele and beginning piano.

Cristina Bautista

Cristina Bautista was three years old when she discovered her personal north star: early 90s MTV. However, she found little joy in her childhood piano lessons and never connected what she learned in choirs and school musicals with the music she loved. Then at age nine, she unearthed her mom’s pawn shop guitar. Armed with the chords to “House of the Rising Sun” and a sense of wonder, Cristina became a songwriter, learning through a combination of independent experimentation and research. Upon moving to Seattle, she found her home in the local music community, starting her first band and performing professionally when she was 14. This gave her the confidence and drive she needed to thrive in private voice lessons and the music program at Bellevue College before moving to Los Angeles to study vocal performance at the Musicians Institute. Craving the community she left behind, Cristina returned to Seattle to record, perform, and tour with numerous artists and bands including Visqueen, Shelby Earl, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra in addition to her own solo project.

At Mode, Cristina emphasizes self-awareness and empowerment through music and enjoys helping students discover their own strengths and goals by tailoring lessons and exercises to individual needs and interests.

Cristina teaches voice, beginning piano, bass, guitar and ukulele.

Ana-Carita Mon

Ana-Carita Mon is a native of BC, Canada, where she cut her teeth busking on the streets of Vancouver around the age of 4. A festival rugrat to music director parents of an established folk/world music festival, Ana grew up steeped in musical and cultural traditions from around the globe. Ana's studies have brought her to the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Berklee College of Music, Selkirk College's Contemporary Music &Technology program, the BC Choral Federation, and Gaelic Roots at Boston College.

Ana's teaching experience began at the age of 13 under the guidance of her Theory/Harmony teacher at the Music Language Institutes in Mission, BC where she led a violin studio for five years.

A versatile musician, Ana provides her students with the best possible foundation for technical facility and creative ability while fostering musical curiosity and discipline in honing their chosen craft. Armed with a willingness to explore new methods to old traditions, innovation and expression are at the heart of her teaching and learning.

Ana teaches violin, vocals, piano, and beginning cello.

Ben Harwood

Ben is a guitarist, composer, and vocalist. As an instructor, Ben’s strongest suits are guitar studies in Rock, Metal, and Blues. Ben is well-versed in classical compositional structure, theory, and history, and has formally trained in rock and operatic vocal mediums. As a teenager, Ben studied advanced electric guitar with Steven Lynch (lead guitarist of the platinum-selling 80s hair metal band “Autograph,” and inventor of a patented, nearly impossible 8 finger hammer-on technique). After honing intense chops from Lynch, he switched his focus to classical guitar, studying under internationally acclaimed solo performer Michael Partington for 3 years.

Ben currently holds a BMA from Pacific Lutheran University (2003) with a focus on Instrumental Composition and Guitar Performance. He was one of the only electric guitar players in US history to receive a full ride scholarship to a top 10 collegiate ranked music institution at that time. Several of his college composed and performed works for solo guitar, experimental guitar, and small ensemble, have been published.

Since then, Ben has toured and recorded hundreds of new/original works via a variety of projects. He’s headlined or performed at SXSW, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Bumbershoot, Treefort, Capitol Hill Block Party, Timber Music Fest, and Doe Bay Festival. Ben’s current band “Hobosexual” has been featured on national TV including Showtime’s "Shameless" and "Outcast" as well as Cinemax's "Rogue”, the 2014 docudrama "The Glamour and The Squalor", a 20-episode feature with GoPro with over 10 million YouTube views, and the official 2016 full length trailer for “Call of Duty.”

Ben’s very first guitar teacher was a real jerk, and told him he’d never amount to anything. His life goal has since been to “not be like that guy.”

Ben teaches guitar, voice, and beginning piano.

Rock Bands, Summer Camps & Group Classes 2018

We are finally offering our rock bands year round. This is a perfect outlet for drummers, bassists, guitarists, keyboardists and singers that are ready for that next step. Please feel free to email or speak to a teacher about which camp is best for your child.


We are excited to offer our successful music camps throughout the summer! Below are descriptions and schedules for June, July and August. Age groups are suggested, but we encourage students to speak to their teacher and have them recommend the camp for your child.

All camps are $350 for 15 hours of instruction including a rehearsal and performance unless priced otherwise. A non-refundable deposit of $150 will need to be made upon time of signup to guarantee your spot in the camps. Discounts are available to families with more than one child attending or students in multiple camps. Please email with any questions regarding tuition.

Email us at to sign up.

Classes taught by the Mode Music staff.


June 25-29 (Performance on June 30 at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND - ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

July 9-13 (Performance on July 14 at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

July 16-20 (Performance on July 21 at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

ALL AGES ROCK BAND – ages 6 yrs and up


July 30-August 3 (Performance on August 4th at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

August 6-10 (Performance on August 11 at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

August 20-24 (Performance on August 25 at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

August 27-31 (Performance on September 1 at Skylark 5:00)

  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs
  • M-F 9:00-11:30
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
  • M-F 12:00-2:30

ALL AGES ROCK BAND – ages 6 yrs and up


We look forward to having you all be a part of our summer extravaganza!

*Please plan on setting aside 2:30pm-7:30pm on the performance day. Performances will take place at 5:00pm on their given day with a rehearsal at the studio beforehand.


Little Hands Rainy Day Studios offers week-long day camps where the students rotate daily between 80-minute Music, Cooking, and Sewing classes. Classes are available to students ages 7 and up. Students must have completed kindergarten before their first week of camp.

Registration Open Now

For further questions, please contact Samantha at

  • WEST SEATTLE SUMMER CAMP 2017 at MUSE Gallery: 3801 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

    • Aug 14th - 18th Registration Open Now

      • 9:00am – 3:00pm Summer Day Camp $300 ($315 credit card/PayPal)
      • 9:00am – 3:00pm Summer Day Camp with 8:00am-9:00am Before-care (Arts & Crafts) $350 ($367.50 credit card/PayPal)
      • 9:00am – 3:00pm Summer Day Camp with 3:00pm-4:30pm After-care (Arts & Crafts) $350 ($367.50 credit card/PayPal)
      • 9:00am – 3:00pm Summer Day Camp with both 8:00am and 3:00pm-4:30pm Before- and After-care $375 ($387.75 credit card/PayPal)
      • *receive a $25 discount when registering both before and after care.
  • Rainy Day Dinner Club, Cooking Classes: As a class we will make things like pretzels, popsicles, muffins, tarts and more! We will discuss the importance of: local ingredients, scratch cooking and natural preservatives. Like Dinner Club, on the last day of class students will take home a dish that serves 4-6 with baking instructions, providing their family with dinner! **We can’t provide gluten free or dairy free classes, but we can provide nut free classes if needed. **

  • Little Hands Creations, Sewing Classes: No experience necessary! Each week, boys and girls will learn and review machine safety and sewing basics. Beginners will learn how to operate a sewing machine by sewing two simple projects: grocery tote and velcro pouch. After that, they can choose from a variety of projects that range in levels of difficulty. Each week, we will introduce up to 5 brand-new themed creations. In addition, we will offer our large variety of projects that include quilts, games, doll clothing, stuffed animals, beanie creations, and more! We also have projects for the holidays!

  • MODE Music Studios, Music Classes: Learn how to arrange songs on acoustic instruments including guitar, ukulele, keyboards, percussion and/or voice. Pick up an instrument you’ve never played before or bring your skill set to the group! Learn to play, collaborate and interpret songs with others. Weeks will alternate in pop songs and rock songs. Instrumentation will vary depending on signup. Room recordings will be handed out at the end of the session with our final product.

  • PHINNEY RIDGE SUMMER CAMP 2017 at Kapka Cooperative School: 510 N 49th St, Seattle, WA. 98103

    • June 26th - 30th, (9am - 4pm) $350 Registration Opens Soon
    • Aug 21st - 25th, (9am - 4pm) $350 Registration Opens Soon


ALL-AGES ROCK BAND: taught by Brandon Bermudez boys and girls ages 6 to 10 yrs | $200 ($150 Mode student cost)


All of our Rock Bands offer opportunities for kids to play music with their peers and experiment with different instruments in the process. Some participants will sign up for different instruments on different songs, where some may find their spot on one instrument and thrive. Singing and group vocals are encouraged, but not all have to take the mic.

We pick songs as a group and make our way through as much material as the group allows. We range from current songs on the radio to the classics. The performances are free at The Skylark Cafe on Delridge under the West Seattle bridge and are always so much fun. If you can’t make it in the camps, please bring your families out to support the shows. Having fellow students and their families in the crowd makes for the best audience!

Feel free to email me or your teacher if you have any questions on which camp is right for your child.


All ages are welcome. Sign ups are available Monday-Friday through phone, email or the front desk before the scheduled class. Drop-in is available at the time of class and will depend on capacity. Classes are available to students for $20 and non-students for $25 for the hour.

All of our group classes are available to make up for a missed private lesson. Each lesson missed (30 minute or 60 minute) will cash in for one full hour long group class. All sign-up procedures above apply.


Erin Rae Murray
Saturdays 3:00-4:00

Our Vocal Basics class introduces vocal techniques for the beginner and fine-tunes those techniques for the more advanced. Erin Rae will work on breathing while improving your range, pitch while improving your tone and, depending on the size of the class, several part harmonies to encourage group vocals and ensemble participation. This is a great class to add to your current instrument or to see just how far your vocal abilities can take you in a group setting. 10 students max.


Heather Thomas
Sundays 4:00-5:00

Our open band practice is a chance for kids of all ages to get together and play. No pressure of a performance, just finding ways to communicate through instruments they're either familiar with or try instruments they've never had the opportunity to try. Drummers and bass players may find this especially beneficial when paired with private lessons, but all instruments are encouraged for a better overall experience. 6 students max.


Heather Dickson Saturdays 3:00-4:00

Our adult theory and performance class gives students an opportunity to further understand music and gain confidence in their performance. Heather will tailor the day’s subject matter to whoever is in attendance. Students are encouraged to come prepared with theory questions and/or a musical piece to perform. Feel free to bring your instrument, as the group may perform for each other and give guided and constructive feedback. Any student at any skill level is welcome- theory knowledge and performance practice are beneficial at any stage.


Sundays TBA

Students participating in the Ear Training class will learn lifelong aural skills that lay the foundation to good musicianship. Classes will incorporate both fixed and movable ‘Do’ Solfège training. The primary focus for each class will be learning and improving interval, chordal, and sight singing & reading abilities for each student. While the course will primarily deal with the developing the technical skills of the ear and voice, students are encouraged to bring their instruments to class to further strengthen the aural skills of their instrument. No prior singing experience is necessary for the class, as this course with help to build the confidence of each young musician in both singing and their instrument playing. 10 students max.


Our music studio also offers group classes for the ages 0-5 years in the way of Kindermusik. We have certified teachers excited to give children a jumpstart on their musical education. This program encourages children at a very young age in movement, song, dance, play and story time all in one 45 min class. More can be found about Kindermusik’s program and material at

We offer two types of classes. Age specific classes require sign-ups beforehand and are on a 4 week class cycle. The price of these “private” group classes include digital home materials. The schedule below shows our offered classes, but we do add classes for groups on a sign up basis with a 4 family minimum per class cycle.

Weekly 2018 Kindermusik Class Schedule

Classes Enrolling Now

SATURDAYS 11:00-11:45
Wiggle And Grow All Ages Class
4-class sessions / $73 ($70 cash/check) per session per student*
*Price includes digital home material download (Kindermusik CD, visuals, e-book.)

  • January 27 - February 17 Colors and Shapes on the Farm
  • February 24 - March 17 Pet Parade
  • March 24 - April 14 Go, Go, Go!
  • April 21 - May 12 Silly All Over
  • May 19 - June 9 Family & Friends
  • June 16 - July 7 Beach Days
  • July 14 - August 4 Rhyme Around Town
  • August 11 - September 1 Up in the Sky
  • September 8 - September 29 Down on the Ground
  • October 6 - October 27 How Do You Feel?
  • November 3 - December 1 Marvelous Me (closed 11/24)
  • December 8 - January 12 Time for Lunch (closed 12/22 and 12/29)

*sibling discount available upon request

Please contact us if you would like to set up any of the session classes offered above.

Kindermusik Licensed Educator


Mode Music Studios is located in West Seattle at the northern end of Delridge Way SW, right next to the Skylark Cafe.

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MODE Music Studios
3805 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 US
Phone: (206) 659-4018

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