Erin has been playing music since the age of four. At twelve, she was on stage with the local working musicians at The Scarlett 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.
Nouela Johnston is a studio and touring musician from Seattle. She has been writing and performing original music for over ten years under the monikers Mon Frere, People Eating People, and “Nouela.” After being signed to a record label at the age of 18, she spent a decade touring the world in support of her own music. She also has played as a hired hand for other notable bands. Her music has been licensed for international campaigns as well as hollywood movie sound tracks. Being a multi-instrumentalist with extensive background in multiple genres, she is a creative, intuitive, and passionate teacher who believes a music education is an integral tool in crafting a successful life. Nouela teaches piano and voice.
Jacob James is a renegade student of classical music. After studying french horn at the Peabody Conservatory, he joined Seattle band The Lashes and spent his mid-twenties touring the country. He has twenty years of experience at the keyboard as well as 14 years as a professional vocalist. He has been teaching private music lessons since the age of 15. His unique understanding of pop form, as well as his enthusiasm, have made him a favorite among students. Jacob teaches guitar, bass, voice, and piano.
Susy Sundborg is a singer/songwriter, trained classical pianist and experienced instructor. She has been writing and performing original music since childhood and currently is working on her solo project under the name Susy Sun. She began singing before she could speak and started playing piano at the age of 6. Susy went on to study music and business at Central Washington University. After working for Microsoft for a period of time, Susy decided that she would rather be pursuing her passion for music. Susy has taught music at prestigious boarding schools in London and Switzerland for 4 consecutive summers. She has recorded two solo albums and performed internationally. Her vast musical background allows Susy to teach rigorous theory in creative ways that makes it fun and interesting for the student. She enjoys the serious side of learning, but also loves to have fun and develop a unique rapport with each individual. Susy teaches piano and voice.
Thomas has been playing and studying music since childhood. He is a recent graduate of Cornish College, where he studied contemporary performance with Paul Taub, and historical performance with Janet See. He is a part of the Queen City Musicians, an ensemble devoted to playing operatic and vocal works from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. While being well versed in the flute, Thomas can also be heard playing the recorder, clarinet, and saxophone around the Pacific Northwest at various concerts and pit orchestras. Music has been his passion, and he hopes to inspire his students just as his teachers have before him. He has been teaching privately for over seven years. Thomas teaches flute, recorder, clarinet, and saxophone.
Ceci Gomez received her BFA from New York University in Recorded Music where she studied music business, audio engineering, production, & songwriting. Ceci comes from a classical & musical theater background having studied piano and voice from an early age and continuing throughout high school. In her teens she began writing songs on the acoustic guitar and piano. While in college, Ceci sang and played guitar in an indie rock band that toured the US and played multiple festivals including SXSW & CMJ. She is currently in an electronic pop group based in Seattle that has also had the opportunity to tour nationally in recent months. Ceci teaches voice, piano and ukulele.
Michael Knight has been playing drums since age 11 and teaching lessons since 2008. A true student of his craft, he loves his practice and has studied with many great teachers. Having played in bands his whole life, he often draws upon his experience in performing, touring and recording as a major source of inspiration in the lesson room. Michael is currently drummer for Seattle artist Shelby Earl and is one half of the grizzled rock band known as Transmissionary. Some performance highlights in 2014 include: SXSW Austin TX, Sasquatch festival and Bumbershoot. Michael teaches drums.
Nils Petersen is a life long student of music in the form of classical, jazz, choral and rock. He studied violin at an early age before settling into piano, guitar and trombone from youth on through his teenage years, along with vocal studies in all different formats. He tours internationally with Sub Pop band Rose Windows and plays around town with Ole Tinder and his solo project Hotel Vignette. He has been teaching private lessons since he was 17 and offers an approach that helps the student grow musically in the interests that excite him or her while solidifying a base in core musical concepts. Nils teaches guitar, bass, voice, and piano.
Leif Andersen has been a working musician for the last 13 years touring, recording and performing with a variety of bands and artists including: Pris, Green Apple Quick Step, Tighty Whitey (featuring members of Third Eye Blind) Kim Virant, Vendetta Red, Sirens Sister, The Guessing Game, Aaron Crawford and Rockaraoke. He studied guitar with Jay Roberts and has been teaching multiple instruments in various Seattle institutions for the last 11 years. He instructs individuals to play with a high level of proficiency, ease and confidence on their instrument of choice from lesson to lesson. Leif teaches guitar, bass and piano.
Jenn Champion is a guitar player from Seattle with 25 plus years of music experience. She started in elementary school with band instruments, mainly trumpet. Then, at the age of 14, she made the switch to guitar. She spent the better part of her late teens and young adult years in the band Carissa's Wierd. Later, Jenn began performing under S, touring all over the US and Europe. After picking up the piano in 2010, there have been more projects, albums, and tours. Jenn has a super fun and casual approach to teaching guitar. She guarantees an awesome time while learning a lot. Jenn teaches guitar.
Aaron has been a working multi-instrumentalist for the last 18 years, skilled in drums, percussion, guitar, bass, and vocals. He has extensive experience in performing live, recording, producing and touring with over 22 bands in the last 6 years alone. His involvement in bands such as; Siberian, Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, Damien Jurado, Tilson XOXO, Sean Nelson, and The Wild Orchid Children helped him to develop a better understanding of various genres of music. His versatility allows him to cater to the desired style of the student, creating a fun and productive learning environment. Aaron teaches drums, guitar and bass.
Chris is a jazz and rock-oriented multi-instrumentalist Chris began playing music at the age of 6, when he started taking piano lessons. At the age of 11, he began playing drums and taking drum lessons. While studying jazz in college, he picked up vibraphone and, through the years playing in touring bands and recording projects, picked up guitar and bass. His past local bands include The Quiet Ones and The Exploding High Fives. Chris believes in teaching kids the tools they need to express themselves as individuals with music, and most importantly, to have fun doing it. Chris teaches piano, drums, bass and guitar.
Karl Olson is a dynamic and diverse drumming personality in the Pacific Northwest. Hailing from Spokane, WA, he began playing at age 11. He studied music at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, graduating with a BA in Music in 2006. For the past 10 years he has been an active performer, accompanist, and educator, with projects based in Jazz, Funk, Rock, Americana, Reggae, and Indian Classical Music. Well versed in Drum Set, Congas, Bongos, Kanjira and Auxiliary Percussion, he is able to offer a dynamic approach to teaching drums. He is an original member of Americana-Dance band, Polecat. Karl is an energetic teacher who loves sharing his passion for Drums and Music with students of all ages, interests and abilities. His open-minded approach, formal education, and performing experience lend to a teaching style that is tailored to the unique needs of each student. Karl teaches A Rhythm Foundation.
Maiah Manser has been involved with performing since the age of 4. She realized she could get out of preschool nap time by going around and singing to all of the other classes and was winning talent shows by age 6. Later she started classical violin at age 8 and took up viola as well by age 12. She started learning the piano in high school, and became heavily influenced by jazz. She went to Cornish College of the Arts for a degree in jazz voice and composition, but since Maiah was curious about learning every type of singing, she studied every type she could. From pop to classical, world singing to blues she continues to expand her repertoire. Along with making a name for herself around town as a singer/songwriter and performer, Maiah is also a professional harmony vocalist and keyboardist for Mary Lambert and has shared stages with Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Meghan Trainor, and Matt Nathanson to name a few. Alongside Maiah’s accomplishments, she has 3 years of steady teaching experience and really focuses on catering to a students needs and learning curve. With her vast versatility and knowledge of both music theory and the music industry, Maiah wants to make learning music a place for her students to find excitement and passion. Maiah teaches voice, violin and piano.