MODE Music Studios, West Seattle

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

(206) 659-4018 Email Us

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-Tate


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

Lessons are $30 ($28 cash/check) for 30 minutes and $55 ($52 cash/check) for an hour on a weekly basis. Payments are made for the upcoming month on the last lesson of the previous month.

The first lesson is offered with a “satisfaction guarantee.” We include this lesson in continued students’ tuition but wave our lesson fee if you walk away unsatisfied. We are confident in our approach and connection with the kids while understanding the importance of an initial vibe between student and teacher.

Missed lessons are made up through Group Classes offered most Sundays throughout the year. These are an 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 ear training session. You have 3 months to cash in your make up. These classes are also available to students without a make up for $20/class.

We are closed in 2015 October 31st for Halloween, November 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving, December 21st through January 3rd 2016 for Winter Break.

Summer Policies

Music lessons DO continue throughout the summer. We’ve changed our policies this summer to better fit your vacation schedule and additional needs.

One optional credit will be given in July as well as one optional credit in August for vacation time. You can choose to use this credit or continue with lessons as usual.

Summertime is also a great time for families to get their preferred time slot. If you are a student continuing through the summer, you will keep your current lesson time for the fall. Reschedules will be flexible and earlier times are available temporarily for summer. We are also able to move you to an earlier or later time any day of the week depending on availability. Your schedule will take priority over those who have left.

We encourage students to continue through the summer to minimize a loss in a music education momentum. If you choose to terminate lessons for the summer, you will lose scheduling seniority and may find yourself struggling to fit in our fall schedule. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to continue lessons in July and August.

For those of you that are taking summers off, please contact us in mid-August to get back in the September fold. We do realize not all families’ schedules are able to accommodate private lessons in the summer and will do our best to fit you back in with your preferred teacher in the fall.

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.

Erin Rubin-Tate

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

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 Sun

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 Reyna

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

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

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

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

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 Ghetto

Jenn Ghetto 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 Benson

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 Totten

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

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

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.


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 $315 ($300 cash/check) for 15 hours of instruction including a rehearsal and performance unless priced otherwise. A non-refundable deposit of $104 ($100 cash/check) 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.

Classes taught by the Mode Music staff.


  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND - ages 6-11 yrs
    M-F June 22nd-June 26th 9:00am-11:30am with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, June 27th
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
    M-F June 22nd-June 26th 12:00pm-2:30pm with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, June 27th
  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND - ages 6-11 yrs
    MWF July 6th-July 17th 10:00am-12:00pm with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, July 18th
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up
    MWF July 6th-July 17th 12:30am-2:30pm with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, July 18th
  • ALL AGES ROCK BAND – ages 6 yrs and up
    Mondays July 13th-August 17th 7:00pm-9:00pm with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, August 22nd


  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND - ages 6-11 yrs
    MWF August 3rd-August 14th 10:00am-12:00pm with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, August 15th
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND - ages 12 yrs and up
    MWF August 3rd-August 14th 12:30pm-2:30 with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, August 15th
  • BEGINNING ROCK BAND - ages 6-11 yrs
    M-F August 24th-28th 9:00am-11:30am with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, August 29th
  • ADVANCED ROCK BAND - ages 12 yrs and up
    M-F August 24th-28th 12:30pm-2:30pm with a performance at The Skylark* Saturday, August 29th


MINI ROCK BAND** - boys and girls ages 3-6 yrs old $157.50 ($150 cash/check)

VOCAL WORKSHOP - boys and girls ages 9 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 6:00pm on their given day with a rehearsal at the studio beforehand.

**Added camps: Prices are as marked.


Little Hands Rainy Day Studios offers weeklong day camps where the students rotate daily between 80 minute Music, Cooking, and Craft or Sewing classes. Classes are available to students ages 7 and up. Students must have completed kindergarten before their first week of camp. Register now! All camps run 9:00-3:00pm.

For further questions, please contact Samantha at

    at Mode Music Studios West Seattle: April 6th-10th and April 13th-17th $275/session (discounts on siblings and multiple camps)
    at Mode Music Studios West Seattle: July 13th-17th and July 20th-24th $350/session (discounts on siblings and multiple camps)
    at Seattle Creative Arts Center: June 22nd-26th and June 29-July 3rd $350/session (discounts on siblings and multiple camps)


BEGINNING ROCK BAND: taught by Aaron Benson
boys and girls ages 6 to 10 yrs | $150 ($120 student cost)

Saturdays 2/21-3/21 1:00pm-2:00pm with a free performance on 3/21 at The Skylark 5:30pm

boys and girls ages 10-13 yrs and up | $157.50 ($150 cash/check and $30 off for Mode students)

Saturdays 2/21-3/21 2:15pm-3:15pm with a free performance on 3/21 at The Skylark 5:30pm

ADVANCED ROCK BAND: taught by Nouela
boys and girls ages 13 yrs and up | $157.50 ($150 cash/check and $30 off for Mode students)

Saturdays 2/21-3/21 3:30pm-4:30pm with a free performance on 3/21 at The Skylark 6:00pm

ALL-AGES ROCK BAND: taught by Aaron Benson
boys and girls ages 6 and up | $157.50 ($150 cash/check and $30 off for Mode students)

Mondays 2/16-3/16 7:00pm-8:00pm with a free performance on 3/21 at The Skylark 5:30pm

The 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 min) will cash in for one full hour long group class. All sign-up procedures above apply.**


Thomas Reyna
Sundays 2:00-3:00

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.


Karl Olson
Sundays 12:00-1:00

Students of all-ages, children and adults alike, will love their introduction to rhythm and instruments around the world with A Rhythm Foundation! A strong foundation in rhythm is essential for musical development. In this group class, we will look at rhythm from many angles to reach a deeper and more useful understanding. We will explore clapping exercises, verbal rhythms, polyrhythms/odd times, and ways to map rhythms visually. The class will provide and utilize percussive instruments and is open to any and all musicians looking to strengthen their rhythmic awareness. 10 students max.


Chris Totten
Sundays 2:00-3:00

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.


Our music studio also offers group classes for the ages 0-6 years in the way of Kindermusik. We have 3 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 Kindermusik Class Schedule
  • SATURDAYS 11:00AM-11:45AM
    Wiggle And Grow All Ages Class
    4 class sessions / $70 per session per student
    Price includes digital home material download (Kindermusik CD, visuals, e-book.)
    CURRENT SESSION: Up In The Sky 11:00AM-11:45AM 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 and 4/11
    NEXT SESSION: Down In The Ground 11:00AM-11:45AM 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 and 5/16

Kindermusik Licensed Educator

Classes Available By Request

  • Cuddle & Bounce (newborn - 1 yr)
  • Sing & Play (1 - 2 yrs)
  • Wiggle & Grow (2 - 3 yrs)
  • Laugh & Learn (3 - 4 yrs)
  • Move & Groove (4 - 5 yrs)

$70 for a 4 week session. Price includes digital home material download (Kindermusik CD, visuals, e-book.)

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


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
Phone: (206) 659-4018

MODE Music Studios, West Seattle

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