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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Pat Schowe has been devotedly studying percussion since the age of 13. With almost two decades and counting of experience in making music, Pat believes anyone can learn how to play an instrument. A strict advocate of practice makes perfect, he gives the reigns to the student. Pat's background is in rock, blues, and hip-hop drumming. He learned how to play his instrument with the help of 2 teachers, gospel drummer Guy Davis and rock drummer Jeff Ryder. He cut his teeth in San Antonio and the self proclaimed "live music capital of the world" Austin,Texas sitting in for bands at around 17 years of age. Pat moved to Seattle with the aim of playing music professionally and soon after signed to Sub Pop Records with his former band Rose Windows whom which he toured internationally with. He currently plays drums in Dreamhouse, Ole Tinder and occasionally picks up studio work. Pat teaches drums, beginning piano and beginning guitar.
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.
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.
David has been playing music just as long as Chris, if not longer. Instead of picking up drums later in his youth, he 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. He also teaches songwriting, ukulele, and vocals.
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.
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 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.
Chris Foerstel learned the violin at age 9, and found his love for viola while attending Central Washington University. Since moving to Seattle in 2010, Chris has enjoyed a variety of musical experiences. He is currently Principal Violist of the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island as well as the Federal Way Symphony. He performs regularly with the Village Theatre and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Not strictly a classical musician, Chris has recorded with such local artists as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kris Orlowski, and performed with Il Divo, Ivan & Alyosha, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. As a faculty member of the Evergreen Music Festival and Orchestral Coach for Tacoma Youth Symphony, Chris gets to share his experience and love of music with the next generation of performers. Specializing in chamber music coachings and private lessons, Chris teaches violin, viola and beginning cello.