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 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, 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.
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 is 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 teaches drums.
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 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 teaches drums.
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 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.
Jordan is a Seattle area native and has always loved to make music. His first instrument was the piano, but after joining choir at the end of high school and singing a cappella in college, voice became his favorite. Above all, he loves to JAM, which he does every Sunday at the Hummingbird Saloon in Columbia City. He writes, sings, and plays keys with his band Swingset.
Jordan teaches piano and voice with an emphasis on exploration, creativity, and confidence.
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.