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, guitar and voice on Wednesdays.
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 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
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, ukulele, piano, and guitar on Sundays and Tuesdays.
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, bass, guitar and ukulele on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
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, guitar, bass, and ukulele on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
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, music theory, trumpet, drums, bass, ukulele, mandolin, and beginning piano on Wednesdays.
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 on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.
Eva Walker is a Seattle born rock n roll musician. She is the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Black Tones, which she co-founded with her twin brother in 2011. Her band has played venues such as the Paramount Theatre, the Crocodile, Tractor Tavern and notable festivals such as the first annual Upstream Music Festival, Capital Hill Block Party, Doe Bay, Timber Festival and many more. Opening for acts such as Death Cab for Cutie,Tacocat, Love Battery, have appeared on the Spud Goodman Show and featured on the televised show Band in Seattle on CW 11. Eva as herself and with the band, has been featured multiple times in AFROPUNK, KEXP and many other notable outlets.
Eva teaches beginning guitar, drums, piano, vocals and ukulele on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.
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 on Saturdays.
A south Seattle local, Paul grew up and went to school in Burien where he began, like most students, playing in school band and taking private lessons. After catching the music bug that led him to organizing and performing in his own bands, he attended Washington State University where he earned his Music Performance degree. Since returning from school, Paul has played with a diverse collection of bands and recorded and toured both domestically and internationally. You can catch him performing in clubs all over the PNW, including next door at the Skylark Cafe! Paul also recently opened his own recording studio and sync licensing company called Hazy Bay Music where he composes and produces music for bands and multimedia purposes.
Paul brings a relaxed and focused atmosphere to the lessons, encouraging his kids to be enthusiastic about music education. He believes technique and fundamentals are important in helping students grow so they have the tools to collaborate with others and thrive in musical settings. Most importantly, he helps students to see how fun music is and how valuable music skills can be in everyday life.
Paul teaches drums, guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass on Sundays.
Russian-Israeli vocalist Alina has been involved in the performing arts from a young age. Alina was trained as a contemporary (pop/rock) vocalist and classical pianist, and in recent years was immersed in the jazz world through her studies at Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor’s degree.
Alina is an attentive and nurturing teacher and makes it a priority to ensure her students are not only learning the necessary skills but are also developing a life-long appreciation for music. She believes in teaching students to be well-rounded musicians by incorporating technique, ear-training, rhythm, theory, sight-reading, and improvisation, to name a few. Her multicultural upbringing and passion for traveling helps her connect with her students.
Alina teaches voice and piano for Mode On the Road.
Brian began playing piano at the age of eight, and writing songs at fourteen. He became heavily involved in middle and high school orchestras where he played upright bass. Brian has had a joy for songwriting and composition since his teen years. He moved from California to Washington in 2008 where he attended Cornish College of The Arts, studying Theatre. Brian formed the baroque pop band Tomten in 2010 with fellow Cornish students. Tomten has released four records, toured nationally, and internationally, on a trip to Iceland where they played at Reykjavik’s Menningarnott festival. The group has performed with acts such as Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Pickwick, and Papercuts. In 2016 He founded independent record label Plume Records with his bandmate Dillon Sturtevant in order to help release more new music from local bands. Brian is excited to share his love of music and acting at Mode through teaching piano, guitar, and assisting with theatre classes. He also looks forward to working with students who express a desire to write their own songs, or have an interest in synthesizers.
Brian teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele.
Brian is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who grew up in Seattle. He has been playing drums since he was 8, and touring for over ten years with a variety of bands. Currently, he is involved with projects including Isenordal, Endorphins Lost, and Impulse Noise. Brian volunteers at a local all-ages DIY venue, and loves encouraging and empowering young people to build their own joy, freedom, and culture through the egalitarian DIY approach that has always been so important to him. He is fun-loving, non-judgmental, and always curious to learn something new or share knowledge. He has a broad and eclectic taste in music, and is happy to dive into any style students are interested in. His personal favorite genres are death metal, grindcore, punk, doom metal, post-punk, classic rock’n’roll, goth, black metal, ’70s jazz fusion and prog, and opera. Outside of music, he enjoys writing lyrics, poems, and prose, travelling, vegan cooking, and a nice bike ride on a sunny day.
Teaches drums, guitar and ukulele on Fridays and Saturdays.
Caitlin started studying violin at the age of 2. Her first sentence was, “I ona pay a biowin.” (Translation: I want to play a violin.) Her parents listened, thus beginning Caitlin’s lifelong love of the violin. Caitlin studied the Suzuki Method with Mihoko Hirata. Mrs. Hirata was a student of Dr. Suzuki in Japan and was pivotal to bringing the Suzuki Method to the Pacific Northwest. In addition to private violin lessons, Caitlin also played with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, sang with Seattle Girls’ Choir, and was a leader in the Mercer Island High School Orchestra and Jazz Choir Programs. Caitlin went on to study violin performance at DePauw University. Her early music career included two tours of Europe, a solo concerto performance, and recording experience.
Caitlin returned to Seattle in 2003 and has since been performing and recording professionally with local bands. Currently she plays with Merchant Mariner, Olizar, and Casting Shadows. Caitlin is available for private violin lessons.
Teaches violin, viola and cello, voice, guitar and ukelele on Sundays.
teaches piano and voice on Saturdays.
teaches voice and piano
teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele.
Jack Gravalis is a guitarist, composer and arranger who began performing and teaching professionally in high school. He has been deeply passionate about music since he first picked up the guitar at age 13. He began his musical journey as a rock and blues guitarist by studying and transcribing Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Radiohead and many others. Since then he has developed a passion for a variety of other styles, composing and performing jazz, funk, hip hop, gospel, Latin, Afro-Cuban, R&B, classical and contemporary music.
Having received a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the world-renowned University of North Texas Division of Jazz Studies, Jack was fortunate enough to study under many great musicians including Fred Hamilton, Rich DeRosa, John Murphy, Pat Coil, Quincy Davis and Davy Mooney. He possesses a deep repertoire in a variety of styles and genres and a comprehensive understanding of music theory. In addition to performing all over the Seattle area, Jack composes music for independent films and local commercials.
Jack’s approach to teaching is goal-oriented. He believes (as most musicians do) that there are many ways to find fulfillment in learning an instrument. Whether it be learning your favorite songs, putting a band together and performing or writing music of your own, Jack will tailor your education to best help you achieve your musical aspirations. He also incorporates theory, ear training and music history to provide a foundation of understanding and structure for whatever subject piques his student’s interest.
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 piano, guitar, ukulele, vocals and bass on Mondays through Thursdays.
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 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
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.
Kevin teaches trumpet, french horn, and baritone on Sundays.
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 on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Andy teaches drums on Fridays.
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 on Mondays.
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 on Mondays and Fridays.
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 Sunday through Wednesday.
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, voice, guitar and ukulele on Monday and Wednesday.
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, guitar and ukulele on Mondays.
Guitarist, composer, and improviser Jackson Fahey is a knowledgeable performer of the diverse styles present in Jazz music. Ranging from the early traditional style of the 20’s and 30’s, the compositions of Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal , and further into the modern sounds of today Jackson seeks to challenge audiences with his eclectic taste. Jackson has performed in several venues across the U.S. such as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Lutkin Hall at Northwestern College in Evanston, Illinois, the Royal Room in Seattle, Egan’s Ballard Jam House, and PONCHO concert hall.
Jackson currently leads, an electric jazz quintet that is playing his original compositions and arrangements, a trio that performs world music influenced jazz, a guitar duo project focused on the Jazz music of the early 30’s, as well as solo guitar performance. As a sideman he has performed with Brazilian pianist, composer, and arranger Jovino Santos Neto, jazz French hornist, and composer Tom Varner, pianist composer Randy Halberstadt, as well as local Seattle artists such as vocalists Wendy Bradbury and Toni McGowan. Outside of jazz, he has been a part of interdisciplinary collaborations with dancers, creating multi-faceted works that incorporates not just composition but performance art as well.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois Jackson Fahey picked up the guitar at the age of 13, inspired by rock and heavy metal music. He attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts where he studied both Jazz and Classical performance, then Cornish College of the Arts where he earned a B.F.A. He has studied with Daniel Bruce, Jesse Langen, John Deitemyer, Chris Spencer, and James Knapp.
Jackson teaches guitar and ukulele on Wednesdays.
Matt Moore is from Austin, Texas. He picked up guitar at the age of 7. In middle school, he began with the saxophone. During high school, Matt learned piano and drums. Through college, he learned to play the clarinet and flute as well as perfected the rest of his instruments. Matt graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas at the Music School with a B.A. in Jazz Studies. From then, he has performed in many professional bands and formed his own groups, such as Circling Drones. Matt has a lot of experience in all the instruments he teaches.
Matt likes to combine what the students wants to learn with his knowledge of that particular style of music. He likes to integrate music theory lessons as well as teaching to read and write. Matt gives homework to allow the students to practice on their own at home. Most importantly, he wants the student(s) to enjoy learning everything they can about music.
Matt teaches saxophone (baritone,tenor and alto), clarinet, flute, drums, guitar, piano, ukulele and beginning bass on Saturdays and Sundays.
Natasha teaches piano and beginning guitar on Mondays and Fridays.