West Seattle Music Teachers test

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. All Mode teachers have passed a Washington State background check.
Kevin Murphy
Guitar - Ukulele - Songwriting

Kevin Murphy picked up the guitar when he was 10 years old. At the age of 14, he formed his first band and performed around Seattle opening for established local bands, including Mudhoney. In 2006, Kevin formed the rock/folk band The Moondoggies which led to 4 full length albums on Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art. The Moondoggies have toured and performed alongside bands such as The Lumineers, The Cave Singers, The Head and The Heart, Blitzen Trapper and Dawes. Kevin has also shared the stage with legendary artists Robbie Robertson, CSNY, Brandi Carlile, Dave Mathews, and more.

Kevin’s teaching philosophy is based on learning the instrument in a fun, creative and personalized way connected to each individual student and their own mode of expression. He believes there are songs to be learned and songs to be written. Kevin’s goal is to ignite a fire in one’s self expression and confidence in playing that will remain with them their whole life, whether it’s onstage or in their living room. He feels music is incredibly valuable to communicate the feelings we can’t put into words and can rewire our brains for the better, especially in the minds of our young students. Kevin is the father to two wonderful young girls, Sonnie and Zuma.

Kevin teaches ukulele, guitar and songwriting.

Bess Hepner
Guitar - Bass - Voice - Ukulele - Songwriting

Bess Hepner is a dynamic guitarist and multi-genre artist who can effortlessly hop between funk and classical, collaborating with hip hop artists, circus performers, and folk singer-songwriters. Bess began playing guitar at age 8 and started performing at age 12. From ages 15 to age 20, Bess played in the Western Massachusetts-based band Who’da Funk It?, a dance band that encompassed punk, funk, ska, afrobeat, soul, RnB, hip-hop, jazz, blues, rock, klezmer, bossa nova, etc. She studied classical guitar at Smith College with Phillip De Fremery 2012-2016. In 2016 Bess moved to Seattle and began pursuing her solo project bess hepner. In April 2019 she released her debut solo album 17-24, a coming of age album, which includes visual art and soundscapes. In addition, Bess is currently involved with Bess and Amber, a neo-soul Seattle duo. She plays bass for Erika Lundahl, guitar for Israeli/Russian jazz singer Alina Turnipseed and has done music for A Frayed Knot’s circus production “The Vivarium.” She led and instructed guitar club at Mary's Place for elementary school students from 2017-2019. Bess also led guitar instruction, songwriting and band coaching at Girls Rock! DC summer of 2015.

Bess is available for guitar, bass, voice, ukelele and songwriting lessons.

Bess Hepner
Guitar - Bass - Voice - Ukulele - Songwriting

Bess Hepner is a dynamic guitarist and multi-genre artist who can effortlessly hop between funk and classical, collaborating with hip hop artists, circus performers, and folk singer-songwriters. Bess began playing guitar at age 8 and started performing at age 12. From ages 15 to age 20, Bess played in the Western Massachusetts-based band Who’da Funk It?, a dance band that encompassed punk, funk, ska, afrobeat, soul, RnB, hip-hop, jazz, blues, rock, klezmer, bossa nova, etc. She studied classical guitar at Smith College with Phillip De Fremery 2012-2016. In 2016 Bess moved to Seattle and began pursuing her solo project bess hepner. In April 2019 she released her debut solo album 17-24, a coming of age album, which includes visual art and soundscapes. In addition, Bess is currently involved with Bess and Amber, a neo-soul Seattle duo. She plays bass for Erika Lundahl, guitar for Israeli/Russian jazz singer Alina Turnipseed and has done music for A Frayed Knot’s circus production “The Vivarium.” She led and instructed guitar club at Mary's Place for elementary school students from 2017-2019. Bess also led guitar instruction, songwriting and band coaching at Girls Rock! DC summer of 2015.

Bess is available for guitar, bass, voice, ukelele and songwriting lessons.

Kevin Murphy
Guitar - Ukulele - Songwriting

Kevin Murphy picked up the guitar when he was 10 years old. At the age of 14, he formed his first band and performed around Seattle opening for established local bands, including Mudhoney. In 2006, Kevin formed the rock/folk band The Moondoggies which led to 4 full length albums on Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art. The Moondoggies have toured and performed alongside bands such as The Lumineers, The Cave Singers, The Head and The Heart, Blitzen Trapper and Dawes. Kevin has also shared the stage with legendary artists Robbie Robertson, CSNY, Brandi Carlile, Dave Mathews, and more.

Kevin’s teaching philosophy is based on learning the instrument in a fun, creative and personalized way connected to each individual student and their own mode of expression. He believes there are songs to be learned and songs to be written. Kevin’s goal is to ignite a fire in one’s self expression and confidence in playing that will remain with them their whole life, whether it’s onstage or in their living room. He feels music is incredibly valuable to communicate the feelings we can’t put into words and can rewire our brains for the better, especially in the minds of our young students. Kevin is the father to two wonderful young girls, Sonnie and Zuma.

Kevin teaches ukulele, guitar and songwriting.

Mode Staff Alumni

Rachel Ewen

Seattle Musician