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Gianni Aiello (he/him) - West Seattle
Bass - Guitar - Piano - Drums - Ukulele

Gianni Aiello is a Burien born multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer. He is driven by a strong musical curiosity which has taken him from learning Beatles tunes on the piano as a child to touring across the country in his rock band Naked Giants. In addition to his bass work with Naked Giants, he has played guitar and piano with Car Seat Headrest on such stages as Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show, and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and he also plays drums in the Seattle-based band Pablo’s Legs.

The desire to be a lifelong student of music keeps Gianni reaching for the next steps, and he believes that same desire can be found in anyone. His lessons focus on exploring what excites each student about music - whether it’s personal expression through songwriting, intellectual development through theory and analysis, or just the sheer fun of jamming! While basic techniques are fundamental to any field, Gianni seeks to create a low-pressure learning environment where a student’s progress is determined not by their technical skill but by their enthusiasm for music.

VENMO: @Gianni-Aiello PAYPAL: gianniraiello@gmail.com

Jordan Brawner (she/her) - West Seattle
Guitar - Ukulele - Bass Guitar - Drums - Piano

Jordan Brawner has been playing guitar for 15 years and has been a professional working musician for over six years, completely steeping her life in guitar and music theory. She has worked in the Grammy-award winning studio Orbit Audio as an assistant engineer and session musician. Jordan has also toured and recorded with her own bands Meanderthals and Hurry Up Snufkin.

Jordan attended Shoreline Community College's music program, and has worked with artists of every genre and skill level. Possessing a background in childcare, Jordan has had many opportunities to work with young children and has experience working with musical students of all ages. She has been devoted to developing her guitar chops through years of practice. Jordan has a personal fondness for jazz fusion and punk rock. She currently lives in Bothell with her cat Paul. She teaches guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, piano, theory, composition, and music technology.

Brandon Bermudez (he/him) - West Seattle
Drums - Music Production - Bass Guitar - Ukulele - Piano - Guitar

Brandon has been a working musician, producer, and engineer in the Seattle/Tacoma area for the past decade. He regularly plays in and around the Seattle area and sometimes tours in other countries. Brandon 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 the ability to perform in many styles of music by sharing from his 20+ years of composition and performance experience.

VENMO: @ezekiel-lords

Ricky Claudon (he/him) - West Seattle
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Bass Guitar

Ricky brings together his background as a tutor and paraeducator with his lifetime experience in music for an individualized approach to music education that focuses on memory, fluency, and music appreciation. As a working musician he has spent time developing his skill by adapting and learning a variety of styles on piano and guitar.

In piano, he specializes in theory, memorization, performance, and improvisation, has a deep knowledge of classical style and teaches popular Baroque and Romantic repertoire. Ricky also teaches Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll styles, and in general encourages his students to explore a diverse range of music.

In guitar/uke/bass, Ricky enjoys teaching finger picking style, improvisation, and basic theory. He also teaches students who want to learn to sing+play, and write their own music. He specializes in combining rhythmic and lyrical styles and teaches techniques on how to effectively memorize lyrics and changes in songs.

VENMO: @Maximilion-Mondale PAYPAL: ermarchantc@gmail.com CASHAPP: $StickyRixky

Jules Mayfield (she/her) - West Seattle
Drums - Guitar - Bass Guitar

Jules is an experienced live performer and studio musician specialized in rock genres. Over the years she has performed behind the drum kit in over a dozen local Seattle bands both live and in the recording studio. She specializes in percussion and also plays guitar, bass and sings in her own band. She is most experienced in hard rock, but also has experience playing in Americana, pop, synth wave and folk bands. She is known locally for her past, current and up and coming performances with True Unknown, Jules Attempt, Sprig, Sweet Creature and Bad Time Friend. You can expect to find her performing on stage most weekends!

As her student, you can expect to learn how to have fun playing your instrument first and foremost! You will be guided through all the essentials such as stick control, independence, beats, fills, drum notation, rudiments, musicality, dynamics and how to apply these skills to the music you love. She believes that learning to play music should be full of fun challenges and will help you set your own musical goals and design a practice routine to help you achieve them.

Jeff Kink (he/him)
Bas / Cello / Violin / Guitar / Piano
Jeff began his journey as a musician when he was a young student, taking lessons for contra (upright) bass violin, as well as playing it in school orchestras and jazz bands. As an adult Jeff continued to grow his instrumental skills, learning cello, viola, and violin, as well as guitar, bass (guitar), drums, and piano.

As a professional musician Jeff has recorded, performed, and toured with various bands over the past twenty years. For thirteen of those years Jeff was also a music venue manager, booker, and live sound engineer. Jeff is currently in two bands and occasionally works as a freelance studio musician.

Jeff lives in the Ravenna neighborhood with his partner Lara, their dog Emmitt, and their cat Hunter

Bess Hepner
Guitar - Bass - Voice - Ukulele - Songwriting

Bess Hepner is a multi-genre musician who has collaborated with hip hop artists, circus performers, and folk singer-songwriters. From ages 15-20, Bess played in a multi-genre dance band Who’da Funk It? and studied classical guitar 2012-2016. In 2016 Bess moved to Seattle and began pursuing her solo project. In addition, she has played bass/lead guitar for a number of Seattle artists and guitar for A Frayed Knot’s circus production “The Vivarium.”

Bess has a lot of experience working with all ages (from 4 year olds, to teens to adults). In addition to music making, she teaches basic history of instruments, genres, songs, and musical styles.

Guitar: (beginner-advanced) open chords and barre chords, scales, music theory basics, soloing and improv, finger picking, reading tablature and sheet music, and the following genres based on your interest: classical, folk/fingerstyle/blues fingerpicking, rock, jazz, punk, funk, rhythm, songwriting and more. 

Ukulele: (beginner-intermediate)

open chords and barre chords, scales, music theory basics, soloing and improv, fingerstyle, reading tablature and sheet music. For younger players (ages 4-9) creative games and activities.

Voice: (beginner) warm ups, breathing exercises, vowels, head voice and chest voice, rhythm, and ear training. Lessons are tailored to songs and genres students want to learn (not including opera or musical theater). 

Songwriting: This is very open ended and based on students’ individual creative process.

VENMO: Bess-Hepner

PAYPAL: besshepner@gmail.com

Blake Madden (he/him) - West Seattle
Electric Bass - Upright Bass - Guitar - Music Theory - Songwriting - Ukulele

Blake Madden has twenty years of experience composing, recording, and  performing music in New York and Seattle. He is the bass player and musical director for the Prince tribute band Purple Mane, and the bassist, lead singer, and principal composer for his own noir pop group, Hotels. Blake has performed live on KEXP, studied music theory and composition through the Pacific Northwest Film scoring program, and studied electric bass with Todd Kovell at Seattle School of Strings.

VENMO: @SoupIsLove

Isaac McDonald (he/him) - West Seattle
Bass Guitar - Double Bass - Guitar - Ukulele - Piano

Isaac has been playing bass for 15 years and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in American Music Studies. His own instruction has involved many talented and renowned local musicians. He enjoys working with all ages of students and has 10 years of teaching experience. Isaac has a background playing in a wide range of musical genres.

VENMO: @isaac1111. PAYPAL: PayPal.me/flarp40 CASHAPP: $Flarp40

Matt Moore (he/him) - Online Only
Saxophones - Clarinet - Flute - Guitar - Bass Guitar - Ukulele - Piano - Drums

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, he learned piano and drums. Through college, he learned to play the clarinet and flute as well as perfected the rest of the instruments he teaches. Matt graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas at the Music School with a B.M. in Jazz Studies. From then, he has performed in many professional bands and formed his own groups, such as Nowsterday. Matt has a vast amount of experience in all the instruments he teaches.

Matt likes to combine what the students want 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 music. Most importantly, he wants his students to have fun during lessons and gain a deep love for music and their instrument.

Venmo: @nowsterday PayPal: mattmozoso@gmail.com

Nate Rogers (he/him) - West Seattle
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele

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 multitalent 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 own teachers gave to him.

VENMO: @nathaniel-rogers-2 PAYPAL: nathanieletrogers@gmail.com

Ken Jacobson (he/him) - Vashon
Guitar - Classical Guitar - Bass - Oud - Piano - Ukulele - Production - Theory - Cello - Dulcimer - Mandolin - Banjo

Ken Jacobsen is a guitarist, cellist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who currently lives in Tacoma WA and teaches there as well as Vashon Island. He has a degree in classical guitar performance and has performed and recorded many different classical styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Spanish/Flamenco, Brazilian guitar, Tango and modern music. He performs regularly as a solo guitarist and with various ensembles including Tacomas's Verde ensemble and the Vashon-Maury Island Chamber Orchestra.

He also loves playing Jazz guitar, everything from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Bossa Nova, and Cuban Son. Ken has been playing cello as well for many years, beginning in college with an irresistible urge to learn the Bach Cello Suites, and currently performs regularly on electric cello with loops and effects, creating multi-layered ambient soundscapes. His love of world and folk music led him to the Middle Eastern Oud, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin and Djembe. Ken's first real instrument was a Fender Stratocaster, and he's always ready for a funky throwdown, having played with bands such as Vashon funk powerhouse Blue Monster. He has more recently been involved in electronic music production and performance, with unique live performances combining hardware synthesizers and drum machines with cello, guitar and percussion. Ken is the Executive Director of Destiny City Music Collective, a Tacoma non-profit dedicated to providing quality, affordable music education and performance opportunities to students or all ages and income levels.

Michael D. Marcus (he/him) - Vashon
Double Bass - Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Violin - Viola - Cello

Bassist and educator, Michael Marcus was born into a musical family going back 5 generations. Presently his Brother, Sons and Nephew are all actively working as musicians. In 1981 Michael received a scholarship to New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he graduated with academic honors. He has been a private music teacher since 1985.

As the Bassist, Michael has performed, recorded and or toured with many artists since 1977: Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Benny Green, Charlie Haden, Hal Galper, Andrei Ryabov.

In the Seattle Metro and here on Vashon he has performed with: Jose Gonzales, John Hansen, Danny Kolke, Gregg Curry, Rick Dahms, Doug Pine, Kat Eggleston, Rebekah Kuzma, Joe Panzetta, Christopher Overstreet, Michael Whitmore, Wes Peterson, Emory, Roger Taylor, Tony Mann, Jason Lollar, Lonesome Mike, Sarah Howard, Dianne Krouse.