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Gianni Aiello
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

Paul Davis
Piano - Guitar - Bass - Ukulele - Drums

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.

Brian Spenser
Guitar - Ukulele - Drums

Brian is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who grew up in Seattle. He has been playing drums since he was 8, and learned from legends including Michael Shrieve and Jerry Garcia. He has been touring for a dozen years with bands including Isenordal, Impulse Noise, Endorphins Lost, Wilt, and Asymmetric Warfare, among others. 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 has worked with students from the ages of 4 to 64.

A lesson with Brian usually focuses on a song (or some parts of it) that the student has identified or expressed interest in. Brian loves the opportunity to help students connect not only with what an artist played, but also the music theory and culture that informs how and why they played it that way. During lessons, he often makes quick observations about the theoretical structure or cultural tradition of the song so his students are able to naturally pick up important music theory concepts from multiple different examples without feeling lectured. Brian has great success relating to and working with students who have attention disorders or learning disabilities.

Brian has a broad taste in music--he likes everything from Brutal Deathgrind to Funeral Doom. Sometimes he even listens to music that isn't some obscure subgenre of heavy metal! Actually, Brian loves all kinds of music and is happy and able to dive into any style students are interested in. Some of his favorite styles include post-punk, black metal, '70s jazz fusion/prog, and modern opera.

VENMO: @Brian-Spenser

Joe Ross
Drums

Joe Ross was born in Las Vegas, Nevada but grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. He has been playing drums passionately for 25 years and has been working as a touring musician for over 20 years. He has traveled all over the country with various projects and had the opportunity to tour Europe twice, and Central America most recently. Joe moved to Seattle about 6 years ago to seek more opportunities to play music. He is currently in 4 active bands and plays drums almost every day. He is passionate about continuing to learn more about his craft and truly enjoys sharing it with others. The musical styles he enjoys most are Rock, Surf, Punk, post punk, hardcore and metal. He has taught off and on for many years, including a brief stint at the Perkins school where he had the opportunity to teach youth. When he is not playing drums (which is rare) he enjoys spending time with his partner, Chani and their 3 dogs Tango, Isha and Lizard.

Celeste Felsheim
Voice - Guitar - Drums

Celeste Felsheim started singing in choirs and musicals in elementary school, when she also started playing cello, and later string bass, in the school orchestra. She then got interested in guitar and bass through classic rock, and became a part of Rain City Rock Camp for Girls and School of Rock. After spending high school playing in orchestras during the week and in rock n roll bands on the weekends, she now attends Cornish College of the Arts and is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Composition, as well as fronting her punk band King Sheim.

She has performed in bands as a vocalist, guitarist and drummer for about 10 years, and currently plays with her band King Sheim and with her roommate's bands, Amy Hall and Xeno.

VENMO: @celeste-felsheim

Matt Moore
Saxophone - (Baritone,Tenor and Alto) - Clarinet - Flute - Drums - Guitar - Piano - Ukulele

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.

VENMO: @Nowsterday

PayPal: mattmozoso@gmail.com

Brandon Bermudez
Drums - Bass - Ukulele - Piano - Guitar

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.

Josh Russell
Piano, Guitar, Flute, Bass, Drums

Southern California native Joshua Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, session drummer, and songwriter. Having started on piano at the age of 3, Russell has a firm and structured musical history. During primary education the trumpet and flute were learned, before ardently diving into percussion. Within the Junior year of high school, the drummer earned a 3rd Place SCSBOA championship with the Lancaster High School Marching Band as well as taking fourth in Percussion overall, despite having no instructor at the time. Continuing with instruction from Tony Capko's School of Drumming and session artist Noah Hecht, Joshua began instructing professionally out of Mel booker Music in 2017 with 2 years experience teaching basics privately.

Pursuing the art in youth had brought forth plenty of creative ventures and outlets including planning live shows and concerts, theatrical productions, as well as record engineering and production. The artist also has a history doing well in teaching those with symptoms of autism and attention deficit disorder. Joshua is a Type 1 Diabectic and firmly believes that playing instruments is a healthy source of exercise. In 2018, the artist had begun frequenting and playing music in Washington state, eventually moving to Seattle the following year to further musical endeavors. Having performed in live settings, concerts, and shows for over a decade, Joshua takes patience and confidence with each and every forthcoming project.

James Squires
Drums - Piano - Audio Production

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.