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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

Brian Spenser (he/him) - West Seattle
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 local all-ages DIY venues, 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

Celeste Felsheim (they/them) - West Seattle
Voice - Songwriting - Guitar - Piano

With experience in both professional orchestras and rock bands, Celeste is a lover and appreciator of many different musical genres. Celeste is a Seattle native who got her musical start at the youth summer program, Rain City Rock Camp as well as the global year long program School of Rock. (yes, it’s just like the movie!)

Celeste currently attends Cornish College of the Arts, pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in composition and songwriting, and she also plays all around Washington under the stage name King Sheim with a band of rotating Seattle musicians. She loves to teach the passionate beginner and the weekend musical-lover alike!

VENMO: @celeste-felsheim

Zeke Bender (he/him) - West Seattle
Drums - Bass - Piano

Zeke Bender was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He was banging on pots and pans as well as everything he could get his hands on until his parents relented and allowed him to get a drum kit when he was 8 years old. For years he studied under local drumming savant Mike Peterson, who helped him foster a love for all styles of drumming. He is always striving to learn new skills and help imbue that same love of music in his students.

Zeke has played in and recorded for many local bands over his 10 years in the Seattle music scene, performing a variety of different genres including rock, country, folk, jazz, & punk. He has also been a part of multiple tours across the United States as a band member as well as a drummer for hire. Zeke believes in taking the time to get to know his students, their musical passions, and their growth as musicians. Stemming from experiences in his own drum education, he believes that listening to and dissecting songs that his students are interested in is equally as important as the traditional aspects of drum lessons, such as technique, posture and rudiments. Zeke finds that perhaps the most important lesson that a music teacher can impart on their students is to find their own passion for music playing, listening, and appreciating.

Yaz Ahsani (she/her/they/them)
Guitar - Bass - Piano - Harmonica

At 9 years old, Yaz asked for her first electric guitar, spending hours memorizing scales and learning patterns by ear. With a fascination for gear, she spent her formative years ripping apart guitars and putting them back together. Her love for music theory and improv matured as a guitarist, bassist, and drummer in her school’s jazz band. After being discovered by a local studio manager, she started working as a session guitarist at 16 and performing regularly. She grew to be heavily influenced by most sub-genres of rock, including the intricacies of math, metal, and most importantly, blues.

Yaz aims to understand what excites students, tailoring lessons to meet whatever their goals are, while secretly slipping in healthy habits and tricks that build a solid foundation. She loves breaking down complex concepts and techniques to be more approachable and prove that anyone can sound great with some perseverance and patience! You can find her playing festivals with local Seattle riot grrrl band, Lemon Boy.

Angie Dane (she/her) - Online only
Drums

Dr. Angela Dane lives in Seattle, Washington, and is a Women's Studies instructor at the local college. She is a Staff Writer and Editor for Tom Tom Magazine, the only publication in the world dedicated to female and non-binary percussionists. She owns and operates the only female and black-owned drum studio in Seattle dedicated to empowering women through the drum kit, Atrocity Drums. Additionally, she is the drummer for the all-female heavy rock bands Atrocity Girl and Kitty Junk, whose members are recording engineers in their own right. She also co-founded gear fanatix, a site dedicated to empowering underrepresented voices in audio through demos, reviews, and a forum.

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

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

Scott Langdon (he/him) - West Seattle
Piano - Drums - Ukulele - Guitar

Scott is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years experience on drum set, mallet percussion, hand percussion, piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. A native of Bremerton, Washington, he was exposed to music early in childhood, thus developing a deep familiarity with music from day one. After high school his musical passion led him to Washington State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music: Percussion Performance with a Jazz Emphasis degree.

After a year teaching and performing in the countryside of central California, Scott returned to the Puget Sound to continue pursuing his career. He’s been an instructor for the Northwest Percussion Festival, a clinician at the Northwest Percussion Project, and a clinician for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho. He has played throughout the northwest with The Gods Themselves, Purple Mane, Nowsterday, Halley Greg, and Trick Candles, as well as freelance work.

Venmo: @Scott-Langdon-2