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Nate Rogers
Piano - Bass - 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 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.

VENMO: @nathaniel-rogers-2

PAYPAL: nathanieletrogers@gmail.com

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

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.

Matthew Chaney
Piano - Guitar - Bass - Ukulele - Audio Production

Matthew was born in West Seattle and raised in the fabulous PNW. He moved to Vashon Island ten years ago after raising a family of 3 boys while spending two decades in the insurance industry and is happy and blessed to return to his true passions — playing and teaching music. Matthew has been playing piano since age 7 and has taught himself to play a myriad of other instruments. He attended Seattle Pacific University and earned degrees in Music and Communication, appearing on the dean’s list every quarter for outstanding grades and performance. Upon arriving on Vashon, Matthew joined Americana band Gregg Curry & Ragged Glory and played piano with the band for two years. Most recently, he’s spent the past two years backing up retro-chic female trio The Curvettes. He’s made folks smile and dance at The Red Bike, Snapdragon, Black Cat Cabaret, Sporty’s, Vashon/Maury Golf & Country Club, Kathryn L. White Hall, Strawberry Festival, Feedback Lounge, and Café Racer. Matthew has a well-developed awareness and understanding of individual learning styles and is a highly effective communicator. Expert at motivational skills, he is positive and flexible. He offers a comprehensive curriculum, including music theory, music history, repertoire, sight-reading, and composition.

Dick Cady
Piano

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.

Erin will be coordinating tips to Dick's studio through her Venmo. You can tip Dick at:

VENMO: @ladyerin

Ricky Claudon
Piano - Guitar - Bass - Ukulele

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.

VENMO: @Maximilion-Mondale

PAYPAL: ermarchantc@gmail.com

CASHAPP: $StickyRixky

Lucas Van Linden
Piano - Voice

After being asked to sing with a contemporary music ensemble at church, an 8-year-old Lucas learned the thrill of performing. His first ventures into music were mostly at other churches, where he gained the confidence he needed to audition for community musical theater. Known for his singing ability, he won roles in a variety of productions and joined the Repertoire Touring Company, a musical theater troupe that performed for local schools. After many years of performing in musicals and with his school's choral ensembles, he began writing his own songs, eventually performing them for local talent shows and showcases.

Lucas graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. This degree program included four years of classical voice training as well as music theory, music history, ear training, piano study, and music composition. Out of undergrad, he continued to sing classically, eventually coming back to songwriting. A new addition to the Seattle music scene, he has been frequenting open mics and finding opportunities to perform his music while also teaching here at Mode. He has years of experience teaching beginner to advanced voice students of all ages, and has developed his skills with teaching beginner to intermediate piano students.

VENMO: @Lucas-VanLinden

PAYPAL: vanlindenvoice@gmail.com

CASHAPP: $LucasVanLinden

Sarah Howard
Voice - Piano - Ukulele - Guitar - Songwriting

Sarah Howard began singing and playing piano in church at age 8. By 14, she was playing guitar and writing songs. Sarah was playing live in and around her native North Carolina by the time she was 18 and by 21 had traveled across the US playing music. Working as a songwriter and hired studio singer in Los Angeles eventually brought her to the NW in 2009. She has written and performed with many Seattle bands including Roxbury Pound and Carnival Knowledge. Also a dance teacher, Sarah is a self-confessed rhythm nerd and combines theory and technique with a practicality that keeps music fun and easy. Her teaching style approaches each student individually and gives them a broad picture of what music can be. She is still traveling, playing music and teaching down the west coast and Mexico.

Daisy Sky
Cello - Violin Viola - Voic - Beginning Piano

Daisy Sky grew up immersed in music. Her father, George Shangrow, was a prominent figure in Seattle’s classical music scene and there were always rehearsals, auditions, and post-concert parties happening in her home. Her mother, Julie Reed, is an active cellist and singer, so Daisy Sky was enveloped in the vibrations of cello and voice before she was even born. Daisy Sky started on violin and piano before she even started kindergarten, but realized within a couple of years that she was truly born to play the cello. She studied privately with Mara Finkelstein for nearly ten years, and she played in the Seattle Youth Symphony, Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and in several school orchestras and chamber ensembles growing up.

Daisy Sky also is an avid singer, previously leading sections in Northwest Girlchoir and the Amherst College Choir, as well as singing with the Seattle Chamber Singers and for years in church and school choirs. She studied music theory, ear training, music history, performance, and creative expression at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and spent a summer at the distinguished Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Now, Daisy Sky has expanded her musical ventures and is singing and playing cello with Wolfchild, a Seattle-based indie band. She hopes to support young artists in developing the foundation to fully express their creativity in any style of music they want to play.

VENMO: @cellodaisy

PAYPAL: dshangrow@gmail.com

CASHAPP: $dshang

Jacqui Sandor
Piano - Violin - Viola - Cello - Bass

Jacqui is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose teaching mantra is "I am a coach, and I will help you grow into the musician you want to be at your pace." She has been a teacher for 15 years, is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ and gender equality, and has worked with neurodiverse students. She loves helping people work through their performance anxiety - getting past that has been a challenge of hers as well, and she knows all the tricks.
Growing up in Renton she was the principal bassist of the Renton Youth Symphonic Orchestra and studied bass with Chuck Israels and Ben Musa at WWU. In New Orleans she got her degree in String Bass Performance from the University of New Orleans. While there she studied with Harold Battiste who encouraged her vocal career, and has graced the stage both as a bassist and as a vocalist with many of New Orleans' best musicians on many of its biggest stages. She was the principal bassist of the New Orleans Civic Symphony for many years, and played bass in the pit orchestras in every musical theater house in New Orleans. She recently held the bass chair at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
She has performed professionally in various settings on violin, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki, viola, and cello. Her folk music career, where she plays guitar and sings Irish and American folk and traditional music, has taken her on tours and residencies around the country. She is currently travelling, teaching remotely and offering her folk music knowledge through Twitch streams until we can all be together again.

VENMO: @POLLUXjac

PAYPAL: PayPal.me/jacquisandor

Eliot Jones
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Voice
Eliot has played piano for over 20 years and has done a bit of everything in the music scene. In college, he studied songwriting under Sue Ennis, a nationally recognized writer known for working with Seattle rock band Heart. As a solo pianist, he’s shared the stage and recorded with talented artists like The Lashes, Al Rowe, and Bottlenose Koffins. He also founded local indie-rock group On Grounds, where he was the guitarist and singer.  
 
Above all else, Eliot is a dedicated music teacher. He has a real passion to help students, always going the extra mile to make lessons fun and engaging. This year in response to Covid, he developed his own unique whiteboard set-up that is perfect for musical games, visual, and online learning! As a teacher, he understands the sensitivity that many musicians have, and has worked with neurodiverse students and people of all ages. 
 
Eliot would be a great fit for someone who wants to explore different instruments, writing music, and learning how to record their own songs at home. He teaches Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and Songwriting on Tuesdays. 

VENMO: @chicken-jones

PAYPAL: PayPal.me/EliotJonesMusic

ZELLE: Eliotjonesed@yahoo.com

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.

Craig Suede
Guitar - Voice - Ukulele - Piano

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.

VENMO: @CraigSuede

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.

David Dolengewicz
Woodwinds - Piano - Ukulele - Guitar

David Dolengewicz grew up on the central coast of California participating in as many musical activities as he could such as marching band, honor band, and youth symphony. His youth symphony went to Europe one summer and he got to play the clarinet solo on Rhapsody In Blue for that, which he thought was really cool. After high school David earned his BA in Jazz Arranging at the University of North Texas where he studied saxophone with Jim Riggs and Tom Luer. Since then David has been residing in Seattle where he has continued to participate in many musical activities such as playing at jam sessions, busking around town with The Speakeasy Jazz Cats, and performing local bands including The Crown Villians, Breaks and Swells, Freudian Slurp, Da Beckoning Band, and sitting in with many others.

As far as teaching goes, David believes that music is an art, a sport, and a game all rolled into one. He has seen the best progress in himself as well as others when they embrace the emotional expressiveness of music, work to train the muscles and the mind to efficiently produce music, and have fun with the process of learning and performing. 

VENMO: @DDolen

PayPal: Saxpedalguy@gmail.com

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

Natasha Lumba
Piano - Guitar

Natasha started playing piano at age 4, before getting a scholarship at age 8 to the French-American Conservatory of Music. There she studied classical piano for 10 years, performing at many prestigious venues across New York such as Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall, The Colony Club & The Ukrainian Institute of America, to name a few. Her classical training was very structured, but she was always a rock & punk musician at heart. While attending college in LA, she picked up guitar, and started playing in bands.

Functioning primarily as a lead vocalist & keyboardist, she has performed in bands in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco & Seattle. Currently, Natasha plays keyboard & synth for local Seattle band, Razor Clam--a 5 piece femme band, described as "goth glam" & "mermaid dream punk" whose ethos strives to increase inclusion & representation for women & marginalized communities in a male dominated music industry.

Natasha uses both her childhood background in a rigorous musical setting, and her experiences in adulthood as a performer to inform her teaching style. She aims to marry the necessary musical skills & knowledge with the freedom of expression not always present in classical schooling. Most importantly, she wants to foster a love of music in her students, and empower them to create. But she also wants them to practice. A lot.

PAYPAL: nlumbamusic@gmail.com