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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.
Brandon teaches drums, bass, ukulele and guitar.
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.
Nate teaches piano, guitar and 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.
Ricky teaches piano, guitar, bass and ukulele.
Craig is a 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.
Craig teaches guitar, vocals, ukulele, and beginning piano.
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 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.
Erin Rae Murray has been singing her little heart out professionally for the last few years although her love for music goes as far back as she can remember. Her childhood was steeped in the rich four-part harmonies of the Mennonite tradition and the daily DJing her father did around the house. In elementary school, she sang in choir and fronted musicals, picked up the guitar in high school, and sang in gospel choir in college. After graduating, she spent her time adventuring and teaching around the world; from teen empowerment in the mountains of Guatemala, to preschool in urban El Salvador, to 6th grade English in South Korea, to Spanish at a Montessori school here in Seattle. All of which has brought her here to Mode, where she couldn’t be happier to finally combine her passion for teaching with her love for music.
Erin teaches voice, guitar, ukulele and beginning piano.
Matt teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, drums, guitar, piano, ukulele and beginning bass.
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.
Paul teaches drums, guitar, piano, ukulele and bass.
Sphie is a singer, songwriter, pianist and music producer. Trained from age seven in classical opera, musical theater and piano, she also had a thriving curiosity in improvisation, songwriting and pop performance from a young age. Because of this, her teaching style compliments a multi-genre curriculum. She also intertwines traditional theory, technique and performance while accommodating individuality and creativity within each student. Sphie offers a fun, relaxed and creative approach to singing, piano, songwriting and music performance lessons. She believes that education is an individualized process and thrives on growing healthy minds through compassionate and interactive learning. She received an A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music where she studied recording arts, songwriting, pop stage performance and music business.
In addition to private vocal, piano and performance lessons, she generates curriculum for inner-city music programs. These programs focus on generating compassion, self-confidence, communication and collaboration. Sphie is a solo recording and touring artist, dancer and music video producer. She is also a yoga & mindfulness instructor and vibrational sound therapist. Through these mediums, she also offers classes and workshops focused on healing trauma and bringing positive self-awareness to individuals and communities.
Sphie teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele.
Eva Walker is a Seattle born rock n roll musician. She is the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Black Tones, which she co-founded with her twin brother in 2011. Her band has played venues such as the Paramount Theatre, the Crocodile, Tractor Tavern and notable festivals such as the first annual Upstream Music Festival, Capital Hill Block Party, Doe Bay, Timber Festival and many more. Opening for acts such as Death Cab for Cutie,Tacocat, Love Battery, have appeared on the Spud Goodman Show and featured on the televised show Band in Seattle on CW 11. Eva as herself and with the band, has been featured multiple times in AFROPUNK, KEXP and many other notable outlets.
Eva teaches beginning guitar, drums, piano, vocals and ukulele.