Violin Lessons

Violin lessons are available all week. Sign up here! 

Emily Jensenius (they/them) - Online Only
Viola - Violin - Piano - Ukulele

Emily Jensenius was born in Issaquah, WA, into a family of music lovers that includes several pianists, an opera singer, and a zither player. As a teen, Emily played viola in the Seattle Youth Symphony and also performed on Classic King FM radio with their string quartet. Emily went on to study viola performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, and Florida State University. Their major teachers were Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey, James Dunham, and Pamela Ryan. At FSU, Emily received assistantships to coach viola and chamber music, as well as to play with the College of Music's Eppes String Quartet, which collaborated with student composers on new works. The Eppes was coached by cellist Greg Sauer and mentored by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

As an orchestral musician in Florida, Emily played with many professional ensembles, including the Tallahassee Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Albany Symphony. After graduation Emily was fortunate to live in Oxford, England, for a few years, where they taught privately and performed as a member of the Oxford Chamber Orchestra and the Oxford Sinfonia. Emily currently lives near Washington, D.C., and teaches for Mode online.

Emily encourages students to be self-directed, and will follow each player's musical interests while also fostering healthy technique and critical listening skills. A lesson with Emily will typically focus on physical setup, pitch and rhythmic awareness, style and phrasing, and strategies for efficient practice. Emily's goal is for every student to enjoy being a musician and to feel increased self-confidence as they improve. Some of Emily's other interests are distance running, watching video essays, listening to oldies, folk, or pop music, and baking pies.

VENMO: @ej_viola

Daisy Sky (she/her) - West Seattle
Cello - Voice - Violin - Viola - Piano - Ukulele - Songwriting

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.

After a series of mental and physical injuries that she incurred through competitive classical playing, Daisy Sky shifted her attention to the healing potential of playing music, which is a primary focus in her teaching. Daisy Sky received her BA in Psychology from The Evergreen State College and she applies her learning to create an environment for students that is developmentally appropriate and nurtures continual growth. Daisy Sky is committed to teaching students to play their instruments in a way that supports positive mental and physical health as well as greater mindfulness, self-expression, emotional intelligence, and confidence! Daisy Sky is passionate about using music as a tool for empowerment with her students of all ages, and brings an encouraging, uplifting attitude into the lesson room.

Daisy Sky also is an avid singer and songwriter! She has led sections in Northwest Girlchoir and the Amherst College Choir, and was a singer in the Seattle Chamber Singers and various church and school choirs. From a young age, she studied music theory, ear training, music history, performance, and creative expression at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. Since 2019, Daisy Sky has been singing and playing cello with Wolfchild, a Seattle-based indie band. She hopes to support her students in developing a foundation to fully express their creativity in any style of music they want to play.

VENMO: @cellodaisy PAYPAL: dshangrow@gmail.com CASHAPP: $dshang

Bashar Balleh (he/him) - West Seattle
Flamanco Guitar - Classical Guitar - Guitar - Violin - Ukulele - Oud

Bashar’s been playing and teaching music for over 12 years. When he left Syria for Turkey before settling in Seattle, he founded the band Country For Syria to raise awareness of the overlap between Western and Eastern cultures amid the refugee crisis. Bashar is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in all stringed instruments.

As a teacher Bashar takes a personalized approach to meet each students’ need, and is very invested in his students’ success. 

VENMO: Bashar-balleh

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

Abigail Rowland (she/her) - Online Only
Violin - Viola - Piano - Guitar - Ukulele

Abigail loves everything about music, especially getting to connect people to their own musical creativity. She is a classically trained violinist, who began playing violin at the age of five in a Suzuki school. Since then she studied violin performance at the University of Minnesota and has performed with numerous orchestras and quartets. She also plays guitar, ukulele, piano, and performs as a singer and songwriter. As a teacher, Abigail is playful, creative, and patient. She loves working with students of all ages and engaging every learning style.

VENMO: @playingwithrania

Jonah Byrne (he/him) - West Seattle
Violin - Viola

Jonah Byrne has been playing violin for over 30 years, teaching, performing, recording, and composing in a wide variety of styles. He started playing the violin at age six when his mother inherited an old violin from her great uncle and wanted to keep a family tradition alive. He grew up taking lessons and playing in school orchestras, youth orchestras and string quartet throughout his young life.

Jonah spent a year studying music composition at University of Colorado, and has been active in the Seattle music scene since moving here 15 years ago. In that time, he has been a DJ at Seattle’s eclectic Hollow Earth Radio, played fiddle and violin in country bands, experimental bands, indie bands, post-rock bands, and more. He currently plays with country bands Country Lips and Gus Clark and the Least of His Problems, and with pop/r&b singer Sphie, and has performed live with acts including the Breeders and Jamie Wyatt.

As a teacher, Jonah believes strongly in creativity and exploration in music. He teaches a broad array of genres and styles, and encourages his students to follow their own musical interests. He has worked with students to arrange and play songs like the Star Wars and Harry Potter themes, music from Minecraft and Five Nights and Freddy’s, and songs by Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, ABBA, and the Beatles. Jonah is a lifelong learner of music, and is thrilled to be able to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for music.

VENMO: @jonah-byrne

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.