Violin Lessons

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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.

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.

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.

Jacqui Sandor (she/her) - Online Only
Double Bass - Bass Guitar - Voice - Piano - Violin - Cello

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 over 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 also 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 currently lives in the beautiful mountain town of Morton and only teaches remotely for Mode.