Voice Lessons

Voice lessons are available 7 days a week. Sign up here! 

Erin Rubin
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Voice

Erin has been playing music since the age of four. At twelve, she was on stage with the local working musicians at The Scarlet Tree every Tuesday night. She has written music for and performed with many Seattle bands including: Wesafari, The Exploding High-Fives, People Eating People, and “Nouela.” Erin has worked as a hired studio musician since the age of 17 in Bellingham, Seattle and Los Angeles. Erin found her calling as a teacher in her early twenties and dedicated over three years at Westside Music Academy.  She believes a healthy balance of technique, theory and arranging songs the child loves is the fast track to any student’s success in music lessons. Ready to go out on her own, she started Erin Rubin Piano Studios in the basement of her West Seattle home in 2010.

Erin teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice on Wednesdays.

Erin Rae Murray
Guitar - Ukulele - Voice - Piano

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 on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Eva Walker
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Voice - Drums

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, voice and ukulele on Wednesdays.

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. Later, he attended and 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.

Lucas teaches piano and voice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays.

Marquetta Miller
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Voice

Marquetta teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Jacqui Sandor
Piano - Voice - Violin - Viola, - Cello - Bass

Jacqui has been teaching private lessons for over 15 years and has been a musician for going on 20 years now.  She absolutely thrives on teaching and sharing her love of music with the next generation of musicians.  She feels that it is very important to treat each student as a potential colleague.

She has led private lessons and directed groups in sizes ranging from 1 student to full orchestras, even taking conducting classes on a post-graduate level, and has taught general music, orchestra, and choir in school classrooms. Her time as a student and full-time musician in New Orleans have taught her many aspects of the musical world. She started off playing classical music, has studied jazz (couldn't avoid it in New Orleans!), has played in the pit orchestra for musicals, and has toured the country playing folk music and singing her own songs. She also has a Masters in Arts Administration, and experience with the business and production side of being a musician and artist.

Jacqui teaches piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, bass on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays.

Eliot Jones
Piano - Guitar - Ukulele - Voice

Eliot is a young, enthusiastic musician, born and raised here in Edmonds, Washington. His love for music started playing classical piano and singing in the choir at age 5. That later led to playing guitar and fronting a rock band, studying music in college, and becoming a gigging/session keyboardist around Seattle. 

Eliot’s excitement towards learning new songs is infectious, and he wants his students to work towards playing things that they will truly enjoy. He is friendly, super encouraging, and quick to pick up any song on any instrument that a student might bring in. He also has years of experience working with music equipment, recording, and songwriting. He understands that there are many different paths you could take on your musical journey, and he is here to help guide you!

Eliot teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, vocals  on Tuesdays

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.

Craig teaches guitar, voice, ukulele, and beginning piano on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Sphie Holman
Voice - Piano - Guitar - Ukulele

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 on Mondays.

Celeste Felsheim
Voice - Guitar - Drums

Celeste Felsheim started singing in choirs and musicals in elementary school, when she also started playing cello, and later string bass, in the school orchestra. She then got interested in guitar and bass through classic rock, and became a part of Rain City Rock Camp for Girls and School of Rock. After spending high school playing in orchestras during the week and in rock n roll bands on the weekends, she now attends Cornish College of the Arts and is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Composition, as well as fronting her punk band King Sheim.

She has performed in bands as a vocalist, guitarist and drummer for about 10 years, and currently plays with her band King Sheim and with her roommate's bands, Amy Hall and Xeno.

Celeste teaches voice, guitar, and drums.

Jeff Tapia
Voice - Guitar

Jeff Tapia has been a working musician for 15 years, the majority of which were spent in Southern California where they attended The Culver City Academy of the Performing Arts. Starting with choral music in their youth, they later moved to musical theater and ultimately, into rock and roll where Jeff really found their voice. As a vocalist and guitarist for several projects in Seattle, they consistently perform around town, have appeared on several recording projects, and tour the United States.

Jeff’s classes are taught in a low pressure and positive atmosphere with an emphasis on improvisation, finding one’s own voice, and highlighting strengths. They firmly believe that no voice is a bad voice, and that no stye is a bad style. This teaching experience stems from their volunteer work with Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, where creative self-expression is the key to self empowerment. Connecting with kids has always come easily to Jeff, and their outgoing personality and enthusiasm for the subject matter invokes excitement and attentiveness in their students.

Jeff teaches voice, and guitar.

Kate Dinsmore
Voice

Kate Dinsmore has an agenda. With a voice that’s graced cruise ships and rock albums alike. Her eternal prerogative is to get down to the heart of matters as a teacher, writer, and performer. This PNW native has spent her career building bands all over the United States before stepping out as a solo artist.

With academic music chops from the University of Oklahoma, where she focused on Jazz and Songwriting, but never lets the minutia of academia get in the way of finding joy in music.

Largely influenced by Jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughn, and Nancy Wilson. Also influenced by Grace Potter, Bonnie Raitt, and Sam Cooke — Kate Dinsmore is a great choice for anyone looking for a modern vocalist with the technique and perspective to guide students and collaborators looking for both unique and classic sounds.

Bess Hepner
Guitar - Bass - Voice - Ukulele - Songwriting

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.

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.

Sarah teaches voice, piano, ukulele, guitar and songwriting.

Maiah Manser
Voice - Piano
Seattle/Los Angeles-based, songwriter/professional singer and multi-instrumentalist Maiah Manser's love of music began when she realized she could get out of preschool nap time by singing to other classes. As a student at Cornish College of the Arts, she met Mary Lambert; that chance meeting opened the door for an opportunity to tour with Lambert as a backing vocalist, opening for artists like Sam SmithAriana Grande and Pharrell Williams. At 20 years old she started her professional career as a solo artist and in 2019, collaborated with Lambert on her newest album ‘Grief Creature’ with a stunning feature on “Easy To Leave”. Manser has shined on both Capitol Hill Block Party (Main Stage) and Bumbershoot alongside artists like Bishop BriggsCHVRCHESCrystal Castles & ODESZA. Currently living in Los Angeles, Maiah is so happy to team up with MODE Music Studios again to offer remote lessons.
 
Maiah teaches voice and piano