Voice Lessons

COVID-19 UPDATE

We at Mode Music Studios are committed to keeping a safe, stable learning environment for our students of all ages. We are following the latest WA state and City of Seattle guidelines. At this time, all voice lessons are being held virtually.

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

Lucas Van Linden (he/him) - Online Only
Piano - Voice - Guitar - Ukulele - Violin

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.

Nimm Lefcourt (they/them) - West Seattle
Voice - Piano

Nimm Lefcourt is a classically trained vocalist who has been singing and training for 13 years. They graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in May 2021, and have experience singing various kinds of music. Half of their BA was done through the lens of musical theatre, where they performed in various musicals and recitals, and the other half of their BA was done with a focus in opera and modern classical composing. Now, alongside practicing opera, Nimm enjoys learning different renditions of video game and movie scores on the piano. They also enjoy writing music for tabletop role playing games, and will often do custom themes and songs for various characters. Their interests outside of music are video games, animals, and crystals.

Nimm’s hope is to always help students enjoy music as much as they do, and make sure they are always excited to learn more. They always endeavor to strike a balance between learning music the student has interest in, and focusing on the building blocks of music. Nimm is also always open to changing their teaching style based on the student’s needs, goals, and learning style.

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: @EliotJonesMusic

PAYPAL: PayPal.me/EliotJonesMusic

ZELLE: Eliotjonesed@yahoo.com

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.

Sarah Howard
Voice - Piano - 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.

Craig Suede (he/him) - West Seattle
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.

Tylo Gardner (she/her) - West Seattle
Voice - Guitar

Music has always held a special place in Tylo’s heart. Some of her earliest memories are singing all the wrong lyrics to classic rock songs that her dad would play in the car. She has been singing since she was able to speak, but only started performing and seriously considered music to be her long-term career since graduating high school. The moment she played a show with her first band was the moment being a musician was solidified in both her head and her heart. She now attends Cornish College of the Arts, where she studies music with a focus on composition, and is set to graduate in the spring of 2021. Cornish is also where Tylo honed her love for playing guitar. She has been in several bands since high school, but now considers her Seattle heavy rock band “Dogpatch” to be her main focus of interest. They bring a heavy, dark, and energetic vibe to every venue they play. She also has a solo project by her own first name that is more experimental and calm than the music that she writes for her rock band. Tylo’s favorite type of music is most genres of rock, but she listens to just about anything! She plays guitar, sings, and would consider writing music to be her strongest point of interest, with lyrics being the most fun to work on.

Tylo likes to have fun creating, listening to, and playing any type of music, with any type of person! She believes if you’re not having fun making music, you’re doing something wrong. Musicians should support and lift each other up, and Tylo hopes to do just that for any person she teaches, performs with or encounters during her musical journey.

Celeste Felsheim (she/her), (they/them) - West Seattle
Voice - Songwriting - Guitar - Piano

With experience in both professional orchestras and rock bands, Celeste is a lover and appreciator of many different musical genres. Celeste is a Seattle native who got her musical start at the youth summer program, Rain City Rock Camp as well as the global year long program School of Rock. (yes, it’s just like the movie!)

Celeste currently attends Cornish College of the Arts, pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in composition and songwriting, and she also plays all around Washington under the stage name King Sheim with a band of rotating Seattle musicians. She loves to teach the passionate beginner and the weekend musical-lover alike!

Jeff Tapia (they/them) - West Seattle
Voice

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 style 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.

Bess Hepner
Guitar - Bass - Voice - Ukulele - Songwriting

Bess Hepner is a multi-genre musician who has collaborated with hip hop artists, circus performers, and folk singer-songwriters. From ages 15-20, Bess played in a multi-genre dance band Who’da Funk It? and studied classical guitar 2012-2016. In 2016 Bess moved to Seattle and began pursuing her solo project. In addition, she has played bass/lead guitar for a number of Seattle artists and guitar for A Frayed Knot’s circus production “The Vivarium.”

Bess has a lot of experience working with all ages (from 4 year olds, to teens to adults). In addition to music making, she teaches basic history of instruments, genres, songs, and musical styles.

Guitar: (beginner-advanced) open chords and barre chords, scales, music theory basics, soloing and improv, finger picking, reading tablature and sheet music, and the following genres based on your interest: classical, folk/fingerstyle/blues fingerpicking, rock, jazz, punk, funk, rhythm, songwriting and more. 

Ukulele: (beginner-intermediate)

open chords and barre chords, scales, music theory basics, soloing and improv, fingerstyle, reading tablature and sheet music. For younger players (ages 4-9) creative games and activities.

Voice: (beginner) warm ups, breathing exercises, vowels, head voice and chest voice, rhythm, and ear training. Lessons are tailored to songs and genres students want to learn (not including opera or musical theater). 

Songwriting: This is very open ended and based on students’ individual creative process.

VENMO: Bess-Hepner

PAYPAL: besshepner@gmail.com