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
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.

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.

VENMO: @Lucas-VanLinden

PAYPAL: vanlindenvoice@gmail.com

CASHAPP: $LucasVanLinden

Nimm Lefcourt
Voice, Piano

Nimm Lefcourt is a classically trained vocalist who has been singing and training for 13 years. They are graduating with a Bachelors 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. The other half of their BA was done with a focus in opera and modern classical composing. They play basic ukulele and piano on the side, in order to accompany themselves during personal vocal projects. Their interests outside of music are video games, animals, and crystals.

Nimm’s hope is to always help kids enjoy music as much as they do, and make sure their students are always excited to learn more. They always endeavor to strike a balance between learning music their student has interest in, and focusing on the building blocks of vocals (warm-ups, breath work, vowel shaping, posture, etc.). 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
Cello - Violin Viola - Voic - Beginning Piano

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.

Daisy Sky also is an avid singer, previously leading sections in Northwest Girlchoir and the Amherst College Choir, as well as singing with the Seattle Chamber Singers and for years in church and school choirs. She studied music theory, ear training, music history, performance, and creative expression at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and spent a summer at the distinguished Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Now, Daisy Sky has expanded her musical ventures and is singing and playing cello with Wolfchild, a Seattle-based indie band. She hopes to support young artists in developing the foundation to fully express their creativity in any style of music they want to play.

VENMO: @cellodaisy

PAYPAL: dshangrow@gmail.com

CASHAPP: $dshang

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
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.

VENMO: @CraigSuede

Tylo Gardner
Guitar, Voice

Music has always held a special place in Tylo’s heart.  After playing her first show, she knew this was the profession for her.  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 she honed her love for playing guitar. Heavy rock band "Dogpatch" and her solo project "Tylo" are now her main creative and songwriting outlets.  She plays guitar, sings, and loves the lyrical aspect of songwriting. 

Tylo wants to help her students learn and have fun at the same time. She believes the focus should be placed entirely on what the student wants to be learning, and how she can help them get to a musical place of success that makes them feel accomplished. Being a musician is fun, and she hopes to make that clear to anyone she may teach or play with in her life!

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.

VENMO: @celeste-felsheim

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.

VENMO: @allhailratqueen

PAYPAL: theverybestofjeff@gmail.com

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