Woodwind Lessons

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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 woodwind lessons are being held virtually.

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

Josh Russell (they/them) - West Seattle
Drums - Ukulele - Piano - Bass Guitar - Guitar - Flute - Trumpet

A Southern California native, Joshua Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, session drummer, and songwriter. Having started on piano at the age of 3, Josh has a firm and structured musical history background. During their primary education years, they learned the trumpet and flute and then decided to ardently dive into percussion. In their Junior year of high school, they earned a 3rd Place SCSBOA championship with the Lancaster High School Marching Band as well as taking fourth in Percussion overall, despite having no instructor at the time. Continuing with instruction from Tony Capko's School of Drumming and session artist Noah Hecht, Josh began instructing professionally in 2015 and began formally teaching in 2017 out of Mel Booker Music. In 2018, Josh began frequenting and playing music in Washington state, eventually moving to Seattle the following year to further their musical endeavors. Josh has been performing in live concerts and shows for over 10 years.

Pursuing art and music during their youth brought forth plenty of creative ventures and outlets, including planning live shows and concerts, theatrical productions, as well as record engineering and production. Josh has experience teaching students with symptoms of autism and attention deficit disorder and other neurodiverse populations. They emphasize patience and self-confidence during lesson time. Joshua is a Type 1 Diabetic and firmly believes that playing instruments is a healthy source of physical and mental exercise.

Matt Moore (he/him) - Online Only
Saxophones - Clarinet - Flute - Guitar - Bass Guitar - Ukulele - Piano - Drums

Matt Moore is from Austin, Texas. He picked up guitar at the age of 7. In middle school, he began with the saxophone. During high school, he learned piano and drums. Through college, he learned to play the clarinet and flute as well as perfected the rest of the instruments he teaches. Matt graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas at the Music School with a B.M. in Jazz Studies. From then, he has performed in many professional bands and formed his own groups, such as Nowsterday. Matt has a vast amount of experience in all the instruments he teaches.

Matt likes to combine what the students want to learn with his knowledge of that particular style of music. He likes to integrate music theory lessons as well as teaching to read and write music. Most importantly, he wants his students to have fun during lessons and gain a deep love for music and their instrument.

David Dolengewicz
Woodwinds - Piano - Ukulele - Guitar

David Dolengewicz grew up on the central coast of California participating in as many musical activities as he could such as marching band, honor band, and youth symphony. His youth symphony went to Europe one summer and he got to play the clarinet solo on Rhapsody In Blue for that, which he thought was really cool. After high school David earned his BA in Jazz Arranging at the University of North Texas where he studied saxophone with Jim Riggs and Tom Luer. Since then David has been residing in Seattle where he has continued to participate in many musical activities such as playing at jam sessions, busking around town with The Speakeasy Jazz Cats, and performing local bands including The Crown Villians, Breaks and Swells, Freudian Slurp, Da Beckoning Band, and sitting in with many others.

As far as teaching goes, David believes that music is an art, a sport, and a game all rolled into one. He has seen the best progress in himself as well as others when they embrace the emotional expressiveness of music, work to train the muscles and the mind to efficiently produce music, and have fun with the process of learning and performing. 

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