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Daniel W

Daniel W

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I've been teaching music, in some capacity, since I was 17 and captain of my highschool's drumline.  In college I taught drumset lessons to students of all ages and in graduate school I taught a music theory course for 5 semesters as well as classical percussion to 6th - 8th graders.   Getting to know my students, what they like and don't like, what they read and listen to, is one of my favorite things and I think it really helps engender a life long passion for music when a teacher takes a personal interest in the students lives. I enjoy playing and listening to so many kinds of music that I may not have even known about had it not been for some of my teachers, and I hope to enrich the lives of my students in the same way.

Noble M

Noble M

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Understanding the desire of each student is important. What each student wants to do with thier instrument/music can be a very unique experience. Some players want to be able to play chords while they sing, some want to play solos, some want to write songs. Having student talk musically is important to me as a teacher so each lesson envolves me and the student talking about music in a musical way. Weather we are talking about counting the beats, beats in a measure, chord changes, the actual chord being played. Identifying what we are doing is something we consatnly challenge ourselves on.    

Max B

Max B

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I want to give the student what they want! I try to understand the students' short and long term goals first, then make a list, so we can check those off. If the student doesn't know what they want, then I go through the basics- chords, scales, rhythm, proper hand posture etc. I try to encourage proper mechanics and fundamentals to beginning students as well. I also try to get students to learn at least one new song or lick to practice over a week, because it really feels good to learn something new! 

Cameron A

Cameron A

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I began playing guitar at a young age, prompted by my infatuation with classic rock music as I idolized such groups as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, and many more. This was only the beginning of a life long intimate relationship with music and guitar playing. Since my first introduction to the guitar my musical tastes quickly expanded as I established a love for blues and all of its incarnations, from Chicago Blues to the varying acoustic and electric styles found in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Texas among other places. Through high school I played in rock and blues bands writing original music and getting my first real experiences as a composer and a bandleader. High School was also the place where I discovered my interest in Jazz music as I began playing guitar in the school's Jazz band. Following high school I began playing more jazz music as I attended Bellevue College studying theory and composition with Dr. Brian Cobb and guitar performance with Mark Hillard Wilson. After this I soon met renowned Jazz Guitarist Chris Spencer with whom I studied with for years to follow. I eventually found himself at Cornish College of the Arts where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. While at Cornish I had the opportunity to play guitar and compose for Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz ensemble, and Modern Jazz groups while playing under the direction of internationally know musicians and composers such as Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Jovino Santos Neto and Chuck Deardorf. In the realm of composition I studied privately with composers Jarrad Powell and Tom Baker, with a deep focus in contemporary classical music. After college I worked as a composer for a few years writing music for theater and dance as well as doing residencies with different Seattle based companies. Currently I spend my time working as a guitar player in Seattle while also writing chamber music for various ensembles and art groups. I perform on a regular basis with a variety of groups in the Seattle area.

Marcos B

Marcos B

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I'm an enthusiastic, patient, and bilingual music teacher that strives to bring out the best in each one of his students. As an active artist that started out as a self taught “play it by ear” type of guitarist in his early teens and worked his way up to college level, It’s my hope that students will find me relatable and inspiring. I think the most important thing for students to keep in mind when they begin learning an instrument is patience and discipline. Many times we’re too focused on the end goal that we forget to appreciate the journey there. My job is to make it easier for you to enjoy the learning process.

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