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Our teachers, music therapists and ensemble directors have strong academic credentials and are among the Puget Sound region’s most active and sought after performers. Faculty members have undergraduate and graduate degrees from prestigious institutions including the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, the University of North Texas, the Mozarteum Academy, the Moscow State Conservatory, and the University of Washington. Their varied performance experience includes work with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Boston Pops.

We have taken great care in selecting our faculty, and use the same background check standards that guide our public schools. Our faculty members are dedicated working professionals from all over the world.

Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass

Clark Grogan, Guitar teacher

Clark Grogan - Guitar and Ukulele

Whitney Pierce Takaba guitar, suzuki

Whitney Pierce Takaba - Guitar and Ukulele (Virtual only)

Natalie Shannon - Ukulele

Dan O'Brien, bass teacher

Dan O'Brien - Electric Bass

Henry Webster

Henry Webster

Antoine Martel, guitar songwriting

Antoine Martel - Guitar (Currently not taking new students. Teaches in English & French)




John Hansen, piano teacher

John Hansen

​Madeline Turpin

​Madeline Turpin

Fred Hoadley, piano teacher

Fred Hoadley

Maren Kilmer, piano, viola and violin teacher

Maren Kilmer

Peter Nelson-King, Piano teacher

Peter Nelson-King

Riley Kua, piano teacher

Riley Kua

Rob Frain, piano teacher

Rob Frain

Antoine Martel, piano teacher

Antoine Martel (Currently not taking new students)

Bill Anthony, trombone tuba teacher

Bill Anthony - Trombone, Tuba, Baritone

Suzanne Feinstein, french horn

Suzanne Feinstein - French Horn

Peter Nelson-King, Trumpet teacher

Peter Nelson-King, Trumpet

Bruce Staelens, trumpet teacher

Bruce Staelens - Trumpet (Currently not taking new students)


Greg Savage, violin viola teacher

Greg Savage - Violin, Viola


Cynthia Staruck-Violin (Teaches in English and French)

Pamela Liu, violin teacher

Pamela Liu- Violin (Teaches in English & Mandarin Chinese)

Raisa Asriyants, violin teacher

Raisa Asriyants- Violin (Teaches in English and Russian)

Maren Kilmer

Maren Kilmer - viola, violin and piano

Diana Wigington, cello teacher

Diana Wigington - cello and piano

Dan O'Brien, bass teacher

Dan O'Brien - String Bass

Shiang-Yin Lee, cello teacher

Dr. Shiang-Yin Lee- Cello (Teaches in English & Chinese)


Megan Hutchison - Flute

Megan Hutchison - Flute

Julian Banbury- Bassoon

Julian Banbury- Bassoon

Mike West, saxophone clarinet flute

Mike West, saxophone clarinet flute


Kamil Tarnawczyk, oboe & viola


Karen Nestvold, voice teacher

Karen Nestvold

Susan Strick, voice teacher

Susan Strick

Kelley Johnson, voice teacher

Kelley Johnson


Jack Toker, drum teacher

Jack Toker - Drumset

Denali Williams, percussion

Denali Williams - percussion

Summer Camps

Karen Nestvold, Gotta Sing! Camp

Karen Nestvold - Director, Gotta Sing! Camp

Kelley Johnson, Jazz Voice Pop Voice

Kelley Johnson - Director, Jazz Voice and Pop Voice Camps

Whitney Pierce Takaba

Whitney Pierce - Director, I Love Music camps

Rob Frain, Computer Composition Camp

Rob Frain - Director, Digital Music Camp

Clark Grogan, Computer Composition

Clark Grogan - Director, Electronic Music Camp

Bruce Staelens, Jazz Camp

Bruce Staelens - Director, Jazz Camp

Natalie Shannon

Natalie Shannon- Director, I Love Music Camp, Gotta Sing! Camp, Kids' Music Meetup Camp, Music Adventures Camp, and Teen Music Meetup Camp

Elizabeth VanSant

Elizabeth VanSant- Director, Take to the Stage 2-Week Intensive for Kids and Take to the Stage 2-Week Intensive for Teens

Nico Benadid

Director, Creative Keyboard Piano Camp and Gotta Sing! Camp

Tori Seward

Director, I Love Music, Creative Keyboards, Instrument Discovery

Music Therapy

Kristin Schneider Photo

Kristin Schneider

Riley Kua

Riley Kua

Elizabeth VanSant

Elizabeth VanSant

Addison Breier

Addison Breier

Natalie Shannon

Natalie Shannon

Keisha Edwards

Keisha Edwards

Kate Schnieder

Kate Schnieder

Emma Gordon, music therapist

Emma Gordon (Substitute)

Group Classes

Riley Kua

Riley Kua - Baby & Me Music, I Love Music, Music Meetup for Kids, and Voices of Sunshine Choir

Natalie Shannon - Music Adventures, Music Meetup for Kids, Music & Mindfulness for Teens Parent & Me Ukulele, Rockin’ Together, and Sing It Out! Choir

Elizabeth VanSant

Elizabeth VanSant- Musical Theatre and Parent and Me Group Piano

Fred Hoadley, Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Fred Hoadley - Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Mike West

Mike West - Honor's Jazz (Intermediate and Advanced)

Whitney Pierce-Takaba - Intro to Suzuki Guitar/Ukulele Class

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