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

Antoine Martel, guitar songwriting

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

Natalie Shannon - Ukulele

Dan O'Brien, bass teacher

Dan O'Brien - Electric Bass


Bill Anthony, trombone tuba teacher

Bill Anthony - Trombone, Tuba, Baritone

Bruce Staelens, trumpet teacher

Bruce Staelens - Trumpet

Pete Kirkman, trumpet teacher

Pete Kirkman - Trumpet

Suzanne Feinstein, french horn

Suzanne Feinstein - French Horn


Joshua Romatowski, flute teacher

Joshua Romatowski - Flute (Currently not taking new students)

Jamie Sanidad, Oboe

Jamie Sanidad, Oboe

Mike West, saxophone clarinet flute

Mike West - Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Julian Banbury, Bassoon

Julian Banbury, Bassoon


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

Mia HyeYeon Kim

Mia HyeYeon Kim- Director, Creative Keyboards Piano Camp



Rob Frain, piano teacher

Rob Frain

John Hansen, piano teacher

John Hansen

Fred Hoadley, piano teacher

Fred Hoadley

Riley Kua, piano teacher

Riley Kua

Mia HyeYeon Kim

Mia HyeYeon Kim

Bathsheba Marcus, piano teacher

Bathsheba Marcus

​Madeline Turpin

​Madeline Turpin

Antoine Martel, piano teacher

Antoine Martel (Currently not taking new students)


Dan O'Brien, bass teacher

Dan O'Brien - String Bass

Shiang-Yin Lee, cello teacher

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

Raisa Asriyants, violin teacher

Raisa Asriyants- Violin (Teaches in English and Russian)

Greg Savage, violin viola teacher

Greg Savage - Violin, Viola

Pamela Liu, violin teacher

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


Cynthia Staruck-Violin (Teaches in English and French)

Erika Fiebig, cello

Erika Fiebig, cello


Amber Rose Johnson, voice teacher

Amber Rose Johnson (Currently not taking new students)

Karen Nestvold, voice teacher

Karen Nestvold

Susan Strick, voice teacher

Susan Strick

Kelley Johnson, voice teacher

Kelley Johnson

Music Therapy

Kristin Schneider Photo

Kristin Schneider

Riley Kua

Riley Kua

Elizabeth VanSant

Elizabeth VanSant

Emma Gordon, music therapist

Emma Gordon (Substitute)

Addison Breier

Addison Breier

Natalie Shannon

Natalie Shannon

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

Bruce Staelens, Honor's Jazz

Bruce Staelens - Honor's Jazz (Advanced)

Dr. Ron Cole, Jazz Combo

Dr. Ron Cole, Jazz Combo

Mike West

Mike West - Honor's Jazz (Intermediate)

Antoine Martel, Guitar, Songwriting

Antoine Martel - Rock Bands and Beginning Guitar Class

Shiang-Yin Lee, Cello Choir

Dr. Shiang-Yin Lee - Cello Choir

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