Virtual Lesson Instructors

April

April

Ms. April began piano lessons at the age of four and participated in sonatina contests, ensemble contests, and many other annual recitals and tests provided by the regional chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Seattle Pacific University, magna cum laude, during which time she studied pipe organs and also pursued choral music. April earned her Master’s degree in Music Education from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in choral music.
 
April has been a member of numerous collegiate and community choirs, including the Seattle Pacific University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the Arizona State University Early Music Chamber Choir, the San Jose Choral Project, and Master Chorus Eastside. April taught elementary and middle-school classroom music and choir for eleven years in Washington, Arizona, and California, and has taught piano and voice privately for four years.
 
As a result of this diverse teaching experience, April is comfortable working with students of all ages and abilities, including those with physical challenges and/or special learning needs. April incorporates elements of Orff and Kodaly methodologies (such as rhythm syllables and solfege singing and hand-signs) into her teaching so that students can have multiple strategies for understanding and reading music. To help students develop good techniques, she uses targeted strategies for improving students’ awareness of how they play the piano or sing so that they can self-correct and establish healthy physical habits. She recognizes that there is a variety of learning styles and preferences and adapts her teaching methods as much as possible to accommodate the needs of each student so that all can experience success with music and enjoy it as a form of personal expression and enrichment.      

Carolina

Carolina

Carolina borns in Barranquilla, Colombia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Catholic University in Washington DC and pursued her Master’s in Vocal Performance at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. She is currently a DMA candidate in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington. Carolina has been teaching piano and voice at a very high level since 2002, providing private lessons at the collegiate level and classroom instruction at the elementary school level. She has extensive operatic, theatrical, and solo experience performing in numerous operas and musicals. Opera roles include Dialogues of the Carmelites, L’Elisir d’amore, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Cosí fan tutte, Der Freischütz, and the Musicals She Loves Me, Fiorello! and West Side Story performed in Washington DC, New York and Texas. Additionally, she performed for the Houston Grand Opera for several seasons. Carolina is multilingual speaking fluently in Italian, Spanish, and English. Carolina has a passion for teaching and loves to work with students of all ages. 

Chris

Chris

Mr. Chris has been playing the cello since the year 2000 when a 2nd -grade classmate’s show-and-tell cello performance piqued his interest. Since then, music has taken Chris across the country (and occasionally out of it). He earned degrees at Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Miami, and the University of Michigan. From 2010-2014, he was a Miami Stamps Scholar and was the first cellist of the Stamps String Quartet. While chamber music is his favorite, Chris also enjoys playing in orchestras. He has been a member of the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Miami Symphony, and his schools’ orchestras. Recently, Chris just received a Doctorate of performance from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied with Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir. He plays a Christopher Dungey cello on generous loan from the Wong/Engel Cello Library.

Esther

Esther

Dr. Joh completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in 2013 at the University of Washington, under the direction of Craig Sheppard, where she received a full scholarship as a graduate assistant in piano accompanying. As a recipient of William Harrison Barnes Scholarship, she studied with Alan Chow at the Northwestern University, where she earned her M.M in Piano Performance. She received her B.M in Piano Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied under Jean-Louis Haguenauer and received the Roe Van Buskirk Memorial Scholarship and Music Dean’s Award. She graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts of Academy.

Dr. Joh is honored to have performed nationally and internationally at many different festivals, camps, and performance halls including Busan Cultural Center. In 2007, she was a featured soloist with Oliver Diaz at Gironde Camber Orchestra in Spain. She is also an active chamber musician, performing in numerous recitals including Lutkin Hall in Illinois.

Dr. Joh has many years of teaching experience including students of all ages and levels from a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Her teaching experience includes an appointment as an adjunct professor at Dong-a University where she taught music seminars to graduate students and at Busan National University of Education where she taught piano lessons to undergraduate students, including classical and popular repertoire. During a course of study, Dr. Joh covers all areas of musicianship: theory, technique, harmony, ear-training, sight-reading, performance, and other creative works like improvising as she strongly believes that the most important part of teaching music is providing an enriched environment. Dr. Joh truly feel that a well-rounded musical education helps students define for themselves what music means to them. Dr. Joh understands that everyone is different and learns differently; therefore, she approaches students as individuals and attempt to challenge each according to their own unique potential.

John

John

Mr. Yuan is an accomplished and acclaimed music instrumentalist, music educator
and conductor who has performed and taught in Asia, Europe, and North
America. Through his professional training in China and in the USA, he has earned his music
degrees in the University of New Mexico, Southern Methodist University, University of
Texas and the Central University of Nationalities.

Mr. Yuan started his full-time professional orchestral career as a sectional and principal
violin/viola player in 1997, and he has served many professional performing groups
such as New Mexico Philharmonic, Opera Southwest, San Juan Symphony, Roswell
Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, San Angelo Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, TCU
Symphony, UTA Symphony, SMU Symphony, CCBC Orchestra, Dallas String Quartet,
Lukens Chamber Ensemble, Texas Elite Youth Chamber Orchestra, Beijing Philharmonic, Beijing Opera Orchestra, Beijing Central Ballet Orchestra, and China BroadcastingOrchestra.

His teaching career as a violin, viola, and cello instructor has spanned 24 years and includes New Mexico School of Music, Sessions Music Academy, Menaul School, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Hummingbird Music Camp, Dallas-Forth Worth Public and Private Schools, Elite Performing Arts Center, Rochester Academy of Music and Arts, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing Music School of Nationalities and Beijing Youth Symphony Orchestra. Many of his students have won positions in All-State and All-Region (TX, NY, and NM) as well as concertmasters and section principals.

In recent years (2018 and 2019), Mr. Yuan has led and performed with students in both Carnegie Hall (New York City) and The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Canada). In the March of 2021, he was invited to give an online master class at The Music School of Delaware. Specially during
the pandemic time between the academic year of 2020 to 2021, he has directed and
created four successful hybrid remote concerts online with Menaul School (multiple instrumental beginning ensemble groups), which has gained so many accomplishments throughout the world.

His conducting career has led him to work with many music groups such as New Mexico Philharmonic, Christ Chapel Bible Church Orchestra, New Mexico School of Music Youth Orchestra, Valley High School Choir, Menaul Panther Band, Cleveland Colts Orchestra, Jackson Jaguar Orchestra, Hoover Eagle Orchestra, MUNM Children’s Choir, Texas Elite Youth Chamber Orchestra, Beijing Sun Symphony Orchestra, Tianjin Youth Orchestra, The Central Nationalities Chamber Orchestra, YHJS Festival Philharmonic and many educational ensembles.

As a bilingual Mandarin-English speaker, Mr. Yuan is very interested in different cultures, ethnic groups, and minorities. Currently, he resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico — The Land of Enchantment. He is very much enjoying his musical life and is happy to share his stories and experiences with other musicians.

Lauren

Lauren

Ms. Lauren born and raised in the great Northwest, Lauren has taught clarinet, saxophone, and flute in the Seattle area for several years. A recent grad from the University of Washington she received a Master's in Music Education, where she studied education and conducting with Dr. Steven Morrison and Tim Salzman, and jazz saxophone with Greg Sinibaldi. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Central Washington University where she studied with Larry Gookin, Mark Lane, and Joseph Brooks. Before going to UW, Lauren was hired by Seattle Public Schools and taught band and orchestra at Broadview-Thomson K-8 for two years and then orchestra and choir at Whitman Middle School for three. Lauren maintains a busy schedule performing in semi-pro and professional bands around the area where she plays clarinet with the Washington Wind Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. She also gigs on saxophone playing funk and jazz around the city with various project groups. Most recently, Lauren was appointed to be the conductor for Around the Sound Community Band in North Seattle and is excited to start conducting professionally.
Lauren has taught a wide range of ability levels and strives to find the right kind of instruction for each student. Lessons are centered around making sure students experience success at their instrument, no matter how small. Incremental improvements can lead to big changes in the future so finding what motivates students to succeed is integral to her methods of instruction.

Madeline

Madeline

Ms. Madeline is a violist and educator based in Seattle, Washington.  She got a Master's degree in Viola Performance at the University of Washington in 2021 where she is an instructor for chamber music, baroque ensemble, and the viola studio.  Previously based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she earned degrees in both Viola Performance and Music Education and played with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Camerata, and many other local groups.  Madeline teaches string players of all ages and freelances in the Seattle area.  As a teacher, Madeline helps her students create a methodical style of practice that will help them teach themselves.  She has learned from her own experience that quality practice and discipline are crucial to learning and mastering an instrument.  She inspires her students to practice and plays expressively, channeling their real feelings and experiences into musical expression.

Rocky

Rocky

Mr. Rocky has been taught drum lessons at Stafford Music Academy in Bloomington for4 years where Rocky completed his undergraduate degree in music. Since touring and recording with critically acclaimed 'Heartland Trio', 'Borderlands Trio', and 'Rocky Martin Ensemble', Rocky currently resides in Seattle after spending time performing and touring in New York City. Since graduating from Indiana University's prestigious Jazz Studies program in Bloomington, Rocky is a Vic-Firth educational contributing artist, NAFME collegiate author, and shedthemusic online educator. Originally hailing from Chicago IL, Rocky has instructed percussion and drumline for the Oak Lawn Community High School Marching Band Summer Camps since 2016, held the rhythm section faculty position at Chicago Jazz Philharmonic's Summer Jazz Academy since 2018, and returned as an alumnus in 2020 to present drum set and rhythm section master classes at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music campus. Rocky is excited and passionate to educate and perform as a means of giving back to the musical community at large.