Virtual Lesson Instructors
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Liam started playing drums at the age of 10, performing in school's honor band, moving onto full private drum lessons, and then playing in multiple bands and projects live. With over 20 plus years of experience touring, recording, composing music, as well as teaching private lessons themselves, Liam has adapted a fun and unique perspective in an ever-evolving world of music-making. Liam Has performed on radio stations like K.E.X.P. live multiple times, has toured the globe in various projects, played numerous festivals, and opened for mainstream acts like The b-52’s, Duran Duran, and Billy Idol. Liam has been lucky enough to work on recording projects for major labels like Warner Brother Records (Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head) and Sub Pop Records (SO Pitted). Liam graduated Magna Cum Lade receiving the Bhur Award From Seattle University where they studied performing art and were able to incorporate a multimedia approach to their music/art-making. Liam loves making music that is fun to play and interesting to hear/see. They believe that anyone can play music and that it's easier now more than ever to find a method that's approachable and works for everyone. Liam hopes to help people who doubt themselves find the confidence to play any form of music.
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.
Mr. Michael is a violinist born in Salt Lake City, Utah, who currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. He began his studies through the public school system at 10 years old and hasn’t stopped playing since. His music career took him to the University of Utah, where he studied with Leonard Brauss, John Englund, and Dr. Kasia Sokol-Borup. He has worked with a numer ensembles over the years, including the Utah Philharmonia, the University of Utah New Music Ensemble, and the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra. As a student at the University of Utah, he was awarded a seat in the O.C. Tanner Honors String Quartet. He is also very passionate about contemporary and experimental music. In 2015 he helped found the post-rock ensemble Hoofless, which played a wide range of venues from concert halls to art galleries and rock venues in cities around the American West. In addition, he has worked in collaboration with visual artists, dancers, rap artists, and poets to present interdisciplinary and multimedia works. A passionate teacher, he has held positions at The Madeleine Choir School, Utah Symphony and Opera's Violin Outreach, and Salty Cricket Composer’s Collective’s El Sistema Programs. He holds a BMA from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with renowned pedagogue Mrs. Almita Vamos. When he’s not performing, teaching, or practicing, he likes to visit art galleries and spend long afternoons with his two beloved kitties, Jasper and Arthur.
Red has been playing guitar for 25 years and teaching for over 18. He has developed his personalized curriculum, which uses popular guitar driven rock and pop songs as musical etudes, to educate the students with valuable theory, reading, techniques, and scale theory, while keeping the lessons fun through the learning of songs.
As a teacher Red has taught students of all ages, from children to adults. His proudest accomplishments in teaching include preparing and aiding some of his future professional musician students to enroll in music colleges, including UCLA, Musicians Institute, and the Berklee College of Music.
Currently Red has planted his roots here in Seattle, taking a break from the rigors of the road. He wants to take this opportunity to teach a new generation of aspiring guitarists, and to return to school to pursue his doctorate in performance guitar.
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.