Seattle Area Piano Teachers
James is a composer and musician with vast experience in multiple genres of music. Many prominent contemporary music ensembles have performed his compositions and he has performed as a musician in many different settings throughout the United States and abroad.
As an active and versatile music educator he has taught numerous courses at the college level including music theory, music technology, world music, class piano, and percussion ensemble. He has also taught a variety of classes and workshops for elementary to high school age children. He is currently the instructor of music at Skagit Valley College.
Through his teaching, James hopes to inspire students in the pursuit of an individual creative voice that will meaningfully contribute to the larger music community.
Cole Holland is a pianist, composer, performer, and producer from Seattle, WA. The realm of music that he works in ranges from classical, hip-hop, EDM, and new age with an emphasis on writing and production for projects in those genres. He has been playing piano since the age of 3, and composing since the age of 7. In his early years as a musician and pianist, he studied with many teachers, but most notably with Mariya Koshkina at the age of 13, all the way until the age of 18. Between 2008 - 2012, he studied at the Academy of Music Northwest, where he received his core training in composition, music theory, ear training, conducting, music history, and ensemble performance. His instructors included Eric Flesher, Jim Paul, Bradley Hawkins, and Nathan Whittaker. Cole is a recent graduate from Cornish College of the Arts where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree with a focus in music composition.
Cole’s philosophy with music instruction is based upon dedication and innovation. Instead of simply playing the notes within a piece, he helps the student dive deeper to discover the inner language of the music that involves styles within a particular era, harmony language, and interpreting notation in the way it was intended to be performed. Cole makes it a goal to customize every single lesson to the student’s needs, to help them reach their individual goal within music. Even though he does customize every lesson the core of the learning is based upon technique, music theory, and building strong foundation of musical knowledge. Overall, Cole’s main goal as an instructor is to ensure that each student has fun on the instrument and enjoys it with every moment. He feels that if he is able to ensure that the student is able to accomplish this facet on the instrument, everything else will fall into place.
April Kim's musical journey started when she was 4 years old after her parents realized she was able to repeat melodies on a piano that her nanny had been playing. Ever since, April has devoted countless hours to studying piano under numerous private tutors, college professors, and artists. These experiences have not only helped April learn a wide range of piano playing techniques, styles, and genres, but have equipped her with valuable insights for her true passion, which is teaching piano. Whether someone is new to playing piano, or they want to improve their existing abilities, April is dedicated to helping each student become successful.
April was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. While in gradeschool, she competed in a number of regional piano competitions, and regularly performed in recitals for church and school functions. Her passion for music wasn’t limited to piano – she also played trumpet, sang in choirs, and was a conductor in her high school’s marching band. April has since made Seattle her home, and has been playing, studying, composing, and teaching piano in the Puget Sound region for the past 12 years. Her experience extends across many different types of piano music – Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Funk, and Contemporary / Experimental. She is currently studying music at the University of Washington
Melanie is a classically-trained pianist, and a jazz-pop vocalist with a great love and passion for music. Her piano training started when she was four, and she has many four-year old students now through the academy.
She began singing and performing in musicals when she was twelve, and continued her music and theatrical training through college, receiving many awards and scholarships. After discovering a love for synthesizers, Mel became heavily involved with music production and technology – you can find her working in her studio often! Mel has performed both as a keyboardist and vocally with many bands, choirs and theatrical performances over the years ranging from cover bands, jazz and experimental percussion ensembles and many DJ/MC performances.
Mel uses the Bastien method for her beginning piano students. Mel’s vast knowledge of music theory, and wide range of musical tastes allows her an exceptional ability to tune in to a student’s level and bring excitement and enthusiasm to a lesson. She loves working with children just starting their music education, making lessons exciting and sharing the love of music. Vocal lessons focus on using the body as an instrument – posture, breathwork, and a variety of vocal exercises to strengthen the voice and promote self-confidence in singing. Students are encouraged to examine many styles and genres of music while learning piano or voice.
Wes Speight, a singer/songwriter originally from Tennessee, has played many of the venues in Seattle WA and Nashville TN and has toured to places such as Vancouver BC, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisville KY, Manchester TN and Manhattan NY. His music varies widely from bluesy to tribal to acoustic rock.
Speight's music career began in his teens, dabbling at piano and drums. He bought his first guitar at 19 and "started writing bad songs right away." He has since become a bit of a musical virtuoso, adding harmonica, bass, synthesizer/keyboard, mandolin, and percussion to his list. He is also a creative film maker who aspires to compose the musical score for a film someday. Music, says Speight, "is my reason."
Speight's first album, Please EP, was released in 2008 under an independent label. Since then he has released 4 more full length albums independently: 2011's Lie & Wish, 2012's Hackneyed and 2014's Transmigration. In addition to teaching guitar, piano, and percussion, Wesley teaches songwriting through the University of Washington Experimental College.
Danielle, who recently moved to Seattle from San Francisco, teaches piano and voice. She grew up singing in church choirs and accompanying her school music groups. She studied classical voice at the Lamont School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has made a career of performing baroque music. She performs regularly with early music ensembles in the area, and has collaborated with local composers and jazz musicians. Offstage, however, she loves to sing pop, rock, and blues. She is featured on Makeunder's Great Headless Blank EP.
Danielle teaches to share the pure joy of music. She helps her students to develop their ear, their sight-reading, and their comprehension. She works to create well-rounded students, sharpening their theory and expanding their musical palate. Her voice students are encouraged to accompany themselves, and she invites her piano students to sing. She aspires to cultivate empathy, love of learning, and compassion through music.
Mesmerized by the sound of his older siblings practicing, Vincent became hooked on the piano and on music from age 5. Throughout high school, he studied at the Northeast Iowa School of Music, as well as accompanying for church and school choirs and playing in local bands. He studied at Grinnell College, Iowa, earning a degree in math and in music, focusing on piano and composition. Vincent studied piano under the direction of Eugene Gaub, and during a semester abroad in Milan, Italy, studied composition with Roberto Andreoni.
Upon graduating, Vincent moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he accompanied for dance and choir, performed and recorded in several Columbus bands, and taught extensively all ages, abilities and genres.
Vincent is now making Seattle his new home and he continues to accompany and teach. His approach to teaching is to get the student to enjoy making music, whether that be classical, jazz, pop or nursery tunes. However, he also feels students deserve a well-rounded musical education. So fundamentals, technique, musical theory and history are all interwoven in the lessons so the student can learn more than the notes on the page and grow as a musician.
Andrew Isom is a pianist, composer, and arranger with experience in a wide variety of genres. He began piano lessons at the age of seven before composing his first piano piece at fifteen, a time in which he became enthralled with performing the works of composers such as Beethoven and Chopin. A few years later he earned a piano lessons scholarship to Whitworth University and would graduate with a Bachelor's degree in music composition. During this time he performed Persichetti in a WMEA honors recital, toured Italy with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, accompanied his church's band, and composed an original work for saxophone and orchestra.
Yet Andrew believes not all music lessons need to be prestigious. His goal is for every student to enjoy growing in their abilities, striving to fit his teaching style to each unique personality. Whether it is classical, jazz, or rock keyboard, Andrew enjoys leading students into a deeper understanding of not only playing and understanding the music but feeling and enjoying it as well.
Andrew currently plays the keyboard at his church, composes/produces his own music, and occasionally engraves scores for pianist Lynn Yew Evers (in addition to orchestrating them upon request). He aspires to someday play keyboard in a progressive rock band.
From a young age, Landon has always been entranced by music and storytelling and has been drawn to composing music, especially for film and games. A Texas native, he moved up to Seattle a few years ago to further pursue a career in music and study under two-time Emmy award winning composer Hummie Mann at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program where he earned his Master’s in Music. Landon’s music has been heard in numerous short films, games, and TV shows, and he is currently working on several other projects including another short film and video game.
When he’s not composing, Landon also teaches composition and saxophone at all levels, as well as beginning clarinet and piano. He’s a firm believer in helping others find their passion and their musical voice and spreading the joy of music to students of all ages. Beyond teaching a solid foundational technique, he also strives to aid each student in understanding more of the theory behind the music and help foster a deeperrelationship with the instrument and performance.
Landon also encourages students to listen, learn, and perform music from all genres and one of his central tenets to teaching is showing students how to kindle their own curiosity and ultimately not only learn from him and other teachers, but for each student to learn to be their own teacher.
Phyllis grew up in a musical family. Her mother and her aunt both graduated from Seoul National University, like the Julliard school in Korea, with a piano performance degree. On her mother's side her grandparents sang and her grandfather played the violin..
Phyllis started piano lessons when she was 5 years old. She would practice for 2 hours, from 5 am to 7 am before school, and then for 2 more hours after school.
She was awarded numerous piano and art awards, which she also excells in..
Phyllis played the organ and piano at school during her music classes and school competitions as a solo pianist and a piano accompanist. She's taught piano since her highschool years to the present and has been a church accompanist since her elementary school years. Phyllis was a choir accompanist at Edmonds Community College for 2 years, then she worked as a teacher's assistant (TA) at University of Washington with her master's program in piano performance degree for 3 years with full scholarship and monthly stipend. She currently teaches as a local private piano teacher and on half of Henderson Academy Of Music.
Jim Fawcett has been playing piano for 15 years and focuses primarily on transposing anime, movie, and video game music. He teaches primarily by ear but will also do some bookwork, chords primarily "The Brown Scale Book" being his favorite source.
Keeping student interest and keeping lessons and book work from being a chore is Jim's biggest goal. Learning music is something for everyone but the path to mastery can be full of practice and drills. With Jim's approach this wouldn't be as prevalent. If a student has a specific song in mind they are interested in learning Jim can help with that especially.
Gretchen Conrad graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music concentrated in classical voice and continues to study under the direction of Dr. Natalie Lerch. Contemporary opera roles include Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid & the Thief and 3rd Knitter in Barab's A Game of Chance.
Gretchen has performed under the direction of Stephen Stubbs in Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggerio dall'Isola D'Alcina and John Blow's Venus & Adonis with James Darrah as director. In 2013 she premiered the duet "Wings" with Natalie Lerch for Tom Baker's upcoming opera, Holos. In 2015 she was a soloist at the Bach in the Cornish Way and Bach in the Subways. Gretchen is a founding member of Fine Rain Falling for which she has composed her own pieces. She is a member of Seirm, a Scottish Gaelic group and has recently performed with the Anúna International Summer School in Dublin, Ireland. She has taught music privately since 2013 and is a voracious reader always in search of a good book.