Find out more about our group programs:
Issaquah Rock School
Summer Camp 2014
CLASSIC ROCK CAMP July 7-11, August 18-22
GIRLS ROCK CAMP July 21-25, August 4-8
Pre K with Leah
We have a lot of unique things going on here at the school!
"You have a great way of making Kylin feel comfortable and proud to sing her heart out! It's so fun to watch her develop" -- Lindsay Andreotti, parent of Kylin (age 8)
"I've been meaning to tell you how much I appreciate your dedication to music in such a comprehensive way. We're so used to sports getting all the energy and attention, so to have a music school that's as dedicated to... read more>>
"Working with Charles brought me from the amateur to the professional." -- Recording artist, Ben Schor, 22
"I took drum lessons from Jason for over a year and the thing that sticks out in my mind the most when I think back is his great attitude! I would always get a great big smile at the door... read more>>
"We bought about 4 flute lessons at our school auction. . . My daughter had just started in the band as a flutist, and I spontaneously decided that maybe she could use a few lessons. Alastair was wonderful as he... read more>>
Guitarist Ian Brudnicki is an alumnus of Charles McCrone's guitar and rock class programs: www.myspace.com/ianbrudnickitrio
"Pete Bellomo is one of those people that every Mother wants in their children’s life. We first met Pete after an extremely bad experience with another private teacher. He did not have any openings at the time. When I explained... read more>>
Melissa Fleming was my vocal coach. She worked with me in the most skilled manner leading me in both in-class work and homework to get better use of my lesson time. Her demeanor is professional yet approachable when it comes... read more>>
"Andrew Long is punctual and professional. He makes lessons fun as well. He is knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. I definitely recommend him to anybody out there who would like to learn guitar."
"Thank you for making me sing and play my songs for an audience at your recitals, for teaching me to play an instrument I can no longer live without, for motivating and encouraging me when I was frustrated, and for... read more>>
"You are a great teacher who has not just taught me fundamental skills in music, but in life as well. You are an inspiration and I am very glad I have had you as a teacher this year"
-- Twin Falls Middle... read more>>
Recording artist and songwriter Taylor Begert is an alumnus of Charles McCrone's guitar program: www.myspace.com/jenkinseast
"My son, Sean, took trombone lessons from Daniel Ayotte during the sixth grade. This early coaching added to his success and in seventh grade he earned a spot in the first honor band. Daniel was a very patient and knowledgeable... read more>>
"I'd been wanting to take guitar lessons for a couple of years and when I finally got around to it, I found Andrew. He was great! He went at a pace that I could keep up with and... read more>>
"Peter has been teaching my girls piano for almost a year. The girls love their piano lessons and think Peter is awesome!!"
"Peter has been giving piano lessons to two of our daughters for about a year now. They are 11 and 15 years old, and have benefited very much from his instruction.
Our 11 year old can be a challenge to work... read more>>
Peter Tilton, guitarist for rocking local teen band Trace, is a Kaleidoscope student: www.facebook.com/traceofficial
"We could not be happier with Tiger. Our daughter has said nothing but great things about her and comes home so excited after each lesson! Thank you" -- Erika
"Cherlyn's visit to Newcastle Elementary was terrific. Mainly because of her great presentation, our elementary school has the highest enrollment in 5th grade orchestra of all of the feeder schools into Liberty. I have 4th graders lining up to join... read more>>
Will Holmes, an alumnus of Charles McCrone's guitar program, and his band Great Waves won EMP's 2010 Sound Off! competition
I’ve been a commissioner on the Issaquah Arts commission for the past 8 years, and one of the founders of ArtWalk. There are simply not enough words to describe the vitality that you and your students bring to the community. ... read more>>
"Our son Gage, age 8, began his lessons with Joe 3 years ago and the experience has been fulfilling not only for Gage but myself as a parent as well. Joe, besides being a talented and performing musician,... read more>>
Two members of the Cold Cold Ground, Zan Ferguson and Ben Applegate, are alumni of Charles McCrone's guitar program: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cold-Cold-Ground/106102636524
"Daniel Ayotte and I have played trombone and euphonium together for several years in several local musical organizations. I believe Daniel is a fine teacher and would provide excellent instruction to students at any skill level. Daniel’s understanding of the... read more>>
Max McDevitt, an alumnus of Charles McCrone's guitar and rock class programs, has opened for international metal acts Lacuna Coil, Sonata Arctica and Epica, with his North Bend group If I Were a Gladiator.
I would love to tell you about Sarah Burwell. She is my violin teacher, a very good one at that. I have been her student for over a year now I can definitely say that she teaches with very much... read more>>
"Sarah Burwell has been working with my child for 3 years now. Sarah has been such a caring, smart, professional and patient teacher. When my child is feeling frustrated with the challenge of learning to play the violin, she has... read more>>
"I also play guitar in a band called Between the Lines at Kaleidoscope School of Music. I like this program because it gives me the experience of playing together with other people in a band and performing shows... read more>>
"Lessons with Tiger were much more than vocal technique. They were unique, completely fresh and the honesty was a welcome respite"--Catherine Henderson (backup singer, the Rockits)
At the tender age of 4 our son, Heston, decided that he wanted to play the violin which at that point we started down a new path to try and find a violin teacher. Our family initially met Sarah at... read more>>
"Peter was honestly the best teacher I have ever had"--Jessica Jocoy
"I love doing what I do, (playing music,) and you are one of the people who make music fun. You are the kind of person who inspires people to have fun with what they do."
-- Twin Falls Middle School student
"Charles is one of my favorite people...ever! It's been 16 years since I took lessons from you. I'm still involved in music heavily - can't thank you enough for what you taught me, I'm so glad you are still teaching... read more>>
"Tiger's strong points were an ability to motivate and nurture yet set goals... and an ability to teach in different ways to adapt to my learning style"--Cecile Thomas
"I'm writing to recommend Pete Bellomo as a trumpet teacher at your music school in Issaquah. My son took trumpet lessons from Pete from 6th through 9th grades at another music studio. He was always friendly and supportive, and... read more>>
Cyril Silverman of Orison is an alumnus of Charles McCrone's Metal Class program: www.myspace.com/myorison
"Tom is very skilled in many types of music…he is easy to work with and I am able to get the information I need to help me in the moment while still building my foundations for the future." --... read more>>
"Sam is a great drum teacher. Since I am a beginner adult drum student he is a very patient, excellent teacher. He helped me learn some standard beats right away which boosted my confidence. He always combined fun with technique.... read more>>
"Our daughter Zoe is super excited about Kaleidoscope. As you can imagine life is difficult for a 'punk rock goth' in Snoqualmie, but at Kaleidoscope Zoe has found somewhere she fits in."
"I first started taking lessons from Joe about 10 years ago. I was 16 at the time and wanted to take my playing to the next level. As a beginner I felt nervous playing guitar with someone so... read more>>
Actor and voice teacher Dylan Bandy www.dylanbandy.com is an alumna of Charles McCrone's guitar and rock class programs.
"I had been playing/studying conga drums for over a decade and became hungry for a wider perspective on drumming in regards to musicality, theory, and performance. Jason Edwards was the spot-on teacher I was looking for. He enthusiastically took on... read more>>
"After your guitar recital, my kids are deliriously proud of themselves; their smiles just light up the room tonight. Will was going to ad lib tonight when introducing himself; he wanted to do a monologue on how much he loves... read more>>
"I would like to thank you for the dedication and insight you give to each and every student. It makes me so happy to have a teacher who not only cares about how her students do at school, but outside... read more>>
"Charles offers the background and flexibility to go wherever my interests take us. Charles simply has amazing talent and - more important - he has the ability to teach."--Skip, age 47
"Having lessons with Tiger has helped me drastically improve my vocal skills in the short time I have thus far taken lessons. I can't wait to see how much more I can improve in the future. She has become more... read more>>
"I’ve been a commissioner on the Issaquah Arts commission for the past 8 years, and one of the founders of ArtWalk. There are simply not enough words to describe the vitality that you and your students bring to... read more>>
"Over the last four years Levi Gillis has constantly impressed me with his musical intuition, creativity, and technique. As a person he is professional, charismatic, enthusiastic and organized. In a teacher, these are of course highly desired characteristics.... read more>>
"My son was frustrated with his violin playing 14 months ago and was considering quitting, even though he loved playing with his friends at the MVYSO. My wife and I convinced him to try a new teacher, and received several... read more>>
"I took voice lessons from Leah Mainard for 4 years. She is kind and not overbearing. She goes at the pace of the student so as not to overwhelm them, but she also challenges the student to branch... read more>>
"Pete Bellomo taught our daughter Kati private trumpet lessons from the 5th through 9th grade. During that time Kati qualified for the Lake Washington School District Elementary School honor band and her Junior High Jazz Band. And this was just... read more>>
"John Marino has been teaching our son Patrick bass guitar weekly for about the last six months. Patrick enjoys every lesson and we really appreciate John’s enthusiasm. Patrick has made leaps and bounds in his musical ability, his music appreciation,... read more>>
"I took lessons from Jason for about 2 years. He helped me jumpstart my love for drums! He was always happy to help me work through any struggles or questions I had about a song, rudiment, or play-along track. Without... read more>>
"I've been taking 1 hour lessons for a couple of months now. Was at a beginner level when we started and I've drastically improved in both theory and technique. So far we've mainly focused on jazz, but he's definitely comfortable... read more>>
"I started taking lessons from Charles in kindergarten. Now I like playing my guitar more than any other activity."--Shila, age 10
"Joe Polito has taught both my children guitar. He is not only kind, patient, and fun, he can teach to both of their learning styles, which are so completely different! It is also wonderful how he can teach them theory... read more>>
"I had two children who look lessons from Leah Mainard. One was a teenager who took voice lessons for four years. My other was a five-year old who was beginning piano lessons. Leah was always very professional, encouraging to... read more>>
"Leah relates well to students of all ages and their parents. She is a responsible and enthusiastic teacher that encourages and motivates her students to improve their skills while sharing her love of music. She is a... read more>>
"We find Wayne to be patient, knowledgeable and able to meet Harper at his level. Harper enjoys his lessons and has become even more excited about playing the saxophone. Not only has Wayne worked with him... read more>>
"For the past four years we have had the pleasure of having Pete Bellomo as a trumpet tutor to our son Phillip. We cannot express how fortunate our son has been to have Mr. Bellomo as his tutor. Under Pete’s... read more>>
Sarah Burwell is a first class violinist whom we first met when she was first violin with the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has played for many years in the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, both as an orchestra... read more>>
Way Too Loose guitarist Doug Faber is an alumnus of Charles McCrone's guitar program: www.myspace.com/waytooloose
I live in Bothell and have been taking cello lessons from Alex for about six months now. Alex is not only a highly skilled cellist but also an excellent teacher. He gives clear and focused instructions that have helped my... read more>>
"John Marino has been teaching guitar to my son, Niall, for the past several months. Niall is 11 years old, and has been studying popular guitar for 3 years. We were delighted to come across John when we moved to... read more>>
"I have 2 children taking lessons from Caroline and they love her! Sophie (8 yrs) says she is "fantastic and creative" Grace (10 yrs) says Caroline "gives good demonstrations to make a complicated piece more easy for me to understand"... read more>>
"My music tutelage with Mr. Joseph Polito has spanned several years. Joe is the quintessential music instructor! His technical acumen (a plethora of guitar styles!), passionate musical interest and cogent pedagogical skill is inspirational!"
-- David W. Decker
I am an actress at Village Theatre Kidstage who had the opportunity to work with Melissa Fleming while she was a music director this summer. I have to say that I made a more significant improvement with my... read more>>
"Charles lets us bring what we want to learn, but he also teaches what we need to know, like showing me the blues scale by playing Black Flag". --Shane, age 15
"Sam's teaching has helped me go from just struggling to keep a beat to incorporating new techniques and styles into my playing in only a couple months. He's a versatile drummer and great about teaching me what I want to... read more>>
"Caroline is my daughter’s personal violin instructor as well as her after school orchestra instructor. It is without reservation that I wholeheartedly endorse her as an instructor. She exhibits patience and thoughtfulness throughout my daughter’s lessons and is always prepared... read more>>
"We recently moved to the Seattle area and John Marino has been teaching us both guitar (my husband and son) and piano (me and my son). He is a very personable instructor and we have been very happy working with... read more>>
Tessonja Odette, of Seattle pop band The Shy Ones, is an alumna of Charles’ teaching program.
We can‘t thank you enough for your energy and passion for music education!! The thrill for Isaac to perform at the Hard Rock was something he will not soon forget (nor will his proud family!). We are very excited to... read more>>
"Mr. Swanson has been teaching me saxophone for six months and I am very happy with how far I have come. I didn’t really like playing it so much before I started my lessons with him. He has... read more>>
Singer Lindee Hoshikawa is an alumna of Charles McCrone's guitar program: www.myspace.com/lindeesings
"I've been taking lessons from Joe for over 12 years. He has the ability to uncover and refine the musical talent in someone like myself who is "rhythm challenged". He encourages when he needs to, disciplines when required, and praises whenever he can. ... read more>>
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