Music Instructors

John Groves

John Groves earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Central Washington University with focused study in trombone performance and music education. Mr. Groves has taught private lessons and low brass …Read More >>

Bill Panks

Bill Panks received his B.A. in music from Carleton College with a focus on music composition. In addition to being a past member of the Sammamish Symphony and concertmaster of Carleton College’s Symphony Orchestra, he has extensive performance experience as a member of a variety of small chamber ensembles. Outside of the classical music world,…Read More >>

Greg Miller

Greg has been involved with music since he was five years old, starting out playing violin and later transitioning to the guitar. He spent two years at the Berklee College of Music studying Classical Composition, and Electronic Music Production. He currently plays in several local bands, does production work for singer-songwriters, and studio work for a Seattle based recording studio….Read More >>

Sam Esecson

Since he was 8 years old, Sam has been drumming away trying not to disturb his neighbors. Today, he is the drummer and percussionist for Juno Award-winning Canadian band the Paperboys, who tour regularly across North America and Europe. A proud endorser of Istanbul Agop Cymbals and Protection Racket Drum Cases, Sam also performs with local bands…Read More >>

Michael Matlock

When it comes to learning music, Michael has always believed that an understanding of how music works is essential. The greatest joys come from making music one’s own, rather than simply repeating the notes one is told to play. A strong classical background in theory and sight reading is important in providing the foundation for students…Read More >>

Jon Pontrello

I grew up in a musical family where my dad was often buying broken instruments at garage sales, flea markets and pawn shops and fixing them up, so my house was almost like a music shop. My dad tried to teach me how to play guitar, but it wasn’t until I got the opportunity to play drums in the middle school band that I became interested in playing music…Read More >>

Joe Polito

With over twenty years experience as a professional musician, Joe Polito has obtained a wealth of information about music that he enjoys sharing with his students. He has taught in situations ranging from preschool music classes to teaching retired folks who are starting from scratch…Read More >>

Alex Ho

The guiding principle behind Alex’s approach is to empower students with the critical thinking skills to be their own teachers at all stages of learning. This comes through refining self-awareness of one’s mind and body. Alex makes tension-free playing a part of every music lesson as he considers playing an instrument an athletic endeavor…Read More >>

Tiger Zane

Tiger Zane has been a vocal and performance coach since 1996, teaching students from 8 years old to 65 to find and develop their voice. Although her background includes 10 years of classical flute and several years of operatic vocal training, her approach is contemporary, relaxed and upbeat with a focus on expressing yourself through singing…Read More >>

Leah Mainard

For the past decade, I have been teaching private voice and piano, as well as staying actively involved in my church music program, local choirs, and local musical theater productions. My passion is helping students grow as performers and vocalists no matter their skill level. Whether it is introducing the beginner student to the stage…Read More >>

Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards began playing drums at the age of 16. In his first decade of playing, he has recorded and performed with over 30 bands in the Northwest. Jason also owns and operates a home studio, where he writes and records original music…Read More >>

Charles McCrone

A guitarist since 1978, Charles has been teaching full-time since 1991. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Whitworth College (sociology/psychology) and an honors graduate of Musicians Institute, Los Angeles…Read More >>

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