Click on the instrument links in the “Teachers” sub-menu, or scroll down the page to read more about our instructors, all of whom are experienced and qualified music professionals with a broad range of performing, teaching and music industry experience. We are committed to providing quality music education and to helping our students get the most from their developing skills – be it further education, the pleasure of playing a few tunes with friends and anything in-between.Our philosophy of music education is to promote the concepts of musicianship and recognize the value of applying these skills to benefit your lifestyle. Important concepts of musicianship include technical competency, general music literacy, underlying theoretical structures, sight reading, ear training, exposure to relevant literature, opportunities to perform and play in ensembles, opportunities to participate in competitions and exams, selection and care of musical instruments, the importance of practice and self-learning.
Kathryn Arnold – Piano
Kathryn Arnold is a beginning and intermediate piano and keyboard instructor looking for students of any age who want to further their musical education. She loves music and desires to foster a lifelong love of playing in her students. Whether that means playing classical piano, or the newest song on the radio, she helps people hone the skills to match their passion.
Kathryn currently performs with Lost and Found Ministries as well as the Tracie Marsh Band.
Adele Berg-Layton – Voice
Adele Berg-Layton grew up in a musical family on Bainbridge Island, and caught the stage bug at Bainbridge Light Opera Association (BLOA), renamed Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) in the 1980’s, and started performing at the age of 4. Upon completion of her graduate studies, she returned to her home town, and played leading roles at theaters in Seattle, Bremerton and at BPA. She ran a successful voice studio for 25 years on Bainbridge, and was the founding Artistic Director of Young Voices and Renaissance Jazz, community choral groups on Bainbridge for 15 years. Most recently she has been teaching as an Elementary Music Teacher, retiring from Ordway in the Bainbridge Island School District.
It is with great pleasure, that Adele returns to her first passion of connecting to students who wish to explore their vocal potential through individual instruction, and to be a teacher at the Island Music Guild. She understands the child’s voice, and vocal changes during adolescent years. She has prepared high school students for solo and ensemble contests, and for vocal study at the college level. She has assisted adult students with choral singing, vocal solos, auditions and performances for musical theater. She coaches in the major European languages, and also Latin, Hebrew, and a variety of other world languages. She has an extensive knowledge of Classical, Theater and Traditional Folk Music literature.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College
Fifth Year Studies in Music and Drama, University of Washington
Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory
Experience: 25 years teaching Voice in Private Studio
12 years as Music Specialist in Public Schools
Choral Conductor for school, community and church choirs
Performance in Musical Theater, Opera, Concert and Recital
Languages: German, French, Italian & Spanish
Dave Carson – Saxophone & Clarinet
Dave is one of the most well renowned saxophonists in the Northwest. He has played with many greats, Mel Torme and Smokey Robinson just to name a few and is a Graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music (Berklee College of Music Subsidiary) performing for four years with the Navy Jazz Band. He is a professional music instructor who develops young and adult musicians who understand all types and styles of music. Many of his students go on to play at the highest possible level as part of school and community groups and as superb soloists. His students have gone on to win or place at the WMEA state and regional level competitions, becoming strong candidates for any college music program. While his students continue to dominate the top bands in the area, as a current performer himself, Dave now leads the “Dave Carson Band” and Olympic Peninsula’s premier rock band, “Soul Siren”.
Jenny Davis – Voice
A Seattle native, Jenny Davis earned her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts, where she was awarded the coveted Maggie Hawthorn scholarship, the music department’s highest achievement. An experienced steward of straight-ahead jazz, she actively performs throughout the U.S. and Canada in clubs, festivals and jazz venues, including Seattle’s Jazz Alley and the Victoria BC International jazz festival. She has recorded 3 successful albums and is currently a music booking agent for other international jazz artists. Educated in classical vocal technique, as well as jazz musicianship, for 20+ years Jenny has been coaching beginning to professional level vocalists of all genres, focusing on the individual student’s goals and needs.
A popular instructor among teens and adults, students of all ages work with Jenny to expand their vocal range, study proper methods of breath and vocal technique, and hone their skills in phrasing and microphone use as well. Some students come to the studio with no vocal training. Much like leaning to play the saxophone or trumpet, Jenny teaches students how to “play” their own voice through proper vocal placement and technique. Lessons are focused on vocal technique, and most important, singing songs that inspire joy, passion and fun!
Jenny works with semi-pro and professional level students with current projects, as they work in their own bands, recording projects or career development. Working closely with other musicians is Jenny’s special gift. Her style is upbeat and positive and you discover how exciting and dynamic singing can be when you learn to integrate your voice with other instruments. Her respect for all players is exceptional. She knows how to be part of the band, showing students how to communicate with musicians on the bandstand, how to improvise by listening carefully to their playing, how to get the most out of rehearsals.
Jenny has performed and studied with some of the greatest artists in music today: Grammy winning artist Kurt Elling, Maestro David Kyle, Chuck Easton, Dave Carson, Julian Priester, John Clayton, Diego Figueiredo, Bud Shank, Jackie Ryan, Anita Wardell and many more. A passionate steward, and lifetime student of jazz, her mission is to pass on the tradition to future generations.
“Jenny teaches like she sings, straight from the heart, and she backs it up with solid technical chops.”
To learn more, visit Jenny’s website or contact Jenny directly:
Justin S Davis – Guitar
Justin S Davis loves teaching guitar lessons. It is fulfilling, joyful work he has done with success since he started teaching in 1999. Teaching guitar, for Justin, is a constant reminder that music is a gift. “When a student reaches past a previous goal, writes a first song, or their eyes light up with a sudden new understanding, it makes everything feel new again for me too,” Justin says. “I feel incredibly grateful to be able to teach and share with my students.”
The focus of Justin’s teaching is on building connections with music. Technique and music theory, including sight-reading, are important components of his curriculum, but always as a means of learning to be a creative guitarist. Whatever repertoire a student chooses can be, and is, used in the lessons; but not simply so the student can play songs just like the record. Rather, once the student can perform the piece (anything from Bach to The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, from Taylor Swift to Muse and AC/DC), the songs get broken down into their elements so the student can learn to write and improvise; first in the styles of their favorite bands, and eventually with their own unique musical voice.
Justin is the author of The Guitar Player’s Notebook, and his musical training includes having earned a BA in Music from Central Washington University for classical guitar performance, Jazz guitar performance studies at Cornish College of the Arts, and Flamenco guitar lessons with Miguel Serrano in Salamanca, Spain. But perhaps most importantly, Justin has learned by being out there, writing music and performing. It’s his real world experience that is often the biggest benefit to students who want to become professional musicians, or who just want to sound better when jamming with friends.
In addition to his busy teaching schedule, Justin is one of Seattle’s most in demand guitarists. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Gun’s ‘N’ Roses, Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Shawn Smith of BRAD, Santana’s drummer Michael Shrieve, Alan White of YES and Plastic Ono Band, Brendan Hill of Blues Traveler, Howard Leese of Heart, Chad Channing of Nirvana, the Seattle Symphony, and many others. Among other venues, he has performed at Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, The Paramount, The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Moore, The Neptune Theater, The Showbox, and he has toured the U.S.A many times, both with his own bands and as a hired sideman.
Justin works with guitarists of all skill levels, ages 6½ to adult, and is currently accepting new students. To learn more about lessons with Justin, visit his website, or contact him directly:
Chuck Easton – Jazz Piano
Chuck Easton teaches jazz improvisation, music theory, blues, pop as well as beginning to intermediate “regular “ piano. He is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he studied electric guitar and arranging. He is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Composition award. He has taught theory classes and coached combos at Centrum’s Jazz Pt. Townsend for many years. He is also the conductor of the Northwest Big Band which meets for a week every spring in Pt. Townsend. “I like to take whatever style of music students are interested in and use that interest to foster a deeper understanding of music in general. “ Chuck is also willing to teach arranging, jazz flute and if anyone is crazy enough, jazz tuba.
Megan Hennings – Piano
*Megan’s studio is at capacity – Enrollment closed until June*
Megan teaches piano lessons to beginning and intermediate students of all ages. She graduated from Central Washington University (Magna Cum Laude, President’s List) with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a Business Administration minor. She also holds an Associate of Arts & Sciences (President’s List) from Olympic College, Bremerton. Music is a life-long obsession of Megan’s, and she wishes to continue that tradition by inspiring individual creativity while covering all the essentials of musicianship such as ear-training, rhythm, sight-reading, theory, etc. Megan is very interested in technique that employs economy of motion, relaxation, suppleness and power. She wishes all her students to have a happy, healthy, successful playing experience and so her students can expect a curriculum tailored to their particular interests and talents. In addition to private tutelage, Megan participates in chamber music and accompanies a wide variety of solo instruments and voices. She also enjoys singing classically, ChoirChimes, and community-theater.
Visit Megan’s website to learn more, or contact her directly:
Justine Jeanotte – Violin and Viola
Justine was born in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, where she began her violin studies at the age of eight. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. She has had a private teaching studio since 1998, and currently teaches strings classes at the Madrona School. Past teaching positions have included Orchestra Director at West Sound Academy and Music Consultant for the Auburn School District. She had a subbing position in the Tacoma Symphony, currently plays with the Bainbridge Symphony, has performed in BPA’s Chamber Music Series, and has a violin/guitar duo with her husband Paul. Although classically trained, she now plays and records in two rock bands, “Paundy and Before Cars”, and has recently returned from a European tour.
Marcus Kitley – Guitar
Marcus Kitley has dedicated his life to teaching. He teaches 6th grade at Sakai Intermediate School by day. By night, he combines his love of teaching with his other passion; playing guitar. Marcus is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a Master’s Degree in Education. A Northwest native, he has been gigging professionally since the age of 16. Everything from big band, rock & roll, blues, jazz, and even Elvis impersonators! He brings a vast and eclectic musical repertoire to what he calls, “A student first approach.”
Marcus has an amazing rapport with students of all ages. Claiming this “Student first approach works every time!” He believes the number one way to get students playing the guitar is to get them excited about playing the guitar. This happens by teaching them something they want to learn. “Most students walk out of our first lesson playing a song they love within a half hour. This makes playing the guitar fun! When it’s fun, you practice. When you practice, you see immediate results.” Marcus works with each student to play what he or she envisions. This individualized approach is what makes his teaching technique so successful.
“By having students choose the songs they want to learn, we build motivation and success.” says Marcus. “But the actual song is only a byproduct.” He goes on to explain, “I use their songs to teach universal concepts. Each song offers a unique opportunity to explore chord shapes, scales and song structure. We work to tie these common threads together through each song we do, building skills, musical vocabulary and fingering.” Marcus’ students are enthusiastic about guitar and look forward to their lessons each week.
Lessons are available. To contact Marcus directly please call or email.
Jane Landstra – Piano (beg/int), Violin (beg/int) Fiddle (all levels)
- 40 years professional youth & adult teacher.
- UCBerkeley Graduate School of Education Teaching Credentials CA & WA
- Exceptional public school experience with the very young child through adult as well as private and group lessons.
- Recently Jane taught a “Celtic Strings” workshop week to 22 students–8 to 17 year olds in the “KYSS 2013!” Kitsap Youth Symphony summer program.
Jane tailers the lesson to the student. Engages each student in theory, notation, learning by ear and composition. Pianists use classical performance, exercise, lesson,and theory booksets. Violinists use Jane’s own popular, begining to advanced folk violin structured lesson audio materials, slow to uptempo CD’s with guitar back up, technique commentary, chords, & exercise activities. Also available Beg/Int classical theory/lessonbooks. Suzuki violin is offered beginners.
Jane has 6 recordings. Scottish CDs (Berkeley Scottish Players); New England contradance, and Norwegian music, ’70’s-2007.
She has taught violin, song, folkdance and is a dance musician for west coast music-dance camps in CA, Lark in the Morning, Mendocino Woodlands Camp, and Centrum’s International Camp, Port Townsend.
Jane teaches local quarterly beginner/intermediate, and advanced student group workshops in all Celtic traditional violin styles, and Nordic & Quebecois tunes. She leads Poulsbo’s monthly ‘Third Sunday Celtic Jam session’ and organizes the Bainbridge Island community contradances (West Sound Contradance Coalition). She
leads & teaches musicians for popular ‘Midsommer Fest’, Poulsbo. Students play all events & all are open to public participation.
Mentors: Spanish concert pianist Mrs. Isabella Magana of Berkeley CA–piano/ ear training. UCBerkeley Music Minor. Violin mentors are Quartet violinist Jack O’Brien of Berkeley; Suzuki and Starr proponents of Suzuki style teaching & materials. A few of her folk traditional teachers are Scotland’s Alistair Hardy; Jerry Holland, Buddy MacMaster (Cape Breton); Kalle Almlof, Jonny Soling (Sweden) and in Shetland, Tom Anderson.
Paul Cranford, music editor, composer published several of Jane’s compositions in his “Victoria Standard” ‘tune collection’, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Learn more at Jane’s website, or contact her directly:
Terry Marsh – Percussion
Terry is well known in the Kitsap music community and has the reputation of being a very well rounded drummer and instructor. Terry got his musical start in the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. He finished his percussion performance degree at Washington State University in 1997. He then won an audition with the prestigious Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, Marsh was a regular with many local jazz and rock bands. He and his wife Tracie, were members of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2001 to 2004, Terry and Tracie toured the world on board cruise ships. Being members of theatre show bands, the couple backed up numerous performers and entertainers. Moving to Poulsbo in 2004, Terry found a nitch amongst advanced level drum students and school marching percussion programs. Since 2004, the Den has produced 7 state champions and has helped many students move onto college level music programs. Currently, Marsh is a member of “Soul Siren”, “Hit Sensation”, the Jazz Ambassadors, and runs the Drummers Den.
Colleen McElroy – Flute
Flutist Colleen McElroy enjoys an active career performing and teaching in Seattle, WA. Colleen is a member of Emissary Quartet, a flute ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new works and advocating for the flute quartet as a valuable and dynamic means of artistic expression. EQ is excited to be premiering a new work by Annika Socolovsky this fall in New York City as well as performing at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego this August. In 2015, Colleen was awarded first prize in both the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Flutissimo! Solo Artist Competition. Colleen holds a BM (Performance) and BA (Art History) from the University of Washington and completed her MM in Performance at Boston University.
Colleen began teaching privately as a high school student. Throughout her musical training, Colleen has been active in arts education and outreach, by volunteering as a mentor for Seattle Music Partners, working in Soundbridge at the Seattle Symphony, and developing her own classes and programs with various small ensembles. For the past three summers, she has been invited to work with Iris Ingram’s flute studio in Lake Stevens, WA for their annual flute summer camp, and while a student at Boston University, Colleen coached non-major undergraduate chamber ensembles.
Colleen aims to help each student become a well-rounded musician with a thorough understanding of musical concepts that will enrich their experience of music long after their lessons. Her goal is to empower each student to reach their highest potential as a flutist and musician, and to have fun in the process! Flute lessons include development of proper technique and tone, study of music theory and history, musicality and phrasing, exploration of the flute repertoire, and performance opportunities. Private lessons are tailored to each student’s unique goals and learning style.
For more information, please visit Colleen’s website or contact her directly:
Steve Newton – Bass, Guitar and MIDI
Steve is an extremely prolific and eclectic musician and teacher, drawing from a well of expertise ranging from electric bass and guitar to voice, theatre and MIDI technology. He was educated at the University of Miami, Florida, receiving a BA in Electric Bass Jazz performance, and has worked as musical director for numerous theatre productions including “Hedwig”, “Buttrock Suites” and “What You Sing Might Save You”. His mastery of recording and technology has allowed him to develop numerous CDs, DVDs and music tracks for video games such as X-Com Interceptor. With twenty years of teaching and playing experience, Steve is a popular teacher among his teen and young adult students and is a founder of IMC’s Rock!Camp and Rock!Lab where he ensures that his students have good opportunities to perform, practice and play with others.
Randy Parris – Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harp, Ukulele
Randy Parris began his musical career playing a variety of instruments in a broad range of styles from a very young age. He followed his dream and began studying general music and classical guitar at Central Washington University where he also began to learn Lute and ancient forms of music. After three years, an opportunity to own and run a music store in Ellensburg interrupted his formal studies. It was at this time as a store owner, he began his lifetime interest in the Harp and was able to have a harp specially made, also developing his interest in composing for the instrument. At the same time, his love of guitar remained strong and as well running the store, he continued to play regularly in touring bands and to do session work. Like many music students, Randy had begun teaching while at college and now applied his formal training and opportunity as an entrepreneur, to establish himself as a music teacher with his own instruction studio based at his store. Since then, he has never looked back and even during periods when travelling with his harp, or busy with managing his business, teaching music emerged as his central passion and profession by choice and he is as comfortable teaching electric guitar to a budding rock star as he is with the meditative and mellow harp, for which he composes prolifically. Randy feels that teaching music theory and technique through the student’s chosen style and preferences is very important approach.
Carey Rayburn – Trumpet
Trained under world renown Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti as well as David Gordon, Principal Trumpet of the Seattle Symphony, Carey attended the University of Washington to receive a Bachelor of Music Performance in the field of Trumpet Performance. Over the years he has performed in numerous groups, touring through the West Coast and to Puerto Rico with Jazz bands, several rock and roll groups and with the US Airforce Reserve Concert Band as a guest musician. In Seattle he plays in
several ensembles including the Puget Sound Orchestra and Everett Savoyards Theatre. In addition he is an active freelancartist, doing studio recordings, musicals, and performing and writing arrangements for several different groups. “In order to grow as a musician it is imperative that a player must know what they wish to sound like. Practicing will always create technical improvement but it is through careful recognition of ones personal playing that musical growth can be made. In this respect I strive to make each student be self-aware of both the sound they are making of the sound that they would like to make and for these two to become the same. Strive for each note to be as beautiful as possible!”
Marcia Smith-Hill – Voice
*Not currently accepting new students*
Marcia Smith Hill studied piano from early elementary years to college, beginning college as a piano major, but changing her major to voice early in her freshman year. Mrs. Hill holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice and was one of only seven education majors awarded a Performance Certificate upon graduation from the State University of New York at Potsdam where she attended the Crane School of Music. She began teaching elementary and high school music, later establishing a private studio in both voice and piano. Graduate work was continued for several years at the Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute summer sessions and SUNY New Paltz.
Moving to Southern California in 1979, she sang for many years with the Pacific Chorale as a paid member of their select small group and toured Europe and China. She taught music through Yamaha music schools, eventually setting up her private studio in voice and piano. She also held church positions as a soloist and music director, often singing and playing at weddings and special events, private parties and restaurants. She appeared as soloist with the Orange County Choral Conductor’s Guild presentation of Handel’s “Messiah”, and in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the Mt. San Antonio’s concert choir. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 1994, where she has sung in several community choirs. Currently the Music Director for West Sound Unity in Bremerton, she earlier served in that capacity for several churches. This year, Mrs. Hill has accepted the position of leader for Ovation! Music Theater’s adult choir Crescendo and is the long-term substitute choir teacher at Kingston High School where she has been the accompanist for many years.
Now a resident of Kingston, Mrs. Hill teaches private voice at home as well as teaching at Rolling Bay Music Co-op on Bainbridge Island. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, several of her students have placed in the annual adjudication competition with two winning their categories and invited to sing on the Honors Recital. Several of her students have had lead roles in local student and community musical theater organizations and gone on to major in voice in college.
Marcia Smith Hill
Peter Spencer – Guitar, Voice, Songwriting
Peter Spencer is a fingerpicking guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Co-founder in the 1980s of the Fast Folk Musicians Cooperative in NYC, his solo recordings for them are now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After graduating from The Writing Program at Columbia University in 1989, Peter retired from performing and became a full-time music writer for magazines like Rolling Stone and Sing Out. His book World Beat: A Listener’s Guide to Contemporary World Music on CD” was published by the Chicago Review Press in 1992. His latest book, “Folksongwriting,” is due to be published in 2014. Peter began releasing recordings again with his 2000 release, “New Hope and Wise Virgins.” In 2004 he moved to Bainbridge Island, releasing “Handsignal,” another album of original songs, in 2006. Later that year came “Gathering Light,” an album of Christmas music for solo guitar, and in 2007 he released “The Blues Concert,” a stripped-down album of original acoustic blues. “From the Island” followed in February, 2009 (these three were all recorded at the Island Music Hall) and “1896” (recorded at Seabold Hall) in 2011. In 2013 he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in music composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Peter lives on Bainbridge Island and divides his time between performing, teaching at the IMG, and teaching at Dusty Strings in Seattle. Visit Peter on the web at: peterspencer.com
Stuart Williams – Fiddle, Mandolin and Claw-Hammer Banjo
Stuart Williams of Seattle, WA has played fiddle for old time country, square and contra dances in the NW for some 35 years – from Flash in the Pan in the ’70’s to Pleasures of Home in the ’90’s with numerous duets, trios and larger bands along the way. Inspired as a teenager by local traditional fiddlers at square dances in southwestern Michigan, he took up the fiddle in the early ’70’s. Seeking out the older local players, first in Michigan, than Oregon and the NW, he’s made a life’s study of the Midwestern and Northwestern dance fiddle traditions. These fiddlers drove the dancers with age old bowing techniques which were adapted to playing without the benefit of modern accompaniment or electronics. From them he has absorbed a wide range of traditional styles. Northern jigs and reels merge with driving Missouri hoedowns as well as Scandinavian and Western influenced couple dances. A well known teacher in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island, he has also conducted workshops and classes throughout the Northwest and in Michigan, written for Fiddler Magazine and produced fiddle events and recordings for The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, Northwest Folklife and Voyager Music. His oral history and music compilations, “The Washington Traditional Fiddlers Project: Vols I – III” are among Northwest Folklife’s perennial best sellers. Most recently, he has co-authored (with Brid Nowlan) “Roses in Winter- A Celebration of Fiddlers in Washington State” and “The Evergreen Fiddler Tune Books – Volumes I & II.”
To learn more, visit Stuart at his website or contact him directly:
Jennifer Yarbrough – Violin
A native of Knoxville, TN, violinist Jennifer Yarbrough’s career was launched when, at 18, she won her first position in a professional orchestra. Currently the principal second violin of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and a section first violinist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.
Passionate about teaching, Yarbrough studied string pedagogy with Kurt Sassmannshaus, one of today’s preeminent violin pedagogues, and is a certified teacher of The Sassmannshaus Tradition. Having vast experience teaching private violin lessons to all ages, beginning through advanced, for nearly a decade, she has also coached chamber music, masterclasses, orchestra sectionals, and presented for education and outreach.
Additionally, she has attended some of the nation’s top music festivals, including the Castleton Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Interlochen Arts Camp.
Yarbrough received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Piotr Milewski and Gabriel Pegis.
Learn more at Jennifer’s website, or contact her directly:
(972) 567.7470 (cell)
(206) 486.2970 (studio)