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Piano Teachers

Violin, Viola, Cello Teachers

Flute Teachers

Piano Teachers

Ben Rosenblatt

Ben Rosenblatt piano lessons

Master's Degree: Piano Performance, Bachelors Degree: Piano Performance

Ben Rosenblatt began studying music at the age of 10 after falling in love with the music from Phantom of the Opera. He earned his bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from Gonzaga University in 2010 while studying with Greg Presley, and earned his master's degree in Piano Performance from Western Washington University in 2015 while studying with Jeff Gilliam. Ben enjoys teaching even more than he enjoys performing, and he has over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages. Ben currently teaches lessons in Skagit and Whatcom Counties

Jaemee Kim

Jaemee Kim piano lessons

Bachelors Degree: Piano Performance

Jaemee Kim will graduate from Western Washington University in June of 2017 with at BA in Piano Performance. She is studying with Dr. Milica Jelaca Jovanovic at Western Washington University. She began her piano studies at the age of 4 and has since been the recipient of several scholarships including Sanford, Ford Hill, and Arthur C. Hicks Piano Scholarships. She has experience performing in masterclasses for Gilbert Kalish, Seth Knopp, Spencer Myer, and Gloria Cheng. She has been featured performing at the Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival, and has performed with numerous established musicians. Aside from performing in concerts, Jaemee loves teaching piano and she has been teaching over 10 years. Although she is classically trained, Jaemee tries to customize the experience for each of her students depending on their skills and passions. Jaemee teaches in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

Amelia Nye

Amelia Nye piano lessons

Bachelors Degree: Piano Performance

Amelia Nye began her piano studies at the age of 5 after being inspired by an exceptional church piano accompanist. She began teaching piano lessons in her hometown of Port Orchard when she was just 16, and 4 years later moved to Western Washington University to pursue a degree in piano performance. Amelia graduated from Western Washington University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in piano performance, studying under Milica Jeleca-Jovanovic and Kay Zavislak.  Amelia currently teaches in Whatcom County.

Joanna Zagelow

Joanna Zagelow piano lessons

Nationally Certified Piano Teacher:
Music Teachers National Association

Joanna Zagelow’s piano career started when she was only five years old.  In 1996 she opened her own piano studio with great success and became a full time piano teacher. Joanna has always had a dedication to being the best teacher she can be and in 2008 she received the honor of becoming state and nationally certified with the Music Teachers National Association.  Joanna has studied with Linda Wilson, Shirley Haley, and Nancy Wilson. Joanna is an active member of the Skagit Valley chapter of the Music Teacher Association.  Joanna teaches in Skagit and Whatcom Counties.

String Teachers

Yelena Nelson

TRAINING: Violin, Viola

Bachelor’s Degree: Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Sergei Rachmaninov Conservatory, Rostov-on-Don, Russia


Yelena Nelson has more than twenty years of teaching experience. Yelena’s passion for classical violin began when she started taking lessons at the age of nine. Yelena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Sergei Rachmaninov Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don, Russia where she studied with Professor Alexander Mileikovsky. Upon graduating from the Conservatory, Yelena performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic for fifteen years, and after moving to the US in 2000, she joined the first violin section of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Since then, Yelena has assisted teaching music at local public schools, including Ferndale High School and Fairhaven Middle School. She is also a long time member of the Whatcom Choral Sinfonia and the Chamber Choral Orchestra. In 2000 Yelena founded her private studio and continues to share her love of music by teaching violin and viola to everyone from beginner to advanced. During her lessons, Yelena guides her students’ development through continuously supporting their growing talents and individuality. Yelena teaches in Whatcom County.

Tara Weaver

Tara Weaver violin lessons

TRAINING: Violin, Viola, Cello
Bachelor of Arts: Education, Violin Performance: WWU, Indiana University School of Music​

Tara Kaiyala Weaver brings nearly 30 years of teaching, coaching and playing experience to EMS, with a special ability to inspire and grow students of any age and ability.  Tara began violin at just 18 months old, was performing by age 3, and was in intensive chamber and orchestral studies soon after .  Having recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest to live near her children, Mrs. Weaver spent the past twelve years as Violin Faculty at Pipestone School of Music in Twisp, WA.  Tara was Conductor of the Pipestone Youth Orchestra for 7 years, Conductor of the Pipestone Orchestra for 4 years, and is a composer with a performance project in the works on-line.  Tara has premiered several of her pieces and won numerous awards and performance competitions including 1st place at the WA state solo & ensemble competition, and 2nd place at the Seattle Young Artist competition. Tara now performs with the Everett Philharmonic and teaches in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Flute Teachers

David Zagelow


Bachelor's Degree: Flute performance

Certified Suzuki Flute Instructor

Certified Musik Garten Instructor

David Zagelow opened the Evergreen Music Studios in 2003 and has been teaching flute ever since.  David started as a Suzuki student himself in 1985.  In 1998 David went on to receive his Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance from Central Washington University.  In 2003 David became a certified Suzuki instructor and then in 2009 he became a certified Musikgarten instructor.  David has studied with Kenichi Ueda, Dr. Hal Ott, Daniel Rangel, and Autumn Woods Keller.  David has played with numerous groups throughout his career including the Skagit Symphony, META Performing Arts, Theatre Arts Guild, Willow Ensemble of Boston, the CWU Flute Choir, and the CWU Wind Ensemble.  David has also been a soloist at the National Flute Convention and was the principle flute and piccolo player for the world premier of Remembering 911. David  is an active performer in the area and teaches Suzuki flute and Musikgarten in several locations in Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Guitar Teachers

Frank Rowland

Guitar Lesson


Acoustic, Classical, & Electric Guitar

Bachelor's Degree: BA in Music

Frank Rowland began playing the acoustic guitar at the age of thirteen and moved on to electric guitar one year later.  Since then Frank has discovered a passion for classical music and the beauty and technicality of the classical guitar. A two-time winner of the Washington Regional Solo & Ensemble competition, Frank has gone on to study with Professor David Feingold at Western Washington University.  Frank has also performed numerous solo recitals and in the Western Guitar Orchestra. Frank graduated from Western with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in the spring of 2017 and has since maintained a steady series of performances with the Bellingham based progressive metal band Tetrachromat.  Frank currently teaches in Whatcom and Skagit counties.