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Piano Teachers

Violin, Viola Teachers

Flute Teachers

Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin Teachers

Trombone & Low Brass Teachers

Vocal Teachers

Piano Teachers

Ben Rosenblatt

Ben Rosenblatt piano lessons

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

​ABOUT BEN:
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

TRAINING:
Bachelors Degree: Piano Performance

​ABOUT JAEMEE:
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

TRAINING:
Bachelors Degree: Piano Performance


ABOUT AMELIA:
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

TRAINING:
Nationally Certified Piano Teacher:
Music Teachers National Association

​ABOUT JOANNA:
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

Tara Weaver

Tara Weaver violin lessons

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

ABOUT TARA:
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.

Lauren Lamont

Lauren Lamont Violin

TRAINING: Viola, Violin

Bachelor's Degree: Music Performance and Music Educucation

Certified Suzuki Instrucotor


Lauren holds a BA in Music Performance from Southern Oregon University and a Music Education degree from the University of Oregon. She is a certified Suzuki Instructor and studied with John Kendall at the Suzuki Institute at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She performed in Reno and Lake Tahoe with show orchestras, playing with such entertainers as Sammy Davis Jr., Helen Reddy, and John Denver, to name a few. In Anchorage, Alaska she taught private lessons and performed with the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera Orchestra, and Anchorage Ballet for 9 years. Returning to Oregon she taught at the Community Music Center in Portland for 6 years. During this time Lauren played with the Columbia Symphony, the Newport Symphony, and freelanced as an active union musician. Moving to Seattle Lauren first played with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, then with Philharmonia Northwest for 8 years, and Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS) for 3 years.  During her 12 years in Seattle, Lauren taught at Music Center of the Northwest, where she also served as  Suzuki Academy Coordinator and helped to build a strong and reputable Suzuki program there.  She also taught an amateur adult string group, as well as student ensemble classes.  She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of Washington State, where she has held leadership roles.  Lauren now teaches in Skagit and Whatcom Counties where she shares her love of music and teaching with our community.

Wind Instrument Teachers

David Zagelow

David Zagelow Flute Lessons

TRAINING:
Bachelor's Degree: Flute Performance
Certified Suzuki Flute Instructor
Certified Musikgarten Instructor

​ABOUT DAVID:
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.

Dave Lyon

Dave Lyon Trombone Lessons

TRAINING: Trombone (low Brass)
Bachelors Degree: Music Education
Master's Degree: Transpersonal Psychology
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​ABOUT DAVE:
Dave Lyon grew up surrounded by music with his mother being a church organist and professional accompanist. Dave started on trombone at age 8 and in college started getting serious about guitar and singing.  He has taught music in the public schools and directed the pit orchestras for over 20 musical productions locally.  Dave is also a member of the famous band "The Walrus" where he performs on bass and vocals. Dave teaches private guitar, bass, and low brass full time, and is very excited to be teaching with Evergreen Music Studios.  Dave teaches in Whatcom County.

Vocal Teachers

Jeanie Marinella

Jeanie Marinella Voice Lessons

TRAINING:

Bachelor's Degree: Vocal Performance


ABOUT JEANIE:

Jeanie grew up in the Seattle area until she moved to Bellingham, WA for college in 2011. Jeanie is a versatile singer, as she is a classically trained Soprano, but also enjoys singing contemporary music, such as Jazz and RnB.  Jeanie teaches voice lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University in December, 2015. She studied opera/classical voice at Western and has been studying different vocal styles for about twelve years.  Jeanie sang with the Seattle Symphony on the Grammy nominated choral recording of Samuel Jones’ composition of “The Shoebird,” and in Benaroya Hall with The Northwest Choirs/Vocalpoint! Seattle. At Western, Jeanie performed in the chorus of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” and as the Dew Fairy in Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She performed the role of the Sandman in Humperdinck’s “Hansel und Gretel,” with Vivace in Vancouver, BC and as Lauretta, one of the leading roles in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” Jeanie was a frequent soloist in WWU’s concert choir, as well.   Jeanie has a thorough understanding of vocal pedagogy and diction, allowing her to effectively teach healthy vocal technique. She prioritizes helping students develop a foundation that allows for a lifetime of singing. She also loves teaching sight singing, ear training/solfege, and vocal improvisation. Jeanie customizes lessons in order to help students achieve their individual goals as singers, musicians, and performers. She is passionate about communication through singing and is inspired to help others discover how to sing with their most expressive voice, whatever the style is. Jeanie teaches in Whatcom County.

Guitar Teachers

Dave Lyon

Dave Lyon guitar lessons

TRAINING: Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin
Bachelors Degree: Music Education
Master's Degree: Transpersonal Psychology
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​ABOUT DAVE:
Dave Lyon grew up surrounded by music with his mother being a church organist and professional accompanist. Dave started on trombone at age 8 and in college started getting serious about guitar and singing.  He has taught music in the public schools and directed the pit orchestras for over 20 musical productions locally.  Dave is also a member of the famous band "The Walrus" where he performs on bass and vocals. Dave teaches private guitar, bass, and low brass full time, and is very excited to be teaching with Evergreen Music Studios.  Dave teaches in Whatcom County.