July 5, 2017

Summers are Tough

Summers are tough for small non-profits. Almost every student in this community band we started in Arkansas was here by scholarship. These by the way are probably double numbers for a class than what we currently enroll as well. How was this possible? Churches, community organizations, individuals, and families stepped up and supported the mission….[READ MORE]

June 30, 2017

Summer Help

Dear Friends: My name is Sean-David. I am the Director of The Tuned In Academy, a local non-profit academy of music here in Olympia. You may have seen us in the Olympian. What you may not know is that all of our teachers are committed to a set of strong values and driven by a…[READ MORE]

December 23, 2015

Serenading Seniors

We spent some quality time serenading the seniors of the South Sound this year, and I am convinced it is an important part what TIA is becoming, and what community minded musicians everywhere should be doing. This season we visited The Colonial Inn, The Olympia Senior Center, and Capital Place to bring the gift of…[READ MORE]

December 18, 2015

Music as a Gift: Community Music Making

At the academy, one of our core values is people. We also believe that music is more than mere commodity, but a gift that exists for the sake of community. What does that mean? It means that we believe that while there is nothing inherently wrong with the sale of music recordings, concert tickets, and…[READ MORE]

December 16, 2015

Community Jazz Band at The Tuned In Academy

I really wish we didn’t have to charge tuition. But sadly it costs money to run an academy, and so it is necessary to an extent. We do everything we can to keep tuition rates affordable for most families. Sometimes however, life just makes it difficult to do anything extra besides just living. I get…[READ MORE]

December 11, 2015

Caroling at The Colonial Inn Retirement Community

Our motto is where music matters and makes a difference. And it matters to us deeply that our students learn and experience what that means on multiple levels. We also desire that we as an academy can make a difference in the community. Yesterday a handful of our fine students volunteered to take the time…[READ MORE]

December 3, 2015

2016 Instrumental Music Scholarship Program

Help us reach more and make a difference through music this year through our 2016 Instrumental Music Scholarship Program!   We hope to add 40 students this year to the academy. And our goal is to add those students TUITION FREE. As Director, my family and I have been paying to run the academy mostly…[READ MORE]

October 23, 2015


I’m having a blast in our new Reading and Thinking through Classic and Contemporary Literature group and class. This FREE class is something we are doing for the community simply because we value great literature as art. We value reading, we value thinking, and we value people. But it is also a lot of fun!…[READ MORE]

September 21, 2015

To Sir with Love

I’m so excited to start our reading group! We will meet Tuesday’s 4-5PM at the studio, and have our first meeting October 6. We will start with To Sir with Love by E. R. Braithwaite. It is also a great movie, which would be wonderful to watch but only after we finish reading it. Please…[READ MORE]

September 14, 2015

Reading and Thinking through Classic and Contemporary Literature

Mortimer Alder wrote, “The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.” This quote explains one of the many reasons that an arts academy like The Tuned In Academy would host a book club and reading class. Because who we are as artists and…[READ MORE]