Tuned In Faculty Jamming, in color, 2014Our Musician-Educators are educated, experienced, and enthusiastic. With Tuned In you can rest assured that you are receiving top quality education from musicians that have been formally educated in music, and more specifically in their specialties of music theory, composition, songwriting and lyric writing, and improvisation. These musician-educators have vast experience teaching in both private and group environments—and most importantly, they are enthusiastic: music is a passion.

At Tuned In, we don’t just have musicians that teach music lessons, or teachers that play music. Conservatory trained musician-educators teach all of our classes and private music lessons. Our musicians have been trained in the art of music in conservatory, and have devoted their lives not just to making music, but teaching it. They teach not because they have to, but because they love and want to.


 

Sean-David McGoran

Instrumental Music: Winds, Piano, and Elementary Percussion

SD has over 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages and loves teaching private lessons in piano, trumpet, composition/theory, improvisation, and beginning clarinet, trombone, and saxophone. SD also teaches our KAB and Piano Labs, Brass Lab, and Instrumental Immersion classes.

SD-headshot-199x300Sean-David began playing the piano at age seven and later picked up the trumpet in the fifth grade. After seeing Louis Armstrong play the trumpet on television, he was convinced he needed to play the trumpet. A Northwest native, many of his early music experiences were lived out as a trumpet player in the award winning Auburn High School Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Marching Band. Sean-David is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where he studied jazz composition and performance with jazz greats like Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Jeff Stout, Lin Biviano, and Hal Crook. “SD” also studied jazz improvisation privately with Jerry Bergonzi (world-renowned jazz artist and educator) for over a year and a half… Read more about Sean-David »


 

Jeffry Larson

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Acoustic (Upright) Bass

Jeffry teaches private lessons in Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Acoustic (Upright) Bass, Electric Guitar Foundations, and Bass Guitar Foundations.

Jeffry has had a long and varied career in music that spans over four decades. He began his musical studies at four years old when he started playing the violin. He picked up playing guitar and bass during his teenage years. Jeffry’s formal training includes extensive study of classical and jazz music culminating in a master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University.

As a performer, Jeffry has experience across a wide spectrum of ensembles – from performing solo, to rock and jazz bands, to full symphonic orchestras. He served in the US Army band program for over twenty years and commander/conductor of several musical units. During this time, he supervised the training of dozens of musicians and led performances for audiences all over the world. Jeffry also served as the sole bass guitar instructor for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and developed a bass teaching curriculum that was approved for use at the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music.

Most importantly, Jeffry is not only a skilled and highly qualified musician and educator, but he comes to us highly recommended by his peers and he is committed to our mission and values.


 

Julie Funchion

Strings

Summer Stringalong and Beginning Strings

JulieJulie holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Pensacola Christian College and has been teaching strings since 1999. She has served as the director of the Strings Philharmonic, Capital Area Youth Symphony Association, and the Orchestra teacher at NOVA school. She has been teaching privately since 2001 and is the Assistant principal 2nd violin, Olympia Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Principal Viola player for the South Puget Sound Orchestra, and an active member of a professional string quartet.

Most importantly of course, she shares in our mission and values. And we are excited to welcome her to the team. Julie is committed to enthusiastically instructing students in the fine technique of string playing, while encouraging love and respect for the gift of music.

 


 

Jordan Nylander

Piano

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Jordan is recent graduate of Vanguard University (Bachelor of Arts in Music). He is a Northwest native, experienced musician and educator, and passionate about music and piano. Jordan teaches Private piano.

 

 

Molly Semon

Vocal Music: Private Lessons in Voice

Molly is a graduate of Western Washington University, and while young, in addition to having a degree in vocal performance with a classical approach, she already has an extensive background working as a vocal soloist, in choral groups, and teaching voice.

Molly has performed in Chicago, Peter Pan, Sweeny Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Phantom of the Opera, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Handel’s Messiah and many others.  Her passion for music also led her to be a part of many different choirs.  She was very proud to be a member of the Enumclaw High School Concert and Chamber Choirs, The Washington Ambassadors of Music, WWU Concert Choir and The Lynden Choral Society.  From these choirs she was able to travel to many different states in the U.S. as well as 9 different countries.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from WWU in December of 2014 and is very excited to begin building her vocal studio.  She began teaching voice lessons at Squalicum High School in Bellingham before moving back to the Enumclaw to teach at Enumclaw Music and now to the Tacoma area.  Her passion for singing is what drives her excitement to teach aspiring singers about proper technique and show them a true love for music. 

Most importantly, Molly shares our values and mission and comes to us highly endorsed by former students, parents of students, and teachers. Molly teaches voice from a classical approach and has an extensive background and passion for musical theater, classical vocal and choral work, and opera.

 


 

Jenna McGoran

Vocal Music and Piano

Vocal Immersion, Simply Singers, Voice, Piano, and Songwriting

Jenna-headshot-199x300Jenna began her musical journey at age five studying piano. By age eleven, she began studying voice. Soon after, she picked up the flute, trumpet, and guitar. Throughout her high school years, Jenna took every opportunity to perform in plays, musicals, clubs, restaurants, and with the American Music Abroad throughout Europe. In her senior year of high school, Jenna was accepted into the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School. It was at HAMS that she had the opportunity to study in depth the art of Musical Theatre, which would become a passion of hers.

Jenna also studied at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where she studied both performance and songwriting…Read more about Jenna »

 

 

 


 

 

Ben Vincent (Student Teacher)

Guitar

GAB (Guitar for Absolute Beginners

Ben VincentBen is 18 years old and a senior in high school. He has been playing guitar for about nine years. He studied privately for about 4 years and has been teaching private guitar lessons for a year now. Ben is a skilled acoustic and electric guitar player, and proficient on ukulele and mandolin as well. He is a regular on the worship team at a local church, both for corporate worship on Sunday mornings and for youth group nights. He has also played in bands for numerous youth camps and is spending a portion of his summer teaching guitar at Fusion Music Camp in Latvia, for the second year in a row. We are excited to add Ben to the TIA team as a student teacher.

Ben is under the mentoring of TIA faculty. An adult TIA faculty member will be present and supervising each of Ben’s classes at all times. Ben came to the academy with full recommendation of leaders in his community network, and having previously proven himself as a mentor in our Eastside Elements ensemble.

Ben teaches GAB (Guitar for Absolute Beginners) and private lessons. As student a taught class, the tuition is at the elementary rate. His lessons are also at a slightly discounted rate, but for excellent teaching just the same.

 


 

Bryce Francis

Percussion and Piano

Elementary Percussion and Piano Classes

Bryce is originally from Oklahoma, holds a degree from Missouri State University,  and is excited to be in Olympia and joining the TIA team! Bryce is an experienced bassoonist and percussionist that also plays guitar and piano. He spent most of his college years working with the marching percussion and he loves working with young people.

Bryce will be teaching our new elementary percussion classes and probably some piano classes as well. In addition to being and educated musician, Bryce is also a film maker and we look forward to seeing his work.