Our 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.
All TIA faculty go through a careful process that involves personal vetting, a one on one interview with the director, a group interview with other TIA faculty, reference checks confirming their values, commitment to excellence, musical and teaching skills, and time in front of students.
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.
Sean-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 »
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Thomas teaches private lessons in Acoustic Guitar and Electric Guitar as well as our guitar master class, Guitar for Absolute Beginners (GAB)
Thomas is a Northwest native (originally from Portland). He is fun, energetic, and comes with a solid education and serious experience as a musician and singer/songwriter. Thomas holds a degree from SFA (Stephen F. Austin State University) and is excited to join the team. He has taught music both in the classroom to groups and in private lessons, and has worked with numerous bands and as a soloist as well. Thomas can play some serious blues and rock, among other things.
Most importantly, Thomas is not only a skilled and qualified musician and educator, but he comes to us highly recommended by his peers and he is committed to our mission and values.
Private Lessons in Piano, KAB Kids, Teen KAB, and Adult KAB:
Jimothy holds a bachelor’s degree in performance from The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, studying with concert pianist Awadagin Pratt. Jimothy continued his classical studies after CCM with pedagogue Robert Jordan, and has been teaching in Baltimore, Maryland for 10+ years. He is an accomplished pianist, organist, and keyboardist currently working as Gospel Choir Director in Tacoma, Jazz pianist for the Indigo Jazz Band, and has performed Classical music recitals to date.
Most importantly of course, Jimothy shares in our mission and values. And we are excited to welcome him to the team. Jimothy is committed to instructing students in the fine technique and artistry of piano playing, while encouraging love and respect for the gift of 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.
Vocal Music and Piano
Vocal Immersion, Simply Singers, Voice, Piano, and Songwriting
Jenna 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.
Mary-Elizabeth McGoran (Student Teacher)
Voice (Student Teacher)
Mary-Elizabeth teaches Music 101 for Singers: The basics of music, music theory and vocal technique for children ages 8-12.
Mary-Elizabeth is our newest student teacher, and the oldest daughter of SD & Jenna. She is fifteen, under the direction of Jenna and Molly, and has been studying music her whole life. Mary-Elizabeth is also a trained pianist and is learning guitar as well. She has been singing and studying voice as long as she can remember.
Mary-Elizabeth will be under the mentoring of TIA faculty. An adult TIA faculty member will be present in the building at all times when her classes meet. She has been a part of TIA from the beginning and has served as a mentor and leader in vocal and instrumental classes.
Mary-Liz will be teaching Music 101 for Singers, the basics of music, music theory and vocal technique for kids 8-12. Class meets Fridays 2-3PM. Tuition is just $40 a month. Call today to enroll!