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


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



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.



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)


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.



Rob Comer

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Improvisation, Songwriting, and Trombone

Guitar, Improvisation, and Songwriting/Composition

Rob profileRobert started playing guitar and writing songs at 8 years of age. After years of playing in rock bands as a kid, Robert started learning jazz guitar in 10th grade and studied with guitarist Mack Dougherty, the guitarist for Dallas Jazz Orchestra and a local studio musician. After graduating, Robert auditioned for and earned a spot as a guitarist in the Army Music Program.

While in the Army Robert studied guitar with Jazz Guitar great Robert Roetker and later earned a position as a guitarist in the Army’s prestigious TRADOC Band. Robert has over 20 years of experience playing in and leading rock bands, country bands, and various other groups.