Instructors

Jay Roberts

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Jay Roberts was born in California and is the son of legendary jazz guitarist and world renowned educator Howard Roberts (founder of the Guitar Institute of Technology). Although stylistically versatile with a Rock, Blues and Jazz background, his heart is found in improvising and teaching. Growing up with a very musical family, Jay found … Read more

Don Mock

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Don Mock began playing guitar in the sixties initially drawn to the instrument, as were many of his peers, by the music of the Beatles. His early influences were rock heroes of that era including Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield. Don’s growth as a musician included immersing himself in various music … Read more

Mike McGee

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Guitar/Bass

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Michael McGee is a professional musician of 30 plus years. He has studied at the University of North Texas and the University of Washington. Mike has a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Washington with an emphasis in jazz studies and guitar. … Read more

Scott Elsberry

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Scott Elsberry has been playing guitar for over 40 years. Starting at 7 years old he was quickly performing at his school as well as for family and friends. Scott’s teenage years were spent playing at high school dances which eventually got him a gig with a successful band playing all over the San Francisco Bay Area. In more … Read more

Brandon Beligni

Guitar/Vocal/Drums

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Brandon is proficient in a wide range of musical styles which include, but not limited to, jazz, classical, and metal. Upon discovering a love for teaching and particularly a knack for teaching young children, he began apprenticing under veteran teacher Jay Roberts to … Read more

Jakob Singer

Guitar/Piano/Vocal/Bass/Harmonica/Drums

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Jakob has been teaching students of all ages for over a decade. He strives to motivate and inspire his students to become great musicians. Jakob’s teaching method is fun and easy to understand. His students learn proper technique, music theory, how to read music, play in a band, play their favorite songs, and how … Read more

Chris Lenk

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Chris Lenk has been teaching and performing in Seattle for fifteen years. Styles include funk, jazz, blues, rock and metal with a focus on technique and theory. Chris has been honing his guitar skills since the age of twelve, developing chops for the challenges of each style of music. Chris currently performs with three bands, playing funk with Mutha … Read more

Masa Kobayashi

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Hailing from Tokyo Japan, Masa has performed and recorded with local and international artists throughout Europe and the US.  As a multi-instrumentalist and a song writer, he has experiences with many musical styles from punk, rock, metal, funk and jazz to Balkan and African music. While he focuses on many recording and performance projects,  he is also an inspirational … Read more

Skyler Mehal

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Skyler Mehal has been teaching students of all ages since 2010. His positive and open-minded approach to learning provides a positive atmosphere for student growth. Through his experience and pedagogical studies, he has developed an individualized approach to teaching that allows students to express and develop confidence in their playing and their level of musicianship. He received his B.M. … Read more

Lisa Deeter

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Lisa Kay Deeter is a guitar teacher, songwriter/musician, and ASCAP member, who has written songs with Roger Fisher of (Heart) and played benefit concerts with Alan White of (YES). Her song titled; “Git Goin’” is the theme song to the television show; “The Blues-To-Do Room” with Marlee Walker. She has taught private lessons and group classes for all ages … Read more

Michael Sundt

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Mike is a graduate of Central Michigan University where he studied Double Bass Performance and Music education. He was previously a band director in Michigan and has performed in several different groups around the West Michigan Area, playing mostly jazz and blues. He was a member of the award-winning neo-soul group Splice, and was a bassist for the Steve … Read more

Brian Hutchison

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Brian Hutchison was given a tape recorder by his father at the age of 5 and has been enjoying making recordings ever since. Recording and engineering for local bands at Kaye Smith Studios in the early 70’s gave him his real introduction to professional methods of audio recording and equipment. He has since done recording at many studios over … Read more

Gary Crooks

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Guitar/Bass/Drums

Gary’s specialty is composing/theory/improvising/technique, and performance in Blues/Jazz/R&B/Funk,  ensemble coaching and private instruction.

Gary is a certificated teacher for the Tacoma Public Schools. He currently teaches at MeekerMiddle School where he is the guitar teacher, assistant band director, and ELL advocate (English Language Learners).

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Evergreen State College, and a Master … Read more