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 himself playing multiple instruments including Guitar, Drums and Bass, and studying extensively with his father, mentor and best friend H.R.

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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 idioms including rock, blues and jazz. He has borrowed from all the best and is now the master of his own style, a style that is literally a "fusion" of his total music experiences. Don is well known among guitarists for his amazing technique and total command of the instrument.

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Scott Elsberry

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It didn’t take Scott Elsberry long to realize he loved the guitar: he began playing at age 7. After “turning pro” at the age of 14, Scott split his time between becoming a musician and playing his favorite sports of Baseball, Football and Basketball. A few years later, sports took a back seat after Scott was recruited to play in an established Bay Area band.

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Brandon Beligni

Guitar/Vocal/Bass/Drums/Piano

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 perfect his teaching technique. He has learned to implement the same proven methodology that Jay’s iconic father, the legendary guitarist Howard Roberts, created many years ago. Currently, he is working towards a degree in music, singing in an 18 voice jazz choir, and playing guitar in several jazz ensembles. Though he loves performing, his passion for teaching has given him the realization that his life work will continue to be focused in music education.

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Jakob Singer

Guitar/Piano/Vocal/Bass/Harmonica/Drums/Mandolin

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 to practice efficiently to improve on their instrument in a shorter amount of time.

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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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From Tokyo, Japan, Masa has performed and recorded with local and international artists throughout Europe and the US. As a multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter, he has experience with many musical styles from punk, rock, metal, ska, reggae, hip-hop, Balkan and African music. While he focuses on many recording and performance projects, he is also an inspirational teacher and has taught many students locally and internationally.

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Skyler Mehal

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Want to learn to ROCK? How about FUNK? Country? Blues? Want to write songs? Sing? Whatever you want to learn, Skyler will help you get there! Hailing from the vast empty desert of Central Washington, he teaches many styles including Rock, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Funk, Experimental/Ambient music, Country and Folk music. While studying at Central Washington University he discovered his love of teaching and maintained a studio of over 30 students before completing his studies in 2011. He currently holds his B.A. in Music/Guitar Performance from CWU.

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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 currently teaches music at Willows Preparatory School and Bellevue children’s Academy. He was a member of the award-winning neo-soul group Splice, and was a bassist for the Steve Hilger Blues Band. Besides being a bassist, Mike is also a vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter for the indie rock band Boy From School. Mike’s biggest influences come from jazz and fusion, but enjoys playing and listening to R&B, funk, hip-hop, rock, electronic, folk, and indie music.

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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

Farko Dosumov

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Bass/Guitar

Farko Rustamovich Dosumov was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Farko and his identical twin brother, Feodor Dosumov, began playing the classical guitar when they were ten years old. After winning the green card lottery in 1999 Farko moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. Farko later attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and specialized in jazz bass. Since then, he has played with many talented artists and groups throughout the world.

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Dylan Welsh

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Guitar/Bass/Drums/Mandolin/Viola

Dylan Welsh is a professional freelance guitarist, arranger/composer, and music educator based in Seattle, WA. He has been performing actively since 2008, and operates most frequently within Seattle’s rock, jazz, folk, and R&B/funk scenes. He comes from a diverse background of classical repertoire and precision mixed with rock sensibilities, augmented by his studies of jazz and world music. As a performer, Welsh can convincingly operate within a large myriad of idioms.

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