Ted Brown Music offers an assortment of private lessons in each of our five locations. Each instructor is certified, with years of experience, and pre-screened prior to use of our rental spaces. As each instructor sets his/her own rates and schedules, contact them directly with any questions.
Professional Musician and Teacher. Currently giving Music instruction in Violin/ Fiddle / 5 String Banjo / Mandolin.
I have years of experience in teaching Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Keyboards, Violin/Fiddle, 5 string Banjo/4 string Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro, Ukulele.
I’ve taught Music in California, Wyoming and Washington. In Washington I’ve taught music lessons since 2000 at Poulsbo Music, DJ’s Music, Mills Music, Music Mansion, and Ted Brown Music. I taught Guitar classes at Kingston Junior high. I organized and set up the first music classes for the YMCA in Wyoming (head Iistructor) in the 70’s.
Studio Musician for 10 Years at Golden Ear Recording Arts in California. Also Midi/Keyboard/Drum programmer in the 80’s.
Worked with the Original Keyboard player of the Moody Blues, in which I performed the lead guitar tracks for the album he was producing in the 80’s.
I’ve worked, performed and recorded with numerous Pop, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, Folk groups, plus more.
Dave is one of the most well renowned saxophonists in the Northwest. He has played with many greats, Mel Torme and Smokey Robinson just to name a few. His credentials include being a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music (Berklee College of Music Subsidiary), performing for four years with the Navy Jazz Band, and he is leader of the “Dave Carson Band” and Olympic Peninsula’s premier rock band, “Soul Siren.”
Dave Carson develops young and adult musicians who understand all types of music. Student achievements include top chair placement in local music programs, soloist awards at jazz festivals, and top honors at state and regional WMEA solo and ensemble competitions. Dave’s students are a “shoe-in” for any college music program and are usually a recipient of scholarship money.
Whether it be classical, jazz, rock, or improvisation Dave gives students the tools that they need to be successful and also enjoy all that music has to offer. Just listen to what his students say:
“I can’t thank Dave Carson enough for the gift of music that he gives!”
“As a new musician it is difficult to learn new methods and skills, but Dave’s patience and experience has brought me to a level of playing that is both rewarding and enjoyable.”
“As a teacher, I find Dave very motivating and as a talented musician, very inspiring.”
“I look forward to every lesson and plan to study with him for years to come.”
“Taking lessons from Dave was the major turning point in my life as a musician!”
Brian Lilly is a professional drummer and instructor. Playing since age 5, he played his first gig at the early age of 10 and began teaching at the young age of 16. A man of many hats, Brian is a highly sought after studio and freelance drummer/musician as well as an educator.
Lilly’s schooling includes 8 years of concert band/choir and 6 years of marching/jazz bands. Brian completed 2 years of music theory and has a solid background with vocals, piano, and guitar. As a graduate of Central Kitsap High School (1986) he was voted outstanding musician of the year. Upon graduation was accepted at the highest level to the Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA. He later went on to further his education at Seattle Drum School. Brian’s experience includes extensive recording studio work and stage/concert appearances with countless artists, covering many numerous styles and genres.
Brian has performed at world famous venues, such as Hollywood’s Troubadour, House of Blues, Whiskey-A-Go-Go and (Johnny Depp’s) Viper Room. He has appeared at New York City’s Mercury Lounge, Texas’s Granbury Opera House, Galveston’s Moody Gardens, South Dakota’s #10 Saloon (Wild Bill Hickok), The Mangy Moose in Montana, Mexico’s Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle’s Mural Amphitheater, Showbox, and Graceland. Brian has toured the countryside, from California’s West Coast, to Nashville, Tennessee, from the South of Texas to the Arctic Circle.
Brian comes from a very musical family and thanks his Parents Buddy & Mary Lilly for giving him a drum set for Christmas at age 5. His Dad started playing at age 16. He is still a professional drummer/singer today, and plays in a band called (Retro). A highlight for Brian and his Dad was playing in a band together (Driven Country), featuring Brian’s Dad Buddy Lilly on lead vocals.
Brian’s younger brother Brandon is an accomplished saxophone player and is currently playing for O.C.Jazz. Brandon just recently made a trip to play in New Orleans. And just like when Brian played the Headwaters Jam in Montana and his parents made a surprise visit, they to went to see Brandon play in New Orleans. Too cool! Supportive parents! That’s where it’s at!
My name is Kevin Blackwood, I’ve been playing drums for over 28 years. I started teaching about 13 years ago after many requests to do so from friends and family. It began to take off and expand on to others through word of mouth and now it is my full time occupation. I have really grown to enjoy teaching others a skill that I believe is a lot of fun, challenging and something you can take with you as a life skill.
In the past 13 years I have toured nationally and internationally playing different types of music from pop/rock to jazz, blues and country. I have also enjoyed coaching jr. High school drum lines and continue to strive to have exciting drummers who work together for precision drumming.
Studio recording is also one of my favorite things to do as well. In the past 20 years I have played on dozens of records as well as a video game for the Sierra Game Co.
Diversity is the key to having fun on the drums. My instruction will entail learning how to count and keep time, which is vital to playing drums. We will learn basic notation as well as playing by ear. Most of all we will have fun and learn together, being creative and making the drums “musical” so they can be used in all styles of music.
SUZANNE BURTON, flute, was raised in Salem, Oregon and pursued her college education at Indiana University where she received a flute performance degree under the tutelage of James Pellerite. She went on to study music education, receiving a Master of Arts for Teachers degree from IU. Ms. Burton is the former principal flutist with the Pasadena, Texas Philharmonic and the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed in the Music Millennium Music Series Concerts in the Bremerton area, Bainbridge Performing Arts Chamber Music series, Class Act Woodwind Quintet, and with the Peninsula Ballet Orchestra.
Suzanne teaches general music at Esquire Hills Elementary in the Central Kitsap School District. Her other musical endeavors include playing saxophone in a local big band and teaching private flute lessons, of which she has over 25 years teaching experience. Suzanne has experience teaching beginning through advanced levels and has an extensive knowledge of flute repertoire. Her students have consistently received superior ratings at solo and ensemble contest in addition to being selected to All State organizations.
Shelly received her Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and Education from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Washington. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Shelly expanded her private brass studio and currently teaches 54 trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba students per week. Shelly’s students have seen successful performances at recitals and statewide music festivals, and several have gone on toward acceptance into All State, local youth symphonies, and college music programs.
Shelly has served as brass coach and clinician to Northwest Washington area schools, adjudicated Solo and Ensemble Festival for the Washington Music Educators Association, taught High Brass Techniques to undergraduate music majors at the University of Washington, and conducted Brass Camps throughout the Puget Sound.
An active performer, Shelly currently serves as trumpeter in the Tacoma Concert Band and the SBC Horns. She has been invited to perform as trumpet soloist on Doctoral Chamber Recitals, been sponsored on solo tours to the Midwest, and regularly performs throughout the region. Shelly has served as trumpeter with Navy Band Northwest and can be heard on two released recordings, Dreamcatcher by SWOJO and In the Deep by the Hope.
Cynthia Jefferson received her education in French Horn Performance at Indiana University and the Mozarteum Academie in Salzburg, Austria. Her principal teachers were Philip Farkas, Michael Hoeltzel, and Christopher Leuba. Her brass coaches included Thomas Beversdorf and Harvey Phillips.
Ms. Jefferson’s early professional experience was in Europe, performing with the Salzburg-Mozarteum Orchester, touring with Grabowski Productions, and as principal horn and soloist with the Wurzburg Philharmonic in Germany.
Since moving to the Northwest, she has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta and both Paramount and Fifth Avenue Theaters. Two of her favorite musical theater productions were “Young Frankenstein” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Ms Jefferson has performed in on-stage orchestras behind Ray Charles, Johnnie Mathis, Moody Blues, Linda Ronstadt, Bernadette Peters and Mannheim Steamroller. She has also worked extensively as a studio musician, having played on many soundtracks for movies, video games and theme parks, including “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, “Die Hard with a Vengeance”, “Shrek Forever After”, and “World of Warcraft”. She still performs frequently with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Auburn Symphony and the North Sound Brass.
Ms. Jefferson has taught French horn at both Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University. She is currently a French horn coach with the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Endangered Instrument Program, and is French horn teacher and brass coach at Lakeside School in Seattle. In addition to offering lessons at Ted Brown Music in Silverdale, she also provides lessons at several schools in both the Seattle and Shoreline districts.
Ms. Jefferson lives in Indianola and, when not performing or teaching, enjoys reading, gardening and walks on the beach.
Guitarist Nick Murphy has been studying and playing music since 1995. He has a Bachelors in Music from Central Washington University with a specialization in Classical Guitar. Some of the styles he’s played or researched are Flamenco, Jazz, Classical, Brazillian, Fingerstyle, Malian, Punk, Irish, Metal, Hard Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, Funk, and Blues. He also studied for some time with Jazz Guitarist Giulio Straciatti at the Siena Jazz Conservatory in Siena, Italy. In his teaching method, he emphasizes good efficient technique with a an ability to create music in the style of the students choice.
Talman Welle began his piano study with his mother, the late Martha Thatcher of Bremerton. He graduated magna cum laude from Central Washington University where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. His principal teachers were Tim Strong, Dr. John Salmon, and Dr. Bonalyn Bricker-Smith. Welle has been teaching piano and classical piano for 22 years at Olympic College, Bremerton. He has also taught both elementary and high school students. He maintains a large successful studio of private students in Seattle, Bremerton and Poulsbo. An active member of the Eastside, Kitsap and Seattle chapters of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, he has also chaired for the National Guild of Piano Teachers for Kitsap County and was a judge for them as well. Many of his students have gone on to major in music at college or become professional musicians.
As a professional pianist, Welle’s past performances have included Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in G Major, with the Bainbridge Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Bremerton Symphony and Olympic College orchestras, solo recitals of Liszt and Debussy, and two-piano concerts with Martha Thatcher. He has also recorded two CDs, in association with Dave Schafer Studios Bremerton. In the fall of 2001, Welle gave a well-received concert tour of the state, which included concerts at Central Washington University, Washington State University, and the Seattle Art Museum. Last November Welle performed in concert with his colleague at Olympic College, composer and bassist Rick White. The pair performed original compositions by White, which also featured a solo performance by Welle of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, and Chopin’s 4th Ballade in F minor, op. 52. In April 2010, Welle performed a solo concert at Sherman Clay Pianos in Seattle featuring Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Megan teaches piano lessons to beginning and intermediate students of all ages. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a Business Administration minor. She also holds an Associate of Arts & Sciences (President’s Scholar) from Olympic College, Bremerton. Her students can expect a curriculum tailored to their particular interests and abilities. Music is a life-long obsession of Megan, and she wishes to continue that tradition by inspiring individual creativity while covering all the essentials of musicianship such as ear-training, rhythm, sight-reading, theory, etc. Megan is very interested in technique that employs economy of motion, relaxation, suppleness and power. She wishes all her students to have a happy, healthy, successful playing experience.
In addition to private tutelage, Megan has experience in chamber or small ensemble performance and accompaniment of a wide variety of solo instruments and voices, both sacred and classical. She loves playing at special events and at various retirement/convalescent/assisted living homes. Nor does she limit herself to the piano. In her final year at CWU she was privileged to be accepted into the school’s premier classical choral ensemble, The Chamber Choir, performed with them at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and recorded with them for publication on YouTube. She also enjoys community theatre, having last been seen on stage as the Nightingale of Samarkand. Megan is currently learning to ring Choirchimes with several amateur Choirchime ensembles.
Bachelor of Music in Trumpet from The University of Washington
Master of Music in Trumpet from Western Washington University.
University of Washington – Taught Jazz ensemble “Big Band” as T.A.
Western Washington University – Taught Jazz studies, Class Brass for music Ed majors , Trumpet Lessons, and Contemporary Group
Olympic College – Interim Director of Instrumental Music including Band, Jazz Band, ensembles and private instruction
I currently Teach at the Silverdale Store. I currently have 3 students on trumpet scholarships to PLU, Eastern Washington, and WSU.
I have adjudicated
* The Columbia Basin Jazz Festival at Tri-Cities
* North Kitsap Jazz Festival
* Vancouver B.C. Jazz Festival
* WA Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Contests
I currently perform with the Bremerton Symphony and The Bremerton Symphony Brass Quintet. I also direct and perform with Seattle Based Big Band, “Roadside Attraction.” I have done musical back for several artists, including Ray Charles, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, The O.J.s, Linda Ronstadt, Diane Schuur, Michael Feinstein, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, and Bernadette Peters.
Miles Urbano is director of Bremerton Ukulele Music Society, teacher for Hawaiian Ukulele Group Silverdale, band leader guitarist for PLANTED band (classic Christian rock), music director for Bond Servants for the homeless (Kitsap Rescue Mission), guest guitarist bass player (Calvary Chapel Poulsbo), worship leader and music instructor (Calvary Fellowship Raymond), and performing artist representative (Gospel for Asia).
Miles’ formal training originated in classical music playing the double bass instrument. As a high school sophomore Miles received the University of Hawaii solo ensemble medal award and performed 4 years with the State of Hawaii select youth symphony, and studied commercial music Long Beach City College in Los Angeles.
Yoshie has been teaching violin in the Central Kitsap area for 9 years with an emphasis in the Suzuki method. She has taught students as young as 3 and as old as 60+. The efficacy of Suzuki Method lies in its underlying principles of focusing on developing good form and technique from the start to produce good quality tone as a positive reinforcement, all in a fun format that makes the learning process enjoyable. The violin is a difficult instrument to learn, but the life-lessons of perseverance and pride-in-accomplishment gained throughout the process are more than commensurately beneficial.
Beginning her violin studies at age 3, Yoshie graduated from the Suzuki violin books by age 10 and continued to study with the Pacific Northwest School of Music in Bellevue through her high school career under the tutelage of Katsutoshi and Mari Nakamura, both of whom received their Suzuki certification from Dr. Suzuki at his institute in Matsumoto, Japan. Between the ages of 6 and 17, Yoshie competed annually in the Bellevue-based Eastside Competition and the Seattle Young Artist Competition, winning 1st place in her age division numerous times.
Though Yoshie still occasionally volunteers her assistance with ensemble workshops at PNSM and will once in a blue moon play chamber music with family members for a friend’s wedding, her attention has shifted over the last few years to her own family. If she is not teaching at Ted Brown Music, she is most likely to be found teaching her daughter violin, or even more likely, carting said daughter to/from one of her seemingly multitudinous activities. Yoshie is a firm believer in leaving work at work, in enjoying life, and is a great fan of swimming, riding, hiking, gardening, baking, knitting, CAD 3d-modeling houses, and a variety of other activities.
Cari Lynn York, a private piano instructor of 18 years, received a music scholarship from Brigham Young University, where she studied 4 years majoring in piano pedagogy. She took private voice instruction from a variety of professional vocal coaches there, and has been teaching private voice ever since.
Cari also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Management with an emphasis in Music Business and minors in Mass Communications and Music Industry from Middle Tennessee State University, where she also received an ASCAP songwriting scholarship.
She lived in Nashville for eleven years to pursue her interests in songwriting, recording, and performing, as well as teaching. Her songwriting encompasses a variety of genres including pop, country, gospel, jazz, and blues.
While in Nashville she also enjoyed teaching students voice and piano. “I love to see how music can uplift and inspire students. Music is not only physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually stimulating, but it can bring self-confidence, peace and contentment to one’s soul, and add spice to life.” Cari’s greatest satisfaction as a teacher is to see students making honorable efforts to learn and progress, making music a priority in their lives, and then see them reap the benefits and rewards of their hard work.
As a teacher Cari, thinks it is important to bring a well-rounded approach to lessons. She teaches a variety of different styles: Classical, jazz, blues, country, gospel, pot, etc. She also tries to teach the student a variety of skills including theory, ear training, technique, composition, improvisation, sight-reading, practicing, and performing methods. Cari, feels it is important to not only learn the basic fundamental skills of music, but for the student to sing and play the types of music they really enjoy.
Crystal has over 20 years experience in the field of music and specializes in piano and clarinet instruction and vocal coaching. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2007 with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education K-12 and Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She studied privately with Dr. Wayne Johnson and Mary Kantor, as well as having learned the art of vocal coaching from Jackie Koreski. She has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Professor Gerry Marsh as both a clarinetist and pianist, performing repertoire such as Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin.
As an instructor, Crystal inspires creativity through building a solid foundation rooted in classical music theory and technique. As those musical building blocks are established, students will learn how to instill them creatively into their repertoire and performances.
Nichole has been a student of music for over 15 years, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in piano, from East Texas Baptist University, and with a secondary concentration in voice. Performing Prelude in G Minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Etude in C Minor, Opus 25 no.12, by Frederick Chopin for her graduate recital. Her repertoire also includes Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 by Johannes Brahms in ensemble and duet performances. Honored as the most outstanding music student in her junior year, Nichole has studied privately with Randall Sulton, PhD and Sun Gamble, while receiving vocal training from Eric Thomas, PhD and Virginia Boaz, PhD.
As an instructor, Nichole has enjoyed teaching piano for nearly 8 years with students from four years old to college age. She strives to build a confident foundation in music for her students through rhythm, sight-reading, theory, technique, and harmonization. She is also a firm believer in bringing creativity to music and encourages students to play music with passion.
Call for Rates
Eric is a native of the Kitsap area. Growing up in the Seabeck area, he attended Green Mountain Elementary and then graduated from Klahowya in 2008. Straight out of high school, Eric was accepted to the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho where he studied with some of the greatest minds that the northwest has to offer, like Dr. Vanessa Sielert and Daniel Bukvich. To date, Eric has been playing saxophone for 14 years.
At his time in Idaho, Eric studied to become as a Music Education major for five years. He played in numerous groups like the jazz and symphonic ensembles, saxophone quartets and choirs as well as his work with solo repertoire. Aside from the performance ensembles, he spent years learning the essentials, such as music theory, history and ear training.
Today, Eric holds a degree in Instrumental Music Education. As a member of the NEA and MENC, he continues to teach and perform locally as well as in other places. Eric is a member of the Kitsap Saxophone Quartet, which plays locally at events year-round. Each year, he travels to Juneau, Alaska to perform at the annual Saxophone Showcase – a classical saxophone recital where his original saxophone quartet, The Aurora Saxophone Quartet, performs as well as solo works.
Eric plans on staying local for a few years teaching lessons as well as in the classroom as a band director. In the future, he plans to go back to graduate school to pursue a degree in Saxophone Performance or Conducting.
Contact store for rates
Stephen Seybold took his first music lesson in 3rd grade and never looked back! 20 years later, Stephen holds a BA degree in Music Ministry from Northwest University where he studied music comprehensively including music theory, composition, and Jazz applications. While at Northwest, Stephen had great musical opportunities performing countless concerts, including twice at Benaroya Hall, and appearing on the record “Deeper.”
Stephen has an amiable personality that parallels his interest in music and teaching, which has led him to study and perform in a very wide variety of musical genres. Stephen has been performing in the current stream of pop music by playing in bands ranging from “top 40’s” cover bands to original bands playing the gamut of Jazz, Hard Rock, Blues, Country and even Electronica. Stephen’s has taught to a wide range of ages in his tenure, the youngest at 6 years old and the oldest 60.
Stephen’s one goal in teaching is to see students accomplish their goals while discovering the joy of music in the process!
Rate: $25 per half hour
Lauren Cavanaugh has been playing piano for 14 years. She has been teaching for the past 5 years while she was in school. Cavanaugh graduated high school in California in 2013 and was a frequent accompanist for various choral groups during her years there. When she went to Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California, she also played for the Symphonic Band and took private lessons under Arlene Steffen, M.M. She intends to get a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Cavanaugh has played a wide range of music, spanning from Joplin to Debussy to Haydn. She enjoys exploring all kinds of music and believes that it’s important to play pieces from many different composers.
Tobin, born and raised in the Seattle area, has been playing cello for the majority of his life and has studied with Rajan Krishnaswami and Professor John Friesen. He graduated from Western Washington University in spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Cello Performance. In his time at Western, Tobin was a three-year member of the WWU Scholarship Quartet along with other musical awards.
Some of Tobin’s award highlights include: winning several concerto competitions, most recently in his second year at WWU in the Spring of 2011 performing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No.1; being hailed as “a masterful cellist” after winning first place in the Virginia Glover WWU Music Award Competition in 2010, then called the Bellingham Music Club Award Competition; and being granted many scholarships based on his musical ability. Tobin also taught regularly throughout his four years at WWU and is excited to continue teaching in Kitsap County.