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.
$100 per month (1/2 hour lessons)
San Jose, California:
While continuing private teaching:
Moved to Yakima area in 1993
I continue — and love — to teach instrumental music out of Ted Brown Music on Nob Hill Blvd.
With Bachelors Degree in Wind Performance and Teacher Certification from Central Washington University, Jeff has performed in each of the lower 48 states and in over 13 countries: as far west as Thailand and as far east as Turkey as a trumpet player for a variety of groups, including The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Don Menza Big Band, Showboat, David Sanchez, Ralph Lalama, Jiggs Whigham, The Mills Brothers, Stan Mark Big Band, Carnival Cruise lines, Princess Cruise Lines, Kenny Rogers, Heart, and many others. Performance credits also include showband stints in Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace, Light at The Bellagio, the Flamingo, and many hours of studio recording for television, radio, and album productions. In the year 2000 Jeff made his television debut in Japan for TNC television with Liberty On The Street, on an 8 week, 27 city tour featuring a 12 piece gospel and the world renowned “Tap Dogs.”
With the added benefit of 6 years in public education, and 15 years giving private lessons, Jeff has the education and real world performance and teaching experience to convey the importance of versatility and execution in genres, from Purcell to Kenton.
Jeff studied the application of classical trumpet, lead trumpet playing, and Jazz improvisation with Thomas Gause, Bob Panerio, Jr., Charlie Butler, Bobby Shew, Allan Vizzutti and others.
Beginners to advanced welcome.
Denise Dillenbeck has toured Europe and America with the PhiladelphiaOrchestra, and has played with the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and many other orchestras across the U.S. She is currently concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, the Lake Chelan Bach Fest and the Northwest Sinfonietta. As a member of the Oregon Symphony, she was a featured soloist for several concerts. She was associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras across the states and in England. As a member of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, she gave world premiere performances of works by many of today’s leading composers. As Lead Teaching Artist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Community Partnership Program, she led urban elementary school students in experiential music learning, and directed workshops on aesthetic education for classroom teachers and music educators.
Denise is a new member of Central Washington University’s Kairos String Quartet, and also formed the Areté Trio with Oregon Symphony principal cellist Nancy Ives and pianist John Pickett. She and her husband Mark Goodenberger also play chamber music for violin and percussion. She has performed and coached chamber music on concert series and at festivals around the country and abroad, such as the American Church of Paris, Westminster Choir College, Bravo Summer String Institute, Max Aronoff Viola Institute, the Quartet Program at Bucknell University, and Icicle Creek Summer Academy. She has recorded solo and chamber works for the Albion and KOCH International labels.
She holds a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell, and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, where she was Sally O’Reilly’s teaching assistant and worked with Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis. She was a Fellow at Aspen, Dean of Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, program coordinator of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Strings International Music Festival, and has played for the Oregon Bach Festival, Ernest Bloch Festival, Chautauqua Music Institute, Musicorda, Siletz Bay Music Festival, and the International Congress of Strings. The San Francisco Chronicle hails her playing as “simply first-rate”.
Ben Johnson started playing guitar at age 13 and teaching professionally at 16. Durning those first three years (and in the 10 years since) Ben has been lucky enough to have played with and learned from Grammy winners, WA Blues Society Award recipients, a Blues Music Association Artist of The Year, and a Guitar Player Magazine Guitarist of the Year.
Ben has taught over 300 students and has seen multiple students have gone on to form bands, win various awards and study music through college . Currently, Ben has released one CD released with his band, Shoot Jake. They perform most weekends and all summer playing venues and festivals across the state.
Josh Gianola is the Principal Percussionist of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Teaching Artist for YAMA (Yakima Music en Acción), Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Specialist for Eisenhower High School, and a private instructor for both orchestral percussion and drum set. Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Central Washington University, where he studied under the direction of Mark Goodenberger.
Josh maintainers a busy schedule teaching and performing throughout Central Washington and is in high demand as a freelance drummer performing in the area’s top musical groups.
$100 per month (1/2 hour lessons)
Tanya Anderson has a B.S. in Music Education K-12 with a vocal emphasis from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. She has taught middle and elementary school music, instructed choirs and bell choirs and gives vocal and piano lessons. She has provided vocal and piano jazz for a MN Huntington’s Disease Society of America chapter event and performed in the musicals “Pippin” and “Once on This Island.” She is classically trained and would like to sing “Carmen” but would also love to play Maria in the “Sound of Music. Her next musical challenge is to learn how to play her guitar and to broaden her musical repertoire. Her playlist includes songs from “Gaelic Storm, Renee Fleming, Pink, Kingssingers Chris Botti, Imagine Dragons, The Band Perry, Mozart and many more artists. Tanya, her husband and daughter are recent transplants from Minneapolis, MN.
Better known as the founding music director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Brooke Creswell has been a doublebassist and teacher for over forty years. As an undergraduate he studied with Lawrence Angell, then Associate Principal Bass of the Cleveland Orchestra. At the University of Michigan he studied with Clyde Thompson and Lawrence Hurst. More recently he has studied with Barry Lieberman of the University of Washington and former Associate Principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Although Mr. Creswell has played as a freelance bassist in orchestras in Central Washington, in addition to his teaching he has concentrated more on chamber music appearing for half a dozen seasons at the Mohonk Arts Festival in New York State and various other venues.
Rate: $100 per month
Brian Bernethy, a Whidbey Island native, graduated with a degree in Trombone performance from Central Washington University in 2010, with focus on both tenor and bass trombone. He held the bass trombone position for two years in Central’s Wind Ensemble under the direction of Larry Gookin, Jazz Band I under Chris Bruya, and the Symphony Orchestra under Conductor Nicolas Caoile.
Throughout his career he has studied with Mark Babbitt, professor of trombone studies at Illinois State University, Doug Nierman, Trombone/Low Brass teacher at Music Center of the Northwest and Bass Trombonist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Dr. John Neurohr, professor of trombone studies at Central Washington University.
Brian is brass coach for the Yakima and Mid-Columbia Youth Symphonies. He has recently traveled to Japan as the Bass Trombonist of the Ellensburg Big Band and is the Bass Trombonist of the Seattle Wind Symphony under the direction of Larry Gookin. He is also playing with various groups in Eastern Washington.
Joe Browning has been teaching guitar for 19 years, the last four running his own teaching business with his partner and former student Ben Johnson. He started taking lessons at a local music store when he was eight years old and started on his musical journey from there. He started his teaching career at Ted Brown Music in the Tri-Cities in 1994 and was a teacher and manager of another local music store before starting his own business. He has been a professional musician for the last 30 years playing in various bands around the Northwest. Joe has had students go on to professional careers in music, most notably Ben Johnson of Shoot Jake and Cody Beebe of Cody Beebe and the Crooks to name a few.
Joe believes in the power of music and the positive impact it has on our lives. Teaching you the guitar and helping you on your musical journey is why he teaches. Let him get you started on yours.