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)
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”.
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.
$100 per month
Dustin moved to the area in the summer of 2015 from St. Louis, Missouri. He has a degree in Jazz Performance from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. He has performed with many musicians from the STL area playing all types of music.
Students will learn the theory of music along with playing techniques on the bass. This ensures the understanding of music at a higher level and not just painting by numbers with music.
Dustin teaches upright and electric bass to all tastes of music, beginner to advanced, and young to old.
$100 Per Month
Ty has been playing music for the last 32+ years. After attending Berklee College of Music as a scholarship recipient and graduating from Musicians Institute with full honors, he decided to move back to Yakima to start up his teaching practice and has been adjunct faculty for YVCC and a private instructor for Ted Brown Music for the last 15 years.
As one of the region’s most popular instructors, Ty chooses to let the student determine the focus of their one-on-one lessons, while advising the best course of action to take in achieving their goal. The pace is set by the student in a relaxed and positive atmosphere that is designed to push them further and past their boundaries.
An exciting and favorite performer in and around the Pacific Northwest area, Ty divides his time between a busy teaching schedule, and performing and touring with numerous local and regional acts.
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.