Music Lessons for Children and Adults

Eli’s teaching philosophy is founded on creating strong relationships with his students based on openness and mutual respect.  He recognizes that everybody approaches music and learning in a different way and will follow a slightly different path towards learning to play.  Everyone will face a different set of challenges as they progress along that path. Eli’s job is to give each student the tools he or she needs to become technically proficient and explore music in a positive, relaxed, fun environment.

In his South Seattle studio, students can learn guitar, ukulele, drums, percussion, piano, singing, songwriting and recording in a supportive and inspiring environment. Ages 5 and up.

Music, Movement and Spanish for children ages 2-6

These classes are focused on introducing small children to music, language and movement in a fun, high-energy, spontaneous environment.  Dancing, singing and speaking foreign languages are all skills that come so much more easily if a child is exposed to them while their brain is still in what Maria Montessori called the “absorbent mind” phase.  Eli’s experience as a music and movement leader at Sprout Preschool and Pacific Crest Montessori, and his time as a Spanish interpreter and tutor give him a unique perspective on music, language and movement and how they can be used together to facilitate learning.

Songwriting Workshops

Writing and performing an original song, whether you are nine or ninety-nine, is a life-changing experience.  Eli has worked with students of many different ages, abilities and ethnicities and the results are always inspiring.  In his songwriting workshops, he uses his experience and enthusiasm for making up words and melodies to empower others to do the same.

Most people have a great deal of fear and insecurity around singing and sharing their own writing.  By taking risks and allowing himself to be imperfect in front of his students, Eli empowers them to let go of their insecurities and share their creativity with others.  By supporting and validating them while being upbeat, enthusiastic and a bit goofy, he creates an environment that encourages collaboration, sharing and personal inspiration.

For a student writing in his or her native language, songwriting can be a powerful tool for self-expression and improving writing skills.  For students composing in a non-native language, songwriting provides a unique way to absorb and experiment with the target language.  Eli is comfortable working with people of all ages, abilities and levels of English.  He is fluent in Spanish and very much at home teaching songwriting classes either partially or totally in Spanish.  Classes can be custom designed to better serve different groups of students depending on their particular interests, whether they be composition, performance, language acquisition or some combination of the three.