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I offer lessons in:

  • Accompanying
  • Accordion
  • All Other Singing
  • Arranging
  • Ear Training
  • Bluegrass Fiddle
  • Fiddle
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Improvisation
  • Instrumental Coaching
  • Mandolin
  • Bluegrass Mandolin
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Performance Techniques
  • Songwriting
  • Beginning Violin
  • Jazz Violin
  • Classical Violin
  • Rock Violin
  • Rock Voice
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    Kat BulaOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Heck yeah! I'd love to work with you!

    Here are some of the things I'm really good at helping people with:
    --Fiddle technique and style - advanced and intermediate especially, but beginners are welcome too! (adults and devoted teens only)
    --Transitioning from classical violin to folk or rock
    --Folk improvisation - any instrument
    --Music theory or musical anatomy -as I like to call it- on any instrument
    --Troubleshooting pain and tension

    In addition to teaching all levels of fiddle players, I also love working with other instrumentalists on their jamming, improvisation, and/or music theory skills. I play guitar and mandolin, too, and a little accordion, piano and ukulele. But I've worked successfully with improvisation, music theory and songwriting students whose instruments I don't play at all! These are truly universal musical skills.

    My Teaching Background
    Since 1996*, I've been helping fiddlers/violinists** and other musicians learn to make music they like, with people they like.

    In addition to working with hundreds of private students, I've taught at California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Washington Old Time Fiddler's Association Workshop, and the Bellingham Folk Festival.

    *Full disclosure: I included this date for those who want me to be old or experienced before they decide to trust me. I am one of those things but not the other.

    **Do you call yourself a violinist instead of a fiddler? Welcome! As a folk musician who is also classically trained, I use the words "violin" and "fiddle" interchangeably. I default to "fiddle," because I'm most often hired to play and teach bluegrass and country. But if you're a rock, swing, or pop "violinist," or aspire to be, I'm with you! You're in the right place.

    That said--I do not teach classical violin lessons. If that's what you're after, I encourage you to keep poking around LearningMusician!

    My Teaching Philosophy
    I work exclusively with adults and teens. (Got a tween or a really precocious 9-year-old? Let's talk.)

    We'll focus on *your* musical goals--building the techniques and knowledge you need to get to them. I won't tell you what to be interested in, although I'll happily give you listening assignments to help you broaden your horizons. (You can see why this approach might not be right for little kids.)

    I'm also good at helping people tease apart any psychological blocks that might be interfering with their playing or their connection with other musicians.

    I do not require that you be "talented," or that you have a billion hours a week to practice. My #1 goal is to help you connect to music and musical community in whatever capacity feels good to you--whether that's jamming with one other person in your basement, or with dozens of other people at a festival, or embarking upon a career as a professional musician.

    Rates And Availability
    I have a teaching space in Ballard that is available weekdays 9-5. I am also available via FaceTime/Skype during other times or for students who can't easily get to Ballard. Traveling to your home in the Seattle/Shoreline area may be negotiable for an added fee.

    1 lesson (60min) -- $65
    3 lessons -- $150 (save $45)
    5 lessons -- $220 (save $105)
    10 lessons -- $400 (save $250)