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    Linda UpshawOffering private lessons in
    Federal Way, Washington
    About MeContact Me

    Currently I offer individual private piano and voice lessons and group piano for children and adults.
    A group piano class will focus soley on learning how to read music and play songs of varying
    styles on the keyboard. Private lessons consist of learning to play expressively, and preparing
    for a performance with other students. Each program is 45 minutes in duration.

    Sound, tone, creating, feeling, movement, learning to play the keyboard and listening to music is embodied
    in my programs. Simple rhythmic based literature activities using poems, stories to enhance musical encounters
    are a fun way to expand cognition and fantasy. These experiences provide a way for students to express their
    feeling without fear of being evaluated for "right" answers. Our lessons are fun and engaging we utilize musical
    games, movement and listening activities. Students are encouraged to play the piano with other students or
    the instructor.

    I enjoy having "musical encounters" with people of all ages. Musical training, performance and teaching have occupied
    a special part of my life. My teaching style is edgy, I am comfortable with many styles of musical and oral expression from
    Haiku's to Hip Hop, Classical, Jazz and R&B.


    Cornish College of the Arts: Classical Piano
    Seattle Central Community College: Piano, Voice,
    Evergreen State College: Creative Dramatics, Multi-Media
    State University of New York: Media Design
    Seattle University: Washington State teaching credential: K - 8 Multiple subjects & Master's In Teaching with
    emphasis on blending the arts with curriculum.
    Orff-Schulwerk Certification

    A native of Seattle, I studied classical piano at Cornish as a child, sang in numerous choirs, traveled, and attended school in New York city. Returning to Seattle, I attended Evergreen State College, where I focused on performance and humanities, and then completed a Master's In Teaching at Seattle University. In addition to Orff-Shulwerk certification, I have Washington State Teaching Credentials with a multi-arts emphasis. My piano program is taylor made for your learning style, musical background and pace. I provide keyboards, a CD player, selected piano & music curiculum, media and art materials, as well as percussion instruments. Currently I sing with a performance
    choir, the Northwest Repertory Singers.

    Please refer to my web-site at:

    My Teaching Background
    I have been teaching privately and in the public sector for a period of 12 years. I have had performances with my students at Benaroya Hall, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Bush School, the Northwest School of the Arts, and numerous other schools. Performance has been a major part of my musical training and I have had choral performances with the Bellevue and Olympia Symphony orchestras.

    Summer, 2009 I had the pleasure of traveling to Belo Horizonte, Brazil where I taught music and art to students ranging in age from K - 5th grade.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    Initially, I like to get to know my student. What their musical interests are, what they hope to do with their musical training. My belief is that when a student is exposed to too much technique at first, they may become overwhelmed. As we move beyond getting acquainted with keys, notes and fingering, I further encourage musical development in numerous ways: through listening, movement, rhythm, singing, music games, and the use of percussion instruments. Every student is unique and it is my belief that learning to play the piano is enriched by using a variety of techniques!

    Rates And Availability

    I am currently available for private and group lessons. Private lessons take place either at your residence, where
    I can provide a keyboard or at my in-home studio. A group consists of 4 or more students. I travel to your child's school and
    furnish keyboards for your convenience. No more commuting to piano lessons. To receive the group rate you must find 3 other
    students to sign up with your child.

    PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL RATE: $30.00 per 30 min, $40.00 per hour.
    GROUP RATE: $15.00 per student per 10 weeks. 4 students per group. Instructor provides a keyboard for each student.