Learn How To Play!

The music instructors of the Musicians’ Association of Seattle have a wide experience of playing and teaching. Many have made a career of both. Studying music increases brainpower and mental productivity. General learning abilities of the player are enhanced by their involvement with music. Children who begin learning an instrument early have these benefits their whole life, because like any language acquisition, you never forget it. Music is never too late to learn either!

For any of your music needs, feel free to email or call our office if you have questions:
(206) 441-7600
Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00


Don Dieterich B.M. Education, M.M.

Drums, Percussion

Snare, Drum Set, Mallets & Percussion
Teaching in Shoreline and Greenwood



Will Field


All styles of drum set & snare drum
Contact 206-854-6820

Jenny Ziefel

Clarinet, Saxophone

Serving the Bothell and Seattle areas


Robert Gale


Robert Gale has been playing and teaching trumpet in the Seattle area for 20 years. His teachers include Fred Sautter (Oregon Symphony), Christopher Leuba (Chicago Symphony) Jerry Oram, and Claude Gordon. He plays in the Northwest Sinfonietta, Federal Way Symphony, Seattle Trumpet Consort, and Pacific Brass Quintet. He also teaches band and private lessons at several locations in Renton, Kent, and his home in Mountlake Terrace.


Marion Sussman


Seattle-based harpist Marian Sussman will create the perfect ambiance for your wedding, event, or special occasion. Solo or ensemble, classical, popular, or world music including Celtic and Israeli. 206/290-8192 harpnote@gmail.com


Dan Ruiter

Drums, Percussion, Trombone


Mary Ann Lee




Monica Schley


Monica Schley is a classically trained Seattle harpist who freelances in many styles: classical, new music, improvisational, jazz and rock. She has 20 years of experience playing for private engagements, weddings, recording, live performance, and funerals. Some of the musicians she has worked with are Butch Morris, Evan Flory-Barnes, Jherek Bischoff, Masada, Jesse Sykes, Jim Knapp, Hey Marsailles and Kanye West. She has played at venues such as Bumbershoot, The Triple Door, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and Microsoft.


Michael Marcus

Electric Bass, String Bass


Dewey Marler

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

ALL Saxophones, Flutes and Clarinets
Instruction in North Seattle since 1980


Marc Smason

Didgeridoo, Jazz Vocals, Trombone

As a young child in Texas, trombonist/vocalist/composer, Marc Smason learned to sing from his mother and later studied classical and jazz trombone with Ken Cloud, Stu Dempster, Julian Priester & Slide Hampton. He studied voice with Jay Clayton (jazz), Yo Jin Chong (Korean) & Ki Wasitodipuro (Javanese), and composition with Michael Young. Marc has a BFA from CA Institute of the Arts and is a long-time member of the AFM. He has performed with Big Joe Turner, the Funk Brothers, Carlos Santana, Eddie Henderson, Type A, Mark Levine, Wilbur Morris, Sam Shepard, Julian Priester, Buel Neidlinger, Rick Mandyke, Sonny Simmons, Eyvind Kang, Marc Graham and Baby Gramps. His playing encompasses many styles including jazz, latin, Brazilian, collective improv, klezmer and R&B.


Leslie McMichael


A graduate of Wellesley College, Leslie McMichael’s musical pursuits include performance, teaching, recording, and composition. Her musical arrangements are available from Mel Bay Publishing and Vanderbilt Publications, and she’s currently in the recording studio working on two releases of traditional music for lever harp and original songs on her electric harp.


Murl Allen Sanders

Accordion, Harmonica, Keyboards, Organ

Murl Allen Sanders is a free-lance musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who has been active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan for over thirty years. He performs and records regularly with his own bands, as a soloist, and with numerous bands in the Northwest.
Murl plays piano, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, electronic keyboards, harmonica, sings, teaches and composes music. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Leroy Bell, Peter Duchin, Alarm Will Sound, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Pearl Django, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others.


Judson Scott


Judson Scott offers trumpet lessons and brass ensemble coaching based in 30 years of teaching and performing experience. Students and ensemble coached by Dr. Scott have repeatedly placed at state competition.


Peter Caruso


This experienced and respected local guitarist is at home in any setting as a soloist or with orchestras and small ensembles. He is noted for his warm and engaging performance style, along with great attention to detail. In addition to classical music he is well versed in a range of other styles including Jazz, Latin and Brazilian. Peter is also a sought after instructor and keeps a private teaching studio on the east side.


Jennifer Barrett

French Horn


Florie Rothenberg

Clarinet, Saxophone



Bren Plummer


Bren Plummer is a double bassist and composer from Seattle, Washington. Known as an insightful interpreter of both jazz and classical music, Plummer is a member of two professional orchestras in Washington state and a regular contributor to jazz venues and night clubs all around Seattle. With access to some of the best musicians in the Seattle area, Bren can always assemble a great jazz group for any event or occasion. Solo, Duos, Trios and larger ensembles available.


Bruce Wilson

Clarinets, Flutes, Saxophones


George Turner


After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology, in 1981, I moved to the Seattle area. Since then, I’ve been playing in local bands, drawing on many different styles such as rock, pop, jazz, latin, country, and even Hawaiian. I also began teaching guitar, which I continue to do. Beginning in the 1990’s I began to play as solo instrumentalist, adding classical music to my repertoire. I love performing music in many styles and for all types of occasions.


Mary Lord

Guitar, Lute

Mary’s studies took place in Europe. She has lived and performed in the Seattle area since 1990. Her music includes Christmas carols from all around the world, as well as classical guitar and lute music from Italy, Spain, England, Germany and South America from medieval to present day.


Ronnie Pierce

Clarinet, Saxophone



D.J. Wilson


For beginning, intermediate and advanced piano, I offer classical, musical theater and improvisation, and arranging instruction. We focus on repertoire with theory included. I teach 2 days a week in Montlake and 2 days in West Seattle. Call for an appointment. 206-669-2678.


Glenn Lestz


Solo Guitar and Ensembles Create a memorable occasion with exceptional solo guitar music or an ensemble featuring Glenn Lestz. Choose music to suit your taste, including classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk, pop, and ethnic, to ensure a truly wonderful event. Glenn teaches in-home guitar lessons in Sammamish, WA.  He teaches beginner through advanced levels and can cover rock, pop, blues, folk, classical, jazz, and ethnic. Age level is 4 to 80 and on up.


Kirsten G. James

Flute, Piccolo

Flute & Piccolo
Ballard and Bellevue Studios. All ages, all levels.  Principal Flute with the LWSO, member of NOCCO & freelance musician. Kirsten has 20 years of private teaching experience with students that perform in the Seattle, Cascade and Bellevue Youth Symphonies, All State and NW Band and Orchestras and have won or placed in the Seattle Young Artist, Horsfall and Solo and Ensemble competitions. Kirsten regularly performs as piccoloist with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Seattle Opera Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, 5th Avenue Theatre, Paramount Theatre and Auburn Symphony. For private flute lesson rates click on the “website” link.

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Jay C. Easton


This unique multi-instrumentalist plays over 40 woodwind instruments, and specializes in the complete saxophone family, from the rare piccolo sax to the 6-foot-tall contrabass sax. In addition to performing as a soloist, Jay’s eclectic selection of small ensembles are available to provide classical, ragtime, Renaissance music, and more for weddings, private parties and corporate events.


Michael Matlock




Beth Kolle


Performs on flute, whistle and harp, and sings in Gaelic and Norwegian. Involved in both the Gaelic and Scandinavian communities in Seattle, Beth performs solo and with the groups Stone Circle and Greensleeves.


Begin Scarseth

Cello, Viola, Violin
String Lessons, Violinist

Ms. Scarseth is a born and raised Seattleite who’s roots run deep in the local music community.  She has studied with many great local teachers including Walter Schwede, Gennady Filimonov, Emily Bean, Svend Ronning, and Peter Kaman.  Growing up she went through all the orchestras of the world renowned Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra program as well as attending the Marrowstone Music Festivals and MasterWorks Festivals during her summers.  Ms. Scarseth received a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 2004.   Since college she has created a strong and vibrant career both as a teacher and a performing artist.  Ms.  Scarseth is currently a member of Symphony Tacoma as well as concertmistress of the Seattle Rock Orchestra.  She teaches private lessons on Violin, Viola and Cello as well as assists classroom teachers in the Edmonds School District.  Ms. Scarseth has a very kind and nurturing teaching style and has worked with students who have learning disabilities, hearing impairment issues, and anxiety and depression.  Her goal is always to do what is best for the student while working with their unique gifts and talents.  



Doug Zangar


Doug and his groups have a very wide variety of styles and songs in their repertoire. Suitable for background and dancing, Doug covers material from the the Dixieland era to present. For more information please go to:


Janet Putnam

English Horn, Oboe

Cell 206-390-2010
Home 425-788-5969

Rich Wetzel


Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Orchestra – A Jazz, Rock, Latin & Funk Big Band Rich and his Groovin Higher Orchestra, not your granddaddy’s big band! This is a modern variety of jazz, rock and roll, Latin and funk, an ideal show for clubs, casinos, trade shows, concerts, or your special event. Their show ranges from a total show covering hits from Maynard Ferguson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, to James Brown, Chuck Berry, Tower of Power, and Michael Buble. If you want something different, with a great mix and variety – putting on a total show in the Vegas style, a variety high energy show, this is the band to hire.


Julian Catford


Julian Catford – guitarist, plays Spanish and classical guitar, Latin, jazz, swing, Brazilian, tango, French waltzes and Flamenco. From studies in classical guitar with Guillermo Fierens (a student of Andre Segovia), jazz performances with Cab Calloway and Rosemary Clooney, appearances at many local festivals, including Bumbershoot, and release of his Latin jazz CD ŒSonoroso, Julian has over 25 years performing experience. He teaches guitar at Seattle Pacific University. Solo & Small Groups available.


Brian Lally


Experience the beautiful sounds and emotional expressiveness of Brian Lally’s classical guitar and vocal performances. Perfect for weddings, parties, fund-raisers, and social events where delightful music is the essential requirement, Brian’s exquisite touch stimulates, soothes, and inspires. His solo guitar repertoire includes Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Spanish, and original music. Depending upon your needs, Brian’s beautiful vocal performances of classical, jazz standards, and contemporary songs may be included as well.


Lauren Anderson



Pete Leinonen


Pete has been an active composer/arranger for nearly fifty years. His work has featured in several films and has been documented in regional music history books. Pete has had many commissions and grants in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He has also collaborated with several well known poets, including the late Steven “Jesse” Bernstein and Roberto Valenza. Pete studied composition and arranging with William O. Smith, Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and others. He has a B.A. in music from the University of Washington and has done graduate work with Robert Garfias and John Wittwer.


Local band leader/bassist Pete Leinonen has six bands that range from Swing, Big Band, modern Jazz, Latin, and Hawaiian, to a true Mardi Gras Dixieland Brass band!