Woodwind Lessons – Now Available!

Woodwind Lessons – Now Available!

Saxophone, clarinet and flute lessons are all now available in the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater area at Jammin’ Music Studios.

We are very excited to announce the addition of a wonderful woodwind instructor to our team!

Gerry holds a bachelors degree in multiple woodwinds from the Indiana University School of Music. He has over 50 years of performing experience in a vast array of ensembles that include symphonic, rock, jazz, country, chamber, studio, show bands, musicals, and big bands. Gerry has traveled the world as a musician playing in military bands and working for several years for Princess Cruises performing on all woodwinds, trumpet, trombone, bass, drums, and keyboards.

Music was such an important part of his life growing up that he now wants to continue to share that joy to young students. His primary focus for Jammin’ Music Studios is to teach strong fundamentals in both classical and jazz to beginning and intermediate level saxophone, clarinet and flute students.

We are offering half off the first month of woodwind lessons for anyone who signs up with Gerry between now and the end of February. His schedule will fill up fast so contact us now to get your spot! You can also text/call us at 360-701-3401 for more information.

Spring Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Recital

Spring Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Recital


Our instructor (and owner) Joey Archer had a great recital with his guitar, bass and ukulele students. As a studio we strive to teach music that challenges AND interests the students. Many of the songs that were performed were chosen by the student and the instructor together. We covered the whole range from Pop to Metal.

We had performances by students who have been playing less than a year, all the way up to students who have been taking lessons for 6-7 years. We also had three Skype performances by students who moved away but still wanted to study with Joey (see photos below).

We are lucky to be friends with a fantastic photographer, Joel Sorrell @ Sorrell Design and Photography. He took photos of the performances and we even did a fun photo booth.

Some highlights were…

  • Tom Sawyer by Rush – Performed by Abbey. Abbey has had only been studying bass with Joey for less than a year! Truly remarkable progress in such a short time. There is a part in the middle where she nailed a solo that she had been working hard on for quite some time. We are very proud of you Abbey!

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  • Shamane performed three very advanced pieces – Cherry Blossom Ending by Paul Yoon, Distance by Gogo Satoshi, and Friday by Paul Yoon. All very challenging and executed very well.

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  • Shofukan by Snarky Puppy – Performed by Jaden. Another talented bass student who made a lot of progress in a short time. Jaden is a big fan of Snarky Puppy so Shofukan was a great choice. It has some challenging parts. Give it a listen.

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  • Grady performed an original Jam in C and Cm. He shredded and wow’d the crowd with his melodies and solos.

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For several students, this was their first performance

Isaac at 8 years old performed Banana Pancakes on his Ukulele

Natalie sang and performed Best Day by Taylor Swift on her guitar

Gabby performed Sparks by Coldplay

Jacob performed Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

 

There were many more memorable moments and photos. See below. Again a big shout out and thanks to our friends at Sorrell Design.

Get Inspired By This Beginning/Intermediate Piano Piece

Get Inspired By This Beginning/Intermediate Piano Piece

Nine out of ten times, kids and adults alike are inspired to take piano lessons because they heard a song that moved them in an inspiring and creative way and they just have to be able to recreate that for themselves. Unfortunately, that epic flowing masterpiece requires quite a bit of preliminary groundwork – which can be frustrating to aspiring maestros who just want to SHRED ALREADY! If you or your student identify with that sentiment, here’s a song for you!

He’s A Pirate, the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean. If you want to play the piano as hard and as fast as you can, this may be a good fit. It’s written in a lead sheet format, so the only note reading that needs to be done is for the right hand. The left hand will play octaves or fifths (depending on the size of the students hand) for the blue chords written just above the staff. We like teaching this song because it lights a fire in the eyes of our students, is excellent for sight reading, and provides great exercise for fast finger work. We’ve attached the sheet music below. Let the shredding begin!

–> He’s a Pirate <—

 

Here’s some YouTube inspiration for later on down the road.