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Dace Anderson
(she/her) Founder/President
Guitar, Bass, Piano, & Rockology
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Guitar instruction for all levels and all styles with an emphasis on fundamentals, creativity, and fun.

When Dace mowed her neighbor’s lawn at the age of 12 in the Spring of 198[redacted] she unwittingly started her first business. This was also about the time she discovered Guns ‘n’ Roses. Over the next 8 years or so (through the entire grunge era!) she built up a clientele of a dozen or so homes on the Eastside while practicing guitar about four or five hours per day, memorizing every word on the Temple of the Dog album, and every possible Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar lick possible . She learned music theory and classical guitar at Bellevue Community College and performed around Seattle in a hard rock band. Then she went to work for some companies. Music related companies. Retail mostly. Big ones and small ones. The big ones are still mostly around but I wouldn’t suggest giving them your money. Most of the small ones are gone. They were great little companies that spent too much time focusing on customer service rather than the bottom line to stay in business.
 

So, when Dace started Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More Music Academy in 2005 with the seemingly disparate goals of creating a great customer experience AND staying in business, advice was given to, and taken by Dace to make it a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. That way, if the community values the school as an important resource, it can stay in business while being able to focus on human, personal experiences rather than only the bottom line. So far, it looks like that idea has worked. 
 

Dace…

  • has two grown children (Olivia and Eric) who left quite a legacy of awesomeness through their years as participants of the Rockology class while they were growing up

  • lives with Arielle and their dog Lemmy, cat Lydia, and 8 chickens Charo, Ruth Bader Chicken, Dwight, Sweet Baby Angel Marshmallow Princess, Dwigt, Michael Scarn, Michelle Obrahma, and Goldenface

  • plays in an “Americana-Yacht Rock” band with Arielle called The Feels

  • was an extra in the movie Singles

  • did a 24 hour “webathon” with Arielle as a Rock ‘n’ More fundraiser. Says Dace, “The number of classic-rock-era radio-style ‘stunts’ that we’ve done over the years is really fun to think about. The webathon, the ‘air band’ on the street corner asking passersby to help these people learn to play real instruments, pretending to have won a fake ‘King of Maple Valley Days’ contest. We’ve had a lot of fun. Still do!”

  • likes to garden

  • makes wine with Arielle

  • along with Arielle, was a mascot for the Rat City Roller Derby league for several years

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Arielle Young
(she/her) Vice President
Guitar, Piano, Rockology, & Graphics

Arielle's dynamic rock concert posters have been on display throughout Maple Valley, South King County, and Seattle for years. Her graphics also show up on screen printed tees - as well as taking on the form of the occasional bumper sticker

Arielle Young’s life is her art project. Aside from graphic design, Arielle, from Black Diamond, WA, dabbles in punk, blues, metal, traditional, and acoustic music; philanthropy, journalism, music education, and being a roller derby mascot.

 

She began creating concert posters for the benefit of the students at Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More Music Academy over 14 years ago and hasn’t been willing to give up the job since; nor has anyone wanted her to.

 

An early start, an eclectic, sometimes frantic creative streak, and an obsessive love of type face have combined to create some of the most eye-catching, colorful, and just flat-out cool poster and t shirt designs in the world.

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Drew Cummings
(he/him) Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Voice, & Rockology

Drew Cummings has been performing music locally for 18 years!

As a graduate of University of Washington’s Audio Engineering program, Drew spends much of his time recording and collaborating on local records with other artists. Throughout his career Drew has performed with a variety of talents across many different genres. Drew has a keen appreciation for musical equipment and is passionate about teaching students how to get the most from their gear! Drew is also a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a wide array of knowledge spanning different aspects of music and performance. In his lessons, students will be challenged with fun, engaging material from the mechanics of playing an instrument to the knowledge of music theory and its practice. Drew believes the best way to teach students is to lead them to discover their own sense of creativity and help them develop their innate talents!

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Ben Songster
(he/him) Drums & Audio Production

Ben has been involved in the Rock 'n' More community for over 12 years.

Having started out by taking drum lessons at Rock 'n' More in middle school, Ben went on to become a drum instructor himself during his senior year of high school before pursuing a college degree. He spent his college years collaborating with a wide variety of musicians and bands, as well as continuing to stay involved in the Rock 'n' More community by doing occasional audio engineering and drumming gigs with Screens and Sealth. After having graduated with an Associate's degree in Digital Audio Engineering from Shoreline Community College, he continued to pursue various music projects, including performing a west coast tour with the local Seattle group Richie Dagger's Crime. He has now returned to teaching at Rock 'n' More with tons of new experiences to draw from. 

Ben's approach to teaching is to help students develop an academic understanding of music, while also encouraging them to explore their own personal ways of learning and connecting with new musical concepts. 

Allison Tulloss
Piano, Vocals, Flute, Ukulele, Recorder, Songwriting

I really enjoy working with students to develop awareness of their body and breath, and at the same time, teaching them to let go of their fear and just sing

I was raised in a very musical household. Everyone knew how to sing and play the piano and some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the piano bench, plinking out melodies of the songs my parents could play. I studied piano privately through college. The way the piano is laid out neatly describes music theory as one learns to play in all twelve keys. To be able to see what notes to choose by understanding each scale, to be able to read music and apply it to the layout of the keyboard, and to have fun by digging into rich chords and rhythms. These are the fundamentals of my approach to learning to play the piano.

 

I decided I wanted to learn the flute because I love the sound. I went even farther in my flute studies than in piano, studying with many well-known flutists including Paul Taub (Cornish College), Jill Felber (UC Santa Barbara), and Robert Aitken (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany).It is the study of breath control and embouchure development in flute playing that allowed me to transition into singing.

 

The voice is the most magical of instruments because it comes directly from your body and heart. And you get to say what's on your mind! I really enjoy working with students to develop awareness of their body and breath, and at the same time, teaching them to let go of their fear and just sing. It is often difficult to study ones voice because of shyness or fears of physical limitation. But getting to work with a student as they open up, build strength and find their voice is, to me, the most exciting part of teaching. I play in several local bands including Screens, The Harborrats, Undersea Passage, and Swampdweller.

 

Music saves lives!

Carlos Tulloss
Guitar, Bass, Rockology, Recording

Carlos has been teaching bass, guitar and Rockology at Rock’n’more since 2007

A Seattle transplant from the Windy City he grew up playing music in blues, garage and Midwestern hippie-rock bands before migrating to Eugene, OR to pursue musical studies. Since the mid nineties Carlos has played bass and toured in bands up and down the coast. During his twenty year journey living in L.A., Eugene, Olympia and Seattle, Carlos has performed, recorded and studied extensively with diverse and talented musicians from all over the world learning about life and music at every step. Besides teaching at Rock ’n’ More Carlos performs in several local bands (Screens, Stereo Sons, Undersea Passage, Afrocop) works as music producer and video editor and plays hockey whenever possible.

 

Carlos's approach to teaching music:


The fundamentals of music and learning an instrument are very important to a student, especially in the beginning of the process. But I believe that music is more than notes, beats, and theory. It is about communication, creativity and expression. It’s about exploration and personal growth. A tool to help us sharpen our concentration, focus our energy and process our emotions. It helps us to build connections and relationships and to see the world more deeply. Every student is different so my approach varies from person to person, but I try to help each student connect to these aspects of music while they are learning so that it becomes a part of who they are rather than something they do.

Alex Jimenez
(he/him) Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Rockology, & Elementary School Classes

Alex has been teaching guitar, bass, ukulele, Rockology, and elementary classes at Rock 'n' More since 2014

A graduate from Tahoma High School, Alex was in the Pacific Northwest Honor Choir at PLU for four years, sang in the Tahoma Chamber Choir, and performed at the American Choral Director's Association regional conference. After graduating, he went on to study music and music theory at Green River College. Playing, gigging, recording, and producing in the greater Seattle area over the last decade, he has built a wide musical and performance vocaulary, ranging from heavy metal, to classic rock, to jazz, hardcore, and blues. A veteran of both radio and recording studios, he knows what makes a song tick, and loves to get into the nitty gritty details. An avid gearhead and experienced guitar tech, Alex knows the instrument inside and out, and is happy to share his expertise!

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Andy Emery
Drums & Percussion

Andy teaches all skill levels and styles with a focus on Jazz, Rock, Blues, Funk, and Latin as well as hand percussion and auxiliary percussion. 

Andy has been playing music for 24 years, non-stop, no breaks. After graduating from Kentridge High School, Andy went on to Bellevue College, where he played in some of the top jazz bands and jazz choirs in the country. He has performed around the world including Peru, Prague, China, Toronto, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Miami, Washington DC, Los Angeles; as well as several US west coast tours playing jazz, blues, and rock. He has shared the stage with such artists as Marcy Playground, Unwritten Law, Marcus Printup, Bob McChesney, Jazz Ambassadors, Army Blues Band, Airmen of Note, Sara Gazarek, and other local and nationally known artists. He continues to be a sought after live, touring, and studio musician, playing well over 100 gigs last year alone.

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Marly Mitchell
Piano & Online Voice

Marly has been singing and performing live for 15 years. 

She began her professional career in music during highschool, at the age of 15 and has preformed in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Fantasy Land Stage at Disneyland, the White River Amphitheatre, and Jazz Alley in Seattle. At 22 years old, Marly is the recipient of multiple awards in Vocal Jazz, including an award in Downbeat Magazine with Bellevue College Jazz Ensemble and the Kobe Sister City Jazz Solo Competition, as the youngest of 7 accepted competitors. She is currently working toward completing her Music degree with a perfect GPA, at Bellevue College in early 2022. At Bellevue College, She tutors all music courses, including Music Fundamentals, all levels of Music Theory, all levels of First Year Piano, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz. Marly teaches piano for beginners, and teaches voice at any skill level and style with a focus on Jazz and Musical Theatre. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Marly has navigated online music lessons with a unique perspective by both teaching and taking voice lessons remotely. Being both the student and the teacher has given her a well-rounded view of the disinct struggles and successes of online learning. She finds joy in discovering new ways to share music while staying home.