Guitar, Bass, Piano, & Rockology
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Guitar instruction for all levels and all styles with an emphasis on fundamentals, creativity, and fun.
It takes a lot of consistency to become proficient at most things. So, doing the things necessary to help students achieve the level of proficiency that will bring them their definition of success is Dace’s primary goal. Treating everyone as an individual, listening to them to find out what they want out of lessons, making sure everyone is feeling welcome, having fun, expressing who they are, practicing sound fundamentals, and finding a way to be successful every week are all vital parts of the overall goal of achieving the desired level of proficiency.
Has been playing guitar, songwriting, singing, performing, and recording music for over 30 years.
Has been teaching music professionally since 2001.
Started Rock ‘n’ More in 2005
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.
Has a side-business with Arielle growing and selling microgreens called Berrydale Microfarm.
Makes wine with Arielle.
Along with Arielle, was a mascot for the Rat City Roller Derby league for several years.
Kan tale dansk (Can speak Danish)
Piano, Rockology, & Graphics
I think it’s important to give students all the tools to be able to do whatever it is they may want to do in the future with music.
Arielle Young (she/her) has been playing in bands for over 17 years, teaching piano for over ten years and is also an excellent guitarist, singer, and washboard player! Having been with Rock ‘n’ More since the beginning of the school’s existence, she is also the Vice-President, the COO and the very glue that holds Rock 'n' More together. She exudes the vibe of the school because she helped to create it and that is none more apparent than when she is teaching. It is important to Arielle that her students have fun playing piano and that they learn sound fundamentals. She meets students “where they’re at” and gives them the tools they need in order to be successful according to their own terms and gives her students a breadth of information that will help them in any musical -and many other life- endeavors. In Arielle's words, "I like to teach students the fundamentals like reading music and basic music theory as well as songs the students may want to learn (the “fun” stuff) so they can practice applying those fundamentals and stay engaged in their learning. I think it’s important to give students all the tools to be able to do whatever it is they may want to do in the future with music."
Arielle’s organizational skills and love of office supplies are such a vital part of Rock ‘n’ More that the music school wouldn’t exist without her.
Arielle plays in an “Americana Yacht Rock” band with Dace called The Feels and, together, they have gotten up to many adventures including being mascots for the Rat City Roller Derby league, live-streaming a 24-hour “webathon” talent show/fundraiser, performing as an “air band” called Tig-air Blood and starting a “micro-farm” complete with chickens and weekly tents at the Maple Valley and Renton Farmer’s Market.
Three seemingly random things about Arielle that give you an idea of her personality: She speaks Danish, took up woodworking and built her chickens the Taj Mahal of chicken coops, and named her dog Lemmy after the lead singer of the band Motorhead.
Guitar, Bass, Drums,
Jon’s focus with teaching is to help students find their voice and speak through their instrument.
Also known as Hippie Jonny around the office, a name given to him by his Rock N More instructors as a teenager, Jon has been part of the Rock N More family for many years now. First as a student, then an instructor from 2015-2019. He has come back to teach guitar, bass, drum, and rockology classes with one goal: To ensure that the future generation of rock-doers are of the highest quality.
Jon studied music theory at Green River College, then graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in Audio Production. Jon has worked in the Greater Seattle area recording, producing, running sound, and playing music; which even includes recording projects for fellow RnM teachers Carlos & Allison for their band Screens, and Dace & Arielle’s band The Feels. Oh, and you know those really awesome advertisements you hear in stores? Jon’s day job is voice-over editing and programming those in major stores around the world… you’ve probably heard his work before and immediately tuned it out.
Over the last few years Jon has focused on building his home recording studio as well as producing his own solo music project. He is an absolute gear and synth nerd, evening naming his cat Juno after his favorite 80s synthesizer.
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!
Voice & Beginning Piano
Seattle native, Jennifer Kaiton, is a 3rd-generation professional singer. At an early age, she began studying music with Vocalpoint’s Joe Crnko (rock performing group), and voice teacher, Julie Wieck. At Washington State University she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music, and sang for various performing groups including concert choir, opera ensemble, solo classical performances, and various jazz ensembles. After university, Jennifer sang as a backup singer for Seattle based trip-hop group The Fading Collection while also teaching music for the Northwest Boychoir and conducting the children’s choir at Plymouth Congregational church.
In 2004, Jennifer moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry, where she worked as a contract singer, a licensing and royalties administrator for a music publishing company and a licensing administrator for TV/Film projects. One of the most fun music projects she participated in was a disco band for Max Azria’s (fashion designer) Shabbat dinners. In this band, she performed with legend Jeffery Deon Estes (bass player for Wham!).
Since returning to Seattle in 2011, Jennifer has worked for PlayNetwork, Inc. as their licensing/royalties administrator while also performing in their in-house staff band. She has also been an active member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Seattle chapter as well as a former member of SAG-AFTRA, singing for various TV, film, and video game projects. As a church singer, she regularly solos with Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle. Most recently, Jennifer is actively singing and performing with local singer/songwriter Tavia Rhodes at venues around the Seattle area including Sunset Tavern, High Dive, and Substation.
Instruments: Voice, Ukulélé, Piano, Guitar and some percussion.
(he/him/his) 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!