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Dace Anderson
(she/her/hers) 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.

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. 
 

Dace… 

  • 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) 

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Arielle Young
(she/her/hers)
Vice President

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.

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Jon Rehwaldt
General Manager

Guitar, Bass, Drums,
& Rockology

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.

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Jennifer Kaiton
(she/her/hers)
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. 

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Alex Jimenez
(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!

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Ian Tobius
(he/him/his)
Beginner, Intermediate, Early-Advanced Violin 

Our instruments are our medium with which we communicate with the world; it is crucial that we invest in the development of our own voices. 

As an aspiring rock-star, Ian strives to offer lessons that broaden his students’ perceptions of what their instrument is capable of. A graduate of Southwood Elementary’s Magic Strings program, Ian went on to play violin all throughout Middle and High School in 1st and 2nd chair roles. While he always enjoyed playing in school, it was when he discovered his first Beatles for Violin Songbook that his passion truly took off. 
 

When most people think of the violin, they are likely to think of neat and orderly orchestras playing Bach and Beethoven, and there’s nothing wrong with that! However, for many students, this can feel restrictive. Ian believes that to grow as a musician, you must find the music that inspires you to dig deeper into your craft and think outside of the box. A recent study reports that 9 out of 10 students are likely to get more excited over Taylor Swift than Mozart, (at least I imagine!) and if Cruel Summer gets them to put in the hours practicing and reading sheet music, there is plenty for them to learn in technicality and musicality there. Whether they love classical, pop, rock, R&B, or any other genre you can name, Ian will help his students learn within this style to grow as a well-rounded musician that feels confident and passionate to contribute to their ensemble. 
 

Having played violin for 12+ years, Ian has since branched out into songwriting, written composition and orchestral arrangement, acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele, and even electric violin. He graduated top of his class with an AA degree from Green River College where he tutored in English Language Arts. When he’s not working at the Rock ‘N’ More or your local Target store, you can find him recording at his “home studio,” spending too much money at the record store, listening to the aforementioned records, and/or hanging out with his dog, Archie. 

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