Nova Karina Devonie

Electric Bass, Piano Accordion, Ukulele
Ages: Young Adult, Adult
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Availability: Sunday
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Nova has been playing piano accordion since the age of eleven and teaching the instrument since the late 1980’s. Focusing on tunes and technique with a bit of theory thrown in, she aims for fun and ease while moving at a comfortable pace for the student. She utilizes both reading written music and playing by ear, and especially enjoys helping beginners develop good habits and intermediate players broaden their skills. Nova draws from her years of experience listening to and playing with top-notch musicians in a variety of styles.

Nova toured as a member of the cowgirl supergroup Ranch Romance in the early 1990’s and now performs regularly in several Seattle bands, including Miles & Karina, The Buckaroosters, and The Rolling Blackouts. (You can catch the latter every Monday night at Columbia City’s Royal Room!) Nova has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, and the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival.

Whether it’s piano accordion technique, theory, repertoire or all the above, Nova is ready to help! She’s also available to teach beginning ukulele and beginning electric bass.

Birch Pereira

Upright and electric bass, piano, guitar, and ukulele
Available: Tuesday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: All
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Birch is a well known stand-up and electric bassist in the jazz, funk, hip hop, Americana, and rock scenes. His secondary instruments are piano (beginner to intermediate jazz/pop), guitar, and ukulele (beginner to intermediate folk/jazz), and he also teaches music theory.

Birch has built a strong reputation in the Northwest as an accomplished bass player, composer, and producer. His diverse musical background includes playing in symphony orchestras, a jazz performance degree from the University of Washington and years of gigging experience ranging from jazz to Americana, funk, hip hop, salsa, Brazilian, and Afro-pop bands. Birch starts with a focus on good technique and then explores the genres of music in which the student is interested, helping them grasp the rhythms, harmony, patterns, and feel that gives each style of music its distinct character.

Matt Weiner

Upright bass
Available: Saturday and Sunday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: All
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Matt specializes in jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, slap bass, and arco styles. As he puts it, “Let’s focus on the music you love. Let’s listen to that music and figure out what you need to do on the bass to make that music happen right now.”

Matt can be spotted around Seattle and other places plucking, bowing and slapping his gut-strung bass with the Casey MacGill Trio, Del Rey, Barton Carroll, Bric-a-Brac Trio, Greg Ruby, The Tall Boys, Chicharra Tango, Wayne Horvitz and many others. He has performed and recorded with The Todalo Shakers, Hannalee, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Asylum Street Spankers, Butch Thompson, Becky Kilgore, Danny Barnes, Matt Munisteri, and James Hill, among others. He played the role of bass player Joe B. Mauldin in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. An album of bass and ukulele duets with Del Rey, At The Ukeshack #1 was released in 2007. He has taught at the Portland Ukulele Festival, the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival, as well as the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop.