Carolyn Cruso

Flute, guitar, hammered dulcimer

Available: By Appointment
Ages: 8 +
Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
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As a flute teacher, Carolyn specializes in traditional Irish music and improvisation. Additionally, she teaches flute method including reading music, producing and maintaining good tone, articulation, and rhythmic studies. On guitar, her specialization is fingerstyle in both standard and alternate tunings, and she works with songwriters to craft potent lyrics, melody, and chord progressions. Hammered Dulcimer lessons focus on Celtic music. She helps the student to develop lush arrangements that fit their current technique level and encourages technique development through scales, arpeggios, and rhythmic study.

Carolyn has been a performing multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter for twenty-five years. She’s recorded nine albums and has traveled the country and Europe with her music. She’s known as an innovative dulcimer player, pushing the boundaries of tradition while respecting its roots.

Carolyn’s philosophy on teaching and learning is to always keep an open mind. You start from where you are. You delight in the discovery of music and in the wonders of experimentation as well as the discipline of music basics. It is experiential and yet systematic. It is a give and take where the teacher learns through teaching and the student teaches through learning. Carolyn believes in a gentle yet focused approach and students consider her an excellent and patient teacher.


Tudy McLain

Harp, pennywhistle, Irish flute

Available: Tuesday, Thursday
Levels: All Levels
Ages: Adult
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“I excel with two types of students. The first is the student who needs help boosting his or her confidence level. Free yourself from feeling hassled, harried, arthritic, timid, or “untalented”! There is no pressure in my teaching style. Practice when or if you can, and our emphasis will be on tone production and developing technique to find a magical quality in your sound. (I use the Salzedo method, if that means anything to you.) The goal will be to have harp in your life forever! The second type of student is the intermediate to advanced student who wants to break into the world of performance—whether just at church, for friends or parties, or professionally. Our emphasis is less on technique and more on how to get out and hustle. We have a good time!”

Susan is the founder of Greensleeves Harp Music, providing professional harp music to the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. A past principal harpist with the Seattle Philharmonic, and holding a degree in music from the University of Washington, Susan has performed and recorded Celtic and concert harp music with Beth Kollé, Michael MacBean, Laurie Riley, and many others. She’s taught at the International Folk Harp Conference and the Vashon Island Harp Camp, and has performed at over 2,000 weddings. Serving seven years as President of Seattle Musicians Association Local 76-493, Susan was also appointed by Governor Locke to serve on the Washington State Arts Commission and Strategic Plan for the Arts, where she championed improved working conditions for folk musicians. Susan has also played Irish flute and pennywhistle for over 30 years.