Dan Kahane

Clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, violin and viola

Available: Monday - Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: All
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As an instructor, Daniel transmits the teachings of his teachers—the seminal folk and blues musicians of the 1950s and 60s—while adding his own unique flavors. He strives to connect and collaborate with each student, meeting and guiding them in their musical journey. He is well versed in traditional folk music styles, from Ireland to the hollers of Kentucky, and teaches this music on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar. Daniel strives to create and maintain a learning environment that supports growth and achievement and enjoys witnessing the accomplishments that students achieve when they work hard and practice diligently.

Daniel grew up in Southern California and cut his teeth learning to play musical instruments from respected folk musicians like Frank Hamilton of The Weavers and fingerpicking guru Bob Baxter at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. He competed at the venerable Topanga Canyon Banjo and Fiddle Contest in the 1970s and ’80s and won First Place in Advanced, Professional, and Band Divisions. He’s been a music teacher for over thirty years and most recently worked as a master teacher with Santa Rosa Symphony’s “Simply Strings” where he provided musical instruction to an underserved community. He’s also taught environmental sciences in Spanish and English for all ages. A founding member of the eclectic forty-year-old six-piece ensemble, “Hot Lips & Fingertips” in California, Daniel also records and performs with the trio, Youkali. A student and assistant instructor of Aikido, Daniel holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt).


Dave Keenan

Bluegrass banjo, guitar, and mandolin

Available: Sunday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: All
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Dave specializes in roots music of all sorts, including bluegrass, country, western swing, old-time, fiddle tunes, and three-finger Earl Scruggs picking, among others. He also teaches rhythm and lead in all of these styles and likes to work with songwriters and people in bands that want help working out grooves, parts, and leads. Music theory, ear training and technique are also part of his focus.

Dave Keenan got his start at the age of 8 when his dad taught him to play ukulele. He soon picked up all the instruments around the house, eventually studying Scruggs-style banjo at age thirteen, and teaching at age seventeen. Dave is a busy music camp instructor, teaching guitar, mandolin, and banjo at several camps each summer. He plays in many bands in Seattle, including The Downtown Mountain Boys, The Buckaroosters, and many other roots music bands. His playing is always twangy and tasty. “Why do I teach? I was lucky enough to have good teachers and want others to have the same chance!”


Carol Martin

Mandolin

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons and evenings, and via Skype
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: All
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Carol helps each student find their own strengths, potential, and goals through discovering or learning the style that suits them best. Her focus is on ear training and active listening to help the student find the ‘feel’ of the music rather than depending on a default method of playing. Beginners will learn correct mechanics, ergonomics, and timing. All students will get jamming and improvisation techniques as needed. Carol provides all new students with sound files and transcriptions (in standard notation or mandolin tablature) which get progressively more challenging as skills are developed. Basic theory is covered as necessary.

Carol is self-taught on a variety of stringed instruments and has logged many years of teaching and performing. She has a formal background in music theory, piano, and singing. She developed her teaching skills by experiencing first-hand some of the challenges that arise by not having a good instructor from the onset. Teaching by example, she gives her students the right tools so that they will learn proper technique from the beginning.

Carol gives workshops at bluegrass festivals and events such as the Old Time Fiddler’s Workshop, Wintergrass, and the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser Idaho, the birthplace of her award-winning band, Noteworthy. She is a member of the Seattle Medieval Women’s Choir.