Debby Boland Watt

Available Thursday and Saturday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: 6+
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Debby specializes in singing, vocal improvisation, audition preparation, and vocal performance. Her techniques support classical, jazz, improvisation, pop, folk, spiritual, blues, spoken word, and experimental genres. Debby is uniquely equipped to teach the a cappella vocal form called Circle Singing.

Debby is a strong vocalist, improvisational performance artist, and master teacher. As a current Seattle area performer recently featured in The Seattle Times, Debby’s voice studio is secure, as she has quickly become the area’s best-known facilitator for improvisational voice and circle singing. Debby has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk’s Ensemble, Kurt Elling, as well as other renowned musicians, and has toured the US/Alaska, Canada, and Western Europe as a soloist, choral director, studio musician and/or instructor. Debby has a Masters of Fine Arts in Improvisation from Goddard College and a Bachelor in Music from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in Vocal Jazz. She enjoys connecting her students creatively to their vocal dreams and goals. Always full of laughter and insight, your lesson with Debby will be the best choice you’ve ever made for your voice.

“The resonance of the different voices coming together buoyed moods, soothed anxieties and turned a group of strangers into a spontaneous community.” – The Seattle Times “Debby is a full meal deal vocalist and unafraid to explore her instrument...in Jazz and beyond.” – J.R., Seattle, WA

For more about Debby, head over to her website, debbywatt.weebly.com.


Adam Burdick

Available Thursday and Friday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: All
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Too many people who love to sing believe that they are not good singers, and have no hope that they can change. Many struggle with matching pitch, a.k.a. “being able to carry a tune in a bucket.” Adam helps singers understand the practical steps of how to find the tune and sing it. Using thoughtful beginning-level vocal training, illuminating investigation of music physics and music theory, and study of how we use and mis-use our bodies, Adam helps singers learn how to sing the songs that inspired them to sing.

Dr. Adam Burdick is a teacher, singer, and conductor with a reputation for inspiring musical novices and veterans alike. He currently directs the College Choir at North Seattle College and is Artistic Director of the Skagit Valley Chorale. He teaches voice and sings freelance in the Seattle area and has conducted and directed choruses, opera, and musical theatre around the Puget Sound. Adam is a student of the body and its best use, particularly through his study of the Alexander Technique.

As a long-time student of singing, Adam is deeply committed to learning and developing his understanding of the “mystery” of the singing voice, and sharing what he learns. He aims to guide his students in an exploration of their voices, their musical skills, and their bodies. A specialist in working with singers on how to “match pitch”, or carry a tune, he especially enjoys helping unsure and hesitant singers discover the joy of singing.


Sunga Rose

Ukulele, voice
Available: Tuesday and Wednesday
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: 7+
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Sunga Rose is an experienced teacher & performer. For 9 years, she has been the bandleader, vocalist and ukulele-strummer for the 1920s trio Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators. She and her partner, Michael Alexander form the vocal & ukulele duo, the Honeyville Rascals, which features a variety of music, including vintage Hawaiian jazz and their own jazz/blues/folk originals. In June of 2015, Sunga formed Ukestra Seattle, a 14-member ukulele orchestra based in Seattle that plays everything from Beethoven to the Beatles.

Sunga picked up her first ukulele 9 years ago and hasn’t put it down since, which makes riding a bicycle somewhat awkward. She has been running her own studio and teaching group ukulele classes and workshops at Dusty Strings in Seattle for 7 years and is a certified instructor in the James Hill Ukulele in the Classroom teaching method. She has also run the beginners’ ukulele jam at Dusty Strings for over 6 years, providing fun & guidance for newer players. Sunga has taught ukulele, vocal performance and songwriting at the Northwest School’s summer camp for the past 2 years, working with kids, aged 10-16, from all over the world. She also taught ukulele classes at the prestigious Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in 2016.

Sunga has been singing for as long as she can remember and has studied musical theatre, opera and jazz. She offers vocal lessons for non-singers who think they can’t carry a tune as well as coaching for singers who are pursuing a career in music. Learn more about Sunga at sunrosemusic.com.


Jonathan Shue

Guitar, ukulele, voice and singing
Availability: Saturday mornings and afternoons
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: 12+
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Jonathan specializes in helping students realize their singing and instrument-playing potential whether they’re a total beginner or seasoned performer. He believes everyone can sing and play an instrument and that it’s never too late to learn. It’s all about breaking things down into small, manageable steps.

Voice. Jonathan helps students connect breath and voice, re-open the vocal channel, and re-discover their own voice. He emphasizes “the whole self,” drawing upon the Alexander Technique and Kristin Linklater’s groundbreaking voice work. A seasoned professional actor, musician, and singer, Jonathan also helps prepare actors and singers for auditions by offering constructive feedback, help with selecting audition material, monologue and scene work, and real-world advice on professional marketing for performers.

Guitar and Ukulele. Jonathan breaks down students’ goals and helps them find a pathway toward achieving them. He helps students discover how their instrument works mechanically and musically and to build a repertoire of songs they feel confident performing. He also teaches how to sing and play at the same time and can help students develop their own, original songs.

Jonathan has performed in award-winning regional theatre, toured internationally, produced three albums, and either composed or arranged music for many plays and new works. For ten years, he taught music and drama as an artist-in-residence at public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also the Education Director for Dusty Strings. Learn more about Jonathan at jonathanshue.com.