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


Adam Burdick

Available Thursday and Friday afternoon
Levels taught: All
Ages taught: 13+
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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: Tuesdays
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

Available Saturday mornings and afternoons
Levels taught: Beginner to advanced
Ages taught: 12+
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Jonathan specializes in helping students realize their singing potential, relieve tension, and gain confidence singing and speaking. He believes everyone can sing—it’s just elongated vowels!

In private lessons and classes, Jonathan assists students in connecting breath and voice, re-opening the vocal channel, and in discovering or re-discovering their own voice. Jonathan emphasizes the whole self, drawing upon his studies with Catherine Madden, pioneer of the Alexander Technique, and Judith Shahn, former voice teacher and dialect coach at the University of Washington. The goal is for students to enjoy being able to sing with maximum effect and minimal effort.

Jonathan also coaches performers whether they’re just starting out or have been working professionally for years. A seasoned professional actor, musician, and singer, Jonathan helps prepare actors and singers for auditions by offering constructive feedback, help with selecting audition material, and actor training.

Jonathan Shue is Director of Dusty Strings Music School and an actor/musician in Seattle. He has performed in award-winning regional theatre, toured internationally, produced two albums, and regularly gigs throughout the PNW. He earned his MFA in Acting from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program. Learn more about Jonathan at jonathanshue.com.