Want to learn to play guitar, bass or drums? Perhaps you've reached a plateau in your playing and need a boost? Have no fear we have the finest instructors in the area. For an absolute beginner or pro in a variety of styles we have the instructor that can take you to the next level. To learn more checkout the bios on some of our teachers below then call (425)251-5929 to get started. Although not listed below we also offer Trumpet, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone lessons.
|Tony Beaulaurier - Guitar||Tony Beaulaurier is a Puget Sound area native and has been a guitar instructor at A Sharp Music since 1993. Tony earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from Central Washington University. In addition to his private teaching studio, he also has vast experience instructing at several regional community colleges. Classes taught at the collegiate level include music theory, history of rock music, history of jazz, introduction to music, jazz improvisation, class guitar and class piano.
On a performance level, Tony has performed in a variety of jazz, rock and classical ensembles. He currently performs with his jazz trio and as a solo classical guitarist.
His teaching specializations include, jazz, classical, rock, bass and music theory.
|Cory Wilds - Guitar||Renton native, Cory Wilds has taught guitar locally since 1989. Cory graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Evergreen State College in 1993. He has numerous recording credits and performs regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest with his group " The Cory Wilds Band."
Cory's lessons focus on Rhythm, Harmony, Melody and Technique as they apply to the modern electric guitar. Cory's musical influences range from Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Joe Pass, Brent Mason and John Coltrane. Cory's teaching approach is hands on and targeted towards maximum growth.
|Azorik Vovin - Guitar||Azorik Vovin is an East Coast native that began playing guitar at the age of 12. He has extensive teaching and touring experience. Azorik studied music at the University of Maine. Azorik is well versed in many styles. He teaches rock, blues, fingerstyle, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and also covers theory and composition.
Azorik's teaching style puts the emphasis on an individual's needs mixed with a strong historical and theory approach designed to make music easier to understand. He shows the whole picture and then it's application, rather than feeding you small bits of info at a creativity stifling pace.
In addition to teaching guitar, Azorik also teaches mandolin, banjo, ukulele and bass. He is also currently working on a solo record.
|Chris Stevens - Guitar||Chris Stevens is a Seattle native who attended Evergreen High and graduated from the University of Washington. Chris began his musical career playing guitar in high school and college jazz ensembles. He worked his way through college and beyond playing in a a variety of cover and original rock bands. Since the late 80ʼs Chris has become a respected guitarist on the Northwest blues circuit. His fans and peers particularly admire the way he weaves jazz phrases into his electric blues lines.
Chrisʼ inﬂuences over the years have included such diverse guitarists as Mike Bloomﬁeld, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Al Di Meola, B.B. King, T-Bone Walker and Duke Robillard.
For over 25 years Chris has enjoyed teaching rock, pop, blues and jazz guitar to students of all ages and levels. Chris guides each student with the style of music they like and also believes in presenting a well rounded curriculum of songs, techniques and theory which will enable a player to take the instrument in any direction they want.
|Shane Smith - Bass||Shane Smith is now offering Bass lessons at A Sharp Music. Shane's lessons focus on building a solid foundation of the knowledge of musical theory, technique, improvisation and overall playing concepts. He will bring your playing to a whole new level while exploring the music that inspired your interest in the bass in the first place.
Shane has a versatile and extensive live performance and recording project experience, as well as 9 years experience teaching bass. His musical background includes Jazz, Funk/Soul, Pop, Country, Musical Theater and Las Vegas Style show band. He is a composer and arranger as well. He currently gigs and records with The Staxx Brothers, Cracker Factory, HeadLock, and others.
|Ed Mays - Drums||Born in Texas, Ed Mays grew up in Des Moines, started playing drums in 1967, playing professionally in dance bands at age 19 and has been a working musician ever since. He began teaching drums professionally in the mid 90s and has been teaching at A Sharp Music since 1998. He has taught at several music stores, drum shops, high schools and middle schools in the area.
Ed's Emphasis is on rudimental development as applied to snare drum and drum set. Students can develop a basic understanding of all styles including rock, jazz & bebop, blues, funk, latin, learn reading skills, groove lock, and improvisation skills. Advanced students will learn several approaches to 4-way independent coordination as well as linear coordination techniques.
You can checkout Ed's bands and interests here.