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We would like to share a very special boy named Aquil. He is a 12-year-old who loves music, sports, Pokemon, cooking and is a smart and talented student. Watch Aquil taking a clarinet lesson with our instructor Brady McCowan in the video below. We are proud to have assisted with WACAP and King 5 News in presenting Aquil. Please share this video to help Aquil find his forever family today!

To learn more about helping kids like Aquil and the World Association of Children and Parents, please visit: www.wacap.org and https://www.facebook.com/wacap.adoption/

For more information on Federal Way School of Music Outreach programs, including tuition scholarships and mentorship opportunities, please call our Outreach Coordinator, Jean, at (253) 279-7844.

http://www.king5.com/news/local/outreach/a-family-for-me/meet-aquil/329980766

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Do you have someone with special needs who would benefit from a creative outlet? How about students interested in jazz and improvisational voice? We are pleased to announce a new addition to our staff, vocalist Debby Boland Watt!

With over 12 years of experience as a para-educator for special needs students, Debby enjoys working in collaboration with students from all backgrounds, to help them to discover and grow their unique instrument and to open the singer to their true potential in the most creative, enriching, and fun way possible.

Debby Boland Watt’s unique musical vision embraces a variety of styles including jazz, free improvisation, folk, spiritual, pop, blues, a cappella circle singing, spoken word, and poetics. She has performed with notable acts including 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

To inquire about private lessons with Debby, or any other of our instructors, please visit www.fwschoolofmusic.com or call us today at (253) 279-7844.
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Meet our sax and woodwind specialist, Brady! He teaches a variety of instruments and subjects including: saxophone, clarinet, flute, improvisation, music theory, jazz studies, and more.

Brady creates versatile and fun lesson plans that incorporate learning your favorite music while teaching theory, improvisation, note reading, songwriting, or any other interests. Brady teaches kids to adults and encourages all students to be creative while really understanding the music they play. He also incorporates classical and traditional music into lesson programs alongside modern styles to create diverse and interesting repertoire.

A graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Music, Brady McCowan is an ambitious saxophonist and woodwind player specializing in sax and clarinet. He is a member of several groups in the Tacoma area, performing regularly in a broad range of styles ranging from classical, jazz, and funk to progressive rock, folk, and experimental.

Contact us today to learn more about lessons with Brady!
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Do you have a student thinking about trying the flute in band class in the fall? Want to get prepared the right way? Get a jump start on beginning band with the week long Sound Start Flute Camp at the Federal Way School of Music.

This fun and engaging course designed for school age beginners, runs from 11am-1pm daily from August 22nd-26th. Our instructor, Jean Balogh, has many years of sharing the love of all styles of music with flute students, while developing a solid foundation in technique and musicianship. During the camp, Jean will teach concepts such as:

󾠓 Flute Care Basics
󾠓 Proper Embouchure, Finger Position & Posture
󾠓 Blowing & Air Support
󾠓 Note Reading, Basic Rhythm & Counting

Because we conveniently rent Ted Brown instruments at our school, Jean is able to match your child individually to his/her flute and save you time and stress during your busy back-to-school season.

* Space is limited, so please contact us today for more information by visiting www.fwschoolofmusic.com or giving up a call at (253) 279-7844.

About the Instructor:
Jean Balogh has taught private flute lessons in the Federal Way area for over 10 years. As a strong proponent of music education, she runs the Masters and Mentors program for the Federal Way Symphony, in partnership with the Federal Way School of Music. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance from Washington State University, and plays flute with a variety of local chamber groups and bands.
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Give the gift of music this holiday season! Did you get someone a musical instrument for the holidays? Have a friend or family member who keeps talking about taking lessons and never does? What about any needy families who have kids who would love to take music lessons but can't afford it? We offer prepaid packages for private lessons or group classes in 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month options so give that special someone the gift of music and get them started today!
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Take lessons with legendary guitarist Steve Lynch of the band Autograph! Steve Lynch was a founding member of the group "Autograph" in the mid-80's and sold over 5 million records worldwide, including the platinum-selling album "Sign In Please". Their hit single "Turn Up the Radio" reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Steve's work on this track helped earn him "Guitar Solo of the Year" honors from Guitar Magazine in 1985. Steve is known as the "Two-Handed Guitarist" for his innovation of two-handed multi-fingered tapping technique, which he still teaches today.

Steve teaches by utilizing an easy-to-learn graph format that works for beginners to advanced players. Students quickly learn their favorite songs after getting a foundation in chord playing and advanced topics include two-handed tapping and other metal and rock techniques. All contemporary styles are welcome including rock, metal, pop, alternative, country, blues, and more! Contact us to get a free consultation and reserve your time with Steve today!

Interested in classical or jazz guitar or other instruments? Please visit our website today to learn about all we offer at our school: www.fwschoolofmusic.com
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We now offer lessons on all orchestral woodwinds including double reeds (oboe, English horn, and bassoon), featuring our newest instructor, Koryn Orcutt!

Koryn is an accomplished woodwind specialist with a focus on oboe and bassoon. She is an experienced performer and instructor not only on double reeds, but also on clarinet, saxophone, and flute. She has worked with hundreds of students over the past five years and is a firm believer in making tricky instruments more approachable and fun to learn! In addition to teaching oboe and bassoon students, she also uniquely mentors students who have an interest in learning multiple woodwinds or switching from single to double reeds.

To inquire about lessons for oboe, bassoon, English horn, or other woodwinds, please contact us at our website: www.fwschoolofmusic.com
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Do you or does anyone you know teach violin professionally? Our violin program is expanding at a super fast rate and we are looking for more instructors to meet the demand. The ideal candidate would be able to teach up to college-level standard repertoire, have familiarity with Suzuki, and has experience teaching young children and group classes. See why our unique program is the best deal for private instructors in the region!
To inquire, please go to www.fwschoolofmusic.com and send us an email. Thanks!

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The Federal Way Symphony's "Masters and Mentors program" students finished their first session at our school last week. Through this program, we were able to provide musical opportunities to kids who otherwise would not have had the chance. Thank you Federal Way Symphony and the ArtsFund Power2Give donors and matching funders for making their learning possible! We look forward to participating in the Masters and Mentors program again. For more details, including how you can participate and contribute, please visit: http://federalwaysymphony.org/mentors.html

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Did you know we offer rentals for teacher-approved quality band and orchestra instruments? Now is the time to get ready for school by renting your instrument ahead of the back-to-school rush! We rent through our partnership with Washington's top family-owned music store, Ted Brown Music. Visit our rentals page to learn more: www.fwschoolofmusic.com/instrument-rentals/
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