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The MSM staff of qualified instructors includes local and community musicians, school music teachers and former band directors. They are dedicated to promoting music instruction in the community, and will have you playing your instrument in no time!

Robert T. McDonald, III - Guitar Instructor Robert T. McDonald III (Bob) studied classical guitar, jazz, history, theory and composition at Loyola University Chicago where he earned a BFA Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Music. While in Chicago, McDonald studied concepts of old-time finger-picking at the Old Town School Of Folk Music, developing techniques of alternate bass with harmonic melodies and slide guitar.

In 2015, McDonald composed, recorded, produced and distributed his debut instrumental solo acoustic guitar album, "Robert T. McDonald III - You're Already There".

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Vic Smith - Instructor Bass, Guitar, Piano/Keyboard
Vic Smith is an active professional performer,
composer/arranger and teacher with over 40 years’ experience.
He studied theory and composition at the University of
Houston School of Music under Dr. Robert Nelson. Vic teaches
guitar and bass from beginner to advanced levels and piano/keyboard with a focus on theory, harmony and composition.
Vic strives to help his students gain musicality and understandin...(click to continue)

Jamie FindlayJamie Findlay - Guitar
Guitarist-composer Jamie Findlay grew up in Seattle, and relocated to Southern Californiain 1985. He taught at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute for 30 years before returning to thePacific Northwest and joining the teaching staff at MOJO Music. An author of several books andeducational DVD’s on guitar, Jamie has also traveled throughout the world giving music clinics andworkshops. He’s a founding member of the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, and has produced several CDsfeaturing solo guitar, and guitar trio. He has performed and recorded with Tierney Sutton, DuckBaker, Frank Sinatra Jr, Dan Seals, Russell Ferrante, and many more....(click to continue)

Jacqueline SchefferJacqueline Scheffer - Violin and Viola
Jacqui has been teaching strings lessons privately, leading sectionals and chamber ensembles, and performing at weddings and other special events in Whatcom County since 2010. She is currently studying at Western Washington University and after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, she plans to pursue her Masters in Teaching Degree, also at WWU. She greatly enjoys working with youth and guiding them through the challenges and joys of learning new skills. Moreover, she understands the importance of accommodating students’ unique learning styles in order to...(click to continue)

Dave LyonDave Lyon - Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Low Brass and Voice
Dave Lyon has a B.A in Music Education from Eastern Washington University and a Masters from ITP. His proficiency includes guitar, bass, voice and low brass. Dave studied guitar with Martin Stuart and John Doan, bass with Chuck Israels, Trombone with Rich Obregon, Tuba with Carla Rutschman and voice with the late Dr. Ralph Manzo. He was the high school band director...(click to continue)

Gabriel ManalacGabriel Manalac - Piano
Gabriel is an active solo and collaborative pianist and music educator in western Washington. For the past decade, he has taught students individually and in group settings throughout Louisiana and Washington State. Gabriel graduated with a Bachelor of Music-Piano Performance degree magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Music-Piano Performance degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He hopes to foster...(click to continue)

Rebecca ManalacRebecca Manalac - Piano
Rebecca Jordan Mañalac earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance cum laude from the University of Washington, and her Master of Music in piano performance at Loyola University New Orleans. She has worked with students and musicians of all ages and skill levels, from first-time beginners to professional musicians. In addition to teaching, Rebecca loves accompanying and chamber music, and hopes to instill in her students the joy of making music both as a soloist and in collaboration....(click to continue)

Nathan Matson - Drums, Percussion and Hand Drumming Instructor
Nathan Matson is a life long drummer and percussionist who has been teaching both individuals and groups since 1997. His areas of expertise include rudimental and orchestral technique, drum set and hand drums. He holds an AA in Music and a BA in Social Work.

Nathan's university and college experiences include symphonic and marching bands as well as percussion and jazz ensembles. Nathan has been fortunate to get to utilize skills in drum set and percussion. Recent projects include....(click to continue)