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For centuries, string sections have brought masterpieces from the great composers to life. Modern orchestras pack orchestra halls to celebrate everything from Bach to Tchaikovsky while also providing soundtracks to Broadway musicals and motion pictures.

When rock bands like Metallica and Guns n’ Roses want to reinvent their biggest hits, they call in the strings.

If you’re just starting out in a school orchestra or want to play professionally, there is no limit to the places your skills can take you; your journey can begin at West Side Music Academy. We help students of all ages and skill levels to perfect their craft, expand their skills and perform with excellence.

Students provide their own instruments.

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String Lessons In West Seattle & Online

Emily Ravenscraft : Teacher

Emily Ravenscraft


Emily Ravenscraft
Instruments: Violin
Students: Beginning to advanced



Who have you studied with?
I studied at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and had the opportunity to be coached in ensemble playing by Norman E. Johns of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Why did you take up this particular instrument?
I have always had a love of making music and making up melodies. The versatility of the violin has kept me coming back for more.
Are there recommended natural abilities a student should have?
Just the love of music and the willingness to learn. That's all anyone needs to play.
What musical styles are you versed in? Which ones are your favorites?
I play classical, pop, rock, and blues. I can't pick a favorite - they all have such different elements that they don't even compare.
What levels?
Beginning, intermediate, advanced, prodigy...
Jonah Byrne : Teacher

Jonah Byrne


Jonah Byrne has been playing violin for over 30 years, teaching, performing, recording, and composing in a wide variety of styles. He started playing the violin at age six when his mother inherited an old violin from her great uncle and wanted to keep a family tradition alive. Jonah grew up taking lessons and playing in school orchestras, youth orchestras and string quartets throughout his young life. He spent a year studying music composition at University of Colorado, and has been active in the Seattle music scene since moving here 15 years ago. In that time he has been a DJ at Seattle’s eclectic Hollow Earth Radio, played fiddle and violin in country bands, experimental bands, indie bands, post-rock bands, and more. He currently plays with country bands Country Lips and Gus Clark and the Least of His Problems, and with pop/r&b singer Sphie, and has performed live with acts including the Breeders and Jamie Wyatt. 

Eli Satter : Teacher

Eli Satter


Instruments: Cello, Violin, Piano, Upright Bass

Students: Cello: Beginner to Advanced • Violin and Piano: (Beginner to Intermediate) • Bass (Beginner)

Styles: Classical, folk, band and orchestra

Preferred pronouns: They/them

Elisha started playing the piano at the age of 3; violin and guitar were added to their repertoire by age 11. They always preferred instruments in the lower register, so cello was a natural fit from the moment Elisha picked it up at age 12. By the time Elisha could drive, bass was also in the practice and performance mix. Along the way, they have studied with a variety of modern, baroque and classical cellists including Coral Marchant, Matthew Rehfeldt, Meg Brennand, and Bradley Hawkins

Elisha joined their school orchestra in the 5th grade and currently performs with the orchestra at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), where they’re studying music therapy with an emphasis in psychology. They played cello and bass for the Mount Baker Youth Symphony from 8th-12th grade and is now in their 3rd year with the SPU string quartet. Elisha has played weddings, performed in a church band and has recorded with other artists. They spent a year as the music coordinator for a kids' club and has been a music theory tutor.


On Elisha’s Stereo:

All kinds of albums by all kinds of artists; their favorite genres are indie folk and movie scores. Elisha’s favorite classical composer is Dame Ethyl Smythe who composed “March of the Women” in 1911 as an anthem for the women’s suffrage movement.

Favorite Gig

When Elisha was in high school, they were playing a Christmas Eve church service. While the pastor was making announcements, their audio was set up so they could hear themselves in their headsets but the audience couldn't. Once they were all tuned up, they took turns playing the riff from George Michael's "Careless Whisper".

Why Elisha Loves West Side Music Academy

Elisha feels the comfortable, welcoming environment offered by WSMA is an ideal place to learn and practice one’s art.

Sarah Perlman : Teacher

Sarah Perlman


Instruments: Violin

Students: Beginner through Advanced, Age 6+

Styles: Classical, Celtic, Klezmer, Swing, Blues

Preferred pronouns: she/her

Sarah Perlman grew up studying classical music. By the time she reached 4th grade, she was already playing piano. On her first visit to the local string store, she woke up and smelled the rosin. Sarah soon gravitated to fiddle and musical improvisation. She now plays and performs a wide variety of styles from Classical and Celtic to Blues and Swing. Sarah studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory; pedagogy with Margaret Pressley in Seattle; Suzuki teacher training; and a specialized course for violin and viola teachers at Indiana University.

On Sarah’s Stereo:
My listening is usually focused on whatever I'm learning at the moment, the gamut that includes classical, Celtic, Swing, Klezmer! Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, any blues I can find, and lots of recommendations from other musicians.

Favorite Gig:
A guitarist and I play in a duo called RedPerl, which is based on Vashon Island. My parents were visiting from Ohio and came to one of our first concerts, so we played a vintage classic called "Alice Blue Gown". My mom's name is Alice, and her dad sang her that tune when she was little. Hearing the song again, she became teary. It was a sweet moment.

Why Sarah Loves West Side Music Academy:
I appreciate that WSMA fills a niche in West Seattle; giving kids and adults a place to learn music in the styles they love. The variety of programs -- private lessons, group classes and clinics, summer camps -- creates a great resource.