The Woodwind family is broken up into flutes (flute, piccolo), single reed instruments (saxophones, clarinet) and double reed instruments (oboe, bassoon). Woodwinds bring beauty, drama and character to every style of music. They anchor the orchestra and are front and center in most jazz ensembles. From Classical and Celtic, to Klezmer and Punk Rock, there’s no shortage of stages where woodwind players can shine.
If you’re in a school orchestra, band and marching band, want to play professionally or are simply playing for the love of music, West Side Music Academy can help you sharpen your skills and expand your skill set.
Students need to bring their own instruments to lessons.
SALES & RENTALS: We have partnered with Metropolitan Music so let us know if you need an instrument rental or accessories.
Woodwind Lessons In West Seattle & Online
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Beginner Flute
Students: Ages 8 and up
Styles: Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, and most academic band music
Preferred pronouns: he/him or they/them
On my stereo:
Jacob Collier • Colin Stetson • Charles Mingus • John Zorn • KNOWER • Becca Stevens • Esperanza Spalding • Banda Magda • Hiatus Kaiyote • and anything I haven't heard yet!
Favorite Gig: Playing the music of Mingus and Paul Motian with Bill Frisell at IMPFest. We met the day before soundcheck to rehearse. He walked into the room, gave us all a handshake, said "great rehearsal," and promptly left.
Why I love West Side Music Academy: Teaching here helps me become a better musician and a better person. It also helps me pay forward all of the efforts my teachers put into raising me. My favorite moments are when a student asks me how something works.
Instruments: Piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, flute,
Students: Beginning to advanced
Preferred pronouns: he/him
Sean Barker was born and raised in Spokane, WA, where he began piano lessons at the age of 8 and clarinet at age 10, working with a number of fine teachers in the Spokane area, including Mary Wilson, Debra Greagor-O’dell, Mary Simpson and Margie May Ott on piano and Carol Kowzan on clarinet, and performing with the Spokane Youth Symphony as Principle Clarinet. Sean holds undergraduate degrees in Piano Performance and Clarinet Performance from the University of Montana, class of 2002, where he studied with Dr. Jody Graves on piano and Dr. Maxine Ramey on clarinet.
In 2002 Sean began work as a music teacher and free-lance musician in Seattle, WA, where he ran a successful teaching studio, seeing over 40 students each week. An active performer, he worked regularly with local orchestras and collaborated with other musicians on various projects, including an annual Mostly Mozart concert held in the courtyard of his apartment building. While in Seattle Sean studied piano with Dr. Peter Mack of Cornish College of the Arts.
In 2008 Sean returned to the University of Montana to pursue a Masters Degree in Music, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. For the 2008-2009 school year he was awarded the UofM Graduate Assistant Teaching Award for excellence in teaching, awarded to only one graduate student each year at the University.
From 2010 to 2018, Sean lived in Berlin, Germany, where he taught private students, co-chaired a musical theater department at Die Etage Performing Arts School, and his alto ego, “Shomo the Bearded”, was the karaoke pianist extraordinaire at Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke. He worked primarily with singers in Berlin, performing unique weekly programs at Sally Bowles Art Café. In 2016 Sean also premiered his first major composition, a song cycle setting of Wallace Stevens’ poems “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, sung by soprano Danielle Simpson.
In the Summer of 2018 Sean returned to Seattle where he is rebuilding a teaching studio and is looking forward to working with local musicians as both a pianist and clarinetist.
Students: Saxophone (baritone, tenor, alto), clarinet, flute, drums, guitar, piano, ukulele, and beginning bass
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Classical
Preferred pronouns: he/him
Matt Moore is from Austin, Texas. He picked up guitar at the age of 7. In middle school, he began with the saxophone. During high school, Matt learned piano and drums. Through college, he learned to play the clarinet and flute as well as perfected the rest of his instruments. Matt graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas at the Music School with a B.A. in Jazz Studies. From then, he has performed in many professional bands and formed his own groups, such as Circling Drones. Matt has a lot of experience in all the instruments he teaches.
Matt likes to combine what the students wants to learn with his knowledge of that particular style of music. He likes to integrate music theory lessons as well as teaching to read and write. Matt gives homework to allow the students to practice on their own at home. Most importantly, he wants the student(s) to enjoy learning everything they can about music.
What musical styles are you versed in? Which ones are your favorites?:
On Matt’s Stereo:
Why Matt Loves West Side Music Academy: