Meet Our New Instructors!
Alexis has always had a passion for music. She enjoys being a piano teacher and being able to inspire and encourage individuals to grow and thrive in their love for music.
Alexis started her journey with piano at the young age of three. She grew up in a musical family, always surrounded by music, singing, and dancing. She is classically trained in piano and also enjoys composing her own songs, along with playing guitar and learning other instruments. Some of her other interests include hiking, dancing, paddle boarding and taking her Jeep off-roading. Alexis has been teaching private and group piano lessons since 2014. She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities and looks forward to helping her students become proficient in sight reading, musical theory, building up a repertoire, and playing piano with expression and emotion.
Her favorite part about teaching piano is watching a student grasp the concept and find the joy in playing piano. Being a piano teacher is such a rewarding career and Alexis is honored to be a part of the teaching staff at Cappella Music Academy.
A native of Bellevue, Washington, Alyssa Saunders is a dedicated pianist, violinist, accompanist, and adjudicator.
Alyssa was selected for a premiere apprenticeship under professional violinist Leslie Johnson where she learned the fine art of teaching students of all ages and levels of advancement. Her formal education in pedagogy was a private tutorship with professor Donald Denegar at Bellevue College. She started her first music studio at the age of 16 which grew to over 30 regular students in both violin and piano instruction. For over 20 years, Alyssa has inspired her students to play in orchestras, compete in competitions, auditions, compose music, and even become teachers themselves. Her passion is music and encouraging young and old in their music endeavors.
Alyssa recently moved to Orting with her husband and four daughters and enthusiastically joins this growing music academy.
Call to enroll today! 253.470.8050
Who’s your Teacher?: Marcelo Portaro
What type of Lesson do you take?: Guitar
What has been your favorite thing you have learned here at Cappella?: Ode to Joy
What is your Favorite Color?: green
What is your Favorite Food?: shrimp
If you could join any band, what band would you join?: The Beatles
What are your top three favorite songs and who are they by?:
Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
What are some of your other hobbies other than music?: Dancing
3 Months: Grace W., Jacob B., Camille B., Jacob H., Daniela D., Olivia R., Sicily J., Aleksandra S., Teagan B., Eliana S., Whitney F., Mason B., Chloe B., Kaile B., Cody J., Shaelynn S., Arya A., Afsheen A., Natalie W., Chase J., Sawyer M., Veer P., Dubhe D., Alexander J., Trae B., Lucille B., Malakai S., Mason R., Jack S. 6 Months: Isabelle F., Landon S., Rebecca S., Aniaa J., Colton H., Sophia W., Kayla H., Moriah L., Kailey C., Dylan L., Trinity S., Julie L., Ella M., Wyatt B., Kailah L., Elijah L., Lunden W., Keva T., Lindsey M., Audrey O., Cooper J., Keanon D., Talin W., 9 months: Emma Q., Jack L., Jackson B., Kyra P., Alexia S., Lilia L., Erika W., Kallie B., Natalie Q., Ethan O., 1 Year: Khloe M., Isaac S., Logan R., Jacob J., Jolie M., Ethan P., Kaeden W., 15 Months: William F., Orion K., Sienna H., Rudy J., Lola R., Maya H., Amanda L., Natalie S., Siena W., Andrew J., Zoe R., Emily P., Elaine P.,
18 Months: Saatchi E., Trevin E., Amelia E., Shaheen A., Chloe M.
Aiden, Kallie, Isla, Olivia, Nevaeh, Chloe, Jack, Jaymen, Megan, Dawsin, Gracie, Khloe, Vlad, Cody, Alivia, Ella, Jaden, Ryan, Elly, Lily, Connor, Mason, Braden, Jolie, Juliya, Alexander, Jaecey, Moriah, Genevieve, Lucy, Savannah, Isabella, Valerie, Nelia, Joseph, Kaeden, William, Adrienne, Lila, Alex, Jordan, Conner, Caleb, Braeden
Guitar - Braeden H Piano - Jake T Voice - Jaya E Violin - Peter M Piano - Eva D Piano - Saatchi E. Piano - Natalie K. Drums - Henry S. Guitar - Joseph G. Guitar - Melissa L. Piano - Melinda L. Violin - Marely A. Piano - Kenna M. Voice - Chris H. Guitar - Joseph S. Voice - Tobias A. Piano - Evlyn M. Violin - Josh B. Violin - Mason B. Violin - Sam B. Guitar & Voice - Levi T. Voice - Aubreyanna S. Drums - Logan M. Guitar - Isabelle E. Piano - Ella E. Guitar - Avery A. Guitar - Kevin A. Piano - Kayser F. Voice - Chloe B. Piano - Audrey E. Ukulele - Nick R. Ukulele - Callie R. Guitar - Chris B. Piano - Joshua C. Drums - Nicholas C. Violin - Marianna S. Voice - Josh W. Voice - Madelyn D. Drums - Micaiah B. Guitar - Atticus C. Piano - Bennett B. Piano - Samuel S.
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CONGRATULATIONS SPRING RECITAL PERFORMERS!
This year we had over 250 students performing in our NINE recitals! Everyone worked so hard on their pieces and the time was well spent. Everyone did such a great job! If you missed recitals this spring, we have another recital in December!
Approximately 5.7 million people in America are estimated to be suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia in 2018, out of which around 5.5 million are aged 65 or above. The team at Cappella Academy understands the serious need for music in one’s life, and will help to guide you through the process of introducing music in a therapeutic way through weekly one-on-one private lessons.
Music is an art-oriented, interactive medium that has proven to be highly beneficial for elderly adults. Whether listening or singing your heart out to soft and smooth jazzy tones, or strumming classical notes on the guitar or piano, music has the power to enhance the quality of life for elderly adults in numerous ways.
Music appreciation is unique, in that by its very nature, it is not bound to any particular age; a person can experience its many benefits at any point in their life. Moreover, when it comes to music for elderly people, it is a therapy that has huge potential to cure mental health ailments that are commonly found amongst the older generation.
Let’s check out some of the benefits of music, specifically for elderly adults struggling with memory loss.
1. Relieves Alzheimer’s and Dementia Symptoms
Do you know someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia? Encourage them to take music lessons, because it has proven to be beneficial throughout the process. Alzheimer’s disease declines cognitive functions, and dementia steals the ability to express basic needs with the progressing disease. Music has been known to come as a relief from these symptoms. It helps Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to improve in various ways, including triggering the memory, reducing the feeling of isolation and agitation, coordinating motor function, enabling the power of reasoning and understanding, and also fostering affirmative social communication.
2. Enhances Memory Power
With numerous studies on this subject, it is a proven fact that music can trigger the memory of elderly people, who often struggle with forgetfulness. Playing a certain musical piece or singing a song that relates to a particular point in time, place, event, or emotion, has the power to stimulate the memory creator in the brain, known as the medial prefrontal cortex. Even when dementia or Alzheimer patients completely lose their ability to speak, many are still able to humm through their favorite songs and experience positive emotions from the activity.
3. Manages Stress through Music
Elderly people can come across several anxieties, tensions, depressions, and pressures in their daily life when they struggle with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Music produces a calming effect to settle the mind when it is anxious or stressed. It relaxes the mind and increases self-esteem by reducing qualms and anxieties. Often, the therapeutic and calming effects of music can be seen after only one or two weeks of music lessons.
4. Brings About Feelings of Happiness and Relaxation
Patients who struggle with memory loss brought on by Alzheimer’s or dementia can begin to feel disconnected from the world around them. Being amidst a positive musical environment with sounds of drums, violin, guitar, piano, and so on, helps one to enjoy life and feel more cheerful. Even for the hearing impaired, fine-tuning the sounds of bass or treble can make a difference in their listening ability.
5. Encourages Movement and Physical Exercise
Tapping feet or clapping hands is an activity that can release stress and pent-up emotions that would otherwise be kept inside. When one is swept away by the rhythm of their favorite music, it can stimulate the organs of the body and even lower blood-pressure level. Any amount of physical activity that an elderly person can comfortably do can be enhanced by a motivation and zeal for music.
Music brings an overall sense of well-being for people of all ages and walks of life. We offer the highest caliber of the private music lessons in Bonney Lake, Washington, and the surrounding communities. Cappella Music Academy is the leading and the most preferred music school and in the Greater Seattle Area. Join us, and your age will just be a number.