Student of the Month - McKay!

Question 1 - What is your favorite Color? - Red!

Question 2- What has been your favorite thing you have learned while you have been here at Cappella? - Bar Chords! 

Question 3- If you could have any Superpower, what would it be? - Teleportation! 

Question 4- How long have you been singing and playing the guitar? - I have been singing since I was little But I started playing guitar this last summer. 

Question 5- If you could live in any fictional universe, Where would you live? - Hyrule from Legend of Zelda! 

Teacher Spotlight - Ms. Elaina Malcolm!

Elaina Malcolm studied Music Education and completed The Kodaly Levels Program at Seattle Pacific University. For over twenty years she has worked with students from around the world, helping them develop the skills necessary for reading music and performing well in front of their audience. She also holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University where her efforts were focused on integrating music and art with core academic instruction. Not only does she offer piano, guitar and voice lessons, but she is a Choir teacher in the cities of SeaTac and Des Moines. She is dedicated to see her students grow as musicians who are learning to express themselves through song. She says "My purpose is to help you find your voice and discover the music that lies within so that you will be a shining light in the world."

Elaina loves to sing, play the piano and guitar at church, leading worship and collaborating with others to write music. She also plays some percussion and is learning how to play the Ukulele. She isn't ashamed to admit she's a Music Theory nerd, especially when it comes to sight-reading music in solfege. She loves coffee, dark chocolate and will go to the beach any time of the year.

To enroll in classes with Ms. Malcolm contact us at 253-470-8050 or at info@CappellaAcademy.com!

Armani T. - Piano
Caymen F. - Piano
Cassidy G. - Piano
Tom R. - Guitar
Sachiko B. - Guitar
Keegan T. - Guitar
Allison F. - -Piano
Moriah F. - Violin
Sierra T. - Piano
Madison K. - Piano
Julianna N. - Voice
Sasha R. - Violin
Jordan M. - Guitar
Elly K. - Voice
Jordan P. - Voice
Heath M. - Piano
Bryce P. - Piano
Jesse A. - Piano
Jackson B - Drums
KayliAnna B. - Guitar
Olivia T. - Piano
Branden Y. - Piano
Nevaeh Y. - Violin
Emily B. - Piano
Kelly B. - Ukulele
Brooklynn B. - Guitar
Roelan C. - Guitar
Emily P. - Violin
Amanda L. - Piano
Orion K. - Guitar 

Welcome to Cappella! We love having you here! 

“Wait, you play how many instruments?”

Ah, if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that question. Truth be told, it's really not that difficult to learn how to play more than one instrument. Here's the secret three-step guide to playing multiple instruments (and doing it well):

1. Learn your music theory.
I cannot stress that enough. Theory is the one constant between all the instruments. It doesn't matter if you're playing the harmonica or a 12 string guitar- the basics of how we read and write music are the same. Knowing how to read music is half the battle!

2. *Become friends with your new instrument.*
Alright so you've been taking lessons on, say, piano, for a while and now want to move on to guitar. Great! However, a guitar isn't exactly built like a piano, so that means that everything must be totally different, right? Not exactly. Fear not! If you've completed Step 1 and have consistently studied the music theory your previous teacher gave you, then you've already jumped a major hurdle! Now it's just a matter of translating where the notes you're reading are at on the new instrument.

3. *Find a good teacher, and work on technique.*
You can read music well and have an idea of how your instrument is set up. All that's left is to learn the technique on that instrument. In other words, how you physically play the piano/drums/guitar/ukulele/you get the idea. This is sometimes the tricky step for some people, because unless the instruments are in the same family (i.e. string, percussion, wind, etc.) the technique is going to be completely different. For example, switching between guitar and drums could be frustrating because they are not in the same “family.” However, picking up a guitar after learning the ukulele would be much easier because they are in the same “family.” Honestly, learning the technique is my favorite part of taking on a new instrument because it's how you make the music sound cool!

*Strictly speaking, steps 2&3 would be done at the same time during your lessons.*

See? Not that difficult! Just keep practicing and one day you too could be a one-woman or one-man band!