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FEATURED TEACHERS for Spring of 2024

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Ludmilla Valershteyn

Classical and Jazz Piano, Accompanying, Performing

Recently relocated to Tumwater 

Text: (206) 321-0988  


Ludmilla (Lucy) is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the Tango Para Musicos program in Buenos Aires. Her specialty is reinventing and weaving arrangements to delight both aficionados and dilettantes. Several of her original works have won songwriting awards and she has been a featured performer and composer for international exhibitions by L’Académie de la Culture Russe and the Moscow Circus. Ludmilla also performs with several tango companies, crafting fresh arrangements for the stage. 

As a lifelong teacher, Ludmilla is now focused on advanced piano and vocal students, including those preparing for competitions and auditions or who want to compose original pieces. Lessons can be purchased in batches and taken in-person or remotely (a popular and convenient option!).


Dr. Yiyi Chen 

Piano, Piano Pedagogy


Located near Centennial Elementary School

Rainier Piano Studio welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds! Whether you are just starting out, or you are looking to refine your skills, we have customized private piano lessons for everyone. Each lesson is tailored to suit the specific needs of the student. We strive to help students and facilitate their learning with encouraging and inspiring instructions. We wish music study to be an enjoyable and life-changing experience for everyone! In addition to private piano lessons, Dr. Yiyi also offers accompanying and performing services.

Dr. Yiyi has more than 10 years of formal teaching experience, especially working with younger students. Dr. Yiyi’s musical education training includes formal coursework at New York University, where she also gained experience as a student teacher in New York Public Schools. At Northwestern University, Dr. Yiyi has taught pre-college and college students as part of her Master of Music degree program. During that time, Dr. Yiyi also represented Northwestern while presenting on music education curriculum at the Music Teachers National Association 2016 Conference in Illinois. While completing her doctorate degree at the University of Washington, Dr. Yiyi was the head teaching assistant for the school’s piano department, where she taught UW students and was also a sought-after teacher for private students at Cascade Piano Studio. Dr. Yiyi currently serves as a music faculty at Tacoma Community College, teaching applied piano lessons.

Dr. Ramona Allen



Olympia High School Vicinity

Phone: 943-9325


notes: We consider Ramona to be one of the very top piano teachers in the Olympia area. Students have the opportunity to play on her new 7′ Steinway grand piano and her beautiful 2 manual harpsichord.

Linda Bates/Evergreen Piano Studio


All ages, beginners through early advanced. Local and online lessons.

7731 Spurgeon Creek Rd. SE

Olympia, WA 98513

Phone: 360-455-0120


Mission statement: To instill a love of music while building a proficiency at the piano. Linda Bates has had seven years private lessons with additional college level study. She has been an Olympia area teacher for the past twenty years and has experience in eurythmy, worship music, accompanying, and musical theater. Previously, she taught in Crested Butte, Co. (what fun!) and Portland, Or. Her studio offers structured lessons in a casual environment and also online lessons. Principal course offerings are: leveled studies, classical, pop, theory, ear-training, sight-reading and lead sheets. There are also performance opportunities available. Her teaching style…encouraging and patient.

Jennifer Bowman


Instrument: Piano

1826 Allegro Dr. SE, Olympia, WA  98501

Phone: 628-4505



Education: Jennifer Bowman has earned music degrees in Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from prestigious schools including a Masters in Music from The Julliard School, a Masters in Music from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelors of Music from Whitman College.

notes: Another top tier teacher of the Olympia area! You can feel confident that Ms. Bowman will be able to help you achieve the best possible result, whether you are a total beginner or an advanced performer wanting conservatory training.

Leola Clarke

Piano, Clarinet -Enjoys adult students!

1832 Arietta Ave., Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 943-7310

Education: BA Music Ed., Luther College U.of Minn, PLU, TESC

notes: Long time, well-loved piano teacher in the Olympia area.

Mary Jane Clarke

Instrument: Piano/Pedagogy/Available to coach other teachers

2316 Bowman Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502-4405

Phone: 360=357-6157


Education: BM Piano UPS, Grad study U of W TESC Ret. Adjunct Faculty

notes: We love Mary Jane! Another beloved long-time Olympia piano teacher.

Tim Cromwell / C Notes Music


Phone: 360-512-3838

Located about 10 minutes South of Shelton

Education: BA in Music from Walla Walla University

Scott Cossu


7940 Ellison Loop NW

(360) 464-3700

note: Scott is a former Windham Hill Recording artist and nationally recognized New Age pianist.  His students have given us great reviews about his knowledge and enthusiasm!

JoAnn Detlefsen

Instrument: Piano

10139 Old Hwy 99 S.E. Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 360-357-9317

Education: B.A. Elementary Ed., St. Martin’s College

Ignacio Diaz, Jr.

Web Site: 

Instrument: Piano and Composition

Email Form:

Education: BM Piano Performance, Augustana College, MM Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northwestern University. Suzuki Instructor, apprenticeship with Yasuko Joichi, student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Japan.

Note: We constantly hear great things about Ignacio! He has a operated a professional grade piano teaching studio in downtown Olympia. Due to the current global pandemic, he is teaching exclusively online. He continues to have great success with students as young as 3 and 4 years old, high school, college and adult leisure students.

Sue Dick

Instrument: Piano

4675 Bush Mt. Dr. SW, Tumwater, WA 98512-6754

Phone: 943-9800


Education: BA Elem. Ed., Elem Music Ed.

notes:  We love Sue! Sue Dick is a private piano teacher in Tumwater, Washington with 35 years of teaching experience in the piano studio, elementary libraries, and elementary schools (as a substitute teacher and a 3rd grade teacher.)

Paul Duncan

Instrument: Piano

3035 59th Ct. SE Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 360-791-9427

Education: Piano study at PLU

notes: Paul is the Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Lacey.

Vera Dvorak

Instrument: Piano

1409 Livingston St. NE Lacey, WA 98516

Phone: 360-491-4631


Education: M.A.Piano Performance, Music College Ivanovo, Russia. Completed studies at Kazan Conservatory in history and theory of music.

notes:  In 1995, at the Kiev Conservatory her symphony music was presented at the International Competeition of Women Composers. She performed a Mozart Concerto with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra in 2001. In 2004 she played 25 shows with the Capital Playhouse.

Mrs. Dvorak is a passionate, dynamic and highly respected piano teacher.

Carrie Edwards

Instrument: Piano

Phone: (360) 790-9013


Education: Bachelor’s degree – including piano, vocal and classroom music education.

Experienced piano teacher – fun, innovative lessons; improvisation & classical methods; variety of musical styles.

Children, youth and adult lessons; beginner to advanced; evening and Saturday appointments only.

Lorna Eder (A)

Piano, Accompanying

4500 Ruddell Rd SE, #55, Lacey WA 98503

661-904-6482, cell

Paul Edwards

3315 Gunstone St SW, Olympia, WA 98512

Phone: 360-888-0085


notes: Paul is a beloved teacher by many students in the greater Olympia area. His contagious enthusiasm and ability to relate well to children has made him a highly successful teacher. He also can travel to people’s homes for lessons.

Laura Fairbanks

Piano, Flute, Recorder

Teaches piano at Yenney Music in West Olympia and also at her home in Tumwater, near South Puget Sound Community College.

Phone: (360) 870-6990



Education: B.S. in Music Education & Music Therapy from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

notes: Laura is one of the nicest piano teachers you will ever meet! Her love of music and her nurturing spirit make her an Olympia favorite.


Cherie Felts

Instrument: Piano/Accompanying

936 Gregory Way SE, Olympia, WA 98513

Phone: 491-5452


Education: Church/worship music and accompanist training, Multnomah Bible College

notes: Cherie is a delightful person, and one of the backbone members of the Olympia Music Teachers Association.


Nadine Funchion

Instrument: Voice, Piano

Phone: (360) 359-3225



Jaysen Geissler

Phone: 360-470-4723


Music reading, playing by ear, jazz, rock, improvisation, beginning to intermediate classical

-Music Director for Apple Tree Productions

-Pianist for Olympia Jazz Senators and the Edgewater Trio

-Studied piano performance at the Lionel Hampton School of Music 2015-2016


Jennifer Hermann

Instrument: Piano

Olympia, WA 98506

Phone: 570-1952


Education: BM Piano Performance, WSUMM Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Florida St.U.


Debbie Hu O’Doan

Yelm area

Instrument: Piano

Phone: 894-6210

We have heard great feedback about Debbie O'Doan. She comes highly recommended. 

Jammin’ Music Studios

(360) 701-3401

Jammin’ Music Studios has a team of affordable piano teachers who specialize in pop, jazz, and even classical. Located near South Puget Sound Community College.


Jean Johansen-Kuehn

Instrument: Piano/Music Classes for Young Children/Compostion

3929 South Bay Lp NE, Olympia WA 98516

Phone: (360) 923-5612


Education: BA TESC; Piano Performance Major U of W, EWU

Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and studied Piano Performance at Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington.  Jean is Washington State Certified and has achieved Permanent Professional Piano status. She began lessons at age 5. Over 30 years experience teaching piano and composition.


Maureen Johnson

Phone:  (360) 481-2050

2 Locations!

8406 Kimmie St SW, Olympia WA 98512 (Mon – Wed)

4205 Lacey Blvd SE, Lacey WA 98503 (Thurs – Fri)

Email contact form:

With more than 20 years of experience in music lessons, Maureen Johnson provides instruction in piano and voice. She is motivated by her love of music and the passion to transfer her knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.


Robert Jorgensen

Piano/House Concerts/Accompanying

2013 Bethel Ave NE Olympia, WA 98506

Phone: 360-701-0594.


Education: Licentiate Degree from the Royal School of Music in London, England.  Graduated with honors from California State University, Fresno, where he studied with Philip Lorenz, Claudio Arrau’s long-time friend and associate.

notes: Robert is a long time friend and associate. He is one of the few concert-quality pianist in the Olympia area. He is currently accepting students. He also has wonderful house concerts! Email him to get his email list for upcoming performances.


Kathy Kerber Music Studio

Will travel to your home!

Instrument: Piano

email contact form:

Serving the Olympia, Tumwater, and Rochester areas.

Education: Two years of college music theory and composition. Mentored with Respected teacher and concert pianist, Paul Edwards.

“Learning piano should be fun and exciting, and achievement can be very empty unless the journey is taken with joy.”


Pat Kilmer

Currently teaching piano at Sound Studios Olympia 1211 4th Ave E # 100

Phone:  (360) 956-1380

I teach beginning and intermediate piano and guitar out of my studio close to downtown Olympia. Individualized lesson plans, group lessons, music literacy, and recitals are part of her curriculum. I love teaching students of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs. I also mentor youths with pop or rock band aspirations, and have summer opportunities of individual lessons, group lessons, and a variety of week-long camps.


Yun Hee Kim

Instrument: Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Accompanying

Phone: 866-3779



Hye Kyeong Cho

Instrument: Piano, Piano Pedagogy

Phone: 628-8682



Maria Li

Beginning and Intermediate lessons for students ages 4-12

Location: NE Lacey near Willamette Rd.

Education: B.Mus, B.Ed – University of British Columbia, Canada

ARCT in Piano Performance – Royal Conservatory of Music

Maria is upbeat and outgoing with a beautiful in-home studio and stunning high-performance Mason & Hamlin grand piano.


Linda R. Lovinger

Instrument: Piano

1609 8th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 357-4514


Education: Vasser College BA Piano Performance; Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master’s Studies


Elizabeth Mead

2615 25th Court SW

Olympia, WA 98512



Instrument: Piano, flute, recorder, voice, & music theory.

Education: Ma Music History, University of Oregon

I offer patient, personalized, instruction.  Young children, students with special needs, & adults welcome.  Learn to play music that you love! 20 years experience.


Shawn Meloy

Currently teaching at Sound Studios Olympia 1211 4th Ave E # 100

(360) 878-3566

note: We hear great things about Shawn! His piano teaching studio is conveniently located at Yenney Music near Capital Mall. Check out his website!


Jennifer Miles

Instrument: Piano

12535 Zeller Rd SE, Yelm WA 98597

Phone: 458-3990


Education: B.A. piano pedagogy, BYU-Hawaii


Gordon Miller

Instrument: Piano

805 South St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

Phone: 352-0920


Education: BS, U of Hawaii; BA, UPS; NW Dalcroze


Cynthia Mohorko

Instrument: Piano, Voice

3341 Friendly Grove Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506

Phone: 705-3421


Education: BM, Piano Performance, CSU Sacramento Zertifikat, Wiener Meisterkurse fur Musik, Konservatorium der Stadt Wien


Rhonda Morse

Instrument: Piano

6443 Tralee Dr. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 866-7034


Education: B. Music Ed. Idaho State U.

Art Peterson

Instrument: Piano, Accompanying

3211 Friendly Grove NE, Olympia, WA 98506

Phone: (360) 352-1791


Education: B M, Andrews U; MM, Arizona State U, MM, PLU

Mr. Peterson also teaches piano at St. Martins University.


Judy Price

Instrument: Piano

4904 Hilton Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98516

Phone: 459-1998


Education: BA Music, EWU On sabbatical

Heidi Ritchey

Instrument: Piano

7648 Rixie Rd SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 491-9518


Education: Northwest College and Clark College

Jan Rowen Music

Instrument: Piano, composition, improvisation

10541 Stedman Rd. SE, Olympia, WA 98513

Phone: 456-1911


Education: Improvisation and Eurhythmics NW Nazarene U and NW Dalcroze Institute

notes: Jan is a top Olympia piano teacher, a wonderful pianist, and a super person! She has an amazing studio at her beautiful house south of Olympia. She teaches a wide variety of styles including improvisation. She has regular recitals at her house called “Music on the Hill”.


Mariann Ryan

Instrument: Piano, voice

8431 Yelm Hwy SE, Olympia, WA 98513

Phone: (360) 459-2632


Education: BA in music; classroom ed – Central Washington University

“I Love to teach & share the “fun” of learning music. Over 20 years of experience.  Teaching may include: hymn-prov, theory, composition, ear training. Adults welcome!”


Rhythm Fire

(360) 753-3646

1220 Homman Dr SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Rock/Pop/Ensemble school in Lacey

If you are interested in learning rock/pop keyboard or piano this is an interesting school to check out! Maybe you’ll join a band!


Amelia Jo Sahentara

Instrument: Piano, Voice, Composition

2303 Olympia Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506

Phone: (360) 570-0206


Education: BA UCLA, MA Education, Cal State U


Carolyn Samson

Instrument: Piano,

Phone: (360) 878-8264



Krystal Shoop-Hardin

Instrument: Voice, Piano

Phone: 352-8850



Anne Spurgeon

Instrument: Piano

Education: Associate Board Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) London Curriculum at Far Eastern Music School, Singapore – 8 Years.

Pedagogy at Joan Moody Studio, USA – 2 Years.

Phone: (360) 456-4409


Raegan Stevens

(253) 579-2928

Located near Aspire Middle School in Lacey


note: Raegan is a long time client of ours. If you are looking for affordable piano lessons in the Lacey area near Aspire Middle School, give her a call!


Vivian Su

Instrument: Piano, Kindermusik

2833 41st Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501-6212

Phone: 352-1515



Education: BA Piano Performance, USC; Graduate Studies Piano Pedagogy, Drake University

notes: Vivian Su is very well respected by some of the best piano teachers in Olympia.

Vickie Tobin

Washington Middle School Vicinity

Instrument: Piano, Voice

Phone: (360)489-0340


Here's a great article about Vicki: Making Music with Vicki Jardine Tobin - LewisTalkWA

The Tuned in Academy

(360) 688-9911


202 Phoenix St NE, Olympia, WA 98506-4850

We teach  from age 5  and up. We have many 5 year old students, we have a handful also in their 80’s. We love them all.

TIA is a non-profit academy of music with a commitment to excellence in music education through meaningful, relational, and private instruction as well as small group classes. We have three piano faculty with college and conservatory degrees in music specializing in various different genres. We also have student teachers and associate faculty highly qualified and capable, but without degrees therefore we can offer more affordable rates for lessons with them.


Dennis Williams

Piano, Voice, Choral


5002 Viewridge Dr SE Olympia WA 98501

(360) 791-0266

Attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where he maintained his double major and received his bachelor’s degree. His emphasis was directed toward post secondary education with expertise in theory, music history, ear training, performance and composition. He also has studied extensively with an international voice instructor and owner of Vocal Artistry in Seattle, Tim Carson.


Wolfgang Wortberg

Travels to you home!

Concert Artist/Piano Teacher


Mr. Wortberg is one of a minority of teachers who are also experienced concert performers. Originally from Germany,

Wolfgang has performed with the Olympia Symphony and is reestablishing a teaching clientele.  He will teach at your home!

With 25 years of experience, he works with beginners as well as advanced students.  All ages are welcome.

He can also be hired as a professional accompanist.

Amy Yang

Instrument: Piano

4931 Siskiyou Loop SE Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: (360) 455-9864


Education: BM Piano Performance; MM, U. of Central Oklahoma

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