Discover the Best Music Teachers

Discover what sets our instructors apart and makes them the ideal mentors for your musical journey

KIRA

Beginning Piano Instructor
Beginning-Intermediate Voice Instructor

MARK

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele,
Beginner Drums

HALEY

Trumpet Instructor

ANDREW

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele

MALLORY

Piano Instructor

SETH

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Ukulele

RENÉ

Beginning-Advanced Piano Instructor

KELLY

Piano & Cello Instructor

ZACK

Voice & Piano Instructor

WADE

Drum Instructor

BRANDON

Voice & Piano Instructor

Discover the Best Music Teachers

Discover what sets our instructors apart and makes them the ideal mentors for your musical journey

KIRA

Beginning Piano Instructor
Beginning-Intermediate Voice Instructor

MARK

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele,
Beginner Drums

HALEY

Trumpet Instructor

ANDREW

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele

MALLORY

Piano Instructor

SETH

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Ukulele

RENÉ

Beginning-Advanced Piano Instructor

KELLY

Piano & Cello Instructor

ZACK

Voice & Piano Instructor

WADE

Drum Instructor

BRANDON

Voice & Piano Instructor

Discover the Best Music Teachers

Discover what sets our instructors apart and makes them the ideal mentors for your musical journey

KIRA

Beginning Piano Instructor
Beginning-Intermediate Voice Instructor

MARK

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele,
Beginner Drums

HALEY

Trumpet Instructor

ANDREW

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele

MALLORY

Piano Instructor

SETH

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Ukulele

RENÉ

Beginning-Advanced Piano Instructor

KELLY

Piano & Cello Instructor

ZACK

Voice & Piano Instructor

WADE

Drum Instructor

BRANDON

Voice & Piano Instructor

Virtual Teachers

Virtual Teachers

Virtual Teachers

Front Office Team

If you happen to walked-in, you can discuss your musical goals, schedule lessons, or inquire to them.

Meet SAV

Born in a small town in south Texas to a musical family. They grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music, and have been singing since before they could talk.
Thanks to a family member they were able to get some early learning and receive a strong foundation in vocal technique before entering school.

Throughout their schooling they participated heavily in choir: going to competitions and camps; and after graduation the itch to travel led them across the country, traveling further than they’d ever been! Outside of music they enjoy spending time doing one of their many (too many) hobbies, and being all around obsessed with their cat.
Register today!

Meet DESTINY

She is a true Oregonian and has lived in the Salem-Keizer area for her entire life. Before her time at Northwest School of Music, she worked in multiple different customer service oriented roles.
She also worked as a barista for 2 years, where her favorite part of the job was interacting with regulars every morning. She is happiest in social settings where she can interact with and help others, aiming to provide excellent customer service.

Outside of work, she likes spending time with her 2 daughters and their many pets (5 cats and 2 dogs!) She also enjoys tending to her houseplants, thrifting, and spending time in downtown Salem. Though she is not a musician, music has always been important to her, and going to concerts together is her and her husband's favorite pastime.
Register today!

Front Office Team

If you happen to walked-in, you can discuss your musical goals, schedule lessons, or inquire to them.

Meet SAV

Born in a small town in south Texas to a musical family. They grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music, and have been singing since before they could talk.
Thanks to a family member they were able to get some early learning and receive a strong foundation in vocal technique before entering school.

Throughout their schooling they participated heavily in choir: going to competitions and camps; and after graduation the itch to travel led them across the country, traveling further than they’d ever been! Outside of music they enjoy spending time doing one of their many (too many) hobbies, and being all around obsessed with their cat.
Register today!

Meet DESTINY

She is a true Oregonian and has lived in the Salem-Keizer area for her entire life. Before her time at Northwest School of Music, she worked in multiple different customer service oriented roles.
She also worked as a barista for 2 years, where her favorite part of the job was interacting with regulars every morning. She is happiest in social settings where she can interact with and help others, aiming to provide excellent customer service.

Outside of work, she likes spending time with her 2 daughters and their many pets (5 cats and 2 dogs!) She also enjoys tending to her houseplants, thrifting, and spending time in downtown Salem. Though she is not a musician, music has always been important to her, and going to concerts together is her and her husband's favorite pastime.
Register today!

Front Office Team

If you happen to walked-in, you can discuss your musical goals, schedule lessons, or inquire to them.

Meet SAV

Born in a small town in south Texas to a musical family. They grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music, and have been singing since before they could talk.
Thanks to a family member they were able to get some early learning and receive a strong foundation in vocal technique before entering school.

Throughout their schooling they participated heavily in choir: going to competitions and camps; and after graduation the itch to travel led them across the country, traveling further than they’d ever been! Outside of music they enjoy spending time doing one of their many (too many) hobbies, and being all around obsessed with their cat.
Register today!

Meet DESTINY

She is a true Oregonian and has lived in the Salem-Keizer area for her entire life. Before her time at Northwest School of Music, she worked in multiple different customer service oriented roles.
She also worked as a barista for 2 years, where her favorite part of the job was interacting with regulars every morning. She is happiest in social settings where she can interact with and help others, aiming to provide excellent customer service.

Outside of work, she likes spending time with her 2 daughters and their many pets (5 cats and 2 dogs!) She also enjoys tending to her houseplants, thrifting, and spending time in downtown Salem. Though she is not a musician, music has always been important to her, and going to concerts together is her and her husband's favorite pastime.
Register today!

Get to know the teachers more!

Kira Photo

KIRA

Beginning Piano Instructor
Beginning-Intermediate Voice Instructor

Kira is a Music Education major at Western Oregon University and expected to graduate in 2024. She has been involved in music wherever she could be since she was three years old and has been in countless choirs, plays, and musicals. Kira has had multiple teachers and mentors and has been in her own private lessons since 2020. One of the biggest reasons she got into teaching music is that her most influential mentors have been past music teachers, and she wants to be that person for her future students.

Kira underwent vocal cord surgery in 2020 to remove blood blisters from her vocal cords. She has worked hard to prioritize her vocal health in her rehabilitation process and this is one of her main goals when teaching her students. She uses informed techniques that have been proved to be healthy and techniques that have also worked for her and her peers. Kira’s main goals are to foster a love for music in her students and to use healthy techniques to improve her students’ voices.

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MARK

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginner Drums

From 5 years old, Mark was surrounded by music, singing in choir and performing in church. This gave him an intuitive knowledge of musical fundamentals and a drive to learn more. He wanted an instrument but it took until the age of 8 for his family to afford one - a beat up 12-string guitar.

Immediately falling in love with his first instrument, Mark taught himself everything he could from reading and gleaning knowledge from other guitarists. He began weaving this new skill into his family’s regional church performances. When an organist offered introductory piano lessons, Mark learned the fundamentals of sight-reading and scales.

When the lessons were no longer affordable, he studied at home from song books. It was from this combination of self-education, experimentation and collaboration with other musicians that Mark came across the study of theory and composition. By age 12 he was performing original works, and by high school he was leading praise teams and experimenting with other instruments in jam sessions! During this time his vocal training continued in school and church choirs.

As Mark approached adulthood he learned the art of multi-track recording and MIDI production, opening up an entire world of musical possibilities. Currently he composes classical scores, jazz music, and hip hop fusion instrumentals, gigs as a studio musician/producer, plays in a rock band and arranges/transcribes music for ensembles. He is a part of 4 musical acts, releasing a handful of singles and 8 separate albums, with 3 more in production. He has taught music for 4 years. Currently he teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, music theory and beginner drums.

Mark believes in becoming fluent in the language of music, to provide an avenue for unbridled and authentic self-expression. He believes this is achievable for all.

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HALEY

Trumpet Instructor

Haley graduated from Chapman University with a B.M in Music Education, and is currently working on a M.A in Teaching at Western Oregon University. She specializes in brass instruments, and has been playing in various ensembles for over 15 years, including symphonies, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, marching bands, brass bands, and solo performing.

Classically trained, Haley brings a precise ear and a classical emphasis to her lessons, including firm foundations in music theory, technique, history, physics, and performance.

She believes that a person of any age can pick up any instrument, as long as their learning style, interest, and boundaries are respected. Haley thinks that there are few things in life as joyous or meaningful as creating music with like-minded musicians, and looks forward to sharing this joy with your student.

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ANDREW

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele

Andrew Conchelos has always had a passion for performing and teaching music, and even was the director of a prominent music school! He received his education from Temple University where he majored in Trombone Performance and toured with the jazz band across the East Coast, performing on their award-winning album.

Andrew has been playing the trombone for nearly 20 years, and In his musical career Andrew has had the opportunity to perform with several orchestras, wind ensembles, musicals, wedding bands, big bands, and small combos. Andrew performed with several artists including Michael McDonald, Tommy Shaw, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.

Andrew believes music is vital to the way we think, feel, express, and socialize. It physically changes the makeup of our minds, as well as sharpens both the fine and gross motor skills. usic can help children improve social skills amongst their peers, and aids their developing minds as they process emotions and safety express their feelings.

Andrew believe instructing music (both easily, and often) can become one of the best activities and experiences you can give a child (or yourself).

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MALLORY

Piano Instructor

Ms Mallory Livingston began taking private music lessons at the age of 8, and continued training through her elementary school and high school careers. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in music and minoring in Theatre. She has always been musically inclined with structured training in both Voice and Piano.

Ms. Livingston has also had the pleasure of dabbling in violin, cello, baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, guitar and various African drums such as the djembe and dunun. She studied privately with almost a dozen private instructors, including Leandro Espinosa, Matt Cooper, and Jamie Jacobson. She has received training in vocal and piano performance, technique, music theory, music history, and pedagogy.

Teaching music consistently since 2007-2008, she brings skill and expertise to every music lesson. She enjoys working with all ages, having much experience with children, adults, and seniors as students, yet feels her emphasis falls with the younger students – and specializes in children under 8. Ms. Livingston teaches with a classical focus, and incorporates solid music theory training, technique, classical repertoire, performance, and music history into training with each student.

Ms. Livingston considers tailored teaching to each student’s learning style of utmost importance – for every individual is different. She ensures to explain and demonstrates each concept in a variety of ways that each specific student can connect and understand.

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SETH

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Ukulele

Seth J. Duggan is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

He's graduating Western Oregon University this upcoming June with a degree in Audio engineering and will be offering lessons here at Northwest School of Music.

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RENÉ

Beginning-Advanced Piano Instructor

René started their musicianship early by picking up songs by ear on the piano at 3 years old, and beginning private lessons at the age of 8. Since then their love of music has only grown!

René graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a B.A in piano performance, with additional focus in voice. They are a current member of Confluence Chorus here in Salem and have experience performing in a number of settings including accompanying choirs, playing in various collegiate groups, and as a soloist.

As a teacher, Rene aims to cultivate a lifelong love of music in their students and encourage them to grow in their skills.

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KELLY

Piano & Cello Instructor

Kelly graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Piano Performance. She has been playing both piano and cello from a young age. Her experience includes performing at weddings, playing in chamber ensembles, and accompanying a variety of vocalists and instrumentalists. She has orchestrated strings workshops to facilitate young students to learn cello intonation, theory, and technique.

While at OSU, she was awarded a piano scholarship, studying under teachers Rachelle McCabe and David Servias. Her performance experience has grown over the years to include performances in Latin American music and collaborations with pop vocal artists. She believes that music involves complex processes that allow the ability to explore creative expression, communicate emotion, inspire, and transcend the human experience in a tangible way.

As a teacher, her intent is to nurture a student’s analytical development and unique skills to give them confidence to apply their talents outside of the lesson.

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ZACK

Voice & Piano Instructor

Zack Vinyard teaches Voice and Beginning Piano here at Northwest School of Music! He is a graduate from Western Oregon University with a Bachelors in Music Education, and now teaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Corvallis in addition to the studio.

He has been making music his whole life, primarily through vocal performance and musical theatre, and it has become something very important to him.

His favorite thing about teaching music is simply getting to spark the joy of music in others and watch them progress as a musician.

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WADE

Voice & Piano Instructor

Wade’s music journey began in elementary school with concert band and lessons behind a drum kit. Highlights of his percussion experience in middle school included participating in marching bands at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Wade earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Oregon State University where he studied music performance, theory, and history, and played with the OSU Wind Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and numerous percussion ensembles. He has served as section lead and performed on a variety of orchestral instruments, including timpani and keyboard percussion.

After college, he briefly moved to Buffalo, New York, where he played percussion for the American Legion Band of Tonawanda, snare drum for the Gordon Highlanders Scottish marching band, and was the drummer for the Baby Machines, a psychedelic grunge group.

Wade enjoys playing music with friends and family on covers and original rock music behind the drum set. In addition to percussion, Wade also enjoys singing, playing guitar and ukulele, and music composition and recording. As an instructor, his primary goals are to help his students develop confidence and experience joy when playing their instruments.

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BRANDON, M.M.; NATS

Voice & Piano Instructor

Brandon is a graduate of Western Oregon University. He holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, which is the culmination of a journey dedicated to the artistry and discipline of music. He is also a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

With a versatile background encompassing vocal jazz, Brazilian big band, choir, pop, musical theater, a cappella, classical and various other styles, Brandon has left a lasting mark on his musical landscape. His musical odyssey has transcended borders, taking him to diverse locations such as Ukraine, Rio de Janeiro, Canada, and across the United States. Brandon is also a blossoming singer-songwriter who loves collaboration.

A passionate advocate for vocal health and performance anxiety management, Brandon blends traditional vocal practices with contemporary insights, enriching both his performances and teaching endeavors. With six years of professional experience in private voice and piano instruction, coupled with a year and a half in elementary general music education, Brandon has honed a friendly and honest approach that nurtures musical skills across age groups.

Having also directed elementary school choirs, Brandon embodies a commitment to fostering a love for music in young hearts, shaping the future of music appreciation.

On his days off, Brandon loves to spend time with his friends, family, and dog named Pippin.

Get to know the teachers more!

Kira Photo

KIRA

Beginning Piano Instructor
Beginning-Intermediate Voice Instructor

Kira is a Music Education major at Western Oregon University and expected to graduate in 2024. She has been involved in music wherever she could be since she was three years old and has been in countless choirs, plays, and musicals. Kira has had multiple teachers and mentors and has been in her own private lessons since 2020. One of the biggest reasons she got into teaching music is that her most influential mentors have been past music teachers, and she wants to be that person for her future students.

Kira underwent vocal cord surgery in 2020 to remove blood blisters from her vocal cords. She has worked hard to prioritize her vocal health in her rehabilitation process and this is one of her main goals when teaching her students. She uses informed techniques that have been proved to be healthy and techniques that have also worked for her and her peers. Kira’s main goals are to foster a love for music in her students and to use healthy techniques to improve her students’ voices.

Teacher Mark Bio Pic

MARK

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginner Drums

From 5 years old, Mark was surrounded by music, singing in choir and performing in church. This gave him an intuitive knowledge of musical fundamentals and a drive to learn more. He wanted an instrument but it took until the age of 8 for his family to afford one - a beat up 12-string guitar.

Immediately falling in love with his first instrument, Mark taught himself everything he could from reading and gleaning knowledge from other guitarists. He began weaving this new skill into his family’s regional church performances. When an organist offered introductory piano lessons, Mark learned the fundamentals of sight-reading and scales.

When the lessons were no longer affordable, he studied at home from song books. It was from this combination of self-education, experimentation and collaboration with other musicians that Mark came across the study of theory and composition. By age 12 he was performing original works, and by high school he was leading praise teams and experimenting with other instruments in jam sessions! During this time his vocal training continued in school and church choirs.

As Mark approached adulthood he learned the art of multi-track recording and MIDI production, opening up an entire world of musical possibilities. Currently he composes classical scores, jazz music, and hip hop fusion instrumentals, gigs as a studio musician/producer, plays in a rock band and arranges/transcribes music for ensembles. He is a part of 4 musical acts, releasing a handful of singles and 8 separate albums, with 3 more in production. He has taught music for 4 years. Currently he teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, music theory and beginner drums.

Mark believes in becoming fluent in the language of music, to provide an avenue for unbridled and authentic self-expression. He believes this is achievable for all.

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HALEY

Trumpet Instructor

Haley graduated from Chapman University with a B.M in Music Education, and is currently working on a M.A in Teaching at Western Oregon University. She specializes in brass instruments, and has been playing in various ensembles for over 15 years, including symphonies, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, marching bands, brass bands, and solo performing.

Classically trained, Haley brings a precise ear and a classical emphasis to her lessons, including firm foundations in music theory, technique, history, physics, and performance.

She believes that a person of any age can pick up any instrument, as long as their learning style, interest, and boundaries are respected. Haley thinks that there are few things in life as joyous or meaningful as creating music with like-minded musicians, and looks forward to sharing this joy with your student.

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ANDREW

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele

Andrew Conchelos has always had a passion for performing and teaching music, and even was the director of a prominent music school! He received his education from Temple University where he majored in Trombone Performance and toured with the jazz band across the East Coast, performing on their award-winning album.

Andrew has been playing the trombone for nearly 20 years, and In his musical career Andrew has had the opportunity to perform with several orchestras, wind ensembles, musicals, wedding bands, big bands, and small combos. Andrew performed with several artists including Michael McDonald, Tommy Shaw, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.

Andrew believes music is vital to the way we think, feel, express, and socialize. It physically changes the makeup of our minds, as well as sharpens both the fine and gross motor skills. usic can help children improve social skills amongst their peers, and aids their developing minds as they process emotions and safety express their feelings.

Andrew believe instructing music (both easily, and often) can become one of the best activities and experiences you can give a child (or yourself).

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MALLORY

Piano Instructor

Ms Mallory Livingston began taking private music lessons at the age of 8, and continued training through her elementary school and high school careers. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in music and minoring in Theatre. She has always been musically inclined with structured training in both Voice and Piano.

Ms. Livingston has also had the pleasure of dabbling in violin, cello, baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, guitar and various African drums such as the djembe and dunun. She studied privately with almost a dozen private instructors, including Leandro Espinosa, Matt Cooper, and Jamie Jacobson. She has received training in vocal and piano performance, technique, music theory, music history, and pedagogy.

Teaching music consistently since 2007-2008, she brings skill and expertise to every music lesson. She enjoys working with all ages, having much experience with children, adults, and seniors as students, yet feels her emphasis falls with the younger students – and specializes in children under 8. Ms. Livingston teaches with a classical focus, and incorporates solid music theory training, technique, classical repertoire, performance, and music history into training with each student.

Ms. Livingston considers tailored teaching to each student’s learning style of utmost importance – for every individual is different. She ensures to explain and demonstrates each concept in a variety of ways that each specific student can connect and understand.

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SETH

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Ukulele

Seth J. Duggan is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

He's graduating Western Oregon University this upcoming June with a degree in Audio engineering and will be offering lessons here at Northwest School of Music.

ReneGyeHeadshot

RENÉ

Beginning-Advanced Piano Instructor

René started their musicianship early by picking up songs by ear on the piano at 3 years old, and beginning private lessons at the age of 8. Since then their love of music has only grown!

René graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a B.A in piano performance, with additional focus in voice. They are a current member of Confluence Chorus here in Salem and have experience performing in a number of settings including accompanying choirs, playing in various collegiate groups, and as a soloist.

As a teacher, Rene aims to cultivate a lifelong love of music in their students and encourage them to grow in their skills.

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KELLY

Piano & Cello Instructor

Kelly graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Piano Performance. She has been playing both piano and cello from a young age. Her experience includes performing at weddings, playing in chamber ensembles, and accompanying a variety of vocalists and instrumentalists. She has orchestrated strings workshops to facilitate young students to learn cello intonation, theory, and technique.

While at OSU, she was awarded a piano scholarship, studying under teachers Rachelle McCabe and David Servias. Her performance experience has grown over the years to include performances in Latin American music and collaborations with pop vocal artists. She believes that music involves complex processes that allow the ability to explore creative expression, communicate emotion, inspire, and transcend the human experience in a tangible way.

As a teacher, her intent is to nurture a student’s analytical development and unique skills to give them confidence to apply their talents outside of the lesson.

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ZACK

Voice & Piano Instructor

Zack Vinyard teaches Voice and Beginning Piano here at Northwest School of Music! He is a graduate from Western Oregon University with a Bachelors in Music Education, and now teaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Corvallis in addition to the studio.

He has been making music his whole life, primarily through vocal performance and musical theatre, and it has become something very important to him.

His favorite thing about teaching music is simply getting to spark the joy of music in others and watch them progress as a musician.

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WADE

Voice & Piano Instructor

Wade’s music journey began in elementary school with concert band and lessons behind a drum kit. Highlights of his percussion experience in middle school included participating in marching bands at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Wade earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Oregon State University where he studied music performance, theory, and history, and played with the OSU Wind Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and numerous percussion ensembles. He has served as section lead and performed on a variety of orchestral instruments, including timpani and keyboard percussion.

After college, he briefly moved to Buffalo, New York, where he played percussion for the American Legion Band of Tonawanda, snare drum for the Gordon Highlanders Scottish marching band, and was the drummer for the Baby Machines, a psychedelic grunge group.

Wade enjoys playing music with friends and family on covers and original rock music behind the drum set. In addition to percussion, Wade also enjoys singing, playing guitar and ukulele, and music composition and recording. As an instructor, his primary goals are to help his students develop confidence and experience joy when playing their instruments.

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BRANDON, M.M.; NATS

Voice & Piano Instructor

Brandon is a graduate of Western Oregon University. He holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, which is the culmination of a journey dedicated to the artistry and discipline of music. He is also a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

With a versatile background encompassing vocal jazz, Brazilian big band, choir, pop, musical theater, a cappella, classical and various other styles, Brandon has left a lasting mark on his musical landscape. His musical odyssey has transcended borders, taking him to diverse locations such as Ukraine, Rio de Janeiro, Canada, and across the United States. Brandon is also a blossoming singer-songwriter who loves collaboration.

A passionate advocate for vocal health and performance anxiety management, Brandon blends traditional vocal practices with contemporary insights, enriching both his performances and teaching endeavors. With six years of professional experience in private voice and piano instruction, coupled with a year and a half in elementary general music education, Brandon has honed a friendly and honest approach that nurtures musical skills across age groups.

Having also directed elementary school choirs, Brandon embodies a commitment to fostering a love for music in young hearts, shaping the future of music appreciation.

On his days off, Brandon loves to spend time with his friends, family, and dog named Pippin.

Get to know the teachers more!

Kira Photo

KIRA

Beginning Piano Instructor
Beginning-Intermediate Voice Instructor

Kira is a Music Education major at Western Oregon University and expected to graduate in 2024. She has been involved in music wherever she could be since she was three years old and has been in countless choirs, plays, and musicals. Kira has had multiple teachers and mentors and has been in her own private lessons since 2020. One of the biggest reasons she got into teaching music is that her most influential mentors have been past music teachers, and she wants to be that person for her future students.

Kira underwent vocal cord surgery in 2020 to remove blood blisters from her vocal cords. She has worked hard to prioritize her vocal health in her rehabilitation process and this is one of her main goals when teaching her students. She uses informed techniques that have been proved to be healthy and techniques that have also worked for her and her peers. Kira’s main goals are to foster a love for music in her students and to use healthy techniques to improve her students’ voices.

Teacher Mark Bio Pic

MARK

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginner Drums

From 5 years old, Mark was surrounded by music, singing in choir and performing in church. This gave him an intuitive knowledge of musical fundamentals and a drive to learn more. He wanted an instrument but it took until the age of 8 for his family to afford one - a beat up 12-string guitar.

Immediately falling in love with his first instrument, Mark taught himself everything he could from reading and gleaning knowledge from other guitarists. He began weaving this new skill into his family’s regional church performances. When an organist offered introductory piano lessons, Mark learned the fundamentals of sight-reading and scales.

When the lessons were no longer affordable, he studied at home from song books. It was from this combination of self-education, experimentation and collaboration with other musicians that Mark came across the study of theory and composition. By age 12 he was performing original works, and by high school he was leading praise teams and experimenting with other instruments in jam sessions! During this time his vocal training continued in school and church choirs.

As Mark approached adulthood he learned the art of multi-track recording and MIDI production, opening up an entire world of musical possibilities. Currently he composes classical scores, jazz music, and hip hop fusion instrumentals, gigs as a studio musician/producer, plays in a rock band and arranges/transcribes music for ensembles. He is a part of 4 musical acts, releasing a handful of singles and 8 separate albums, with 3 more in production. He has taught music for 4 years. Currently he teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, music theory and beginner drums.

Mark believes in becoming fluent in the language of music, to provide an avenue for unbridled and authentic self-expression. He believes this is achievable for all.

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HALEY

Trumpet Instructor

Haley graduated from Chapman University with a B.M in Music Education, and is currently working on a M.A in Teaching at Western Oregon University. She specializes in brass instruments, and has been playing in various ensembles for over 15 years, including symphonies, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, marching bands, brass bands, and solo performing.

Classically trained, Haley brings a precise ear and a classical emphasis to her lessons, including firm foundations in music theory, technique, history, physics, and performance.

She believes that a person of any age can pick up any instrument, as long as their learning style, interest, and boundaries are respected. Haley thinks that there are few things in life as joyous or meaningful as creating music with like-minded musicians, and looks forward to sharing this joy with your student.

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ANDREW

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele

Andrew Conchelos has always had a passion for performing and teaching music, and even was the director of a prominent music school! He received his education from Temple University where he majored in Trombone Performance and toured with the jazz band across the East Coast, performing on their award-winning album.

Andrew has been playing the trombone for nearly 20 years, and In his musical career Andrew has had the opportunity to perform with several orchestras, wind ensembles, musicals, wedding bands, big bands, and small combos. Andrew performed with several artists including Michael McDonald, Tommy Shaw, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.

Andrew believes music is vital to the way we think, feel, express, and socialize. It physically changes the makeup of our minds, as well as sharpens both the fine and gross motor skills. usic can help children improve social skills amongst their peers, and aids their developing minds as they process emotions and safety express their feelings.

Andrew believe instructing music (both easily, and often) can become one of the best activities and experiences you can give a child (or yourself).

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MALLORY

Piano Instructor

Ms Mallory Livingston began taking private music lessons at the age of 8, and continued training through her elementary school and high school careers. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in music and minoring in Theatre. She has always been musically inclined with structured training in both Voice and Piano.

Ms. Livingston has also had the pleasure of dabbling in violin, cello, baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, guitar and various African drums such as the djembe and dunun. She studied privately with almost a dozen private instructors, including Leandro Espinosa, Matt Cooper, and Jamie Jacobson. She has received training in vocal and piano performance, technique, music theory, music history, and pedagogy.

Teaching music consistently since 2007-2008, she brings skill and expertise to every music lesson. She enjoys working with all ages, having much experience with children, adults, and seniors as students, yet feels her emphasis falls with the younger students – and specializes in children under 8. Ms. Livingston teaches with a classical focus, and incorporates solid music theory training, technique, classical repertoire, performance, and music history into training with each student.

Ms. Livingston considers tailored teaching to each student’s learning style of utmost importance – for every individual is different. She ensures to explain and demonstrates each concept in a variety of ways that each specific student can connect and understand.

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SETH

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Ukulele

Seth J. Duggan is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

He's graduating Western Oregon University this upcoming June with a degree in Audio engineering and will be offering lessons here at Northwest School of Music.

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RENÉ

Beginning-Advanced Piano Instructor

René started their musicianship early by picking up songs by ear on the piano at 3 years old, and beginning private lessons at the age of 8. Since then their love of music has only grown!

René graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a B.A in piano performance, with additional focus in voice. They are a current member of Confluence Chorus here in Salem and have experience performing in a number of settings including accompanying choirs, playing in various collegiate groups, and as a soloist.

As a teacher, Rene aims to cultivate a lifelong love of music in their students and encourage them to grow in their skills.

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KELLY

Piano & Cello Instructor

Kelly graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Piano Performance. She has been playing both piano and cello from a young age. Her experience includes performing at weddings, playing in chamber ensembles, and accompanying a variety of vocalists and instrumentalists. She has orchestrated strings workshops to facilitate young students to learn cello intonation, theory, and technique.

While at OSU, she was awarded a piano scholarship, studying under teachers Rachelle McCabe and David Servias. Her performance experience has grown over the years to include performances in Latin American music and collaborations with pop vocal artists. She believes that music involves complex processes that allow the ability to explore creative expression, communicate emotion, inspire, and transcend the human experience in a tangible way.

As a teacher, her intent is to nurture a student’s analytical development and unique skills to give them confidence to apply their talents outside of the lesson.

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ZACK

Voice & Piano Instructor

Zack Vinyard teaches Voice and Beginning Piano here at Northwest School of Music! He is a graduate from Western Oregon University with a Bachelors in Music Education, and now teaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Corvallis in addition to the studio.

He has been making music his whole life, primarily through vocal performance and musical theatre, and it has become something very important to him.

His favorite thing about teaching music is simply getting to spark the joy of music in others and watch them progress as a musician.

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WADE

Voice & Piano Instructor

Wade’s music journey began in elementary school with concert band and lessons behind a drum kit. Highlights of his percussion experience in middle school included participating in marching bands at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Wade earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Oregon State University where he studied music performance, theory, and history, and played with the OSU Wind Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and numerous percussion ensembles. He has served as section lead and performed on a variety of orchestral instruments, including timpani and keyboard percussion.

After college, he briefly moved to Buffalo, New York, where he played percussion for the American Legion Band of Tonawanda, snare drum for the Gordon Highlanders Scottish marching band, and was the drummer for the Baby Machines, a psychedelic grunge group.

Wade enjoys playing music with friends and family on covers and original rock music behind the drum set. In addition to percussion, Wade also enjoys singing, playing guitar and ukulele, and music composition and recording. As an instructor, his primary goals are to help his students develop confidence and experience joy when playing their instruments.

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BRANDON, M.M.; NATS

Voice & Piano Instructor

Brandon is a graduate of Western Oregon University. He holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, which is the culmination of a journey dedicated to the artistry and discipline of music. He is also a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

With a versatile background encompassing vocal jazz, Brazilian big band, choir, pop, musical theater, a cappella, classical and various other styles, Brandon has left a lasting mark on his musical landscape. His musical odyssey has transcended borders, taking him to diverse locations such as Ukraine, Rio de Janeiro, Canada, and across the United States. Brandon is also a blossoming singer-songwriter who loves collaboration.

A passionate advocate for vocal health and performance anxiety management, Brandon blends traditional vocal practices with contemporary insights, enriching both his performances and teaching endeavors. With six years of professional experience in private voice and piano instruction, coupled with a year and a half in elementary general music education, Brandon has honed a friendly and honest approach that nurtures musical skills across age groups.

Having also directed elementary school choirs, Brandon embodies a commitment to fostering a love for music in young hearts, shaping the future of music appreciation.

On his days off, Brandon loves to spend time with his friends, family, and dog named Pippin.

meet the founder

Mrs. Gillian Perkins, the founder of Northwest School of Music, spent ten years as the executive director.

She has studied music for 16 years and has over 12 years experiences teaching piano, flute, voice, and music theory.

She is pleased to have taught hundreds of students during her career as a music instructor.

meet the founder

Mrs. Gillian Perkins, the founder of Northwest School of Music, spent ten years as the executive director.

She has studied music for 16 years and has over 12 years experiences teaching piano, flute, voice, and music theory.

She is pleased to have taught hundreds of students during her career as a music instructor.

meet the founder

Mrs. Gillian Perkins, the founder of Northwest School of Music, spent ten years as the executive director.

She has studied music for 16 years and has over 12 years experiences teaching piano, flute, voice, and music theory.

She is pleased to have taught hundreds of students during her career as a music instructor.

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Northwest School Of Music, 387 Mission Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302, USA

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503-999-4343​ | office@nwschoolofmusic.com​

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