Congratulations Olivia! Keep up all your super awesome work! 

Christopher Diedrick has been playing the saxophone and piano for over 30 years. He went from all-state saxophonist in high school to lead alto in the jazz and concert bands at Western Connecticut State University. While at university he absorbed everything he could about music from performing both classical and jazz to composing to conducting. After receiving a performance degree, he went back to get his B.S. in Music Education. Christopher lived in South Korea for twelve years where in addition to teaching English, he continued his musical pursuits teaching privately and playing concerts throughout the city of Suncheon where he lived.In addition to music, Christopher enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and long-distance running. He is excited to be back in the U.S. and working at Cappella Music Academy!

It is always fun to read interesting facts about instruments! Here are some fun facts about one of Cappella’s most popular instruments! 

1. The drums are one of the world’s oldest instruments in the world! The earliest record of them is from 2300 BC–1900 BC!

2. Viola Smith is one of the world’s most famous
female drummers. She is 101 years old and claims that
 playing the drums contributed to her longevity!

3. The longest drum roll by an individual is 8 hours 1 min 17 seconds and was achieved by Christopher Anthonyin in 2012!

4. The world’s largest drum kit has 813 pieces to it and took 36 years to build. It takes 15 hours and 4 people to put it together! 

Students are always asking the teachers here at Cappella what tips and tricks they have for getting the most out of their at home practicing. Here are some tips we recommend trying! 

1. Find somewhere quiet to practice! This will help you eliminate distractions that will keep you from getting the most out of your practice! 

2. Use Technology to your advantage!  3 low cost or free apps that we recommend getting are a Tuner, a timer and a metronome! 

3. Having specific goals in mind when you practice! Having something you are working towards makes practicing easier! 

4. Have a specific time each day that you set aside from practicing! It becomes easier once practicing is part of your daily routine! 

5. Practicing a little every day can be more beneficial that practicing one or two long practice sessions! 



Meet our New Piano & Flute teacher Ms. Nesbitt!

Ms. Nesbitt hails from Hyles–Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. In high school, Ms. Nesbitt had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa, Japan to participate in honor band for flute performance. She was thrilled to be a part of something so exciting and to have such a wonderful opportunity to perform internationally. For the past 30 years, she has been performing for various local functions and church events at the advanced level. She has enjoyed being a private piano and flute instructor for the past 25 years to students of all ages and skill levels. Her passion and commitment to providing the highest level of musical education is evident in her teaching methods. She is well-versed in all things music theory and strives to make learning fun and enjoyable for each of her students. She was a high school ensemble trainer for over 15 years and greatly enjoyed the fast-pace environment of working with high school students. Ms. Nesbitt is excited to be part of the Cappella Music Academy faculty!

To Enroll with Ms. Nesbitt contact us                   at 253-470-8050 or at!


A big congratulations to Drew who
performed as part of his Middle Schools
Solo & Ensamble and recieved the
highest score of a ‘1’ on the piece he
performed called Single Strokin’ by
Edward Freytag!

Keep up the fantastic work Drew!

Meet our new Drum & Guitar Teacher Mr. Wiendenmeyer!

Mr. Josh Wiedenmeyer is a well-seasoned and enthusiastic percussionist, both as a performer and instructor! He recently  relocated to Washington from North Dakota to pursue his passion in percussion. Josh Wiedenmeyer graduated from Northwest University with a degree in the Contemporary Music Industry and has been playing drums since he was 15 for his church and worship team; His passion and appreciation for percussive instruments has only grown since. He has played all over the greater Seattle area with various bands as well has been blessed to play all across the northern united states. His passion for the drums is evident in the way he performs and teaches. He loves going to see concerts, eating pizza, the Seattle Seahawks and all thing relating to Star Wars or Marvel comics!  Mr. Wiedenmeyer recently relocated from North Dakota so he could further his passion in percussion and is very excited to join the team at Cappella Music Academy!


To Enroll with Mr. Wiendenmeyer contact us                   at 253-470-8050 or at!


Teacher Spotlight - Paul Sawtelle! 

Veteran saxophone player, Paul Sawtelle, has been paying his dues as a musician for over 30 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Paul's driving passion and virtuosity has always been front and center. He’s played for President
Clinton, worked with Heart, opened for artists from Savoy Brown to Jonny Lang, appeared on national television shows and, in 2008, won a prestigious Spelleman Award, the Norwegian equivalent of The Grammy, for his horn
arrangements and playing on Sony Music’s extraordinary blues band, Orbo and the Longshots album! 
When asked about the first music that inspired him as a player, he didn’t
hesitate. “The first Chicago Transit Authority album had a tremendous impact on me. The mixture of rock and horns was inspiring and fresh. Seeing that band for the first time live was magical.” He also couldn’t get enough of other groove and horn based bands and players like Tom Scott, Tower of Power, Janis Joplin, Moby Grape, Blood, Sweat & Tears, David Sanborn, Lenny Pickett, Grover
Washington, Jr. & Stanley Turrentine.

To Enroll in a Class with Mr. Sawtelle contact us at 253-470-8050 or at!

Did you know that here at Cappella Music Academy, piano lessons are the most popular out of any of our classes? More than half of the students taking lessons here are taking a piano class, with a total of  112 students enrolled in a piano class!
Fun Facts about the Piano! 
1. The piano is actually a relatively new instrument, the first piano constructed was made in 1698! That might sound old, but other instruments such as the flute have been around for
thousands of years – the piano is only 316 years old!

2. There are 7500 working parts in a piano!

3. The piano is generally considered to be a member of the
 percussion family because it only makes noise when a
hammer hits a string!

To Enroll in a piano class with Cappella contact us at 253-470-8050 or at!

Student of the Month - Colbey! 

Question 1 : What is your favorite Color? : 

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

Question 3: If you could have one super power, What would it be? 
Lazer eye beams! 

Question 4: What is one of you favorite songs you’ve heard? 
‘I Got a Feeling’ 

Keep up all your hard work Colbey! We are so happy to have you here with us at Cappella! 


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!

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!