October 2020 Newsletter

October 2020 Newsletter

Ask a Cappella Teacher!

Ms. Krishawn

What is your first musical memory?

I grew up surrounded by music from a variety of genres; my mom is a musician and my first musical memory is listening to her play the piano at home. Music has always been a source of joy and wonder from the very beginning!

What inspired you to become a music teacher?

My first cello and piano teachers! When I was 10 years old, I drew a picture of my future self as a cello teacher; now I hope to inspire my students as my teachers inspired me!

What practice tips and tricks do you have for Cappella Academy students?

  • Practice a difficult section 3x; no more, no less! Do this every day, and you will definitely see substantial progress. For more advanced students, try to practice a tough spot up to five times. Try to work on a specific aspect each time; notes, rhythm, flow, etc.
  • Reward yourself! If you completed focused practice, play a favorite song, listen to your favorite artist, or make a “wish list” of songs you’d like to learn!
  • Listen, listen, listen! This is one of the best ways to learn and become familiar with how music works; pick songs from a variety of genres and styles.

What is the one thing you want your students to take away from their lessons with you?

I hope my students discover the joy of studying music, and are inspired with the satisfaction of learning new skills!

Enroll in music lessons with Ms. Krishawn today!


Welcome Our New Instructor!

Mr. Hunter

Mr. Hunter grew up on the forested outskirts of Bellingham, WA and began tickling the ivories at age 7. Joining swing choir in high school convinced him to pursue music professionally, and his performing background now encompasses choral, a cappella, jazz, funk, folk, metal and more! After earning his B.A. in Music Composition from Whitman College, he served two years through AmeriCorps as a classroom teacher for preschool-8th, simultaneously working as a private lessons instructor. A longtime music student himself, he knows firsthand the value of both structure and creative freedom and commits to finding the right approach for each individual.

Currently, Mr. Hunter performs with local pop-rock band 48 Degrees North and directs the (virtual) choir of Tacoma’s Grace Baptist Church. Apart from music, he is an avid outdoorsman, having logged 1000+ trail miles in some of the wildest country in the continental U.S.

Enroll in music lessons with Mr. Hunter today!



Cappella Music Academy can help!

We are proud to offer a variety of instruments for purchase at both our Bonney Lake and Tacoma locations!

We also provide high quality instrument rentals for violin, viola, cello, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and more!

Contact us today for all your musical needs!

Charleston International Music Competition Winners

A big congratulations to our amazing students on being winners in the Charleston 2020 Contemporary Music Competition! We are so proud of all their hard work!

Check out their performances on our Youtube Channel! While we are not affiliated with The Charleston Competition, we are so excited to have our students submit their videos and perform! If you’re interested in having your student or yourself try out for future competitions, be sure to keep an eye out for more details in our upcoming student newsletters!

Congratulations again to Wade, Sawyer, Evelyn, Noah, Brody, Vitaliy, and Alezandra! We are so proud of all your hard work!


Remington P. – Cello

Julianna H. – Piano

Malachi S. – Piano

Jack L. – Guitar

Abigail C. – Violin

Ashlee P. – Voice

Keilly C. – Guitar

Joanne G. – Piano

Xuan N. – Cello

Kaden H. – Cello

Daniel N. – Drums

Maya M. – Piano

Honora R. – Guitar

Luci H. – Piano

Asher S. – Piano

Nara S. – Guitar

Erik W. – Piano

Taryn B. – Ukulele

Adam D. – Guitar

Rosalie R. – Piano

Masha S. – Piano

Brook B. – Voice

Rebecca S. – Cello

Evan P. – Piano

Michael M. – Guitar

Brooke M. – Piano

Isabella H. – Piano

Sarai L. – Piano

Henrik T. – Piano

Wilson K. – Piano

Trae B. – Piano

Leimarie I. – Piano

Faith N. – Guitar

Alexis B. – Guitar

Landon M. – Piano

Olivia K. – Violin

Logan H. – Drums

Hana S. – Guitar

Michele S. – Piano

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