Bentley's Music Studios

Bentley's Music Studios

Everett, WA (map)

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“finger style instruction”

About Bentley's Music Studios

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We provide private, one-on-one instruction in our spacious studio for gifted or enthusiastic students of all ages. Lessons comprise a foundation in right and left hand classical techniques, developing strong sight reading skills, counting skills, chordal vocabulary, rhythmic vocabulary, terminologies, performance skills, and more. A broad palette of musical styles are taught to develop an appreciation for all music. Students learn how to play solo as well as small group. Tuition rates are $100 per month for the once a week lessons.

Jon Bentley studied the last 34 years with masters at over 7 institutions; gleaning from each the principles to develop performance quality musical technique. His mentors include Dr. Christoph Harlan, Dr. David Whisner, Wynn Morrant-Smith, Dr. Chris Gulhaugen, Bruce Derby, and Jeffrey Ziontz. He has a broad interest in styles from the Baroque to contemporary jazz. Jon is also available for private theory lessons or tutoring as schedule permits.

Many day slots are available, and a few evening slots. Weekends are not available.

Thank you for your interest, and keep the arts growing.


3105 Hoyt Ave., Suite "D"
Everett, WA 98201

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Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. The most common job I do is teach beginning to intermediate guitar to people who live within 2 miles. There are guitar teachers every 5 miles in the city so if you live in Bothell or Shoreline or Issaqua, look closer to home. My students stay with me for years and we develop a close friendship.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. My recommendation for students getting started with lessons is to consult your teacher before buying accessories. I request my students go modest on a metronome but buy a good electronic tuner. I also make learning material recommendations appropriate to there stylistic interests.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Learning an instrument is a life long commitment of joy and happiness. Plan to devote regular practice time at home in addition to your lesson time. Dividing your practice time in half and practicing 2 times a day will reap bigger rewards. To increase speed practice cleanly at the fastest speed you can play, then set metronome 2 speeds faster and do 10 repititions. Now turn metronome speed 1 click slower and play again as clean as possible. Repeat until desired speed.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. If you live over 10 miles from me, I will generally discourage you from taking lessons from me. The travel at some point will become a hindrance to your regular attendance and growth. I teach weekly lessons only in your choice of half or full hour time slots.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love to see my students develop as musicians to the point where they are playing live performances and then critiquing them afterward to help encourage and improve their performance skills.

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