West Side Music Academy

Your local music school since 1999.
Offering lessons, classes, and music therapy.
Instilling a love of music. Good for your brain and soul!

West Side Music boasts a fine lineup of fun and qualified instructors offering private lessons in almost any instrument. We have Jazz and Chamber groups as well as Rock band camps and rhythm classes.

Licensed Music Therapist Stephanie Labor offers lessons and classes to those with special needs.

At West Side we have a big love for the creative process that we want to share with our students, in turn making West Seattle a musical place!

Summer camp registration is open! Lots of age groups, lots of styles. Always a good time! Westsidemusicacademy.com

[02/09/17]   We hope you can join us for some AMAZING Music this Summer! Here's our lineup:

-All Day Rock Band Camp-

June 26-30 9:30-3:30 pm- Teachers: Matt Benham & Cheli O’Bannan (Ages 8-16; All levels welcome)

$395 (includes 30 Hrs instruction + gig)

This camp will end up as a band (or 2-3 depending on number of enrollees). Kids and teachers will collaborate to create new music, explore various styles, and learn about musical legends (both current and historical) associated with those styles. Kids will also learn some behind-the-scene logistics of what it takes to put on a musical show, including setting up and operating a PA system.

-Vocal Ensemble-

June 26-30 4:00-5:30 pm
Or July 10 - 14 1:30-2:30 pm

$95 (includes 7.5 Hrs instruction)

If you love to sing this vocal ensemble camp is for you! Together we will choose songs to sing, discuss singing in a group, and harmonizing! Join us for this fun, Voice centered camp!

-Chamber Group-

June 25-29 (Sun-Thurs) 6:00-8:30 pm- Teacher: Melanie Voytovich (Ages 11+ with 1+ years exp on their instrument)

$175 (includes 12.5 Hrs instruction + gig on 6/30 @ 5 pm)

Chamber music requires each participant to concentrate and perform independently, while maintaining an awareness of and sensitivity to other players in the group. We will be working on classical music from various periods of music history to share in a performance at the end of the session.

-Preschool Music-

July 10-14 9:30-11:00 am- Teacher: Stephanie Labor (Ages 3-5)

$95 (includes 7.5 Hrs instruction)

Get them started young! Here's a chance for your little tykes to explore some instruments. There will be listening, group playing and movement. Teacher Stephanie knows how to make music fun for the wee ones.


July 10-14 11:30-1:00 pm- Teacher: Coreena Brown

$95 (includes 7.5 Hrs instruction + presentation)

This class is designed for people who have always been attracted to songwriting but not sure how to start! In this class you’ll learn songwriting basics and write your own compositions!

-Intro to Rock Band-

July 17-21 10:00-2:00 pm- Teacher: Cheli O’Bannan (Ages 5-7)

$225 (incudes 20 Hrs instruction)

This camp is for rookie rockers. Little or no instrumental experience is just fine. You’ll learn enough to put on a show with your new-found bandmates after just 5 days in this camp and get to try out some different instruments…some of them amplified!

-Jazz Combo-

July 24-28 10:00-2:00 pm- Teachers: Matt Benham & Ian Mengedoht (Ages 12-18 with 2+ years exp on instrument)

$225 (includes 20 Hrs instruction)

Calling all horn players, drummers, pianists, bassists, guitarists, ages 12 and up. Come on out this summer and let’s learn some swingin’ arrangements! Under the direction Matt and Ian, you’re going to sound better than ever and have a grand time doing it. In this class you’ll learn tunes by the legends of jazz and hone in your improvisational skills.

-Rock Band 1-

July 31-Aug 4 10:00-2:00 pm- Teachers: Matt Benham & Cheli O’Bannan (Ages 8-12 with 1+ years exp)

$225 (includes 20 Hrs instruction)

Singers, guitarists, drummers, woodwinds, brass, keyboardists, bassists…all musicians are welcome. Material includes basic chords, improvisation, and pop/rock songs. Teachers and students work together to pick out tunes to play. This camp will culminate in a performance on our outdoor deck-stage.

-Rock Band 2-

Aug 7-11 10:00-2:00 pm- Teachers: Matt Benham & Cheli O’Bannan (Ages 11-18 with 3+ years exp)

$225 (includes 20 Hrs instruction)

For those that have been already rockin’ for a while, come on down to this camp and play with others who are ready to get down to business. Guitarists, singers, horn players, drummers, bassists, and the rest of ya. This class will include songwriting, recording, learning some covers, and putting on a show!

-Chamber Group-

Aug 21-25 10:00-2:00 pm- Teacher: Melanie Voytovich (Ages 11+ with 1+ years exp on their instrument)

$225 (includes 20 Hrs instruction)

Chamber music requires each participant to concentrate and perform independently, while maintaining an awareness of and sensitivity to other players in the group. We will be working on classical music from various periods of music history to share in a performance at the end of the session.

If you want to have a rockin’ time this summer in one or more of our camps, please email or call and we can get you enrolled!

West Side Music Academy |

SUMMER CAMPS!!! Registration is open. Rock Band, Jazz Combo, Chamber Group, Songwriting, vocal workshops, preschool music.

home.westsidemusicacademy.com 2017 Summer Camp registration is now OPEN!!!  Please call or email to get signed up for one (or more!) of our Awesome camps this summer!

[02/07/17]   We are open for lessons today!

[02/06/17]   Registration for summer camps opens tomorrow!! Rock band (all levels) , jazz combo, chamber group, and songwriting! For today, enjoy the snow!!! (No lessons today. We will open Monday feb 20 to make up for it.)

We are open for lessons today. Honoring Dr. MLK Jr with music.

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Fred Astaire once called this “the greatest dance number ever filmed.” A clip from the movie "Stormy Weather" (1943) featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing "Jumpin Jive" with the Nicholas Brothers

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Summer Camp registration coming in February! Stay tuned.

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