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About Us

Here's what makes us the best music school in Marysville, Washington...

 

Since 2003 8th Note Music Studios has provided a comfortable and nurturing place for teachers and students to meet.

Our goal as teachers is to ensure our students are not only receiving musical instruction that will benefit them throughout their lives, we also help our students understand the importance of dedication to a craft, focus on intricate details and experiencing the rewards of their own hard work.

We take seriously the value of commitment, convenience and a comprehensive approach to musical instruction.

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Sada James Doup

Sada James Doup

Director / Owner

Sada set out on her musical journey with violin in hand at age 9 in Spokane. Quickly immersed in playing with local symphony orchestras, several string quartets, and as a soloist, she has a deep passion for music and continually seeks out new opportunities for learning and sharing.

Al Smith

Al Smith

Teaching both in public schools and in the private studio, you will find Mr. Smith easy to learn with.  Al’s experience includes Broadway shows such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “West Side Story”.  Classical & chamber orchestra works by Beethoven, Mozart & Bach.   During the past two years he lived in France performing with several jazz combos.

Robin Hilt

Robin Hilt

Robin Hilt had her first solo at five years old (Germs my invisible dog) and hasn't stopped singing since. Up through college her musical study focused on piano and clarinet. Since college, her hobby for singing has turned into full pursuit. She sings with several swing bands and combos in Snohomish County and has served as worship arts director at her church for the past 11 years.

Heather Lombard

Heather Lombard

Heather has had piano in her life for over 38 years, with her earliest inspiration coming from her grandfather, who played in dance bands in the 1920s. Heather started lessons at age 6, was classically trained for 11 years and has accompanied many fine choirs on piano. She understands the pleasure of being able to play piano and read music and is dedicated to helping her students realize that same enjoyment.

Joshua Halbert

Joshua Halbert

Josh enjoys teaching with a structured environment, while trying to keep things fun. He was mentored in guitar theory and composition by MI professor and War guitarist Stuart Ziff.

Sharon MacDermid

Sharon MacDermid

I have loved music all my life and have enjoyed teaching piano for over 25 years.

 
I began my musical training at a young age and studied, performed and accompanied for many years. Following college (Seattle Pacific University - Music Education/Piano), I had specialized teacher training and certification to teach the Robert Pace Approach to piano (Columbia University). I also have advanced training in how to teach all styles of Improvisation with the author of "Pattern Play" Forrest Kinney.
Burch Johnson

Burch Johnson

Besides offering a varied curriculum in classical, jazz, blues, and dixieland genres, he encourages his students to bring in their current school band projects.

Burch Johnson offers private instruction for clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, and accordion.

Ford Giesbrecht

Ford Giesbrecht

Ford’s teaching style is about finding the individual’s pace while taking them in the direction they want to go. When not teaching Ford can be found playing solo guitar every Friday night at Dos Reales, Stanwood – a position held since 2010, as well as other venues in the area.