This month I finally get around to publicly welcoming three fine teaching artists to Washington Academy of Music. Notice I use the term "Teaching Artists." This is a term coined by The National Guild, which we are a member of, and frankly, I like it! It expresses the idea that we are not just teachers. First and foremost all of us at WAM are musical artists. Honestly, and rightly so, our daily focus is not on teaching, but on making music. We don't just teach music as a living, we live it; we thrive on it, we are inspired by it and we try to make the world a better and more beautiful place with it. In our teaching, we not only provide music instruction, we pass on our knowledge and our passion for beauty and art to our students with a good dose of commitment to excellence. This, I think, is a far better deal for the students!
Glen Milligan teaches voice and beginning piano. He started piano lessons at the age of 8. His passion for music carried him all the way Washington State University, where he earned a BA in Music. He brings his experience as camp counselor and assistant director from his time with the Admiral Theater's Summer Camp, the Kitsap Forest Theater Camp and the Icicle Creek Youth Theater Camp. Glen is a patient, innovative and energetic teacher, drawing out the creativity and energy of his students.
Allison Verhofstadt teaches Voice and Piano. A long-time resident of Kitsap County, she recently returned to Silverdale from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where she majored in Musical Theater. A superb vocalist, she gained a wealth of professional experience working in local productions with CSTOCK, KCMT as well as BCMT, eventually securing, through a highly competitive audition process, a paid internship as an equity actor at the 5th Avenue Theater.
Ken Tissue has taught in the Kitsap area for many years. A fine player, he specializes in teaching Contemporary Guitar (rock, country, blues, etc.). Ken is well grounded in technique and music theory and its application to the guitar as well as music improvisation. He produces students who are musically literate, versatile and creative.
A true pro, Ken has years and years of experience in a variety of performing groups in several styles.