Ruben Watson – Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band
Hello, I’m Ruben Watson. I have 25 years of teaching experience. I have 4 years as a public school band director teaching grades 5-12, along with 20 years as a private saxophone and clarinet instructor. I have a Bachelor’s of Music Education for grades K-12, with Saxophone and Clarinet performance from Western Washington University in 1992.
I teach an average of 75 students each week. Approximately 70% of my students stay with me for at least 3 years.
Every lesson student has won a college music scholarship with students receiving a total of $461 thousand.
Ruben Watson Music has had 3 state champions, and over 100 students of our students have been selected to both local and European Honor Bands.
I also offer a community jazz and concert band experience where students can get community service credits. The community band is called the “Cascade Community Band”.
I genuinely love what I do and am so blessed to have such great students. My true passion is helping students achieve as much as they want to in music. I love to see them grow through those experiences and watch them do amazing things.
Josh Goering – Guitar 1 & 2 & Ukulele
Hello, my name is Josh Goering and I teach Guitar and Bass Guitar at Lakewood Music & Arts. I’ve been playing for 23 years, and have been teaching for 17. I began teaching while still in High School and went on to study Music Theory at Berkeley and University of South Carolina before moving to Washington to pursue performing.
When I started taking lessons at age 12 it changed my life. I hope to be able to bring that same experience to my own students.
I love working with absolute beginners because witnessing them discover playing an instrument for the first time is the most rewarding experience I have as a teacher and as a musician. I tailor my lessons to each student and their individual goals. I’m more than happy to take it slow with an adult student who might not have much time to practice, or really push when I have a young student who shows real potential. I can also teach beginning Ukulele, combining singing with playing, Music Theory and help prepare students for Jazz Band. I have extensive recording and performing experience and can guide students through their own first experiences through yearly recitals and other performance opportunities.
Shelli Wiebersch – Choirs & Mini Maestros
Hello, my name is Shelli Wiebersch, and I am excited to be teaching your kids in Choir and General Music this year!
I have been directing youth choirs for 14 years and I have taught in elementary music education in the Puyallup School District and private schools since 2009.
I graduated from PLU with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a K-12 Certification in Choral and General Music. I also trained in Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze instruction methodologies and I use those often in my classes. I also enjoy teaching private lessons in voice, clarinet and piano and singing with the South Sound Classical Choir.
Alexis Rouse – Violin & Viola
I am Alexis Rouse, a local musician and pedagogue with nearly 20 years of teaching experience. Originally from the Tacoma area, I played as a young student in the Tacoma Youth Symphony before earning degrees in Music and Viola Performance from the University of Washington. When music studies led me to Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, I taught music in Baltimore public schools for a decade. At Peabody I earned an MM in Viola Performance and Violin/Viola Pedagogy as well as a DMA in Viola Performance, before returning to the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy teaching music to students of all ages and I welcome every kind of learner. Music is for everyone!