Our Teachers    

Michael Clark

Piano, Drums, Composition

Since graduating from PLU with a music degree in 2013, Mr. Clark has been an active performer, composer, and teacher in the Puget Sound region. Past teachers include Dr. Gregory Youtz, Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, Dr. Jeffery-Bell Hanson, and Dr. Jane Harty -- herself a student of Nadia Boulanger, who taught Aaron Copland, Daniel Barenboim, and Philip Glass, among others. 

Mr. Clark currently works with a thriving studio of over 30 students, young and old. His students consistently rank highly in regional competitions, and furthermore have accepted positions at music schools around the country, most notably APU and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Mr. Clark worked with Emmy-award winning producers to score the documentary "Namibia Nine" in 2015, and currently scores the weekly podcast "This is Design School", now in it's fourth season and available on iTunes. He also serves as acting director for the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle's annual competition, and is a board member at Music Northwest, in Seattle. 

Mr. Clark believes in a collaborative approach to learning, and challenges his students in unique and innovative ways, with and without technology, to foster an effective, therapeutic --- and importantly -- fun, learning process. 

Kaitlynn Turner

Cello, Chamber Music

Ms. Turner is a prominent performer and cello instructor in the Seattle-Tacoma area, praised for her passionate and sensitive playing. In 2018, Ms. Turner graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, double majoring in Cello Performance and Music Education with a concentration in K-12 Orchestra. She believes getting this dual major gives her an advantage in that she has received a high level education of cello pedagogy, but has also gained knowledge and experience in effective teaching methods.

 

Ms. Turner has served as principal cellist in the South Bay Youth Orchestra, Ars Nova Sinfonia, El Camino College Symphony, and Pacific Lutheran University Symphony Orchestra. She formed her own string quartet in Los Angeles called the “Wavelength String Quartet” that performed in various venues and played for many events throughout Los Angeles. Ms. Turner performed with Keali’i Reichel’s string ensemble at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and also toured Austria and Italy with four time grammy winner Daniel Ho. She has been a church worship leader and regularly performed offering pieces on solo cello. In Tacoma, WA, Ms. Turner regularly performed with another string quartet called the “Sapphire String Quartet” and currently performs in a piano trio with Michael Clark, another instructor at The Music Lab. Ms. Turner’s students regularly place superior at Solo and Ensemble and are leaders in their cello sections in various orchestras across the Seattle-Tacoma area. She currently is on staff as one of the cello coaches in the Tacoma Youth Symphony.

 

One of Ms. Turner’s passions is chamber music. From a young age, she had the privilege of participating in chamber camps for youth and grew in her musicality. She is passionate about teaching youth how to experience music together in small ensembles, building their musical sensitivity, musical communication, and own skills on their instruments. 

Alex 

Domine

Voice

Mr. Domine earned a music degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, where he focused his studies on solo voice, musical theater, and choral music. He is well versed in a range of musical theater styles, and has appeared in leading/ensemble roles in such productions as Les Miserables, Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, RENT, Once on this Island, Seussical the Musical, Legally Blonde, The Wiz, Jersey Boys, and Disney's Newsies.

 

Mr. Domine's prior instructors include Louis Hobson (Original Broadway Cast of Next to Normal); solo voice from Lesichen Moore and Barry Johnson (Seattle Opera); vocal technique and pedagogy from Dr. Jim Brown (Julliard School of Music); conducting and choral studies from Dr. Richard Nance — who regularly premieres works from film composers and conducts select works for the 5th Avenue Theatre.

 

Mr. Domine is currently most active in the local arts  scene as a performer, and as a youth theater director. As director, Mr. Domine led large casts in Best of Modern Broadway, Shrek, and moreover provided individual vocal coaching for young actors in local productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man, Cinderella, and Junie B. Jones the Musical. His directing credits also include musical revues and scenes with college-level students, age 18 - 22, to whom he taught dance, vocal technique, and acting.

 

Mr. Domine currently works at Charles Wright Academy, which emphasizes active, joyful learning in its curriculum. Mr. Domine is thrilled to accept new vocal students at the Music Lab. 

Emily Golan-Wood

Violin, VIOla

Ms. Golan is both a performer and an educator. She holds a bachelors degree in Violin Performance from Whitworth University, and a masters of music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Central Washington University (CWU). She is also a certificated public school music teacher in Washington. 

As a violinist, Ms. Golan has performed in university, professional, and community orchestras, including the Whitworth Symphony, the CWU Symphony Orchestra, the CWU Chamber Orchestra, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the Mid-Columbia Symphony, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, and the Olympia Symphony. In addition to the violin, she also played viola in various chamber ensembles throughout college. Ms. Golan has also performed and recorded with various local bands and performing artists, including the Bryson Foster Band, Kurt Lindsay, Champagne Sunday, and her own band, the Desert Fathers. 

Ms. Golan currently teaches orchestra in the Tacoma Public Schools. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association’s summer orchestra camps, the Evergreen Music Festival. As a college student at Whitworth, she was TA for music theory classes, which required her to grade homework, run study sessions, and occasionally teach the class. As a graduate student at CWU, Ms. Golan taught ear training courses for undergraduate students, graded music theory homework, and proctored ear training exams. She also taught in the university’s after school music program, then co-started her own after school classes when the university program took an unexpected hiatus. Ms. Golan started teaching violin and viola lessons while in high school, and has a passion for music education. She believes everyone is capable of participating in music, no matter their experience level or age. She enjoys finding ways to help every student understand and be successful, and loves to think creatively when problem solving for student comprehension. 

In her spare time, Ms. Golan enjoys writing music for her students, playing board games, and spending time with her friends and family.