Musical for Life taps into the talents of many independent music teachers with a passion for promoting music skills in our community. Each of our extremely talented teachers shares a unique story, and each of them is ready to share their talent with you.

OUR MUSIC TEACHERS

NOELLE BASTOW

Noelle Bastow grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and began playing violin at the age of three. She began her career in music by performing with the Fiddler's Hatchery and the Sandpoint Violin Academy under the instruction of Beth Weber and Carolyn Hatch.  Her primary instructor, Carolyn Hatch, trained in the Suzuki method of teaching in person with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan before she began teaching in the United States. Noelle also learned to play violin by listening to her mother, Beth Weber, and her friends as they jammed at potlucks, fiddle festivals, and workshops. Noelle furthered her musical experience by performing in dozens of concerts in Sandpoint, Boise, Seattle, Canada, and New York City. In Noelle’s words, “The best part of teaching to me is seeing the perseverance that leads to success and how that transforms a person's belief in what they can do.” Noelle’s diversified background in music, fifteen years of experience, patience, and pure love of her students are some of the many qualities that make her an incredible instructor.

Contact:

Phone: 208.304.8546

Email: [email protected]

 

RACHEL GORDON

Rachel Gordon has taught flute in a studio setting for over 15 years.  She started the Sandpoint Summer Flute Choir in the summer of 2007 and continues to direct this group in the summers. Rachel currently teaches band and music in Lake Pend Oreille School District, is an instructor of flute at North Idaho College, performs with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra as principal flute, and maintains private studios in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. She has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and soloist in the Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Pullman areas and has performed with the Washington Idaho and Walla Walla Symphonies. Her teachers include Ann Yasinitsky and Rochelle Mann.

Contact:

Email: [email protected]

 

CAYTLIN REESE

Caytlin Reese began teaching piano in Sandpoint, ID in 2003 and has since continued on the journey of growing in a love for teaching music. In 2007, She graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Music through North Idaho College and in 2008, pursued her Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Pedagogy from Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, Illinois. In 2005, She worked through musical injury by studying the Taubman Technique with Kendall Feeney, from Eastern Washington University. She continued that training with Susan Brietner-Hurm at Wheaton College in the pursuit of learning a pain-free piano technique to pass on to her students. In pursuit of a well-rounded education, Caytlin also studied the Suzuki Method from Elaine Woorley, in 2009.

Contact:

Phone: 1.208.920.1136

Email: [email protected]

 

FIDDLIN’ RED

Fiddlin Red has been teaching and sharing music for the past 50 years. His use of tablature and demonstration, along with his laid-back style, make it easy for anyone at any level to play mandolin, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and guitar. In addition to music lessons, Fiddlin Red also offers rentals, repair, and retail for instruments. Visit https://www.fiddlinredsmusic.com/ to learn more about Fiddlin Red.

Contact:

Phone: 208.946.6733.

Email: [email protected]

 

MIKE KEEPE

A deeply committed music educator, Mike enjoys making music accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. This passion has led to the creation of the North Idaho Saxophone Academy, providing private lessons and workshops throughout North Idaho. Having taught saxophone for more than 30 years, his students’ achievements include top chairs in All-State and Regional Concert and Jazz Bands, superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festivals, placement in European touring ensembles, principle chairs in national honor bands, 1st place concerto competition winners, and full music scholarship awards to major universities and music conservatories throughout the United States.

Contact:

Email: [email protected]