Located at 11833 124th Ave NE, Kirkland. We are in the SW corner of the Totem Square Shopping Center, just off of I-405, exit 20A.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Wednesdays from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Saturdays from 9:00am-5:00pm. Sundays 11:00am-5:00pm.
Daniel Miller - all instruments
Daniel Miller, founder of Rockory, teaches guitar, piano, violin, drumset, bass, voice, ukulele, cello, viola, and percussion. He started playing violin at age of four. Growing up taking lessons and playing concerts, he gained early exposure to a variety of music styles and fell in love with music from early on. After picking up ukulele, guitar, and bass in grade school, he formed a series of bands, always with the position of lead singer, songwriter, and manager.
Through his extensive worldwide travels, his mother's French heritage, studies in Accra at the University of Ghana, collaborative recordings in Kingston, Jamaica with reggae artists Turbulence and Al Pancho, and a member of Senegalese group, Ibrahima Camara and Safal, Daniel has a deep understanding and appreciation of the many different dialects of music. He has also performed with Cee-lo Green and Jason Mraz.
He holds a degree in Contemporary Writing and production from Berklee College of Music as well as a degree in International Studies from the Jackson School at the University of Washington. He has 12 years experience teaching music, both through his private studio as well as other music programs in the area, including Arts in Motion, Billings Middle School, Washington Middle School, and Kirkland Music Academy.
In addition to teaching and directing Rockory Music School he also performs regularly with Seattle reggae favorites, The Highlife Band, The Jazz Underground, and Two Story Zori. He manages, composes, and does booking for the Highlife Band, which completed a 10 city tour of France and Spain in 2014 and a 22 city tour of California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia in 2015.
Eric Parchen - drums, piano, percussion
Eric was born and raised in Richland, WA where he started playing percussion at the age of nine. He played in school bands through middle and high school. While attending the University of Idaho, he studied Percussion Performance and K-12 Instrumental Music Education and holds current teaching certificates in Washington and Idaho. Currently, Eric plays, teaches, and writes music full time in the Seattle area. He has played with Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Seattle Musical Theater, Jazz Underground, and is a member of the 2017 Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline.
Dylan Hughes - bass, piano, guitar, ukulele, vocals
Dylan Hughes has years of professional experience working with other artists, touring the U.S. and Europe as a bass player, and writing, recording, and engineering. His solo project, BassFienD, melds the tonalities and mindset of improvisational jazz music with modern, R&B and hip-hop influenced production style and the ear of someone who has been a professionally gigging musician. He has released 3 EPs, Side A and Side B and Side C, of a four EP project, “Four Sides To Every Story”. Dylan has many years of teaching experience in the Northwest, both as a salaried instructor in other music schools as well as privately from his own studio. Dylan’s catered approach to each student’s learning style helps beginners through advanced players learn bass, piano, guitar, ukulele and vocals in the way that is clear, fun, and lasting.
Shalane Miller - vocals
At the age of five, Shalane discovered her voice and has continued to develop her life around her love for singing. In the fall of 2006, she moved to Seattle from her home in Bend, OR, to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance from Cornish College of the Arts that she received in 2010. A versatile vocalist, Shalane's emphasis is in jazz, Latin, soul, Motown and pop classics; while she holds a background in classical technique, choir and musical theatre repertoire. She can be found at various venues around Seattle, fronting jazz combos and performing back up vocals in many styles. She sings in Spanish in Seattle’s ten-piece Latin Cumbia band, The Cumbieros, and hits the casino stages with a five piece group, The Factory. Along with her captivating voice, Shalane also has a love for dance and performs regularly with the local Brazilian drum and dance group, "Vamola!" She lives to perform and lift up others, sharing her passion and voice through vibrant musical experiences.
Over the last six years Shalane has enjoyed lending to the improvement of musicianship, vocal ability, musical delivery and skill of students of all ages. She provides a warm environment for her vocal and piano lessons and is especially skilled in helping students gain confidence and proficiency with their instrument.
Lisa Deeter - guitar
Lisa Kay Deeter is a guitar teacher, songwriter/musician, and ASCAP member, who has written songs with Roger Fisher of (Heart) and played benefit concerts with Alan White of (YES). Her song titled; "Git Goin'" is the theme song to the television show; "The Blues-To-Do Room" with Marlee Walker and also features Ron Weinstein on the Hammond B3 Organ and Larry Dragland on drums. She has a cd out entitled; "Just Comparing Notes." This release has been receiving interest both nationally and internationally and has received airplay on radio stations throughout the United States and Europe.
Jack Toker - drums and percussion
Drummer and Latin percussionist, Jack Toker is one of the premier musicians in the United States, being widely respected for his technical prowess, stylistic diversity and sensitive musicianship.
In addition to having spent several years touring with R&B legend Lou Rawls, Jack’s career highlights include performances with jazz icons Jaco Pastorius, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball and Nat Adderly, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, and Joey DeFrancesco. His vast experience in the music industry is remarkably diverse, having also appeared with Raquel Welch and Tony Orlando, and on a variety of television shows such as “The Midnight Special” and “The Mike Douglas Show”. Additionally, Jack has completed several tours abroad with the USO.
Jack brings to his studio a background of study with many outstanding drummers, including the great Tony Williams.
Makenna Wagner - vocals
Makenna Wagner is a life-long singer and Seattle native. She holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington. In her early years, she studied classical voice as a mezzo-soprano. Then in 2003, she crossed over to pop music and moved to Los Angeles to pursue this vocal style at the world renowned Seth Riggs Voice Studio. In 2008, she was guided to Santa Barbara, where she discovered her calling as a music minister at Unity of Santa Barbara and began teaching voice.
Currently, Makenna enjoys giving intimate performances, making videos, doing voice over work and teaching her young students to “Be The STAR They Are". Her first studio album, Into the Light, was released in 2013. Birthing Venus was released in 2017.
Laura Shepherd - vocals
Laura Shepherd is a passionate and skilled teacher of singing, offering private voice lessons to young people and adults since 2005 on the Eastside of Seattle. With an exceptional background in performing and teaching music, including musical theater, classical, jazz and folk styles, Laura is an excellent teacher for the beginning to advanced singing student. Working with singers of all ages, most of Laura's singers are middle and high school students performing in musical theater productions, singing in choir, and generally loving music.
A member of a musical family, Laura Shepherd has been singing as long as she can remember. She started singing in her school choir as soon as she learned to read, and has only spent one year since then not singing in an ensemble. She currently sings Soprano with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and is a former member of Seattle's BlueStreet Jazz Voices and the Sweet Adelines Chorus a cappella Joy. Laura also performed with the children's theater company StoryBook Theater for four seasons before joining the staff at Studio East.
Laura received her undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Theatre from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. She completed her MA in Educational Theatre at NYU, and is a TATLab graduate. In 2015 Laura left her post as Education Director at Studio East to pursue teaching full time.