Located at 11831 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, next door to Stage 7 Pianos and adjacent to Metropolitan Music.  We are in the SW corner of the Totem Square Shopping Center, just off of I-405, exit 20A.  Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Wednesdays from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Saturdays from 9:00am-5:00pm. Sundays closed.

Our Teachers:

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, 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. 

 

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.

 

Eric Samse - drums and percussion

Eric provides each student with a comfortable and enthusiastic environment in which to learn and grow as a drummer.  The basics—proper stick and mallet technique, stick control, rudiments, tempo, posture and muscle development techniques—are stressed first  and most importantly.  Eric also covers the musicality of drumming, dynamics and finesse.  These make the difference between a drummer and a complete musician.  Students are also encouraged to play with CDs of their favorite music.  Drumming should always be fun and motivating!

Eric has played drums since the age of five.  He majored in music composition and performance with a percussion emphasis at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.  He has played in groups ranging from duets to full symphony orchestras.

Some of the artists Eric has performed with are the Carpenters, John Denver, Clark Terry, Marlena Shaw, Bill Watrus, Eddie Daniels, Denny Goodhew, Roger Fisher (of Heart), and Greta Matassa.  Eric has also performed with many groups such as the Washington Wind Symphony, the Seattle Pacific University Jazz Band, the Seattle Youth Jazz Band Organization, the Jazz Police, and Mach One Jazz Orchestra.  He can be heard on numerous recordings, including several with Mach One and the James DeJoie Quartet, among others.

Eric’s experience as a private teacher spans over 30 years, and Eric is in demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator with many local school districts and music education organizations.

Archana Bennur - vocals

Archana specializes in teaching South Indian classical vocals, also called Karnatak music.  She is an acclaimed professional musician tracing back her lineage to a family of traditional classical court musicians in the Kingdom of Mysore.  In addition to training under renowned classical musicians throughout childhood, she received her Bachelors in South Indian Classical Music from the University of Madras. Subsequently she obtained her Masters in Music at University of Mysore with a Gold Medal.  Archana is a graded artist in the All India Radio and has performed at prestigious events and institutions all over India, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.  She has won numerous awards and has performed on national and private television networks.  Currently residing in the United States, she has presented lecture demonstrations and concert performances to popularize and foster interest in South Indian classical music in our community.

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