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.
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.
Carole Crawford - piano, voice
Carole was introduced to the piano by Dr. John Werton, a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, at the age of 8. She continued her studies through undergraduate work, earning a Teaching Certification through the Trinity College of Music examination program while earning a BA in Communications and Theater. She then went on to earning her MA in English Literature, followed by an MM in Piano Performance in 2007 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a student of Dr. James Johnson.
While living in Omaha, she maintained a full and energetic studio of 45 students aged 5 to 90. As an active accompanist and collaborative pianist, Carole worked extensively with undergraduates, graduate students and visiting artists at UNO, collaborating for both performances and masterclasses. She also served as an adjudicator for many noncompetitive festivals in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Washington Music Teachers Association, Eastside Music Teachers Association and the Washington chapter of the National Federation of Music Teachers. Carole also volunteers as a board member for the Seattle Young Artist Festival. Membership with these groups ensures that students have a wide variety of performance and adjudication opportunities in addition to regular studio recitals.
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.
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.