Will music help you win the Nobel Prize someday?

We stumbled upon this cool little article, and wanted to share it with you!


Meet Thomas Sudhof! He is a Nobel Prize winner for medicine and physiology. He says his music teacher helped him win! Find out why: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/10/nobel-medicine-winner-says-i-owe-is-all-to-my-bassoon-teacher.html



Want to write your own song?

Check this out!!

Its a free songwriting class:

From pat pattison –
He had john mayer and gillian welch and many other now famous songwriters in his classes at Berklee. He developed the first songwriting college course in the country a long time agon and has lots of experience teaching this stuff.

He makes it really clear, fun and easy to understand and the course will make your songs much more developed and better!

If you want to get better at songwriting this free 6 week course is the fastest and most convenient way to get there!

This course lasts 6 weeks and there is about 6-8 hours of work each week. No prior musical experience is required!

Don’t miss out….

Hurry! It starts March 1st!



A Warm Welcome to Jason Cairati!


Please welcome our new piano teacher Jason Cairati! He’ll be teaching private piano lessons and Rock Band on Saturday mornings and afternoons.

You can read Jason’s full Off the Wall profile here: http://offthewallschoolofmusic.com/teachers/jason-cairati-pianorock-jazz-and-classical/



MIDI is 30!

Technology continue to change and evolve on an almost constant basis. It always seems that the minute you purchase the newest and greatest thing, the next best toy is already on the product line. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with! While many things continue to be tweaked and improved, one thing has remained the same- MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).


I guess the saying goes…”When you get something right, leave it alone!”


We have lots of synthesizers and keyboards at the school, and incorporate how to use the technology in our piano classes. Last week a student brought in a looping pedal and a microphone and worked on looping beat boxing patterns.
Other times students will work on various forms of synthesis. Understanding how to connect keyboards, and other gear up to speakers with audio and midi cables are some of the basics we teach before students can move on to crafting sounds on the synthesizers.



Check out this article to learn more about the 30th anniversary of MIDI and it’s impact on music today!






Do you like to Jam online with your friends?

Check out this cool new Google Chrome experience! You can Jam with friends. We thought it looked pretty unique. What do you think?


Download it here:

jam with chrome:



Here is the latest news from Pearl Django! December Shows!

Happy Holidays Pearl Django fans,

Whether your holiday spirit is already in full swing or if you are in need a little jump start to get into a festive mood, you’ll want to tune in this Thursday (Dec 6th) to KPLU at noon.  We’ll be live on the radio playing holiday favorites with the Pacific Lutheran University’s  Jazz Ensemble!  We’re also in Shoreline, Conway, Yakima, North Bend, Bellevue and Tacoma this month, playing concerts, dinner shows, club gigs and festivals.

Looking into 2013, we are proud to have the fine Minneapolis based vocalist, Connie Evingson, as our special guest at Jazz Alley this year.  We be there with Connie January 2nd through the 6th!


Happy Holidays to you and peace and goodwill all ’round!

Saturday, December 8
The Conway Muse                 7:30pm
This really is a fun place – come on out!
18444 Spruce (@ Main), Conway WA        360-445-3000


Sunday, December 9
Bake’s Place Bellevue           7pm
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA           425-454-2776


Thursday, December 13
Boxley’s                         7pm
101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend WA    425-292-9307


Friday, December 14
North City Bistro               8pm
Reservations are recommended…
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline WA          206-365-4447


Saturday, December 15
The Seasons At Seasons Performance Hall         7:30pm
101 N. Naches Ave. Yakima WA            509-453-1888


Monday, December 31
Tacoma First Night       8pm
New Year’s Eve Festival!
Rialto Theater 310 S 9th St, Tacoma WA


Thanks for supporting live music.  We hope to see you at a show!

Pearl Django



Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck Passes Away Today Leaving Behind a New love of Jazz

Dave Brubeck was a jazz musician that captured the attention of even those who didn’t have any particular interest or knowledge of jazz. The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s best remembered and top selling album piece is “Take Five.” His music was known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

He experimented with time signatures throughout his career. He was also well known for composing sacred and orchestral music.

Here is one of his well known songs done in 9/8 time.

Dave Brubeck you will be missed.

What was your favorite of his pieces?



Music and Life

We came across this video and thought it was awesome! Let us know what you think.



Introducing Melody Joy Morgan- Our Newest Addition to Off The Wall!

Hi Off the Wall Friends, Fans, and Students!


We wanted to take a moment and introduce you to the newest addition to our Off The Wall team! Melody Joy Morgan! Melody is pretty awesome! She teaches Piano (over 20 years experience), Voice (over 11 years experience), and Beginning Guitar (over 2 years experience.)


We would love to take a moment and have you get to know her better! We’ll have more information on our website faculty page soon!

Check her out, and book a lesson today.



Have You Heard of Jamiroquai?

Jamiroquai are an “English jazz funk” and “acid jazz” band formed in 1992. “Acid Jazz” is a combination of  jazz, funk and hip-hop. It is also influenced by soul, house, and disco music. The keyboard player of this band we think is pretty awesome. His name is Matt Johnson.

Matt Johnson is a very creative musician. He’s able to play the keys perfectly to fit each song and its style.

Here’s a cool video of him making a ‘crap tune’. (That’s what he says). Let us know what you think about his quick mix.

Here’s a video of Jamioquai live:

Here’s a video to help you learn a little more about Matt Johnson


We think he is pretty cool. What do you think? Would you like to learn to play like him?



Here Are Your Opportunities to See Pearl Django in September!

Hello Pearl Django Fans,

We are happy to say we are following up a very busy summer with a very busy fall!  There is a lot going on in the
Pearl Django world this month.  Two trips to Canada and three jazz festivals including an appearance with our favorite
itinerant guitarist, Martin Taylor, at Djangofest Northwest.  Dinner shows in Northbend, Shoreline and Everett are
also on the docket this month as well as a concert in Friday Harbor…so, plenty of opportunities to catch a show.
We hope to see you at one!

Wednesday, September 12 7pm
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend WA     425-292-9307


Friday, September 14            8pm
North City Bistro
1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline WA             206-365-4447
Reservations recommended…


Saturday, September 15  7pm
Under the Red Umbrella
1502 Rucker Ave. Everett WA             425-252-9193
Reservations very recommended…


Sunday, September 16    3pm
Pender Harbour Jazz Festival
Pender Harbour BC Canada


Wednesday thru Sunday, September 19 – 23
Djangofest NW
Langley WA (on Whidbey Island)
Tickets are now on sale at WICA         800-638-7631
Pearl Django will perform on Friday, Sept 21 with the brilliant guitarist, Martin Taylor


Saturday, September 22  7:30pm
San Juan Community Theater
100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor WA                360-378-3210


Sunday, September 23    Afternoon
Quamichan Inn
1478 Maple Bay Road, Duncan BC Canada   250-746-7028


Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30
Rain or Shine Festival in Aberdeen WA
Multiple sets at multiple locations, details to follow

Thank you for supporting live music!

Pearl Django



Determination and Passion Pay Off- Check out “Karmin”

Karmin started their band at Berklee College of Music. Once they reached a certain level they began promoting themselves on YouTube. Their talent was immediately recognized by a tv show host, which opened the doors to them meeting other people in the  music industry who adored them and began to help them out. They soon were able to play at bigger venues with larger acts.

In order to get where they are they had to work very hard at Berklee, and practice often. Their determination and passion for their  music paid off!  This is a cover of the song “Pumped up Kicks”, and serves as an example that shows you can play any song on piano and make it sound cool!



Check Out The Awesome-ness of Summer Rock Band Camp!

Here’s a short video of some of the kids at one of this years Rock Band Camps. This is what they have to say….. Don’t they sound like they had a blast?


Here’s a short video of an ordinary day at camp!




Musical Jello!

Check out this fun video and instructions how to make your own Jello Theremin Kit!




Pearl Django is Rockin the Month of August

If you missed your opportunity to catch Pearl Django last month…..you have more opportunities in August!


Here’s a note from Pearl Django!

August is another busy month for the band, starting tonight with a concert in Lake Burien School Park. Gigs in
Bellevue, Seattle, Bainbridge and Langley; concerts in Burien and Gig Harbor; Music and Arts Festivals in Anacortes
and Oak Harbor and the KPLU Jazz Cruise smack dab in the middle of the month!  The cruise is already sold out so if
you didn’t get tickets yet, you are out of luck.  Fortunately, though, there are lots of opportunities to catch the
band live this month, probably someplace near you!

Also, looking ahead to next month.  We’ll be in Leavenworth at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts September 1st for a
Jazz, Champagne and Chocolate event.  Now, if that doesn’t sound like a little slice of heaven, we don’t know what
does!   Could you ask for more?  If you are going to be east of the Cascades over Labor Day Weekend, come on out
for this one!

Thursday, August 2              6:30pm
Burien Thursday Night Concerts
Lake Burien School Park, 14640 18th Ave SW, Burien WA


Friday, August 3                        7pm
Crossroads Shopping Center
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue WA


Saturday, August 4              5pm
The Anacortes Arts Festival -KPLU Stage
Anacortes, WA                           (360) 293-6211


Sunday, August 5                5pm
Bake’s Place Bellevue
This is free event. We will be out on the terrace, Parisian style!
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA  (425) 454-2776


Thursday, August 9              5:30pm
Interbay Golf Course
2501 15th Ave W Seattle, WA             (206) 285-6079


Sunday, August 12               10am
KPLU Jazz Brunch Cruise
Sold Out!


Friday, August 17               6pm
Friends of Farms present “Farm to Table Dinner”
Madrone Lane (between Blackbird Bakery & Dana’s Showhouse) Bainbridge Island WA
(206) 842-5537 or  info@friendsofthefarms.org for more details


Saturday, August 18             6pm
Whidbey Island Winery
5237 Langley Rd, near Langley WA


Tuesday, August 21              6:30pm
Music in Skansie Brothers Park
3207 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor WA


Wednesday, August 22            Noon
Seattle “Out to Lunch” series
2 Union Square, Seattle WA


Friday, August 31               7pm
Oak Harbor Music and Jazz Festival
Downtown Oak Harbor
This will be a quintet performance, not quartet as the web site states


*September, 2012*

Saturday, September 1           7pm
Jazz, Champagne & Chocolate!
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Canyon Wren Recital Hall
7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth WA         (877) 265-6026


Thanks for supporting live music in your community.  We hope to see you at a show!

Pearl Django




When Angry Birds Attack!

Rock Band Camp Students had a blast! They certainly bonded quickly. Check out this fun clip of them having a blast!



The Death of Music- The Piano Burial Ground

Photo by: Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times
James A. Fox, left, and Bryan O’Mara with a haul. “You hate to see them go,” said Mr. O’Mara, whose company was founded by his great-grandfather in 1874.

Many of us have grown up around pianos. The traditional upright is often seen in schools, at fancy restaurants/hotels, in church, at nursing homes, or in private homes.  A piano is often a glowing symbol of music, celebration, and life. It is often the centerpiece at many great events and is surrounded by happy carolers, blushing brides, inspired students, and aspiring composers. Pianos have been a classical centerpiece in our lives and many homes for centuries. They were once a symbol of class, and beauty within the home.

That is why it was so depressing for me to read this article about a new age for the piano. The traditional upright piano is finding itself more and more obsolete with the invention of digital pianos, the cuts in music schools and funding, and the increased price of upkeep. People are being forced to turn their pianos over to movers and take one final trip to a piano graveyard of sorts.

You can learn more about this tragic turn of events here: http://nyti.ms/OAxZYs

How do you feel about the future of pianos? What do you think should be done?




Have you checked out Pearl Django?

Have you heard of Pearl Django? This awesome Gypsy Jazz Band includes one of our very own! Ryan Hoffman!

Pearl Django began in 1994 in Tacoma, Washington. The group’s desire is to mesh the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli  with American swing music. Based in Seattle, they have played around the United States, as well as in France and Iceland.

Here is one of their songs “Endless Fields of Green.”  I fell in love with there music, and I think you will too!

Here’s the latest news/events from Pearl Django below! Could you make some time in your schedule to check out this amazing band?

Summer has officially begun and we are celebrating the occasion with a busy, busy month of shows.  There are many great opportunities to hear the band live in Seattle, on the Eastside, up in Blaine and out on the peninsula.Plus, Eleven is selling well and is getting airplay all around the country, and that’s reason to celebrate, too!

Friday, July 6                   6:30-9:30pm
Cedarbrook Lodge – Jazz on the Lawn
18525 36th Ave S, Seattle WA                      206-901-9268


Sunday, July 8                   7pm
11th Annual Blaine Jazz Festival
Blaine Performing Arts Center 975 H Street, Blaine WA            360-820-8312


Wednesday, July 11               noon
Bellevue Live at Lunch Concerts
Overlake Medical Clinic 400 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004


Saturday, July 14                3pm
Bastille Day Celebration at Seattle Center
Downtown Seattle


Sunday, July 15                  1:15pm
Ballard Seafood Festival
Downtown Ballard, Seattle WA


Sunday, July 15                          9pm
Belltown Billiards -Balboa Dance
90 Blanchard Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, July 19                5:30pm
Interbay Golf Course
2501 15th Ave W, Seattle WA               206-285-6079


Friday, July 20
Sequim Lavender Farm Faire
James Center stage               1pm and 3:30pm
Sequim, WA
Jazz in the Alley                         6pm
Brokers Group Parking Lot, 219 W. Washington St, Sequim WA


Saturday, July 21                2:30pm
Basin Summer Sounds
30 C St NW, Ephrata WA 98823


Sunday, July 22                  3:15pm
Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm
765 Wonn Road #A201, Greenbank WA 98253                  360-678-7700


Sunday, July 29                  7pm
Bake’s Place Bellevue
Our second time at Bake’s new spot in downtown Bellevue.
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA                   425-454-2776


Related events:

This is not a Pearl Django performance, but a chance to hear Rick (on bass) with his friends Jay Mabin on jazz
harmonica and Paul Sawyer on guitar.

Tuesday, July 10                 7:30pm
LOCÖL, Barley and Vine
7902 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA                            206-708-7725


Thanks for supporting live music, we hope to see you at a show!

Pearl Django



Robot Parade!

We’ll be starting a marching band and marching in some parades this summer!!!

Come join us, it will be soooo much fun

This is a completely free event.
There is no charge to participate.
Everyone who comes to the parade gets a FREE Off the Wall T-shirt!!!


  • July 6th – Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm – Marching Band Rehearsal & Costume Creation & BBQ
    • 4:00pm – We’ll practice marching & playing.
      • Please bring an instrument or noise maker if you can, we have a limited supply of instruments.
    • 5:00pm – We’ll be making costumes & eating food.
      • Bring capes, hats & wigs as well as cardboard supplies and old CDs for making robots.
      • We’ll supply soda & condiments. Bring your own burgers or hot dogs.
  • July 7th – Saturday @ 9:30am-12:00pm – Wallingford Kid Parade Setup
    • Set-up is on Corliss Ave. N. We’ll have copies of the parade route map posted at the school for parents and soon to be posted here on the blog.
    • Kids & Adults are welcome to march in the parade.
    • We’ll be marching to Wallingford Park by Hamilton Middle School.

To sign-up for both Friday & Saturday, please fill the form below:


Click here to enlarge the Wallingford Parade Route Map:

Here are some awesome robot rockers for inspiration:



Book Your July Recital Now!

We have some exciting news!

We’ll be doing small recitals at the school for the month of July on most Fri/Sat/Sun afternoons. We’ll add more times as the demand grows.

Just go to our online calendar and select a “RECITAL” appointment and sign-up under your usual student name and email address.