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Welcome!

ABOUT

MEET OUR TEAM
WHY IOVANNE MUSIC ACADEMY?

Making music fun. Keeping standards high. Iovanne Music Academy features highly qualified, enthusiastic educators dedicated to teaching private piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, cello, oboe, clarinet, flute and violin to students of all ages and backgrounds. Based in Kirkland, with in-home, studio and virtual lessons available throughout the Eastside.

 

Interested in classical, jazz, pop, country, theory, improvisation, composition, or learning the basics?  Rather than follow a 'one size fits all' approach, our educators work to understand your goals, learning styles and interests. We believe in building well-rounded musicians, with lessons tailored to the individual. Our students read music, compose, arrange, perform for others and enjoy lessons. We believe music is a lifelong journey that should be fun, challenging, and shared with others. Iovanne Music Academy is a wonderful place to explore your music goals and learn from teachers truly dedicated to their craft.  

 

Call 206.384.7952 to find out more! Lessons offered weekdays and weekends to fit your schedule. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Iovanne Mackend

FOUNDER
TEACHER - PIANO AND VOICE

 Jennifer began teaching private piano and voice lessons in 2007, and founded Iovanne Music Academy in 2013 to provide quality music education to students of all ages and backgrounds. Drawn to music at an early age, Jennifer began music lessons at age 5 and was accompanying choirs and working under a voice teacher in her middle and high school years.  An active music educator, director, arranger and performer since graduating from the University of Washington, Jennifer has taught privately and collaborated with some of the area's most vibrant performing arts organizations, including Studio East, Broadway Bound, Gallery School of Music and Dance, and Evergreen City Ballet. She has also served as Music Director for Northwest Christian Church in Seattle since 2008.

Jennifer performs at private and corporate events, and has been awarded #1 Music in KING5's Best of Western Washington numerous times. She has performed in some of the area's top venues, including the Washington State Governor's Mansion, Columbia Tower Club, Four Seasons Hotel, and Salish Lodge.

Jennifer lives in Kirkland with her husband and children.

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Whittaker

TEACHER - PIANO, VOICE, GUITAR, UKULELE

Whittaker has a rich background of musical pedagogy, performance, and theory. Over the years, he has worked as an accompanist, section leader, soloist, cantor and director for numerous individual performers, groups and choirs. His piano and voice lessons are filled with a lot of humor and musical anecdotes to connect abstract music with people. He places a strong emphasis on theory and technique, along with musical history, in order to integrate the broad styles found within contemporary and classical music to create a real and rich understanding of music, and through that, a deeper love of music. Younger/beginning students will connect with his humor, congeniality, and patience, while advanced students will appreciate his depth of knowledge, experience, and sincere love of music.  

Whittaker lives in the south end with his wife and twin preschoolers.

Kim 

TEACHER - PIANO, VOICE, GUITAR, UKULELE

Kim is an accomplished music teacher and director. She grew up in Olympia and began studying music as a young child. Since graduating from UC Davis, Kim has been very active as a music teacher, director, conductor, arranger, and curriculum developer. She has worked with incredible and diverse organizations over the years, including ArtsWest, Seattle Musical Theater, Bellevue Christian School, Northwest University, Balagan Theatre, and Second Story Rep. One of Kim's favorite aspects of music is the opportunity to "tell stories and shape performances in a way that drives the story forward." When working with private music students, Kim adores "the opportunity I have to grow a student's confidence and sense of self." Kim lives on the eastside with her family and is a proud mom to "the kindest 17 year old I've ever met." 

 

Alison

TEACHER - PIANO AND VOICE 

Alison is a proud PNW native, and holds a BA in Music from Central Washington University. She is trained in both classical piano and voice as well as jazz piano and voice, making her an awesomely skilled musician and versatile teacher. Alison is also a gifted singer-songwriter, and has collaborated with many musicians and bands over the years. She is an active performer across the region, and is working on her debut album. Alison values music education and enjoys playing a pivotal role in the musical growth of others; she believes learning music stems from a place of joy, and strives to evoke that same joy in each of her students. 

Evelina

TEACHER - PIANO 

FLUENT IN RUSSIAN

Evelina started her musical journey at a very young age in Ukraine. Growing up in a musical family, her exposure to frequent concerts, opera and ballet performances led her to her love of classical music. Evelina graduated from a Ukrainian music school for children, and holds a degree in Piano Pedagogy and Accompaniment through Shostakovich State College. Evelina teaches beginner through advanced students, and loves to help her students discover the beautiful language of music. She and her husband have a college-aged son and daughter.

Isaac

TEACHER - PIANO, VOICE, OBOE

Isaac grew up in the midwest and began studying piano at age 6. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in music therapy. His musical work experience is broad: he has worked as a music therapist with people in hospice care, sung competitively in national and international barbershop competitions, played keys and musically directed pit orchestras in the theater community, and has played in a  house rock band on international cruise ships. Isaac is a gifted music educator and, stemming from his background in music therapy, he believes that music is for all. He is happy to offer lessons adapted to suit each individual's unique learning styles and interests. Beyond music, Isaac enjoys chess and spending time outdoors with his partner, Leta and their cat, Lydian.

Marieta

TEACHER - PIANO AND VOICE

FLUENT IN SLOVAK, CZECH, GERMAN

Marieta is an enthusiastic, patient and experienced music educator. She has worked as a choral conductor with both youth and adults, and has served as a presenter, interpreter and jury assistant for choral competitions. She has performed extensively in her home country of Slovakia, and throughout Europe. Marieta has 12 years of music teaching experience and has worked with all ages, including toddlers and preschoolers. Locally, she has worked with LWSD choirs, Music in the Parks, Kirkland Choral Society, and has taught piano and voice both privately and in small groups. She lives locally with her husband and school age children.

Ilene

TEACHER - PIANO, VOICE, UKULELE, FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, VIOLIN

Ilene is a talented and engaging multi-instrumentalist and educator. She grew up in Illinois, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wesleyan University. Ilene has taught private music lessons since 2010, and teaches piano, voice, ukulele, flute, oboe and clarinet to all ages. She enjoys meeting individual student needs and helping them navigate the path to their musical goals, while also fostering a growth mindset. In addition to teaching private students, Ilene has experience working as a Band Director at a middle school, providing music enrichment to preschoolers, working with youth in STEM as a Computer Science Teacher with Chestnut Hill Academy and Curriculum Writer with CodeWizards HQ, and has served as Board President of the Seattle Festival Orchestra. Ilene lives locally with her husband. Beyond music, she enjoys baking, sewing, and gardening.

Rebecca

TEACHER - PIANO AND VOICE

Rebecca is a dedicated and awesomely inspiring piano and voice teacher. A PNW native, she received her BFA from Bellhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. She has taught piano and voice since 2016, and her musical experience also includes work as an Assistant Music Director and Pianist for Kitsap Forest Theatre, Pianist for Viillage Theatre, Accompanist at Bellhaven University, Church Pianist and Musical Theatre Coach. A self-proclaimed "music history and theory nerd", one of Rebecca's favorite aspects of teaching is sharing the joy in developing her students' musicality and creatively collaborating with others. She is a huge fan of classical music and musical theater. Beyond music, she enjoys baking, spending time in nature, and collage.

Lisa

TEACHER - GUITAR AND UKULELE

Lisa is a guitar and ukulele teacher, songwriter/musician, and ASCAP member. She holds a degree in Music from The Evergreen State College, and has written songs with Roger Fisher (of Heart) and played benefit concerts with Alan White (of YES). Lisa has been teaching guitar/ukulele since 1996, and enjoys working with students of all ages, adults included! In addition to her work as a music educator, Lisa has worked as a Board Operator for AM 880 KIXI, provided audio training and support to local organizations, and volunteered with YWCA Children's Center. Her music has been played on radio stations throughout the United States and Europe. 

 

 

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