Yelena Chernukhina

Piano & Theory Instructor, Director of Education

Yelena Chernukhina Piano Teacher in Vancouver WA

Yelena Chernukhina started playing the piano 8 years old and teaching music since 1984. Her education consists of 7 years music school, 4 years music college (which she graduated with a 4.0 GPA), and 5 years music university in Russia, where she developed a passion for passing on her skills. Having recieved a masters degree in piano instruction and a minor in choir conducting, pedogogical psychology of children, and acoompaniment, Yelena developed a unique approach to her students. She has been able to achieve fast results, maintain her student's interest in the world of music, and provide her students with musical freedom for solos and accompaniment of vocalists or other instruments. In 2019 Yelena also opened the Key to Music school in Vancouver Washington where she works with other highly qualified instructors to help even more students.

Robert Wakeley

Flute and Theory Teacher

Robert Wakeley Flute instructor Vancouver WA

Robert Wakeley is a freelance flutist and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. He holds degrees in music from Carleton College and the University of Oregon and is currently a doctoral candidate in flute performance at the University of Minnesota. He is the 2nd flutist and piccoloist of the Eugene Concert Orchestra and performs regularly as a substitute and extra musician with the Rogue Valley Symphony. He is a founding member of Xebec Trio, a two flutes and piano chamber ensemble, and has performed with many other groups, including the Rogue Valley Chorale, Eugene Ballet, Minnesota Oratorio Society, and the Balkanicus Contemporary Ensemble in Minneapolis. He has been a prize winner at the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and the Coeur d'Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition. As a teacher, he has experience teaching private lessons and masterclasses for students ranging from beginners to college students and adult amateurs, and works to help students reach their maximum potential in a fun and supportive learning environment.

Michael Kissenger

Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher

Michael Kissenger, a Clarinet and Saxophone teacher at Key to Music

Michael Kissinger began his career at age 16 when he produced his first concert featuring legendary jazz clarinetist Woody Herman. He is Artistic Director and Founder of Bravo! Concerts Northwest and the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival.  He has worked as Guest Conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in Dubrovnik, Croatia and was Artistic Director of the Dubrovnik Jazz Festival in a 5-year project with the City of Dubrovnik.  Dr. Kissinger has performed as a clarinetist and conductor with artists ranging from Jose Feliciano, Diane Schuur, Brubeck Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra, and the Oregon String Quartet.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music.

Jung Pak

Violin Teacher

Violin Teacher at Key to MusicJung Pak (Boe) is a Vancouver native with over twelve years teaching experience. She has taught string orchestra as well private and small group lessons and worked with a variety of ages and levels. She is experienced teaching different string methodologies such as Suzuki, Orff, Kodály, Rainbow, and Yankelevich (traditional) and enjoys incorporating theory with strong technique while helping students to build a violin repertoire of classical standards. Boe is a graduate of Concordia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education with certifications in English Language Arts and Humanities and a Master of Education degree in curriculum development and instruction with a specialty in adolescent literacy.

James Manuele

Guitar Teacher

James Manuele Guitar Teacher Key to Music

James Manuele is a Master of Music from the Portland Univeristy of Oregon. With 25 years of teaching experience under his belt, he welcomes and trains guitar students of all levels – be it beginners, intermediate, or classical. Whether you are a novice looking to enhance your understanding of how guitar chords and their progression works, or you are an intermediate-level guitarist who wants to maximize their guitar playing talent and take it to a whole new level, you have come to the right place.

Rachel Risor

Piano Teacher

Rachel Risor Piano Teacher Key to Music

Rachel began playing the piano at the age of 4 and has been playing the piano for 31 years. She is a professional musician and plays the piano and sings at many events. She has perfect pitch and composes and records music, including movie soundtracks, orchestrations, music for radio theater programs, and more. She has taught hundreds of people how to play the piano over the last 18 years, both in the United States and all across the world. Rachel studied music at George Fox University and Washington State University Vancouver. She has also been the winner of many competitions and scholarships. She also received top rankings in a multi-state competition, earning her a spot on a musical tour that toured all across the Pacific Northwest. Rachel loves pouring into her students, helping to inspire them, helping them to become great musicians, and helping them reach their goals. She believes that anyone can learn music, and that no matter what age, you can bring music in to enhance your life.

Nataliya Savchuk

Violin Teacher

Violin Teacher at Key to Music

Our Approach

Music is an art that deeply effects human emotion and forms our identities. Consequently, musical education is the most important resources for the harmonic well rounded development of children from the youngest age.

Our school is an educational institution oriented towards development and discipline of artistic and creative capabilities of each student. Our mission is to create a professional musical education center for all in Vancouver WA, where anyone can reach the results they wish to achieve. We will accomplish this mission through the professionalism and good will of our teachers towards our students.

 

Key to Music is unique in the fact that its foundation is built on the mixed traditions of the American and Russian teaching styles and curriculum. Russia is very proud of it's educational system in that everyone is given the same opportunity and it's regulated by one entity. In America, however, each student is to choose their own path because each person is interested in separate genres or melodies, etc. If we combine these approaches, we can use the experience of the teacher to help guide a student's education and go through the critical points of education a student might willingly avoid. On the other hand, there are portions of the educational process that require the student to be more creative and to choose the pieces they are more interested in, thus bringing the strengths of both styles.

Our Story

Key to Music was founded by Yelena Chernukhina. After teaching piano for 19 years in a government institution in Russia, she moved to Vancouver Washington USA in 2003, and continued teaching the local students here. Even though Vancouver has a large Slavic population of somewhere around 4%, there was no one authority on music education here.

Now, more than a decade later, Key to Music is opening on September 3rd, 2019.

Welcome!

Next Steps...

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Mikail Avdeyenko

Guitar Teacher