About us

Mode Music and Performing Arts

Mode Music and Performing Arts (MMPA) strives to provide exciting and innovative performing arts training in the Seattle metro area. We believe that it is vital every child experience the arts and have the opportunity to create on and off stage. Our professional teaching artists are skilled at offering a wide variety of performing arts classes from acting technique to musical theater to play creation and performance.

MMPA partners with Mode Music Studios. Mode Music Studios provides year-round private and group music lessons to youth and adults. MMPA is located next door to Mode Music Studios.

Our Story

MMPA was founded by Erin Rubin. We are excited to share our dream to introduce and foster a love of the arts in West Seattle and beyond. We are thrilled to give students and schools scholarships as a non-profit. We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to teach your students and pass along the life skills we have learned by studying the performing arts. MMPA provides classes, camps, birthday parties, and event rental opportunities at our location on Delridge. We can bring Mode classes and camps to you as well.

Meet the Founder and Teaching Artists

Erin Rubin - Co-Founder & Managing Director
Erin is the founder of Mode Music Studios. She teaches piano and voice and musically directs. Erin has been playing music since the age of four. At twelve, she was on stage with the local working musicians at The Scarlet Tree every Tuesday night. She has written music for and performed with many Seattle bands including: Wesafari, The Exploding High-Fives, People Eating People, and “Nouela.” Erin has worked as a hired studio musician since the age of 17 in Bellingham, Seattle and Los Angeles. Erin found her calling as a teacher in her early twenties and dedicated over three years at Westside Music Academy. She believes a healthy balance of technique, theory and arranging songs the child loves is the fast track to any student’s success in music lessons.
Gina Malvestuto - Education Director and Teaching Artist
Gina is the Education Director as well as a Teaching Artist with MMPA. Gina is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, currently residing with her family in the West Seattle neighborhood. Gina has spent the past 20 years working as an actor, writer, filmmaker, performer and teacherin the arts. She has also spent many years working as a teacher in general education and here noticed a profound lacking in the arts education sector of the public school system. Gina’s passionate drive to bring quality arts education to our developing youth has brought her to become a proud component of Mode Music And Performing Arts. Gina is currently an ensemble member of dance company, General Magic. And looks forward to producing her current play in Fall of 2020.
Tim Murray - Teaching Artist
Tim Murray is stand-up comedian and UCB improviser from NY and LA. He has traveled the world doing stand-up comedy at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, SF SketchFest, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, RuPaul’s DragCon LA and UK. His hour long show has toured to 13 different cities in the United States and United Kingdom. Tim was part of the original Off-Broadway cast of 50 Shades the Musical Parody! as well as the original Edinburgh and London casts of Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody. As an actor he has performed at Texas Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Westchester Broadway Theatre, The NY Fringe, New York Musical Theatre Festival among many other credits. He continues to perform all over LA, including the Saturday night improv team “The Agenda” at UCB Sunset.

As a teacher Tim has been working with children and adults for over ten years. He started his work touring with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival teaching acting classes to junior high and high school students. Since then he has taught workshops at Texas Shakespeare Festival, The University of Miami and Sandusky High School along with teaching private students in LA. He created the improv, acting and public speaking curriculums at Barbizon of Hollywood where he worked for two years and taught children from age 4-6 (of which he created the curriculum from the ground up), 7-12, 13-17 and adults (of which he also created the curriculum). His acting/comedy class is a combination of Stella Adler work (for the 12 and older students) and UCB improv training. Tim loves working with kids and helping them find their strengths, weaknesses and encourage what they love about performing!
Jessie Selleck - Teaching Artist 
Jessie Selleck is an East Coast native who studied musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She has been a performer since she was nine years old, and is delighted to be given the opportunity to share her passion for the arts with the students of MMPA! Jessie has experience as a teaching artist for K-12 performers, from directing and choreographing showcases, to audition coaching and music theory instruction. She was an instructor for Roanoke Children’s Theatre in her hometown of Roanoke, VA and went on the road for one year teaching and performing with Missoula Children’s Theatre. In Seattle, Jessie created and taught the Music curriculum for Illumination Learning Studios in Ballard/Greenwood and recently joined MMPA as an After-School Enrichment Instructor. Let’s get creative! 
Jeff Tapia - Teaching Artist
Jeff Tapia has been a working musician for 15 years, the majority of which were spent in Southern California where they attended The Culver City Academy of the Performing Arts. Starting with choral music in their youth, they later moved to musical theater and ultimately, into rock and roll where Jeff really found their voice. As a vocalist and guitarist for several projects in Seattle, they consistently perform around town, have appeared on several recording projects, and tour the United States.

Jeff’s classes are taught in a low pressure and positive atmosphere with an emphasis on improvisation, finding one’s own voice, and highlighting strengths. They firmly believe that no voice is a bad voice, and that no style is a bad style. This teaching experience stems from their volunteer work with Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, where creative self-expression is the key to self empowerment. Connecting with kids has always come easily to Jeff, and their outgoing personality and enthusiasm for the subject matter invokes excitement and attentiveness in their students.
Kevin Murphy - Teaching Artist 
Kevin Murphy picked up the guitar when he was 10 years old. At the age of 14, he formed his first band and performed around Seattle opening for established local bands, including Mudhoney. In 2006, Kevin formed the rock/folk band The Moondoggies which led to 4 full length albums on Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art. The Moondoggies have toured and performed alongside bands such as The Lumineers, The Cave Singers, The Head and The Heart, Blitzen Trapper and Dawes. Kevin has also shared the stage with legendary artists Robbie Robertson, CSNY, Brandi Carlile, Dave Mathews, and more.

Kevin’s teaching philosophy is based on learning the instrument in a fun, creative and personalized way connected to each individual student and their own mode of expression. He believes there are songs to be learned and songs to be written. Kevin’s goal is to ignite a fire in one’s self expression and confidence in playing that will remain with them their whole life, whether it’s onstage or in their living room. He feels music is incredibly valuable to communicate the feelings we can’t put into words and can rewire our brains for the better, especially in the minds of our young students. Kevin is the father to two wonderful young girls, Sonnie and Zuma. 
John Scott - Teaching Artist 
John Scott started training at the age of 8 in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and swing. He has been performing professionally since 2001 with companies such as Village Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Seattle Opera. Recent favorite roles are Don Lockwood in “Singin’ in the Rain”, Corny Collins in “Hairspray”, and Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls”. John is on faculty at several dance studios in the Pacific Northwest including Issaquah Dance Theatre and The Studios in Issaquah. John discovered his love for choreography through his teaching and has since choreographed productions such as “Mamma Mia” for Edmonds Heights and “Annie” at Seattle Musical Theatre in addition to numerous student pieces. 
Erin Crall - Teaching Artist 
Ms. Erin Crall has been teaching dance to students from 3 years old to adults since 2010. She studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and the Hungarian National Dance Academy and trained with master teachers in Balanchine, Bournonville, Vaganova, and Cecchetti ballet techniques. She also trained Graham and Horton modern techniques, jazz, tap, and character. Erin is a member of ARC Dance and has performed professionally with Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Professional Division student, concert:nova, at the Hungarian National Opera House, and as a Guest artist with various companies. Ms. Erin launched her choreographic career in 2011 with concert:nova. Since then, her work has been performed in Seattle, New York, and Cincinnati. Ms. Erin is also a rehearsal director, running ARC Dance’s Open Performing Group for adults; a private coach; and a choreographer for YAGP ensembles and solos.
Maiah Manser - Teaching Artist 
Seattle/Los Angeles-based, songwriter/professional singer and multi-instrumentalist Maiah Manser’s love of music began when she realized she could get out of preschool nap time by singing to other classes. As a student at Cornish College of the Arts, she met Mary Lambert; that chance meeting opened the door for an opportunity to tour with Lambert as a backing vocalist, opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams. At 20 years old she started her professional career as a solo artist and in 2019, collaborated with Lambert on her newest album ‘Grief Creature’ with a stunning feature on “Easy To Leave”. Manser has shined on both Capitol Hill Block Party (Main Stage) and Bumbershoot alongside artists like Bishop Briggs, CHVRCHES, Crystal Castles & ODESZA. Currently living in Los Angeles, Maiah is so happy to team up with MODE Music Studios again to present her “How To Become an Advanced Singer” 6 week course.
Sonia Kreitzer - Teaching Artist 
Sonia Kreitzer is an internationally touring singer, songwriter, soundhealer and yoga teacher. She is Yoga Alliance Certified through the YogaWorks program in Los Angeles and has studied under senior Iyengar teachers Sharat Arora and Usha Devi in India. She has a 15 year practice and in that time has been invited to teach everywhere from London to Bosnia. She loves sharing her joy of yoga with others.
Nina Williams-Teramachi - Teaching Artist 
Nina is a Japanese-American teaching artist and actor/stage-manager originally from Sapporo, Japan and Portland, Oregon working in Seattle. Nina recently stage-managed Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of My Antonia and on the stage management team at Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Public Works The Odyssey. They are especially passionate about training fellow arts administrators on applying EDI skills in the workplace and surviving the arts as a QPOC. Nina was last seen onstage as an actor in Washington Ensemble Theatre’s Northwest Premiere of Straight White Men. Nina also works as a teaching artist/educator, working with students from Original Work to Musical Theatre. Nina is a graduate of the Intiman Emerging Artist Program, the Seattle Children’s Theatre internship, and of the University of Washington.
Rachel Ewen Former - Teaching Artist 
Rachel Ewen has been a part of Mode Music and Performing Arts since its creation. She graduated from UW in 2012 She is lead vocal teacher for Mode Music Studios and creates theatre curriculum for MMPA. Rachel is passionate about creating arts programs that nurture creativity, collaboration, literacy and empathy. She has worked with artistic non-profits such as Seattle Theatre Group, KEXP, and Western Washington Center for the Arts.