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Welcome to The student's page


Music-making this year is going to be

just 'out of this world'!



Let's Get Started!


Come visit and say hello!

If you are a new student considering music instruction at The Lark's Nest Music Studio, please schedule a visit to meet me and see the Music Studio.  I love meeting students face to face to chat and hear about your musical interests. 


The Music Studio is located at 1120 NW 61st Street, Seattle 98107 in the west side of the duplex.  The entrance is down the driveway on the left side of the house, as the front entrance is for the occupant of the other half of the duplex.   Parking is available on the street only.


The Music Studio contact number is 360-701-1844.  Texting this number or emailing are the best ways to get in touch.





  • Instrument - Tune your piano at least once a year.   If an electronic keyboard is your instrument, make sure it has a full keyboard with 88 keys, weighted keys, and an expression pedal.

  • Music Books:


WunderKeys Piano For Preschoolers: Book 1-3, 2nd Edition.   These can only be purchased on Amazon. 

We will complete Books 1, 2, and 3 over this school year.  Be sure you order the Preschool books and not the Primer books!

Optional - Wunderbie Finger Puppets



Ages 5-6 - Faber Young Piano Adventures.  We will be using Lesson and Writing Books - A, B, and C over this school year. 

The Sticker and Flashcard resources will also be required.  Christmas Books A and B, C are optional, but perfect for the Holiday Program in December.


Ages 7-10 - Faber Piano Adventures or other preferred method books already in use for the appropriate level of the student.  

We will be making our own flashcards.  Plus Christmas, Jewish Holidays, and Supplemental Books - popular, jazz, etc. that look appealing to your student's eye.


Ages 11 and up - a combination of technic, theory, and music books will be used depending on the level and abilities of the student.  We will be making our own flashcards.  Also add Holiday and Supplemental Books - popular, jazz, etc. that look interesting to your student.



Beginning students - Adult Piano Bravo Pack.  Add any Holiday and Supplemental Books - popular, jazz, etc. of interest.

Advanced students - the sky is the limit! 

  • Pencil with a great eraser

  • A binder with pockets and assignment pages will be provided for you by the Music Studio

  • A backpack or tote bag would be helpful to have all books and resources available at each lesson - decorate your own or consider the Piano Adventure Tote Bag



  • NEWOur Google Drive Music Library - check out music for Preschoolers in the !Piano Party! folders; music for Youth (ages 6 - 10) in the Piano Adventures folders; and music for Older Youth/Adults in the Piano Explorations folders.  This music is free for students of The Lark's Nest Music Studio and a great resource!

  • Our YouTube Channel - Please subscribe for easy access to playlists.

  • Our Facebook Page - Please 'like' our page and share with your friends, add your pictures or reviews here too!



  • Choose a weekly class/lesson day/time you feel confident will work with your schedule.  Check your email for the latest available lesson or class times. 

  • Choose a daily time to enjoy playing your instrument.  Making music a part of your daily activities will make progressing much easier!

  • If you are ever unsure if you have a lesson/class, just check the Studio Calendar on this site or contact Carol.

  • Add these important dates to your home calendar.



Important dates:



  • Halloween Program - a costumed celebration of music-making - a howlllling good time for all

Saturday, October 27 at 2 pm  Merrill Gardens in Ballard - 2418 NW 56th St


  • Holiday Program - a festive celebration of music on piano, organ, and voice

Saturday, December 1 at 2 pm  Columbia Lutheran Home - 4700 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm  Factoria Mall (organ solo/duo and organ/piano duo students only)


  • Winter Tropical Island Day - Students only

Saturday, February 9 - 2 pm to 3:15


  • Master Class - preparing for the year-end recital - Students only

Saturday, May 4 - 2 - 3 pm

St. Paul's UCC - 6512 12th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117


  • Year-End Spring Recital and Reception for Students, Friends, and Family

Saturday, June 8 - 2 pm

Students should arrive no later than 1:45 pm

Bring your music and a treat to share at the reception


Holidays and Breaks

  • Thanksgiving - November 22, 23, 24 - No Lessons

  • Holiday Break - December 24 -  January 5 - No Lessons  

  • MLK - January 21 - No Lessons

  • Winter Break - February 18 - 23 - No Lessons

  • Spring Break - April 8 - 13 and 22 - 27 - No Lessons

  • Carol's College Reunion - Princeton, NJ - May 16 - 18 - No Lessons

  • Memorial Day - May 27 - No Lessons



  • Music Studio Calendar 2018-2019 

Green - lesson days   Red - no lesson days   Yellow - Music Studio events   Blue - Winter or Summer Music Camp

Music Studio Calendar - 2018-2019.jpg

Enjoy this Student Page:

  • Learn about and listen to famous COMPOSERS

  • Learn about and listen to STAR STUDENTS from The Lark's Nest Music Studio

  • Participate in All-Studio Challenges and Composition Projects

Last updated 11/11/18

FALL SESSION - September and October 

 Fall Session - Composer 

 Fall - Music Studio Star 

Gustav Holst - The Planets

We'll add more info as students learn about this amazing composer.


Click on the picture to hear The Planets from a Young People's Concert in 1972  with Leonard Bernstein teaching young people about the piece.  He is conducting the New York Philharmonic and adds a special treat with an orchestral improvisation inspired by the 'not yet discovered at the time of Holst's composition' planet, Pluto!

Carol Banach
I've been playing the piano forever, it seems, but my first memory was my Dad teaching me when I was 3 years old.  I always wanted to be a music teacher so, now that I'm an adult, I actually get to do what I really love!
Click on the picture to hear me play one of the pianos at Greenlake from the Pianos in the Parks summer program in 2016.  The link will take you to our YouTube page where you'll find more videos to view!

 All Studio - "Out in Space" Improvisation 

 Peace Project with Bill Evans' "Peace Piece" 

 Mystery Tunes and Pumpkin Boogie 

 HOLIDAY SESSION - November and December 

 Print out the holiday picture below and color the faces as you like, 

 for the artist purposefully left that up to the viewer! 

 All Studio - 30-Day Playing Challenge

 "I Am ThankFul"

Holiday Program with music from many cultures 


 Music Studio Stars 



 Wait til you see who's here

 next week! 


Want to contact Carol?  The best way is to text 206-552-0876.

Feel free to ask questions, make comments, and even

share your thoughts on how music lessons make you feel or how

making music has changed your life that can be added to our website.


Thank you for being a part of The Lark's Nest Music Studio family!

With gratitude, Carol

The Lark's Nest Music Studio 

1120 NW 61st St, Seattle, WA 98107


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