At Fingerprint, we love music, and we have a passionate philosophy of how to teach it. But more importantly, we love PEOPLE. Teaching music gives us the opportunity to form relationships with our students and their families. So we're very selective about our instructors — in addition to musical ability at the highest level, they have all shown a unique ability to connect with and understand people of all ages. Hundreds of interviews over the years have produced a small, extraordinary team of top-notch teachers. For our teachers, teaching is about connection, about understanding how students think, and about the deeper level of learning that is made possible with trust.
Jacob joined Fingerprint in 2019, where he teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, drums, and more. He is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, as well as a composer and arranger in a wide range of genres. As a student of USC Thornton School of Music, he also has experience with sound engineering and music production.
Jacob has sung professionally, performed nationally, and worked closely with kids of all ages for close to a decade, starting as a staff member of The Northwest Boychoir and subsequently moving to private instruction.
For Jacob, the most fulfilling aspect of music isn't hearing himself on movie or video game soundtracks, or performing alongside the Seattle Symphony, but rather, sharing the gift of music with eager young students. He is patient, helpful, and creative with an adaptable teaching style to fit every learner’s individual needs.
When he's not playing or teaching music, you might find him playing tennis or searching for Seattle's best dim sum.
Steven joined Fingerprint in 2019, and teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, drums, voice, violin, viola, and cello. He has played guitar since he was a young child and later learned viola and piano. He received his Bachelors in Music from Friends University and his Masters degree in Film Composition from Seattle Film Institute. He has spent 8 years providing lessons in music to a variety of students and instruments.
Steven is also a composer for local indie video game teams. He loves playing video games, board games, and card games, as well as enjoying the beautiful forests and mountains of Washington with his wife and daughter.
Diego joined Fingerprint in 2019, where he teaches piano, guitar, and ukulele. He graduated from the University of Washington in psychology and music, and has played with several musical groups over the years. His favorite styles are jazz and pop.
Diego currently organizes a monthly jazz jam in Fremont, and regularly plays for both live performances and recording projects.
Mitchell joined Fingerprint in 2019, where he teaches guitar, bass, piano and drums. He is a classically trained guitarist and an alumni of Berklee College of Music. In 2009, Mitchell placed 1st in the Washington state solo and ensemble contest. While at Berklee, he studied classical and jazz music theory, as well as guitar performance. He has a passion for teaching all styles of music, and knows how to help students achieve their musical goals.
He also has a passion for recording and producing all different genres of music. He has a music studio in West Seattle where he records various local artists, along with his original compositions.
Gianfranco Foddai joined Fingerprint in 2018. He first started studying piano at age 8 in his home country of Italy, and has continued to have a deep love of music throughout his life. He studied Piano, Composition, and Music and New Technologies at the “Conservatorio di Musica di Sassari” (Conservatory of Music of Sassari), graduating in 2008. During that time, Gianfranco also developed a passion for the guitar and later became interested in rock music, funk and soul, electronic, and European folk music.
As a professional musician in Italy, Gianfranco worked as a multi-instrumentalist live performer, producer, audio engineer, and music teacher. He moved to Seattle in November of 2017, where he has continued to develop his professional music career.
Gianfranco is currently the keyboardist of J. Anaya & the Current, and plays live with other artists in the Seattle area. He also continues to compose and produce music in his free time, and enjoys making pasta at home.
Drew Harper joined Fingerprint Music School in 2020. He teaches guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele with over two decades of musical experience. Drew is a long time gigging musician in Seattle, starting semi-professionally in high school performing at street fairs, festivals, and other events, as well as playing in his own bands. Since then Drew has gone on to perform at world-class festivals such as Bumbershoot and Capitol Hill Block Party.
Drew has been mentored by top-notch musicians coming from diverse musical backgrounds and styles, such as Brazilian pianist and featured soloist in the Paraís Chamber Orchestra, Helena Azevedo, and Seattle’s master of jazz bass, Steve Kim.
Drew strives to not only teach his students to play an instrument, but to love and appreciate music. He believes this is done best through fostering curiosity and creativity. This means encouraging each individual student to have the freedom and confidence to express themselves and to explore what makes them excited.
Scott joined the Fingerprint team in 2017. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 15 years experience on drum set, piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and various other percussion instruments. A native of Bremerton, Washington, he was exposed to music since infancy, thus developing a deep familiarity with music from day one. His musical passion led him to Washington State University where he studied percussion.
After a stint in central California, Scott returned to Puget Sound to continue pursuing his career as a teacher and performer. He’s also been an instructor for the Northwest Percussion Festival, a clinician at the Northwest Percussion Project, and a clinician for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho.
Scott is currently the full time drummer for Seattle-area bands Trick Candles and Purple Mane, and he also performs regularly with various other artists around the Puget Sound.
Cody joined Fingerprint in 2016, and has been playing music nearly all his life. He first began studying the classical guitar at the age of 6 and has been in love with the instrument ever since. He went on to study with recent Grammy winner Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music and graduated in Music Performance.
Now he regularly performs classical, jazz, rock, and pop music at weddings, parties, events, and music clubs around the Seattle area, including the Ballard Homestead, the Tractor Tavern, and the lobby of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. He is also an accomplished composer, arranger, and recording artist.
David joined Fingerprint in 2015, where he teaches piano, guitar and drums. He has been playing music since age 5 and has played a wide range of styles, including classical, jazz, rock, pop and various world styles.
David received his Bachelor's of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Iowa and a Master's of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Washington. He currently plays in several musical groups around Seattle.
Jacob Black founded Fingerprint Music School in Kansas City in 2006, when he started offering piano & guitar lessons out of his basement. Over the next several years, he began developing the unique approach that became the Fingerprint Method. Word spread quickly, and he started expanding with additional teachers and training them in the Fingerprint Method, soon opening a second branch in Seattle.
Jacob studied the piano & guitar as a child with private instructors, and later studied deeply on his own into music theory and jazz via books (this was before YouTube), plus lots of real-world experience onstage and at jam sessions.