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Music & Arts Institute

Welcome to MAI

Providing  instruction to all ages and skill levels including private lessons,  summer  camps, workshops, and performance opportunities.

Private Instruction

We are a year-round program providing private instruction from professional instructors to people of all ages and experience levels. New students are  accepted on an ongoing basis depending on the availability of the teacher. We currently have  openings for instruction on cello, guitar, bass guitar and flute.

The rate for private instruction is $29 per 30-minute lesson, $43.50 for 45 minutes, or $58 for 60 minutes, payable on a month to month basis. Scholarship information available upon request.
Please contact Lisa Todd to be directed to a teacher and to schedule a free trial lesson. You will then be sent a link to register.
 [email protected] or (253) 292-6611.
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Jim Schultz Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in honor of Jim Schultz, a beloved UPPC musician who loved Jesus, people,  and music!
There are two scholarships awarded yearly to recognize current Music & Arts Institute students who show outstanding dedication to their musical studies. Candidates are nominated by their teachers and then participate in a competition in the spring where two winners are chosen.  All current MAI students are eligible but need to be recommended by their teacher.
This 2024 scholarship  competition is Friday, May 17.

2024 Jim Schultz Scholarship Winners

Luci Cuenca

My name Luci Cuenca. I’ve played the violin for 7 years with Mrs. Ingrahm  as my private teacher. I’m enrolled in the Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony and have played in my school orchestra since I started violin. I’m just finishing my sophomore year of high school, and am looking forward to next year and the things I will accomplish. I love all the opportunities that music gives me, whether it’s playing at school board meetings or meeting new people. If I’m not practicing my violin, I’m crocheting or playing flag football. Overall, being in the different orchestras for the past few years has provided me with new friends, knowledge, and experiences.

Patrick Cabigao

My name is Patrick Cabigao, and I'm currently finishing my sophomore year at Curtis Senior High School. It's been six years since I began playing the viola in the spring of 4th grade.  I started taking private lessons with Karl Albrecht after I joined the Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony last September and with his mentorship, I feel myself improving faster than I ever have before. Along with being in TJYS, I've also played in school orchestras for as long as I've been playing the viola. One of my favorite memories from being in a school orchestra was performing as a group in San Francisco, and not only were the performances there memorable, but also simply traveling around San Francisco with my friends and fellow orchestra members was an experience I'm certain I'll remember for a long time. I've really enjoyed playing the viola with all the music, friends, and memories it has brought me, and I'm hoping to continue playing into the far future.

Meet the Teachers

Maria Bokor

Piano, Violin, Viola
Maria Bokor has studied the piano beginning at the age of 4. She was a piano major at the New England Conservatory and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Reed College in piano studies. She was the pianist for the Community of Christ church in Puyallup for many years and taught piano at the Annie Wright School. Maria combines the Suzuki approach with traditional European methods in her teaching.
 Maria is also a professional violist and is the Associate Principal viola of the Tacoma Symphony.  She studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received a Master of Music in viola performance from the University of Victoria, Canada. Maria is also a physical therapist and brings those skills to help ensure relaxed playing with good posture.

Kristina Thomas

Kristina Thomas began studying piano in the second grade at Tacoma Baptist Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University and taught high school band and orchestra in the Tacoma Public Schools for three years.
 Kristina has taught both piano and flute in the Puget Sound area since 1994. She is currently on the staff of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and the Minister of Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Lisa Ingraham

Lisa Ingraham, a native of Tacoma, WA, studied violin with Helen Pagels of Olympia, in High School, and Heifetz protégé, Ann Tremaine, at Pacific Lutheran University, where she majored in K-12 String and Choral Education.  She also studied voice with Zoanne Wilkie, Jean Kopta and Marianne Weltmann, and often draws on her vocal training, as well as her background in theatre and dance, to expand her ability to convey musical ideas.  
 Lisa began her teaching career while still in Jr. High and has maintained a private studio ever since.  In 1998 she started teaching at Cascade Christian Schools’ Tacoma Elementary and the program has since expanded to include all three elementary campuses, as well as the Jr/Sr High.  
 An active performer, she plays with Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Opera, as well as doing free-lance work, and is a founding member of the Con Brio String Quartet.  

Karl Albrecht

Violin & Viola
Karl has taught both violin and viola for more than 25 years. His students routinely achieve the highest possible scores in competitions and evaluations. He uses multiple resources to teach students from the earliest to the most advanced levels and tailors his teaching to each individual student's abilities. 
  After majoring in Viola Performance at Pacific Lutheran University, Karl moved to Southern California to continue studying and received a full ride scholarship to play in the Cal State Long Beach String Quartet and played with the LA Philharmonic Institute Orchestra for two seasons.
 Karl has performed with multiple professional orchestras including the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Opera, and Tacoma Opera. He played principal viola for the national tour of Steven Sondheim’s “Into The Woods.” Karl has performed for television, film, and in the recording industry. He is currently under contract with the Redlands Symphony and with the Oregon Coast Music Festival as associate principal viola.

Loren Tucker

Loren grew up in the Seattle area where he participated in his school wind ensembles, choirs and jazz bands.  He also studied guitar privately and played on his church worship team.  After high school he studied music and audio engineering at Shoreline Community College.  He then transferred to Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee, where he earned his Bachelor of Music, guitar principle, with a Music Business Emphasis.  Loren has experience as a session musician, producer and musical director.  Currently he is the Director of Contemporary Music and University Place Presbyterian Church.  In His spare time, he enjoys skiing, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife and their two children.

Lisa Todd

Lisa Todd started playing cello at a young age and studied with Fern Glass Boyd at the University of Montana. She then studied with David Hoffman at Pacific Lutheran University and graduated  with a degree in K-12 instrumental music and taught orchestra in the Federal Way public schools at the elementary and junior high level.  As a young mom, she turned her focus to private teaching and has continued for over 30 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels and continues to sharpen her teaching skills. Lisa is the Director of UPPC’s Music and Arts Institute and also enjoys teaching early childhood music at UPPC's Sunset Christian Preschool.

Mick Crosby

Mick Crosby spent 34 years with the Tacoma School District as an elementary teacher and principal. He is a member of the UPPC Chancel Brass and plays with the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. His primary goal is to share with young musicians the joys and musical challenges of playing the trombone.

Susan Halstead

Flute & KinderFlute
Susan Hallstead has been playing and teaching the flute for over 20 years. She studied flute and vocal performance at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. Her flute teachers have included Scott Goff (Seattle Symphony), Felix Skowronek (UofW), and Murray Panitz (Philadelphia Orchestra/Curtis Institute).  Susan also studied flute pedagogy with award-winning KinderFlute™ creator, Kathy Blocki. While in college, she was a member of the Tacoma Symphony, the Contemporary Group Woodwind Quintet, and was principal flute of the U of W Symphony.
 Susan is currently pursuing the study of World flutes, including Irish penny whistle, Chinese dizi flute, and Native American Flute, and is a member of the Wind Spirit Native American Flute Circle.

Katie Hausler


John Bangs

Bass & Acoustic Guitar
Katie was born and raised in a musical household with a father who played every instrument you can imagine. She has been singing since she was 3 years old and performed in children's choirs and productions. She officially started taking voice lessons when she was around 12 years old, and continued taking them into college. She studied music at Concordia University Irvine and has sung in multiple Acapella groups, on different worship teams, and in college choirs. She is currently the Minister of Worship Arts and Choir Director at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and is the vocal director for Mustard Seed Theatre.
John has over twenty-five years professional experience as a bass guitarist, acoustic guitarist, music director, and producer both in live performance and in the recording studio. He earned a degree emphasizing Music, Music Business, and Recording Technology at Shoreline Community College, and was privileged to attend the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood under the original faculty, which featured renowned bassists like Ray Brown, Jeff Berlin, and Bob Magnusson and guitarists like Pat Martino, Robben Ford, and Joe Diorio.
Early in his career, John was an in-demand studio bassist and a freelance “side-man” on the bass guitar, recording in Los Angeles and Seattle. John is skilled in a wide variety of musical styles—rock, jazz, funk, pop, R&B, blues & gospel.
In addition to the bass guitar at all levels, John teaches beginner and intermediate acoustic guitar, and can teach a chordal and theory-based approach for those who want to learn to improvise from chords on the piano keyboard.
Questions? Lisa Todd, MAI Director, [email protected] | 253.292.6611

“MAI serves people of all ages with exceptional individualized instruction.”

- Dianna

“Our son’s career was inspired in part as a result of several years of immensely enriching and educational instruction from MAI.”

- Bryan

"Our son began Suzuki Violin when he was 5 years old  with Miss Betty at MAI. He is now a member of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and is a student in the University of Indiana String Academy. It all began with the Music & Arts Institute and Miss Betty!

- Jeffrey