Music & Arts Institute

Welcome to MAI

Providing  instruction to people of 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 have current openings for instruction on  violin, viola, flute, and trombone.  

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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Small Ensemble Coaching

Register with your ensemble to receive coaching sessions of 45 minutes each.  You will meet with your instructor on an agreed upon day and time at Uppc.
Cost is $26 per student per session.

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.
The 2023 scholarship competition is scheduled for Friday, May 26.

2022 Jim Schultz Scholarship Winners

Jacob Bronk

My name is Jacob Bronk, I am a 5th grader at Drum Intermediate School. I’ve been playing the piano for 3 years, studying with Maria Bokor. I like the piano because of all the different sounds you can create and songs you can compose. I feel accomplished when I work hard on a new piece and can play it without any mistakes. When I’m not playing the piano I enjoy soccer, golf and reading a good book.

Brooke VanRavenswaay

My name is Brook VanRavenswaay, and I have been playing the violin since I was ten, and I’m now a sophomore at Curtis Senior High School. I’ve studied privately with Lisa Ingraham for three years after joining the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. I’ve played in school orchestras, as well as Tacoma String Philharmonic under the direction of Dr. Anna Jensen, and Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra/Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony under the direction of Dr. Paul-Elliot Cobbs, and this year I’m playing under Dr. Cobbs once again as a member of the Tacoma Youth Symphony. I was a member of the Junior All-State Orchestra in 2021, and a member of the PLU Honors Orchestra in 2022, the latter directed by Dr. Carolyn Watson. I love the violin because it gives me a chance to embrace my love of music while also having opportunities to perform and compete. When I’m not practicing or studying for AP Physics, you can find me running around town with my Cross Country teammates.

Meet the Teachers

Maria Bokor

Piano & 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

Bio coming soon.

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 for 6 years.            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 by seeking out training with top instructors in the cello world. 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.

Micaela Derouin

Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Micaela Derouin was actively involved in school and church musical productions starting at six years old. She went on to study voice with LeeAnne Campos at Pacific Lutheran University, where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor in Musical Arts and a minor in Communication.
        From 2013-2015, Micaela spent her summers interning at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, where she helped direct musicals for the children's summer camp, Camp TMP. It was there that she discovered a love for working with kids, eventually leading her to teach private voice lessons. Micaela teaches both classical and contemporary styles and often draws on her studies in communication to help her students to not only improve their singing, but learn to truly connect with an audience.
Alongside teaching Micaela continues to take the stage herself. She has performed classical, jazz, and musical theater gigs with the Tacoma Opera, community theater, church services, and local fairs and festivals.
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