Music & Arts Institute

Welcome to MAI

Providing  instruction to people of all ages and skill levels, including private lessons, early childhood music classes,  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, cello, guitar, voice, piano, and flute.  
*We are now teaching in-person lessons but are taking precautions due to COVID-19.
The rate for private instruction is $28 per 30-minute lesson, $42 for 45 minutes, or $56 for 60 minutes, payable on a month to month basis.
For questions or to be connected with a teacher for a free trial lesson,  please contact Lisa Todd  at 253-564-2522, ext 162 or [email protected]  Scholarship information is available upon request.
Already completed your initial registration? Use the appropriate buttons below to make additional online payments.
Lessons will not take place on national holidays. You will be offered a make-up lesson on another day or be given a credit.


KinderFlute is a teaching method designed for young flute students between the ages of 4 to 9 years old. Many children play violin or piano at an early age, and younger children are now able to begin playing the flute using instruments with curved head joints and keys specially designed for smaller hands. Classes include both private instruction and weekly group sessions filled with learning games and fun activities.
KinderFlute will resume classes the first week of October.
What does it cost?
The cost for the KinderFluteTM program is $32 per week, which includes a 30-minute private lesson, and a 45-minute group class.
Do I need to buy an instrument?
A flute may be borrowed from the teacher or one can be rented or purchased at Ted Brown
For more information on KinderFlute or flute instruction, contact our teacher, Susan Hallstead, [email protected]

Puget Sound Flute Choir

The Puget Sound Flute Choir  will resume rehearsals this fall. Please check back for start date!
It is open to intermediate through advanced players of all ages. Rehearsals are for 1 hour once a week. We perform at UPPC as well as in the community. The cost is $120 per session.   For more information, please contact Susan Hallstead at

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.
Coaching sessions  will be limited to 4 students at a time due to social distancing restrictions.

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.

2021 Jim Schultz Scholarship Winners

Adahlia Bosh

Adahlia Bosh is a 7th grader at Mason Middle School. She has studied the cello with Lisa Todd since September of 2020. She also plays the piano and has sung with the Alleluia Singers at UPPC. She loves the cello because there are so many possibly sounds it can make and because the tones ring when you play the note just so. In her spare time (other than practicing instruments) she likes to read books and play softball.

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.

Betty Ellsworth

Betty Ellsworth is a graduate of the Music Education program at Muskingham College in Ohio, and has received Suzuki training at the Eastman School of Music. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and recently came to the Northwest from Rochester, New York, where she taught at the esteemed Hochstein School of Music & Dance for many years.
        She offers instruction in Suzuki violin, as well as traditional violin and viola and accepts students of all ages and ability levels. Betty is excited about the opportunities the Lord has for her here and loves serving him through her gifts of music & teaching.  

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.

Ian Crocker

Originally from Denver, Ian moved to Tacoma in 2015 to attend the University of Puget Sound. Since his arrival, he has regularly performed with jazz-fusion outfit 322, saxophonist Tracy Knoop, and many of his own groups, including the Pocket Change quartet, the Ian Crocker Trio, eclectic student ensemble Wombo Combo, and others.
        Ian is a firm believer in the power of music to bridge boundaries--between people, nations, cultures, and even between parts of ourselves. Though his career has so far focused specifically on jazz, he devotes considerable time to classical repertoire, folk styles, contemporary pop music, and much more. His passion for arranging and bandleading allows him to explore these eclectic interests within the context of more familiar jazz settings--making for exciting shows far outside of traditional jazz boundaries.
        Outside of his life in music, Ian is an avid reader, a somewhat-less-avid runner, and a hiking guide

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 later studied 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. There, she helped direct musicals for the children's summer camp, Camp TMP. In 2017, she joined the Tacoma Opera chorus, performing in productions such as Carmen and The Merry Widow.
        Micaela has been teaching private voice lessons since 2017 and is passionate about helping students not just be able to sing, but also be able to connect with an audience.
Questions? Lisa Todd, MAI Director, [email protected] | 253.564.2522, ext. 162

“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