Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Peter Cramer has been singing, playing woodwinds and piano since early childhood. The son of professional musicians, Peter began singing in local choirs and toured Europe by the age of 13. Later studies also led to performances in Chicago and New York, and further Midwest tours with the University of Minnesota's Men's Chorus under the direction of Kathy Saltzman Romey. While actively singing in the Minneapolis area, Peter also studied classical saxophone under local notable Nancy Truchinski, performing regular recitals at local concert halls. Since moving to Seattle in 2000, Peter performed in local venues and studied privately with jazz vocalist Greta Metassa, until continuing his music studies at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in the fall of 2003. While receiving scholarships in each successive year at Cornish, Peter studied and performed with jazz notables Julian Priester, Hans Teuber, Chuck Deardorf, Randy Halberstadt, Denney Goodhew, Jim Knapp, Dawn Clement, Hans Brehmer, Jeff Johnson, and Chris Symer. He also performed in master class with Kevin Mahogany, Matt Wilson and the Bill Mays Trio. Peter graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Music in spring of 2007. Before, during and after pursuing his degree, Peter has actively performed around the Seattle area, including performances at Cornish's PONCHO recital hall, Tula's jazz club, Seattle City Hall, every Monday night for 2 years at the Capital Club, and many others. Peter has also arranged music for big bands, including the Jim Knapp orchestra, and his arrangements have been performed by the orchestra at the Seattle Drum School. Throughout his extensive performance and educational history, Peter has also been teaching privately since 2007. His teaching experience includes the Half Note Studio in Bellevue from 2007 to 2011, and Plateau Music in Issaquah from 2010 to 2017. Currently he teaches from his home studio in the north Admiral neighborhood of West Seattle, and performs with his own quartet featuring various top talents of Seattle's music community.
Music instruction with a view taught in the north Admiral neighborhood of West Seattle. Piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and voice. Arranging, transcription, and theory also available. Minimum age 8-10. Intermediate and advanced students preferred. Serious beginners and in home lessons considered on a case by case basis. Lesson availability limited. Please click the contact link and write a brief message for scheduling and interviews.
WHAT HIS STUDENTS SAY . . .
Peter knows and loves music – he thoroughly “gets” people – and his teaching reflects both of these exceptional gifts. Peter’s teaching is the patient, intuitive “unlocking” of both youth and adults who want to master their own musical expression, whether instrumental or voice. He can “grow” a six-year-old with just the right pacing and success, inspire a young teen to more playful confidence, and help a 70-year-old to relax old patterns for the joy of creating new ones.
My eight-year-old granddaughter and I have been his students for the past two years, and we both feel the magic as we are growing in our own ways. In summary, Peter’s teaching is personal, versatile, and simply masterful!
Dr. Janet Barry
Issaquah School District
Click on the Vimeo link in the sunset to connect to some new video clips of some old songs and a few new originals. Full versions of the tunes available upon request.
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