About Us

From small beginnings in 1996, Half Note has grown to become one of the leaders of music instruction in the greater Seattle area. Jack Dowdell started teaching guitar to a handful of students when he wasn’t teaching music in the public school system, but it wasn’t long before the good word started to spread and he had more students than he could handle alone.

In no time at all the school had a physical location and team of experienced and dedicated instructors teaching all kinds of instruments. The enthusiasm and passion of Half Note students helped us become who we are today, and we are always excited to welcome new students to the school!

Jack Dowdell


Our Teachers

All half note music school instructors are handpicked by the school director, Jack.  Our instructors have earned music degrees, have a history of performances, have solid teaching experience or have combinations of all three.

Our instructors are committed to the Half Note Music School method, which calls for a holistic approach to the language of music while utilizing its essential elements. Each individual students curricula is tailored to them personally and is based on the ability, goals and preferred song styles of the student.

We offer lessons for any skill level and for a large number of instruments, including guitar, piano, voice, bass, cello, viola, violin, clarinet and many more. If you have questions about our instructors or our offerings please reach out to us!