Here are some recommendations from students and parents.


Terry & Barbara

posted Nov 7, 2012, 2:28 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated May 26, 2014, 4:43 AM ]

Mercer Island Piano Lessons

"We are extremely pleased with our daughter's musical growth under the guidance of Mitch Odom. As a professional musician and composer, Mitch elevates the piano lesson to a level far beyond simply teaching students to read notes on a page. His enthusiasm and sense of humor keep lessons fun yet focused and he brilliantly imparts his love of music and the fine points of performance with even his youngest students. We consider Mitch to be an exceptional find on Mercer Island!"  

                                                                                                                            ~ Mercer Island


posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:28 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 4:54 PM ]

Mercer Island Piano Lessons

"Mitch has a great way of making music fun for my boys. Their piano lessons are not 
just about the keyboard; they sing, learn fun rhythms from around the world with 
many different instruments, create their own music and perform with others."

"They really get a chance to develop a deep sense and understanding of MUSIC."   

                                                                                      -  Mercer Island - Teacher


posted Nov 3, 2012, 5:02 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 1:32 PM ]

Mercer Island Drum Lessons

I have a busy schedule with full-time work and 4 sports leagues that I play in year round.

Even with my busy schedule Vance has helped to get my drumming to the level whereI was

able to perform shows with other talented musicians. I am on my 5th year of lessons and 

I feel that my drumming and performing is tops thanks to to Vance!

                                                                                                        - Stu F.


posted Nov 3, 2012, 5:00 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 1:33 PM ]

Mercer Island Drum Lessons

I started taking lessons with Vance shortly after moving to Seattle in 2003.

I knew quickly that I had found someone who I could trust was going to help

me reach my goals and help me become a better drummer.

Using books that he has used constantly over the years and the two books he has written, he's

come up with a very easily, understandable and fun curriculum that kept me

engaged and wanting to continue to push myself to do better.

His teachings have improved my abilities as a drummer and made me a more confident musician.

It's made playing in a band more interesting for me and I continue to take lessons

with him every week. Thank you Vance!

                                                                                                                                                                                    - Zach A.


posted Nov 3, 2012, 4:42 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 1:30 PM ]

Mercer Island Drum Lessons

"Vance... I’d like to take a minute and thank you for teaching me how to

have so much fun on my new drum kit.  You’ve developed a great teaching

strategy – for me it’s the perfect balance of technique, drills, basics, different

music styles, and then there are all the songs we play along with!  

At first I felt self-conscious, but quickly became very comfortable. You really

stress that it’s fun and that my mistakes are ok and a part of the learning process.

I really like that you’ll play examples of the beats for me as slow or as fast as I ask,

so that I can hear the rhythms the way I need to understand them.


From the professional perspective, I appreciate that you are extremely reliable – you’ve

never cancelled a session, yet you’ve been flexible when I’ve needed to reschedule. You
clearly have a passion for drumming, and it comes through during my lessons.
I hope you never stop teaching!


                                                                                                                                                                                Sharon E."


posted Nov 3, 2012, 4:33 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 4:50 PM ]

Mercer Island Drum Lessons

To drummers everywhere! 

After a few years of lessons with Vance, I am a way better drummer and less self-conscious about my playing. This has allowed me to go out and play in 4 bands in the last 6 years. 

My favorite and most current band is a 60's/70's cover band. We have played out about 6 or 7 times, playing at parties and weddings. 

Music is opening an entire new window in my life and I would never have been able to do this without Vance's teaching and encouragement. 

My drum lessons are always the high point of my week. Even though playing in the band is it's own special kick, my lessons are by far the coolest part of my music. Being able to take lessons from him has been a real plus in my life. 

                                                                                                 - Bob F.


posted Jan 18, 2012, 7:33 PM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Nov 3, 2012, 4:43 PM ]

Mercer Island music lessons review.jpg

"Thank you for all of your work with her
and for your support.  You are a marvelous
and inspirational teacher."

          Mercer Island - Business professional


posted Sep 18, 2011, 12:18 AM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Aug 10, 2014, 4:09 AM ]

mercer island music lessons music teacher composer 98040

"When I try to asses what I have learned from you it is just overwhelming ... in addition, now I even write music. This is so unbelievable! I owe you so much. You are a wonderful teacher and able to transmit your love of music to your students. Thank you for sharing your gift with me." 

Hollywood -  Pianist, composer


posted Sep 18, 2011, 12:13 AM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Oct 6, 2012, 1:46 PM ]

mercer island music lessons teacher 98040

" ... an excellent and enthusiastic teacher, sensitive to the needs of his students ... a truly gifted and talented musician." 

Los Angeles - Teacher

Charlie and Lisa

posted Sep 18, 2011, 12:04 AM by Mitchell Odom   [ updated Nov 3, 2012, 4:43 PM ]

mercer island music lessons recommend 98040

"Our fourteen-year old son is mesmerized by Mitch's stories about being a professional musician, appreciative of how Mitch relates to him as an equal, intrigued by how Mitch helps him understand the music he listens to, and excited by the variety and complexity of the music that Mitch has taught him to play.

As parents, we appreciate Mitch's ability to not only maintain but deepen our son's interest, month by month. He started with the blues and Latin music at our request. Current rock and classical music have worked their way into the mix. Mitch has taught him to improvise and encouraged his creativity, all the while holding him to a high standard of performance."  

Mercer Island - Business professionals

1-10 of 10