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Tracy Kim Joins Swaha! Teaching Team

November 27, 2017

Swaha! Studios is delighted to welcome Tracy Kim to its growing team of music teachers. Tracy is one of the most in-demand guitarists and teachers in the Pacific Northwest. He studied music composition and jazz guitar at the University of Oregon where he received his degree in music. Since then he has put his guitar virtuosity to work on a wide range of projects. Locally, he can be seen shredding with Portland’s favorite Gypsy Jazz ensembles, The Kung Pao Chickens. Tracy also can be caught backing up many of NW’s popular singer songwriters, such as McKinley, Pete Krebs, etc. He also performs and co-leads dark folk music with his band Common Starling. He co-wrote MTV’s Teen Mom “Get Away” with McKinley, and the song “Deep,” which was featured in NBC’s “Life” episode #109. He also co-wrote all songs and produced Muriel Stanton’s cd, “The Way You Love Me.” He composed and produced the score for the films, “Devil’s in My Coffee” and “The...

Josh Cole joins Swaha! Teaching Team

November 27, 2017

Swaha! Studios is happy to announce the addition of Josh Cole to its teaching team. Josh has been in and around music his whole life. Starting with music lessons at a young age, and now having been in the local music scene professionally for over 20 years, Joshs’ understanding and love of music is plain to see and he shares that both on the stage and in music instruction. Through the years Josh has played with countless bands on a multitude of instruments, and this combined with his knowledge and strong communication has made him a successful music teacher in the local area.When not doing music, Josh can be found running sound for local theatre, producing podcasts or consulting on various creative projects through his company Ol’ Woofie Productions. For more information you can find him on the web at www.joshcolebluegrass.com

Meet The Committee

May 20, 2017

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Everything Is Everything

May 20, 2017

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An intro...for now.

May 20, 2017

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Swaha! Mission, Vision, Values and Culture

December 7, 2015

The mission of Swaha! is to offer individuals, families, teams, corporations, groups, and the world the possibility of experiencing and cultivating peace of mind, body and soul through music. The vision of Swaha! is that humans experience the power of their true nature, the vastness of their infinite connection to others and their complete relationship to the entire cosmos. The guiding values of Swaha! are: - Oneness, wholeness - Love - Possibility - Clarity - Acceptance - Gratitude        - Peace The culture of Swaha! has these attributes: - Heart guided - Empowered        - Relaxed - Playful - Creative - Freedom Within Frameworks - Students of Music and Life - Everything is "figureoutable"        - Respectful        - Curious        - Safe        - Expansive