As we reflected on how our community has supported us, we decided to build our connection with people that will create generosity and empathy. With the current events, we felt that we needed this now more than ever...Soundsync is opening its digital doors to new students.
Expression through illuminating thought and the elevation of spirit.
Our Unique Approach

The Method

Our unique approach to preserving the art of violin, viola, and piano performance stems from a traditional style of teaching that began over 100 years ago in St. Petersburg Russia. 

Early education begins with the school’s masterclasses, private lessons with guest artists, student recitals, as well as collaborative student workshops, which challenge students to familiarize with music theory and necessary vocabulary to successfully participate in the given activities. Advancing students must show ability to demonstrate technique and develop skills to teach and communicate complex concepts as they will eventually mentor progressing students. 

Wondering why our music lessons are so effective? Keep reading.


When students grasp the basics of their musical interests, they feel a sense of pride and confidence in themselves. Our music lessons equip our students to have a solid foundation in their musical ability through language comprehension, analysis, and the art of performance. Students are also guided into developing into well-rounded musicians equipped with leadership, communication, and creative abilities. Our small music school encourages every student to share their learned skills. This allows them to embrace the journey and the values that learning music brings to their mental and social well-being. 
The capacity to play music doesn’t start and end with knowing how to play an instrument, but where that music takes you inside yourself.


SoundSync is proudly advised by Alla Aranovskaya. Ms. Alla Aranovskaya has more than 30 years of teaching and international professorships. We started our school in 2019 and proudly presented our very first recital in September of the same year. Our founder, owner, and main instructor is Rinna Mai, is a nationally recognized music teacher. Rinna Mai is the main instructor at the school, but guest artists also frequently offer classes.

Our method of pedagogy for violin and viola program is passed down from the long lineage of Leopold Auer.  When you become part of Soundsync, you are becoming part of a tradition and an international family made of living descendants of Leopold's legacy. The unique blend of performance emphasis as well as music analysis helps cultivate focused students who learn to read beyond what is in front of them and consider the historical elements of how classical music evolved to be. 

"Imagination Creates Reality."
- Richard Wagner



I'm a passionate music teacher!

Rinna Mai
Violin, Viola, and Piano Teacher

Rinna is an experienced music teacher, instructing violin, viola, and piano. She’s studied viola with renowned violist Boris Vayner, piano with Alexander Chernyshev graduate of Moscow Conservatory, violin with the nationally famous Wallace DePue of the “DePue Brothers", and the world famous Alla Aranovskaya who is the founder of the celebrated St. Petersburg Quartet by Times Magazine as one of the best quartets of the 21st century. Originally from Philadelphia, Rinna had the honor of performing with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra during their Grammy nominated premiers of compositions by Bill Cunliffe and Chris and Dave Brubeck. Rinna has performed in symphonies on stages such as the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Lincoln Center in New York.

"Music supplements multiple facets of life." - Bryce

Bryce Manifold
Cello Instructor 
Bryce has been playing cello for 16 years and teaching cello for 11 years with students ranging from grade schoolers to adults. He graduated from Indiana University where he studied Chemistry, Music, and Mathematics. He is now pursuing his PhD in Chemistry at University of Washington while continuing his passion for music through teaching and playing with local ensembles. He loves playing and teaching a variety of music from baroque and romantic to jazz and pop.

Bryce believes a passion for music supplements multiple facets of life and he seeks to pass this passion on to his students.

He is our guitar guy and one of Seattle's coolest theatre musicians. "Let's make some music!"

Joseph Ralston
Plucked Strings Teacher
Joseph Ralston graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of music in Guitar performance. Since 2016, Joseph has been living in the Pacific Northwest area teaching and performing music. Alongside with his reputation as a well respected and experienced teacher, he is also an active performer. He has played guitar, bass, mandolin, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, and ukulele, in over 20 musicals in Seattle – totaling more than 200 live performances. Joseph strongly believes in the value of a structured logical foundation for his students to build off of whether in Jazz, Popular Music, or Classical. He is constantly developing new methodology for pedagogic instruction for plucked strings, particularly guitar. He has instructed more than 100 different students in private lessons.

When Joseph isn’t performing, he is working to accomplish his dream of recording originals arrangements of great classical works. These arrangements and original compositions can be found on his YouTube channel, Hylobatidae. An interesting fact about Joseph is that after college, he spent four years in the United States Air Force as a radio frequency systems technician where he was deployed to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

She is our expert advisor and inspiration!

Alla Aranovskaya
Queen of the Violin and Career Expert.

Ms. Alla Aranovskaya is a founding first violinist of the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, one of the world's most esteemed chamber ensembles. Her quartet tours intensively throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Her many honors include a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” in both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines, and top prizes at several international chamber music competitions including Melbourne, Australia (1991); Tokyo, Japan (1989); and Florence, Italy (1989)...

... Ms. Aranovskaya’s more than 30 years of teaching experience include professorships in St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia; Oberlin Conservatory, and Wichita State University, USA. Her students have won numerous prizes at national and international competitions. In addition, she regularly gives master classes and workshops around the world. Before launching a chamber music career, Ms. Aranovskaya was a member of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev.

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