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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Aurora

Sean C.

Parker, CO
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Alex T.

Denver, CO
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO
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Sean C. Parker, CO

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

Hi there! This is Sean, and I am a friendly, personable, energetic, thoughtful and resourceful teacher of guitar. I began playing the guitar at age thirteen, and turned to the energetic challenge of classical guitar playing in my twenties, eventually earning a degree in classical guitar performance. I am happily married (eight years) to the most perfect spouse I could ever hope for. We have two adorable little girls, ages six and seven. I am also well-invested in the practice of Hatha Yoga, and am certified as a Yoga teacher. As a very high-energy and pretty intense person, I fully give one hundred percent to the things I do. Teaching music is no different, with learners receiving an uncompromising commitment to their musical/guitaristic development.

My teaching practice is at least two things. It is the transmission of my cultivated ability on the guitar. This involves learning chords, scales, songs, physical/technical development, reading music, music theory, and student practice during the week, etc. Equally important is the realization of guitar instruction as a powerful tool by which musicians/learners can more fully develop their human potential, and grow as people. I love connecting with students, and adjusting instruction to help students conquer new challenges and meet goals.

Committed learners are often shocked by how quickly their musical development unfolds, and they are playing music they would never have thought possible for them in the short length of time it took them to get there. Looking back over the years of teaching, even I can hardly believe the lengths I go to assist a student in overcoming a present challenge. The evident pride and satisfaction a learner takes in that development is like rocket fuel in my gas tank. Simply put: I LOVE teaching, and feel individual private lessons are teaching and learning par excellence. Take a look at some sample videos of how my style of teaching works with the song Dust in the Wind.

So whether you are a seasoned player with well-cultivated skills, or are totally brand new to the guitar, come on over and find yourself happily surprised at how far I am able to assist you in your development as a guitarist.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my own learning process, the most enjoyable lessons are where a teacher successfully assists with overcoming a difficult challenge, often times with a relatively minor adjustment or correction. I love being blown away by teachers who can do that. Lessons revolve around two general themes, (with other themes developing over the course of a learner’s development.

1) Learners develop skills to read music and understand practical and applicable theory that is pertinent to YOUR goals as a developing musician. Applicable music theory is important for a guitarist to know in order to develop a competent 'bag of tricks'. You can listen to a recording at the following link called 'Caleb and Sean Jamming†which we made so he could hear himself play, and use it as a tool to develop himself. My system works and builds people who not only play songs, but become musical people with their own musical minds. I recommend to start, thirty minutes a day of practice for five days a week.

Utilizing my system, students who do this can expect to be playing songs, finger picking, and basic improvisation (playing both lead and rhythm) within the first three months. Within six months improvisation skills are extended into major/minor scales. In that six month range students also develop a working understanding of how songs are constructed, and are developing an ear to pick out the chords of songs they want to learn. All students begin learning to read music from lesson number one, and within three to six months are finding music reading skills accessible enough to read on their own. By this point, students are no longer dependent upon myself to learn songs and generally come to lessons prepared with material they are learning on their own. What we work on at this point is clarifying questions the student has about a song or a piece of music they are learning.

2) Cultivate a strong and intuitive command of proper physical technique on the guitar. A very important aspect of my musicianship is a strong and intuitive command of physical technique. Over the years of teaching I’ve become very good at cultivating a student’s physical technique. I like to tell guitarists who have played for a long time that if they will give me an hour of their life, I will teach them how to make their fingers thirty to fifty percent longer; and then do exactly that. I ADORE seeing jaws drop when a student’s playing is enhanced with what usually amounts to minor tweaks and adjustments.

And in all phases of musical development, I am a flexible and clever teacher. Sometimes material simply needs to be amended, modified, or stabbed at from a different angle in order to make it accessible to students. Students are number one in my teaching practice, and I go to bed knowing I gave everything I could to those students who are working hard to accomplish their musical goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Texts are available for purchase, music stands, an amplifier for electric guitars, extra chairs for parents to watch the lessons if they prefer.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand

*** Specialties ***
For students of classical guitar, I utilize Frederick Noad's curriculum: Solo Guitar Playing 1, and get the student reading, reading, reading from lesson one or two. With my strong background in developing strong and efficient physical technique for the guitar, I also successfully design technical drills individually as required for each student to address challenges

Alex T. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Alex has been playing music for 10 years and teaching guitar for 6 years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 8 years of touring and performing experience, Alex is capable of teaching all levels and styles from beginner through advanced. He provides lessons for all ages including children as young as 5 as well as adults on acoustic/electric guitar and electric bass. Available for private or group lessons, Alex teaches all styles of music including Rock, Country, Jazz, Experimental, Pop, Metal, Reggae, Blues, Folk, Classical as well as Theory, Improvisation, Composition, Notation, and Ear Training. Alex understands that every student is unique in their own way and caters his teaching style accordingly in order to keep each student progressing and having fun. So whether you just want to learn a few songs to play out on your porch, or looking for someone to provide a structured, challenging plan, Alex is capable of helping you achieve your goals in a fun, low-pressure environment!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expext a fun, laid back, comfortable atmosphere when taking lessons! Catering to each students individual taste and tailoring each lesson to fullfill their own personal goals is of upmost importance. Lets learn the music that you want to learn! Materials and curriculum will hand selected for each student once his/her goals have been determined. So whether you are an experienced musician looking to reach the next level or a beginner just looking to have a little fun, Alex is capable of providing you with a lesson experience you will surely enjoy!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 Acoustic guitars (Jasmine by Takamine S-35), Behringer GM110, Marshall G-10 MKII, Fender Blues Junior, Crate Palomino v16

*** Specialties ***
I been formally trained in both Jazz and Classical styles. Although I do not intend to force these styles on anyone, I do find them to be the best vehicle for teaching music thoroughly. I can teach theory, sight reading, ear training, improv, chart reading, composition, technique, etc....

S. Parker G. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had.

-Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver

-Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston

-Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005)

-Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013)

-Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble

-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls

-Creator of "Strum by Strum"

-Takelessons teacher since 2008

*** Lesson Details ***
The best lessons I've ever had were lessons in which I walked away saying "Man, I never KNEW that!" and it's my goal for you have that experience, too. Whether its how to play that chord or write a melody, how to get the best sound out of those stomp boxes, or when genres like shoegazer and post-rock were invented and what they sound like... there's something to be learned in every lesson.

The most important benefit of taking lessons from me is my experience. I started teaching casually as a teenager and have followed every opportunity since. My passion for music has allowed me to teach private lessons (10+ years), middle school guitar class (including a guitar ensemble), and college-level music theory classes. Extensive experience in writing, recording, and performing has only helped that passion to grow. I've developed a method to blend theory with practice every step of the way, and make the journey fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Guitar picks, Amplifier, 1/4" cable, Footstool, and paper hand-outs provided for Students.

Lounge area, Kitchen area, Restrooms,and Parking provided for Parents

*** Specialties ***
guitar, acoustic guitar, music, songwriting, classical guitar, electric guitar, music theory

Jonathan B.

Denver, CO
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Evan K.

Arvada, CO
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Joshua B.

Denver, CO
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Jonathan B. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I'm a friendly and fun guitar teacher. I help my students play their favorite songs quickly. From the first lesson you can expect to be playing the music you love! The lessons are completely customized to you. You are free to learn any style of music you wish. My students have been admitted into fine intuitions such as Berklee College of Music, Denver School of the Arts and the Lamont School of Music. Start today, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Here is some info about me:

"Guitarist Jonathan B. is a performer, composer, teacher, and recording artist. He is signed to Azica Records along with guitar luminaries David Leisner and Jason Vieaux. Jonathan‚¬Ä¬ôs critically-acclaimed album Massif Trio Plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss is distributed internationally by Naxos. It can be heard on terrestrial radio and internet radio like Pandora, iTunes Radio, and Spotify. He is endorsed by Godin Guitars and Steve Clayton Guitar Picks. Jonathan is a composer and arranger with works represented by publishing houses in France, England, and the United States. His music has also been published in Soundboard: the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. His editions receive global retail distribution and a growing number of distinguished libraries carry his scores including Yale, Juilliard, Cornell, McGill University (Canada), and the Royal College of Music (London). His compositions and arrangements have been performed for various concerts in the U.S.A. and South America. He was a Finalist in the ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and a three-time winner of the ASCAP Plus Award which provides funding in recognition of ‚¬Ä¬úcreative contributions to American music.‚¬Ä¬Ě

*** Lesson Details ***
Jonathan is committed to music education. He loves helping others learn to participate in music any way they can. Music is a universal experience that we all have the right to be a part of. Jonathan has extensive teaching experience with students of all ages, ability levels and any musical interest. Jonathan customizes lesson plans according to the students specific musical interests to insure that they will be playing the music they actually listen to while helping them develop the fundamentals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: dedicated teaching room, seating for parents, desk, guitars and amps

*** Specialties ***
Jonathan is a classically trained guitarist but also has extensive experience in various styles including jazz, rock, pop, metal, folk etc.

Jonathan can teach you:
~how to write your own music
~how to play in a band
~how to sing and play at the same time
~how to prepare your music for publication
~how to prepare for a performance or audition
~music theory

Jonathan is a full-time musician (in fact he has never had a non-music job) and he loves sharing his love of music with others!

Evan K. Arvada, CO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I have been playing lead guitar since 2004 (bass guitar and drums since 2006) and have invested my life into the creative process. Over the said amount of time, I have been applying my technique to genres such as heavy metal, jazz, blues, funk, classical, and anything in between. I have written over 30 original works which include guitar, bass, drum, and vocal scores. Once the work is completed, I would proceed to creatively construct in a one-on-one or group scenario. I have also been student teacher and guitarist for the Standley Lake High School jazz band. The jazz band at Standley Lake regularly played clinics in which professional jazz musician's would critique the group on a particular set. This would include breaking it down to the single musician's parts and pin pointing strengths and weaknesses. As far as classical music, I am currently composing a series of string trios and quartets among many other chamber music. This greatly expands my perception and knowledge of pure music in general. I have done extensive research on multiple composers and their various techniques and subtle nuances. This sharpens my theory and composition knowledge and allows me to apply it to any genre. I can bestow these techniques upon my students and help them to understand the universality of music theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going person with the ability to inspire healthy drive and ambition. I have developed an original theory technique as an expansion to my deep knowledge of traditional theory. By working with me, you will learn good posture and technique in regards to physically playing. I will help you develop an advanced ear for music and to recognize unique genres and style. Once you are comfortable with that process, we will dig deeply into the infinite world of theory and composition. The simplified goal would be getting you ready to play in a band on your chosen instrument or simply composing and enjoying your own music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars: Custom handmade Les Paul, Ibanez 1985 DT250, Ibanez 1987 RG2550EX, Ibanez AFS75T, Ibanez RGT42DXFX

Amps: Blackstar HT Stage 100W head through a Marshal 1960 Lead cabinet, Peavey Vyper 15W Modeling Practice Amplifier, Peavey Envoy 110 40W Practice Amp

Drums: Pearl Export 5 piece kit with Sabian cymbals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have at least an instrument and/or practice amplifier (guitar/bass). I can provide both if necessary. For drums, students should have their own kit.

*** Specialties ***
Metal of all types, Classical (Baroque, Romantic, etc.) Jazz, Progressive, Blues, shred guitar, music theory, composing, experimental/original technique and creative expression.

Joshua B. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I want to share my passion and knowledge of music with you!

I've been involved with music for as long as I can remember, and was classically trained in guitar, piano, and trombone.

I've taught private lessons since 2003, and have worked in performance ensembles, recording studios, bands, and other assorted musical areas throughout that time.

My teaching experience comes from summer camps, private in-home lessons, workshops, and online curriculum.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to each student's individual goals, and can be as interdisciplinary as they may like. I am always open to suggestions from both parents and students, so let me know what I can do to make your lessons the best they can be.

A typical lesson would include some of the following elements:

- Tuning (guitar)
- Hand stretches
- History and culture - info on influential composers & musicians.
- ¬úReview¬Ě - on previously learned material.
- Sight Reading
- ¬úScales¬Ě - review, learning, and performance.
- Solo Piece¬Ě - continued work until mastery.
- Homework Assignment

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital Piano
-Assorted guitars (classical, electric, steel string acoustic)
-Mac mini w/ Logic Pro 9 recording studio and Garageband
-Mandolin
-Djembe
-Bongos
-Guitar amp, (1x12", Hughes and Kettner)
-Assorted audio cables and connections
-Assorted percussion instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Acoustic steel string guitar
-National electric guitar
-Classical guitar
-MIDI capable electronic keyboard
-Microphones, tuners, shakers, tambourines, hand drums, and other fun things to experiment with!

*** Specialties ***
Player, historian, and perpetual student in the areas of American jazz, blues, soul, r&b, and funk.

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