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Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO
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Kevin Z.

Aurora, CO
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Johanna N.

Denver, CO
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Ricardo P. Broomfield, CO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing, Ukulele

About Me

I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailor my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, Bolero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.

Kevin Z. Aurora, CO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

* Are you a person who wants to rock the guitar, but only gains approval from your dog?

* Do you already have a nice foundation and now want to strengthen your basic skills as a musician?

* Are you a professional guitarist that needs that "added touch" to take your playing from brilliant to virtuoso?

If you fall into any of these categories, let me introduce myself...

My name is Kevin. I am a very energetic, friendly, understanding and passionate music coach who has worked with students and clientele from many different regions around the world. Possessing more than 25 years of music training and industry experience, I've been able to take people's playing to amazing levels. I love getting to know people and challenging my students to view music more than just a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively with your audience. So, whether you're wanting to become the best campfire guitarist or ready to sharpen your skills to go after or maintain your Grammy Award winning status, let me be the Music Coach to get you there!

*Studied guitar with Neil Haverstick at Swallow Hill Music Academy
*Studied guitar with Todd Keehn at his own TK studios
*Studied with Dave Martone at American Jewish University

*Six String Theory Rock Guitar Competition top 5 of 2011
*Guitar Player Guitar Superstar top ten of 2010
*Guitar World magazine top ten shred the web of 2009

*Over 25 years experience including teaching, live performances, songwriting, and studio recordings.

Don't look too hard for a teacher now, you've already found him. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and contact me already. It's all about having fun with music, so come on over, and let's rock.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our instruction area is spot on. The bright and large studio provides an exceptional learning environment and contains amplifiers, and all types of guitars. We have the latest technology in keyboards, and the use of a drum machine makes the lesson more fun utilizing the feel of being in a band while helping you to improve your rhythm. The private rooms are sound proof so our students can experience the full impact of cranking up an amp and making music.

My teaching style is laid back and comfortable. Focus is on teaching students how to teach themselves
You'll learn: music theory, music sight reading, chords, chord progressions, melody, harmony, technique, and much more.

*** Specialties ***
Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Classical guitar, songwriting, demo recording, demo production, heavy metal, rock, beginner to advanced music theory including sight reading, piano, ukulele, bass guitar

Johanna N. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

I love to teach music and I live to help my students learn about the joys that being a musician can bring. If you are looking for a piano or voice instructor or a theory teacher who is passionate about music and about teaching, then I am that person. I work to help my students achieve the best possible results in his or her lessons while still having fun.

I have a Master's of Education from Regis University and a Bachelor's of Arts in Piano Performance from Western State College. I have taught piano lessons for 12 years and voice lessons for 3 years. I am constantly looking for new ways to incorporate music into my life and into my students' lives and to help maximize everyone's learning experiences.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a fairly traditional classical approach in the use of literature and materials, but I also prefer to take into account student learning styles and preferences. I understand that everyone learns in different ways and has different interests, so along with using the classical literature, I try to incorporate student interests and learning styles. I do expect students to follow my rules and procedures during lessons and practice times, and these are all common sense, such as be respectful and be on time, etc. I also expect students to practice regularly. I will find a way to make practice time fun and interesting for all of my students. I do expect all of my students to make adequate progress, and within 6 months they will most likely be progressing to either a Primer B or Grade 1. (All students start at Primer A, which is the most basic level, unless they have had prior experience). Otherwise, I expect students with prior experience to progress have a level every 6 months.

Piano lessons focus on using a combination of technique, theory worksheets, and performance/practice songs. This helps students to have a varied approach and it also addresses all aspects of musicality, as well as incorporating multiple learning styles. I prefer for students to begin with the Thompson series and to progress through that series while also working on level appropriate solo pieces.

Voice lessons focus on beginner technique, pronunciation and enunciation, breath technique, and English pieces to start. As students progress, they may work through Italian opera and operetta, German lieder, and other more challenging songs. The foreign series includes work on foreign pronunciation and operatic singing. If a student chooses, they may also focus on a more folk-based approach than the traditional operatic approach.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: piano, sheet music, metronome, pencils.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some books, or I can purchase books at a discounted price. I can also bring a metronome. I expect the student to have a piano or a full-length keyboard. I sometimes bring pencils, but I expect the student to have one handy to mark their music.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beg - adv
Voice: beg - inter

I teach piano and voice. For piano I teach classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and ragtime. I focus on teaching students how to sightread, memorize, learn theoretical and pedagogical concepts, and learn how to improvise. I can also teach accompaniment.

For voice I teach classical operatic style, Broadway/show tunes, popular, country, jazz, choral, blues, and rock styles. I help students to find comfort with their own voices, learn how to sing in a way that supports their voice, and keeps their voice healthy. I also work with teaching pitch recognition, sight reading, oral recall, and breath technique.

Michael L.

Golden, CO
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John T.

Westminster, CO
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Heather C.

Parker, CO
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Michael L. Golden, CO

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bagpipes, Classical Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Kazoo, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.

John T. Westminster, CO

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Composition, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

You, the student, are always the priority in my lessons. Every student receives material specifically designed to fit their interests, needs, skill level, and pace. We are all different, and learn in different ways. You deserve a lesson plan that is built just for you.

John T.studied with a private guitar instructor, and bass instructor. Two times he broke the Guinness Record for Fastest Guitar Player. John T.'s school, Dr. Hot Licks' School of Rock and Metal has been awarded the title of "Best in Instrumental Music Instruction" two years in a row by the Westminster Award Program. Volkswagen hired T. to take part in an internet ad campaign called "Fast Vs. Fast." Currently, John T.plays in three bands here in Denver.

Rock and metal are what John grew up on. This music is his passion. Why go to someone else who doesn't specialize in what you love?

Heather C. Parker, CO

Subjects Taught

Classical Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Heather C.
Piano Instructor
Heather C. is a member of the Douglas & Elbert County Music Teachers Association (DEMTA), the Colorado Music Teachers Association (CMTA), the National Music Teachers Association (MTNA), Colorado Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Ms. C. has taught in Arapahoe & Douglas counties since 2003 when she moved to the metro area. Each year from 2006-2012 her students have competed in the DEMTA music festival, achieving some of the highest marks in the competition. Several students each year have placed first in their division & performed in honors concerts, accepting trophies for their 1st place finish.
Heather is a native of Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Colorado to pursue a career in music education at the University of Northern Colorado. Heather graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. At UNC Heather performed in the Symphonic Band where she was featured as a piccolo soloist for two straight years. Heather obtained the largest music scholarship given to any musician in the history of the music department.
Heather has played piano & flute for over 26 years competing & winning local, national, & international competitions. At UNC Heather studied extensively in music theory, ear training, & music history. In 1994, as well as 1998 Heather took part in the Pacific Basin Band Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii where her school band won the competition against the Pacific Rim states, as well as against Japanese & Australian symphonic bands. In this competition Heather was featured as a solo jazz pianist & as a piccolo soloist.
Heather played piano for three high school choirs in 1995-1996. Heather performed on piano for the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska in 1997. From 1994-1998 She was a piano accompanist for several soloists helping them achieve the highest marks on their performance competitions. Heather played lead piano in the pit orchestra in the musical Fame.

1990-1994
Studied under:
• Alyeen Haynan; a renowned piano instructor who was taught by a second generation pupil of Franz Joseph Haydn, one of the world’s last Classical composers.
• Gail Payne, the principal flutist with the Zimbabwe National Symphony
• Dorli McWayne the principal flutist with the Fairbanks symphony & the flute professor at UAF.
1994-1998
Studied under:
• Lavella Briggs, M.A. piano performance; emphasis in jazz piano
• Jean Lenoir, B.A. flute performance & M.D. music education
1997
• Toured with the Sound of America performing in the following countries & cities: Frankfurt, Germany; Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Saalfelden, Austria; Venice, Italy; Stresa, Italy; Grindelwald, Switzerland; Interlaken, Switzerland; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; Dijon, France; Paris France; Disneyland Paris, France; Reims, France; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; & Heidelberg, Germany. In Salzburg, Austria; performed for Hilary & Chelsea Clinton; featured on CNN news.
1998-2000
Studied under:
• Ken Singelton; two M.D. degrees Yale school of music, conductor of the Denver Brass
• Elizabeth Singelton; M.A. flute performance & published several albums
• Sylvia Greenfield; M.A. flute performance, recorded numerous motion picture & TV soundtracks with Twentieth-Century Fox, MGM, Columbia, & Warner Brothers studio orchestras.

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