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Popular Piano Teachers Near Denver

Ronald G.

Aurora, CO
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Karissa K.

Denver, CO
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Rachel B.

Aurora, CO
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Ronald G. Aurora, CO

Subjects Taught

Organ, Piano

About Me

Coming form a musical family, I cannot remember when music was not a part of my life. Both my parents were musicians, my father an instrumentalist and arranger and my mother a fine pianist. From the age of seven they encouraged and assisted my music education any way they could. Music came first in our family. My school years were spent in band, marching band and jazz band. During my high school years I took over the local elementary band and taught beginning band to the students after the band teacher had left before the school year finished.
To pay my way through college I taught piano, organ and band instruments in rural Colorado, even using a horse to get to my students when the roads were closed. During this time I was the house organist at the Alladin Theater in Denver and had the pleasure of playing for the primer of " The Duchess and Dirtwater Fox" starring George Segal and Goldie Hawn. I also played for many churches in the area assisting with choir and congregational music.
My teaching experience is broad with both private and public school classroom experiences. I have taught privately for well over forty years in both a private and group settings. I also have a MSW ( Master Social Worker) degree from the University of Denver and for many years assisted Seniors with the challenges that they face.
Currently I am Minister of Music for First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, Colorado ( a small mountain community west of Denver). I am organist for the Scottish Rite Temple in Denver and perform private and public events throughout the mountain and Denver area.

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For many years I have been blessed to go to my student's homes. In this comfortable, familiar background I have found the student is more relaxed in the learning process. With the teacher coming to the home this is one less thing for the parent to schedule in their busy schedule. I also have a comfortable studio in my home with piano, organ, keyboard and recording capabilities.
Everyone whether child or adult has a different style of learning music this is of vital importance of learning anything. This along with the students desires from their learning experience will help decide which coarse will best fit there needs. Through the years my students have shared with me that I am relaxed, easy going and make the lessons fun with a great sense of humor. I strive for the student to be playing music of their choice as soon as possible.
As we walk down the music road all aspects of music education are shared and encouraged. It is vitally important that the student has good reading skills, a basic understanding of music theory,technique,ear training and music history, as music encompasses all aspects of learning from the youngest student to the adult.

*** Studio Equipment ***
in home studio with piano,organ and keyboard and recording capabilities, with seating for parents and guests.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the books and any supplementary material needed such a a book to write their assignments in. I will provide the lessons and rewards if they apply to the situation such as in young students.

*** Specialties ***
I find I use many methods of instruction. The method needs to fit the student and the situation one is in. I use the Alfred Method a great deal of the time as I find it works well in many situations. As the student advances I supplement in music wants and desires as well a curriculum that may be used if they should decide to continue their studies in a university or college setting.

Karissa K. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Born and raised in Burley, Idaho, my parents purchased a piano from an auction for my sister and I when I was seven. After a family friend taught me my first scale, I played it non-stop. My parents both decided it was time to invest in lessons so I could learn to play at least more than one thing! With encouragement from my teacher, I began teaching piano lessons during my sophomore year of high school and I have loved it ever since. I have had a lot of experience, teaching children as young as five, as well as adults with no musical background.

In 2011, I graduated from Colorado Christian University with a bachelor's degree in Music Ministry. I have been classically trained and my favorite composers are Chopin and Debussy. I've also spent a lot of time playing popular music and in worship bands and love to encourage students in both classical and popular music. I moved to Nashville in September of 2011 to explore Music City and moved back to the Denver area in November of 2013. I am very excited to add teaching back into my life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want my students to look forward to their lessons every week!

I strive to get to know each student, understand their learning style, and customize lessons to their goals and pace. I make sure the student understands each concept we work on before moving on to the next. Typically my students work on songs that will teach fundamentals and/or technique, and for fun, we will add material of the students choice to keep the process interesting and relevant to them.

During the lesson, you'll find that I am laid back but excited to help the student learn. Not only do I customize each of my lessons, but the overall curriculum as well. Should you have specific preferences, I am always willing to look at any books you may already own to see what can be used there. If you do not have a preference, I can offer guidance.

Each week students are sent home with a notebook to record notes from their lesson. It includes a list of which songs to practice and specific goals for each item. I find that this helps keep students on track throughout the week so they can remember past lessons and connect the content to current lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate lesson room with a fully weighted key board. Seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained and hold a degree in Worship Ministry. Experience in worship and secular bands through college and today have helped develop my strengths in these areas. I believe it is very important to teach fundamentals and technique of classical styles while helping my students translate those skills into playing church and secular music.

Rachel B. Aurora, CO

Subjects Taught

Piano, Singing

About Me

Ray Charles once said, "I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me, like food or water."

I believe everyone’s born with a “music part,” but, like our bones and our brains, it needs nutrition and exercise to grow! Born and raised in the Denver metro area, I “grew” mine first through twelve years of private piano instruction, and then by studying voice and music theory at Colorado State University, where I received my Bachelor of Music. I rarely turn down a chance to be involved in anything to do with music; I have sung in multiple university choirs and community theatre productions, I’m a member of an Andrews Sisters tribute trio, and I have played piano and keys for several bands, including Jordyn’s Arc and a number of church bands. I’ve never met a genre of music I didn’t like, and love to continue to discover new bands, artists, and musicals, often through a recommendation by one of my students. My “music part” has definitely been a major driving force in my life!

I began teaching piano when I was sixteen. I was pretty skeptical when my piano teacher suggested I try it; I wasn’t sure I had the patience or the inclination. Much to my surprise, I loved it! The process of building one-on-one relationships around music with individuals of all ages has consistently been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. Though there are many ways to nurture musicality, I firmly believe that music lessons are one of the best tools for exploring a person’s musical abilities and tastes— there are few other places where students are exposed to such a wide range of musical styles and genres, few other environments as safe as a music studio or living room to experiment with and build confidence in voice or instrument skills. I love to watch my students develop and encounter their musical identities, and love to share their excitement when they discover a liking for bluegrass tunes, an affinity for jazz, or a love of performing. No matter what shape that “music part” takes, I love helping students to grow and be proud of it.

*** Lesson Details ***
It is my sincere wish that my students’ lessons be something they look forward to, NOT dread! I make every effort for the lesson atmosphere to be relaxed while still encouraging students to actively engage with the lesson material. While I believe that structure is an important element of music lessons, I also know the importance of flexibility in ensuring that the student feels like a participant in his or her studies. For example, note-reading, music theory, and technical/ear-training skills are always a part of each student’s lesson, but rather than establish an unbreakable schedule that dictates the itinerary of every lesson, I often let the student decide the order in which we’ll work through each lesson’s agenda. Students typically work out of various lesson books, chosen based on student age, proficiency, and preference. While most of their practice pieces come from these books, I encourage students to explore their own musical tastes and create a personal connection to their lessons by working on at least one song of their own choosing- popular, jazz, Broadway, etc.- as a perpetual part of their lessons.

Between lessons, students are expected to practice what they learned in previous lessons (and more than just once or twice). While I will always do my absolute best to inspire, encourage and motivate my students to practice, the final decision to actually do it or not is theirs. The only real “penalty” for insufficient practice time is the student’s own slower progress and a limit to the extent we can move forward in their lessons. I ask parents of younger students not to force them to practice, but to help them develop the habit of practicing by setting aside a daily practice time and encouraging them to adhere to it. I can’t guarantee that practicing will always be fun, but I can guarantee it will always be worth doing!

Students are invited (not required) to perform in two informal recitals per year with their fellow students. In cases where enough students of the same playing level desire to improve their performance skills, they have the option of attending monthly group lessons in addition to their private lessons. Group lessons provide students with a monthly opportunity to perform to a small group of their peers and offer and receive helpful critiques.

I believe that the two most important things for a student to receive from a teacher are patience and encouragement— if I didn’t believe that I respond to each of my students with these qualities, I would hang up my teaching hat. I try to communicate to my students at all times that I’m passionate about seeing them succeed. I recognize that every student’s goals are different, and I do my best to help them achieve them, whether they just want to learn enough to be able to play or sing their favorite popular songs, or whether they’re looking to develop the skills to pursue opportunities such as school choirs, musical theater productions, or rock and roll stardom

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/W keyboard in private room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will obtain curriculum with the expectation of reimbursement from the student or student's parents, and I expect students to provide a piano or full-sized keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I have always taught piano with Faber and Faber or Alfred, although I'm also familiar with Pace and Bastien.
When it comes to vocal pedagogy, I was classically trained and so usually concentrate more on art song.

TJ W.

Denver, CO
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Nathan C.

Denver, CO
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Marissa E.

Denver, CO
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TJ W. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Climbing, Fishing, Gardening, Guitar, Interior Design, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Poker, Scuba Diving, Singing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Songwriting

About Me

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. Since that time, my love for music has grown with each passing day.

I graduated from The Entertainment Career Connection in 2010 with a certification in Audio Engineering and Production. There I studied audio mixing, recording, production and mastering. I currently study music education at Denver Metropolitan University.

I am very active in the community volunteering my time as the Event Coordinator and Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called The Denver Creative Movement. In addition, I keep myself busy musically playing in my bands, Sleeping Giants, L.A.M.A. LIVE (Little Ambition Makes A lot), and The Free Electric Band.

I continue to follow my life-long passion for music by educating others. I believe that music lessons should be a fun and rewarding experience, and place a high value on learning how to use music in everyday life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students taking lessons from me can expect one thing for certain, patience. My philosophy is simple, music is FUN! With a laid back relaxed approach to teaching, I make my students feel comfortable and adapt to each student differently. Not every person learns the same way. I understand this, and apply my methods to each individual student so that they best understand in the way that they learn. I teach Guitar, Bass guitar, Songwriting, and Music performance from beginner to advanced. Piano, and Singing lessons are offered at the beginner level only. I also teach ONLINE LESSONS for guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, and music performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers. Video screen for lesson display. Audio equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel equipment includes guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers for both. All lesson materials, including books and script paper.

*** Specialties ***
I teach at all age levels and abilities. My specialty is making your lessons fun! I cater to each individual student, and we design your curriculum around your abilities and goals with your instrument.

Nathan C. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Nathan is a classical guitarist, performer, and teacher living in Denver, Colorado. He teaches a variety of styles of guitar and piano, including classical, folk, popular, and contemporary Christian. In his teaching, he seeks to give students the satisfaction of achieving their personal goals, one step at a time.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in guitar performance and composition at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he was awarded a graduate assistantship teaching guitar and music theory. He has received various awards for his performances on classical guitar and has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists. He is also a composer, writing works for solo guitar, chamber ensemble, choir, and orchestra, and he has performed as a classical pianist.

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The journey of learning a musical instrument or music theory can often seem complex and daunting. I've taken that journey myself, and I'm here to make it easy and rewarding for you by explaining things clearly and breaking them down into manageable pieces. I do my best to help you build the habits of body and mind that you need to become a successful musician. Lessons are tailored to the age and general interests of the student, so that you can always be moving towards whatever your personal musical dreams are. To that end, I use methods including Breaking Ground, Christopher Parkening, and Alfred's on guitar, and also Alfred's on piano.
In a typical lesson, I'll start by working on the music assigned at the previous lesson and offering encouragement and suggestions based on the work the student did over the week. Next, we'll dig deeper into whatever aspects of the music need more work, and I'll share strategies for practicing and playing them. Then we'll dip into music theory for a few minutes, to get the student involved not just in playing music but also in writing and thinking about it. Finally, we'll look at some new material, and I'll assign music for the student to practice for the next lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, either in my graduate assistant office or in a practice room. Free street parking or paid garage parking is available.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical guitar, which I have studied since age 12 and which has been my major area of study in college and graduate school. I also teach acoustic guitar in folk/popular styles, such as chordal accompanying and fingerstyle guitar. I also have played contemporary Christian music on guitar for many years, and I am glad to teach that genre as well.

Marissa E. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

Bachelor's in music education
former private lesson teacher in a Minneapolis studio
two years experience teaching classroom music
one year teaching band

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a pretty approachable and easy going person. I will push you, but I'm not mean. I want my students to put effort into their work, and it's easy to tell when they haven't. There will be occasional times when something will be reassigned. I also like my students to play in front of people as much as they can, so I will try to make those opportunities for you. We will work together on curriculum...I have books in mind, but am definitely open to new things.

World Class Piano Music in Denver

By Molly M. - Denver Piano Teacher

Denver is probably not the first city that springs to mind if someone asks you where to find great classical music. New York City, home of the Met, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall might be your answer. You could also mention any of the great cities of Europe, with institutions such as the Paris Opera, Milan’s La Scala, or the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. But you might be surprised to learn that Denver has hosted its share of truly exceptional classical musicians, including a number of pianists.

Not only have some great musicians come here to play with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, but they frequently give solo performances as well. As a student at the University of Denver I had the opportunity to attend many wonderful concerts, ...

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