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Popular Viola Teachers Near Denver

Aaron A.

Denver, CO
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Terri D.

Denver, CO
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Kristopher E.

Denver, CO
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Aaron A. Denver, CO

About Me

It was in his youth that Aaron discovered his love of music. As a child Aaron spent a great deal of time simply listening to music and discovering the joys that each genre had to offer, but it was not until the age of 12 years that he would pick up his first instrument. In junior high school band Aaron first learned how to read music when he was put into the brass section and given a cornet. While he didn't stick with brass for much longer than a year, it did spark an interests in music that would grow as the years past. In the years that followed Aaron spent time playing drums and singing in local rock bands. It was at this time he decided to start taking vocal lessons to improve his singing. This, of course, lead to another spark, but this time lessons were not enough. It was decided that a proper education in music was what was needed. 

Now in his early twenties the journey of a music education was starting. The first two years spent at local community colleges where he took private voice, violin, composition, and piano lessons, to go along with the music history and music theory classes. It was at these schools that Aaron decided his focus would be on music composition and music theory. After four years at Metro State College of Denver (now Metro State University of Denver) Aaron received a degree in music composition and graduated with a 3.75 GPA. During his time at Metro State, Aaron had learned the basics of standard orchestra instruments and even learned how to play most of them. Spending two years in the Symphonic Band playing clarinet he picked up another instrument. While his degree was in composition, his primary instrument was piano which he studied with Dr. Tamara Goldstein. 

While attending Metro State, Aaron had picked up a tutoring job at the school. This is when he realized his talent and passion for teaching. Going beyond what was asked, Aaron became a dedicated teacher working extra with each of his students when they needed the help. Although his job as a tutor was meant only for music theory and music theory lab (ear training and sight-singing) Aaron was assisting fellow students with piano, music history and anything else he could. He realized he loved to teach! As it turns out, he was also quite good at teaching. Evidence for this is when he asked to tutor the daughter of the Dean of the Arts and Letters college at Metro. After graduation Aaron started giving lessons in other instruments such as piano and violin and quickly realized his heart wasn't in composing as much as it was for teaching. Thus, Aaron is now back at Metro State in order to earn another degree in Music Education with hopes of becoming a full time music teacher. 

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I am a bit demanding as a teacher in some ways, but that is merely because I like to see growth. However, as a teacher I understand that different students work better with a more laid back approach so I can change to fit the needs of each student.

Each student needs a different curriculum and each student learns differently so there is no set path. The goal, however, is the same. My goal is to make music fun and something students like to do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes a piano, music stands, seating. 1 cat that is not in the room. Parking is on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring sheet music, reeds and other small items. I do not have instruments to loan out.

*** Specialties ***
I always try to teach more than reading/ playing music. My approach is to create a well-rounded practice routine involving rhythm drills and even sight-singing the music before playing. 

Terri D. Denver, CO

About Me

I have a BA in Philosophy and Music Performance , 1993, from the University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado at Denver. I teach in the traditional method and I’m classically trained but I also play and teach in a variety of styles.

I began playing the violin when I was nine and I'm very glad I did as it has led to much fulfillment and accomplishment for me.

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect to get a good foundation in playing the violin from me and have the experience of really enjoying playing. I use a few standard methods which help beginner and more advanced students learn to play and master technique, which is important, and so is enjoying playing music you love!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kolacny studios has semi-sound proof private rooms for lessons. Music stands included.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide stands and music. I prefer if they provide their stands,music, rosin and instrument though.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical violin and have a little Irish fiddle experience. I also played viola classically for several years.

Kristopher E. Denver, CO

About Me

I am a Music graduate from Hunter College and a native of New York City, where I was once the music director for the Holy Rosary Theater Group. I have performed in various college ensemble and city groups across New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. I also had wonderful opportunities to perform in professional pit orchestras for Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels while living in New York City. I previously performed as the principal horn for the city of Thornton's community band and am continuing my journey in music education with MSU-Denver!

As an undergraduate at Hunter College I studied horn with Richard Casparie, music composition with Shafer Mahoney, and piano with Gary Hammond as well as piano improvisation with Dr. Geoffrey Burleson. I have studied conducting during an an internship in New York City with Dr. Adam Vidiksis. I have taken classes at Hunter with Dr. Reuben Blundell and at MSU-Denver with Dr. David Kish. As a continuing music education student I am continuing to study horn with Dr. Alexander George.

After moving to Colorado in 2011 I have been substituting for the Mapleton Public Schools District and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Over the years, I have held several long term subbing positions including:

Middle School Orchestra Director - April-May 2013
High School Band Director - 2013-14 School Year

I am now a private teacher and the Co-Executive Director for the Broomfield Youth Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to making music classes accessible to as many people as possible.

My lessons offer every student a unique opportunity to have fun while also challenging them based on how much time they can commit to practice each week. I respond to the needs and the likes of each student and try to play towards those things.

I enjoy helping other people, especially through music and truly find joy in it. I love spreading that joy to others and hope to inspire my students to strive excellence in both music and beyond.

Thank you so much for stopping by my page. I look forward to meeting with you and creating music together!.

Best wishes,
Kris

*** Lesson Details ***
I will contact all new students before the first lesson to learn a few things and plan out the first lesson together.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stand
Metronome
Tuner
Recording Device
Piano

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and band repertoire, though I am knowledgeable in popular music and jazz music.

Mercedes V.

Denver, CO
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Linda B.

Denver, CO
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Philip F.

Littleton, CO
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Mercedes V. Denver, CO

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Hello! My name is Mercedes and I love teaching music! I have been a musician for over 20 years and a music teacher for almost a decade! I teach violin, viola, and piano out of my home studio which includes: an upright and two digital pianos and Garage Band and Sibelius music software.
A little more about me...I hold a bachelors degree in music education from MSUDenver. My teaching experience includes one year in Denver Public Schools and three years teaching band and orchestra for Springboard After School in Highlands Ranch. I am currently a guest teacher in Adams 12 Five-Star Public Schools. When I am not busy teaching music, I am playing violin in a local gothic-rock band called Wither Without.
What do I do for fun? Besides music? My husband and fellow music teacher and I are avid outdoorsmen who enjoy backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and simply being in nature!
I look forward to sharing my passion and love for music and teaching with you!

Linda B. Denver, CO

About Me

Music Teaching: BA in Violin from Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2003
Studied applied music with the incomparable Tamara Mullikin of Juilliard. Self-study of teaching of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay
Professional: Teaching hundreds of students since 1998, many of them going on to top music colleges; spearheaded the Broomfield Youth Symphony in 2013, a program that continues to expand and now serves 50+ students

English/Writing: MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008
Academic: Taught freshman creative writing classes and tutored off campus; helped countless students with term paper revision and understanding academic writing process (including citing sources and avoiding plagiarism)
Professional: Copywriter, ghost writer, internet SEO and SEM; articles and public relations writing

Philip F. Littleton, CO

About Me

PHILIP FICSOR, violinist, earned his BM from The University of Michigan, studying with Stephen Shipps, an MM Degree from Yale University, studying with Erick Friedman, and a DMA Degree from Boston University, studying with Lynn Chang. He is a member of the violin-piano duo American Double, with pianist Constantine Finehouse, and they have toured across the U.S. and Europe. The recording, released on Albany Records, has been highly acclaimed. He has released two recordings featuring the works of Emma Lou Diemer, Summer Day and more recently Going Away, with the composer at the keyboard. In the Fall of 2012 he collaborated with the Westmont College Orchestra to premiere Emma Lou Diemer’s Violin Concerto, composed for him. From 2006-2013 Dr. Ficsor was a Professor of Music at Westmont College and is currently a performing artist based in the Denver area. He frequently plays with the Colorado Symphony.

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