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Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin
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.
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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.
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I can bring sheet music, reeds and other small items. I do not have instruments to loan out.
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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.†
Accompaniment, Audition Prep, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin
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 pit orchestras for Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels while living in New York City. I currently perform as the principal horn for the city of Thornton's community band and am continuing my journey in 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.
After moving to Colorado, I have been busy teaching as a substitute teacher for Mapleton Public Schools and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. In March 2013, I was offered the chance to work with Mapleton's intermediate and advanced bands, specifically working with wind instruments. In October 2013, I was offered to assist the entire Band Department at Mapleton Public Schools by offering help to many of the young musicians there as an interim director for the high school ensemble.
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!.
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I will call all new students before the first lesson to learn a few things and plan out the first lesson together.
The following outline more directly applies to beginning students. After the first six months, students will know the following:
Notes: First 2 Scales on Instrument
Rhythms: Quarter Note, Quarter Rest, Eighth Note, Half Note, Eighth Rest, Half Rest, Whole Note, Whole Rest
Fundamental Technique on Instrument (e.g. Embouchure, 5-Finger Playing)
Relaxation for Ease of Playing
My teaching style is adaptable and I try to see what works best for each student and will teach to their particular strengths. It is a cooperative process that revolves around the student.
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I recommend that students who are new to an instrument rent before buying. In the first few months, students discover if their chosen instrument is something they would like to stick with! Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding rentals or buying instruments!
As far as books, I would recommend that students purchase books. However, I can make copies for educational purposes and can be flexible as far as this recommendation.
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I specialize in classical music, though I do have some experience with popular music and jazz. I could not fit all of my book lists onto the list below but I can share that via E-Mail or other method if you would like to know more.
Fiddle, Viola, Violin
I love music, and I love helping other people find and develop their love for music! I began formal study with Suzuki piano at the age of 3 1/2 and added violin at age 7, and haven't stopped since!
Growing up in the small, northern California town of Arcata, I was lucky to be exposed to many types of music, from the traditional Irish music my father played at home to local rock, blues, and jazz concerts, music from around the world, and a wide variety of different amalgamations of Classical music. Playing in ensembles such as the Humboldt Symphony, the Little River String Quartet, the Academy Fiddlers, and attending summer festivals such as Boston University Tanglewood Institute allowed me to develop my skills. I graduated from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. Since moving to Denver to attend school in 2009, my playing has appeared with a wide range of bands and ensembles. I currently play with high energy Celtic Pirate Rock group Potcheen, and have recorded with local Denver groups Reviving Cecilia, Houses, and for the projects such as ‚¬Ä¬úHipster! The Musical‚¬Ä¬Ě and online multimedia project Tangled We Weave. I also regularly perform in concert with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont Senegalese Drumming Ensemble, in a traditional Irish fiddle duo with my brother Evan, the Lamont Mbalax (Senegalese Pop) Band, and others. Additionally, I maintain a very active string quartet, playing weddings, events, and producing custom arrangements as well as playing concerts throughout Colorado, California, and New Mexico.
I am excited to be able to bring this diverse experience to my teaching, and hope you will give me the opportunity to work with you or your child!
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The focus in lessons is always on what -you- want to learn, keeping things fun and personalized without sacrificing a solid technical foundation. What this concretely means is that, at the first lesson, I will sit down with you and/or your child and assess what it is you want to get out of music lessons in order to come up with a lesson plan tailored to exactly what -you- want to be learning.
I believe that there should be no need for strictness or punishment - when students are inspired and engaged in lessons, practice and progress grow naturally out of the environment without any need for a stern or restrictive atmosphere!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."