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Popular Music Teachers Near Fort Collins

Matthew S.

Loveland, CO
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Mark L.

Fort Collins, CO
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Carol Joy "CJ" E.

Fort Collins, CO
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Matthew S. Loveland, CO

About Me

I have a very extensive background when it comes to music. I learned piano at a very young age and once I started, I was hooked. I learned trombone, harmonica, guitar, and many other instruments. There wasn't anywhere in the world of music I wasn't willing to go! Throughout middle school and high school I took advantage of every opportunity I could. This included, Symphonic band, Jazz band, A Capella choir, Percussion Ensemble, and countless different small groups. When it came time to look at college, I took my commitment to music to an even deeper level. I decided to major in and exclusively study music. I continued in all of the ensembles I had been in and many more ranging from playing with string ensembles to playing in campus rock bands. This experience developed my skills even farther. I took trombone lessons from a world-renown trombone player all four years of college. I also took worship guitar lessons, jazz/blues guitar lessons, piano lessons, and vocal lessons. I also started my adventure in teaching lessons at this time. I taught mainly trombone and guitar throughout my college career. I attained my Music Ministry degree from Northwestern College in 2011. Since then, I've pursued leading worship in church, teaching music in any capacity possible, and recording my own music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are very tailored towards my students' needs. I am an incredibly flexible person and have had many experiences with every type of student. I combine what the student wants to learn with the essentials of whatever instrument they are learning. Certain techniques require a more strict, conservative approach, and others can take on a more free approach. But the bottom line is that I do what is necessary to make sure my students are learning the most possible. I often use method books to start my students off.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, amp, studio equipment, mixer, trombone, No piano at home studio, chairs, music stand, additional seating for parents if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar - Chords, Scales, Songs (Music & Tab/Riff), Soloing
Piano - Reading & Playing Written Music, Chord Charts, Scales, Etudes
Trombone - Reading & Playing Written Music, Scales, Etudes, Skill/Tone Perfecting

Mark L. Fort Collins, CO

About Me

Mark L.
I was born in California but raised in the sleepy town of Beaverton, Oregon, enmeshed in massive groves of pine and poplar trees and long, cool rainy days. I entered into the world of creativity and music when I was just thirteen by composing poetry and song lyrics, and began dabbling with my sister's used classical guitar when I was 15. From there, I taught myself simple songs by composers like Neil Young, America and Crosby Stills and Nash and developed an interest in rock and blues. I began taking lessons in guitar and voice and was completely dedicated to the guitar never missing a day of practice for over 6 years.
I began performing in my teens playing at parties, small clubs and coffee shops. I specialized in songs with strong vocal parts and worked diligently at perfecting my singing voice and my ability to accompany myself smoothly and precisely. I started getting more involved with harder rocking bands such as Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters and prided myself with the ability to match the vocal parts in both accuracy and intensity. I raised the level of professionalism up on my own writing skills as well and publishing a lyrical device in a poetry publication known as “In Dappled Sunlight.” I also enjoying some radio airplay for one of my songs and was fortunate enough to open for the illustrious Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship in an acoustic set in Denver, Co.
Although my formal education was in Psychology and Counseling, I continued taking lessons in guitar and voice while simultaneously refining my sound and my skills. I also began teaching during this time working with students from 5 to sixty-five and focusing on acoustic guitar skills as well as vocal training and most of all, finding enjoyment in music. To me, teaching is an integral part of music as I truly believe that the gift of music is wasted unless its shared with others. Seeing a student realize his or her musical dreams is one of the greatest joys that I have experienced as a musician and I'm dedicated to the teaching process for life. I'm also dedicated to performing and to this day I have done over 1000 shows, playing the coziest of street corner pubs to big festivals with thousands of people present. I feel that this performance experience in combination with over 20 great years of teaching has made me the highly qualified instructor that I am today.
Although there are many singer/songwriters, I feel I am unique in that I strive to incorporate power and passion into the simplest of musical pieces and have learned how to teach this process to others. I feel that finding the passion in music, whether it be rhythm or lead guitar or voice, can make the difference between being a mediocre musician and a great one regardless of your skill level. I feel I have the insight and patience as well to work with anyone who has the desire and dedication to become a great musician.
I now live in the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado where I both perform and teach with regularity and also operate my counseling practice where I specialize in helping children and adults work through anxiety and depression. I hope to work with each of you in the near future and help you to achieve the lofty musical goals that you have set out for yourself. Mark

*** Lesson Details ***
Simply stated, students can expect what they're willing to contribute to the learning process. At least half of learning is done before or after the lesson during the student's practice time so the time in between lessons is extremely important. Although I am a laid back instructor, I also have high expectations of the student and will define those in the first lesson. The curriculum is based on years of teaching experience and will be tailor-made to your current age, development and experience level. The word "dedication" is an important one here as well because if you're dedicated, then you 'll become a life-time learner and musician rather than a part time participant. So, after 3-6 months you may learn almost nothing or you will become a proficient player, it's all up to you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
loft 400 sq feet open, airy multiple instruments seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring instruments although I would hope they also have some of their own as well.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in manifesting powerful dynamics in voice and performance, specifically in blues, rock, alternative and folk music. I also incorporate some of the Alexander technique into some of my teaching (no, I am not certified in Alexander but have participated in some of the classes).

Carol Joy "CJ" E. Fort Collins, CO

About Me

Welcome! I'm glad you're here and hope we'll have a chance to work together.

I've been singing and teaching professionally for over 25 years, 22 of those in New York City and have had the privilege of making music with some amazing world-class musicians including:
~ Riccardo Muti/Philadelphia Orchestra/Carnegie Hall/NYC;
~ Kurt Masur/Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Avery Fisher Hall/NYC; and
~ Eugene Ormandy/ Philadelphia Orchestra/Academy of Music/Philadelphia, PA.

My training and honors include:
~ Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ: Master of Music
~ Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England: French Song
~ Dr. Gloria Cooper/Long Island University: Jazz Vocal Style
~ Lisa Popeil/Los Angeles: Popular Vocal Style
~ Liederkrantz Competition, NYC: Semi-finalist
~ NATS Student Auditions/Advanced Division/NJ: First Place
~ Pennsylvania State University/State College, PA: B.A.

*** Lesson Details ***
What will happen? During our first lesson, after I hear you sing and get to know you a bit, I'll select a collection of songs for you to use (accompaniment CD included). Some of the song collections include: Classical Contest Solos, 36 Solos for Young Singers, Disney Solos for Kids, Kids Broadway Songbook, First Book of Broadway Solos, Jazz Standards, Teens' Musical Theatre or Singer's Musical Theater Anthology.

Whether you're a beginner or advanced student, we'll always look at the basics first: things like posture, breathing, stretching, and tension-release. We'll also work on basic musicianship, diction, presentation and interpretation appropriate for your age and level. We'll use a voice lesson notebook created especially for your age/stage to help guide you through your lessons. I'll encourage you to perform in front of others, starting with our own Spring Recital, but also including periodic voice and master classes.

No matter what your age, ability or interest, I can help you:
a) have fun learning to sing better;
b) prepare a solo for family, friends or a piano bar,
c) prepare for a college or community choir audition, or
d) simply learn to make more beautiful sounds and see where it leads.

What are you waiting for? 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated Music Room: Piano, microphones, music stand, seating for parents in room as well as in larger waiting room , music collections for sale, diction charts, music reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Preferably, student should have a keyboard of some sort for warm-ups. I will provide CD player/amplifier with mic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach a healthy, free approach to singing based on a classic vocal technique of tall/aligned posture, low/released breath, suspended ribcage and relaxed jaw. That technique is applied (with necessary variation) to classical songs (arias, art and folk ) and non-classical songs (musical theater, cabaret/jazz standards, pop). We'll also cover basic musicianship and music reading.

Specialties:
> art songs, arias in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish for all age groups
> teaching the voice as an instrument for all ages
> vocal techniques for rock/pop singers
> beginning to intermediate French horn for all ages

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