Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory
Although a relatively late bloomer, Nicholas’ passion in piano performance and music composition erupted shortly after introduction. After starting piano performance at age 12 and music composition at age 14, he shortly graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a Music Composition/Theory degree, and has composed nearly 2.5 hours of Symphonies, Concertos, Soundtracks, Jazz Combos, Woodwind Ensembles, Choral works, World musics, and other forms of Postmodernism.
Nicholas’ piano skills irrefutably accompany his compositional skills, as he has been teaching piano for 5 years and is able to play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven’s Moonlight/Pathetique Sonatas, and other difficult repertoire including various Jazz/blues tunes. His music teachers in High School included Jeanette Tanski and Professor William Hill (current percussionist of the Denver Philharmonic), and his Vanderbilt professors comprised of Michael Rose, Stan Link, Michael Slayton, Jama Reagan, and Michael Kurek - all with various backgrounds from Princeton, Eastman, University of Michigan, and other pretentious Universities.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
* 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.
Violin, Music Theory, Fiddle
Mary Anne is a Colorado native who believes a
person's surroundings influence one's creative juices. What better place
is there to gain inspiration from, than the Rocky Mountains, roaring rivers and
soaring eagles of majestic Colorado?
Mary Anne is a classically trained violinist but
also loves to explore other styles of music. She has performed as a
soloist as well as in group settings such as in an orchestra, small string ensembles
and even in rock bands. She loves to
teach classical music with emphasis on the Suzuki method, and various forms of
fiddle. She graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor
degree in music and has studied and performed in Milan, Italy. Being able
to physically be in the place where genius composers such as Vivaldi, Mendelssohn
and Mozart gained inspiration, gave her a deep appreciation and understanding of
their timeless compositions of music. Music is a passion in her life and
she works to spread that passion through her teaching.
Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had.
-Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver
-Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston
-Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005)
-Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013)
-Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble (Onsombley.com)
-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls
-Creator of strumbystrum.com
-Takelessons teacher since 2008
Piano, Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, English, French, GRE, History, Language, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Phonics, Reading, Speaking Voice, Test Prep
Growing up in Denver, I had a huge desire for singing and performing. By age 14, I was taking weekly singing & piano lessons, was acting constantly in local productions-many times getting the lead role.
Some of the productions I acted in: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Camelot, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and Oliver (Nancy.)
I received a 4-year scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, I entered graduate school at the University of North Texas to continue my singing and piano studies, along with music theory, history, and musical video production.
Upon graduating UNT, I was chosen among 200 performing arts majors to be the featured soloist at the UNT commencement ceremonies. This led to an offer to tour Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra. For the next two summers I performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic.
I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!
As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perfecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.
Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socialize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!
My Complete Education:
Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.
My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.
My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.
Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.
Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.
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