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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Thornton

Stephenie F.

Denver, CO
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO
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Alexander G.

Idaho Springs, CO
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Stephenie F. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I've been singing and dancing since I was 3 years old. I won my first songwriting competition in kindergarten. I played clarinet and piano in elementary school and junior high, and also sang in the chorus, In high school I had to choose between band and choir, so I chose choir. I sang solos in all the talent shows and was section leader for my high school advanced choir, and as a senior I was choir president. I was also accepted into G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) choir, which was district wide.

I started my college career at Chapman University in Orange, California as a music major, and trained as an opera singer with Lynn Cole-Adcock, a professional opera singer of many years before teaching at Chapman. After a year of hard work mastering vocal technique and music theory I switched to theatre when I caught the Broadway bug. My first production was Hair!, directed by L.A. acting coach and professor Michael Nehring . Soon I had moved on to Shakespeare, in the summers I worked with Shakespeare Orange County, founded and directed by award winning producer Tom Bradac. By my senior year I was directing plays by Megan Terry and Clifford Odets, that year I won Best Director from my theatre department.

A minor in dance was required for theatre majors, I was lucky enough to take classes from Cyrus Parker-Jeanette and several other renowned professional dancers and choreographers. I earned my Theatre and Dance degree from Chapman University in 1998, and moved to New York City where I spent 10 years pursuing a performing arts career, both in theatre and as a singer/songwriter. I found minor professional success as a recording artist and studio musician, and performed in numerous off-off Broadway theatre productions while teaching theatre and dance to children at the Bronx Community Center and also private voice lessons in the recording studio I worked in.
I also did an internship at the famous jazz studio, Nola Recording on 57th Street in Manhattan where I worked with Grammy winning engineer Bill Moss. My off-off Broadway performances were for two grass roots yet successful theatre companies, Stone Soup and Beggars Group.

I just spent a year teaching music to my daughter's preschool class. I have also had 3 of my voice students audition for X Factor and The Voice. I love to pass on what I know and what I've learned to the next generation of artists and performers. My motto is: you only live once, make it count, and go for it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is fun and energetic, lots of positive reinforcement but also high expectations to do your best and be disciplined, especially when it comes to practicing at home. The only way to really learn is to do it! After 3 to 6 months with me, you should be able to perform a song, monologue or dance routine in front of an audience or for an audition, with complete confidence and skills that will blow them away!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons supported with a full weighted keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voice, dance and acting all just require a good space without distraction.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach method acting, presentation acting as in Shakespeare, Broadway musical belting, opera vocal skills, hip hop dance, jazz dance, beginning ballet dance, folk singing, songwriting skills as in rhyme scheme and phrasing and theme, recording studio basics and proper microphone technique, and public speaking for professionals giving presentations to large audiences.

S. Parker G. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

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

-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls

-Creator of "Strum by Strum"

-Takelessons teacher since 2008

*** Lesson Details ***
The best lessons I've ever had were lessons in which I walked away saying "Man, I never KNEW that!" and it's my goal for you have that experience, too. Whether its how to play that chord or write a melody, how to get the best sound out of those stomp boxes, or when genres like shoegazer and post-rock were invented and what they sound like... there's something to be learned in every lesson.

The most important benefit of taking lessons from me is my experience. I started teaching casually as a teenager and have followed every opportunity since. My passion for music has allowed me to teach private lessons (10+ years), middle school guitar class (including a guitar ensemble), and college-level music theory classes. Extensive experience in writing, recording, and performing has only helped that passion to grow. I've developed a method to blend theory with practice every step of the way, and make the journey fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Guitar picks, Amplifier, 1/4" cable, Footstool, and paper hand-outs provided for Students.

Lounge area, Kitchen area, Restrooms,and Parking provided for Parents

*** Specialties ***
guitar, acoustic guitar, music, songwriting, classical guitar, electric guitar, music theory

Alexander G. Idaho Springs, CO

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, DJing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Synthesizer

About Me

*** Specialties ***

In addition to playing guitar and composing for 25 years I have run a successful Audio Engineering company for 10+ years!! Extensive background in Music Theory and Audio/Engineering production. Keyboard and Guitar/Bass Skills. I am successful music professional who occasionally takes on a few students. I may not offer courses every year because as i sometimes do tours or have extensive music production contracts that take up my time. I will have time available to take on a small number of students in 2014, so get it while you can!! I guarantee I will be be influential in your music career development I've seen and done a lot and continue to do more!

The reason my fees are so high is because you would have to attend Full Sail or Berklee college of Music to get the sort of audio production training i can teach and even there it would not be the personalized private tutoring from a seasoned professional at my level.

Nate L.

Denver, CO
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Michael L.

Golden, CO
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Steve B.

Denver, CO
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Nate L. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Born in Boston mass I am a DU educated pianist comfortable in any Jazz, Rock, or Classical setting but find my first love is the bluesy rollicking piano reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis, Dr. John, or Ray Charles. You might have seen me around town in my Top 40 group, Jazz trio, Funk band, Gospel choir, Burlesque band, or as accompaniment to any of the extremely talented singers I have worked with. I'm also a composer and songwriter with a sardonic songwriting style compared to Mose Allison and Dave Frishberg.

I attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and graduated with a B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Piano. Not only have I studied intensely with local fixture Eric Gunnison, but also with internationally touring artist Gerri Allen and even with jazz legend Billy Taylor at a summer music institute in Amherst, Mass. In Highschool I won the Clarke Terry award for outstanding musicianship. In college I won the Lamont Made composition contest two years in a row, my band The Orchid Room won the Lamont Jazz Chamber contest and I was a recipient of the Cherrington Global Scholarship, a grant that allowed me to spend a year performing and studying in Australia.

Since graduating college I have worked as the pianist on a cruise ship and have performed in Mexico, Hawaii, South America, French Polynesia, and Australia. I have recorded with LA based R&B artist Molly Cottrell, South By Southwest nominated Folk artist Leah Druzinski, and have had my music produced by Ikey Owens (keyboardist for Sublime, The Mars Volta, and Jack White.) I perform regularly at local venues Dazzle, Jazz at Jacks, and Huston's Steakhouse.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have 7 years teaching experience and am especially suited to teach jazz, rock, funk, pop, blues and salsa. I am incredibly student focused, striving to help my students achieve their specific goals, and committed to working one on one to help you get what you want out of every lesson. Friendly, relaxed and affable, I have significant experience with adult and teenage students, students with special needs, and students looking for instruction in rock, pop, or blues.

I stand out from other piano teachers because my lessons are specifically tailored to your needs. While most Teachers in Denver are trained to take young children through a piano workbook and develop them into classical musicians, I teach based on what the student wants to play. I have significant experience in Jazz, Blues, and R&B piano as well as songwriting, and have worked professionally in rock, funk, salsa, jazz, standards, gospel, top 40, burlesque, and solo piano acts. My approach is not designed for young children but for adults and teenagers of all experience levels who have an interest in learning more about music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, Upright Boston Piano, F/W Keyboard (Nord Stage 88 rhodes, piano, and organ synthesizer), 2nd F/W Keyboard (Roland FP-7 Digital Piano), Amplifiers, Seating for Parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student's who want lessons at home should have some sort of piano or electronic keyboard

*** Specialties ***
My Degree (B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music) encompasses most styles of piano outside of classical.

I specialize most heavily in
Jazz,
Blues,
R&B,
Rock, and
Pop,

but also have significant experience with
Salsa,
Gospel,
& Klezmer.

I can teach classical as well up to an intermediate level.

Michael L. Golden, CO

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bagpipes, Classical Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Kazoo, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.

Steve B. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

When I was growing up I thought music was like magic and that only special people with super-human powers could play. I would think to myself, "How are they doing that? I would never be able to play music in a million years!" It wasn't until I was 14 I discovered guitar magazines and a method of reading called guitar tablature that I realized anybody can learn guitar! With determination, patience, and practice I learned as many songs and techniques from my heroes (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) as I could. I realized there is so much to learn about music that I could learn something new everyday. This still holds true to this day. I keep digging to find that magic place to which music can take you. It is my goal as a musician and a teacher to help other aspiring musicians (YOU!) find their way to the joys of music. After graduating high school my passion for music kept growing and I decided to go to a school to learn more about it. While attending Moorhead State University of Minnesota I went through a speed boost to gaining knowledge about music. The wonderful teachers of MSUM provided me with direction, encouragement, and plenty of opportunities to play through ensembles. I was in Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Big Band, and Commercial Ensembles. My aspirations are to pass along the information torch that I received while attending MSUM to people who are interested and have the desire to make a sound.I am friendly, patient, and fun to work with. I believe music should be exciting and make you feel good. I teach on an individual basis. Everybody learns at different rates and in different ways. My goal is to find the best way to teach you so that you get the most out of our lessons. There are many streams that lead to the big ocean of music so there are many different ways to learn. Whether you want to learn rock, jazz, bluegrass, or folk I am flexible with teaching you what you want to learn while at the same time providing you with little golden nuggets of information to further your skills through music theory, technique exercises, and how to avoid common pit falls. With enough determination, patience, and practice you too can discover the joys of music and be able to express your individuality in a way you never thought possible. It would be an honor to help you find your own path down the road to musical bliss.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back person with an easy going approach to teaching. Music is meant to be fun! I teach you what you want to learn. I have had experience with playing rock, jazz, bluegrass, and folk. If you are not sure what you want to learn I'll ask you questions about yourself and your interests to determine the best route to go. Within the first few lessons you will learn how to tune your instrument, how to read tablature (TABS for short), and how to read chord charts. If you are interested in learning theory and how to read music I teach out of the Hal Leonard Guitar Method book series. After the first six months, depending on your level and how much you practice, you will be well on your to playing full songs by your favorite artists, have the ability to jam with other musicians, and understand the basics of your instrument. It is my belief that you get out of music what you put into it. There are no short cuts. All of the masters have one thing in common and that is practice. If you are willing to put in the work I am obliged to give you direction.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, amp, instrument cable, picks

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an amp and picks. I expect the student to provide an instrument, instrument cable (if using an electric instrument), tuner, metronome, notebook (either tab book or regular notebook),

*** Specialties ***
I play an eclectic blend of rock, jazz, folk, and bluegrass. My method of teaching is based on the individual's level and type of learning.

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