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Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO

Learn everything you need to understand the theory behind all western music. Learn how to read music, learn harmony and how to build any chord, scales, arranging, scoring, jazz theory, classical theory. Learn what makes different styles sound different and how to be authentic with each style.

About Ricardo

I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailo
r my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, Bolero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.
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Liam Skulley April 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
This guy is fantastic. He has worked with me on everything that I've needed and then some and I would highly recommend him to any of my friends.
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Antony A. April 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Ricardo is very talented, knowledgeable and an excellent instructor. My son was 5 years old when we started with him. My son is now playing the piano well and really enjoys his lesson. I would definitely recommend him.
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Susan April 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Ricardo is the BEST, he is very talented, he got the ears to hear small detailed nuances of a song's tone, he can catch any small mistake in a music play. Best musician I have ever met. He is an expert as well as teaches piano (classical and contemporary), keyboard, guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), voice, song writing, and band assembly. He is every creative and most importantly, he knows how to teach. Should listen to his CD, its amazing!!! He played almost all of the instruments. Highly recommended.
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Ricardo P.

Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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$30 / 30-min
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Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO

About Thomas

I've performed and taught in a wide variety of settings. My early professional experiences have included 3 years in the Army Band, several cruise line contracts, and freelance work as a performer and composer. Through these times, I've learned to excel in many styles. I recently graduated from NYU, where I was an adjunct faculty member. Here, I also performed and worked with a wonderful faculty including Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, and trumpet guru Laurie Frink, who all inspire me as a musician and a teacher. While in New York, I was a faculty member
at Douglaston School of Music and Art, where I worked with younger students .

It is my belief that discipline and technique are necessary elements that allow emotion and creativity to thrive. I also recommend a healthy dose of listening to what you love. Through this process, I strive to inspire my students, fellow musicians, and listeners.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will guide you to your goals. I write my own materials for each student's individual goals. If you want to learn a song and I don't know it, I will learn the song with you, sharing the process. After several months of study, you will have an understanding of not only what to practice, but how and why to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/piano, trumpet, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music, accessories (tuner, metronome, portable speakers), and books. I can bring an extra trumpet for beginners.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Piano- Jazz standards, voicings, and improvisation
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David D. August 5, 2016
Bugle · Online
Verified Student
Thomas is very patient and positive. I have advanced a lot in a short time under his guidance.
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Marek March 4, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Thomas is a kind and patient teacher for our son. This is our first experience with music lessons with our child, and so far we are very pleased with the experience. We look forward to learning and growing with Thomas as our instructor.
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Katy H. June 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is very patient and encouraging with my daughter. We have found him to be a great teacher.
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Thomas G.

Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael L.

Golden, CO

I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

About Michael

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 l
evels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Tonya August 6, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Awesome instruction. He made it easy.
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Laura July 6, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio
Verified Student
Michael was very accommodating and very thorough in his lesson. I left feeling very excited for my next lesson!
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Tony A. June 3, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Michael was very helpful with my Skype issues. It was our first lesson and I didn't know that much about Skype. As to his teaching me he was very understanding and made me feel as easy. He showed me the proper breathing method with the chanter. I am looking forward to my next lesson with Michael.
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Michael L.

Michael L.

Denver, CO 80210
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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William C.

Broomfield, CO

Throughout my music degrees, music theory has always been a love of mine. I have taken every course in music theory that my degree would allow (plus a couple that didn't count for anything). I am an experienced arranger with the ability to write for all instrument combinations.

About William

William C. is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger based in Denver, CO. This fall, he has started doctoral work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He completed the bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and the Master’s in trombone performance, and a Performer’s Certificate, at the University of Denver. His extensive resume a wide variety of concerts, clinics, master-classes, performances, and recording sessions; most notably: the TTU Vernacular Music Center, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Municipal
Band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Mr. C. has taught all ages of students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and chamber ensembles for 6 years. He was the brass section leader for the world premiere of the full-length theatrical dance show Dancing at the Crossroads and his arrangements have been played by chamber groups throughout northern Colorado.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are geared towards a set of goals that are created between the student's wants and my expectations for them to be successful at what the student wants to achieve. For each student, I use a different set of pedagogical tools designed to get them to the goals they want. The main goal I have for all my students is that their fundamentals on their instrument will be at the level that they can complete their goals with ease. Over their time with me, they will have the skills to coach themselves when they practice and tackle any music they come across.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide and music stand and their music. These are both things that they need to have at their home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I teach and perform both jazz and classical music. Almost any style that uses a trombone or brass instruments, I have performed in and have a strong foundation in.
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Murphy Storen June 13, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
He's an awesome teacher and an awesome guy. I learned a lot! I would highly recommend him.
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Jeremy January 7, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Jeremy really enjoyed his lesson with Bill. Bill is great with kids and I highly recommend him. If he played guitar I might take lessons from him!
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Hadiyah D. December 31, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks so much! We are here on vacation and appreciate the availability of Bill. My daughter has a region audition when we get back home and she needed help with her scales.
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William C.

William C.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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$30 / 30-min
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Travis D.

Denver, CO

I have experience with classical and jazz theory. I use theory daily to help me construct chords, compose, improvise, and to analyze songs and solos from musical greats. Music theory can help you connect the dots (literally on the page) and on your chosen instrument.

About Travis

Travis is a music instructor. He has been teaching private guitar lessons since 2006 and is available to teach lessons in your home, in studio, or online. Travis has 9 years of teaching experience and can help you reach your musical goals. In 2009 Travis graduated with honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango CO. After graduating Travis hit the road with indie/soul outfit Hello Dollface and led local funk/soul band Bacon. Both bands had much success holding busy gig schedules, recording albums, and touring. With Travis' culminating experience as a professional guitar player, advanced knowledg
e in classical, jazz, rock, blues, and country playing styles, years of private teaching experience, in home and professional studio experience, and a passion to teach and constantly develop his own playing, Travis can help you achieve your musical goals.
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Aiden M. August 7, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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James June 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He really seems to know what he is talking about and gets to the point, not leaving any open points or un-answered questions. I walked away with a lot of info and much to practice
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cheryl March 22, 2016
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Excellent. Despite the fact that first 10 minutes (or more) were spent helping me navigate skype....Travis was very patient. In lesson #1 I learned so much that will help me grow in ability. (I need to practice to really get it but I am so excited about the teaching style.)
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Travis D.

Travis D.

Denver, CO 80214
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$20 / 30-min

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