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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Arvada

Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO
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Scott M.

Denver, CO
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Spencer C.

Denver, CO
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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 ...

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Thomas G. February 17, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
I've had many teachers in the past who only taught me how to perform well with the emphasis on technicality and repeptition; however, Tom created space for me to appreciate each and every bar rather than focusing on finishing a song. As a student who has become well-adjusted to structure, I learned the beauty of improvisation informed by theory through Tom. He is attentive, passionate, and always makes sure I got the concept he's teaching. He has a rare gift of creating such an intimate, peaceful environment where I can feel at ease and really thrive in playing music. It was in these calm moments my passion for jazz sparked more and more. I'm truly thankful to have had Tom as my mentor/teacher.
-JL, student at NYU. May 2012
Scott M. Denver, CO

Many people scare away from music theory, but it is proven that
Music Theory will make your a better more confident musician.
Understanding the how's and why's of music will open many doors to writing, improvising, and performing music.
From chords and scales to modes and keys. Together I can help you understand them all.

About Scott

We learn by teaching. That is why I love to teach, because I love to learn. I have made many great connections while teaching music to people and one of the ways to do that is to work together on a common goal. I started teaching music because during my own studies I have discovered many quick learning strategies that make playing music fun. I teach from my home studio as well as via Skype. Many of my strategies I've discovered on my own. Now I want to share these ideas with you. Scott is a multi-instrumentalist loop master whose music spans a wide range of sounds and genres. With an education in music performance and a reputation for having a good time this laid back musician is no amateur to the music scene. Scott has performed hundreds of shows and numerous festival ...

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Danielle K. August 23, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Scott is an excellent guitar teacher. He makes it fun to learn while gearing the lessons toward the student’s needs. In return, this allows the student to excel in learning the guitar at their own pace. I definitely would recommend Scott as guitar instructor.
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Nathan S. May 8, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
wish I had more time for MORE lessons

Scott has been a great teacher, his patience and ability to teach at my pace have been wonderful! I also love that he finds ways to teach music I like.

My only regret is that I don't have more time and money to schedule lessons every week! I hope that changes soon.

I love my Uke, and I love lessons with Scott!
Mahalo
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SarahJ June 21, 2012
So fun!

My daughter loves lessons with Scott. She said she has a lot of fun learning.
Spencer C. Denver, CO

About Spencer

I am originally from Northeast Kansas, where I started playing guitar and studying music at the age of 9. While studying guitar, I had several influential teachers, including internationally renowned finger-style guitarist, Andy McKee, and University of Montana Professor of Music and Classical Guitar, Dr. Luis Millan. Later, in my teens, I also began playing the Banjo, Mandolin, accordion, and other various instruments. While attending college at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, I began teaching private music lessons to students of all ages, and experience levels in Northeast Kansas. During this time, I also recorded and regularly performed with my bluegrass/country/cajun band. I have experience playing and teaching numerous genres including rock, pop, country, blues, jazz, ...

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Katelyn H. August 1, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Spencer is awesome! He's super talented and kind. I'd pay for the lesson just to listen to him play. Highly recommended.
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BlakeB March 4, 2012
Great teacher. Challenges me while making the lessons fun.

Mary F.

Denver, CO
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John T.

Westminster, CO
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Travis D.

Denver, CO
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Mary F. Denver, CO

Music Theory can be learned while studying vocals or instrumental
technique. Piano or guitar are both excellent aids to applying theory.

About Mary

I've been playing piano since I was 6 yrs. old, and guitar and organ since I was 13. I've been able to use music in so many ways, and that is the opportunity I want for my students. From singing in school and church choirs, to accompanying and directing them, I've had a lot of enjoyable experiences. I've had the fun of performing solo and with bands, and have been teaching music for about 25 yrs, both privately and in the schools. My BA is in music education and my Masters is in individual performance. I've taught K-Jr College music classes in general music, chorus, piano, guitar, and theory. I think my favorite form of teaching is still one-on-one lessons. Working with one student allows me to adjust my teaching to their particular learning style and needs. *** Lesson Details *** I'm

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Lynn V. May 7, 2013
Banjo
Verified Student
Extremely patient

I've loved banjo music for years but never had the courage to learn how to play until recently. I'm a senior citizen with absolutely no musical background. What I like best about Mary is that she's totally patient and encouraging but at the same time pushes me out of my comfort zone so that I learn something new with each lesson. When I struggle with how to do something, she suggests different ways to attack the problem or ways to work around it. In just a few months she's helped me be able to play a song for someone that they can actually recognize, which was the first goal I had set for myself. I look forward to many more goals. I'm so glad to have Mary as my teacher!
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Dave P. April 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Practice more

Mary is an excellent teacher. Having been a teacher for 20 years, I tend to closely observe other teachers. Mary had much more to teach me than I was willing to learn. Playing the guitar is a psycho motor skill and as such it must be practiced diligently to gain the muscle memory necessary to perform the tasks. I didn't do it but Mary kept encouraging me and the more she did, the more I practiced, although I still fall woefully short of 30 minutes every day. Her lessons in music theory, however, are paying dividends since I also play some other instruments.
She is kind, patient, skilled and knows music inside out. I don't think I could have chosen a better teacher. I will start again as soon as I am able. Thanks Mary, job well done!
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LoisJ July 6, 2012
Mary is doing a great job with Tyler. He is enjoying and learning really well with her. I would recommend her very highly to anyone.
John T. Westminster, CO

The music theory I focus on is chord theory. Music theory is basically a way of describing what happens with music. I do teach about rhythm too, but the main focus is on chord structures and playing in specific keys. In a nutshell, here are the chords we can/will cover:

Triads, suspended, 7th chords, 6th chords, add 9s, add 11s, 9th chords, 11th chord, 13th chords, etc. There are several variations of all these. For example, various 7th chords can be Major 7, minor 7, Dominant 7, diminished 7, minor 7 flat 5, etc.

You will learn how to play all of these in any key along with the appropriate scales. We also talk about how to play in altered keys such as the harmonic minor and melodic minor.

Besides just strumming these chords I will teach you how to apply these chords as arpeggios into lead parts.

About John

You, the student, are always the priority in my lessons. Every student receives material specifically designed to fit their interests, needs, skill level, and pace. We are all different, and learn in different ways. You deserve a lesson plan that is built just for you. John T.studied with a private guitar instructor, and bass instructor. Two times he broke the Guinness Record for Fastest Guitar Player. John T.'s school, Dr. Hot Licks' School of Rock and Metal has been awarded the title of "Best in Instrumental Music Instruction" two years in a row by the Westminster Award Program. Volkswagen hired T. to take part in an internet ad campaign called "Fast Vs. Fast." Currently, John T.plays in three bands here in Denver. Rock and metal are what John grew up on. This music is his ...

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Dakota L. September 15, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
I have been taking bass lessons here for while and I would recommend to anyone who is interested in playing Rock and Metal music. Both John and Brent are fantastic teachers who have a lot of talent and a lot of knowledge to share. Both are willing to teach not only theory but any song that the student wants to learn. They show that they care about whether or not students learn. I have never seen two people more passionate about music. I wouldn't recommend going anywhere else.
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Desiree S. May 25, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons here for over a year and find Dr. John to be extremely knowledgeable, reliable/professional (has never been late or asked me to reschedule), and fun. I did not have much experience coming in; the process for me has been that Dr. J creates multiple lessons (usu. 4-12 measures long before repeats) on the spot that we go over to reinforce a skill or technique that I need to work on, or we work on a rock song that I pick out. This approach is very tailored to my questions, trouble spots, and schedule.
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Mark T. May 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar
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John Dr. Hot Licks Taylor has proven to be a great instructor for me. I had developed some bad habits from poor instruction in the past, and John showed me how to correct them, and as a result, my playing has improved. I would recommend John Taylor to anyone looking for a great and knowledgeable guitar teacher.
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 guitar and ukulele instructor. He has been teaching private guitar lessons since 2007 and is available to teach lessons in your home, in studio, or online. Travis has 8 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, with advanced knowledge 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 ...

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Chris Y. January 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Travis was my son's teacher for about nine months. In that time, my son went from having never touched a guitar to having the confidence to perform a solo at his school's Holiday show. Travis shows patience and inspires an amazing work ethic in his students. My son truly enjoys playing the guitar, thanks to Travis, and he even inspired me to pick up my guitar after not playing for 20 years. I highly recommend him for students of all ages.
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Jolie E. December 10, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Our son really enjoyed taking guitar lessons from Travis. Travis's teaching style was effective and appropriate for the level our son was at and Travis was able to keep him interested and eager to learn more. Socially, our son connected with Travis, which, if there isn't that trust and relationship building happening, the learning won't happen. Thank you Travis for building a strong guitar (and music) foundation for our son! We highly recommend you!
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Cynthia L. December 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
My son, 11 years old, was a complete beginner at guitar and reading music. Travis emphasized learning music, which is great, because even if a child decides to switch instruments, he will have that knowledge to help him along. Travis has a great way of relating to young musicians, exhibiting patience and high expectations, which helps motivate his students to practice. My son really enjoyed his lessons. He made fairly quick progress and has developed a confidence that will keep him playing and growing musically. Thanks to Travis for starting him off on the right foot. We highly recommend Travis as a music teacher.

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