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Harry G.

Englewood, CO

About Harry

I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.

I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music l
essons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.

I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.

I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.

I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.

I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.

I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.

I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.

I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.

I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand. Teaching Materials

*** Specialties ***
General teaching philosophy
I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.

I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.
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Tracy L. May 4, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, making lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him.
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Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimenting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!
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Stephanie O. August 3, 2013
Saxophone
Verified Student
Excellent

Harry G. is an excellent saxophone teacher with a wide range of knowledge. He is pleasant and engaging and has made learning a second instrument for my 10 year old son FUN! Luke is already playing duets with Harry after only 1 month of lessons! I can't recommend Harry G. enough!!
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Harry G.

Harry G.

Denver, CO 80210
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Molly M.

Denver, CO

About Molly

I have loved music almost all my life. I began my lifelong journey to immerse myself in learning piano at age seven. At thirteen, I added violin lessons as well. By the time I reached high school, I knew that music would be my major in college, and that music would always be a vital part of my life.
I played violin with my high school orchestra, including taking part in productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Anything Goes. I also played piano with the orchestra, and performed the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor in concert. I played the piano for my school’s top show choir
as well, performing with the group throughout the Denver area. I was also a member of the Colorado All-State Orchestra. All this time, I continued my private lessons in both piano and violin.
While still in high school, I auditioned for, and got, the title role in the Country Dinner Playhouse’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
After high school, I chose the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music to continue my music education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Music degree in piano. I was invited to join the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. I have also completed my Master of Music in piano at Lamont School of Music.
While in college, I accompanied many vocal and instrumental students, and discovered the joy of chamber and collaborative music. I formed partnerships and friendships with many other musicians, including professional musicians in several countries. I have also worked as a pianist for several area churches and spent one holiday season as a pianist at Nordstrom.
I believe that music should be an integral part of a well-rounded education. I hope that my passion for music will enable me to help others find the same joy and appreciation.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student learns differently and that those differences should be embraced. For that reason, I do not advocate a specific method or curriculum. I will work with each student individually to determine what method of learning will work best for them. Together we will decide what our curriculum should be so that we can incorporate not only learning, but fun into lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer desk, piano, dedicated music room, space for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music
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Natasha January 29, 2016
Piano · In studio
I love working with Molly, She is a awesome instructor, I would have never got as far as i have now without her!
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Deb C. December 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
10 stars! She's excellent! She really stays on task. Answers all my questions. Absolutely recommend!
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Jean W. November 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I'm comfortable and confident with Molly, and I believe that I made the right choice for piano lessons with her.
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Denver, CO 80231
(18)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Rachel B.

Aurora, CO

About Rachel

Ray Charles once said, "I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me, like food or water."

I believe everyone’s born with a “music part,” but, like our bones and our brains, it needs nutrition and exercise to grow! Born and raised in the Denver metro area, I “grew” mine first through twelve years of private piano instruction, and then by studying voice and music theory at Colorado State University, where I received my Bachelor
of Music. I rarely turn down a chance to be involved in anything to do with music; I have sung in multiple university choirs and community theatre productions, I’m a member of an Andrews Sisters tribute trio, and I have played piano and keys for several bands, including Jordyn’s Arc and a number of church bands. I’ve never met a genre of music I didn’t like, and love to continue to discover new bands, artists, and musicals, often through a recommendation by one of my students. My “music part” has definitely been a major driving force in my life!

I began teaching piano when I was sixteen. I was pretty skeptical when my piano teacher suggested I try it; I wasn’t sure I had the patience or the inclination. Much to my surprise, I loved it! The process of building one-on-one relationships around music with individuals of all ages has consistently been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. Though there are many ways to nurture musicality, I firmly believe that music lessons are one of the best tools for exploring a person’s musical abilities and tastes— there are few other places where students are exposed to such a wide range of musical styles and genres, few other environments as safe as a music studio or living room to experiment with and build confidence in voice or instrument skills. I love to watch my students develop and encounter their musical identities, and love to share their excitement when they discover a liking for bluegrass tunes, an affinity for jazz, or a love of performing. No matter what shape that “music part” takes, I love helping students to grow and be proud of it.

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It is my sincere wish that my students’ lessons be something they look forward to, NOT dread! I make every effort for the lesson atmosphere to be relaxed while still encouraging students to actively engage with the lesson material. While I believe that structure is an important element of music lessons, I also know the importance of flexibility in ensuring that the student feels like a participant in his or her studies. For example, note-reading, music theory, and technical/ear-training skills are always a part of each student’s lesson, but rather than establish an unbreakable schedule that dictates the itinerary of every lesson, I often let the student decide the order in which we’ll work through each lesson’s agenda. Students typically work out of various lesson books, chosen based on student age, proficiency, and preference. While most of their practice pieces come from these books, I encourage students to explore their own musical tastes and create a personal connection to their lessons by working on at least one song of their own choosing- popular, jazz, Broadway, etc.- as a perpetual part of their lessons.

Between lessons, students are expected to practice what they learned in previous lessons (and more than just once or twice). While I will always do my absolute best to inspire, encourage and motivate my students to practice, the final decision to actually do it or not is theirs. The only real “penalty” for insufficient practice time is the student’s own slower progress and a limit to the extent we can move forward in their lessons. I ask parents of younger students not to force them to practice, but to help them develop the habit of practicing by setting aside a daily practice time and encouraging them to adhere to it. I can’t guarantee that practicing will always be fun, but I can guarantee it will always be worth doing!

Students are invited (not required) to perform in two informal recitals per year with their fellow students. In cases where enough students of the same playing level desire to improve their performance skills, they have the option of attending monthly group lessons in addition to their private lessons. Group lessons provide students with a monthly opportunity to perform to a small group of their peers and offer and receive helpful critiques.

I believe that the two most important things for a student to receive from a teacher are patience and encouragement— if I didn’t believe that I respond to each of my students with these qualities, I would hang up my teaching hat. I try to communicate to my students at all times that I’m passionate about seeing them succeed. I recognize that every student’s goals are different, and I do my best to help them achieve them, whether they just want to learn enough to be able to play or sing their favorite popular songs, or whether they’re looking to develop the skills to pursue opportunities such as school choirs, musical theater productions, or rock and roll stardom

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/W keyboard in private room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will obtain curriculum with the expectation of reimbursement from the student or student's parents, and I expect students to provide a piano or full-sized keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I have always taught piano with Faber and Faber or Alfred, although I'm also familiar with Pace and Bastien.
When it comes to vocal pedagogy, I was classically trained and so usually concentrate more on art song.
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Sawyer November 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rachel gave my daughter a fantastic first lesson back into piano lessons after more than 1 year off (with a different teacher). She was patient, explained the techniques very well, and made a very positive impression!
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Churee P. February 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rachel has been our daughter's piano teacher for the past 3 years. Rachel is so positive and encouraging to her. Thank you, Rachel for your continuing support to our daughter's love for music.
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RickY July 9, 2012
Great Teacher!!

I Started out not knowing a thing about singing and ever since i've been taking lessens with Mrs. Rachel i have learned a lot, and been able to do so much with my voice. She keeps the lesson fun and interesting, she's patient and always has something to say to make you understand better about what you are doing. The music is fun and never dull. Mrs. Rachel is a great teacher that i would definitely recommend to a friend who is wanting to learn to sing.
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Rachel B.

Rachel B.

Aurora, CO 80017
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gregory S.

Monument, CO

About Gregory

Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West", directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Beresford; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; Scotland's Edinburgh Festival production of "The Consul," cast and directed by the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American a
rts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School; taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College; taught Voice at Indiana University; and, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."

He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.
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Madison benton November 17, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic first lesson. He really took the time to get to know me and where I want to go with my skills.
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Sharon October 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Greg is the best instructor I have ever experienced. I appreciated his honesty and encouragement during our lessons. I am an older student so my goal was how to improve my technique and keep my voice healthy. I will always be grateful for his time and patience and sharing his wonderful talents and wisdom with me.

Many, many thanks,
Sharon
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Alicia July 20, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Gregory was my teacher for nearly 15 years. He saw me vocally through two pregnancies and all the attendant changes. Gregory's technique is impeccable and his ability to present information in an effective manor is unmatched. Enjoy your new teacher!
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Gregory S.

Gregory S.

Aurora, CO 80013
(14)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Kevin J.

Denver, CO

About Kevin

I truly enjoy teaching. I've taught in the public school classroom for 11 years. Teaching music is so so much FUN! And it should be fun for the students to learn. When I'm teaching I tell all my students that if they don't enjoy and smile about something, then we need to change something.

I would love to start lessons with you soon.
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Anastacia January 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My daughter has been very inspired by Kevin. He is very patient and gives thoughtful homework.
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Atticus S. January 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We just started with Kevin--my 9 yr old son is planning his career as a musician--and I am very impressed. He listened to what my son likes and noted his current ability and got him started with some simple chords and the first line of a familiar song. An excellent start for a beginning student!
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Brian K. January 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson down and I'm so excited!!! I have absolutely no experience with the guitar and Kevin has instilled excitement and hope that I can get there. Within the first 10 minutes I knew he was the perfect teacher for me, definitely recommend him and I'm totally looking forward to what's to come!
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Kevin J.

Kevin J.

Denver, CO 80209
(22)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

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