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Get Inspired to Learn Guitar in Aurora

If you’re thinking of taking guitar lessons in Aurora, then you will be happy to learn about all of the wonderful music-related opportunities in your city. The local art and music scene is thriving in Aurora and the surrounding areas, with new art galleries and live music venues opening all the time. The locals are very passionate about music, which means you can see local and national cutting-edge artists perform live every night of the week! Whether you’re into jazz, rock, pop, world music, punk, or classical, you can find amazing artists performing throughout Aurora and Denver.

Listening to music and seeing live performances is a great way to further your studies. Here are some places to experience live music while you’re taking guitar lessons in Aurora.

If you love jazz and blues, The Dazzle Jazz Restaurant and Lounge is an amazing venue to grab a bite and hear the best local, national, and international artists perform. Bring your ax for the Tuesday open jam. The show is all ages before 10:30, so bring the kids!

If you’re into edgier music, Toad Tavern packs a mean punch. Rock out in the five-thousand square foot room with a new stage, pro sound and lighting, and the best rock shows in the area. In addition to rock, Toad Tavern also brings in nationally-known blues artists.

Jam bands are also a great way to experience creativity, mixed with the power and energy of rock. Denver is ground zero for the genre with the Red Rocks Amphitheatre featuring day-long jam band fests.

If you’re looking for clubs to get up close and personal (and check out the guitarists fretwork), Quixote’s True Blue, Sancho’s Broken Arrow, and the Vine Street Tavern all feature live jam bands.

University Performances

The University of Denver is the home of the Lamont School of Music. Separated from the main campus, the school features performances by students and visiting artists. Most shows are free and feature various jazz and classical ensembles.

University of Colorado Denver also has a College of Arts and Media which features live performances by student ensembles and guitar artists like Todd Rundgren at the King Center Concert Hall.

Learning to play an instrument goes beyond simply taking lessons. Exploring the local music scene will help you take your guitar skills to the next level. Whether you like rock, blues, jazz or classical music, you have a wealth of opportunities to hear live music while you're taking guitar lessons in Aurora. Get out there and check it out!

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Chris S.

Aurora, CO

Interested in playing the guitar? I've had over ten years of experience teaching the guitar, and even more time using the instrument in live performance. If you're a beginner, we can start from the ground up; we'll learn how to hold the guitar, how to tune, and how to strum your first chords. From there, we'll build the lessons around you-what you want to learn and the music you want to play! All music requires you to learn, but I believe your learning experience should be fun, so come into your first lesson thinking about the songs you want to play, because I'll have you strumming it in no time!

About Chris

A short history of my experience with music and education:

The first instrument I learned to play was the guitar in 2001.

I played the guitar on the worship team at FBC of Midway in Plant City, FL from 2001 to 2005.

I began teaching private music lessons in 2003.

I played bass guitar in a Christian rock band called of Anastasis from 2003 to 2005.

I played acoustic, electric, and bass guitar on the worship team at Family Worship Center in Lakeland, FL from 2006 to 2012.

I worked as a freelance audio engineer with my in-home recording studio throughout college (and now I just d
o it for fun).

I played bass and sang background vocals in a worship band called Skyline from 2007 to 2009.

I taught music and trained a student led worship team at Hope Christian Academy from 2009-2010.

I began performing independently from 2009 to present.

I played guitar and sang lead vocals in a Christian Rock Band called A Story Familiar from 2010 to 2012.

From 2010 to 2012, I taught in the Polk County public school system of Florida from 2010 to 2012.

In July of 2012 I moved to Aurora, CO as a volunteer musician to help plant Livingstone Church.

In January of 2013 I married my beautiful wife.

Upon arriving home from our honeymoon, I was hired as Worship Director for a Church, and I have worked there since. Some of my responsibilities include developing weekly music set lists, creating charts and sheet music for new songs, and training the worship team in new music.

As for me personally, I love Jesus, my wife, and music.  As I'm sure you can tell by my brief history, I do a lot of church service and ministry, if for this for any reason makes you wary, let me assure you: I play a lot more than just church music.  As a lover of music, there is not much that I don't enjoy in the world of music, and I've taught most of it.  I've taught the young and the not-so-young, and whether you're just beginning to read music, or you're just eager to learn your favorite song, I work closely with you to ensure you achieve the results you desire!

*** Lesson Details ***
Four things I focus on:Creating individualized lesson plans, learning new techniques and polishing old ones, building confidence Having a fun, rockin' time!When taking lessons from me, students can expect an environment that is a balance between being strict and laid back.Music is something that must be learned, and as such, it must also be practiced week-to-week in between lessons.  I consider myself strict because I'll hold you accountable to doing your best to learn the best. Despite holding you accountable, I think the overall mood of the learning environment is laid back; we'll have a lot of fun learning music.  Everyone's different, and I make sure that we'll be learning at your pace, but keep in mind, this doesn't mean I won't push you to be your best! My teaching experience has taught me one thing: everyone is different. That being the case, I create lesson plans that are unique to you.  Where you will be in a month, six months, a year, largely depends on your commitment to learn, but I'll promise you this:  all of my efforts will be utilized to maximize your potentiality.

*** Attendance Policy ***
I am very flexible with attendance, but I do require a one hour notice that you will not be at the lesson. If a one hour notice is not given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" resulting in payment from your TakeLessons account for the missed lesson.

If you are simply running late, please be sure to let me know-I try to be as flexible as possible, but if the student is over 15 minutes late, I typically mark this lesson as "missed" as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide the following equipment for in-studio lessons:
Guitar amplifier
Bass amplifier
Drum Set
Computer
iPad
Recording equipment
Music stand
Seating area for parents/guardians to sit/listen in on the lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the following when traveling for in-home lessons: iPad
For in-home lessons, I expect students to have whatever equipment is necessary for learning their instrument of interest (This typically includes at least the student's instrument and a music stand, but may also include a metronome, tuner, etc.).

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Praise/Worship, Indie
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Anthony N. June 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Good teacher
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Anja T. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Excellent, patient teacher

Chris is a very patient and encouraging teacher. Also delivers fast success learning a new instrument. Our boys look forward to every lesson and don't mind practicing in between. Great fit for our family and very convenient lessons in our home instead of shuttling the kids to another activity.
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Elizabeth W. February 7, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Guitar lessons with Chris

Chris is a wonderful and patient person who truly understands the concept of music and kids. I am very pleased and so grateful to Chris... he has helped my son come out of his shell....!!!!
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Chris S.

Aurora, CO 80017
(3)
starting at
$24.99 / 30-min
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO

Chords, Rhythm, Note-Reading, Soloing, and technique from the simplest to most complex levels

About S. Parker

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 me
mber 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
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Stephen P. June 18, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Excellent method of explaining beginning to advanced fundamentals that is necessary in understanding music and playing the guitar. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Linda L. May 27, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My lessons with Parker have been outstanding!! He is the perfect instructor for me, and I am very happy to have found him: extremely professional and knowledgeable, kind, patient, and encouraging. I especially enjoy his positive attitude and fun sense of humor, and his lessons are challenging me at just the right pace. Plus, I especially appreciate the opportunity to take lessons online, since I live on an island, and do not have access to in-person lessons. Every week with Parker is another Five Star experience!!
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Krista May 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and I formative.
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S. Parker G.

S. Parker G.

Denver, CO 80246
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Travis C.

Denver, CO

I teach the Art of classical guitar to people of all ages and abilities.

About Travis

Travis C. classical guitarist, teacher and performer recently completed his Masters of Music at the Lamont School of Music located at the University of Denver, where he also completed his Bachelors of Music in 2009. A native Coloradan, he has established a diverse private guitar studio while performing professionally in weddings, special events, and solo performances throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. He has gained recognition with his musical pursuits in both solo and chamber performances, resulting in numerous honors including his honorable mention in the 2010 Lamont School of Music Chamb
er Competition. He was accepted into several prestigious music programs including the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. During the Fall of 2009, Travis studied in Milano, Italy where he performed with various chamber ensembles in Milano and Genoa. Currently, Travis is performing with the Sage Ensemble as one of its founding members, performing as a soloist, and building his private guitar studio of over 40 students while being on the music faculty at Avanti Music Academy and Allegretto Music Lessons LLC.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning a musical instrument should be a fun and rewarding experience that enriches your life!

With over 7 years of teaching guitar and over 13 years performing, I know that efficient practice habits and solid technique can unlock your inner potential.

As a student of mine, you can expect a fun and challenging learning environment where bad habits will never be an issue. I primarily teach classical guitar, although all styles are welcome!

My curriculum covers the basics of right and left hand technique, sight reading, ensemble playing, music theory, and performance practice.

It is my personal guarantee, with your dedication and hard work, within 3-6 months, you will have a competent grasp of basic guitar technique, note reading and musicality.

I look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,
Travis C.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach primarily at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Lamont school of Music, in their studio spaces and private practice rooms.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide classical guitar footstools, music stands, as well as music theory text books to get started. I require the student to provide their own guitar. I am also available to consult on the purchasing of a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar and teach many methods depending on the students needs. I can teach the Suzuki method and the Parkening method but primarily teach out of "Bridges" The Royal Conservatory of Music graded repertoire series.
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Kent D. October 28, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Travis is a great instructor

Travis has been a great instructor and I am very pleased with the results. He is a great teacher, an amazing guitar player, and is very patient and can handle all of my scheduling issues. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Travis.
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TomR1 July 28, 2012
Really enjoyed taking my first lesson with Travis. He made the experience enjoyable and I could understand clearly what the goals were and what follow up work needed to be done.
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JenniferS4 November 5, 2011
Great experience so far!

I've certainly enjoyed my beginning guitar lessons with Travis. He takes the time to answer my questions and explain things to I understand the music and the best techniques to use. He is also very encouraging and supportive of my just enjoying the guitar, even with mistakes. So far, I am having a great time!
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Travis C.

Denver, CO 80246
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nathan B.

Aurora, CO

About Nathan

My name is Nathan I am a 28 year old husband and father of 2 boys. My wife and I have been teaching music since 2007.

I am an experienced teacher of guitar, drums, and trumpet. My students range from age 6-60.

All lessons will be held at our home studio in Aurora, CO. Our home was built as a recording studio and it's perfect for lessons. Our dedicated, sound-proofed, teaching room includes a large viewing window so the student can be seen by parents while they wait without causing unnecessary distractions for the student. No drop-offs, please.

My teaching methods are based 100% on
the student's abilities.
Here is a brief look at what lessons with Nathan B. will look like.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar:

Beginning players- I prefer to teach from the Hal Leonard book series. This is a great start for most students. I teach the string-by-string approach using simple songs to start. Your first lesson will be a combination of reading notes on a page and reading chords on a chord chart. You will come out of the lesson learning at least 3 notes and one chord. Weekly goals are set and a practice routine is discussed.

Intermediate players- After a quick assessment of your abilities we will discuss your future goals as a player. We could pursue classical guitar with additional lessons in note reading and fingering methods, or we could focus more on chords and strum patterns if you prefer to sing and play your favorite artists.

Advanced players- this is where it gets fun. We go where you want to go. I will provide guidance based on your strengths and weaknesses. We will choose music that can display your strengths, and challenge your weaknesses. Remember, there's always someone better than you!

Drum:

Beginning players- All of my lessons follow my own, proven teaching method. All lessons take place with the student at the drum kit playing 90% of the time. I approach all drum lessons beat-by-beat always with a metronome. My goal for the first lesson is to teach at least one basic pattern. We progress through a series of hundreds of different drum patterns that become increasingly more difficult. Every week is a new opportunity to practice clean technique and improve internal timing.

Intermediate players- After a brief assessment of your abilities we will begin discussing concepts of pattern construction. You will start coming up with of your own patterns and ideas. I will provide guidance for more complex fills and I will give tips to help you figure out the right groove for the right song. Every week is a new opportunity to add another tool to your kit.

Advanced players- come and teach ME something! I'm still working on super triplets and sextuplets in 5/4 time :-)

I also teach trumpet at beginner and intermediate levels. I have prepared many students for tryout pieces (solo, regionals, chair placement, etc). I also am experienced in tone improvement, endurance studies, range extension, and accuracy improvement. I use many different method books, but I prefer Arbans and Clarks.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums
5 piece Pearl kit- full cymbals. Beginner half sized kit upon request.
Guitar- bring your own acoustic.
Trumpet- bring your own.
Chairs, stands, and some music provided.
Hal Leonard method book required for beginning guitar students.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic guitar- Christian Praise&Worship, classical picking and positions, strum patterns.
Drums- 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, quarters, eights, sixteenths. Rock, funk, ballad, pop.
Trumpet- range, endurance, flexibility.
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Anthony P. June 23, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
My is 12 and I can tell Nathan has worked children in the past, he is very patient. On the other hand, Nathan does not give false praise, which I appreciate. He is straight and honest, and my son seems to connect with him.
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Bob F. October 20, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan is a great instructor. My son is 5 years old and had a little trouble at first getting used to taking lessons. Nathan was able to adapt the lessons to my son's needs and he's really enjoying it.

Nathan has a great house for learning. The lessons are held downstairs in a room that has been converted to a recording studio. You access the studio directly from the front door, so you don't feel like you are walking into someone's home, you feel like you are going into a professional recording studio (because you are).

Because he teaches multiple instruments, there are a lot of them hanging around - guitars, electric pianos, etc. This really makes the space feel "musical" and conducive to learning.

It's great that Nathan has two drum sets in his house and my son can play along with him.

I'm really glad we found TakeLessons.com and Nathan in particular.
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Elizabeth M. August 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I am so impressed with Nathan and his ability to work with young children and instruments. First off, he is amazingly skilled in so many different instruments and second, he is very good with teaching those skills in a easy-to-learn way to children. My son is 7 years old and learning the drums. With only three lessons, he can perform a basic 8 count rhythm using both hands and the base with his foot with no prior experience. Nathan is very patient, firm when necessary, and inspiring when he plays. My son is always excited to learn more from him!
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Nathan B.

Aurora, CO 80012
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Marcus S.

Denver, CO

Never picked-up a guitar before? That's okay. We'll jump right in and get you comfortable with the basic chords, chord progressions, strumming techniques and finger picking. In no time at all you will be well on your way to understanding music theory and everything that comes with it. You'll be able to pick-up a guitar and play a well known song or make your own. You freedom is yours!

About Marcus

Hi, there! My name is Marcus and I've been teaching private lessons since early 2014. I began playing guitar in high school and quickly discovered my passion for music. I spent the next 10 years teaching myself to play a variety of styles and techniques. Last year I decided that I wanted to take my talent to the next level by sharing my knowledge with others so that they too could experience the power of music.
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Jonathan Blaine June 26, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Marcus is the best teacher I have ever had. He took extra time out for me to get the basics down and he really seems to know his stuff. He is very patient and kind! He also knows how to motivate you. I think I would like to request some Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver.
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Marcus S.

Marcus S.

Denver, CO 80220
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starting at
$15 / 30-min

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