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.
Diana July 3, 2015
Both of my sons have been taking lessons with Ricardo for about a month. Ricardo first asked them what they wanted to play and has built their lessons around their interests. This has resulted in more spontaneous practice and enthusiasm. My youngest son asked if he could play a Beatles tune for us that he was working on. Ricardo had adapted it so that he could be successful immediately. He was so excited and he sounded great!
Chris M. January 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Ricardo is a thoughtful, intelligent and patient instructor. I would highly recommend him to others.
Mike S. November 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ricardo has been a really great voice instructor. Along with being very talented, he is patient and has an honest concern to see that his students succeed. I would highly reccomend Ricardo.
Alex has been playing music for 10 years and teaching guitar for 6 years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 8 years of touring and performing experience, Alex is capable of teaching all levels and styles from beginner through advanced. He provides lessons for all ages including children as young as 5 as well as adults on acoustic/electric guitar and electric bass. Available for private or group lessons, Alex teaches all styles of music including Rock, Country, Jazz, Experimental, Pop, Metal, Reggae, Blues, Folk, Classical as well as Theory,
Improvisation, Composition, Notation, and Ear Training. Alex understands that every student is unique in their own way and caters his teaching style accordingly in order to keep each student progressing and having fun. So whether you just want to learn a few songs to play out on your porch, or looking for someone to provide a structured, challenging plan, Alex is capable of helping you achieve your goals in a fun, low-pressure environment!
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expext a fun, laid back, comfortable atmosphere when taking lessons! Catering to each students individual taste and tailoring each lesson to fullfill their own personal goals is of upmost importance. Lets learn the music that you want to learn! Materials and curriculum will hand selected for each student once his/her goals have been determined. So whether you are an experienced musician looking to reach the next level or a beginner just looking to have a little fun, Alex is capable of providing you with a lesson experience you will surely enjoy!
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 Acoustic guitars (Jasmine by Takamine S-35), Behringer GM110, Marshall G-10 MKII, Fender Blues Junior, Crate Palomino v16
*** Specialties *** I been formally trained in both Jazz and Classical styles. Although I do not intend to force these styles on anyone, I do find them to be the best vehicle for teaching music thoroughly. I can teach theory, sight reading, ear training, improv, chart reading, composition, technique, etc....
Chad S. July 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher for guitar. Alex is very thorough, yet patient with all types of students. He knows how to work with all age groups and is very good at working with special needs students. He welcomes all types of music and allows students to choose the type of music that they want to play.
Chad S. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Outstanding instructor of guitar. He goes above and beyond when it comes to teaching students how to play the guitar. He is very flexible, understanding, knowledgeable, and patient when he delivers his classes. Not only does he teach students how to play the guitar, he also does other things like teaching them how to tune their guitars, how to change keys when necessary to make a song sound better, and how to use a capo when playing the guitar. All of these are above and beyond what most teachers have taught me in the past. I really enjoy taking classes from my instructor.
Chad S. February 13, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
This teacher has great potential.
Level of reliability is lacking somewhat with this teacher.
I treat the bass as a rhythmic instrument first, and then a melodic instrument. Learning to lock in with a drummer is essential for a bassist and I can literally accompany that process. If you'd like to learn to play danceable music on the bass guitar, I'm your man. I can also teach you to read charts (ie:jazz real book charts).
I graduated with a Music BA from CU Boulder in May 2014. I have played in several bands on a variety of instuments including Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Voice for the past 8 years. My classical training in combination with my experience as a song writer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader gives me a uniquely well-rounded teaching style. I aim to teach and inspire students to use music as a joyful platform for learning important skills such as diligent practice, cognitive flexibilty, and creative expression.
Growing up in Hawaii, and playing professionally in Colorado with pro
lific and talented instrumentalists and percussionists from around the world has instilled in me a passion for world music. I love to share my appreciation for eclecticism and nuance with my students by providing a curriculum that is based on my students interests.
I enjoy teaching aural skills, sight reading, and music theory as well as encouraging fun ways of using music to be more expressive, creative, coordinated and focused. I always tailor lessons to the goals of the student and parents, but after three months, a beginning student who so desires, can have a grasp of basic music theory, reading, and transcription as well as theoretical concepts like transposition and tonal analysis. If the goal is simply to have fun and develop more basic practical skills like playing along to some pop tunes or song writing, I love to incorporate those aspects as well, and I often find that they are complimentary.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach in my home studio in North Boulder. The studio has, piano, bass drums, guitar ukelele and vocal microphones. Students should bring their own instruments to in studio lessons (drums and piano provided in the studio) Parents may attend the lessons if they choose.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide all necessary materials for lessons, however it is necessary that students have their own instruments on which to play and practice. I may request that students buy some materials such as tuners (for stringed instruments) or lesson books.
*** Specialties *** Reggae, Afro-music, funk, soul, blues and jazz
Brenda T. November 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Julian has been wonderful to teach Music Theory as well as Piano. He has interesting methods and uses very solid music theory, to create a larger picture which leads to a full understanding of how piano works, and of the music you play on it.
Lessons are interesting and fun. Also I find them very well-rounded. Julian is a positive instructor and I find him very respectful and simply fun to learn from.
I highly recommend Julian Y.
Niel R. July 26, 2014
In home Verified Student
It's difficult to find an instructor and I feel extremely lucky that I ended up studying with Julian. I was a beginning piano player but very interested in a strong music theory base for my studies. Julian has an extremely deep knowledge of music theory and application across many styles. We have probably spent as much time on theory as on playing (my choice/naturally where our lessons have gone). He is also an excellent guitar player and i have paired relearning guitar with the piano so our lessons can range widely from piano practice to theory to guitar and back.
I find Julian extremely easy to get a long with, very good at explaining theory and leading me to my own epiphanies and conclusions that have made learning continually exciting. He is a good communicator about lessons times and has been probably more flexible than i deserve in accommodating my schedule.
As we have progressed we are now working on song writing, music notation, jazz/staff notation, working through the REAL BOOK, ear training, etc..
My greatest fear was ending up with a very parochial or didactic instructor. Julian is anything but that. I look forward to my lessons every week and have increased my time with him to twice a week.
Nicki H. June 26, 2014
My son has been taking drum lessons from Julian for about six months now. Julian is fantastic with him. He seems very knowledgeable and his demeanor is perfect for kids (and adults!). He likes to incorporate other instruments into the lesson as well, since my son can also play piano. He has a nice energy during lessons, keeping a good balance of having fun and learning. He also just led my son in his first group experience, where he played drums while others played guitar and keyboard. Julian was amazing at keeping everyone on task, while having fun at the same time! I would recommend Julian as a music instructor for anyone and everyone. :)
All levels and styles, beginner to advanced, ages 6 and up. Custom program combines techniques, fundamentals, theory etc¦and students favorite songs and styles.
Lee J. is an award winning songwriter, with 18 yrs of FT music instruction experience! Lee studied formally at UCD Denver, for BA in Music and Sound Technology. Lee has the benefit of real world experience in the music business, including past national touring as an indie artist, and currently working with Music Supervisors in LA for Film/TV placements, as well as songs with Major Label Publishers in Nashville! Lee designs custom programs to suit individual ability, goals, and more by giving YOU the skills, techniques, knowledge you need to become proficient at YOUR favorite songs and styles!
*** Lesson Details *** Custom Lesson Programs to suit individual abilities, needs, goals and more by balancing fundamentals, techniques, theory etc...that you need to become proficient at YOUR favorite songs and styles. Students will make playlists of a couple dozen songs to start with that provide us a "playground" to apply the foundation and skill sets we build.
*** Studio Equipment *** Boulder Guitar Studio is also a professional recording facility with Protools 10, and major label quality microphones and pre-amps, as well as state of the art mixing and mastering equipment.
*** Specialties *** I customize each lessons program to suit individual instrument, styles, ability and goals. The program features a balance between fundamentals, theory, technique, ear training, and the technical sides of music training, balanced with learning songs in the styles that are relevant for that student. This balanced program insures that students fully grasp how to apply the technical side of lessons with the music they are interested in.
Lee J. October 24, 2013
Excellent Instructor Overall
"Awesome teacher" 5/5 stars Boulder Guitar Studio Review
I wouldn't consider getting instruction from anybody but Lee. From his lifetime devotion to music, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles and playing techniques, which he uses to customize lessons to the student's particular goals. Besides guitar and bass, I spent a lot of time with Lee studying songwriting -- he's an awesome writer himself and completely open about sharing all the things he has learned over the years.
That willingness to adapt to my particular needs and desires, along with his true passion for all types of music, makes Lee an outstanding teacher.
Pros: Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Smart, Patient, Funny, Fun, Good communicator- Derek Zahn, Boulder, CO, Oct 11, 2010
Bass lessons consist of proper technique, classic rock bass lines, and sight reading.
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.
Kendra S. April 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Awesome! Made me comfortable when I was so nervous, was flexible with scheduling and very awesome teaching techniques.
Cameron S. February 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Steve has been great so far. Our son is interested in everything that has to do with music and Steve has managed to find teaching moments in each and every adventure.
Cameron S. November 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Steve has been great so far. His skills are up-to-snuff and his manner is perfect for a young child with a wild imagination. But more importantly, Steve communicates very well and is on time. This may seem like small stuff but it's uncommon in the private music instruction realm.
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I've been taking bass lessons from Bjorn for over a year. As a beginner, I struggled to play until I started taking lessons with Bj
orn. As a skilled instructor, he knew how to take me several levels ahead. In a matter of a few lessons, I was able to understand theory, strengthen my hands with proper exercises, and play complete songs. Every lesson is structured and meaningful. Bjorn is a professional and dedicated instructor who knows how to bring out the very best in you. I would highly recommend him to both beginners and advanced players alike!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brian
"Great teacher who has many talents
I am an adult who started taking a new instrument and just after a few weeks with him, I'm already able to play much m
ore than I ever dreamed I would. He is down to earth and easy to get along with - but pushes you to always do better. I would recommend him to anyone looking to advance their skills or start from beginning like I have."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Lenny Sieredzinski
"As a beginner with the bass guitar I could not be any happier with what Al was able to provide me with on our first lesson! I'm Having trouble putting th
e guitar down and can't wait for our next lesson!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by matthew
"Know how to help you succeed
In a very short time, Kim has helped me to expand my ability as a musician. I played in a band for a few years, and I feel l
ike only now through her guidance am I really starting to understand my instrument.
She has a great way of layering knowledge to help it stick, and is very patient. I highly recommend her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Vince
"Ben is a very intuitive teacher. He quickly figures out how his students learn, then tailors his teaching approach. I've learned from Ben through observat
ion and his tips are spot on. Above all, he is a fun and inspirational gentleman to be around!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alex
Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anyth
ing that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sue
"We couldn't be happier!
My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with Cameron for several months now. She really loves it, and has learned a great deal
. She is learning both guitar and bass guitar, and Cameron leaves it up to her which one she wishes to focus on that week. He is flexible, patient, kind, with a comfortable laid-back approach. My daughter leaves her lessons inspired. Cameron has a comfortable well lit studio in his home. He is an experienced teacher and performer, and has good advice and tricks to make learning easier. She is using a personalized workbook for lessons, and there is an emphasis on improv and learning by listening. We couldn't be happier!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by jeff
"I've had a good experience with Alex. He has a very thoughtful approach and is very knowledgeable. I think he is a great teacher and would fully recommen
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Tami
"Matt was my son's bass, acoustic bass and ukulele instructor for more than four years. During that time, they developed a great teacher/student relations
hip. Matt was always positive and encouraging. My son learned a lot, and really enjoyed their time together. Matt was also very accommodating in terms of rescheduling lessons due to sports, band concerts or family vacations. I would highly recommend Matt as a music teacher."