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Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO

I am a classically trained pianist (I studied piano performance at SUNY at Buffalo) and I've made a living all my life playing Blues, Rock, Jazz, Salsa and many other styles. With this background I am able to teach with many different approaches depending what the student is interested in pursuing and what approach fits the student best.

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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Bryce D. October 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great to work with.
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Chery E. September 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ricardo listened closely to my goals, analyzed the level that I'm currently at and prepared a personalized practice system for me that I'm excited about! I recommend him highly.
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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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Ricardo P.

Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Julian Y.

Boulder, CO

The piano is the best instrument with which to teach music theory. Easily being able to visually identify the different notes of the chromatic scale comes easiest on the piano. We will learn to play chord progressions, scales, improvise melodies and accompany different styles of music very quickly. We can also learn to read music from the classical repertoire.

About Julian

I received my Music BA from CU Boulder in 2014. I have played professionally 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 and playing in Hawaii and Colorado, I have had t
he opportunity to learn from prolific, passionate and talented world music instrumentalists and percussionists from all over the globe. With my students, I love to share my appreciation for eclecticism, nuance and groove while also emphasizing the importance and my passion for a solid music theory and aural skills foundation. With this in mind, I am skilled at creating a curriculum that is based on my students interests.

I particularly enjoy teaching aural skills, sight reading, and music theory while encouraging joyful creative expression, coordination and focus. 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 theoretical concepts (like sight reading, transposition, transcription and tonal analysis) as well as basic practical skills like playing along to various popular songs/genres, improvising and song writing. I often find that these subject areas are complimentary.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can teach in my home studio in North Boulder. The studio has keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, ukulele and vocal microphones. Students should bring their own instruments to the 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 ***
Pop, Reggae, West-African Highlife, Funk, Soul, Blues and Jazz
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Josh D. December 10, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great instructor.
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Julie B. December 9, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
As a beginning bass player with no previous experience, my daughter was relunctant to start online lessons. Julian quickly established a rapport with her. She now looks forward to her weekly lesson and even practices daily (a miracle) after school. Julian has taken the time to build a good relationship with my shy daughter, and she thinks he is wonderful. I am impressed by his willingness to not just teach the mechanics of playing, but to build a relationship with his students. I would recommend this dedicated and patient teacher.
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Josh D. December 8, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Julian has been very helpful to me and finding my way around a guitar. He has been patient with me and going along with the pace that I choose. I highly recommend to students beginner and advanced.
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Julian Y.

Julian Y.

Boulder, CO 80305
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah U.

Broomfield, CO

Learn how to play piano from someone with 15 years of piano playing experience.

About Sarah

A Flute Performance Graduate from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.

My goal is to continuously create a fun and positive environment in lessons. I love to inspire others and help them play better.
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Lorenzo P. November 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Outstanding teacher! Kind, gentle guide for enthusiasm of my kids, and encourages steady skull development.

-- we're very fortunate to have met Sarah!
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Maura M. August 12, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
What a great first lesson!
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Hannah W. July 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loves her!
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Sarah U.

Sarah U.

Broomfield, CO 80020
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Weiman S.

Arvada, CO

I can teach as well as help practice with any kind of piano music, including playing techniques. I have very advanced piano skill and over 10 years of experience in classical and competitive piano learning. I have won many competitions, including the United States International Duo piano competition, so I can also help with piano performance abilities. I have two pianos at my home studio, one being a full-sized grand piano, and many piano books, please feel free to contact me! ^.^

About Weiman

I am currently a college student studying engineering and music at the Colorado School of Mines, and I am happy to teach others about this instrument as well. I've volunteered at musical academies to teach piano to little kids, and tutored my friends as well. In terms of my personal experience with piano, I have over 10 years of experience in classical piano as well as piano and musical performance. I have also won various competitions including the United States International Duo Piano Competition and the Steinway Competition. Lessons run every two weeks on Sunday afternoons. Please contact m
e if you are interested!
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Ozias G. June 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She was patient and kind. She gave a good mixture of explanation and demonstration. Great first lesson!
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Mari March 25, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Weiman was an excellent teacher. I enjoyed how knowledgeable about the material and the fact that she was very kind.
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Weiman S.

Arvada, CO 80004
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ben A.

Louisville, CO

I think piano is an awesome instrument for any musician to learn. I started putting time in about 2 years ago and I've found it to be a versatile, intuitive instrument with a great sound. My teaching style is about building a lesson plan based on what the student wants to achieve, and many of them have gone on to love to play and learn about music.

About Ben

My name is Ben and I am a guitarist with a piano habit on the side. I've been playing music for 10 years now, and I have been teaching for 3 years. I have played in bands since middle school and have performed on stages such as the fox and the creek fest battle of the bands. My teaching style is all about what the student is interested in achieving, and I have received consistently positive feedback from my students.
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Amy M. April 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I've tried several times to play guitar and Ben was so patient with me! He has a very comfortable demeanor and made me feel at ease right away.
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Sonja March 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I had a great experience with Ben teaching me the very beginnings of basic guitar. I'm a mom from Lafayette, CO who plays piano and wants to pick up just the basics of guitar. Ben was very patient with me and also flexible about his approach. He knew right away how to teach me the basics. He is a creative soul and fantastic player himself which is inspiring to be around. I learned more in a few lessons about theory (which I love and asked for) and some basic playing than I expected. I know he can teach all the way to more advanced playing for those who would want it!
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Ben A.

Ben A.

Louisville, CO 80027
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!

Video #1: Intro to the Piano

Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

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Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.

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Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

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