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Ronald G.

Aurora, CO

Coming from a musical family I started piano at a young age. Continuing my studies in college, I was blessed with some fine instruction in both performance and the art of teaching both adults and students. Piano/Keyboard puts into practice all that is leaned in classroom. I strive to make all music encounters and lessons as enjoyable and enriching as possible, with a special emphasis on what the student is enjoying and wanting to learn.

About Ronald

Coming form a musical family, I cannot remember when music was not a part of my life. Both my parents were musicians, my father an instrumentalist and arranger and my mother a fine pianist. From the age of seven they encouraged and assisted my music education any way they could. Music came first in our family. My school years were spent in band, marching band and jazz band. During my high school years I took over the local elementary band and taught beginning band to the students after the band teacher had left before the school year finished.
To pay my way through college I taugh
t piano, organ and band instruments in rural Colorado, even using a horse to get to my students when the roads were closed. During this time I was the house organist at the Alladin Theater in Denver and had the pleasure of playing for the primer of " The Duchess and Dirtwater Fox" starring George Segal and Goldie Hawn. I also played for many churches in the area assisting with choir and congregational music.
My teaching experience is broad with both private and public school classroom experiences. I have taught privately for well over forty years in both a private and group settings. I also have a MSW ( Master Social Worker) degree from the University of Denver and for many years assisted Seniors with the challenges that they face.
Currently I am Minister of Music for First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, Colorado ( a small mountain community west of Denver). I am organist for the Scottish Rite Temple in Denver and perform private and public events throughout the mountain and Denver area.

*** Lesson Details ***
For many years I have been blessed to go to my student's homes. In this comfortable, familiar background I have found the student is more relaxed in the learning process. With the teacher coming to the home this is one less thing for the parent to schedule in their busy schedule. I also have a comfortable studio in my home with piano, organ, keyboard and recording capabilities.
Everyone whether child or adult has a different style of learning music this is of vital importance of learning anything. This along with the students desires from their learning experience will help decide which coarse will best fit there needs. Through the years my students have shared with me that I am relaxed, easy going and make the lessons fun with a great sense of humor. I strive for the student to be playing music of their choice as soon as possible.
As we walk down the music road all aspects of music education are shared and encouraged. It is vitally important that the student has good reading skills, a basic understanding of music theory,technique,ear training and music history, as music encompasses all aspects of learning from the youngest student to the adult.

*** Studio Equipment ***
in home studio with piano,organ and keyboard and recording capabilities, with seating for parents and guests.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the books and any supplementary material needed such a a book to write their assignments in. I will provide the lessons and rewards if they apply to the situation such as in young students.

*** Specialties ***
I find I use many methods of instruction. The method needs to fit the student and the situation one is in. I use the Alfred Method a great deal of the time as I find it works well in many situations. As the student advances I supplement in music wants and desires as well a curriculum that may be used if they should decide to continue their studies in a university or college setting.
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Elizabeth May 23, 2016
Piano · In home
Ron is wonderful with my children. He is patient and kind in his teaching!
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Elizabeth May 23, 2016
Piano · In home
Ron is terrific. He is fantastic with my children who have never touched a piano and now love it!
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Meg B. May 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The time flies!
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Ronald G.

Ronald G.

Aurora, CO 80013
(16)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kevin Z.

Aurora, CO

Our instruction area is spot on. The store and studio provide an exceptional learning environment and contains amplifiers, acoustic, electric and bass guitars. We have the latest technology in keyboards, and the use of drum machines makes the lesson more fun utilizing the feel of being in a band. We are conveniently located just off Hampden Ave. and Tower Rd.

The teaching style is laid back and comfortable. Focus is on teaching students how to teach themselves
The basics: music theory, music reading, chords, chord progressions, melody, harmony, technique etc...

Don't look too hard for a teacher now, you've already found him. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and contact me already. It's all about having fun with music, so come on over, and let's rock.

Specialties

rock, acoustic, classical, flamenco, metal, blues

Education

Westminster High - General - 1991 - 1995
Mentorship; Neil Haverstick, and Todd Keehn. Studies with Dave Martone
Over 25 years ...

About Kevin

Kevin Z. - Musician and Composer

Don't look too hard for a teacher now, you've already found him. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and contact TakeLessons already. It's all about having fun with music, so come on over, and let's rock. If you must know more go ahead. Keep reading.
But then call, got it? That's your first assignment:-)

*Studied guitar with Neil Haverstick at Swallow Hill Music Academy
*Studied guitar with Todd Keehn at his own TK studios
*Studied with Dave Martone at American Jewish University

*Six String Theory Rock Guitar Competition top 5 of 2011
*G
uitar Player Guitar Superstar top ten of 2010
*Guitar World magazine top ten shred the web of 2009

*Over 25 years experience including teaching, live performances, songwriting, and studio recordings.

*** Lesson Details ***
My instruction area is spot on. The store and studio provide an exceptional learning environment and contains amplifiers, and all types of guitars. We have the latest technology in keyboards, and the use of a drum machine makes the lesson more fun utilizing the feel of being in a band while helping you to improve your rhythm. The private rooms are sound proof so our students can experience the full impact of cranking up an amp and making music.

My teaching style is laid back and comfortable. Focus is on teaching students how to teach themselves
You'll learn: music theory, music sight reading, chords, chord progressions, melody, harmony, technique, and much more.

*** Specialties ***
Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Classical guitar, songwriting, demo recording, demo production, heavy metal, rock, music theory including sight reading, piano, ukulele, bass guitar.

Okay, that's it. Go ahead and make the call/email to schedule your first lesson. See you soon! - Kevin Z
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Daisy R. August 27, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Well, so far this is only my first bass lesson, so I didn't even know if I would like it. But I must say I'm more excited than ever! Kevin is clearly a virtuoso player, with a pleasant, relaxed demeanor, clear teaching style, and the best sense of humor. That really takes any edge off any nervousness. I'm looking forward to the next one!
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Kurt S. May 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable! excellent at teaching guitar.
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Megan F. February 4, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful with tips and tricks for a beginning student.
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Kevin Z.

Kevin Z.

Aurora, CO 80013
(14)
starting at
$24 / 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.

Boulder, CO 80305
(9)
starting at
$30 / 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.

Weiman S.

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

Denver, CO

My lessons are fun and rewarding! I structure them to be efficient and effective and I use a lot of different resources and methods to teach and reinforce every concept. I like to focus on a good knowledge of music theory as well as reading notes and technical skills. Aside from that I like to teach scales, chords and how to apply them to various genres. I also stress the importance of being able to write and communicate music.

About Dayton

I have a very bright and fun personality and love making lessons something to look forward to! I have played piano since I was 6 and play the flute and guitar as well. I have taught students privately and in with a group called piano and guitar institute. Through my experience I have learned to structure my lessons making them efficient and effective. During lessons I like to incorporate various resources other than just staring at music in order to make lessons more interesting and beneficial to the students. My teaching philosophy is to allow students to succeed by discovering the joys of mu
sic as opposed to viewing music as more "work".
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Vihren January 19, 2017
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Dayton has a great personality! We expect a lot!
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Evan August 14, 2016
Piano · In home
I took lessons from Dayton for a little over a year and he was a phenomenal teacher. He's a really chill guy and always kept the lessons fun. Not only did he help me learn songs and go through music books, but he taught me all about chord structures and other music theory so that I would have a good knowledge of music. I always had a say in what I learned each lesson, along with what type of music I wanted to play. I was always so amazed when he would show me the incredible songs he knew how to play, and his knowledge of music is greater than most anyone you will ever meet. I highly recommend Dayton to anyone who is thinking of taking piano lesson- not only will you grow as a musician, but you'll have fun doing it!
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Patricia August 14, 2016
Flute · In studio
Dayton is a very caring teacher! Highly recommended!
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Dayton O.

Dayton O.

Denver, CO 80204
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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