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About Kit R.

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Denver, CO
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About Kit
With 2 degrees in music and more than 8 years of teaching experience, I offer piano and voice lessons to any age and any level! I consider the most important aspect of teaching to be creating an environment where a love of music can be discovered and nurtured. Everyone is offered the opportunity to discover and deepen their love of music. I chose to make music my career so that I can guide you on your priceless journey towards becoming a better musician...a better person.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do not use one set curriculum. Instead, I have familiarized myself with a dozen various curriculum, and choose the best fit for each individual student. I am open to using books you already own as supplemental material and encourage students to share their suggestions in selecting music. Every student has different goals, and I tailor t
he lessons to meet them.
Within the first lesson, we will set short and long term goals and lesson plans will be made to help you achieve them.
I provide accompaniment and melody recordings for vocal students to practice with.
Material will be sent home with you to peruse at your convenience. This will include articles from music dictionaries, archives, journals and more to give you an opportunity to become a well rounded musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano in living room with waiting area for parents so they may sit in on lessons.
Music stand provided for voice lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Some music may be provided by myself and I am also willing to work with certain books the student may already own. There will be at least one book required for purchase. I expect students to have a pencil and notebook at every lesson.
Water is welcome and encouraged for vocal students.

Parking is available on the street directly outside the studio.

*** Specialties ***
Too often I have seen damage caused to the vocal chords from an instructor's lack of knowledge in developing voices. I am proud to offer voice lessons where I specialize in working with young voices that are still maturing!

I provide piano accompaniment for vocal lessons at no additional cost. I also make accompaniment recordings for the students to practice with. This allows me to transpose songs, letting students learn songs that might otherwise be out of their vocal range. It also allows for flexibility in the tempo so students can learn at a slower pace and increase speed as they become more comfortable.

I believe in teaching a well rounded curriculum and therefore introduce my students to the styles of all genres.
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Roger April 25, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am a 67 yo man who had studied music eons ago. I finally admitted that I missed it and decided to take lessons for the piano. Kit has been an exceptional instructor. She is very knowledgeable and talented. She teaches by guiding me along the way at my own pace. But is not adverse to correcting my errors. She also sends me home with advice on pitfalls to avoid in my practicing. She is patient, friendly, and makes learning very enjoyable. I highly recommend her for piano lessons to students of all ages. Thank you
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Maya January 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Only a 1st lesson, but Kit is great with my Daughter. She had 2 months of piano lessons 4 years ago (when she was 8), but picked it up very quickly and was playing songs almost immediately with Kit as her instructor. The sign that it was a success is that upon returning home she went to the keyboard and wanted to practice what she had learned. Highly recommended.
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Matt December 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I cannot speak highly enough about Kit! For my wedding, I wanted to surprise Ashleigh by singing a particular song. Not only had I never had singing lessons, but I also had zero confidence in my voice that I could pull this off. Kit is SO PATIENT! She took the time to tailor my lessons to help me learn the song, and weekly tips. She also went out of her way to work with my schedule, since my lessons had to be a secret since it was for a surprise.
When the night of our wedding came along, Kit's patience and teaching paid off- I was confident and comfortable, which made the experience memorable and fun!! It was a part of our wedding we will both always cherish. Thank you very much Kit!!!
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Kit R.

Kit R.

Denver, CO 80232
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About Nathan B.

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About Nathan
My name is Nathan I am a 31 year old husband and father of 3. 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 th
e 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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susan February 10, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Made lesson to my level (beginner) but geared to adult intetest
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NORA L. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son likes a lot! Recommend!
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Sean S. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher very patient and explains everything well. Willing to take time to show every step as many times as needed.
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Nathan B.

Nathan B.

Aurora, CO 80012
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About Andy W.

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Englewood, CO
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Andy is a guitarist and teacher located in Denver. He received his Bachelor's of Music with an emphasis in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. He has taught for multiple music lesson companies. In addition, he writes music related articles that have been featured in blogs and in magazines such as Classical Guitar Magazine. He has recorded, toured, and performed with many groups in a variety of genres. In lessons, he strives to help his students reach their musical potential in a fun and supportive environment.
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Stacey A. August 31, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Andy is a great guitar teacher. He was prepared for every lesson and really helped get our daughter excited about guitar. We really appreciated his patience and positive attitude!
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DeAnn V. May 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
He was very patient with my child which was a first timer! He motivated her to want to play. Very comfortable to be around! I would definitely hire him again!
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Lindsay W. March 27, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Andy was such a great teacher. My 7 year old son looked forward to his lessons with Andy every week. We were very bummed we had to stop lessons because of moving out of state. Andy has such a great way of teaching and has such patience with kids.
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Andy W.

Andy W.

Englewood, CO 80113
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$35 / 30-min

About David A.

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Denver, CO

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Hi! My name is David and I love to teach piano. Music is my favorite thing ever. Performing, accompanying, teaching, listening, anything with music, I'm in hog heaven. Every kind, any genre. I love 'em all, yes, even country.

I teach both pop styles (rock, r&b, jazz, etc.) and classical (Debussy, Beethoven, Bartok, etc.). If you just want to learn some keyboard skills together with theory (like for producing) but you're not interested in necessarily *reading* music, I'm one of the few piano teachers that's ready, willing, and able to teach you how to play without tying everything to musical notation. Or, I can teach you to rock some Shostakovich. Or accompany your choir. Or write songs. I have no agenda other than helping you grow as a musician. What path that takes is entirely up to you.

I'm a caring and empathetic teac
her, and I make learning fun! Questions? Please ask!
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David A.

David A.

Denver, CO 80218
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$30 / 30-min

About Ted L.

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Denver, CO

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About Ted
Hello to my prospective future students!
My name is Ted and I teach in the Denver/Lakewood area. I've been playing cello for 10 years and have experience in almost everything performers are doing with the cello in the 21st century, including: Classical performance, recording, gigging, improvisation, looping and effects, and arranging cello performances of many pop songs.
I teach with a set curriculum in mind that bends to where my individual students' passions lie; no matter what your goal is with the cello, I believe l will be able to guide my students in achieving it.
The biggest factor that keeps me dedicated to the cello is how much fun I have playing it, and I do my best to create this passion in my students. Here is the closest thing to a mantra I can write:

Hard work and discipline (not to mention having fun) can cre
ate many opportunities for an inexperienced cellist. As a teacher, I to create the same passion for music in students that I have enjoyed and wrestled with throughout my career. I employ a similar teaching style to the best professors I have studied under, but also realize the relevance of the cello to modern music and therefore teach any genre on cello. The best reason to learn an instrument is so that you can eventually transcend it.

Below is a short biography:

Ted Leininger began playing cello after listening to a video game soundtrack that had a great cello part in it. After that, he never stopped. Starting as the last chair cellist, he was in an advanced orchestra group by his senior year of high school.

At Metro State University he studied under Charles Lee, the Principal cellist of the Boulder philharmonic. He thoroughly studied classical technique before transferring to UCDenver as a double major in Cello performance and Audio Engineering. He studies various types of music, pursuing genres like Jazz and Bluegrass in addition to Classical. He regularly performs with independent singer-songwriters and is actively gigging as a studio musician and band member.
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Shonda N. August 17, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Looking forward to more lessons!
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Shonda N. August 17, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Looking forward to more lessons!
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Paloma February 22, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Ted was great! patient and kind with my daughter
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Ted L.

Ted L.

Denver, CO 80228
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About Dan C.

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Englewood, CO
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Hi. My name is Dan Christian. I play a lot of different instruments and have been teaching for thirty years! I received my Bachelors of Music Education from University of Northern Colorado and my Masters of Music from Colorado State University. I just retired from public school teaching and enjoy working with students of all ages. My goal is to help students learn to play their best and have fun using their learning style be it visual, physical or aural methods. The instruments I specialize in are violin, viola, bass, electric bass and guitar. I look forward to meeting you, helping you to play your best and getting to know you!
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Emese January 26, 2018
· Violin · Online
Dan is a wonderful teacher. My 14 years old daughter has been taking violin lessons from him, and she likes each lesson with Dan. He is very knowledgable and professional. He is also very good with children; he is extremely patient, gentle, and encouraging. Thank you Dan!
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Annabelle July 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I've had Dan teaching my 4 yr old for about a month now and so far it's going great! He's very good with young kids and has a gentle approach.
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Austin A. October 15, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Awesome instructor and awesome guy! Learned a lot in one lesson!
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Dan C.

Dan C.

Englewood, CO 80112
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About Leah K.

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Denver, CO

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Violist Leah Kovach grew up in Salt Lake City and is a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has performed and taught across four continents with ensembles such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. She completed her studies at Indiana University and Rice University.

Leah studied the Suzuki Method at Indiana University with Brenda Brenner, who is currently president of the American String Teacher's Association. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, Leah taught private violin and viola lessons in four Houston area school districts. Leah enjoys teaching private lessons, group lessons, and coaching chamber music ensembles. Leah was the string coach for the 2013 Kinkaid School Orchestra China Tour, has given masterclasses in Cali, Colombia, and served as artist-faculty at th
e 2015 Musicagiovana festival in Majano, Italy.
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Stef June 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Leah is a great teacher and makes lessons enjoyable. She made it easy to understand what changes I need to make to improve my technique. She gave me reasonable goals for my violin practice in the coming week. I really like her teaching methods and style. I look forward to our next session together.
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Leah K.

Leah K.

Denver, CO 80222
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$35 / 30-min

About Olivia R.

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Boulder, CO

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About Olivia
Hello!

I am a Master's student at CU Boulder studying Piano Teaching and Performance. For the past four years, I have lived in Nashville, TN (Music City) - obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from Belmont University, teaching, and gigging in the city.

I specialize in classical piano, but also teach pop, jazz, and ensemble repertoire. Classical piano lessons (especially for beginners) provide a great foundation for students, even if they decide later on to pursue another musical genre. As a pianist in Nashville, I've been privileged to work with musicians from all genres. In 2012, I was featured in the holiday special, Christmas at Belmont which aired on PBS. I also had the privilege of working with three time Grammy award-winner, Michael W. Smith in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, I was fortunate to play with the Nashville Sym
phony and the Tennessee All-State Orchestra, working with world-renowned conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero.

My teaching philosophy is that music should be inspiring! I truly believe and have seen first-hand that music lessons have the power to change lives at any age. For me, teaching piano is a way to positively contribute to my local community. I am currently teaching at the Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder and hope to expand my teaching studio into the broader community.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or reference requests. I look forward to meeting you!
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Debra October 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
I can't recommend Olivia highly enough! She did an excellent job with my ants-in-his-pants 7-year-old son. She is extremely patient and knows the trick to motivate each student individually. She figured out what "made my son tick", and taught him from that perspective. One thing I especially appreciated was Olivia's ensemble piano efforts with my son and the rest of the students in her studio. They played such a sweet 8-hand piano piece for a recital. It brought down the house! It is a rare teacher that would be willing to take the time to coordinate 4 students and coach them through a song so that they'd be able to perform on a recital.
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Tyler October 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My experience with Olivia was been outstanding! While I was completing my undergraduate degree, I hired Olivia to perform a few difficult piano movements I had written. Before that point, I did not have much experience writing for piano, but she had incredible insight into making the music more idiomatic for the piano. Additionally, I received piano lessons from her to supplement my college instruction. She was very very patient and her love for the piano was clear through her instruction. I could not recommend her high enough.
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Olivia R.

Olivia R.

Boulder, CO 80303
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About Christopher F.

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I am a pianist and singer-songwriter. I recently moved to Denver, Colorado from Des Moines, Iowa. I make a living full-time as a musician, and give piano, vocal, and songwriting lessons in my free time.

I have worked in an official capacity for the non-profit ArtForce Iowa, teaching piano, voice, and songwriting to court-appointed youth. I have also taught piano to adults, and lead an annual songwriting course at the University of Iowa's Young Writer's Workshop.

My main musical project is called Christopher the Conquered. You can look it up online to hear samples of my work and to watch videos of my live performances. My music has appeared in films and commercials as well.

For in-person lessons, I have a portable recording rig that I can use to record students who are ready to share what they've learned, whether it be with friends/fami
ly (a great gift) or with the world by uploading the songs online.
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Oliver February 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Christopher was amazing and very patient with my six year old. I highly recommend him!
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Christopher F.

Arvada, CO 80003
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About Liz K.

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Denver, CO
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I am Michigan native percussionist with a Bachelor's in Music Education and my teaching certificate. I currently teach at Columbine High School as their Percussion Director, and run all their percussion programs like drum line, front ensemble, winter percussion, and more.

I have studied hand drums in Ghana, Africa, so I love to play anything in that realm! I am also pursuing my Masters in Percussion Performance, and love to play marimba, snare drum, and really any percussion instrument. To see me play, you can search "Liz Karney" on you tube, and I have several videos that will come up.

I have taught students of many ages, from 6th grade through college students and love them all. So whether you are just getting started or looking for a musical challenge I can help you find what you're looking for!
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Liz K.

Liz K.

Denver, CO 80208
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