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Alex has been playing music for 15 years and teaching guitar for 12 years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 10 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 l
earn 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!

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Students can expect a fun, laid back, comfortable atmosphere when taking lessons! Catering to each students individual taste and tailoring each lesson to full fill their own personal goals is of utmost 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!

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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....
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Chad S. October 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Alex is an excellent instructor for guitar, whether the student is a beginner or an advanced player. He is very reliable and maintains a high level of expertise when it comes to teaching guitar. He continually makes my lessons so much fun. He is so talented and always takes time to answer any questions or solve any issues that might come up for me during the week as I practice.
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Chad S. July 16, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
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.
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Chad S. March 6, 2014
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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.
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Alex T.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Tom G.

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Wheat Ridge, CO

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My goal is to provide insight along your musical path. Brass instruments are challenging, so I help build a structured daily trumpet routine, one that grows as you develop.
In addition to preparing for performances and auditions, I encourage spending time on your favorite songs, and enjoy learning with them with you (often by transcribing the material).

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/piano, trumpet, and optional seating for parents (see photos below)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music, accessories (tuner, metronome, portable speakers), and books. I can bring an extra trumpet for beginners.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Improvisation- Theory, ear training, free play, jazz standards.
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· Trumpet · Online
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Greta June 22, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
My teenage son was skeptical about taking private trumpet lessons. But to my surprise he seem to be enjoying them so far. I think Tom is a great teacher. According to my son, he is a very good listener and provides good feedback on what he needs to improve on. It is definitely worth an hour drive each way.
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pam June 2, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Tom has been a very knowledgeable and patient instructor for my son. We appreciate him.
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Tom G.

Tom G.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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About Shannon K.

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Longmont, CO
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As both a piano teacher and a voice teacher I am always teaching music theory. I have been told by professors that I have a very unique way of approaching music theory and offer students multiple ways of learning and understanding the concepts.

AP music theory tutoring
Undergraduate music theory

About Shannon
I hold a Bachelors of Education in Music from Florida Atlantic University. I have been teaching music for the last 4 years to students of all ages (5-65 and up). I have experience teaching in public schools in a classroom environment! Finally I am a trained music together teacher teaching in Boulder, CO.

Music has a way of reaching us all and helping us become more sensitive, compassionate, creative people. The study of music has been linked to better test scores, more creative minds, and increased critical thinking abilities. For adults returning to music or picking it up for the first time can be a rewarding hobby, a hidden passion or desire, or a change of schedule.

Music can be for anyone!

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Lessons are designed for each individual student. No two students learn the exact same way, so no two lesson
s will be exactly the same. I expect students to practice and be prepared for every lesson and be ready each and every time to learn something new. "Perfect practice makes perfect."

All piano students should be prepared begin to learning in the classical style. This course of study covers all the basics necessary to study all genres of music and will insure students learn the rudiments and technique needed for more difficult music. Piano students will be exposed to different styles of music as they progress and will also study and practice music theory, ear training, sight reading and learn about the history of music.

Voice students will be exposed to classical voice technique as well as music of their own style choice. Like piano, selections made are meant to teach the techniques involved in singing in a healthy and supported manner. Voice students will also be exposed to ear training, sight-singing, music theory and music history and will not just be singers but well rounded musicians.

**I only accept voice students 10 years of age and older and prefer ages 14 and older. As the voice is part of body it is subject to the changes involved with growing up and is still "growing" with the student. Younger students will be on a case by case basis.

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It is recommended for voice students to have a recording device readily available as well as a keyboard or piano. Students/parents will be responsible for the purchasing of any music books through the teacher when required.

A piano or keyboard will be required for all piano students for practice purposes. Students/parents will be responsible for the purchasing of any music books through the teacher when required.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need access to a piano or keyboard (88 keys preferably weighted) for all piano and voice lessons. It is also recommended for voice students to have a recording device readily available. Students/parents will be responsible for the purchasing of any music books required.

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Specialize in teaching beginning to intermediate piano age 5- and up
Have experience working with special needs children.
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Renee F. February 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
My children are swiftly progressing! She really tailors the lesson to their strengths and needs.
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Alexander F. January 22, 2016
· Piano · In home
Shannon has a very nice way with children and my children like her a lot. She tailors the lesson to their strengths. They are just starting out, and I feel like they are getting a great foundation.
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Kaden R. May 24, 2015
· Singing · In home
My son only likes rap music, but Shannon made the whole session fun and he enjoyed every minute of it, even though it wasn't rap!
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Shannon K.

Longmont, CO 80504
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About Chandrika P.

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Denver, CO

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Chandrika teaches basic music theory and piano to students ages 13 and up. Weather you have played an instrument before or are interested in starting your journey with music theory is a crucial element of music. Chandrika customizes lesson plans for each student to ensure every lesson is a positive experience. Curriculum is taught using different method books, and styles of music tailored to the students interests and goals.

Lessons focus on note reading, rhythm, scales, key signatures, circle of fifths, building basic intervals and chords, ear training, and basic piano.

About D. Chandrika
D. Chandrika Prem has been playing cello for over 25 years. She started playing cello at age nine and instantly fell in love with the instrument. Music has been a core part of her life ever since. She earned a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance in May of 2016 from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She continues to study under Dr. Charles Lee, who has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998. She teaches private cello, violin, viola, piano, early music education, and music theory; with a successful studio of over 30 students; is the co-owner/business manager and cellist for the Mile High String quartet; plays with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and contracts freelance projects in all genres of music and theater.

As much as playing the cello, she is called to share her love and knowledge of m
usic with her students. Prem believes that music, especially the process of playing music, has the ability to change people’s lives. She believes that every person can benefit from learning to play an instrument; and that doing so will improve the quality of their everyday life. Prem's love of teaching is reflected in her enthusiasm and dedication toward her students. ​ ​

Prem’s past playing experience consists of solo performances, group and chamber performances, as well as several orchestras including the Front Rang Youth Symphony, Symphony in the Vail Valley, Centennial Philharmonic, and was principle cellist for the MSU Denver Symphony Orchestra. Her contract work includes private events and theater productions throughout the Denver Metro Area. She has also played cello and sang with many local bands in genres including blues, bluegrass, singer songwriter, experimental electronic, and indie rock.
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Sai C. December 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very patient!!
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Anne F. November 8, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Chandrika is a wonderful instructor. She is very, very nice, well organized, on time, encouraging and knowledgeable. I am an older student, just one month from 68. I have had many music teachers and taught piano myself for 25 years. I am so glad I found Chandrika. I drive 1 1/2 hours one way to every lesson and am happy to do so. Having a teacher with Chandrika's qualities is terrific. I recommend her highly for any aspiring student.
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Anna S. August 17, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Chandrika was absolutely amazing! She was extremely knowledgeable, and very helpful. These were entry level lessons for me and the cello, and she did a terrific job of introducing me to the instrument. She's very friendly and fun to learn with. I would highly recommend Chandrika to anyone wanting to learn the cello!
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Chandrika P.

Denver, CO 80226
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About Michael L.

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Golden, CO

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I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

About Michael
Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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David April 30, 2018
· Bagpipes · Online
My first Lesson with Michael was amazing! I’m very much looking forward to my next lesson with him.
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A. Zechariah J. August 28, 2017
· Bagpipes · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Michael for nearly nine months now. He has been an awesome instructor, very talented, helpful, and charismatic!
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Stephen August 8, 2017
· Bagpipes · Online
Michael is patient and very understanding. He takes his time and my time seriously and does not waste any od it. He is prepared and ready to further my ability from zero to reading sheet music in just 4 lessons. The lessons are geared to my level.
I actually look forward to my lessons with Michael.
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Denver, CO 80210
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About William C.

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Throughout my music degrees, music theory has always been a love of mine. I have taken every course in music theory that my degree would allow (plus a couple that didn't count for anything). I am an experienced arranger with the ability to write for all instrument combinations.

About William
William C. is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger based in Denver, CO. This fall, he has started doctoral work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He completed the bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and the Master’s in trombone performance, and a Performer’s Certificate, at the University of Denver. His extensive resume a wide variety of concerts, clinics, master-classes, performances, and recording sessions; most notably: the TTU Vernacular Music Center, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Municipal Band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Mr. C. has taught all ages of students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and chamber ensembles for 6 years. He was the brass section leader for the world premiere of the full-length
theatrical dance show Dancing at the Crossroads and his arrangements have been played by chamber groups throughout northern Colorado.

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My lessons are geared towards a set of goals that are created between the student's wants and my expectations for them to be successful at what the student wants to achieve. For each student, I use a different set of pedagogical tools designed to get them to the goals they want. The main goal I have for all my students is that their fundamentals on their instrument will be at the level that they can complete their goals with ease. Over their time with me, they will have the skills to coach themselves when they practice and tackle any music they come across.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide and music stand and their music. These are both things that they need to have at their home for practice.

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I teach and perform both jazz and classical music. Almost any style that uses a trombone or brass instruments, I have performed in and have a strong foundation in.
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Bill June 10, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
I am former music major and long time amateur trombonist and was looking for someone to help bring my playing (back) up to the next level. Bill has been amazing at being able to spot areas for improvement and clearly provide several suggestions and approaches to correct them. Very pleased and highly recommend!
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Melissa May 23, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Bill is a stand-up guy. My 11-yr-old beginner daughter is happy with her lessons so far and he interacts with me in a friendly and polite manner. He is respectful of our time and does what he says he's going to do. Can't ask for much more. We are looking forward to a summer of trombone lessons with him.
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Murphy Storen June 13, 2016
· Trombone · In home
He's an awesome teacher and an awesome guy. I learned a lot! I would highly recommend him.
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William C.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Aidan P.

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Denver, CO

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Learn the basic harmonic structures western-music has used since it's first real display in post-renaissance polyphonic music. Learn the basics and quickly see its usage all the way up to todays top 40 and everything in between. Not all theory needs writing! How do you develop a chord? Why do some chords work better than others? How do I know what key to solo in? how do I learn to solo? How do I get better at writing music and generating musical ideas?

About Aidan
Hi, my name is Aidan. I'm a composer, performer, guitar instructor and band leader. I teach at my apartment in City Park or can drive to the student within the Denver area.

I am a Hampshire College music program graduate who has taught students of various ages, skills, and music preferences. I play guitar, compose, and tour with my band Freddy & the Yetis, and just spent the last three years living in Boston to study with one of Berklee's senior professors. Ive played hundreds of gigs in my life. I am also a background-checked certified member of the Music Teachers National Association.

My goal with students is to encourage both a love of music and the guitar as an instrument for personal expression. I want to see my students playing the music they enjoy as soon as possible. Every student is treated as an individual. Their needs, a
bilities and learning style are taken into consideration. I use this information to design a student specific curriculum. The experience should be fun and educational for the student.

Various openings 9am - 10pm
Prices are negotiable depending on location

I encourage students to take one or two lessons per week at a regularly scheduled time. References are available.

"Aidan has been teaching my 12-year old son guitar for the last year. He started with the basics in technique and later worked with him on music appreciation. My son really enjoyed his easy-going and attentive nature and attitude. Aidan was always punctual and respectful of our schedule. I feel my son learned a lot about music and he enjoyed working with Aidan."
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Giulia Cisternino July 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good and professional teacher, I'm very satisfied!
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Melissa March 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Finally I am understanding how guitar works.
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David G. November 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Aidan is a terrific teacher!! I played professionally over 35 years ago and have not played at all since. At this point I could not play ANYTHING. He took me back through the basics and got me thinking the way I did when I was in my teens. Clearly he has the technical aspect of both music and teaching down - but what made him a great teacher to me is his love of music and guitar. Reminded me of why I loved it in the first place. Although we didn't match up on style perfectly - he embraced the music that I loved and got me back up and running - could not give him a higher recommendation!!
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Aidan P.

Denver, CO 80206
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About Tony D.

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Denver, CO

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Music Theory is the fundamental building block of a truly versatile musician. When you understand scales, chords, intervals, and have a highly developed ear, there is no type of music you can't quickly assimilate and understand.

I'm very good at showing students how theory can be practical for performance, which is a critical realization for musicians. Especially for singers, who don't have the luxury of pushing buttons to create certain notes: singers must find notes from their relationship to other notes in the piece. After studying with me, you will be fluent in the language of music.

About Tony
I studied Voice Performance at the University of Denver, earning my Bachelors of Music in 2011. I've been teaching voice, piano, composition, song writing, and music theory for 8 years to students of all ages. Teaching is one of my greatest joys as a professional musician, and I hope to share that joy with you!

I focus on three principles in every lesson I teach: be aware, be creative, and be efficient. As awareness increases, seemingly contradictory ideas become complimentary; as creativity develops, we laugh and smile on the journey towards musical fluency; when we think and practice efficiently, we realize we're capable of far more than we thought.
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Nolan F. July 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tony is absolutely amazing with our 5 year old son. Each lesson he finds a way to inspire learning and interest in music.
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Melissa B. March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tony has been my kids' piano teacher for three years now, and we have nothing but great things to say. When he started with us my daughter was almost 5, and he's taught her for 3 years, and has taught my younger son (now age 6.5) for about 2+ years.

First off, my kids LOVE Tony. They are excited for their lessons every week and really enjoy their time with him. They really enjoy playing piano and have made really great progress with Tony as their teacher. Tony is great at teaching them the fundamentals while also working with their specific interests to help motivate them and keep things really fun (my son wanted to learn an Imagine Dragons song and Tony didn't miss a beat!) He's fun, passionate, great at working with different personalities and ages, and overall a fantastic teacher. Highly highly recommend!
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Satoko T. February 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
He is very knowledgeable and has a nice personality. I am really enjoying the lessons. I have recommended him to many others.
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Denver, CO 80219
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About Ryan V.

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Whether you are completely new to music theory or a college music student in need of help in theory classes, a conservatory-trained music theory teacher is just what you need!

About Ryan
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is based in the Denver/Boulder, CO area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to principal chairs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fa
reed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo, the Black Diamond Quartet, and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released in early 2016. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
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GEORGE H. September 17, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Ryan really knows how to play sax. I feel confident that he'll be able to help me play better.
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Kerry N. August 24, 2015
· Flute · In studio
He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!
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Laurie B. December 20, 2014
· Saxophone · In studio
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.

Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.

I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
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Ryan V.

Littleton, CO 80128
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Students will learn about the basic elements of music construction, and the common utilized techniques used in music analysis and composition.

About Brad
I am an accomplished musician with over 20 years of music education experience. I hold a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I studied with distinguished masters in all areas of band and orchestra instrumentation; I also pursued advanced study in Music Theory / Composition.

I taught privately and in the public schools, working with students of all ages, & ability levels, including students with special learning / performance needs. "Having myself been diagnosed with ADHD and other cognitive learning difficulties, I understand the struggles of focus and frustration students with special needs encounter."

I am currently the Principal Tuba with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in Aurora, Colorado, and perform regularly with athletic bands at the University of Denver. My performance
career has covered both concert & marching bands, both large & small, orchestras and brass and woodwind ensembles of all types & sizes.
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Justin June 29, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Brad is great! My son really enjoys taking lessons from him and we can hear the improvement!!
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Aurora, CO 80013
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As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
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Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory

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