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About Cameron C.

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*** Lesson Details ***

I have a “parent’s always welcome” attitude in a well equipped furnished basement studio. I can make recording and CD creation available.

My teaching method guarantees you how to play the guitar, not just songs by memory or tab.

I call my style the Quick Fret board Mastery Teaching Style. Using this you will learn quickly how to play songs and have fun, but will be gaining the fundamentals all along. There are no boring theory classes or repetitive scale sessions, but you will leave each lesson with new knowledge of theory and scales without actually studying them separately. You will instead being playing songs and having fun.

We have a custom workbook that includes CHORDS, SCALES, PROGRESSIONS, CHARTING and ADVANCED THEORY. The workbook outlines the basics, we add to it every week with material cus
tomized for you.

We go as fast or as slow as you decide. We give homework, but it is not mandatory.

If you are a student you will shine in your school, group or band. If you are an adult you will be amazed at how fast you learn and how good you will become.

We hope you grow to love music and the guitar as much as I do. ROCK ON!

*** Studio Equipment ***

Finished basement set up as music studio with guitars, amps, a sound system and seating for parents. Les Paul, Strat, Martin and Taylor guitars. Fender (2) and Mesa Boogie amps. Full sound system. CD, Mp3 player and Laptop with ITunes. 4-track digital recording systems. Plenty of room, chairs, stands, etc.

*** Specialties ***

Blues and rock guitar

***Experience***

I have played rock and blues guitar for 30 years. I grew up with the Beatles and Rolling Stones, but now play in the Albert King, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton blues styles. I know most rock, blues, folk and jazz styles with some knowledge of country and classical.

I have been the rhythm, lead or bass guitar player in six bands spanning 30 years. My current band is West of the Blues.

I was mentored by Mike Bruce. Mike was BB King’s, Bobby Blue Bland’s and Bob Seger’s lead guitar player for many years. He has played with everyone from Eric Clapton to Janet Jackson.

During the Mike Bruce period my band opened for him almost everywhere. He became my mentor and guitar teacher and only then did I start learning how to play the instrument that initially looked easy.

I have taught Rock Band and Guitar in Denver Public Schools for the past four years.

I have taught guitar and bass informally for about 14 years and our Littleton based lesson studio has been in operation for eight years with lessons taught more formally.

I also am the founder of and current teacher at the School of Blues Colorado. Additionally I am the Band Director for 3 of the School of Blues bands.
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Teaghan September 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter is an impressionable 12 year old. She was in awe when we left. Called her Aunt and Gram to tell them all about the lesson and how good Cameron IS!
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Becky P. February 24, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My husband and I just started lessons with Cameron. Our first experience with him was awesome!! He was very friendly and made us feel welcome and comfortable. You can tell this guy really knows his stuff. Looking forward to working with him!!
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Johnny (for son Connor) M. July 1, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Connor really likes his teacher and feels like he is getting excellent instruction while learning something new every week.
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Cameron C.

Cameron C.

Littleton, CO 80127
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About Lisa G.

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I am a Colorado Native with a Music Degree from the University of Denver. I started playing the violin in elementary school and never stopped! I picked up the Viola in college. I enjoy playing that as well.
I have been teaching group classes for the Cherry Creek School district for over 10 years and love that. I have been teaching private lessons for over 10 years as well. Both are challenging in very different ways.
I enjoy watching my students learn and grow through music.
I love playing with an orchestra and playing with a quartet. I've played with several different local groups over the years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do not offer one size fits all lessons. I tailor my lessons to fit the needs and goals of each individual student. I use a variety of different method books based on the musical background of each studen
t.
You can expect that I will ask a bunch of questions at the beginning of your lessons, and I will try a bunch of things at first. And then will make a decision based on what I think will be the best fit.
I like to utilize what technology has to offer, and I have a keyboard and a computer available at every lesson. I use them for ear training and listening activities.
I like to make sure that music is fun, however I will expect that students are doing the work at home, so at home practice is expected.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ violin, piano, keyboard, music stands, and seating for parents.
Please note that I do have a dog in the home, please let me know if you have allergies.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning and intermediate violin. I teach a classic style.
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Jackie V. October 22, 2014
· Violin · In studio
My daughter, Katie, started her first violin lessons this year with Lisa. I wasn't sure if she was going to enjoy playing the violin as she is only 6 yrs old and pretty lively (hard to keep her still!), but Katie loved Lisa from the start. Lisa is friendly, patient, and easy going with Katie. Within a couple of months, Katie was already practicing her second song and sight reading her music. Lisa is a great violin teacher!
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Pam N. April 2, 2013
· Violin ·
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Lisa is so patient with my active 5 yr old. She keeps my daughter interested in coming back!
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JaymeM March 20, 2012
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very patient teacher!

Lisa is very patient! My son is a typical 8 yr old boy with lots of energy and she is very good at keeping him focused. She is also very good at working on 1 thing at a time and not overwhelming students with no music experience. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning violin.
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Lisa G.

Lisa G.

Aurora, CO 80016
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$30 / 30-min

About Mike M.

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Denver, CO

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Hi,

I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!

As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perfecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.

Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socia
lize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!

My Complete Education:

Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.

My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.

My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.

Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.

Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.

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My Personal Philosophy:

In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other players and fans of the trade, through which I have experienced some of my most rewarding moments with, as well as making some life-long friends along the way. So to me, MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE!!!, not just something that you do, and that concept is the fundamental reason why my lessons will often go far beyond just the common practices of instruction, to not only show you WHY you would want to use a certain rhythm or technique, but also HOW to apply it in a real situation in the most musical way. Through the deeper understanding of music, there is an equally deeper understanding of ones self..........

My Approach:

Drumming is a very root level based instrument. It is primal in its nature and very emotionally driven. This is great in many ways, for playing the drums can be meditative, or used to relieve stress and pent-up energy, but the bottom line is that drumming is expressive and FUN!!!

So keep in mind that while there is a student-teacher relationship that I must keep, in order to get my points across, you really should enjoy each and every lesson while you're learning. It's proven that you'll retain more of the information that I'm teaching if I can get you to leave with a SMILE on your face!!

OK, so the real trick to what I do as a teacher that sets me apart is my approach. I don't have a "cookie cutter" format for stamping out drummers that all sound the same and have the same library of beats to pull from. If you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I will custom tailor a lesson, or a set of lessons in order to maximize our time together, all while allowing you to develop your own individual voice on the instrument.

For beginners, I will set up a more structured program to get you up to the level where we can begin to experiment a little more and be able to play along with some popular songs. Using a few time tested books, some rudimentary exercises, and few hand written examples, you will begin to see results immediately. Together we will keep a binder of notes that contain all of your previous and current exercises, and from lesson to lesson you will be able to see the progress that you are making through your collection of notes and music. With this method I have taught everyone from 5 to 65 how to navigate their way around the drums, so you will be in good company if it's your first time on this instrument.

As far as the intermediate to the advanced player is concerned, well, we are going to have a great time jamming together and sharing amazing contemporary concepts. I will still offer the structured program to anyone that is interested, but for the drummer that already has years of playing under their belt, I really have something special to offer you. Odd time, Mixed Meter, Four Limb Independence, Ostinatos, Displacement, and even Polyrhythm

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Drumsets, Ludwig Drumsets, Sabian cymbals, Istanbul cymbals, DW drum pedals, Various reading materials, a stereo, mixer and isolation headphones for playing along with music tracks at full live volume. Comfortable thrones to sit on while playing. Various instructional DVDs that can be borrowed from time to time.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion
Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.
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Christopher August 31, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Mike is awesome! Super down to earth and easy to talk to. He is understanding and patient and seriously takes the time to help you grasp new concepts and increase comfortability with new styles. He is an incredible musician and really understands the deeper meaning behind any drum style or technique that you are trying to learn. I have been a self taught drummer my whole life and I moved to Denver to attend CU for music after getting out of the Army. Mike helped me to prepare for my entrance exams and my drum kit audition, which I knocked out the park. I am now a full blown music student and officially on path to my dream career. Thank you Mike!! I'm looking forward to more lessons and to continue improving!
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Bruce August 21, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Mike is very knowledgeable on the drums, and take his students' learning styles into consideration when teaching. Mike is goal and progress oriented in his teaching methodologies. His lessons are always fun, and I've never walked out of a lesson without having learnt something or accomplished something new.
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Bruce July 14, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great space, great lesson. First lesson is always a bit tenuous, but Mike just jumped right in and fast forwarded through the bits he could tell I was familiar with, assessing as he went. Mike has an easy teaching style which is very comforting. The hour felt like five minutes - I'm looking forward to future lessons.
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Mike M.

Denver, CO 80210
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About Gregory S.

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Monument, CO
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Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West", directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Beresford; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; Scotland's Edinburgh Festival production of "The Consul," cast and directed by the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American arts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affil
iate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School; taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College; taught Voice at Indiana University; and, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."

He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.
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Barb L. December 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I would give him a 6 if I could out of 5. He's an amazing professional and he's gracious. His knowledge of music and singing is brilliant. He know quite a bit.
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Dave November 22, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
My first lesson with Gregory was a great start, and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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Kip May 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
GREGORY IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING HIS
STUDENTS. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE WHO IS SERIOUS
ABOUT IMPROVING THEIR VOCAL ABILITY. KIP
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Gregory S.

Monument, CO 80132
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About Ted L.

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Denver, CO

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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.

Below is a short biography:

Ted Leininger began playing cello after listening to a video game soundtrack tha
t 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.

After graduating, he studied under Charles Lee, the Principal cellist of the Boulder philharmonic. There, 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.

Hard work and discipline (not to mention having fun) can create many opportunities for an inexperienced cellist. Ted strives to create the same passion for music in his students that he has enjoyed throughout his career. He employs a similar teaching style to his professors that he has studied under, but also realizes the relevance of the cello to modern music and teaches any genre on cello. He prescribes to the philosophy that the biggest reason for learning an instrument is so that you can eventually transcend it.
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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.

Denver, CO 80228
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About Dan C.

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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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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.

Englewood, CO 80112
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About Jeff M.

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Jeff is a saxophonist that currently teaches and performs in the Denver metro area. He recently received his Master of Arts Degree in Music – Emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Iowa and won the 2016 Downbeat Graduate Student Music Award for Best Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist. All About Jazz describes him as an “expressive” saxophonist, “like a seasoned veteran poised to establish himself as musician of note.”
In May of 2015, Jeff released, as a leader, his “auspicious debut” (Midwest Record), Perseverance. The album features all original compositions of a variety of styles and influences. Jeff has taken an approach in composition and arranging that “focuses on melody and sophisticated chord progressions to express himself” (Little Village Magazine).
Jeff is an active performer on the Colorado music scene. He plays in several group
s of various genres, and performs across the state for public and private events.
Originally from northern Illinois, Jeff studied Biology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, undertook research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and spent several months studying in the Galapagos Islands. After a gap year serving in Americorps, he decided to follow his passion by returning to school to study music. He now works full-time in music as a performer and educator.
Jeff teaches students of all ages and abilities, and specializes in woodwinds, jazz improvisation, and theory. Some of his past students have gone on to win prestigious soloist awards, achieve top seats in classical and jazz all-state festivals, and attend well respected universities for musical studies. In the past, he also co-directed the University of Iowa Hawkeye Big Band and taught Introduction to Jazz Improvisation at the University of Iowa.
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Andrey Floryanovich May 9, 2016
· Saxophone ·
I've been studying saxophone with Jeff for a little over a year and a half now. In that time I've grown greatly as a saxophone player, musician, and improviser. Jeff does a great job of breaking things down to an understandable level while still keeping sight of the big picture - saying something important during a solo, and saying it in a way that keeps the audience interested. Lesson materials are always challenging enough to stay busy while never being too overwhelming. Jeff is a talented musician and teacher who knows what makes jazz, jazz. Anyone who is willing to put the work in and dedicate themselves will experience a lot of growth and learning with him.
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Jeff M.

Arvada, CO 80002
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About Maxwell M.

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In addition to a strong knowledge of music theory, guitar and vocal technique, I have a decade of performance experience as well. Here are some of the roles I have played in the music world:

• Lead guitarist, songwriter and back-up vocalist in an R&B group
• Self wrote/tracked/produced a 10 track electronica album
• Soul, Folk, & R&B Singer-Songwriter
• Producer of beats for rap artists
• True music gear nerd
• (Last, but not least!) Successfully taught many students (Predominantly in guitar) !

In addition to teaching lessons, I am happy to help students record and produce their own independent music for killer rates.

All credentials aside, I am a thoughtful and friendly guy. I love sharing the knowledge I have garnered over the years with other humans. I am open to teaching all ages of students. Really, the only preferenc
e I have in a student is one with a sincere desire to learn. Whether just starting out, or looking to expand previously established musical horizons, I guarantee that I will strive to provide superb, individualized instruction.
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Jaclyn January 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have taken about 5 lessons with Max and each week I look forward to going back. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and creates a comfortable learning environment!
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Maxwell M.

Denver, CO 80221
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About Bryon B.

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I'm a fun loving, friendly and personable teacher who wants you to get the most out of your time and money. I encourage my students to practice daily and have fun while they sing. Sometimes the techniques you learn will require some silly activities that hopefully will make you laugh, but they can be invaluable for learning new skills and training your body to help you sing better. I think singing is an experiment with each student because no two people learn the same way, so I try to match my teaching style to your personality so you can learn more quickly. I hope you will give me a try and see how enjoyable and rewarding it can feel when you make great strides in your abilities and achievements in singing!

I teach basic singing techniques and vocal coaching, which includes breathing, posture and jaw position. We will work on voc
al exercises, breathing exercises and song style and interpretation. You will also learn performance stance, emotive expression and stage etiquette. Performance recitals are optional but a possibility. Learning proper vocal technique helps shape the quality of your voice and helps prevent vocal injury, often caused by poor posture, poor breath support and singing from the throat, which puts strain on the vocal cords, causing nodes. We will work to build singing endurance through stretching your breath capacity and singing for longer periods of time. Six lessons is required for learning the basic principles, while more lessons are needed for mastery of skills and learning a song well.

My experience is with classical art song, opera, oratorio and broadway musical repertoire. I have appeared in The Magic Flute (Mozart) and Die Fledermaus (Strauss) numerous times in various roles. Also I have been a soloist with orchestra, chamber ensemble, and piano. I have also sung the National Anthem for two professional sports teams, college teams and high school dozens of times. I have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall in an ensemble and appeared as a soloist on television three times. I am currently studying to be a clinical psychology counselor and I immensely enjoy the personable interactions with my voice students.
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Bryon B.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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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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Christopher F.

Arvada, CO 80003
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Love karaoke? And by that we mean... borderline obsessed? Is it your first suggestion for a birthday get-together? Do the karaoke hosts at your local bar know you by name... and get concerned when you don't show up? Are you first on stage, while your friends hide in the corner slowly sipping their liquid courage? Yep, we know the feeling. Even if it takes you forever to browse the book and pick the perfect song to sing, it's all worth it when you take the stage, grab the mic, and hear
10 Most Popular Piano Pieces to Play
When you're learning how to play the piano, which songs are the go-to, must-learn pieces to add to your repertoire? Here, take a look at ten of the most popular piano pieces to play, as compiled by Brooklyn teacher Jennifer K...   Most people begin to play the piano because of a song they have heard, that they want to play. Piano is the most popular instrument to study because it has the largest range and is one of the most accessible instruments. Many simply love the sound and mo

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