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About Kevin J.

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Kevin has been a guitarist for more than 28 years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University earning a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar. He went on to earn a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of North Texas.

Kevin has been fortunate enough to have studied with some of the world's foremost classical guitarists. In addition to instruction from Tom Johnson, professor of guitar at UNT, he has studied privately for a number of years with Christopher McGuire, a pupil of Andres Segovia and a very well respected member of the guitar community. With the help of these mentors, Kevin was able to perform in master classes of numerous world famous classical guitarists, including Manuel Barrueco, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jason Vieaux and Pepe Romero.

"Kevin has demonstrat
ed a great understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of music. He is one of the finest students I've taught in my twenty seven years of teaching." - Christopher McGuire, 2002

Kevin
has performed extensively in concerts, recitals and competitions as a
solo artist and as a member of various guitar ensembles. He has served
as guest performer/lecturer for colleges in Oklahoma and Texas, and has
served on the music faculty of various academies and junior colleges.
The classical training he has received has enabled Kevin to excel at
many styles of guitar playing. He has performed with numerous rock
bands as lead guitarist, and is also half of the acoustic guitar duo Almost Spanish.

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FUN AND EFFECTIVE. My lessons are always tailored to the individual student, but all students learn music theory in addition to guitar. I am thorough, but not overly strict. And don't worry, it won't feel like homework.

I believe that music lessons should be fun for the student. If you enjoy the lessons, you will more likely enjoy practicing and will therefore achieve better results. So I make sure to include songs and tricks that the student really likes in the curriculum.

I use a variety of methods, depending on the student.

Within 6 months, my guitar students can expect to have a strong understanding of basic music theory and how to apply that knowledge to the guitar. They will know how to read music in both guitar tablature and standard notation. If they have practiced, they will be able to play complete songs that have been chosen along the way. More advanced students will find that they have improved technique, improved accuracy and control, improved tone, and stronger improvisational skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is comfortable, and fully equipped with all the necessary tools for great lessons, including amps, cables, effects pedals, and audio/video recording equipment for those who wish to have a recorded copy of their lessons.

*** Specialties ***
The majority of my expertise in in classical guitar and electric rock guitar.
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Connie B. December 5, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great instructor!!
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StaciaS February 19, 2011
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I enjoyed my initial lesson with Kevin. He was able to quickly discern foundational where I am and what I need to be understand/learn before I can progress in order to reach my personal goal. I look forward to the next few lessons with Kevin.
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ElenaB February 5, 2010
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My daughter really enjoyed learning from Kevin because of his expertise, patience and what an "awesome" instructor he is! She especially appreciated the fact that he geared all lessons towards her music style and interests. I myself enjoyed having him for my daughters instructor because of his professionalism, punctuality and calm demeanor. Kevin always made the time to answer any questions I had. We highly recommend Kevin!
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Kevin J.

Denver, CO 80233
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About Ricardo P.

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Learn everything you need to understand the theory behind all western music. Learn how to read music, learn harmony and how to build any chord, scales, arranging, scoring, jazz theory, classical theory. Learn what makes different styles sound different and how to be authentic with each style.

About Ricardo
I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailor my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, B
olero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.
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Bryce D. October 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great to work with.
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Chery E. September 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ricardo listened closely to my goals, analyzed the level that I'm currently at and prepared a personalized practice system for me that I'm excited about! I recommend him highly.
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Liam Skulley April 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
This guy is fantastic. He has worked with me on everything that I've needed and then some and I would highly recommend him to any of my friends.
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Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Ronald G.

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Music theory is the basis on which you build all aspects of music. Without teaching this aspect of music one is only getting a tiny piece of music. Without theory you never help your student walk down the music road to their goal.

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 taught 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.

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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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Connor L. March 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our 4 year old had a great time with his first lesson ever!
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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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Aurora, CO 80013
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About Dominik V.

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I offer lessons with a fun and encouraging atmosphere and attitude. Using a variety of musical materials and methods, students experience a fun and motivating way to learn. I help students find fun ways to keep up on practicing and how to enjoy the time spent on their instrument. My students enjoy performing frequently to gain confidence as young musicians. Students are challenged to progress on a weekly basis through quality technique and theory methods that are stimulating and comprehensive.

About Dominik
Hi, I'm Dominik and I graduated with a piano performance degree and a music education degree with trumpet from Metropolitan State University of Denver where I studied with Professor Hsing-Ay Hsu, and Dr. Micheal Hengst. I began music at 8 years old, with piano lessons under Ann Riggs. A few years later, I also began trumpet lessons and joined several choirs. I continued exploring music, traveling with community choirs and bands, and joined the piano program at the Denver School of the Arts during High School. I really enjoy ensemble performance and I've participated in wind ensembles, orchestras, chamber ensembles, accompanying, brass ensembles, and pit orchestra for musical theatre while attending Metro State University.

I really enjoy teaching music and believe that each student can accomphlish many great things through music. I hav
e been trained in and have performed in many different genres and styles and offer a wide range of musical knowledge to meet my students needs.
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Robert C. January 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dominik is an excellent teacher who connects well to the kids. We only used him briefly for our kids but wish we hadn't committed to a friend of a friend for future lessons. If things don't work out with the new teacher, we hope Dominik will be available to come back.
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Dominik V.

Denver, CO 80228
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About Spencer C.

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About Spencer
I am originally from Northeast Kansas, where I started playing guitar and studying music at the age of 9.

While studying guitar, I had several influential teachers, including internationally renowned finger-style guitarist, Andy McKee, and University of Montana Professor of Music and Classical Guitar, Dr. Luis Millan.

Later, in my teens, I also began playing the Banjo, Mandolin, accordion, and other various instruments.

While attending college at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, I began teaching private music lessons to students of all ages, and experience levels in Northeast Kansas. During this time, I also recorded and regularly performed with my bluegrass/country/cajun band.

I have experience playing and teaching numerous genres including rock, pop, country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, cajun/zydeco, reggae, classical, folk, e
tc.

I relocated to the Denver, CO area in the spring of 2011 after completion of my degree from Washburn University. I continue to teach private music lessons in the Denver metro area.

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I create fun / structured lessons plans, according to each students' musical interests and experience level. I believe students should be challenged, but also enjoy what they are practicing. I will make sure that beginning students are able to demonstrate and understand various basic to intermediate concepts of music. My goal is that my students will become well-rounded knowledgeable musicians, and will be able to comfortably play and perform with other experienced musicians. I am an easy-going teacher that will make sure students are learning a wealth of information about music, while having a good time doing it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
doesn't really have a studio but could teach out of his home if student really wanted to go.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide Music Stand, amplifier, chords etc.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach a variety of styles of music, including but not limited to, jazz, pop, rock, bluegrass, country, cajun/zydeco etc. I teach music theory/ site reading, flat pick guitar/finger-style guitar, Scruggs style banjo playing, improvisation, etc.
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Mel November 18, 2016
· Banjo ·
Spencer is an outstanding teacher. Very patient and very knowledgeable of both music and the banjo. I'm having a great time and learning faster than I expected.
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DeAnn R. February 11, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Great! I learned so much in a very short time and now I am off to a great new start!
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Mary Kladstrup November 13, 2015
· Accordion · In studio
Patient. Kind. Creative. What more do you want?
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Denver, CO 80212
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About Bob S.

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A favorite subject of mine because it has taken me further than my ear ever could. Now i have many options to choose from when writing music. Studying composition and playing many of the hits in the last 50 years has shown me what works.

About bob
The music heard around my house in my youth had a country twang until Elvis came along and the music rocked and rolled! In the late 60's I heard "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf and I was sold!
While living in Atlanta Georgia during the 80"s I toured with The Original Drifters (Under the Boardwalk/Up On the Roof) and a Supremes cover band called Mocha. They were booked by the William Morris Agency who would actually fly us to gigs around the country! Fun! One weekend would see us in Florida the next in Arizona.
To learn more about music I moved to California and became a student at Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Being exposed to one of the coolest musical environments 24/7 was a dream come true. For my hard work I received a Student of the Year award and was eventually hired to work for the school and became a substitute teacher for
the entire guitar staff which included Scott Henderson, Allen Hinds and Norman Brown.
The staff was encouraged to gig so I toured from California to Nashville with a variety of bands and visited the Caribbean Islands aboard an actual love boat playing jazz and birthday songs! The rock band Exile took me to the Scandinavian countries with a side trip to Switzerland. My dream of letting the music take me places was working out!
Moving to Boulder in 1996 gave me the opportunity to start my own teaching business while also meeting future songwriting partners.
Dennis Wanebo and I produced our 3rd Martian Acres cd €œIII at my Oilpan Studios during 2013 as well as his €œRunning on Gravity cd. Songwriter Lisa Bell and I toured Italy for 3 weeks in 2010 that inspired a co-produced The Italian Project€ cd in 2013.
My songwriting passion is currently being nurtured by working with the Lincoln Avenue Songwriting Society a group of 7 local songwriters who also perform locally and lend support to the art of writing.
I live in Boulder Colorado with my son Max and my wife Kelly. I love to perform, teach, write, record music.

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Starting from where your knowledge and technique run out I will take you on a path of discovery that will reveal an easier way to play a difficult lick or unlock the secret of what scale to use. Every player is at a different point in their development and my goal is to know your playing well enough to make the next step easy and painless! I have hundreds of PDF files with diagrams and can easily create video of any lick, technique or idea we work upon to help you understand and master.

*** Studio Equipment ***
apple, gibson, fender, apogee, focusrite, neumann, dr. z, taylor, logic, joe barden, seymore duncan, dimarzzio, akg, audio technica.

*** Travel Equipment ***
gibson, taylor, fender, ken luker.

*** Specialties ***
slide, finger style, open tunings, looping, recording guitar, logic production, lap steel, improvisation.
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Christopher D. April 3, 2014
· Guitar ·
Made me learn things I never even considered!

Bob is a great teacher! One of the words i think describe him well is professional, and also a really nice guy! I've been taking lessons with Bob for quite some time now and he has pushed me out of my comfort zone. He knows a variety of different genres, artists, and styles that helped me become more diverse in my playing. Also, his technical ability is quite impressive. Because of
Bob i've improved my overall guitar skills in ways i never even imagined. I would highly recommend him to anyone at any level. Check out his website here: http://www.bobstory.com
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Darlene A. April 3, 2014
· Songwriting ·
Singer performer

Bob is a very talented and accomplshed guitar player, His natural talent comes through with his enthusiasm for music. I recommend Bob as a teacher.
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Jennifer G. April 2, 2014
· Guitar ·
Great for a beginner

Bob was always courteous and friendly and willing to be flexible with me as a very beginner guitarist. I was classically-trained on other instruments and he was fantastic at getting me passed the biases I had learned previously to reach the goals that I wanted.
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Boulder, CO 80305
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About Seth B.

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Music theory is my jam. Let me help you see just how fun it can be!

About Seth
My name is Seth and I offer private lessons for both guitar and bass guitars. Having a wide background of teaching all ages, and heavy experience with young children, I understand that every musician is in a different place. Whether you're just starting out or ready to get back into playing again, we can work together to establish what the best direction is for you.
I hold a bachelors in music performance from the University of Colorado Denver. Before involving myself with local Denver band Wildermiss and other musical projects, I was a member of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble. Having gained that experience I was asked to instruct Rise World Percussion Ensemble where I was the front ensemble caption head. While going through school and my career I have recorded many different audio projects, as well as playing with various e
nsembles and bands.

Lessons can be offered both in my home at your own home within the greater Denver area!
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Seth B.

Denver, CO 80204
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About Andy W.

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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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Englewood, CO 80113
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About Valerie E.

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I graduated in May of 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis/Woodwind Specialist for Flute, Oboe, Saxophone, bassoon, and Clarinet) with a double major in Music (Flute) Performance from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. I have studied with flute teachers Pat Peterson, Martha Fabrique, Nancy Teskey, Chris Potter, Fran Piazza, and Sylvia Greenfield, oboe teacher Sue Logan, piano teachers Calvin Jones, Karen Engelby, and Jean Carter, and voice teachers Kim Peters and Karen Engelby. I have taught private lessons on all woodwinds, plus one brass instrument (trumpet.) I also teach beginning piano and voice. I have taught since 1999. I also play flute and piccolo in the Colorado Wind Ensemble (since 2000,) and oboe in the Thornton Community Band since 2012. I have extensive experience teaching in schools
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Valerie E.

Denver, CO 80227
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About Luke R.

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My name is Luke and I have many years of experience in trumpet performance as well as in teaching private lessons to a wide range of ages and experience levels. I continue to play in professional organizations in addition to my teaching. Every student I take on gets a personalized lesson plan and teaching tailored to their learning style and experience level.

About Luke
My name is Luke and I have many years of experience in trumpet performance as well as in teaching private lessons to a wide range of ages and experience levels. I continue to play in professional organizations in addition to my teaching. Every student I take on gets a personalized lesson plan and teaching tailored to their learning style and experience level.
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Luke R.

Brighton, CO 80602
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Denver, CO

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Denver is $55. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $32 and $85 per hour.

30-min $16
 
$32 average
$63
45-min $24
 
$44 average
$73
60-min $32
 
$55 average
$85

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 20% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $32.

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