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Travis C.

Lone Tree, CO 80124

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About Travis

Travis C. classical guitarist, teacher and performer recently completed his Masters of Music at the Lamont School of Music located at the University of Denver, where he also completed his Bachelors of Music in 2009. A native Coloradan, he has established a diverse private guitar studio while performing professionally in weddings, special events, and solo performances throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. He has gained recognition with his musical pursuits in both solo and chamber performances, resulting in numerous honors including his honorable mention in the 2010 Lamont School of Music Chamber Competition. He was accepted into several prestigious music programs including the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. During the Fall of 2009, Travis studied in Milano, Italy where he performed with vari

ous chamber ensembles in Milano and Genoa. Currently, Travis is performing with the Sage Ensemble as one of its founding members, performing as a soloist, and building his private guitar studio of over 40 students while being on the music faculty at Avanti Music Academy and Allegretto Music Lessons LLC.

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Learning a musical instrument should be a fun and rewarding experience that enriches your life!

With over 7 years of teaching guitar and over 13 years performing, I know that efficient practice habits and solid technique can unlock your inner potential.

As a student of mine, you can expect a fun and challenging learning environment where bad habits will never be an issue. I primarily teach classical guitar, although all styles are welcome!

My curriculum covers the basics of right and left hand technique, sight reading, ensemble playing, music theory, and performance practice.

It is my personal guarantee, with your dedication and hard work, within 3-6 months, you will have a competent grasp of basic guitar technique, note reading and musicality.

I look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,
Travis C.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach primarily at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Lamont school of Music, in their studio spaces and private practice rooms.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide classical guitar footstools, music stands, as well as music theory text books to get started. I require the student to provide their own guitar. I am also available to consult on the purchasing of a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar and teach many methods depending on the students needs. I can teach the Suzuki method and the Parkening method but primarily teach out of "Bridges" The Royal Conservatory of Music graded repertoire series.
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October 28, 2013
Kent D.
Travis is a great instructor

Travis has been a great instructor and I am very pleased with the results. He is a great teacher, an amazing guitar player, and is very patient and can handle all of my scheduling issues. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Travis.
July 28, 2012
TomR1
Really enjoyed taking my first lesson with Travis. He made the experience enjoyable and I could understand clearly what the goals were and what follow up work needed to be done.
November 5, 2011
JenniferS4
Great experience so far!

I've certainly enjoyed my beginning guitar lessons with Travis. He takes the time to answer my questions and explain things to I understand the music and the best techniques to use. He is also very encouraging and supportive of my just enjoying the guitar, even with mistakes. So far, I am having a great time!

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Travis C.

Denver, CO

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James H.

Denver, CO 80220

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About James

I am a professional singer with many organizations in the Denver area including Opera Colorado, Boulder Opera Company, Cabaret Otaku, Opera on Tap, and others. I am also the Cantor/Choir Director for House for All Sinners and Saints Lutheran Church. I have sung many genres including Jazz, Pop, and in leading roles in Opera and Musical Theater. I also co-wrote and performed music for the Buntport Theater's children's show TRUNKS!
I have been teaching private voice for over six years. As an instructor and vocal coach, my job is to help you obtain YOUR goals as a singer. I love to sing and I love to teach people of all ages how to sing!

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When meeting with new students we first discuss their goals as a singer and musician. Are you preparing for an audition? In need of vocal coaching for a theater role? Do you w

ant to learn how to sing with better control of your voice? Trying to learn to read music and gain a working knowledge of music theory?

As a teacher I strive to focus on what a student's strengths are and help develop them to their full potential!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio- Lessons in the living room, piano, mirror, music charts

*** Specialties ***
I teach my students various styles of music. My experience and training include classical, musical theater, jazz, and pop.
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July 11, 2018
Bob
James is excellent sax player and I appreciated that he personalized the lesson for me.
February 2, 2018
Johannah
I love working with James! He is bringing exactly what I want, which is casual fun while I expand my learning experiences.
August 14, 2017
Alyssa
Alyssa really enjoyed her singing lesson with James and looks forward to her next lesson.

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James H.

Denver, CO

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David A.

Denver, CO 80218

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About David

As a pianist, I have an eclectic stylistic range spanning classical, rock, folk, and everything in between. I've played on cruise ships, in jazz, wedding, noise, and funk bands, in cabarets and musicals, on soul and folk records, and in just about every kind of situation that involves keys.

As a teacher, this diversity of styles and experience translates into an unique approach keyed to each student's evolving interests. In other words, lessons should never get boring! There's never just one way to move forward. Together, we'll forge a path to get you to the next level of musicianship!

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January 6, 2019
Haily
David teaches lessons to me and to my six-year-old son. He has made our piano experience relaxed and fun which had changed the trajectory of my son's attitude toward the piano. He has an ability to gauge what an individual wants out of the experience and enthusiastically be there to make sure that individual gets the most out of it.

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David A.

Denver, CO

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Karney S.

Greeley, CO 80634

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I believe the key to the success of the student is that they enjoy what they are doing and gain confidence through the skills they have worked hard to develop.

Several of my students have auditioned for and were accepted as the sole guitar seat in the junior high, high school, and college jazz bands. A few of my younger students received honors in their grade school music programs.

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November 30, 2018
Kennda V.
It was great! I had fun! Can't wait for the next lesson! Karney was so professional and understood my musical goals!
March 30, 2018
Randy
Very accommodating; friendly and knowledgeable. This will be a life-long friendship!
March 17, 2018
Connor B.
Very patient and thorough with My son he really enjoyed it!!!

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Karney S.

Greeley, CO

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Olivia R.

Boulder, CO 80303

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About Olivia

Hello!

I am a second year Master's student at CU Boulder studying Piano Teaching and Performance. I previously 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.

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 teach

ing 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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October 28, 2017
Debra
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.
October 28, 2017
Tyler
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.

Boulder, CO

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Lauren S.

Boulder, CO 80304

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About Lauren

Whether you sing musical theater, classical, pop. jazz, country or rock, you will learn how to use your voice well. It won't hurt, you won't get hoarse, and you'll create sounds you've only dreamed about.

Hi! I'm Lauren Sawyer. I am an internationally known singer and business owner who is passionate about vocal technique. Singing well is a SCIENCE. I have developed proven exercises that will make your voice resonant and strong. Singing is also a BELIEF. Our work together will give you the courage to release your voice from self doubt and help you experience the immense joy that comes from being creatively expressive with it! For over 25 years, this has been the essence of my teaching philosophy.

My students range from beginning singers who are curious about their vocal potential, to professionals who need a polished edge to their

audition repertoire. As Founder of Boulder Music Institute, a summer training program for artists, my work is all about empowering, guiding and creating jobs for the singer. My relationships with talent agencies in the United States and Europe have helped many performers launch their professional careers.
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May 24, 2018
Kyrie
The BEST! Lauren is an impeccable musician, teacher, and vocal technician. I studied voice in college at Oklahoma City University and started taking lessons with Lauren after a 4-year break from singing. Since my first lesson, I have seen consistent improvement in my technique and confidence. My voice is the healthiest it has ever been! I am creating sounds that just BLOW ME AWAY!

Lauren has a wide range of students, from beginners to advanced. Opera to musical theater. One thing you can be certain about her is that she has a passion for teaching. The commitment to help you improve is there. In my opinion, that is what you want in a teacher. I have the utmost confidence in recommending Lauren to someone who is looking for a teacher.
May 6, 2018
Isabel
Lauren is a great professional! When I started my singing lessons with her, I was not confident about my voice and I was not sure if I would be brave enough to audition for musical theater. She has been helping me to get over my fear and believe in myself more as well as she has taught me techniques that really improved my voice. Now I know that all of this is possible.
April 23, 2018
Linda
Lauren is just amazing; knowledgable, positive and encouraging. I have a vocal tremor meaning my voice shakes when speaking and I lost the ability to sing. With Lauren's help, I am strengthening my voice. I had voice therapy sessions with a medically trained therapist where I made no progress and was encouraged to accept my 'limitation'. With Lauren, I didn't have to settle for accepting my limitation. Rather, I am making huge progress, thanks to her technical expertise, knowledge and encouragement, My speaking tremor is nearly gone and I can sing again!

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Lauren S.

Boulder, CO

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Annika M.

Windsor, CO 80550


About Annika

We're two sisters who grew up playing violin together. Now we'd like to share our love for the instrument with others in our community. Between us, we have 40 years of playing experience, and we're happy to vary our lessons to interact with all learning styles and ages. We both trained at the School of Music of the University of Northern Colorado, and have learned from some of the best musicians in the region. We look forward to getting to know you!

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Annika M.

Windsor, CO

Anna N.

Denver, CO 80203

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About Anna

Anna has had a passion for classical flute, which she began at the age of 11. Throughout her career in classical music, she has always held high standards to put her studies first. As a junior in high school, she decided to pursue a career in music. She joined the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra and toured in France, playing concerts in different cities. She was accepted to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, an arts high school where she could focus more on flute. In addition to her academics, she was practicing at least five hours a day after classes. Her career in music quickly blossomed, and two years later at the age of nineteen, she found herself in the beautiful city of Boston, studying classical flute performance at Berklee College of Music. Two years after studying at Berklee, she decided to transfer to the Boston Cons

ervatory. She has had instruction under Wendy Rolfe, Katherine Kemler, Mihi Kim of France, Heather Yarmel, and Ann Bobo of the Boston Pops.
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July 25, 2018
Lily
Anna has helped me me clarify my tone, learn breathing techniques, and learn difficult songs. Her patience, kindness, and warmth have made lessons with her even more enjoyable and rewarding. I look forward to our lesson each week! I would highly recommend her to anyone: beginner to advanced.

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Anna N.

Denver, CO

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Valerie
"Very patient and helpful. I came to her from out of town and needed a few lessons to keep up with my class and the lessons I was missing."
Solange
"Antonio is a talented musician who kindly plays the guitar for some of my Flamenco dance classes. He also participates in some of Tablado Dance Company pe
rformances as a guest artist and it's always a pleasure to share the stage with such an artist!"
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Madison
"Amanda is super nice and I feel like she can really make my voice stronger and help me have more confidence."
Julie B
"We had our second studio recital last week-end. Personally, I can hear and feel the difference in my singing from a year ago. I felt more ready and conf
ident, and it is entirely due to the excellent instruction, coaching and encouragement that I have received from Michelle and her husband Robert over this last year. Their lessons are fun, educational, energizing and uplifting. They are both excellent teachers- and have this most incredible way of explaining things so that I grow as a performer. The other cool thing about their studio is the wide range of students... young, old, beginners, experienced, college-prep.. and anyone in between. No need to feel like you aren't good enough, and on the flip side, even the most accomplished vocalists will grow and develop. I feel so lucky to have found them- they were exactly what the doctor ordered for me to find my new mature voice."
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jin
"The thing is, everyone wants to hone their skills when it comes to performance, but getting the skills isn't the only thing that you need to do. That is w
here Jan comes in, she can teach you how to sing, she can tell you when your act is not up to par. More importantly, she can teach you how to relate to your music (most likely you can't), and how to build a relationship with the audience in the short amount of time you're on stage (you probably don't know how to do that either). Jan has worked with people at every level and so she has really honed her craft when it comes to teaching. If you are a student of music performance, she can take you to that next level no matter where you are at. I've taken voice lessons in a private setting by a former vocal-music pro who has worked with former Mrs. Kentucky winners, and with teachers on the University/Collegiate level. Jan is the best I've had so far.

Notes:
1. Come eager to learn, not eager to talk about your life story. A lot of students go to lessons and talk a lot. You don't want to do that, you will miss out on the instructions and performance philosophies that you need from her. Listen more than you talk.

2. Come with clear objectives. If you don't have them, spend time with her developing those objectives. She is an objective oriented person when it comes to teaching, be an objective oriented student.

3. She has really competitive prices for her teaching quality. The hour is worth it.

4. Come with a lot of respect, she will give you a lot of respect if not more. She treated me almost like I was an old friend, and she is a really charming lady. Be nice to her : )

5. She is a really nice person and won't hurt your feelings. She has really good social awareness so you don't have to be afraid of that. If you can drop your ego at the door and take criticism, go ahead and ask her for that extra bit that you need to get you even further. Have some skin in the game.

6. Don't waste your time trying to figure out how good of a teacher she is during your lesson, you can read that stuff online. Come to her studio to get work done.

7. Ask questions that she can give quick answers to (it helps her know that you're hungry to learn). Bring something to write with."
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Brooke
"Wonderful!!!"
Sarah
"Inspiring instructor!

Michael is a patient and passionate musician, which comes across in his teaching. As a beginner at guitar, I was nervous that I was
going to be judged or talked to condescendingly but he understands what a beginner needs to know and really meets you where you're at with the lesson plans and expectations. Feel very comfortable asking questions and get honest and thought out questions. Definitely recommend for anyone at any level!"
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Elias
"Jeremy is a gifted musician and teacher. He is very encouraging and knows a lot. I felt very comfortable learning banjo from him, and feel like I gained a
VERY solid base for continuing with the instrument. Thanks a lot!"
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Aaron Barker
"Jonah is an incredibly skilled teacher and is very easy to communicate with - highly recommended!"

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