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About Ricardo P.

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Broomfield, CO

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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!

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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.

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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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Adam June 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great start to my guitar practice with Ricardo. Patient teacher who clearly has a tried and true method. Excited to keep learning and develop a great new skill with his guidance.
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Kiara A. June 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
We found Ricardo to be very professional.
He took the time to assess where to start the lessons. He reinforces the student and is very patient
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Michael October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
On top of being a great piano, voice, and guitar teacher, Ricardo is a brilliant musician with a varied and rich musical history. I came to Ricardo looking to improve on my classical piano skills, and ended up learning blues piano and some great techniques for learning how to play popular songs on the piano. He also helped me with voice and guitar.

I found Ricardo's lessons to be engaging, mentally stimulating, challenging, and fun. When I was playing blues piano, he would jam along with me on the guitar to help me get better at playing with others, and not just solo. He did the same thing for me when teaching me on the guitar as well, it was a blast! He pushed me to be a better musician in general - I came to him with a very narrow focus and he broadened my musical horizons. Thank you Ricardo for helping me become a better piano player, vocalist, and guitar player!
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Ricardo P.

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.

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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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Ari December 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Absolutely amazing teacher! I learned how to play my dream song with Ron!
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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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Ronald G.

Ronald G.

Aurora, CO 80013
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About Vincent R.

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I have currently been teaching music for over two years and been playing music for over a decade. I believe there are two sides of music; this includes the knowledge of music theory -scales, understanding of chord progressions, etc. But I also believe that there is another aspect of music that involves spontaneity and passion in playing. Understanding these two aspects of music will help any student understand the wonders of music. I enjoy teaching both sides of the music spectrum and encourage students with their separate passions and influence in the musical genre. I teach on a student by student basis, because I believe each individual student is different and the material being covered can be explained in several different. It is my job to help students understand, but more importantly enjoy their journey into music.

About Vincent
Metropolitan State University of Denver- Currently receiving Bachelor's in Music

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My favorite thing about teacher is listening to my student's interests. Some teachers treat music like it needs to be a chore or some other form of homework, but I look to work with the student and make sure that him/her are comfortable and are enjoying their experience. You are not going to enjoy music if it feels like a boring task and doesn't apply to you. That is way I make sure, that I work with the student and make sure their satisfied with their experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheets and prints of what I want the student to learn. They will need to either get a book if I suggest it and also have their own instrument for study.

*** Specialties ***
I like to play many styles, but I grew up with clas
sic rock. I can teach lead guitar for anyone interested. I can also teach classical, rock, pop, and country piano. I am also versed in finger picking for guitar.
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Sarah W. August 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 5 year old son learned rhythms, reading treble and bass clef, scales, hand and finger positioning and much more from Vincent in just 20 lessons. He could teach himself short melodies from his book by the end. He really enjoyed having Vincent come over every week.
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Vincent R.

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Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Alex T.

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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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About S. Parker G.

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Denver, CO

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My philosophy of music theory is to break it down into bite-size pieces and ALWAYS give an immediate application on the guitar. That way it's not just an empty idea, but something you can see and something you can use.

The chromatic scale is the foundation of my whole method. It's easy to understand and allows you to name ANY pitch ANYwhere on ANY instrument, recognize notes on the staff, and play melodies (or write your own!).

That foundation also gives you access to major/minor scales, modes, pentatonic scales, key analysis, learning songs by ear, soloing...the list is endless!

About S. Parker
Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had.

-Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver

-Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston

-Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005)

-Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013)

-Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble

-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls

-Creator of http://strumbystrum.com

-Takelessons teacher since 2008

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The best lessons I've ever had were lessons in wh
ich I walked away saying "Man, I never KNEW that!" and it's my goal for you have that experience, too. Whether its how to play that chord or write a melody, how to get the best sound out of those stomp boxes, or when genres like shoegazer and post-rock were invented and what they sound like... there's something to be learned in every lesson.

The most important benefit of taking lessons from me is my experience. I started teaching casually as a teenager and have followed every opportunity since. My passion for music has allowed me to teach private lessons (10+ years), middle school guitar class (including a guitar ensemble), and college-level music theory classes. Extensive experience in writing, recording, and performing has only helped that passion to grow. I've developed a method to blend theory with practice every step of the way, and make the journey fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Guitar picks, Amplifier, 1/4" cable, Footstool, and paper hand-outs provided for Students.

Lounge area, Kitchen area, Restrooms,and Parking provided for Parents

*** Specialties ***
guitar, acoustic guitar, music, songwriting, classical guitar, electric guitar, music theory
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Hubert June 8, 2017
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He is a wonderful teacher !!!
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Charlie V. November 11, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Parker is great and my 16-year-old son really likes him!
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Eli M. July 11, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Parker is a great teacher & a really nice guy. I have been working with him for about 18 months, and I have come a very long way in my technical ability as well as my understanding of music theory. He has a very low key, positive approach to our lessons, which makes them relaxing and fun, but at the same time he has the ability to get me out of my "comfort zone" and doing things that are new and challenging, from dabbling in different genres to creating new arrangements of old favorite songs to diving into the theory behind iconic riffs and chord progressions.
He has become a friend and I look forward to all of our online sessions.
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO 80246
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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.

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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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Golden, CO 80401
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About Travis C.

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I have served as a music theory tutor in college and can help you find your unique way of comprehending!

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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Kent D. October 28, 2013
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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.
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TomR1 July 28, 2012
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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.
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JenniferS4 November 5, 2011
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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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Denver, CO 80246
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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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Students will learn about the basic elements of music construction, and the common utilized techniques used in music analysis and composition.

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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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About Alex H.

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Can you imagine being able to understand the fundamental principles of all music and be able to apply them in your everyday experience of music? It is both possible and rewarding.

Music is built upon very distinct principles and understanding the way it works can help you compose your own, play your instrument of choice better, and even enjoy the music you already listen to more. Studying music theory is a very good way to dive deeper into understanding why music works the way it does.

I have studied music for over a decade. I've played piano for 12 years and developed perfect pitch, music reading and a thorough knowledge of theory from playing it. I have played the trumpet for almost as long and played lead trumpet in jazz band and the wind ensemble. I also have composed music for these groups as well as piano and arranged and transcribed music in various circumstances. I have taken college-level courses in music composition, music theory and music history/traditions.

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Teaching is what I do! I have TAed multiple classes and taught dozens of students. I teach piano and other music concepts, as well as STEM fields in school. I only teach concepts that I'm completely fluent in, however, so you always get the absolute best instruction possible!

I have been playing piano for over 12 years. I retrained from scratch in the Taubman Technique a few years ago and play with ease and effortless musicality! I have taught tons of students how to play the instrument, incorporating these concepts into their playing as well.

I also tutor in STEM topics, including all math, physics, chemistry, and others. I have tutored over 2 dozen students and helped many achieve great results. I have a Master's degree in applied physics, graduated Magna cum Laude, and am fully prepared to help you master your math/science class
es!

Schedule a lesson with me! See yourself improve from someone who knows how people think and understands the topics enough to impart the same onto you!
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Katherine May 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. I am excited to work with Alex. He seems very knowledgeable and was able to show me some very good techniques that will immediately help me improve my playing.
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Larissa April 26, 2018
· AP Physics · Online
Alex is fantastic. As a student, it's obvious he's had years of experience dealing with the material taught, and he explains problems in a thorough, well-contrived manner. Since beginning these sessions, my grades have risen greatly. I can't recommend them enough!
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Darine April 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
Alex is a great teacher and very patient with kids. I would definitely recommend him.
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Alex H.

Littleton, CO 80129
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Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
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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