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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Denver, CO 80233
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About Mike M.

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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.

Mike M.

Denver, CO 80210
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About Nathan B.

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About Nathan
My name is Nathan I am a 31 year old husband and father of 3. My wife and I have been teaching music since 2007.

I am an experienced teacher of guitar, drums, and trumpet. My students range from age 6-60.

All lessons will be held at our home studio in Aurora, CO. Our home was built as a recording studio and it's perfect for lessons. Our dedicated, sound-proofed, teaching room includes a large viewing window so the student can be seen by parents while they wait without causing unnecessary distractions for the student. No drop-offs, please.

My teaching methods are based 100% on the student's abilities.
Here is a brief look at what lessons with Nathan B. will look like.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar:

Beginning players- I prefer to teach from the Hal Leonard book series. This is a great start for most students. I teach th
e string-by-string approach using simple songs to start. Your first lesson will be a combination of reading notes on a page and reading chords on a chord chart. You will come out of the lesson learning at least 3 notes and one chord. Weekly goals are set and a practice routine is discussed.

Intermediate players- After a quick assessment of your abilities we will discuss your future goals as a player. We could pursue classical guitar with additional lessons in note reading and fingering methods, or we could focus more on chords and strum patterns if you prefer to sing and play your favorite artists.

Advanced players- this is where it gets fun. We go where you want to go. I will provide guidance based on your strengths and weaknesses. We will choose music that can display your strengths, and challenge your weaknesses. Remember, there's always someone better than you!

Drum:

Beginning players- All of my lessons follow my own, proven teaching method. All lessons take place with the student at the drum kit playing 90% of the time. I approach all drum lessons beat-by-beat always with a metronome. My goal for the first lesson is to teach at least one basic pattern. We progress through a series of hundreds of different drum patterns that become increasingly more difficult. Every week is a new opportunity to practice clean technique and improve internal timing.

Intermediate players- After a brief assessment of your abilities we will begin discussing concepts of pattern construction. You will start coming up with of your own patterns and ideas. I will provide guidance for more complex fills and I will give tips to help you figure out the right groove for the right song. Every week is a new opportunity to add another tool to your kit.

Advanced players- come and teach ME something! I'm still working on super triplets and sextuplets in 5/4 time :-)

I also teach trumpet at beginner and intermediate levels. I have prepared many students for tryout pieces (solo, regionals, chair placement, etc). I also am experienced in tone improvement, endurance studies, range extension, and accuracy improvement. I use many different method books, but I prefer Arbans and Clarks.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums
5 piece Pearl kit- full cymbals. Beginner half sized kit upon request.
Guitar- bring your own acoustic.
Trumpet- bring your own.
Chairs, stands, and some music provided.
Hal Leonard method book required for beginning guitar students.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic guitar- Christian Praise&Worship, classical picking and positions, strum patterns.
Drums- 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, quarters, eights, sixteenths. Rock, funk, ballad, pop.
Trumpet- range, endurance, flexibility.
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susan February 10, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Made lesson to my level (beginner) but geared to adult intetest
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NORA L. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son likes a lot! Recommend!
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Sean S. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher very patient and explains everything well. Willing to take time to show every step as many times as needed.
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Nathan B.

Nathan B.

Aurora, CO 80012
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About Justin L.

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About Justin
Hi, I'm Justin. Thanks for checking out my page.

I've been a musician, engineer and record producer for over 20 years, along with teaching instruments, stage performance and songwriting. Between playing and running live sound I've probably done about 3,000 shows, and I don't even like to think about how many hours I've spent working with musicians in recording studios.

But here's the thing. I feel like mainly what I've learned in all that time is how to communicate with musicians on their level, in words that make sense to them. That forms the basis of all of my teaching, understanding where my clients want to go and working with them to find the quickest path to get there.

When I started playing, I remember not even knowing that you were supposed to tune the guitar to specific notes, you can imagine how that well that worked o
ut... But I kept at it and just a few years later I put out my first full length album (this was in the 90's when it you couldn't do it at home and studios cost a ton of money, that's another good story.) Since then I've played everywhere from sold out stadiums to my couch after a long day of work, and the one thing I've learned is that there's no good or bad to where you're at in your journey - it's just where you are today. And having been on that journey too, believe me, I can relate to wherever you're at.

I specialize in teaching both serious guitarists (all levels) and people who would simply like to play enough guitar to accompany themselves or write songs. While I love music theory, I understand that it can be kind of a drag. We can work together to find the best way for you to learn what you need to know to make the sounds you love.

Along with teaching guitar, I also produce music and have a lot of experience coaching bands and solo performers. If you have goals in mind like recording and releasing some music, performing live for the first time, or taking your band to the next level, I would be happy to help

I'm not the best at talking about myself, so please take a minute to look at my "experience" section.

My thoughts and advice are always free, feel free to message me if you'd like to talk about what you're doing with music.
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Justin L.

Justin L.

Denver, CO 80205
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About Connor T.

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Connor T. is a guitarist, composer and private instructor residing in Colorado. He is a young and versatile freelance artist with experience performing and recording jazz, rock, funk, punk, r&b, reggae, and singer-songwriter.

Connor’s professional experience performing in musical theatre productions includes performances of: Fiddler on the Roof in the role of Avram: The Bookseller, Dogfight as a pit/orchestra musician and The Who's Tommy as a pit/orchestra musician.

Connor T. previously led the Greeley-based funk/r&b group, The Condors. They played many shows regionally and opened for Nappy Roots, Flobots, and Sir Mix- A-Lot. The group has since disbanded.

Connor graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in spring of 2016. Immediately following his graduation, Connor performed as the guitarist in the orchestra for Celeb
rity Cruise's Silhouette and Millennium from September 15th 2016-January 26th 2017.
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Luca May 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Connor is so easy to work with, extremely knowledgable, and motivating! My son really enjoys the lessons and interacting with Connor. My son has been randomly picking up his guitar to try things from the lessons which a is a huge improvement from the last time we tried lessons. I attribute that to Connor's instructions and passion for what he does. He is also punctual and a good communicator. I highly recommend Connor as an instructor, especially for kids!
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Denver, CO 80210
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About Alex H.

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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
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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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Kevin September 19, 2017
· Physics · Online
The first lesson went very well, thanks Alex!
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Alex H.

Denver, CO 80204
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About Jenna H.

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Jenna has been playing harp since 2001, and has been performing professionally since 2003. She received her BM in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado in 2015, and then received her Performance Certificate in Harp Performance at the University of Denver in 2016. She writes her own music and sings and tours with her own jazz trio. She also is the principal harpist for the Colorado Wind Ensemble, and has played for the Pueblo Symphony, the Denver Pops Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and multiple chamber groups in the area.
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John July 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jenna is amazing with my son! He's 8 years old and looks forward to every lesson with her. She has the right way of balancing fun with learning, and she makes sure that he never loses interest. I'm so glad we found her.
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Greeley, CO 80634
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About Alexios A.

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I am a classically trained multi instrumentalist and composer who loves to rock&roll. I have performed all over the world on cruise ships, and I have recently settled in Denver to focus on teaching and creating new music.

I received my formal education from the Berklee College of Music, and I received my informal education in Spain studying the art of flamenco with the gypsies themselves.

My instruments-
Guitar (electric, acoustic, and nylon string)
Bass guitar
Piano/keyboard
Composition techniques for all of the above

Rock, Blues, Classical, Metal, Gypsy Jazz, Country, Flamenco, it is all music, and I go beyond the style to teach how to get to the MUSIC, the essence that makes each one unique.

Finding a teacher who has been down the path you are planning to go take can save you an enormous amount of time. I have b
een down many paths so far, and I specialize in finding the simplest route possible for each individual student with respect to their own musical goals and dreams.
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Quinnlin O. July 13, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Alexios worked beautifully with our 12 year old. He was kind and patient and very positive. It is easy to see that Alexios has vast experience with music. The student was anxious to get started at practice!
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Amber Fowler-Ekstrom June 4, 2017
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We love Alexios! He's great with our kids, they look forward to lessons each week!
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Aisha Makee March 27, 2017
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Great teacher for my boys. He goes at their pace and looks for ways to click with them and songs that the boys like to keep them motivated. My 5 yo learned to play Headwigs Theme by John Williams with Alexio! Mh 7yo loves to try techniques on the piano and just loves the class with Alexio. Great teacher!
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Denver, CO 80204
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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.
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Luke R.

Brighton, CO 80602
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I have been a performer, composer, producer, and teacher of music for over a decade. Trained in all forms of Western music, I can help students excel in a wide variety of genres and playing styles. I teach students of all ages, and I enjoy working with people of all experience levels, from total beginners to pros. Most importantly, I love playing the drums and sharing my enthusiasm for music with others!
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Nate C.

Denver, CO 80218
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