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About Ronald G.

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Aurora, CO

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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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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 Alex T.

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About Alex
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!

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Alex T.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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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 Jonathan B.

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I'm a friendly and fun guitar teacher. I help my students play their favorite songs quickly. From the first lesson you can expect to be playing the music you love! The lessons are completely customized to you. You are free to learn any style of music you wish.
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Chris iannetta April 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher. Easy to understand. Great communication skills.
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Tina H. May 20, 2013
· Guitar ·
A great instructor!

My son had started with Jonathan in August and he has learned so many songs he loves and wants to learn! My son connects with Jonathan really well and I find my son practicing and doing what Jonathan has told him to do. Jonathan is great!
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TimT1 July 21, 2012
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Great instructor. makes classes fun and easy.
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Jonathan B.

Jonathan B.

Denver, CO 80205
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About Chandrika P.

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Chandrika teaches basic music theory and piano to students ages 13 and up. Weather you have played an instrument before or are interested in starting your journey with music theory is a crucial element of music. Chandrika customizes lesson plans for each student to ensure every lesson is a positive experience. Curriculum is taught using different method books, and styles of music tailored to the students interests and goals.

Lessons focus on note reading, rhythm, scales, key signatures, circle of fifths, building basic intervals and chords, ear training, and basic piano.

About D. Chandrika
D. Chandrika Prem has been playing cello for over 25 years. She started playing cello at age nine and instantly fell in love with the instrument. Music has been a core part of her life ever since. She earned a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance in May of 2016 from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She continues to study under Dr. Charles Lee, who has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998. She teaches private cello, violin, viola, piano, early music education, and music theory; with a successful studio of over 30 students; is the co-owner/business manager and cellist for the Mile High String quartet; plays with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and contracts freelance projects in all genres of music and theater.

As much as playing the cello, she is called to share her love and knowledge of m
usic with her students. Prem believes that music, especially the process of playing music, has the ability to change people’s lives. She believes that every person can benefit from learning to play an instrument; and that doing so will improve the quality of their everyday life. Prem's love of teaching is reflected in her enthusiasm and dedication toward her students. ​ ​

Prem’s past playing experience consists of solo performances, group and chamber performances, as well as several orchestras including the Front Rang Youth Symphony, Symphony in the Vail Valley, Centennial Philharmonic, and was principle cellist for the MSU Denver Symphony Orchestra. Her contract work includes private events and theater productions throughout the Denver Metro Area. She has also played cello and sang with many local bands in genres including blues, bluegrass, singer songwriter, experimental electronic, and indie rock.
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Sai C. December 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very patient!!
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Anne F. November 8, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Chandrika is a wonderful instructor. She is very, very nice, well organized, on time, encouraging and knowledgeable. I am an older student, just one month from 68. I have had many music teachers and taught piano myself for 25 years. I am so glad I found Chandrika. I drive 1 1/2 hours one way to every lesson and am happy to do so. Having a teacher with Chandrika's qualities is terrific. I recommend her highly for any aspiring student.
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Anna S. August 17, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Chandrika was absolutely amazing! She was extremely knowledgeable, and very helpful. These were entry level lessons for me and the cello, and she did a terrific job of introducing me to the instrument. She's very friendly and fun to learn with. I would highly recommend Chandrika to anyone wanting to learn the cello!
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Chandrika P.

Chandrika P.

Denver, CO 80226
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About Michael L.

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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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Michael L.

Golden, CO 80401
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About Nathan B.

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Aurora, CO
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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.

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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 ***
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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 Aidan P.

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Denver, CO

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Learn the basic harmonic structures western-music has used since it's first real display in post-renaissance polyphonic music. Learn the basics and quickly see its usage all the way up to todays top 40 and everything in between. Not all theory needs writing! How do you develop a chord? Why do some chords work better than others? How do I know what key to solo in? how do I learn to solo? How do I get better at writing music and generating musical ideas?

About Aidan
Hi, my name is Aidan. I'm a composer, performer, guitar instructor and band leader. I teach at my apartment in City Park or can drive to the student within the Denver area.

I am a Hampshire College music program graduate who has taught students of various ages, skills, and music preferences. I play guitar, compose, and tour with my band Freddy & the Yetis, and just spent the last three years living in Boston to study with one of Berklee's senior professors. Ive played hundreds of gigs in my life. I am also a background-checked certified member of the Music Teachers National Association.

My goal with students is to encourage both a love of music and the guitar as an instrument for personal expression. I want to see my students playing the music they enjoy as soon as possible. Every student is treated as an individual. Their needs, a
bilities and learning style are taken into consideration. I use this information to design a student specific curriculum. The experience should be fun and educational for the student.

Various openings 9am - 10pm
Prices are negotiable depending on location

I encourage students to take one or two lessons per week at a regularly scheduled time. References are available.

"Aidan has been teaching my 12-year old son guitar for the last year. He started with the basics in technique and later worked with him on music appreciation. My son really enjoyed his easy-going and attentive nature and attitude. Aidan was always punctual and respectful of our schedule. I feel my son learned a lot about music and he enjoyed working with Aidan."
-Carol L
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Giulia Cisternino July 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good and professional teacher, I'm very satisfied!
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Melissa March 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Finally I am understanding how guitar works.
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David G. November 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Aidan is a terrific teacher!! I played professionally over 35 years ago and have not played at all since. At this point I could not play ANYTHING. He took me back through the basics and got me thinking the way I did when I was in my teens. Clearly he has the technical aspect of both music and teaching down - but what made him a great teacher to me is his love of music and guitar. Reminded me of why I loved it in the first place. Although we didn't match up on style perfectly - he embraced the music that I loved and got me back up and running - could not give him a higher recommendation!!
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Aidan P.

Denver, CO 80206
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About Tony D.

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Music Theory is the fundamental building block of a truly versatile musician. When you understand scales, chords, intervals, and have a highly developed ear, there is no type of music you can't quickly assimilate and understand.

I'm very good at showing students how theory can be practical for performance, which is a critical realization for musicians. Especially for singers, who don't have the luxury of pushing buttons to create certain notes: singers must find notes from their relationship to other notes in the piece. After studying with me, you will be fluent in the language of music.

About Tony
I studied Voice Performance at the University of Denver, earning my Bachelors of Music in 2011. I've been teaching voice, piano, composition, song writing, and music theory for 8 years to students of all ages. Teaching is one of my greatest joys as a professional musician, and I hope to share that joy with you!

I focus on three principles in every lesson I teach: be aware, be creative, and be efficient. As awareness increases, seemingly contradictory ideas become complimentary; as creativity develops, we laugh and smile on the journey towards musical fluency; when we think and practice efficiently, we realize we're capable of far more than we thought.
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Nolan F. July 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tony is absolutely amazing with our 5 year old son. Each lesson he finds a way to inspire learning and interest in music.
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Melissa B. March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tony has been my kids' piano teacher for three years now, and we have nothing but great things to say. When he started with us my daughter was almost 5, and he's taught her for 3 years, and has taught my younger son (now age 6.5) for about 2+ years.

First off, my kids LOVE Tony. They are excited for their lessons every week and really enjoy their time with him. They really enjoy playing piano and have made really great progress with Tony as their teacher. Tony is great at teaching them the fundamentals while also working with their specific interests to help motivate them and keep things really fun (my son wanted to learn an Imagine Dragons song and Tony didn't miss a beat!) He's fun, passionate, great at working with different personalities and ages, and overall a fantastic teacher. Highly highly recommend!
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Satoko T. February 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
He is very knowledgeable and has a nice personality. I am really enjoying the lessons. I have recommended him to many others.
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Tony D.

Denver, CO 80219
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About Ryan V.

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Whether you are completely new to music theory or a college music student in need of help in theory classes, a conservatory-trained music theory teacher is just what you need!

About Ryan
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is based in the Denver/Boulder, CO area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to principal chairs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fa
reed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo, the Black Diamond Quartet, and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released in early 2016. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
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GEORGE H. September 17, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Ryan really knows how to play sax. I feel confident that he'll be able to help me play better.
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Kerry N. August 24, 2015
· Flute · In studio
He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!
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Laurie B. December 20, 2014
· Saxophone · In studio
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.

Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.

I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
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Ryan V.

Littleton, CO 80128
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$40 / 30-min

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How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

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 … Read More

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
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
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
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
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

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