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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.

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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..

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

Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Vincent R.

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Broomfield, CO
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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.

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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.

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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.

Vincent R.

Broomfield, CO 80023
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About Tom G.

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Wheat Ridge, CO

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I've performed and taught in a wide variety of settings. My early professional experiences have included 3 years in the Army Band, several cruise line contracts, and freelance work as a performer and composer. Through these times, I've learned to excel in many styles. I recently graduated from NYU, where I was an adjunct faculty member. Here, I also performed and worked with a wonderful faculty including Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, and trumpet guru Laurie Frink, who all inspire me as a musician and a teacher. While in New York, I was a faculty member at Douglaston School of Music and Art, where I worked with younger students .

It is my belief that discipline and technique are necessary elements that allow emotion and creativity to thrive. I also recommend a healthy dose of listening to what
you love. Through this process, I strive to inspire my students, fellow musicians, and listeners.

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I will guide you to your goals. I write my own materials for each student's individual goals. If you want to learn a song and I don't know it, I will learn the song with you, sharing the process. After several months of study, you will have an understanding of not only what to practice, but how and why to practice.

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Music room w/piano, trumpet, and seating for parents

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I provide music, accessories (tuner, metronome, portable speakers), and books. I can bring an extra trumpet for beginners.

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Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Piano- Jazz standards, voicings, and improvisation
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David D. September 8, 2017
· Bugle · Online
Tom has really helped me refine my playing. He is easy to work with and very thorough.
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Cary August 29, 2017
· Bugle · Online
Tom was AWESOME! I had a heck of a time finding someone who actually teaches Bugle. I have only had one lesson with Tom however, I am very excited to continue with him. Tom did not rush anything, he didnt watch the clock, he actually wanted to do more playing than talking about this form, music theory etc. etc. I had experienced with other Teachers. Everyone wants to start playing "something" as soon as possible and Tom dove right in to playing or trying to get me to play, HaHa in just the first 20min.
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David D. August 5, 2016
· Bugle · Online
Thomas is very patient and positive. I have advanced a lot in a short time under his guidance.
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Tom G.

Tom G.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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About Spencer C.

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

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

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

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

I have experience playing and teaching numerous genres including rock, pop, country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, cajun/zydeco, reggae, classical, folk, e
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I relocated to the Denver, CO area in the spring of 2011 after completion of my degree from Washburn University. I continue to teach private music lessons in the Denver metro area.

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

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

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

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

Spencer C.

Denver, CO 80212
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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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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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Jackson July 26, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
I felt very comfortable practicing with Michael and he focused on exactly what I needed to learn.
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Michael L.

Denver, CO 80210
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About Bob S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob S.

Boulder, CO 80305
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About Bill E.

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Parker, CO

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About Bill
Our goal is simple: We want our students to become utterly astonishing and absolutely love what they are doing! This is why students never leave us. Once they start, they are with us for years.

Our unique MasterVoice Program is a 10 Level Vocal Certification Program that will challenge you to become the most incredible vocalist possible. With intense, but fun 60 minute lessons, you will be taught everything from vocal quality to range expansion to sight-singing.

Lessons include full audition preparation whether it be for a school or local show, Allstate or a University-level audition. All musical styles are covered from Classical to Vocal Jazz.

MasterVoice - the ONE road to being vocally astonishing.

Home of the Elite A Cappella Group Vocal Explosion!

Monthly social activities!

Annual Engel Academy Retreat in the
Mountains!

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60 minutes of intense learning and fun! We also have a monthly Group Lesson along with various competitions and festivals!

*** Specialties ***
Preparation for competitions, auditions, monologue work and driving students to excellence.

“I don’t know how you do it, but you’re a miracle worker” - parent

“You teach me more than my college voice instructor” - student

“I learned more from you in one lesson than I did from my last instructor in two years” - student

“My daughter will be taking lessons from you forever!” - parent

“My daughter never wanted to sing in front of people, now we can’t stop her! Thank you!” - parent

“My son LOVES his lessons with you!” - parent

“You re-ignited my daughter’s love of music! I’m in tears!” - parent

“Your MasterVoice program is second to none!” - parent
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Student April 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I learn more from Bill than I do my college voice instructor. Enough said.
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Debbie April 14, 2016
· ACT · In studio
Not only did my daughter's scores improve to enough to get into the schools she wanted to, but she also received scholarships that we really needed! What a godsend!
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Colleen April 14, 2016
· ACT · In studio
My son's score went up OVER 30%! We cannot praise Bill enough. Not only did he push my son, but he made the material (which is normally quite dull) fun and interesting!
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Bill E.

Parker, CO 80138
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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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Broomfield, CO 80021
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About Valerie E.

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

Denver, CO 80234
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My name is Luke and I have many years of experience in trumpet performance as well as in teaching private lessons to a wide range of ages and experience levels. I continue to play in professional organizations in addition to my teaching. Every student I take on gets a personalized lesson plan and teaching tailored to their learning style and experience level.

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

Brighton, CO 80602
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