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The Denver Music Scene - A Drummer’s Perspective

Let me introduce myself. I’m a drummer with 24 years in the music business, and for the last decade I’ve been lucky enough to be an active and integral part of the music scene here in Denver Colorado. It’s been a long and interesting ride so far and I thought I would use this opportunity to share some of my experiences through the unique perspective I’ve gained as an in demand drummer with those of you who are currently taking or looking to take drum lessons in Denver.

Colorado has a diverse musical background, and there seems to be more room for hybrid musical styles here, rather than most places that have an older, more established scene. Between the location, the weather, the close proximity to the mountains and the sister vibe of neighboring Boulder, Denver just seems to be a better place for experimental bands to flourish. Funk, Reggae, Jazz and Electronica for example are a big force on the Front Range in the festival circuit, and also in the mountain towns. Despite being far from an ocean, where these musical styles typically dwell, Colorado really gives the local musician a platform to express more creativity in between what you would normally expect from a specific genre. There are a variety of outdoor festivals that draw big crowds during the summer and bands that offer a wider musical palette are everywhere here.

This has treated me kindly as I have a background in auxiliary and hand percussion in addition to drum set, and have been known to dabble with electronic interfaces as well. One of the most interesting groups I have been a part of was a group called Aphelion, which was a live progressive trance and dub-step group focused on mixing organic elements such as live afro-Cuban percussion set-up with pre-programmed beats. Of course most of what we were performing on stage was live, but using a mixture of tracks sequenced in real time or performed in conjunction with an electro-acoustic set up yielded very interesting results. Later we added a live keyboardist and live guitarist to the mix, which was received with even more enthusiasm. One of our biggest shows was playing a mountain festival on the Fourth of July opening for a Pink Floyd Tribute band. There’s something about looking out over a sea of people and noticing little kids doing back-flips to your music in an open space near the stage that helps you realize your potential in a place where there is no fixed norm.

To take it even further, I’ve recently had the opportunity to join an Afro-Funk ensemble that will be brining the music of Fela-Kuti and other well-known African artists to the jam scene and festival circuit. (It’s been a few years now since I’ve had the opportunity to play in a band with a full horn section, so needless to say, I’m stoked!) Again, Denver just seems to leave more room for individual thinking and while this group could have come together anywhere, the range of players here that are into unique projects like this one never ceases to amaze me.

As if this weren’t enough for my plate, I’ve also been actively perusing a career in Rock for the last 3 years with my main group, Genre Theory. Taking some time off from the stage recently to finish up our upcoming self-titled EP, GT has been a strong force recently in the Indie Rock establishments of the Hi-Dive, the Marque, The Bluebird Theater, and Gothic Theater here in Denver. Not that these are predominantly rock venues, but there does seem to be a strong foothold for this type of music here; again, I feel that this is because we’re allowed to take some chances musically that would be a hard sell to crowds immersed in the standard issue rock mentality. I don’t take this for granted, and neither do the other musicians embedded in the scene. A few notable groups have even used this liberated platform to rise to great heights, including Rose Hill Drive, The Epilogues and most notably, The Fray. By Mike M. - Denver Drums Teacher

If you’re taking drum lessons in Denver, make sure to get out to some local shows to experience this for yourself, even from the audience’s perspective. The most important aspect of any show is the interaction between the audience and performers. Support for any scene is support for all scenes, and with populations on the rise here on the Front Range, it won’t be long before everyone gets to be a part of our collective evolution. I feel lucky to be able to survive as a musician even on the local level, and with a constant influx of young musicians and audience members, I feel a real sense of belonging to something greater than myself. So keep an eye and ear open, and I’ll catch you in the scene.

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Joey I.

Denver, CO

I teach in whatever way suits you. If you want classic textbook teaching, I can do that, or if you want to start by learning your favorite song, we can do that as well. My skill set can be applied to any genre of music that you would like to learn. I will share some of the best tools with you so that you can learn the fastest while having the most fun! I attended Berklee School of Music!

About Joey

My name is Joey and my dream is to bring balance to the world and all people through educating people about health, wellness, and music. I have been studying health, wellness, and music for 10 years and have received certifications through the CHEK institute, Dr.Guy Voyer's SOMA training, and Berklee school of music. I have learned AMAZING things that are on the leading edge and have the power to radically transform people's lives, and the state of the world. Will you join me in my endeavor to change the world? If you sign up with me, I will give you many tools to expand your life, your health
, and/or your musical ability in the fastest and most enjoyable way possible. I'm looking forward to meeting with you and sharing knowledge, laughter, and good times. I wish you the very best!
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Sharon February 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
My 11-year old son absolutely loves taking guitar lessons with Joey. He says he's smart and fun, and he really looks forward to each lesson. Thanks, Joey!
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Allison February 23, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joey is patient and kind and really knowledgable about music. He has helped me learn to play the drums and have a fun time doing it. He's very encouraging! I am well on my way to playing the drums!
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Becky February 23, 2016
Life Coaching · Online
Wow. All I can say is that I am completely amazed. The first session gave me so much valuable information about myself. I took my assessments online and was so amazed. You get to see an in depth look at your overall health with the assessments. The online assessments tell you more than any other personal trainer, health coach, or even doctor will tell you. Valuable information.
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Joey I.

Joey I.

Denver, CO 80237
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$30 / 30-min
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Nathan B.

Aurora, CO

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 :-)

About Nathan

My name is Nathan I am a 28 year old husband and father of 2 boys. 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 the 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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NORA L. January 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son likes a lot! Recommend!
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Sean S. August 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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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Anthony P. June 23, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
My is 12 and I can tell Nathan has worked children in the past, he is very patient. On the other hand, Nathan does not give false praise, which I appreciate. He is straight and honest, and my son seems to connect with him.
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Nathan B.

Nathan B.

Aurora, CO 80012
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Seth B.

Denver, CO

Drumming has been a passion of mine since an early age. Having deep rooted experience in marching percussion, students can expect to gain a strong understanding of technique and sense of time.

About Seth

My name is Seth and I offer private lessons for both guitar and bass guitars. Having a wide background of teaching all ages, and heavy experience with young children, I understand that every musician is in a different place. Whether you're just starting out or ready to get back into playing again, we can work together to establish what the best direction is for you.
I am currently a senior performance student at the University of Colorado Denver. Before involving myself with local Denver band Red Fox Run and other musical projects, I was a member of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble
. Having gained that experience I was asked to instruct Rise World Percussion Ensemble where I was the front ensemble caption head. While going through school I record many different audio projects, as well as playing with various ensembles and bands.

Lessons can be offered both in my home at your own home within the greater Denver area!
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Seth B.

Seth B.

Denver, CO 80204
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kevin J.

Denver, CO

Kevin J. has been writing, recording, and playing music for over 25 years. Music is meant to be fun and it is his goal to help others enjoy music. He has been a teacher for 11 years and has composed hundreds of songs. He is passionate about teaching his students the songs they want to learn, no matter the difficulty. He specialized in guitar, drums, and song writing.

Kevin has a great way of encouraging others to keep going no matter what challenge is in front of them.

About Kevin

I truly enjoy teaching. I've taught in the public school classroom for 11 years. Teaching music is so so much FUN! And it should be fun for the students to learn. When I'm teaching I tell all my students that if they don't enjoy and smile about something, then we need to change something.

I would love to start lessons with you soon.
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Brandon April 4, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Kevin is an excellent instructor. He is providing lessons to myself and my two kids (11 & 13). We are enjoying playing together. Kevin had us playing recognizable songs in the first couple lessons. He is great about integrating what you want to play, adding some music theory and keeping us on task to practice efficiently. Not to mention he is just a good guy... and very dependable!
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Scott F. February 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin is a fantastic teacher!
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Anastacia January 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My daughter has been very inspired by Kevin. He is very patient and gives thoughtful homework.
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Kevin J.

Kevin J.

Denver, CO 80227
(24)
starting at
$36 / 30-min
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Troy T.

Denver, CO

Experienced drum teacher of over 8 years available for students of all levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want while developing important skills. Smart, fun, and achievable goals will create measurable progress, and I will cater my teaching style to your learning style. I have over 6 years Snare experience in top ten nationally ranked drum lines with over 8 years of high school teaching experience for marching lessons as well.

About Troy

Drumming, music, and teaching are my life! I bring passion, patience, persistence, and fun to the lessons and students I teach. I have eight years of teaching experience including privately for almost every genre of drum set, high school drum line for numerous Colorado schools, and various clinics and jazz combos. I received a music degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, have played in numerous bands, combos, and studio sessions, and was a snare line member of top ten nationally ranked drum lines for six years. I know what works, and how to keep my students on an effective, achiev
able goal schedule that helps maintain motivation and focus while creating measurable progress. Please feel free to contact me for lessons at any level! Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Troy T.

Troy T.

Denver, CO 80204
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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