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Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO

About Thomas

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/piano, trumpet, and seating for parents

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

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Piano- Jazz standards, voicings, and improvisation
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Katy H. June 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is very patient and encouraging with my daughter. We have found him to be a great teacher.
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Thomas G. February 17, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
I've had many teachers in the past who only taught me how to perform well with the emphasis on technicality and repeptition; however, Tom created space for me to appreciate each and every bar rather than focusing on finishing a song. As a student who has become well-adjusted to structure, I learned the beauty of improvisation informed by theory through Tom. He is attentive, passionate, and always makes sure I got the concept he's teaching. He has a rare gift of creating such an intimate, peaceful environment where I can feel at ease and really thrive in playing music. It was in these calm moments my passion for jazz sparked more and more. I'm truly thankful to have had Tom as my mentor/teacher.
-JL, student at NYU. May 2012
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Thomas G.

Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kirk R.

Denver, CO

Whatever your instrument and style of choice, music is meant to be shared! Even if you're playing just for yourself, I want you to learn to put on the best performance for the YOU-audience that you can!

Together we'll help to build skills to hone your musical skills as well as the best way to present the music for whoever you would like to hear it.

About Kirk

I have been studying music for most of my life and began teaching when I was 16. I have been given the opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians and teachers around. Before relocating to Denver, I regularly gave performances throughout the Cincinnati area, as well as in surrounding states. I earned a bachelors of music in guitar performance at The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. While studying there I was able to meet musicians with different approaches to music and broaden my perspective on the way that I played and taught. Since moving to Denver, I have begun graduate
studies at the Lamont School of Music.

I have taught students of all ages and skill levels and have been able to watch my students meet goals of all sorts in their lessons. One of the studios that I teach at was also recognized in the category of "Best Music Instruction" by Cincy Magazine.

If you have never picked up an instrument before, I would love to introduce you to the basics of music as well as the guitar. If you have played some guitar, or another instrument, and are looking to hone your skills and maximize your potential, it would be my pleasure to help you along that track.
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Jazmin January 27, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson.
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Jazmin January 27, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson.
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Alison R. September 4, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Kirk has helped me learn to play songs on the ukulele very quickly! I just started a few weeks ago, and I can already play and sing a wide variety of songs in different styles. I have really enjoyed learning ukulele, and Kirk has made it easy and fun.
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Kirk R.

Kirk R.

Denver, CO 80210
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mary F.

Denver, CO

I will work with you to improve your performance skills, vocally or
instrumentally, incorporating music theory and accompanying
techniques.

About Mary

I've been playing piano since I was 6 yrs. old, and guitar and organ since I was 13. I've been able to use music in so many ways, and that is the opportunity I want for my students. From singing in school and church choirs, to accompanying and directing them, I've had a lot of enjoyable experiences. I've had the fun of performing solo and with bands, and have been teaching music for about 25 yrs, both privately and in the schools. My BA is in music education and my Masters is in individual performance. I've taught K-Jr College music classes in general music, chorus, piano, guitar, and theory.
I think my favorite form of teaching is still one-on-one lessons. Working with one student allows me to adjust my teaching to their particular learning style and needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm strict enough to make sure that my students make progress and get a strong musical foundation. I'm laid back enough to make sure that they have a good time doing so and can feel that they are setting their own goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Guitars at Home
Basic Piano and Organ at Church

*** Travel Equipment ***
Supplemental music books are loaned from time to time.
I expect the student to have an instrument to practice on and lesson books (purchased)

*** Specialties ***
classical guitar and piano, beginner banjo and vocals
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Mary "Angie" U. November 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I feel very relaxed during my lessons and totally enjoy what I'm given to practice. I'm being challenged but it's so rewarding to be learning a lot so quickly. I am grateful. Mary Angie Uhlmeyer.
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Mylee R. September 6, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson and can't wait to go back!
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Nolan June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nolan is super enthusiastic after his first lesson with Mary!
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Mary F.

Arvada, CO 80004
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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William C.

Broomfield, CO

I have bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance. I have performed solo and in ensembles in front of audiences ranging from 2 to 10,000 people. I have many personal experiences as to how to perform in front of groups of large people.

About William

William C. is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger based in Denver, CO. This fall, he has started doctoral work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He completed the bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and the Master’s in trombone performance, and a Performer’s Certificate, at the University of Denver. His extensive resume a wide variety of concerts, clinics, master-classes, performances, and recording sessions; most notably: the TTU Vernacular Music Center, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Municipal
Band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Mr. C. has taught all ages of students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and chamber ensembles for 6 years. He was the brass section leader for the world premiere of the full-length theatrical dance show Dancing at the Crossroads and his arrangements have been played by chamber groups throughout northern Colorado.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are geared towards a set of goals that are created between the student's wants and my expectations for them to be successful at what the student wants to achieve. For each student, I use a different set of pedagogical tools designed to get them to the goals they want. The main goal I have for all my students is that their fundamentals on their instrument will be at the level that they can complete their goals with ease. Over their time with me, they will have the skills to coach themselves when they practice and tackle any music they come across.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide and music stand and their music. These are both things that they need to have at their home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I teach and perform both jazz and classical music. Almost any style that uses a trombone or brass instruments, I have performed in and have a strong foundation in.
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Jeremy January 7, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Jeremy really enjoyed his lesson with Bill. Bill is great with kids and I highly recommend him. If he played guitar I might take lessons from him!
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Hadiyah D. December 31, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks so much! We are here on vacation and appreciate the availability of Bill. My daughter has a region audition when we get back home and she needed help with her scales.
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Sarah C. December 3, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
William has great energy and works very well with our 10 year old.
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William C.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alison R.

Denver, CO

I teach performance skills as part of all regular piano lessons. I also offer two recitals a year that all students are invited to perform in.

About Alison

I am a pianist and teacher, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I have a bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a masters degree from Miami University, both in piano performance. I am currently working towards a masters degree at the University of Denver in musicology. I am passionate about teaching with a well-rounded musical curriculum, which includes music theory and music history in the study of piano.
I love working with kids, including new beginners, and helping them have a positive and fun experience with learning music. I also enjoy working
with adult students, which I've done through private lessons and college-level group classes.
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Matt T. December 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alison plays piano beautifully, but she is also a wonderful teacher, and I couldn’t recommend her enough. Alison does such a great job of optimizing our weekly 30 minute lessons. She stays on track, utilizing various teaching and playing techniques to appropriately challenge the student, while maintaining a light and enjoyable environment with room for the student’s personal expression. Alison definitely knows her musical structure and mechanics, as she continuously helps the student grow in technique and ability, but at the same time (and quite naturally and effortlessly), she encourages the student to enjoy the music, allowing the songs to come alive, especially via duets. Alison displays a wonderful maturity and approach, not only to piano and music, but to the student’s overall experience of learning. She is indeed one of those fabulous teachers we all wish we had, or perhaps used to have; a teacher who truly knows her subject matter, but also one who’s in touch with the heart of the matter. I am thankful and honored to have my daughter learning piano with Alison, and would highly recommend her for any teaching role, piano lessons included. Thank you Alison, for all you do!
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Tiffany B. September 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We love Alison! She is so positive and encouraging. My son loves going to lessons. He is progressing rapidly!
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Kyra July 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Alison is by far one of the best teachers I have ever had. She is extremely patient and caring, yet also sets expectations for her classroom. Alison cares about each of her students and really wants to see them succeed, in turn making the students want to achieve for her. She is extremely personable and creates a warm environment to learn in. She also sets reasonable goals and facilitates learning in a structured yet challenging way, causing great growth. Alison is always available, ready and willing to take extra time out of her day to help her students in whatever way she can. I would highly recommend her as a teacher; she makes you want to be the best version of yourself.
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Alison R.

Alison R.

Denver, CO 80208
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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