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Harry G.

Englewood, CO

About Harry

I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.

I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music l
essons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.

I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.

I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.

I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.

I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.

I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.

I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.

I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.

I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.

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I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand. Teaching Materials

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General teaching philosophy
I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.

I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.
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Rylee April 27, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Harry helped my daughter polish up some pieces for an audition. She was nervous and didn't feel fully prepared. Three visits from Harry gave her some great instruction and the confidence to go in and nail her audition!
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Tracy L. May 4, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, making lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him.
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Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimenting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!
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Harry G.

Harry G.

Denver, CO 80210
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$25 / 30-min
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO

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 me
mber 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 which 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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Eli M. July 11, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
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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Lizzy June 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Parker is a fantastic teacher. I was EXTREMELY nervous when I went in for my first lesson. However Parker's personality and teaching technique put me right at ease. His experience makes him a very good teacher and the fact he's written a book also helps. If you're looking for a teacher I'd definitely recommend him.
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Erin K. October 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Parker is a very thorough and kind teacher. He likes to give you everything you need to become a musician so that you can grow and go as far as you want with guitar playing. He is patient with you (God knows he needs to be with me!) if you are completely new to the genre. Two thumbs up!
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO 80246
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Kirk R.

Denver, CO

If you're interested in gaining a better understand of music, the best way is to learn the theory behind it. Whether you're a total beginner, or your interested in strategies to better analyze advanced repertoire, one-on-one theory lessons are a great, personally tailored experience that will boost your understanding and performance (if you so choose) of any and all music.

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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Jocette Lee July 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Super knowledgable and patient!
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Alan M. June 30, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Each week I am learning techniques from Kirk to correct poor habits I developed while learning without a teacher.
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Rishav June 25, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Our children have completed about a month with Kirk on classical guitar, and we are very happy at their progress. They both look forward to their classes, which in and of itself says it all about the teacher. We're very happy to continue the journey and instill a life long love of music to them. Parents posting on behalf of the kids.
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Kirk R.

Kirk R.

Denver, CO 80210
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michael L.

Golden, CO

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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 l
evels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Laura July 6, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio
Verified Student
Michael was very accommodating and very thorough in his lesson. I left feeling very excited for my next lesson!
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Tony A. June 3, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Michael was very helpful with my Skype issues. It was our first lesson and I didn't know that much about Skype. As to his teaching me he was very understanding and made me feel as easy. He showed me the proper breathing method with the chanter. I am looking forward to my next lesson with Michael.
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Adam H. May 25, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
First lesson went well. I was very nervous, but was immediately made comfortable and we got to work. He is already helping me to unlearn some bad habits and take the process logically.
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Michael L.

Michael L.

Denver, CO 80210
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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evan K.

Denver, CO

In lessons we can work on all aspects of music theory: aural skills, transcription, voice leading, part writing, arranging, transposition, composition, reharmonization, jazz theory etc. great for high school and college students struggling with theory classes or adults wanting to learn more about theory

About evan

Hello! My name is Evan K., and I am a freelance trumpet player here in the Denver area, as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Denver. I just moved here from Indiana, where I received my undergraduate degree in trumpet performance. For the past 5 years, I've been performing and touring with various bands and regional orchestras, as well as teaching privately and working with marching bands.
I look forward to working with students of all skill levels that are eager to learn and improve on their instrument.
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Kirk R. April 18, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Evan's a great, well-rounded teacher. He knows what he's doing in every style he plays, whether it's jazz, classical, or rock, and has plenty of knowledge to share!
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Mary-Anne Gerlach April 16, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
My son is a brand new trumpet player and Evan has been very patient, kind, and helpful. We would definitely recommend him to anyone who'd like to take lessons.
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Guillermo K. February 4, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Evan is very knowledgeable and is a great teacher.
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evan K.

evan K.

Denver, CO 80210
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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