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Andrea Z.

Denver, CO

About Andrea

To the potential interested student/parent:

Teaching has become a pleasant endeavor that I do with high ethical standards, offering my guidance in a balanced and committed way. (Committed, that is, to the cause of music, and to the timeless fellowship of the human spirit!).

I play Piano or Guitar when accompanying my students. Please bring your songs!

*** Specialties ***

• The Voice (correcting the natural faults of the Voice, dissolving rigidity and confinement of the Voice).

• Classical PIANO training.

• COMPOSITION.

• Music Reading but WIT
H CONTENT! Not just the mere "code" of notes and rhythm, but the patterns and qualities of music regarded as movement and as character.

• Integrative training for the singer including Dramaturgy, Mimics, Declamation, FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

• Developing a well-trained governing HEARING that enables the rise of knowledge and control in music-making of all kinds.

• Poetry & Song.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in a old Victorian house located in the Uptown neighborhood, and it features:
Electric Piano
Classical Guitar
Hand Drums
Internet access
Waiting Area
In Broomfield, I receive interested students in my home, at my acoustic piano.

About me:
I have been dedicated for the last 5 years to the study of the Operatic Voice, developing my soprano voice. Before that I earned two master-equivalent diplomas in music composition, and music theory. For a long time, composing songs and pieces of music, as well as studying guitar as a child, piano and percussion later, it all has been a means to further my vital singing fate, on which I persevere every day.
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Luke J. July 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Talented, pleasant, and funny. Everything I could ask for
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Mandy C. April 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was very impressed with how well Andrea described and demonstrated what she wanted me to do. I have taken lessons with several other people and I made more progress in one lesson with her than I did for weeks with other teachers. I can't wait 'til my next lesson!
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Julie K. March 3, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
I am so grateful to Andrea....

I have always loved to sing, and sang in several choirs when I was younger. But I had "lost" my voice, and wanted to see if I could recover it. Andrea was wonderful in working with me: I was barely able to release any sound when we started our lessons. Within weeks, Andrea helped me discover how to form the vowels and release the sound. [I have moved out of state, so Andrea only had a limited time to work with me.]

She is passionate about music, and yet very patient with her students. She did not patronize me with false praise when I wasn't getting it, but she still encouraged me. And when I did get it, she was quick to affirm my progress. I strongly recommend Andrea as a voice teacher.
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Andrea Z.

Andrea Z.

Denver, CO 80203
(6)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Karissa K.

Denver, CO

About Karissa

Born and raised in Burley, Idaho, my parents purchased a piano from an auction for my sister and I when I was seven. After a family friend taught me my first scale, I played it non-stop. My parents both decided it was time to invest in lessons so I could learn to play at least more than one thing! With encouragement from my teacher, I began teaching piano lessons during my sophomore year of high school and I have loved it ever since. I have had a lot of experience, teaching children as young as five, as well as adults with no musical background.

In 2011, I graduated from Colorado Christian
University with a bachelor's degree in Music Ministry. I have been classically trained and my favorite composers are Chopin and Debussy. I've also spent a lot of time playing popular music and in worship bands and love to encourage students in both classical and popular music. I moved to Nashville in September of 2011 to explore Music City and moved back to the Denver area in November of 2013. I am very excited to add teaching back into my life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want my students to look forward to their lessons every week!

I strive to get to know each student, understand their learning style, and customize lessons to their goals and pace. I make sure the student understands each concept we work on before moving on to the next. Typically my students work on songs that will teach fundamentals and/or technique, and for fun, we will add material of the students choice to keep the process interesting and relevant to them.

During the lesson, you'll find that I am laid back but excited to help the student learn. Not only do I customize each of my lessons, but the overall curriculum as well. Should you have specific preferences, I am always willing to look at any books you may already own to see what can be used there. If you do not have a preference, I can offer guidance.

Each week students are sent home with a notebook to record notes from their lesson. It includes a list of which songs to practice and specific goals for each item. I find that this helps keep students on track throughout the week so they can remember past lessons and connect the content to current lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate lesson room with a fully weighted key board. Seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained and hold a degree in Worship Ministry. Experience in worship and secular bands through college and today have helped develop my strengths in these areas. I believe it is very important to teach fundamentals and technique of classical styles while helping my students translate those skills into playing church and secular music.
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Peggy B. April 4, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Amazing how fast I learned

Very great to work with!! I began not being able to read a
musical note! By 6 months I was learning to play anything I wanted to. She is very professional, patient and encouraging!
Sometimes I had to switch days and she was always very
willing to work with schedules. Excellent teacher!!
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Joanna S. April 10, 2013
Piano
Great teacher for all levels

Karissa is amazing! She works with you right where you are at an makes sure that you are comfortable. She never got impatient with me and my progress, and she helped me find music I actually want to play instead of the boring standards. She works with what time and what day you need, pushes you to be better, and to have confidence! Such a pleasure to work with!
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Karissa K.

Karissa K.

Denver, CO 80209
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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James H.

Denver, CO

Using different methods, I work with my students increase their knowledge and skills in Music Theory.

About James

I am a professional singer with many organizations in the Denver area including Opera Colorado, Boulder Opera Company, Cabaret Otaku, Opera on Tap, and others. I am also the Cantor/Choir Director for House for All Sinners and Saints Lutheran Church. I have sung many genres including Jazz, Pop, and in leading roles in Opera and Musical Theater. I also co-wrote and performed music for the Buntport Theater's children's show TRUNKS!
I have been teaching private voice for over two years. As an instructor and vocal coach, my job is to help you obtain YOUR goals as a singer. I love to sing and I l
ove to teach people of all ages how to sing!

*** Lesson Details ***
When meeting with new students we first discuss their goals as a singer and musician. Are you preparing for an audition? In need of vocal coaching for a theater role? Do you want to learn how to sing with better control of your voice? Trying to learn to read music and gain a working knowledge of music theory?

As a teacher I strive to focus on what a student's strengths are and help develop them to their full potential!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio- Lessons in the living room, piano, mirror, music charts

*** Specialties ***
I teach my students various styles of music. My experience and training include classical, musical theater, jazz, and pop.
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James Y. May 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jamie has been an excellent teacher. He has been extremely patient with the short attention span of our 6 year old daughter and every week she has been eager to learn more. Thanks Jamie!
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Sandra M. March 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great session! I liked the teacher very much. Energetic and patient.
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Sarah H. January 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking voice lessons from Jamie kind of on a whim- I had always wanted to learn to sing but I was nervous and kind of shy about it. Right away Jamie made me feel comfortable. He is very encouraging and gives criticism in a positive way. It is obvious that he really loves music and is knowledgeable about many different genres. I love that he focuses on theory and technique- as a beginner these are the lessons that I was looking for. After five lessons I already hear a big difference in my range and my vocal strength as well as my confidence, and I am sure that as I progress he will continue to challenge me. I highly recommend him.
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James H.

Denver, CO 80220
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Nate L.

Denver, CO

Music theory training will help in both performance and songwriting and is an integral part of all my lessons. Instead of simply learning to operate the machine that is a piano you will learn how to compose, improvise, and analyze the music you create.

About Nate

Born in Boston mass I am a DU educated pianist comfortable in any Jazz, Rock, or Classical setting but find my first love is the bluesy rollicking piano reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis, Dr. John, or Ray Charles. You might have seen me around town in my Top 40 group, Jazz trio, Funk band, Gospel choir, Burlesque band, or as accompaniment to any of the extremely talented singers I have worked with. I'm also a composer and songwriter with a sardonic songwriting style compared to Mose Allison and Dave Frishberg.

I attended the University of Denver'€™s Lamont School of Music and graduated with a
B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Piano. Not only have I studied intensely with local fixture Eric Gunnison, but also with internationally touring artist Gerri Allen and even with jazz legend Billy Taylor at a summer music institute in Amherst, Mass. In Highschool I won the Clarke Terry award for outstanding musicianship. In college I won the Lamont Made composition contest two years in a row, my band The Orchid Room won the Lamont Jazz Chamber contest and I was a recipient of the Cherrington Global Scholarship, a grant that allowed me to spend a year performing and studying in Australia.

Since graduating college I have worked as the pianist on a cruise ship and have performed in Mexico, Hawaii, South America, French Polynesia, and Australia. I have recorded with LA based R&B artist Molly Cottrell, South By Southwest nominated Folk artist Leah Druzinski, and have had my music produced by Ikey Owens (keyboardist for Sublime, The Mars Volta, and Jack White.) I perform regularly at local venues Dazzle, Jazz at Jacks, and The Living Room.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have 7 years teaching experience and am especially suited to teach jazz, rock, funk, pop, blues and salsa. I am incredibly student focused, striving to help my students achieve their specific goals, and committed to working one on one to help you get what you want out of every lesson. Friendly, relaxed and affable, I have significant experience with adult and teenage students, students with special needs, and students looking for instruction in rock, pop, or blues.

I stand out from other piano teachers because my lessons are specifically tailored to your needs. While most Teachers in Denver are trained to take young children through a piano workbook and develop them into classical musicians, I teach based on what the student wants to play. I have significant experience in Jazz, Blues, and R&B piano as well as songwriting, and have worked professionally in rock, funk, salsa, jazz, standards, gospel, top 40, burlesque, and solo piano acts. My approach is not designed for young children but for adults and teenagers of all experience levels who have an interest in learning more about music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, F/W Keyboard (Roland FP-7 Digital Piano) & Full Amplifier System, 7 Piece ?uestlove Breakbeats Drum Kit, Seating for Parents

*** Specialties ***
My Degree (B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music) encompasses most styles of piano outside of classical.

I specialize most heavily in
Jazz,
Blues,
R&B,
Rock, and
Pop,

but also have significant experience with
Salsa,
Gospel,
& Klezmer.

I can teach classical as well up to an intermediate level.
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sharlyn T. July 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son had a very good experience. He was happy with how far he got.
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Junxiang K. January 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice!!!!!
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Beth M. February 19, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Nate's Review

Nate is an extremely talented musician and teacher. His method of teaching me chords before reading music enabled me to learn faster. He's very patient and makes learning fun. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Nate L.

Denver, CO 80209
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joshua B.

Denver, CO

I would love to help you in learning the basics needed to express yourself through music! We'll cover all the needed notation and symbols, and even get those great musical ideas of yours on paper!

Learn the sheet music, tablature, and chords from music new and old!

About Joshua

I want to share my passion and knowledge of music with you!

I've been involved with music for as long as I can remember, and was classically trained in guitar, piano, and trombone.

I've taught private lessons since 2003, and have worked in performance ensembles, recording studios, bands, and other assorted musical areas throughout that time.

My teaching experience comes from summer camps, private in-home lessons, workshops, and online curriculum.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to each student's individual goals, and can be as interdisciplinary as they may like. I a
m always open to suggestions from both parents and students, so let me know what I can do to make your lessons the best they can be.

A typical lesson would include some of the following elements:

- Tuning (guitar)
- Hand stretches
- History and culture - info on influential composers & musicians.
- œReview - on previously learned material.
- Sight Reading
- œScales - review, learning, and performance.
- Solo Piece - continued work until mastery.
- Homework Assignment

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital Piano
-Assorted guitars (classical, electric, steel string acoustic)
-Mac mini w/ Logic Pro 9 recording studio and Garageband
-Mandolin
-Djembe
-Bongos
-Guitar amp, (1x12", Hughes and Kettner)
-Assorted audio cables and connections
-Assorted percussion instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Acoustic steel string guitar
-National electric guitar
-Classical guitar
-MIDI capable electronic keyboard
-Microphones, tuners, shakers, tambourines, hand drums, and other fun things to experiment with!

*** Specialties ***
Player, historian, and perpetual student in the areas of American jazz, blues, soul, r&b, and funk.
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Holly D. August 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Josh has been the most kind and patient of any instructors I have ever had! He is knowledge-able, is always finding new ways to connect the right practice and knowledge with his students, and completely dedicated in making sure the student has fun! He is good with anyone of any age and music range and will always take the time to review. I sadly could not continue with him due to my schedule and inability to make the time to practice and attend lessons, but I would recommend him to any aspiring musician looking to enhance his/her musical abilities. You cannot get any better than Josh!
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Jill L. May 27, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is a Great teacher! More patience with my son than I have at times! He was very good at explaining the basic concepts behind the lessons. Josh is always on time and ready to get started. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone that is interested in getting their kids started in music.
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Nicholas H. May 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joshua has been teaching our kids, aged 6 and 8, piano and guitar for almost a year and the experience has been wonderful, both for us as parents, and our children. Joshua connected quickly and easily with our children while at the same time commanding their respect. His methodology works well with their age group and skill level. Joshua has always been extremely professional, punctual, and courteous; I highly recommend him!
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Denver, CO 80204
(10)
starting at
$40 / 60-min

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