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World Class Piano Music in Denver

By Molly M. - Denver Piano Teacher

Denver is probably not the first city that springs to mind if someone asks you where to find great classical music. New York City, home of the Met, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall might be your answer. You could also mention any of the great cities of Europe, with institutions such as the Paris Opera, Milan’s La Scala, or the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. But you might be surprised to learn that Denver has hosted its share of truly exceptional classical musicians, including a number of pianists.

Not only have some great musicians come here to play with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, but they frequently give solo performances as well. As a student at the University of Denver I had the opportunity to attend many wonderful concerts, including concerts and master classes given by a number of fabulous pianists. Musicians like Yefim Bronfman and Richard Goode played recitals in a concert hall literally right across the street from where I was living. Jean-Yves Thibaudet recently played a recital here in Denver just days before playing the same program at Carnegie Hall.

By the time I had the chance to experience these world class performances I had already made my decision to study music and had been listening to recordings of pianists of the same caliber for years. However, there is really nothing like a live performance to move and inspire. I highly recommend taking advantage of the wonderful pianists who come to Denver; it’s an experience to remember and treasure, especially if you are a student taking piano lessons in Denver.

Hearing great pianists inspires me in my continuing study of the piano. I find it just as inspiring to be able to guide others through piano lessons in Denver as they learn to read music, become comfortable at the keyboard, and slowly become pianists in their own right.

For as long as I can remember, music and the piano have been integral parts of my life; parts that bring me great joy. I try to communicate that to each one of the students I have the pleasure teaching piano lessons in Denver. I hope that I can inspire them the way they inspire me.

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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

I teach basic piano and music reading skills up to the intermediate level.

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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Molly M.

Denver, CO

I welcome piano students of all ages and levels of experience. I don't have a set curriculum or required method book, as I feel that it's important to tailor lessons to the individual student. I work with my students to learn how to read music and feel it's important to include theory and ear training to have a more complete understanding of how and why we do what we do as we're playing. I specialize in classical music, but am happy to work on music from other genres such as rock, pop, and Broadway, or others. I feel this allows my students to be fully engaged at their lessons when the music we're working on is something that interests them.

About Molly

I have loved music almost all my life. I began my lifelong journey to immerse myself in learning piano at age seven. At thirteen, I added violin lessons as well. By the time I reached high school, I knew that music would be my major in college, and that music would always be a vital part of my life.
I played violin with my high school orchestra, including taking part in productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Anything Goes. I also played piano with the orchestra, and performed the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor in concert. I played the piano for my school’s top show choir
as well, performing with the group throughout the Denver area. I was also a member of the Colorado All-State Orchestra. All this time, I continued my private lessons in both piano and violin.
While still in high school, I auditioned for, and got, the title role in the Country Dinner Playhouse’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
After high school, I chose the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music to continue my music education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Music degree in piano. I was invited to join the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. I have also completed my Master of Music in piano at Lamont School of Music.
While in college, I accompanied many vocal and instrumental students, and discovered the joy of chamber and collaborative music. I formed partnerships and friendships with many other musicians, including professional musicians in several countries. I have also worked as a pianist for several area churches and spent one holiday season as a pianist at Nordstrom.
I believe that music should be an integral part of a well-rounded education. I hope that my passion for music will enable me to help others find the same joy and appreciation.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student learns differently and that those differences should be embraced. For that reason, I do not advocate a specific method or curriculum. I will work with each student individually to determine what method of learning will work best for them. Together we will decide what our curriculum should be so that we can incorporate not only learning, but fun into lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer desk, piano, dedicated music room, space for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music
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Deb C. July 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Molly is extremely patience. I never feel stressed during the lessons even after returning to the piano after not taking lessons since she was in junior high. Molly is very flexible with scheduling and understanding of personal matter! Great teacher would not want to work with anyone else!
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Sydney V. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is really the best instructor she is sweet and funny and makes learning the best part!!!! If you have Molly she is the best and you are very lucky
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Sydney V. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is really the best instructor she is sweet and funny and makes learning the best part!!!! If you have Molly she is the best and you are very lucky
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Denver, CO 80231
(10)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Nate L.

Denver, CO

I have a degree in piano performance and perform locally nationally and internationally. Please see my bio for a full description. I specialize in teaching older students who are new to piano or looking to get back into it

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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Tom S.

Denver, CO

About Tom

I have had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo.  Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, I found classical music and it became my passion. I began with piano at age 9, while also sang in many church musicals.In 2006 I graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees: a bachelors in vocal performance and a bachelors in piano/choral education. At NAU, I sang in many operas and piano recitals and spent three months in Germany teaching choir through the Department of Defense.Shortly a
fter, I graduated with a masters in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. The studies I learned from Wash U catapulted my love for teaching!Recently, I have been teaching out of St. John School of the Arts, where I worked with voice and piano students ages 7-60. All of my students had varying styles, but I was able to help them build a foundation of technique that would allow them to sing with a free and healthy tone in any style.I believe we all have the ability to create music and I can help you discover it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal in voice lessons is first and foremost to establish a solid vocal technique.  My philosophy is "singing is simple, but not easy!"  We will focus mostly on two things: breath and space for singing.  This method of teaching is known as "bel canto".  It helps build a strong foundation that then allows you to sing almost any style!  Because everyone is different, we will tailor a set of exercises to fit your needs and will help you build that strong foundation!  Once these principles begin to settle in, we will work on music.  I have a huge library of songs to chose from, but I highly encourage you to bring in your favorite songs. Remember, everyone is different and progresses at different rates, but don't be discouraged! This is not a race, but a life skill that you will continue to master!

In piano, I am classically trained.  Through a series of music books, we will work on music theory, finger dexterity, music history, ear training, eye/hand coordination, and pure enjoyment of making music. Again, everyone is different, but with some outside commitment, you will improve! Classical piano training is a great foundation for all other styles, such as jazz, pop, singer songwriter, country, etc. Piano also helps with in other aspects of your life such as memory, math, history, reading, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size keyboard and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please provide a piano, music books, music stand (if needed), and a lesson book for notes.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained baritone specializing in bel canto. I have found this technique to be a great foundation for all styles of singing, from opera to pop. I am also classically trained at the piano. I focus on natural hand positions, note identification, music theory, and ear training. And I have fun doing it!
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Noella May 14, 2014
I had a singing lesson with Tom and I plan on having another one.He is pleasant to work with and is patient.If you are a beginner with singing you should schedule a class with him because he will help you get techniques and warm ups.
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Shalonda March 6, 2014
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Tom really helped me out with a solid lesson on notes.
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Grisel March 6, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this experience. I thought a singing lesson over the internet would be choppy or tinny, but the audio and visual quality was quite good. Tom, the teacher, knew his stuff, too. If I had one change to make it would be to have a way to provide information about my goals/aims of the helpout beforehand. Tom was quite a good opera singer, but I was looking to get some basics on some less lofty stuff. I still learned a couple of good solid concepts as a beginner, but I felt a little embarrassed. Overall, though, 4 stars for the technical quality and knowledge of the teacher.
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Tom S.

Denver, CO 80210
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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