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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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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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Natasha January 29, 2016
Piano · In studio
I love working with Molly, She is a awesome instructor, I would have never got as far as i have now without her!
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Deb C. December 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
10 stars! She's excellent! She really stays on task. Answers all my questions. Absolutely recommend!
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Jean W. November 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I'm comfortable and confident with Molly, and I believe that I made the right choice for piano lessons with her.
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Denver, CO 80231
(18)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Rachel B.

Aurora, CO

About Rachel

Ray Charles once said, "I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me, like food or water."

I believe everyone’s born with a “music part,” but, like our bones and our brains, it needs nutrition and exercise to grow! Born and raised in the Denver metro area, I “grew” mine first through twelve years of private piano instruction, and then by studying voice and music theory at Colorado State University, where I received my Bachelor
of Music. I rarely turn down a chance to be involved in anything to do with music; I have sung in multiple university choirs and community theatre productions, I’m a member of an Andrews Sisters tribute trio, and I have played piano and keys for several bands, including Jordyn’s Arc and a number of church bands. I’ve never met a genre of music I didn’t like, and love to continue to discover new bands, artists, and musicals, often through a recommendation by one of my students. My “music part” has definitely been a major driving force in my life!

I began teaching piano when I was sixteen. I was pretty skeptical when my piano teacher suggested I try it; I wasn’t sure I had the patience or the inclination. Much to my surprise, I loved it! The process of building one-on-one relationships around music with individuals of all ages has consistently been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. Though there are many ways to nurture musicality, I firmly believe that music lessons are one of the best tools for exploring a person’s musical abilities and tastes— there are few other places where students are exposed to such a wide range of musical styles and genres, few other environments as safe as a music studio or living room to experiment with and build confidence in voice or instrument skills. I love to watch my students develop and encounter their musical identities, and love to share their excitement when they discover a liking for bluegrass tunes, an affinity for jazz, or a love of performing. No matter what shape that “music part” takes, I love helping students to grow and be proud of it.

*** Lesson Details ***
It is my sincere wish that my students’ lessons be something they look forward to, NOT dread! I make every effort for the lesson atmosphere to be relaxed while still encouraging students to actively engage with the lesson material. While I believe that structure is an important element of music lessons, I also know the importance of flexibility in ensuring that the student feels like a participant in his or her studies. For example, note-reading, music theory, and technical/ear-training skills are always a part of each student’s lesson, but rather than establish an unbreakable schedule that dictates the itinerary of every lesson, I often let the student decide the order in which we’ll work through each lesson’s agenda. Students typically work out of various lesson books, chosen based on student age, proficiency, and preference. While most of their practice pieces come from these books, I encourage students to explore their own musical tastes and create a personal connection to their lessons by working on at least one song of their own choosing- popular, jazz, Broadway, etc.- as a perpetual part of their lessons.

Between lessons, students are expected to practice what they learned in previous lessons (and more than just once or twice). While I will always do my absolute best to inspire, encourage and motivate my students to practice, the final decision to actually do it or not is theirs. The only real “penalty” for insufficient practice time is the student’s own slower progress and a limit to the extent we can move forward in their lessons. I ask parents of younger students not to force them to practice, but to help them develop the habit of practicing by setting aside a daily practice time and encouraging them to adhere to it. I can’t guarantee that practicing will always be fun, but I can guarantee it will always be worth doing!

Students are invited (not required) to perform in two informal recitals per year with their fellow students. In cases where enough students of the same playing level desire to improve their performance skills, they have the option of attending monthly group lessons in addition to their private lessons. Group lessons provide students with a monthly opportunity to perform to a small group of their peers and offer and receive helpful critiques.

I believe that the two most important things for a student to receive from a teacher are patience and encouragement— if I didn’t believe that I respond to each of my students with these qualities, I would hang up my teaching hat. I try to communicate to my students at all times that I’m passionate about seeing them succeed. I recognize that every student’s goals are different, and I do my best to help them achieve them, whether they just want to learn enough to be able to play or sing their favorite popular songs, or whether they’re looking to develop the skills to pursue opportunities such as school choirs, musical theater productions, or rock and roll stardom

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/W keyboard in private room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will obtain curriculum with the expectation of reimbursement from the student or student's parents, and I expect students to provide a piano or full-sized keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I have always taught piano with Faber and Faber or Alfred, although I'm also familiar with Pace and Bastien.
When it comes to vocal pedagogy, I was classically trained and so usually concentrate more on art song.
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Sawyer November 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rachel gave my daughter a fantastic first lesson back into piano lessons after more than 1 year off (with a different teacher). She was patient, explained the techniques very well, and made a very positive impression!
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Churee P. February 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rachel has been our daughter's piano teacher for the past 3 years. Rachel is so positive and encouraging to her. Thank you, Rachel for your continuing support to our daughter's love for music.
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RickY July 9, 2012
Great Teacher!!

I Started out not knowing a thing about singing and ever since i've been taking lessens with Mrs. Rachel i have learned a lot, and been able to do so much with my voice. She keeps the lesson fun and interesting, she's patient and always has something to say to make you understand better about what you are doing. The music is fun and never dull. Mrs. Rachel is a great teacher that i would definitely recommend to a friend who is wanting to learn to sing.
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Rachel B.

Rachel B.

Aurora, CO 80017
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Adriane L.

Denver, CO

I teach beginning piano students sing the Alfred Method.

About Adriane

For as long as I can remember, music has played a large part in my life. By the age ten, I already knew that music would be more than just a hobby for me, it would become my career. I have been singing for over 20 years, and began playing piano when I was eight years old. I received a BS in music industry studies with an emphasis on business, from the University of Colorado Denver in 2008. I have extensive experience in performance and the music industry as a business, and have had the pleasure of experiencing the local music scene first hand while playing in bands. My years of experience enab
les my students to learn different aspects of music from the fundamentals, to writing, and even the music industry as a business. Students should expect to quickly grasp the basic skills such as proper breathing and posture, and will start singing or playing right away. I truly enjoy sharing my love of music and the industry with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music lessons should be fun but educational. I want to know what your goals are and what you would like to get out of your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to your specific goals and situation, so that you can get the most out of our time together. Whether music is a hobby, a career path, or something in between, you can expect to learn what interests you most. We can focus strictly on your instrument, or even go beyond and talk about song writing, or the music industry.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room w/ piano w/seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Singing- I specialize in the pop and rock genres, as well as show tunes.
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Thomas L. October 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Adriane does a great job with the kiddos, we look forward to our weekly lessons!
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Maria M. October 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Adriane is a great piano teacher. My granddaughter has learned a lot and she is very happy having her as a teacher. Adriane has a lot of experience and has a lot of patience with her students.
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Stacey August 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Adriane has been working with my son on the piano for about 2 months. She has a great way with kids to get them to learn what she is teaching them, but not to get overwhelmed. We have really enjoyed our time with Adriane and look forward to learning more about the piano.
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Adriane L.

Denver, CO 80234
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amber J.

Englewood, CO

My youngest piano student is 3 and is doing incredibly well! My oldest student was 78 and had always wanted to learn to play. I can help you with your piano goals from beginner to advanced, from the basics of reading music and playing a song for your family to performance auditions and everything in between.
I use a number of methods, however, I am open to help you learn through a method of your choice if you have one you enjoy. I will guarantee to having you play a familiar song within one month!

About Amber

Growing up in Denver, I had a huge desire for singing and performing. By age 14, I was taking weekly singing & piano lessons, was acting constantly in local productions-many times getting the lead role.
Some of the productions I acted in: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Camelot, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and Oliver (Nancy.)
I received a 4-year scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, I entered graduate school at the University of North Texas to con
tinue my singing and piano studies, along with music theory, history, and musical video production.
Upon graduating UNT, I was chosen among 200 performing arts majors to be the featured soloist at the UNT commencement ceremonies. This led to an offer to tour Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra. For the next two summers I performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students progress VERY quickly! As a teacher, I can easily identify my students’ strengths and weaknesses, and plan an individualized study course. I will instill a solid set of production skills that will easily serve ANY style of music you choose (from rock to opera.)
I will make for you a personalized recording for you to practice with daily. We will also work on songs you LOVE!
My students will have performance opportunities every 3 months. I will prepare you for college entrance auditions, TV contests, and television appearances. My students make extraordinary progress-I want you to become one of them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
10x15 dedicated music room, piano, lovely mountain view, mirrors, microphone and sound equipment available for students. The parents of students are welcome to stay in the room with the students, if they choose.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a piano and I will purchase the method book I want the student to use but I do require reimbursement for books and shipping if required. Student provides notebooks and pens.

*** Specialties ***
Seth Riggs, Popular vocal technique "Singing For The Stars"
John W. Schaum for piano
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Maeve M. December 13, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Really great! Amber was so fun and easy to work with. She was able to bring out the best in me and help me feel confident going into my audition. I hope to work with her again soon.
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Hengchen October 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nice teacher with great piano skills. I had wonderful experience taking her lesson.
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Kara S. June 24, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I just can't say enough about Ms. Amber, but I'll try. Her depth of experience in music pours from her so effortlessly and lovingly. She is a constant stream of encouragement, praise, reinforcement, and discipline throughout my daughters 45 minute voice and violin lesson. It is such a pleasure to hear her stories of past and present music experiences that span the globe. Ms. Amber is the quintessential music instructor and we are so glad to know her!
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Amber J.

Englewood, CO 80110
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alison R.

Denver, CO

I will provide a comprehensive musical education at the piano, including elements of music theory and music history. While my own focus is on classical music, I also have experience playing and teaching jazz and popular music, and I incorporate a variety of styles for all students.
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
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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