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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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Aaron A. Denver, CO

About Aaron

It was in his youth that Aaron discovered his love of music. As a child Aaron spent a great deal of time simply listening to music and discovering the joys that each genre had to offer, but it was not until the age of 12 years that he would pick up his first instrument. In junior high school band Aaron first learned how to read music when he was put into the brass section and given a cornet. While he didn't stick with brass for much longer than a year, it did spark an interests in music that would grow as the years past. In the years that followed Aaron spent time playing drums and singing in local rock bands. It was at this time he decided to start taking vocal lessons to improve his singing. This, of course, lead to another spark, but this time lessons were not enough. It was decided ...

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Anna S. April 20, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
We are very pleased with Aaron's instruction! He is the perfect balance of challenging and encouraging and his passion for music is evident.
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Kristen C. September 15, 2013
Violin
Great Teacher!

Aaron has been a great teacher. My son was new to music and Aaron was able to help introduce the violin in a fun and engaging way. Aaron is both patient and able to keep on task. I would recommend Aaron to those new to music as well as anyone interested in learning.
Daniel H. Denver, CO

An Understanding of music theory, and finding out what the students interests are in music and from there skill building.

About Daniel

I started playing drums in church at an early age. I started studying drums and piano at age 14. My fist teacher was a great musician named chad Johnson. After that I studied with current Berkley College of Music faculty member Henrique Alemeida and with him i learned technique and tools to play all genres. I also studied with Phd. Jonathan Latta at Fort Lewis college and through him i learned classical percussion and some drum set repertoire. For music theory I studied with Phd. Hoyt Andreas of Metro State University. I currently study with Jazz Greats Ron Miles, Paul Romain and R&B/Gospel extraordinaire Cory Baker. I also study with Kendrick Scott through Skype. I currently play Gigs, Teach Lessons, and study full time. I currently have students in all areas in age groups from 5-25. I ...

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Emily U. February 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Daniel is an awesome music teacher!

Daniel has good teaching techniques. He is good with kids. My son is only 5 years but he is learning and understanding his music lessons which include theories and hands on playing technique.
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 ...

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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!
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 love 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 ...

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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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Sarah S. September 4, 2014
Singing · In studio
Jamie is an excellent voice teacher. I have learned a lot in the few months I've been taking lessons with him, and feel a lot more confident in my singing. My range and my knowledge of music have definitely improved. At each lesson you do a vocal warm up, go over music theory concepts, and then work on a song. I would definitely recommend Jamie; you will improve and have fun doing it!
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 after, 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

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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.
Joshua B. Denver, CO

Whether you want to learn one specific style, or blend a few together, I'll help you in learning the basics needed to express yourself through the piano!

Learn the basics of harmony, sight reading, performance, and music theory.

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 am 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:

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Benny S. December 3, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is an amazing musician and teacher. His knowledge of music is absolutely incredible and he makes understanding things very easy. He has great patients and is a fun guy to be around. He makes the learning experience extremely fun. I look forward to my lessons each and every week. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a fun upbeat teacher you can enjoy spending time and learning with. I am more than happy with Josh and how he has helped me!!!!
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Jesse F. November 3, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Josh is AMAZING!!!! His creativity with the lessons has not only kept the interest and attention of all 3 of my kids but have them excited for "Piano Day" every week at our home. His enthusiasm and love for music makes it seem so easy to teach the kids! Josh will definitely be a part of our weekly schedule for years to come!!!!
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Erin W. June 18, 2014
Piano · In home
Josh is teaching piano to my six year old daughter and piano and guitar to my nine year old son. Both of my children love their lessons with Josh and are learning a great deal from him. Josh teaches information and skills that need to known to help the children advance as musicians while keeping the lessons interesting and fun. Josh is very easy to get along with and responsive to the needs of students, I highly recommend him as a teacher.

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