Lessons are personalized for the student and will address any issues that will improve overall musicianship: Tone Improvement, Musicality, Theory, Improvisation, etc.
Music has been a huge part of my life, and I couldn't imagine a life without it. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Guitar and have been exposed to nearly ever form of music imaginable. I began playing saxophone as a child, and picked up guitar shortly after. For the past decade I've played professionally and taught all around the country.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will be designed around each individual player's needs, but ultimately we will address proper technique, scales to chord relationships, rhythmic accuracy, soloing, and how to have enjoy playi
ng your instrument while sounding the best as possible. For classical players will will focus on classical theory, etudes, patterns, and general technique for proper tone. For jazz players we will dive into the world of improvisation, jazz theory, and standard jazz repertoire. I use many different technique books, as well as solo transcription books for solos. I'm generally laid back in my teaching style, but to progress as a musician one must have a certain level of dedication to practicing and commitment, so I do expect my student's to want to get better and practice accordingly.
*** Studio Equipment *** Downstairs practice room: PA system, soundproof, books, music stands, amps, guitar, alto sax, tenor sax, chairs, additional seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, Amp, Saxophone, Play a longs, Music stand, and Music Literature
*** Specialties *** Jazz guitar, General Improvisation, and classical Saxophone
Cruz B. January 12, 2016
In home Verified Student
My Grandson Loves taking guitar lessons from Larry although he's only 5 looks forward to it.
Ben G. December 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Larry takes a great interest in the students goals. He is fun and energetic, but also serious about the progression of skill set. He not only helps our kiddo with technique, but instills the importance of really feeling the music and enjoying the music.
Charlie B. November 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson ever. I'm going to love the saxophone.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
*** Specialties *** 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.
Rylee April 27, 2016
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!
Tracy L. May 4, 2015
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.
Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
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!
Instruction for all ages and ability levels on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes.
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is based in the Denver/Boulder, CO area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to principal ch
airs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo, the Black Diamond Quartet, and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released in early 2016. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
George September 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Ryan really knows how to play sax. I feel confident that he'll be able to help me play better.
Kerry N. August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!
Laurie B. December 20, 2014
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.
Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.
I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
We will start with a warmup, talk about what has been worked on in the past week, and then review our scales and reportere which would differ by the students level of playing. There would be often stops to discuss the finer ideas surrounding what is being reviewed for improvement. Towards the end of a lesson we would do a "final run" over what has been focused on to improve performance ability. I will have my horn nearby to help play along and demonstrate techniques.
I have experience starting in high school with my section as section leader and concert leader. I led sectional rehearsals every day for marching band and often for concert band. I helped other students in private practice as well who went on to succeed in regional competitions.
I studied under Dr. Nathan Nabb at Stephen F. Austin State University for a year and a half. Dr. Nabb guided me to understand professional performance on the saxophone and widely expanded my knowledge of the instrument. For reference, Dr. Nabb earned his masters in performance from acclaimed saxophonists Dr. Freder
ick Hempke and Dr. Debra Richtmeyer. During me time there I was in the position as section leader of the Jazz band and led sectionals as well as helped my peers who were in saxophone methods classes. My fellow studio members and I often helped each other in practice and gave advice for improvement as well. I currently reside in Denver and desire to get back into teaching and learning about music.
We will focus mainly on jazz and improvisation. We will work on reading and soloing over chord changes, how to form a good and interesting solo and developing a strong, unique voice. We will also spend time forming good foundation in traditional jazz and understanding the music through listening. We will also do a lot of transcription. We will also spend time getting a good foundation in saxophone technique and will spend time working on a small classical repertoire.
Hello Everyone! I am currently living in Denver, CO. I am a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Psychology. I am a working musician, very active in the scene. I believe this gives me a unique perspective in my teaching techniques. I focus mainly on jazz and improvisation but also believe in keeping the fundamentals of the saxophone intact. I believe in helping each student to find their own unique voice in the music while still establishing a strong foundation in the tradition of the music. I believe in working with each students
unique pace and learning styles (effect of studying psychology) but also believe in constructively pushing students to their full potential. I hope to meet with you soon! If you'd like to see me play, please visit anisharush.com/events-1
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