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Violin Resources in Denver

If you’re interested in taking violin lessons in Denver, then you’re in luck. Denver has many resources for aspiring violinists, including an abundance of music venues and events in which students can go to get inspired, connect with other musicians, and maybe even show off their skills.

Want a new violin or need repairs? In addition to concert venues and musical events, the city also has a number of unique violin stores. Below are various violin shops, music events, and venues around Denver.

Five Points Jazz Festival If you’re interested in jazz violin then you have to check out the Five Points Jazz Festival. The free one-day event features more than 35 bands and musicians playing all types of jazz music including latin, blues, and funk. There’s also a stage dedicated to young musicians from the Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Enjoy food and drinks from a variety of vendors while soaking up the sounds of vocal jazz violinists.

Boettcher Concert Hall Are you a fan of classical music? Boettcher Concert Hall is a part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC), the largest performing arts complex in the United States. The venue, located in the heart of downtown Denver, is home to the Colorado Symphony comprised of notable violinists, such as Yumi Hwang-Williams. The Boettcher Concert Hall also offers a music program for children where they get a chance to watch and listen to a 16-piece chamber orchestra and learn about music.

Red Rocks Summer Concert Series Just 15 miles from downtown Denver is The Red Rock Amphitheatre, which hosts the Red Rocks Summer Concert Series. Throughout May and September, attendees can enjoy musical performances from an array of well-known musicians and bands. Past performances have included DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring the Colorado Symphony.

Von’s Violin Shop Are you in the market for a new violin or want to get an old one restored? Von’s Violin Shop, located on 1869 South Pearl St, is the go-to spot in Denver for all your violin needs. The neighborhood shop allows customers to rent, purchase, or restore their instrument at reasonable prices. From beginners to experts, Von’s Violin Shop caters to all violinists as well as other string musicians.

Kolacny Music Established in 1930 by William J. Kolacny, Kolacny Music is a music shop that sells, rents, and repairs band and orchestra instruments. While the shop’s main focus is toward student band and orchestra, it sells a variety of both intermediate and professional models. What’s more, Kolacny Music sells an array of accessories from tuners to multimedia to sheet music.

If you’re just starting to take violin lessons in Denver, make sure you visit some of the venues, shops, and festivals mentioned above. A great way to stay inspired and motivated is to get out of your comfort zone and listen to the various different types of musical genres.

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Nicole R.

Castle Rock, CO

I specialize in teaching classical violin but have extensive experience in performing many different kinds of music. The reason I mainly teach classical violin technique is in order to provide students with a solid technical foundation so that they have the skills to develop their own style and feel comfortable playing many different styles.

About Nicole

I have been studying violin for 16 years and have had diverse experiences in performing all kinds of music from classical to rock. As of Spring 2015 I completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in the Suzuki Technique. During my education I was fortunate enough to study violin with Jerilyn Jorgensen and Brad Watson. As well as, perform in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan. I was also able to study violin, music performance, and composition with Carlo Feige, Roberto Andreoni, and Simone Fontenelli in Milan, Italy f
or 3 months during my junior year. During my undergraduate degree i chose to accompany my music with a psychology degree, focusing on cognition as well as social and child psychology. Given the extensive nature of my musical training and my great passion for music and specifically violin, I can offer a student an engaging and instructive experience, that will allow them to reach any goal.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take an all inclusive approach to teaching violin, that encourages students to proactively participate in the learning process by having a choice in what they play, as well as by learning about the music's history. My lessons are really geared around encouraging a student's creativity and musicality while at the same time providing them with the tools to work through each piece and each technical aspect of playing the violin.

Within the first few months of lessons with me a beginning student will have learned several short student pieces from a variety of composers. They will have firmly solidified the first hand position and will have started developing a bow hold that produces a clean solid tone.

Moving forward beyond the first 3 months I like to move a student on to longer pieces with more variety in bow techniques and more variety in musical styles. Depending on how fast a student progresses I may also choose to start moving the student in to learning third position, which will expand the students tone and the kinds of pieces the student can play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in the living room. There is seating for parents and plenty of parking.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin
Suzuki Pedagogy
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Alia M. August 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is patient, kind, knowlegeable and direct. Very Good Teacher.
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GREG A PURYEAR August 12, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
4.5 Stars! - Nicole is very patient, and willing to work with a beginner, to get through all of the little hurdles that come with starting any new instrument.
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Lynea C. April 13, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Moving forward with an eye on a strong foundation

My daughter has had 2 other teachers. The first thing I noticed was that Nicole paid attention to technique, posture and sound quality. It took a bit, but she helped my daughter relearn some overlooked basics. The immediate difference was amazing. Then the approach Nicole takes in helping students learn to listen to and understand their own playing really increased my daughters motivation to improve. She has improved tremendously and is having fun doing it.
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Nicole R.

Denver, CO 80210
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Amber J.

Englewood, CO

Violin is the NUMBER ONE instrument to teach the young (5-10 years)
student musicianship, rhythm, and perfect pitch and musicality.

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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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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Susan S. May 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amber is amazing with my daughter. She is a joy to be with and her methods have quickly brought great improvement in her voice and her confidence.
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Geoff M. November 17, 2014
French · In studio
Verified Student
Amber was a great teacher, she was patient with me and my wife when we had trouble and helped us stay on task. We learned basic French faster than I expected.
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Amber J.

Amber J.

Englewood, CO 80110
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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David K.

Denver, CO

I love helping students who are new to an instrument gain the confidence and skills necessary to pursue it long-term. As a former orchestra teacher, I have a soft spot for strings. My students tend to develop a genuine love for their instrument and desire to continue studying.

About David

I love music. I love playing it, writing it, teaching it, listening to it, even analyzing the theory! I'm a bit (a huge bit) of a music nerd.

I've been playing piano since I was five years old, and guitar since eleven. I have a Bachelor's of Music Education, with classical guitar being my primary instrument. In the past, I have taught middle school orchestra and elementary general music, have been the Executive Director of a non-profit youth orchestra, and have maintained private students because of my passion for teaching one-on-one. I have a particular knack for getting middle sc
hool-aged through adult students excited about new aspects of music.

My passion truly is to share music with others, whether that is through teaching private lessons, teaching in public school settings, composing, or simply bringing a friend to a concert.

Aside from music, I love being outside. Skiing, fly-fishing, and backpacking are some of my favorite things in the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach guitar (beginning through advanced), and beginning violin, viola, and cello.

Although classical guitar is my primary strength, I am more than willing to teach any style that a student may want to learn. If you want to learn rock, blues, jazz, etc. I'd be thrilled to teach you that particular genre. To me, style is simply a vehicle to learn over-arching musical ideas and skills.

The most important skill that I can help students develop is reading music. If a student can read music, regardless of current technical ability, ambition, or musical preferences, they will be able to learn more music than I will ever be able to teach them. I make it my serious goal to teach myself out of a job, to give students the tools that they need to go out and learn as much as they possibly can (or want to), so that when our lessons eventually come to an end, they have a solid base from which to grow.

My personal style is fairly laid back. I am a very easy-going individual, but I do expect that my students practice. As long as a student is practicing and putting forth effort, I will bend over backwards to help them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/guitars, violin, cello, stands, amp, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments and books. I expect students to have their own instrument and be willing to buy books as well.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar
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Yiqun S. November 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
David is a great Guitar teacher.

David has been a great guitar teacher for my teenage kid! He was patient with her but he also challenged her to work harder. My kid learned a lot in just a few months, from no experience to being able to play somewhat difficult scales and chords! I believe that David’s experiences both as a high school teacher and as a musician help him to be a great guitar teacher.
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Andrea O. October 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher

David is a wonderful teacher and a great person. I can not be happier about the decision I made to have David teaching guitar to my son.
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Kari M. May 3, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Patient, knowledgable, and challenging

I am not the student. I am the grandmother of the 8-year-old student. David is very patient with my grandson yet insists on the kid practicing. He challenges my grandson and has earned the respect of both my grandson and me. My grandson is learning a lot and enjoying the experience very much. Kudos to David.
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David K.

Denver, CO 80210
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Autumn D.

Denver, CO

I have worked with students ages two through adult and have also taught on a college level. I specialize in both Traditional and Suzuki Methods. I hold four degrees in violin performance, have been teaching for over thirteen years, and am a professional violinist with the Philharmonic.

About Autumn

Autumn is a native of Wisconsin and has played in orchestras across the United States that include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia. In addition, Autumn is an avid solo musician and has placed in such violin competitions as the Virtu Foundation Instrument Scholarship Competition, where she received a one year loan of a 17th century violin, and Schubert Club String Competition.

Ever active, Autumn has also attended and performed in numerous summer festivals that include the Spoleto Festival USA, Kent Blossom Music Festival, M
eadowmount Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institution. Autumn's diverse role as a violinist has often allowed her to perform outside of the realms of strictly classical music and perform and collaborate with such artists as Amy Grant, Smokey Robinson, and most recently LeAnn Rimes.

Autumn's musical education includes a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota with Sally O'Reilly, a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University with Jan Mark Sloman, and two additional performance graduate degrees from Lynn University and the University of Denver with violinists Elmar Oliveira and Yumi Whang-Williams.

Autumn has been teaching for over thirteen years and has worked as instructor, coach and mentor. Autumn currently plays with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as Concertmaster of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have worked with students ages two through adults. I teach a mixture of Traditional and Suzuki Methods. I also integrate training in sight reading, ear training, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Over thirteen years in violin instruction. Students have placed in state competitions and won chairs as concertmaster in state youth orchestras.
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Rebecca A. July 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My girls are very excited at Autumn's knowledge and look forward to playing again!
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Rick B. March 9, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Brandon has thoroughly enjoyed his violin lessons with Autumn - he's learned a lot.
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Patric V. February 20, 2015
Violin · In studio
I've been learning violin from Autumn for about a year and a half now. She is incredibly patient, offers encouragement, and is kind in all of my lessons. She isn't afraid to challenge you and never puts limitations on you. Her lessons are always fun and you can rest assured that you will learn the correct technique and sound. She never gives up on you and never shows any frustration! I couldn't have asked for a better or more outstanding teacher! Thank you! :)
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Autumn D.

Autumn D.

Denver, CO 80216
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Matt R.

Littleton, CO

I am currently accepting students. I primarily teach in my home in Littleton, but I also teach lessons in the student's home (depending on location), and at the University of Denver Newman Center. I have been teaching for over three years and my students have a strong technical foundation and musical awareness. I use a mix of teaching methods and books based on each student's skill, age, and learning style.

My students have been accepted into the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Valor Symphonics, the Highlands Ranch High School Chamber Orchestra, the Continental League Honor Orchestra, and the University of Colorado Boulder Summer Academy.

Recent student repertoire:
Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto Op. 48
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 K. 216
Seitz: Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 13
Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 23
Vivaldi: Summer
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto Op. 3

About Matt

Matt is a passionate performer, teacher, and student. In 2013, Matt made his debut solo appearance performing the 1st movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Highlands Ranch High School Chamber Orchestra.

An avid orchestral violinist, Matt has performed with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont Opera Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony, and the Colorado Youth Symphony. He served as Concertmaster of the HRHS Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Continental League Orchestra. He was also selected to play in the Colorado All State Orchestra, W
estern States Honor Orchestra, and the University of Colorado Boulder Summer Academy Orchestra.

He has performed in chamber ensembles through Lamont, Tri M Honor Society, and CU Summer Academy. Matt has coached chamber music with Mark Rush and Susan Cahill while performing a wide array of repertoire ranging from Bach and Glazunov to pop.

Matt is a very passionate teacher and maintains a private studio. His students not only lead their respective school ensembles, but are also found sitting principal stand of youth orchestras, honor orchestras, and summer programs. Matt instills his students with a strong technical foundation, musical awareness, and most importantly, a rich passion for music.

Awarded music scholarships by both the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Denver, Matt is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Matt studies with Mark Rush, a renowned pedagogue and student of Arthur Grumiaux. Matt has also studied with Elizabeth McKenna Greenberg and Nancy Allwein. In the future, Matt hopes to continue his graduate studies in violin and conducting at a conservatory.
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Matt R.

Matt R.

Littleton, CO 80126
starting at
$27 / 30-min

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