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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 2013 I completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Psychology. During my education i was fortunate enough to study violin with Jerilyn Jorgensen and 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 for 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, becauseI knew that such knowledge would allow me to help my students learn better. 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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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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Mikayla I. March 11, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher

Nicole is an excellent teacher that understands her students and teaches them in a way that is geared toward them individually. She listens and is very patient. While not only encouraging the student, she also challenges them thus opening up creativity and a love for the violin.
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Danelle K. August 20, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher!

Our daughter had a previous violin instructor for 3 years and had a great foundation. However, we knew it was time to take her to the next level with technique and note reading. Nicole is very knowledgeable about violin technique, its history, and about music. My daughter has grown tremendously. Her intonation, note reading confidence, and rhythm has greatly improved. She has a new found excitement for her instrument again!
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Nicole R.

Denver, CO 80210
(4)
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.

Englewood, CO 80110
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Meryl B.

Denver, CO

About Meryl

Music has always been an important aspect of my life! I learned the violin at the young age of 5 and have been playing ever since. I learned violin through the Suzuki method and had the opportunity to attend Dr. Suzuki's music camp in Japan. I learned guitar on my own in high school and also took classes while studying music at Radford University. I love playing modern and classic songs on the violin and guitar.
I received a Bachelor’s in Music from Radford University in Virginia where I was the concert master of the Radford University Chamber Orchestra. I was also involved in a number of dif
ferent ensemble groups and concluded my success with a solo senior recital. I was a member the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra where I especially enjoyed playing in out “pop music” concerts. I currently play the violin on stage with a variety of groups and enjoy giving private lessons.
My music therapy background enables my ability to relate with individuals of different abilities and age levels. For over 2 and a half year, I had the privilege of being the sole music therapist at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida. While in this position, I used music to help long term hospitalized children cope with their hospitalization through a number of music activities. These activities include conducting music groups for preschoolers, school age children and teens and teaching patients lessons on the violin, guitar or keyboard.

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing music can be learned in a fun environment filled with laughter and smiles. I adapt my teaching style to meet the needs of each individual student and their personal learning style. With this being said, within 3-6 months, you will begin discovering how to read music and understand music lingo. Younger students learning violin, may learn how to play by ear through the Suzuki method, before reading music. Developing the technique of an instrument is vital for success. Therefore, I will implement music skills and music theory so that you can learn the instrument and all about the exciting world of music. Classical music and modern songs be used to create a positive learning environment that meets the student’s musical preference. I have a friendly, caring and patient personality and I tend to connect well with children and adults. I believe that motivation, commitment and passion for music are key ingredients for success.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have music stand, books, guitar and my violin.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method on violin.
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Brett Z. September 4, 2012
Violin
I would highly recommend Meryl.

Meryl is an excellent teacher for all ages. She is very patient and creates a fun environment for learning!
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Meryl B.

Denver, CO 80202
(1)
starting at
$28 / 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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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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Pete W. February 10, 2015
Violin · In studio
At 40, violin is the first instrument I have ever learned, having taking lessons for seven months now with Autumn. Her clear instruction provides phenomenal motivation to intensely practice, and excel. I am humbled by her teaching of music theory in her lessons as well. Our orchestra group Autumn established has amazing synergy. As an engineer by trade, I have a deeper feeling of resonance and nature, through violin, thanks to Autumn.
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Autumn D.

Denver, CO 80216
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Taylor R.

Golden, CO

Students learn Violin technique as well as how to obtain full tone quality and bow control. A lot of my personal training for Violin includes my knowledge of fiddle and jazz, which are my specialties on the instrument.

About Taylor

**Biography**

Taylor is a sophomore transferring from Red Rocks Community College in Fall 2015. He is a prospective student of the University of Northern Colorado with a declared Bachelor's in Music Business Administration and minors in European History and Theatre. He plans to attain his Masters but has not determined a concentration.

As a musician, Taylor has performed with many famous musicians and conductors; notable names include Mark Wood (founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Wes Kenney (lead conductor of the Colorado State University Symphony Orchestra), and Randy Sabien (fa
mous jazz violinist). He studied Viola privately during high school at the University of Denver under the instruction of champion fiddler and musical saw player Caroline McCaskey, who has been a guest performer for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Taylor also studied music theory and piano privately with famous Ukrainian pianist and music historian Olga Dashevskaya at Red Rocks Community College. Finally, he studied Viola under Katherine Thayer, concert master of the Denver Philharmonic. Taylor is currently the 2nd Chair Violist for the Denver Pops Orchestra, one of the largest professional orchestras in the Denver Metro area.

Taylor was also a notable actor during his time in high school. Taylor performed at state competitions, including the Colorado State Thespian Conference and the Jefferson County Theatre Festival, where he received some the highest scores, 9/10 Superior ratings from nationally acclaimed judges, for his monologue and scene work. He has decided to continue theatre when he starts attending the University of Northern Colorado and also teaches theatre enrichment classes through Executive Arts LLC.

**Lesson Methods**

Taylor has won many awards and scholarships with his writing skills and literary knowledge. He even has reviews of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in some local publications, notably a magazine published by RRCC. Along with the performing arts, Taylor can teach various subjects including English, History, Literature, Astronomy, Public Speaking, and Algebra.

Although lessons follow a basic curriculum, the lesson is always about what the student desires to accomplish. For example, theatre students are ALWAYS allowed to pick their own performance repertoire to work on. Lessons are always focused on encouragement, assistance, and the self-success & determination of the student.

**Lesson Availability**

Lessons are a great opportunity, so I try to keep them affordable and available for all students. I currently provide online classes through Skype for MOST subjects. If you have any questions, click the Ask a Question button on the top of my TakeLessons profile page.
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Janel W. June 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just took my first lesson the other day from Taylor. He is very nice & easy to work with and makes you feel comfortable like you've known each other for a while. He was very knowledgable & helpful at addressing questions & concerns I had about music theory & the piano. I look forward to working with him more.
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Kristy K. June 14, 2015
Viola · In home
Verified Student
He is very knowledgeable and awesome!!
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Varughese T. June 21, 2014
Audio Engineering · Online
Verified Student
He's awesome. Took patience to be my teacher. But he was patient and answered my questions and made sure i understood the concept
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Taylor R.

Taylor R.

Golden, CO 80401
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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