I'm a performing musician and guitar and drum instructor, as well as a certified Yoga teacher. I love learning my crafts anew by teaching it to others. I bring a lifetime of experience to lessons, performances, and audio engineering.
Here are a few milestones and specifics in my background:
* Attained a bachelor's degree in music and audio engineering from UC Denver. * Performing artist with two decades of dedicated practice. * Performances include the Fort Collins Art Museum, Loveland Art Museum, Fort Collins and Denver area galleries, cafes, restaurants, venues, community volunteerin
g, weddings and mountain ranches, and private homes and businesses. * Recording engineer for a commercial Denver studio, recording and producing Denver area bands and musicians. * I've operated my home and mobile recording studio for over a decade. * Graduated from a 200 hour yoga teacher certification course. * I'm a lifelong artist, specializing in drawing. I was accepted to a three month-long artist residency at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia Colorado. * I write, record and perform several different music projects, including a classical/experimental acoustic fingerstyle, folk-rock singer-songwriter material, and a rock band.
I run a mobile recording studio and would also love to help you record demos and better! I can take my gear to your studio, with minimal set-up. High quality mics and a trained recording engineer to boot.
I'd love to hear from you! I'm eagerly seeking opportunities for lessons, performances and recording projects alike. Thank you for reading!
Christian B. May 15, 2013
Very easygoing and fun lessons!
I was lucky enough to meet Beau back a few years and then had several guitar lessons. I feel like he helps to make the lessons as fun and interactive as possible by not just helping out with theory but including some songs I wanted to learn, which helped with motivation for sure... Thanks again, man!
Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion, Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Drum Tuning and Recording Techniques! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.
I am the real deal. 27 years of experience with 12 years invested into teaching the art of drumming at a very high level. I have performed in over 25 separate pro bands since the tender age of 14. Come see what I have in store for you and let's get to work!
My Personal Philosophy:
In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other ...
I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!
As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perf
ecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.
Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socialize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!
My Complete Education:
Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.
My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.
My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.
Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.
Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.
*** Lesson Details *** My Personal Philosophy:
In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other players and fans of the trade, through which I have experienced some of my most rewarding moments with, as well as making some life-long friends along the way. So to me, MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE!!!, not just something that you do, and that concept is the fundamental reason why my lessons will often go far beyond just the common practices of instruction, to not only show you WHY you would want to use a certain rhythm or technique, but also HOW to apply it in a real situation in the most musical way. Through the deeper understanding of music, there is an equally deeper understanding of ones self..........
Drumming is a very root level based instrument. It is primal in its nature and very emotionally driven. This is great in many ways, for playing the drums can be meditative, or used to relieve stress and pent-up energy, but the bottom line is that drumming is expressive and FUN!!!
So keep in mind that while there is a student-teacher relationship that I must keep, in order to get my points across, you really should enjoy each and every lesson while you're learning. It's proven that you'll retain more of the information that I'm teaching if I can get you to leave with a SMILE on your face!!
OK, so the real trick to what I do as a teacher that sets me apart is my approach. I don't have a "cookie cutter" format for stamping out drummers that all sound the same and have the same library of beats to pull from. If you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I will custom tailor a lesson, or a set of lessons in order to maximize our time together, all while allowing you to develop your own individual voice on the instrument.
For beginners, I will set up a more structured program to get you up to the level where we can begin to experiment a little more and be able to play along with some popular songs. Using a few time tested books, some rudimentary exercises, and few hand written examples, you will begin to see results immediately. Together we will keep a binder of notes that contain all of your previous and current exercises, and from lesson to lesson you will be able to see the progress that you are making through your collection of notes and music. With this method I have taught everyone from 5 to 65 how to navigate their way around the drums, so you will be in good company if it's your first time on this instrument.
As far as the intermediate to the advanced player is concerned, well, we are going to have a great time jamming together and sharing amazing contemporary concepts. I will still offer the structured program to anyone that is interested, but for the drummer that already has years of playing under their belt, I really have something special to offer you. Odd time, Mixed Meter, Four Limb Independence, Ostinatos, Displacement, and even Polyrhythm
*** Studio Equipment *** Pearl Drumsets, Ludwig Drumsets, Sabian cymbals, Istanbul cymbals, DW drum pedals, Various reading materials, a stereo, mixer and isolation headphones for playing along with music tracks at full live volume. Comfortable thrones to sit on while playing. Various instructional DVDs that can be borrowed from time to time.
*** Specialties *** Music, Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.
Aaron S. June 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Thanks Mike, so much great info!
Ande W. December 31, 2013
Drum Verified Student
First Time Student
My son has been taking drum lessons with Mike for several months. He had never played drums prior to his first lesson and Mike has been nothing but patient and very professional with him. My son really enjoys the lessons and is learning so much more than I expected. Super happy with Mike and his knowledge of the drums along with his patience and communication. Would highly recommend him!
Stefan B. November 19, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Mike is a great Drum instructor. I am a beginner and felt he did a great job with my skill level. He has a lesson plan but is very flexible in learning the style of music you want to hear. He helps you achieve the goal you have with drums whether it is to be in a band or just for a hobby.
Lessons are fun and detailed without being boring.
Hi! I'm Nick. It would be my pleasure to teach you or your loved one. I have a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance. I have played piano for years now and am very well-versed in music theory. I am very eager to keep the love of music and the scholasticism behind learning good technique and creating an artist.
I can teach all aspects of percussion, including drum set, xylophone and mallet instruments, snare drum and other ensemble instruments such as timpani and chimes.
Since early childhood, I have shown great interest in anything music related. I have played piano since age four and have continued playing numerous instruments throughout my career. Currently, I can play approximately fourteen musical instruments, four of which I have played the longest and have pursued professionally. I have had a rich musical education since childhood. I took private piano lessons since the age of five through senior year of college and I also have had guitar, voice and percussion lessons given to me by educators throughout my career.
In elementary school, I began playi
ng percussion and continued to do so throughout High School. It was also during my High School years that I picked up Guitar and Voice. I attended Cherry Creek High School for three years and was a prominent member of both top ensembles, the CCHS Wind Ensemble and the elite honor choir, the CCHS Meistersingers.
I continued my education further by attending the University of Northern Colorado for four years and while there studied private piano as a Piano Major, as well as taking part in two top choral ensembles, the Concert Choir and Men's Glee Club. While fulfilling my music credit classes, I learned the basics for an additional ten instruments included in the brass, woodwind and string families. During my Senior Year at UNC I also completed a mandatory Senior Recital for Piano. I graduated in December of 2009 and since then have held a teaching license as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, with an emphasis for Vocal, Piano and General Music.
Since college, I have been doing my best to stay active in the music education system. Just recently, I finished three long term substitute teaching assignments in Douglas County School District, the first and third at Trailblazer Elementary School, where I taught General Music every day to Kindergartners through sixth graders and the second at Mountain Ridge Middle School, where I directed and conducted the 7th/8th grade Winter Choir Concert.
Music is my Passion; it has been a part of my life since early childhood. To this day I still love to play piano professionally and I strive to make myself a better musician every chance I get.
Chris C. June 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jon likes all different types of music and likes to teach more than just the classical side of music. He has taught me hard rock techniques and enjoys working with students. Jon is very knowledgeable with all things theory related and is very flexible to my difficult schedule.
Molly G. June 12, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Jon has wonderful musical ability and perfect pitch - he's passionate about teaching and sharing music with others! He's great with kids and adults as well.
David S. October 30, 2014
Classical Piano ·
In studio Verified Student
very professional and knowledgeable of music theory. he makes it fun while learning. flexible in scheduling he makes sure that every minutes counts. i would recommend him to others.
I have been drumming for 14 years now and in that have come across some strange instruments, If you have something you wish to learn to play, chances are I have played it or can learn and show you. Percussion is the most soulful of the arts, passing on the know-how is a true gift and I can honestly say the reward of learning is far greater than teaching.
Being such an active state, we are blessed with the capacity to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons while growing through the experiences we participate in. I have lived here for half my life(13 years), and would be open to teach in any openspace or park so don't restrict yourself to the 3 locations suggested. I returned from the Marine Corps in March of 2013 and have since obtained my AS from Red Rocks. I will be attending CSM in the Fall, have already completed through Differential Equations in Math; my favorite subject to teach. Being so well-rounded by life's experiences I feel like lessons
in which we can combine a few subjects would be most beneficial for the student and my analogy-relation based, and immersive teaching style. (I use analogies to solidify concepts, relating to familiar skills, making learning smooth and fun). Math, Drums, and climbing are easily where I am most well-versed, so browse my areas of expertise and pick my brain!
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