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Wendy H.

Peyton, CO

About Wendy

With music programs being eliminated from many school's education, I feel it is even more important than ever for children, off all ages, to participate in some form of musical experience. Being a piano teacher for over twenty five years, I have seen many benefits for those taking music lessons. Some of these benefits are building self esteem and confidence, learning to focus, developing mental discipline, overcoming the fear of getting up in front of crowds, not to mention being able to play songs that we enjoy.

My philosophy of music is that you don't have to be an expert to be abl
e to enjoy playing an instrument. It is not that difficult to learn to play piano or guitar; it just takes a little time and effort. I believe that practicing doesn't have to be hours a day either, unless you want to be a concert pianist or guitarist, but you can accomplish a lot with 15 to 30 minutes of practice each day. There is time to fit music in with many other activities that we like to do. So keep that in mind as you are deciding how you can fit music lessons into your daily schedule.

I studied guitar for five years, then began to take piano lessons which continued through many years of my life. I studied under many classical teachers, and teaching methods such as Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board. These lessons also included Music Theory. As I developed as a musician, I began to play piano and guitar in churches for worship services. I also accompanied soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and played for many special events such as weddings, funerals, graduations, etc. Eventually, I stepped into music ministry, which included planning music for church services, working with children's music programs, leading, rehearsing, and directing choirs etc. I have taught choir and music theory in schools over the years, as well.

At some point in my life, I decided it was important for me to go for a music degree. This degree gave me four years of classical vocal training, more classical piano instruction, and ensemble work. It also gave me more experience with directing choirs and orchestras.

My formal education is: Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry with Applied Music.

Church Piano Certification

College Level Music Theory and Classical Voice

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons from me, students can expect to work hard, but have lots of fun. Their music training will be very detailed and will include all aspects of learning music. In addition to learning how to read music and play piano or guitar well, students will learn theory and technic. Theory teaches students the understanding of how music is written; this will assist them in the future is their interests turn to writing and arranging music. Technique is the exercises for their fingers which teaches them control and agility. I accept students of all ages and abilities up to advanced intermediate levels in piano, guitar, and music theory. I accept beginning vocal students.

Piano lessons consist of learning to play and read music. Students can expect to be classically trained, but will also get to choose and play songs or musical styles that they enjoy. Theory and technique will be included in their study program.

Guitar lessons consist of learning how to play both notes and chords, and how to read both notes and chords, as well as lead sheets specifically written for guitar. Students will also learn the written theory for guitar. I like to include extra books of songs or music styles that the students like. This encourages them to learn and practice because they are playing something that they know and like to play.

Beginning classical vocal students will learn basic breathing technics, vocal exercises and will sings a variety of songs. I don't start out with classical vocal unless that is what the student wants. I let them choose music that they like to sing, as we can learn and practice vocal concepts with all types of music. I encourage vocal students to take at least basic piano lessons, so they can learn to read and understand musical concepts.

Music theory goes along with any instrument and vocal instruction. Piano theory is the basis for all music theory. I have the ability to teach through college level theory for those that are interested in writing or arranging music or wanting to have this level of theory to go along with their musical instrument.

Practice times start at 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for beginners. As students progress, their practice time increases. Advanced beginners will practice 30 minutes a day, early intermediate level will practice 45 minutes a day, and intermediate level will practice at least 1 hour a day.

I encourage students to take one lesson a week for 1/2 hour. As they advance, then this may increase to a 45 minute lesson, once a week, then perhaps 1 hour once a week as needed.

After 3 months, beginning students will be able to play simple folk songs with right hand melody and left hand accompaniment. At 6 months, students will have learned 3 different positions or keys on the piano, will be playing songs that are a little more complex, and can now add supplemental fun books to their lessons. I encourage my students to participate in two recitals a year. I try to make this a fun, not a stressful, time for them. I also encourage family and friends to attend and cheer on the students. If students wish to compete in music competitions or adjudications, I can assist them in doing so, as well.

There are studio locations in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 and Falcon, Colorado 80831

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano at both locations

*** Travel Equipment ***
Don't have the ability to travel to lessons at the moment.

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano is my strengths; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
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BrookV May 31, 2012
Step Father

Wendy is very knowledgeable and extremely patient. Wendy has a fabulous sense of being happy, helpful and cheery even if things aren't going as well as expected. A very experienced instructor and I am happy to have my daughter learning from her.
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CherylG2 May 16, 2012
We Love Her!

My daughter absolutely loves Wendy! She looks forward to her piano lessons every week and she has learned so much just within a year. Wendy makes it fun to learn and is very patient with her students. We are moving this summer and my daughter is really going to miss her. Thank you, Wendy, for all your time, dedication, and patience.
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KatrinaM April 18, 2012
Jordan is really enjoying her lessons and learning a lot! Thank you Wendy!
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Wendy H.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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$40 / 30-min
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Christopher E.

Colorado Springs, CO

About Christopher

I am a doctoral candidate in Music at Rutgers University specializing in brass pedagogy with ten years of professional teaching and performing experience. Whether you are just starting out on a horn or have a few years under your belt, I can help you realize your musical potential and show you how rewarding playing a musical instrument can be!

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus of each lesson depends heavily on the level of each student... beginning students can expect a larger portion of the instruction to focus on fundamentals and music reading so as to lay a foundation for further success
. For these students I will generally work out of an existing band method as these are more than adequate, and perhaps add a few supplemental materials which in include simple exercises specific to the instrument, scale patterns, and rhythm/music reading examples.

More advanced students can expect to review proper technique and work on appropriate etudes and solo repertoire. I spend a lot of time working on practice technique. Confidence building if necessary. If the student plays in a jazz band we can work on bebop/swing/improvisation as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a stand, tuner, metronome, and video and audio recording devices should we decide to use them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide teaching materials and can bring a music stand. Student needs working instrument, and should own a tuner, metronome, and music stand. For a tuner/metronome I recommend a Korg TM-50. Nearly anything will do for a stand but I'd avoid a flimsy fold-up stand. I recommend an On-Stage SM7211. Can't go wrong with a Manhasset black stand either.

*** Specialties ***
Classical solo repertoire and audition preparation. Blues and bebop improvisation. Musicality and lyricism. Technique.
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Catherine M. March 25, 2014
Trombone
Fantastic Experience!

As a colleague of Chris' I can heartily recommend his teaching to any trombonists wishing to hone their skills as musicians. Chris focuses on the individual needs of each student, working to tailor his lessons to meet their specific needs and face their unique challenges. His attention to detail and patience helps each student build a strong foundation in musicality and fantastic brass playing. I recommend him highly as both a superb educator and performer!
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Steve O. March 2, 2014
Trumpet
Verified Student
Trumpet Lessons for my son

My son is 12 years old, has been playing Trumpet and Flugelhorn for about 5 years, and he needed a private instruction to take his music to the next level. He has made great progress under Chris' guidance, and his easy going manner has made our son feel very comfortable with the lesson environment. He is very talented, and would highly recommend Chris for anyone looking to further their capabilities.
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Anita S. February 15, 2014
Trumpet
Verified Student
Great.

Our son is taking lessons with Chris. He really enjoys and loves the music. He wasn't very interested in music at first but now he practices all the time!
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Christopher E.

Christopher E.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kay M.

Colorado Springs, CO

About Kay

Educator, Creative Arts Specialist, Consultant, and Dynamic Instructor. Master's Degree in Music and Education. Over 30 years teaching experience with all ages K-Adult. Passion and love for teaching and working with students. Believe learning should include having fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
After the first lesson, students will be able to perform a song. Lessons include a variety of learning experiences: theory, basic techniques, fundamentals, and student choices for learning. High expectations for students so that they do their best. Relaxed, fun loving, but power packed with learnin
g environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room w/ yamaha upright piano and acoustic guitar w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have the instrument

*** Specialties ***
I use a variety of games, creative ways to help put the information into long term memory. I do not rely on rote learning but rather a more creative approach
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Emily H. August 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I wasn't there but she said it went well.
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Teryn O. July 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Good teacher! I've learned a lot about singing in 5 short lessons and my voice has improved immensely!
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Julieanne S. February 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It's wonderful to work with someone who inspires you to come out of your shell and do your best. I also appreciate how she works around my busy schedule!
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Kay M.

Kay M.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gregory S.

Monument, CO

About Gregory

Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West"; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; "The Consul at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American arts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, J
apan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School, taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College, taught Voice at Indiana University, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and, conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."

He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.
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Alicia July 20, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Gregory was my teacher for nearly 15 years. He saw me vocally through two pregnancies and all the attendant changes. Gregory's technique is impeccable and his ability to present information in an effective manor is unmatched. Enjoy your new teacher!
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Claire July 15, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
The first time I had a lesson with Gregory, when I got in my car and drove home, I cried. Not because it was awful, but because I was so overjoyed that in that hour, I felt more connected to my voice than I ever had, and I had hope that with his help I could grow into singer that was trapped inside. Five years later, I have certainly found that to be the case. Gregory has this wonderful ability to identify what you're doing "wrong" with your voice, or what is causing discomfort, and then helps you free your voice in a way that is easy to understand, and FUN. When Gregory asks me to do something, the majority of the time his way of explaining it clicks immediately and voila! — there is my voice! When I first went to Gregory, my voice was tied up; I was strangling myself, and the different parts of my voice were not unified. I was absolutely terrified of singing "high." In my work with him, he's overhauled my voice and given me the tools to access my true voice. Pieces that I wouldn't have even attempted to sing, I was then able to explore, and now they flow easily and in many cases are spectacular and brilliant. It is also extremely important to note Gregory's approach to the psychological woes of singing. As someone who suffers some performance anxiety, panic attacks, and occasionally a lack of confidence in my abilities, Gregory has been a wonderful support. He is patient, kind, and he doesn't let me beat myself up. With that support I have been able to respect and care for myself more as a singer and a person. Do you want to blossom? Go with Gregory.
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Eugene July 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I took voice lessons for years with Gregory, and he was fantastic on all fronts.

Thinking about objectives for why people take voice lessons, Gregory is very frank and helpful, asking the question "do you WANT to sing, or do you NEED to sing?" It's a really important question to ask, but many voice teachers don't bother to understand the student's motivations first.

I always quote from Gregory's essay about becoming an opera singer-- it's great life advice, and wise advice, even outside of opera.

Gregory is extremely professional in the studio. During the years I was studying with him, he never cancelled, nor was he ever late. He didn't gossip or complain, like some other voice teachers I've had. The time in the studio was all about my vocal development.

He is also a phenomenally talented singer, as evidenced by his illustrious career. He has a deep understanding of the demands of an active performing career, and helps prepare, both vocally and otherwise.

Gregory helped mightily with my technique. When I began lessons, I had pretty good sound and mechanism, but focus and control were uneven, and I didn't yet have a stage-reliable "G" as a baritone. Over the years, my focus, breath control, and agility became quite reliable.

I appreciate his vocal exercises; each one tends to isolate one aspect of vocal training, rather than vocal exercises that work on several elements at once.

He is also encyclopedic about vocal repertoire and specific singers; he is equally passionate about opera and musical theater. I studied almost exclusively classical pieces, but he did have me learn "If I Loved You" and "Hey There", which I work into my repertoire from time to time.

There's so much to say, but I'll wrap up by saying that Gregory is also extremely supportive and generous. There was a point during which I was having a really tough time with auditions, getting no positive feedback at all, even though I felt I was singing well. I decided to just stop auditioning, but he encouraged me to hang in there, and invited me to participate in the weekly audition-prep workshop that he co-organized. He did this for free, purely as a service to the local singing community, once a week. While I didn't participate as often as I should have, just after nearly giving up on getting gigs, I got my first call for a leading role, and since, I've been able to perform as often as my schedule allows.

I can't recommend Gregory highly enough. He has vocal talent, teaching talent, musical talent, empathy, generosity, and professionalism.
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Gregory S.

Gregory S.

Monument, CO 80132
(12)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Ross T.

Colorado Springs, CO

About Ross

Hi, my name is Ross. I am a guitar teacher, composer, author and performer. My comfortable music studio is located in downtown Colorado Springs. I teach over Skype as well. I attended CU Boulder as a Classical Guitar performance major, studying under the virtuoso Jonathan Leathewood. My Amazon Best Selling book "Music Theory in One Lesson" was released in 2015, and has been getting quite a lot of attention.

“Absolutely brilliant guitar teacher–I’d recommend Ross to anyone! I took my two kids (9 and 11) for beginning guitar lessons from Ross. Starting on day one, I saw that Ross approa
ched kids lessons differently than any other teacher, focusing on a solid musical foundation and lasting enjoyment. He never pressured my kids, established a sensible practice schedule, and made each lesson fun. They’re learning basic music theory that will apply to any instrument, and will last a lifetime.

After watching Ross teach my kids for several months, I was so impressed with his method that I decided to take a few lessons myself–primarily to better master the fretboard, as well as learn enough theory to play lead guitar. Although I’ve taken lessons over the years, Ross has transformed by playing in a simple, logical, and easy-to-follow manner. I’ve really mastered the fretboard, while learning fingering techniques to improve speed and accuracy. Ross’s approach to guitar (theory, technique, practice routine, etc) is fundamentally superior to other instructors, and I eagerly await his first guitar instruction book.

Bottom line: Whether children or adult, popular or classical guitar, heavy theory or simply learning a few guitar licks, Ross Trottier is an exceptional instructor. We’re lucky to have him in Colorado Springs!”

-Jeff Newell
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Madyson August 28, 2015
Your a great guitar instructor Ross!!!
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Renee August 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I am so thankful we found Ross for my son's guitar lessons! He is knowledgable, professional and passionate about guitar and music! My son, 14 years old, loves his lessons, and was improving after only one lesson. Practice is fun! I would highly recommend Ross T. for anyone looking for guitar lessons!
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Mark August 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Ross has reinvigorated my quest to not only learn the guitar, but learn to play it proficiently, with long term, consistent improvement. He has taught me music theory, and the reasons we do things a specific way (which is important to me). As with any complex skill, just because someone can do it well doesn't mean they can teach it well. Ross definitely has the ability to teach, and he is passionate about it.
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Ross T.

Ross T.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(3)
starting at
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