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Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO

About Thomas

I've performed and taught in a wide variety of settings. My early professional experiences have included 3 years in the Army Band, several cruise line contracts, and freelance work as a performer and composer. Through these times, I've learned to excel in many styles. I recently graduated from NYU, where I was an adjunct faculty member. Here, I also performed and worked with a wonderful faculty including Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, and trumpet guru Laurie Frink, who all inspire me as a musician and a teacher. While in New York, I was a faculty member
at Douglaston School of Music and Art, where I worked with younger students .

It is my belief that discipline and technique are necessary elements that allow emotion and creativity to thrive. I also recommend a healthy dose of listening to what you love. Through this process, I strive to inspire my students, fellow musicians, and listeners.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will guide you to your goals. I write my own materials for each student's individual goals. If you want to learn a song and I don't know it, I will learn the song with you, sharing the process. After several months of study, you will have an understanding of not only what to practice, but how and why to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/piano, trumpet, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music, accessories (tuner, metronome, portable speakers), and books. I can bring an extra trumpet for beginners.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Piano- Jazz standards, voicings, and improvisation
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Katy H. June 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is very patient and encouraging with my daughter. We have found him to be a great teacher.
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Thomas G. February 17, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
I've had many teachers in the past who only taught me how to perform well with the emphasis on technicality and repeptition; however, Tom created space for me to appreciate each and every bar rather than focusing on finishing a song. As a student who has become well-adjusted to structure, I learned the beauty of improvisation informed by theory through Tom. He is attentive, passionate, and always makes sure I got the concept he's teaching. He has a rare gift of creating such an intimate, peaceful environment where I can feel at ease and really thrive in playing music. It was in these calm moments my passion for jazz sparked more and more. I'm truly thankful to have had Tom as my mentor/teacher.
-JL, student at NYU. May 2012
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Thomas G.

Thomas G.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Johanna N.

Denver, CO

I teach piano for a variety of interests and levels. I have worked with people interested in learning classical, jazz, and popular music. Lessons include a technique focus and theory work along with songs that are of interest of to the student. We can work on playing for fun, for performance, improving technique and skill, and/or all the aforementioned.

About Johanna

I love to teach music and I live to help my students learn about the joys that being a musician can bring. If you are looking for a piano or voice instructor or a theory teacher who is passionate about music and about teaching, then I am that person. I work to help my students achieve the best possible results in his or her lessons while still having fun.

I have a Master's of Education from Regis University and a Bachelor's of Arts in Piano Performance from Western State College. I have taught piano lessons for 12 years and voice lessons for 3 years. I am constantly looking for new ways
to incorporate music into my life and into my students' lives and to help maximize everyone's learning experiences.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a fairly traditional classical approach in the use of literature and materials, but I also prefer to take into account student learning styles and preferences. I understand that everyone learns in different ways and has different interests, so along with using the classical literature, I try to incorporate student interests and learning styles. I do expect students to follow my rules and procedures during lessons and practice times, and these are all common sense, such as be respectful and be on time, etc. I also expect students to practice regularly. I will find a way to make practice time fun and interesting for all of my students. I do expect all of my students to make adequate progress, and within 6 months they will most likely be progressing to either a Primer B or Grade 1. (All students start at Primer A, which is the most basic level, unless they have had prior experience). Otherwise, I expect students with prior experience to progress have a level every 6 months.

Piano lessons focus on using a combination of technique, theory worksheets, and performance/practice songs. This helps students to have a varied approach and it also addresses all aspects of musicality, as well as incorporating multiple learning styles. I prefer for students to begin with the Thompson series and to progress through that series while also working on level appropriate solo pieces.

Voice lessons focus on beginner technique, pronunciation and enunciation, breath technique, and English pieces to start. As students progress, they may work through Italian opera and operetta, German lieder, and other more challenging songs. The foreign series includes work on foreign pronunciation and operatic singing. If a student chooses, they may also focus on a more folk-based approach than the traditional operatic approach.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: piano, sheet music, metronome, pencils.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some books, or I can purchase books at a discounted price. I can also bring a metronome. I expect the student to have a piano or a full-length keyboard. I sometimes bring pencils, but I expect the student to have one handy to mark their music.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beg - adv
Voice: beg - inter

I teach piano and voice. For piano I teach classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and ragtime. I focus on teaching students how to sightread, memorize, learn theoretical and pedagogical concepts, and learn how to improvise. I can also teach accompaniment.

For voice I teach classical operatic style, Broadway/show tunes, popular, country, jazz, choral, blues, and rock styles. I help students to find comfort with their own voices, learn how to sing in a way that supports their voice, and keeps their voice healthy. I also work with teaching pitch recognition, sight reading, oral recall, and breath technique.
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RekhaB November 22, 2010
She is encouraging which makes my daughter very happy .we r satisfied with her teaching.
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SeanR August 31, 2010
Johanna is awesome!!

I gave her a general idea of what I wanted and so far her instruction has helped greatly. After only two lessons I am more comfortable singing, and I am starting to expand my range.She also likes to have fun during her lessons. She is always pleasant and upbeat, and her criticism is always fair and positive. She honestly wants you to succeed in your goals and it comes through in her teaching.
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SandyN August 26, 2010
Johanna is a lovely person. She is calm and accepting and a very good match for me. she has taught me more helpful things in a few lessons than previous teachers have ever shown me. she is very consciencious about helping me and never pushy or impatient. I like her and her teaching very much. she is a five star for me.
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Johanna N.

Johanna N.

Littleton, CO 80123
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nate L.

Denver, CO

I have a degree in piano performance and perform locally nationally and internationally. Please see my bio for a full description. I specialize in teaching older students who are new to piano or looking to get back into it

About Nate

Born in Boston mass I am a DU educated pianist comfortable in any Jazz, Rock, or Classical setting but find my first love is the bluesy rollicking piano reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis, Dr. John, or Ray Charles. You might have seen me around town in my Top 40 group, Jazz trio, Funk band, Gospel choir, Burlesque band, or as accompaniment to any of the extremely talented singers I have worked with. I'm also a composer and songwriter with a sardonic songwriting style compared to Mose Allison and Dave Frishberg.

I attended the University of Denver'€™s Lamont School of Music and graduated with a
B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Piano. Not only have I studied intensely with local fixture Eric Gunnison, but also with internationally touring artist Gerri Allen and even with jazz legend Billy Taylor at a summer music institute in Amherst, Mass. In Highschool I won the Clarke Terry award for outstanding musicianship. In college I won the Lamont Made composition contest two years in a row, my band The Orchid Room won the Lamont Jazz Chamber contest and I was a recipient of the Cherrington Global Scholarship, a grant that allowed me to spend a year performing and studying in Australia.

Since graduating college I have worked as the pianist on a cruise ship and have performed in Mexico, Hawaii, South America, French Polynesia, and Australia. I have recorded with LA based R&B artist Molly Cottrell, South By Southwest nominated Folk artist Leah Druzinski, and have had my music produced by Ikey Owens (keyboardist for Sublime, The Mars Volta, and Jack White.) I perform regularly at local venues Dazzle, Jazz at Jacks, and The Living Room.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have 7 years teaching experience and am especially suited to teach jazz, rock, funk, pop, blues and salsa. I am incredibly student focused, striving to help my students achieve their specific goals, and committed to working one on one to help you get what you want out of every lesson. Friendly, relaxed and affable, I have significant experience with adult and teenage students, students with special needs, and students looking for instruction in rock, pop, or blues.

I stand out from other piano teachers because my lessons are specifically tailored to your needs. While most Teachers in Denver are trained to take young children through a piano workbook and develop them into classical musicians, I teach based on what the student wants to play. I have significant experience in Jazz, Blues, and R&B piano as well as songwriting, and have worked professionally in rock, funk, salsa, jazz, standards, gospel, top 40, burlesque, and solo piano acts. My approach is not designed for young children but for adults and teenagers of all experience levels who have an interest in learning more about music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, F/W Keyboard (Roland FP-7 Digital Piano) & Full Amplifier System, 7 Piece ?uestlove Breakbeats Drum Kit, Seating for Parents

*** Specialties ***
My Degree (B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music) encompasses most styles of piano outside of classical.

I specialize most heavily in
Jazz,
Blues,
R&B,
Rock, and
Pop,

but also have significant experience with
Salsa,
Gospel,
& Klezmer.

I can teach classical as well up to an intermediate level.
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Junxiang K. January 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice!!!!!
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Beth M. February 19, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Nate's Review

Nate is an extremely talented musician and teacher. His method of teaching me chords before reading music enabled me to learn faster. He's very patient and makes learning fun. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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SalvadorV May 24, 2012
Nate is awesome

His teccnique in teaching is very fun and simple ie very good and being patient and he always listen to my questions
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Nate L.

Denver, CO 80209
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mary F.

Denver, CO

I will work in the genre of your choice, incorporating music theory
and vocal training, if desired.

About Mary

I've been playing piano since I was 6 yrs. old, and guitar and organ since I was 13. I've been able to use music in so many ways, and that is the opportunity I want for my students. From singing in school and church choirs, to accompanying and directing them, I've had a lot of enjoyable experiences. I've had the fun of performing solo and with bands, and have been teaching music for about 25 yrs, both privately and in the schools. My BA is in music education and my Masters is in individual performance. I've taught K-Jr College music classes in general music, chorus, piano, guitar, and theory.
I think my favorite form of teaching is still one-on-one lessons. Working with one student allows me to adjust my teaching to their particular learning style and needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm strict enough to make sure that my students make progress and get a strong musical foundation. I'm laid back enough to make sure that they have a good time doing so and can feel that they are setting their own goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Guitars at Home
Basic Piano and Organ at Church

*** Travel Equipment ***
Supplemental music books are loaned from time to time.
I expect the student to have an instrument to practice on and lesson books (purchased)

*** Specialties ***
classical guitar and piano, beginner banjo and vocals
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Nolan June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nolan is super enthusiastic after his first lesson with Mary!
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Lynn V. May 7, 2013
Banjo
Verified Student
Extremely patient

I've loved banjo music for years but never had the courage to learn how to play until recently. I'm a senior citizen with absolutely no musical background. What I like best about Mary is that she's totally patient and encouraging but at the same time pushes me out of my comfort zone so that I learn something new with each lesson. When I struggle with how to do something, she suggests different ways to attack the problem or ways to work around it. In just a few months she's helped me be able to play a song for someone that they can actually recognize, which was the first goal I had set for myself. I look forward to many more goals. I'm so glad to have Mary as my teacher!
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Dave P. April 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Practice more

Mary is an excellent teacher. Having been a teacher for 20 years, I tend to closely observe other teachers. Mary had much more to teach me than I was willing to learn. Playing the guitar is a psycho motor skill and as such it must be practiced diligently to gain the muscle memory necessary to perform the tasks. I didn't do it but Mary kept encouraging me and the more she did, the more I practiced, although I still fall woefully short of 30 minutes every day. Her lessons in music theory, however, are paying dividends since I also play some other instruments.
She is kind, patient, skilled and knows music inside out. I don't think I could have chosen a better teacher. I will start again as soon as I am able. Thanks Mary, job well done!
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Mary F.

Mary F.

Denver, CO 80228
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Johanna N.

Littleton, CO

I have been teaching piano for nearly 15 years. I absolutely love piano! When I work with my students I look at what they want to learn, their unique learning styles, and their personalities. I want each lesson to be both fun and educational.

About Johanna

I am an educator and teacher, dedicated to helping students succeed through quality planning, curriculum, student interaction and parent communication. I have taught piano and voice for over 15 years and have worked as a solo performer and accompanist. My goal is to help students to enjoy what they are learning and to advance in their technique and performance. I take each lesson as a unique approach because each person is unique. I will always include some classical conditioning to get the basics down, but then adjust according to the student. Music should be fun and exciting.
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Maya June 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Johanna is patient and kind. My daughter truly enjoyed her and is excited for more lessons!
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Johanna N.

Johanna N.

Littleton, CO 80123
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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