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Rachel B.

Aurora, CO

About Rachel

Ray Charles once said, "I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me, like food or water."

I believe everyone’s born with a “music part,” but, like our bones and our brains, it needs nutrition and exercise to grow! Born and raised in the Denver metro area, I “grew” mine first through twelve years of private piano instruction, and then by studying voice and music theory at Colorado State University, where I received my Bachelor
of Music. I rarely turn down a chance to be involved in anything to do with music; I have sung in multiple university choirs and community theatre productions, I’m a member of an Andrews Sisters tribute trio, and I have played piano and keys for several bands, including Jordyn’s Arc and a number of church bands. I’ve never met a genre of music I didn’t like, and love to continue to discover new bands, artists, and musicals, often through a recommendation by one of my students. My “music part” has definitely been a major driving force in my life!

I began teaching piano when I was sixteen. I was pretty skeptical when my piano teacher suggested I try it; I wasn’t sure I had the patience or the inclination. Much to my surprise, I loved it! The process of building one-on-one relationships around music with individuals of all ages has consistently been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. Though there are many ways to nurture musicality, I firmly believe that music lessons are one of the best tools for exploring a person’s musical abilities and tastes— there are few other places where students are exposed to such a wide range of musical styles and genres, few other environments as safe as a music studio or living room to experiment with and build confidence in voice or instrument skills. I love to watch my students develop and encounter their musical identities, and love to share their excitement when they discover a liking for bluegrass tunes, an affinity for jazz, or a love of performing. No matter what shape that “music part” takes, I love helping students to grow and be proud of it.

*** Lesson Details ***
It is my sincere wish that my students’ lessons be something they look forward to, NOT dread! I make every effort for the lesson atmosphere to be relaxed while still encouraging students to actively engage with the lesson material. While I believe that structure is an important element of music lessons, I also know the importance of flexibility in ensuring that the student feels like a participant in his or her studies. For example, note-reading, music theory, and technical/ear-training skills are always a part of each student’s lesson, but rather than establish an unbreakable schedule that dictates the itinerary of every lesson, I often let the student decide the order in which we’ll work through each lesson’s agenda. Students typically work out of various lesson books, chosen based on student age, proficiency, and preference. While most of their practice pieces come from these books, I encourage students to explore their own musical tastes and create a personal connection to their lessons by working on at least one song of their own choosing- popular, jazz, Broadway, etc.- as a perpetual part of their lessons.

Between lessons, students are expected to practice what they learned in previous lessons (and more than just once or twice). While I will always do my absolute best to inspire, encourage and motivate my students to practice, the final decision to actually do it or not is theirs. The only real “penalty” for insufficient practice time is the student’s own slower progress and a limit to the extent we can move forward in their lessons. I ask parents of younger students not to force them to practice, but to help them develop the habit of practicing by setting aside a daily practice time and encouraging them to adhere to it. I can’t guarantee that practicing will always be fun, but I can guarantee it will always be worth doing!

Students are invited (not required) to perform in two informal recitals per year with their fellow students. In cases where enough students of the same playing level desire to improve their performance skills, they have the option of attending monthly group lessons in addition to their private lessons. Group lessons provide students with a monthly opportunity to perform to a small group of their peers and offer and receive helpful critiques.

I believe that the two most important things for a student to receive from a teacher are patience and encouragement— if I didn’t believe that I respond to each of my students with these qualities, I would hang up my teaching hat. I try to communicate to my students at all times that I’m passionate about seeing them succeed. I recognize that every student’s goals are different, and I do my best to help them achieve them, whether they just want to learn enough to be able to play or sing their favorite popular songs, or whether they’re looking to develop the skills to pursue opportunities such as school choirs, musical theater productions, or rock and roll stardom

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/W keyboard in private room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will obtain curriculum with the expectation of reimbursement from the student or student's parents, and I expect students to provide a piano or full-sized keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I have always taught piano with Faber and Faber or Alfred, although I'm also familiar with Pace and Bastien.
When it comes to vocal pedagogy, I was classically trained and so usually concentrate more on art song.
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Eden W. May 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Rachel is great with Eden. She has really built her confidence in just five lessons!
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Shaan M. February 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rachel is wonderful with Shaan. We are so glad she is his teacher!
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Sawyer November 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rachel gave my daughter a fantastic first lesson back into piano lessons after more than 1 year off (with a different teacher). She was patient, explained the techniques very well, and made a very positive impression!
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Rachel B.

Rachel B.

Aurora, CO 80017
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$30 / 30-min
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Adriane L.

Denver, CO

About Adriane

For as long as I can remember, music has played a large part in my life. By the age ten, I already knew that music would be more than just a hobby for me, it would become my career. I have been singing for over 20 years, and began playing piano when I was eight years old. I received a BS in music industry studies with an emphasis on business, from the University of Colorado Denver in 2008. I have extensive experience in performance and the music industry as a business, and have had the pleasure of experiencing the local music scene first hand while playing in bands. My years of experience enab
les my students to learn different aspects of music from the fundamentals, to writing, and even the music industry as a business. Students should expect to quickly grasp the basic skills such as proper breathing and posture, and will start singing or playing right away. I truly enjoy sharing my love of music and the industry with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music lessons should be fun but educational. I want to know what your goals are and what you would like to get out of your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to your specific goals and situation, so that you can get the most out of our time together. Whether music is a hobby, a career path, or something in between, you can expect to learn what interests you most. We can focus strictly on your instrument, or even go beyond and talk about song writing, or the music industry.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room w/ piano w/seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Singing- I specialize in the pop and rock genres, as well as show tunes.
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Thomas L. October 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Adriane does a great job with the kiddos, we look forward to our weekly lessons!
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Maria M. October 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Adriane is a great piano teacher. My granddaughter has learned a lot and she is very happy having her as a teacher. Adriane has a lot of experience and has a lot of patience with her students.
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Stacey August 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Adriane has been working with my son on the piano for about 2 months. She has a great way with kids to get them to learn what she is teaching them, but not to get overwhelmed. We have really enjoyed our time with Adriane and look forward to learning more about the piano.
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Adriane L.

Adriane L.

Denver, CO 80234
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael L.

Golden, CO

About Michael

Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All l
evels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Adam H. May 25, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
First lesson went well. I was very nervous, but was immediately made comfortable and we got to work. He is already helping me to unlearn some bad habits and take the process logically.
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Bill May 19, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Was struggling, but Michael, in 30 minutes, quickly identified what I was doing wrong, helped me understand some pipe " physics" , took me through a series of note sequences, and in 30 minutes I made more progress than I had using videos, books and advice from other pipers. More than anything, he got me engaged and made it fun
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Juliann April 22, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Awesome! :)
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Michael L.

Michael L.

Denver, CO 80210
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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William C.

Broomfield, CO

About William

William C. is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger based in Denver, CO. This fall, he has started doctoral work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He completed the bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and the Master’s in trombone performance, and a Performer’s Certificate, at the University of Denver. His extensive resume a wide variety of concerts, clinics, master-classes, performances, and recording sessions; most notably: the TTU Vernacular Music Center, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Municipal
Band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Mr. C. has taught all ages of students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and chamber ensembles for 6 years. He was the brass section leader for the world premiere of the full-length theatrical dance show Dancing at the Crossroads and his arrangements have been played by chamber groups throughout northern Colorado.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are geared towards a set of goals that are created between the student's wants and my expectations for them to be successful at what the student wants to achieve. For each student, I use a different set of pedagogical tools designed to get them to the goals they want. The main goal I have for all my students is that their fundamentals on their instrument will be at the level that they can complete their goals with ease. Over their time with me, they will have the skills to coach themselves when they practice and tackle any music they come across.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide and music stand and their music. These are both things that they need to have at their home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I teach and perform both jazz and classical music. Almost any style that uses a trombone or brass instruments, I have performed in and have a strong foundation in.
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Jeremy January 7, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Jeremy really enjoyed his lesson with Bill. Bill is great with kids and I highly recommend him. If he played guitar I might take lessons from him!
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Hadiyah D. December 31, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks so much! We are here on vacation and appreciate the availability of Bill. My daughter has a region audition when we get back home and she needed help with her scales.
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Sarah C. December 3, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
William has great energy and works very well with our 10 year old.
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William C.

William C.

Broomfield, CO 80020
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Autumn D.

Denver, CO

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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Paul Randall March 30, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Autumn is an excellent teacher! As I am over 50 it is more of a challenge to learn something new, but she is patient and her knowledge, experience, and ability with the violin is a great asset to her instruction. Her focus on teaching me correct technique is laying a good foundation for me to hopefully master this beautiful instrument.
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Naomi J. March 21, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Enjoyed my lesson, and I already improve in 30 minutes
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David A. February 8, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson showed up early and Autumn was so accommodating really patient
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Autumn D.

Autumn D.

Denver, CO 80216
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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