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Harry G.

Englewood, CO

About Harry

I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.

I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music l
essons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.

I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.

I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.

I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.

I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.

I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.

I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.

I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.

I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.

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I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.

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Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand. Teaching Materials

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General teaching philosophy
I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.

I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.
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Rylee April 27, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Harry helped my daughter polish up some pieces for an audition. She was nervous and didn't feel fully prepared. Three visits from Harry gave her some great instruction and the confidence to go in and nail her audition!
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Tracy L. May 4, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, making lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him.
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Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimenting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!
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Harry G.

Harry G.

Denver, CO 80210
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starting at
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Kirk R.

Denver, CO

If you're interested in gaining a better understand of music, the best way is to learn the theory behind it. Whether you're a total beginner, or your interested in strategies to better analyze advanced repertoire, one-on-one theory lessons are a great, personally tailored experience that will boost your understanding and performance (if you so choose) of any and all music.

About Kirk

I have been studying music for most of my life and began teaching when I was 16. I have been given the opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians and teachers around. Before relocating to Denver, I regularly gave performances throughout the Cincinnati area, as well as in surrounding states. I earned a bachelors of music in guitar performance at The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. While studying there I was able to meet musicians with different approaches to music and broaden my perspective on the way that I played and taught. Since moving to Denver, I have begun graduate
studies at the Lamont School of Music.

I have taught students of all ages and skill levels and have been able to watch my students meet goals of all sorts in their lessons. One of the studios that I teach at was also recognized in the category of "Best Music Instruction" by Cincy Magazine.

If you have never picked up an instrument before, I would love to introduce you to the basics of music as well as the guitar. If you have played some guitar, or another instrument, and are looking to hone your skills and maximize your potential, it would be my pleasure to help you along that track.
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Faith B. May 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kirk is excellent...I can't emphasize that enough. My daughter is 11 and he is beyond patient with her. He teaches by guiding her and letting her find her own answer. She really likes writing songs so he's supported that in his lessons by using what she comes up with during the week in between for the next lesson, weaving it into what he's teaching her for the day. I also really appreciate how he works on form with her, which is key to being a good guitarist and again it is through example, guiding her , and explaining things in ways that make sense to her. He has a very calm and relaxed demeanor. Also he's in a master's program for music, guitar concentration, so he really knows all aspects of it. I am taking classic guitar lessons once I can afford it. Kirk is one of the best teachers I've worked with and I recommend him for anyone. Thanks, Kirk!
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Devon P. April 15, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Devon enjoys her lessons
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Maria March 28, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great start to my first lessons on the guitar. Exciting and fun. I'm ready to learn more.
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Kirk R.

Kirk R.

Denver, CO 80210
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michael L.

Golden, CO

I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

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!

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I provide all of the music and handouts.

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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.

Golden, CO 80401
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Taylor R.

Golden, CO

Music Theory is the key to reading music. This skill is important if a student wants to make progress with their playing ability and to read music fluently.

About Taylor

**Biography**

As a Violist and Violinist, Taylor has performed with many famous musicians and conductors; notable names include founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Mark Wood, Head Conductor of the Colorado State University Orchestra Wes Kenney, and jazz violin practitioner Randy Sabien.

During High School, Taylor received a letter and bar in Instrumental Music and was distinguished with the Director’s Award for Orchestra for his dedication to extracurricular work as the Principal Violist of the advanced orchestra.

Taylor also works as a freelance composer, arranger, educator, an
d recording performer. His video game and movie arrangements have been featured on many online entertainment websites, including ScrewAttack.com.

Taylor 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. After graduation, he studied music theory and piano privately with famous Ukrainian pianist and music historian Olga Dashevskaya at Red Rocks Community College. Before leaving Red Rocks, Taylor studied Viola and Violin technique under Katherine Thayer, Concertmaster of the Denver Philharmonic.

In February 2016, Taylor traveled to Derry, Northern Ireland to study under Liz Doherty, one of the most prestigious Irish fiddlers in the world. While there, Taylor also received brief training from Troy MacGillivray, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award recipient. He also performed at the 2016 Derry International Irish Music Festival with famous pub session players and received an Advanced Certificate in Irish Studies from Ulster University.

Taylor is the Assistant Principal Violist for the Denver Pops Orchestra, one of the largest non-profit, professional orchestras in the Denver Metro area. Currently, he is an upperclassman at the University of Colorado Denver pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Entertainment Business.

Taylor was also a notable actor during his time in high school. He performed at state competitions, including the Colorado State Thespian Conference and the Jefferson County Theatre Festival, where he received some the highest scores; 4/5 Superior ratings from nationally acclaimed judges, for his monologue and scene work.

**Lesson Methods**

Although lessons follow a basic curriculum, the lesson is always about what the student desires to accomplish. For example, music 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.
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David May 24, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Knows how to customize the approach to lessons for the individual student. No need to think about it. Just hire him.
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Kasen Fuller May 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The first lesson went awesome! He is very nice and suitable for anyone wanting to learn the piano!
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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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Taylor R.

Taylor R.

Golden, CO 80401
(5)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Travis D.

Denver, CO

I have experience with classical and jazz theory. I use theory daily to help me construct chords, compose, improvise, and to analyze songs and solos from musical greats. Music theory can help you connect the dots (literally on the page) and on your chosen instrument.

About Travis

Travis is a music instructor. He has been teaching private guitar lessons since 2006 and is available to teach lessons in your home, in studio, or online. Travis has 9 years of teaching experience and can help you reach your musical goals. In 2009 Travis graduated with honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango CO. After graduating Travis hit the road with indie/soul outfit Hello Dollface and led local funk/soul band Bacon. Both bands had much success holding busy gig schedules, recording albums, and touring. With Travis' culminating experience as a professional guitar player, advanced knowledg
e in classical, jazz, rock, blues, and country playing styles, years of private teaching experience, in home and professional studio experience, and a passion to teach and constantly develop his own playing, Travis can help you achieve your musical goals.
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cheryl March 22, 2016
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Excellent. Despite the fact that first 10 minutes (or more) were spent helping me navigate skype....Travis was very patient. In lesson #1 I learned so much that will help me grow in ability. (I need to practice to really get it but I am so excited about the teaching style.)
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Hari March 17, 2016
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
Had a great 1st class with Mandolin.Travis was patient, took the time to figure out where i am currently at and suggested exercises to practice. look forward to the future classes.
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Vilas V. February 26, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Appreciate Travis patience which is very much required while teaching online.
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Travis D.

Travis D.

Denver, CO 80214
(25)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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