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Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO

About Ricardo

I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailo
r my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, Bolero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.
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Chery E. September 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ricardo listened closely to my goals, analyzed the level that I'm currently at and prepared a personalized practice system for me that I'm excited about! I recommend him highly.
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Liam Skulley April 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
This guy is fantastic. He has worked with me on everything that I've needed and then some and I would highly recommend him to any of my friends.
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Antony A. April 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Ricardo is very talented, knowledgeable and an excellent instructor. My son was 5 years old when we started with him. My son is now playing the piano well and really enjoys his lesson. I would definitely recommend him.
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Ricardo P.

Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO 80020
(15)
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 ***
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evels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Zachary September 18, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Enjoyed my first lesson, looking forward to future lessons.
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Cameron September 16, 2016
Bagpipes · Online
Verified Student
Cameron had a great first lesson and is looking forward to the next one!
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Dyane September 8, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Michael is great, he takes the time to demonstrate if I don't pick something up right away and he makes himself always available for a question (lesson time or not).
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Michael L.

Michael L.

Golden, CO 80401
(21)
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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Murphy Storen June 13, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
He's an awesome teacher and an awesome guy. I learned a lot! I would highly recommend him.
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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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William C.

William C.

Boulder, CO 80302
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan V.

Broomfield, CO

About Ryan

Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is based in the Denver/Boulder, CO area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to principal ch
airs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo, the Black Diamond Quartet, and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released in early 2016. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
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George September 17, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan really knows how to play sax. I feel confident that he'll be able to help me play better.
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Kerry N. August 24, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!
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Laurie B. December 20, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.

Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.

I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
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Ryan V.

Ryan V.

Boulder, CO 80309
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Ben A.

Louisville, CO

About Ben

My name is Ben and I am a guitarist with a piano habit on the side. I've been playing music for 10 years now, and I have been teaching for 3 years. I have played in bands since middle school and have performed on stages such as the fox and the creek fest battle of the bands. My teaching style is all about what the student is interested in achieving, and I have received consistently positive feedback from my students.
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Amy M. April 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I've tried several times to play guitar and Ben was so patient with me! He has a very comfortable demeanor and made me feel at ease right away.
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Sonja March 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I had a great experience with Ben teaching me the very beginnings of basic guitar. I'm a mom from Lafayette, CO who plays piano and wants to pick up just the basics of guitar. Ben was very patient with me and also flexible about his approach. He knew right away how to teach me the basics. He is a creative soul and fantastic player himself which is inspiring to be around. I learned more in a few lessons about theory (which I love and asked for) and some basic playing than I expected. I know he can teach all the way to more advanced playing for those who would want it!
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Ben A.

Ben A.

Louisville, CO 80027
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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