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Wendy H.

Peyton, CO

If you take guitar lessons with me, you can expect to be able to read and play notes as well as chords. You will be able to take music written for other instruments or voice and translate it to guitar music. I have been teaching guitar for 30 years. I use a variety of teaching books which also include fun pop music or what ever style that you are interested in playing. I believe that lessons should be taken every week as it keeps the progression of learning and interest going. If it is your interest to sing and accompany yourself with the guitar, I can do that for you also.

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
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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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Kay M.

Colorado Springs, CO

Playing guitar can be so much fun! I can teach you the basics or how to be better at what you already can do.

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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Teryn O. July 7, 2015
Singing · In home
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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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John L. April 4, 2014
Guitar
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Nailed it!!!

Kay has been great working with me. I am 24 and have been teaching myself guitar for about a year and then just got stuck, I didn't know how to advance or get any better; and she has been great getting me back on track and I feel confident working on improving. I am also taking voice lessons with Kay and have never done so with anyone before and was never in choir in high school or college, and feel much more confident in my own ability. She is very good at making me feel confident and working with my difficult schedule. She has also inspired me to get back into playing piano. I played for 6 years when I was in high school and she is helping me with my musical identity. Kay is great!!!
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Kay M.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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Eric R.

Littleton, CO

I teach basic jazz guitar using a combination of traditional pick method books, either using written music notation or guitar tab, as well as repertoire appropriate for each student's skill level.

About Eric

*** Specialties ***
Beginning Guitar, Jazz, Improvisation, Fingerstyle, Classical
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Megan N. July 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Eric is an incredibly talented guitar player with a wide range of knowledge and experience that combine to make for a great guitar instructor. My 8 year old son has been his student for the past 2 years and has progressed quickly and has an understanding of guitar that others kids his age do not. I have and do recommend Eric.
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Eric R.

Littleton, CO 80126
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Garry M.

Littleton, CO

Beginning guitar to music composition and performance.

About garry

About Me:

I teach all ages 8-80 years old.

Working with Kids:

For parents, I have been SET-trained (Safe Environment Training) by my Church, and I have passed an extensive background check with the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA).

I have been playing guitar since I was in the Navy over 40 years ago. I am a musician, singer-songwriter, poet, philosopher, actor, and teacher. I currently teach guitar at the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA). I previously taught guitar for Foothills Fine Arts Academy. Additionally, I occasionally perform at local restaurants
(guitar and sing).

Goals:

All of my teaching will center around not only learning the basics of playing the guitar, but also to help build self-confidence in my students. Teaching my students how to sing and play at the same time will also be a priority. Most musicians today either play or sing, not both. By learning this ability early in the student's training, they will become more confident, and ultimately become a more valued member of a music group.

Most teachers start music lessons with learning to read notes, and endless scales. This tends to be very tedious, and burns out students early on in their studies. My technique for teaching guitar is what is known as the "Cowboy" chords method. This technique teaches how to “talk” music with chords, before learning to read and write (just like a baby learns). Using this method all students will be playing songs almost immediately.

What to Expect:

In the beginning, seeing what you're going to learn may seem overwhelming! It's not if you take it one step at a time.

Everything will seem awkward and confusing at first. The guitar will feel uncomfortable and your fingertips will feel some pain and tenderness. This is common and will change with persistent practice. Eventually, your fingertips won't hurt anymore, and your guitar will become as comfortable as an old friend.

With practice playing gets easier and easier. I always recommend practicing with a friend. Before you know it, playing the guitar will become second nature ... you'll be able to play with the best of them! Be persistent and never give up!
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Garry M.

Garry M.

Littleton, CO 80129
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$27.50 / 45-min
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Andrew S.

Parker, CO

About Andrew

Andrew has been playing music for 15 years. He has a degree in performance guitar from the world renowned "Musicians Institute" (M.I.) located in Hollywood, California. Andrew is an accomplished electric, acoustic, classical, and bass guitar player, and is also fluent in drums and percussion. Writing and producing original arrangements for classical guitar and even taking on the role of a full band in the studio has been a gift and passion of his for many years. He is a gifted producer, capable of taking your music to the next level. Aside from being a musician, Andrew has spent close to 10 y
ears honing the craft of audio/studio engineering, studying with the likes of Enrico Sesselego (engineer for Steve Vai) and others. What makes Andrew stand out as an audio engineer is his experience as a musician with many different styles of music. Andrew has given music lessons for many years and understands how to communicate on a musical level with his clients.
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Andrew S.

Andrew S.

Parker, CO 80134
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$40 / 30-min

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