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Wendy H.

Peyton, CO

If you take piano lessons from me, you can expect to learn to read notes and play in many varieties of music like pop, folk, classic etc. I have been teaching for 30 years and use many different books to build foundation and proper technique. I like to add fun songs that my students want to play as soon as they are able so it keeps their interest. I believe in taking a lessons every week as it keeps the learning progressing and the interest intact. I believe lessons should be fun, but we work hard also. If your interest is to write, improvise, or arrange music, I am able to help you with that 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

I have taught piano since 1971. I use the Bastien series because I have found it to be the most creative and easy to learn method. I also use what it is you want to learn to play. It is as important to play some things for fun and enjoyment

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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Reviews

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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
Verified Student
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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Jenny S. November 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Love comming to Kay!

Kay really knows how to bring the good out of you! Nervous? Have to fear, she will help build your confidence, and with practice, will help you get going in the right direction!
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Kay M.

Kay M.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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$30 / 30-min
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Heather C.

Parker, CO

Private piano lessons for students ages 5-21. Beginners through advanced students. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each student. Technology implemented in the lessons.

About Heather

Heather C. MAED, B.A.
Piano Instructor
Heather C. is a member of the Douglas & Elbert County Music Teachers Association (DEMTA), the Colorado Music Teachers Association (CMTA), the National Music Teachers Association (MTNA), Colorado Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Ms. C. has taught in Arapahoe & Douglas counties since 2003 when she moved to the metro area. Each year from 2006-2012 her students have competed in the DEMTA music festival, achieving some of the highest marks in the competition. Several students each year have placed first in their divisio
n & performed in honors concerts, accepting trophies for their 1st place finish.
Heather is a native of Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Colorado to pursue a career in music education at the University of Northern Colorado. Heather graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. At UNC Heather performed in the Symphonic Band where she was featured as a piccolo soloist for two straight years. Heather obtained the largest music scholarship given to any musician in the history of the music department.
Heather has played piano & flute for over 26 years competing & winning local, national, & international competitions. At UNC Heather studied extensively in music theory, ear training, & music history. In 1994, as well as 1998 Heather took part in the Pacific Basin Band Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii where her school band won the competition against the Pacific Rim states, as well as against Japanese & Australian symphonic bands. In this competition Heather was featured as a solo jazz pianist & as a piccolo soloist.
Heather played piano for three high school choirs in 1995-1996. Heather performed on piano for the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska in 1997. From 1994-1998 She was a piano accompanist for several soloists helping them achieve the highest marks on their performance competitions. Heather played lead piano in the pit orchestra in the musical Fame.

1990-1994
Studied under:
• Alyeen Haynan; a renowned piano instructor who was taught by a second generation pupil of Franz Joseph Haydn, one of the world’s last Classical composers.
• Gail Payne, the principal flutist with the Zimbabwe National Symphony
• Dorli McWayne the principal flutist with the Fairbanks symphony & the flute professor at UAF.
1994-1998
Studied under:
• Lavella Briggs, M.A. piano performance; emphasis in jazz piano
• Jean Lenoir, B.A. flute performance & M.D. music education
1997
• Toured with the Sound of America performing in the following countries & cities: Frankfurt, Germany; Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Saalfelden, Austria; Venice, Italy; Stresa, Italy; Grindelwald, Switzerland; Interlaken, Switzerland; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; Dijon, France; Paris France; Disneyland Paris, France; Reims, France; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; & Heidelberg, Germany. In Salzburg, Austria; performed for Hilary & Chelsea Clinton; featured on CNN news.
1998-2000
Studied under:
• Ken Singelton; two M.D. degrees Yale school of music, conductor of the Denver Brass
• Elizabeth Singelton; M.A. flute performance & published several albums
• Sylvia Greenfield; M.A. flute performance, recorded numerous motion picture & TV soundtracks with Twentieth-Century Fox, MGM, Columbia, & Warner Brothers studio orchestras.

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Heather C.

Heather C.

Parker, CO 80138
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$35 / 30-min
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Taylor I.

Colorado Springs, CO

Piano instruction for all ages! Whether it is for your child or yourself, I will help you reach your goals and learn piano. I teach various styles, from classical, to popular music, to church hymns and carols.

About Taylor

Hello! My name is Taylor I. and I am a professional flautist in Colorado Springs.

I received my Masters of Music in Orchestral Artistry - Flute from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. As an orchestral musician, I have performed internationally with groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Graduate Orchestra, and the Kensington Philharmonic. As a soloist, my live performances have been broadcast on NPR and BBC Radio (UK). I have been on faculty at the Northeast Florida Conservatory, First Coast Community Music School, and the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra. I am als
o the director and instructor of Flute Insanity, an annual summer flute course now in its 5th year.
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Taylor I.

Taylor I.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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$24 / 30-min
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Annie H.

Littleton, CO

I have 18+ years of piano experience and have been told to be a very patient and encouraging instructor.

About Annie

I am a engaging, enthusiastic tutor who seeks to be sensitive to the needs, learning style, and progress of my students. I have tutored various ages and levels, from college to grade school. I enjoy providing structure and prior research for my students in their subjects of learning, which I have found to build confidence and yield higher results. I have a degree in Biology and the sciences are my main subject of instruction. However, I do have experience and knowledge in the additional subjects listed as well. I enjoy getting to know my students and try to give them a sense of security a
nd direction for them to achieve the most from their studies.
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Annie H.

Annie H.

Littleton, CO 80129
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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