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Lisa G.

Aurora, CO

About Lisa

I am a Colorado Native with a Music Degree from the University of Denver. I started playing the violin in elementary school and never stopped! I picked up the Viola in college. I enjoy playing that as well.
I have been teaching group classes for the Cherry Creek School district for over 10 years and love that. I have been teaching private lessons for over 10 years as well. Both are challenging in very different ways.
I enjoy watching my students learn and grow through music.
I love playing with an orchestra and playing with a quartet. I've played with several different local groups
over the years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do not offer one size fits all lessons. I tailor my lessons to fit the needs and goals of each individual student. I use a variety of different method books based on the musical background of each student.
You can expect that I will ask a bunch of questions at the beginning of your lessons, and I will try a bunch of things at first. And then will make a decision based on what I think will be the best fit.
I like to utilize what technology has to offer, and I have a keyboard and a computer available at every lesson. I use them for ear training and listening activities.
I like to make sure that music is fun, however I will expect that students are doing the work at home, so at home practice is expected.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ violin, piano, keyboard, music stands, and seating for parents.
Please note that I do have a dog in the home, please let me know if you have allergies.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning and intermediate violin. I teach a classic style.
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Jackie V. October 22, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter, Katie, started her first violin lessons this year with Lisa. I wasn't sure if she was going to enjoy playing the violin as she is only 6 yrs old and pretty lively (hard to keep her still!), but Katie loved Lisa from the start. Lisa is friendly, patient, and easy going with Katie. Within a couple of months, Katie was already practicing her second song and sight reading her music. Lisa is a great violin teacher!
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Pam N. April 2, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Patient

Lisa is so patient with my active 5 yr old. She keeps my daughter interested in coming back!
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JaymeM March 20, 2012
very patient teacher!

Lisa is very patient! My son is a typical 8 yr old boy with lots of energy and she is very good at keeping him focused. She is also very good at working on 1 thing at a time and not overwhelming students with no music experience. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning violin.
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Lisa G.

Lisa G.

Aurora, CO 80016
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Joey I.

Denver, CO

About Joey

My name is Joey and I have been teaching guitar and drums for 4 years. I am 22 years old and have been playing music for 10 years. I have a strong passion for music and teaching, which is why it's my only job. If I am not teaching, I am playing or recording music. Music saved my life. I am completely dedicated to it. I strive to learn every second of my waking existence. And it rewards me. More than any other reward I have ever received, minus love itself. I love inspiring people in anyway I can. I have learned a lot of life's lessons through music, and I am here to share them with you. Here
is a quick listen of what I can do for you and what I require of you before lessons begin: Guitar Genres I can teach-Classical, pop, singer/songwriter, reggae, hard rock, metal, blues, country and jazz.  Techniques I can teach:
-alternate picking, sweep picking, down picking for metal, finger picking, strumming, and many more!
-Chords/ melody/scales/modes/intervals/left hand exercises
-Rhythm-I'm a drum teacher, so this is self explanatory.
-If you pick a song you want to learn, I can give you the music for it, and teach it to you.
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Guitar Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. 2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Acoustic or electric guitar.
5.Tuner and metronome. Drums: Genres I can teach-Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Shuffle,Hip Hop, Rap, Metal, Jazz, and Electronic.

Techniques I can teach:
-Counting
- Basic and advanced stick control (rebound stroke, bounce stroke, finger technique)
-Independence
-Feel
-Linear drumming
-Drum grooves of all sorts
-Rudiments (40 basic and also hybrid rudiments)
-Timing, time signatures, and tempo.
-Foot technique (double bass, hi hattechnique)
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Drum Requirements:   Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. :)
2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Practice pad and drum sticks
5.Metronome
6.I do not require students to have a drum set to learn drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
I promise all of my students the best atmosphere when I'm teaching you. Music is 90% mental, and the best way to be able to control your mentality is to be in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I will provide that no matter what. I'm a funny guy and I tend to crack jokes a lot so be prepared to laugh! I'm here to help you and make you reach your highest potential. I'm a laid back teacher but I always do expect that my students take what I have given them and practice, practice, practice! Everything you want lies in choice, so it should be your choice on how well you want to be able to play music. I will be your tour guide through the vast and infinite pool of musical experience! So what are you waiting for?

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD 9 electronic drumset, PRS SE custom, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Macbook pro with Logic, Ableton, Guitar rig 4, and Superior Drummer 2.0. Akai mpk49 midi keyboard, 40 inch Sceptre LCD display, and a Rodes NT2A condenser microphone.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar-Classical, Hard rock, Reggae, Jazz, Metal.
Drums-Rock, Drum corps, Electronica, Blues, Metal
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Jeff E. January 13, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons from Joey for about 4 months now and let me tell you it is a joy! Joey not only know music, music theory, and musical techniques, he is very passionate about it. He is very patient and can lead you down the path to help you achieve your goals regardless of the experience you currently have with your instrument. He is up front with you that learning to play is not magic, it requires hard work. I am 59 years old and finally decided learn to how to play the guitar after messing around with it on and off over the years. Joey has already got me playing the guitar solo from Maybe I'm Amazed and the intro riff to Purple Haze. He is also teaching me scales and music theory. I am having a blast! I would recommend Joey to anyone in any age group who is serious about learning to play. Thanks, Joey! Jeff Emerson
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JenniferE January 7, 2011
Joey feedback

My son loves working with Joey. He has been really great and a perfect fit for Joshua!
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TimC June 10, 2010
Great Teacher

Joey is an excellent guitar instructor. He is giving my son and myself exactly what each of us needs to be good guitarists, even though we are both at different levels.
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Joey I.

Joey I.

Aurora, CO 80016
(4)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Nicole R.

Castle Rock, CO

About Nicole

I have been studying violin for 16 years and have had diverse experiences in performing all kinds of music from classical to rock. As of Spring 2013 I completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Psychology. During my education i was fortunate enough to study violin with Jerilyn Jorgensen and perform in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan. I was also able to study violin, music performance, and composition with Carlo Feige, Roberto Andreoni, and Simone Fontenelli in Milan, Italy for 3 months during my junior year. During my undergraduate degree i chose to
accompany my music with a psychology degree, focusing on cognition as well as social and child psychology, becauseI knew that such knowledge would allow me to help my students learn better. Given the extensive nature of my musical training and my great passion for music and specifically violin, I can offer a student an engaging and instructive experience, that will allow them to reach any goal.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take an all inclusive approach to teaching violin, that encourages students to proactively participate in the learning process by having a choice in what they play, as well as by learning about the music's history. My lessons are really geared around encouraging a student's creativity and musicality while at the same time providing them with the tools to work through each piece and each technical aspect of playing the violin.

Within the first few months of lessons with me a beginning student will have learned several short student pieces from a variety of composers. They will have firmly solidified the first hand position and will have started developing a bow hold that produces a clean solid tone.

Moving forward beyond the first 3 months I like to move a student on to longer pieces with more variety in bow techniques and more variety in musical styles. Depending on how fast a student progresses I may also choose to start moving the student in to learning third position, which will expand the students tone and the kinds of pieces the student can play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in the living room. There is seating for parents and plenty of parking.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin
Suzuki Pedagogy
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Lynea C. April 13, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Moving forward with an eye on a strong foundation

My daughter has had 2 other teachers. The first thing I noticed was that Nicole paid attention to technique, posture and sound quality. It took a bit, but she helped my daughter relearn some overlooked basics. The immediate difference was amazing. Then the approach Nicole takes in helping students learn to listen to and understand their own playing really increased my daughters motivation to improve. She has improved tremendously and is having fun doing it.
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Mikayla I. March 11, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher

Nicole is an excellent teacher that understands her students and teaches them in a way that is geared toward them individually. She listens and is very patient. While not only encouraging the student, she also challenges them thus opening up creativity and a love for the violin.
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Danelle K. August 20, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher!

Our daughter had a previous violin instructor for 3 years and had a great foundation. However, we knew it was time to take her to the next level with technique and note reading. Nicole is very knowledgeable about violin technique, its history, and about music. My daughter has grown tremendously. Her intonation, note reading confidence, and rhythm has greatly improved. She has a new found excitement for her instrument again!
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Nicole R.

Nicole R.

Castle Rock, CO 80108
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mike M.

Littleton, CO

About Mike

Hi,

I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!

As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perf
ecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.

Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socialize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!

My Complete Education:

Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.

My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.

My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.

Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.

Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.

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My Personal Philosophy:

In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other players and fans of the trade, through which I have experienced some of my most rewarding moments with, as well as making some life-long friends along the way. So to me, MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE!!!, not just something that you do, and that concept is the fundamental reason why my lessons will often go far beyond just the common practices of instruction, to not only show you WHY you would want to use a certain rhythm or technique, but also HOW to apply it in a real situation in the most musical way. Through the deeper understanding of music, there is an equally deeper understanding of ones self..........

My Approach:

Drumming is a very root level based instrument. It is primal in its nature and very emotionally driven. This is great in many ways, for playing the drums can be meditative, or used to relieve stress and pent-up energy, but the bottom line is that drumming is expressive and FUN!!!

So keep in mind that while there is a student-teacher relationship that I must keep, in order to get my points across, you really should enjoy each and every lesson while you're learning. It's proven that you'll retain more of the information that I'm teaching if I can get you to leave with a SMILE on your face!!

OK, so the real trick to what I do as a teacher that sets me apart is my approach. I don't have a "cookie cutter" format for stamping out drummers that all sound the same and have the same library of beats to pull from. If you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I will custom tailor a lesson, or a set of lessons in order to maximize our time together, all while allowing you to develop your own individual voice on the instrument.

For beginners, I will set up a more structured program to get you up to the level where we can begin to experiment a little more and be able to play along with some popular songs. Using a few time tested books, some rudimentary exercises, and few hand written examples, you will begin to see results immediately. Together we will keep a binder of notes that contain all of your previous and current exercises, and from lesson to lesson you will be able to see the progress that you are making through your collection of notes and music. With this method I have taught everyone from 5 to 65 how to navigate their way around the drums, so you will be in good company if it's your first time on this instrument.

As far as the intermediate to the advanced player is concerned, well, we are going to have a great time jamming together and sharing amazing contemporary concepts. I will still offer the structured program to anyone that is interested, but for the drummer that already has years of playing under their belt, I really have something special to offer you. Odd time, Mixed Meter, Four Limb Independence, Ostinatos, Displacement, and even Polyrhythm

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Drumsets, Ludwig Drumsets, Sabian cymbals, Istanbul cymbals, DW drum pedals, Various reading materials, a stereo, mixer and isolation headphones for playing along with music tracks at full live volume. Comfortable thrones to sit on while playing. Various instructional DVDs that can be borrowed from time to time.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion
Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.
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Aaron S. June 10, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks Mike, so much great info!
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Ande W. December 31, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
First Time Student

My son has been taking drum lessons with Mike for several months. He had never played drums prior to his first lesson and Mike has been nothing but patient and very professional with him. My son really enjoys the lessons and is learning so much more than I expected. Super happy with Mike and his knowledge of the drums along with his patience and communication. Would highly recommend him!
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Stefan B. November 19, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Mike is a great Drum instructor. I am a beginner and felt he did a great job with my skill level. He has a lesson plan but is very flexible in learning the style of music you want to hear. He helps you achieve the goal you have with drums whether it is to be in a band or just for a hobby.

Lessons are fun and detailed without being boring.
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Mike M.

Mike M.

Littleton, CO 80122
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Eric R.

Littleton, CO

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.

Eric R.

Littleton, CO 80126
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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