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About Wendy H.

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Peyton, CO
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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

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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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SARA October 6, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great first day!
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Keana J. August 5, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Wendy was a nice teacher I enjoyed taking lessons with her
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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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Wendy H.

Wendy H.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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$40 / 30-min

About Amber J.

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Englewood, CO

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Growing up in Denver, I had a huge desire for singing and performing. By age 14, I was taking weekly singing & piano lessons, was acting constantly in local productions-many times getting the lead role.
Some of the productions I acted in: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Camelot, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and Oliver (Nancy.)
I received a 4-year scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, I entered graduate school at the University of North Texas to con
tinue my singing and piano studies, along with music theory, history, and musical video production.
Upon graduating UNT, I was chosen among 200 performing arts majors to be the featured soloist at the UNT commencement ceremonies. This led to an offer to tour Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra. For the next two summers I performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students progress VERY quickly! As a teacher, I can easily identify my students’ strengths and weaknesses, and plan an individualized study course. I will instill a solid set of production skills that will easily serve ANY style of music you choose (from rock to opera.)
I will make for you a personalized recording for you to practice with daily. We will also work on songs you LOVE!
My students will have performance opportunities every 3 months. I will prepare you for college entrance auditions, TV contests, and television appearances. My students make extraordinary progress-I want you to become one of them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
10x15 dedicated music room, piano, lovely mountain view, mirrors, microphone and sound equipment available for students. The parents of students are welcome to stay in the room with the students, if they choose.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a piano and I will purchase the method book I want the student to use but I do require reimbursement for books and shipping if required. Student provides notebooks and pens.

*** Specialties ***
Seth Riggs, Popular vocal technique "Singing For The Stars"
John W. Schaum for piano
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Leila P. February 21, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Amber provides excellent direction & coaching. She also provides great praise to build confidence. She helped my daughter prepare for an audition, which included both singing & a dramatic reading.
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Jake G. October 11, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Great first lesson!
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Sienna L. October 6, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Amber is amazing! My daughter has absolutely loved working with her!!!
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Amber J.

Amber J.

Englewood, CO 80110
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About Ellen W.

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Littleton, CO

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Lowell Mason, often called the father of music education believed that music contributed to the well-being of the individual: “It united that person with God and created better homes, and better citizens, and happier human beings.

In other words, music helps society in that people are more loving, happy, and law abiding.

I aim to teach my students not just how to sing, but the value of music and how it can change their lives and the lives of others. Music is much more than a group of pitches and rhythms put together to form something pleasing to our ears. Music is the study of science
, a record of human history, an international language, and therapy to the human soul.

I grew up in Centennial, Colorado and started playing the violin in 4th grade. I developed an interest in singing in middle school, and started voice lessons when I was 16. I have been singing ever since!

I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April 2009, with a Bachelor degree in Music Science. I emphasized in vocal instruction.

I am happily married to my husband, Kevin, who is currently studying to be an optometrist.
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Marianne T. June 22, 2015
Verified Student · Violin · In studio
She is incredible, fantastic! My daughter and I love her! She's very sweet and a great teacher. She connected with my daughter and my daughter loves her lessons. Absolutely recommend her!
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Lara H. October 29, 2014
Verified Student · Violin · In studio
Ellen is excellent! She has listened to our daughter and helped her to learn several songs on the violin which is what she wanted. She is actually practicing almost daily! Ellen plays alongside her so she can get a feel for the notes and how they sound. I like the way she teaches. She encourages and praises our daughter all the time.
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Ellen W.

Littleton, CO 80126
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About Teresa V.

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Evergreen, CO
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Teresa Anne V., originally from Boulder, Colorado, has taken her career from coast to coast, and abroad. She began her stage career as a classical ballerina, training and performing with such notable companies as The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (Dance) and University of Utah (BFA- Theatre), Teresa has gone on to craft a dense and eclectic resume on both coasts and internationally as an Actress and as a Dancer/Choreographer (classical & contemporary works, Argentine Tango, musical theatre).
Teresa’s film credits include screen time with acad
emy award winning actor, Sean Penn in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” leading roles in independent film gems such as “Life at Bay”, “The Hideout”, and “Seven Fallen Objects.”, and stars in nationally running commercials for Dyson Vacuums and Animal Planet. Her vast theatre credit highlights include “Tango Fever”(TeatroLaTea, NYC), “Buried Child” (Aaron Davis Hall, NYC); ”Objectivity”(FischHouseThtr, SF), ”Scheme of Things”(El Portal Thtr, LosAngeles), ”Light in the Shadow”(The Complex, Los Angeles).
Prior to returning to New York in the Spring of 2012, Teresa dedicated her dance career to a tango dance partnership in Warsaw where she performed, toured, taught, and also stepped in as a dance consultant to the 2011 winners of the Polish edition of "Dancing With The Stars."
After her time abroad,Teresa taught/choreographed/performed full time in NYC until 2015. She is now based in her homestate of Colorado. Frequently she is a guest judge for Dance Competitions across the country.
In addition, Teresa has launched a series of specialized dance programs (“Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique & Tango Stylization”), Choreographic and Acting intensives, and specialized workshops for professional/pre-professional dancers. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.
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Gail April 2, 2016
· Ballet · Online
As an older person who never had ballet lesson, this could have been a very intimidating experience but Teresa was very patient and thoughtful about her instruction. She really wanted to be certain I understood the terms, technique and overall format of ballet. A great experience! I look forward to my next lesson!
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Lisa April 1, 2016
· Sewing · In studio
She made me feel right at home, talked through every step in the sewing process, gave me pointers without taking over built my confidence while guiding me along the way
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MacKenzie March 31, 2016
Verified Student · Dance · Online
Teresa did an amazing job! She quickly figured out how best to work together even over Skype! Amazing!!!
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Teresa V.

Teresa V.

Evergreen, CO 80439
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$90 / 60-min

About Gregory S.

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Monument, CO

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Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West", directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Beresford; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; Scotland's Edinburgh Festival production of "The Consul," cast and directed by the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American a
rts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School; taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College; taught Voice at Indiana University; and, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."

He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.
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Lisa November 15, 2016
· Singing · In home
Gregory is a wonderful instructor, kind yet direct in his instruction, so very knowledgable about singing it's truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether one is a serious student with a career future in mind, or someone who wants to sing better, Gregory will treat that student with equal respect. It's easy to see he loves singing and helping others achieve their personal goals. Highly recommended!
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Madison Benton August 29, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Gregory has been more than fantastic, I have never felt more connected with music and my own voice than ever before. He helped me understand the little structures I can do with my voice and stage acting to help me excel in the future.
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Madison benton November 17, 2015
Verified Student · Audition Prep · In studio
Fantastic first lesson. He really took the time to get to know me and where I want to go with my skills.
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Gregory S.

Gregory S.

Monument, CO 80132
(16)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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