Bryan Bolen
Denver, CO
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Bryan Bolen

Bryan B.

Denver, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I'm inspired to impart a vibrant love for the art of drumming to my students. I value giving students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of rhythm, technique and all styles of music, as well as exploring the individual and creative interests of each of my students.

I have degree in Music Education from CU Boulder (2012) with a special interest in jazz studies, improvisation and classical percussion. I also have thorough experience with traditional Indian spiritual music known as kirtan. I have taught middle school music in Denver public schools as well as privately for ages ranging 7-30. Studied with various professional musicians around Colorado, including Paul Romaine, Mike Marlier, Brad Goode, John Gunther and Doug Walter.

All in all, music is an art form meant for cultivating the human spirit and enriching life. My desire is to impart this gift to my students through the art form of drums, rhythm and creativity.

About Bryan B.

I specialize in teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 7-18. I can work with all types of learners and help them get a good foundation in rhythm, technique and basic drumming styles.

I have been playing drums and music for over 15 years in various formal and informal settings and uniquely, I have vast experience playing in spiritual contexts such as church worship bands as well as meditative and devotional music. Having lived in an ashram for 7 years and used music for spiritual enrichment, I can bring a unique element to the classroom that inspires students in life beyond just the practice room or the concert hall.


Some of my specific musical qualifications:

I have studied with Denver jazz artists such as Paul Romaine and Mike Marlier and classical instructors such as Doug Walter. From my studies at CU Boulder studying music education, I gained a wide variety of experiences from African drumming and dance, to orchestral percussion and styles of drumming including jazz, funk, latin, afro/cuban and second-line. I have experience teaching music in a wide variety of situations including privately as well as in public schools. I have a personal interest in traditional Indian hand drumming (mrdanga or khol) which is used with spiritual music as a practice of meditation and mindfulness.


There may be many expert drummers, but not all of them can teach. I have the training and experience to teach them. Whoever you are and whatever your interests are, I can help you get a strong foundation on drums, expose you to new styles and uncover the potential you have within you for newer and newer heights in the art of drumming.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Barb
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Bryan is an amazing teacher and I was able to learn so much from his years of drumming experience. He has a wonderful teaching style that meets his students individual needs.

Posted May 14, 2020
Tom G.
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Bryan is a wonderful teacher with years of diverse musical experience.

Posted May 13, 2020
Bob
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Bryan is an experienced instructor with a lot of knowledge about drumming. I would recommend Bryan to anyone who is looking for an instructor with versatile skills and a personalized way of teaching.

Posted May 12, 2020
Barb
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Bryan is an experienced drummer and a wonderful teacher. His teaching methods really worked for me. I highly recommend him if you are searching for an instructor who really cares about his students and is knowledgeable about drums..

Posted May 12, 2020
Dave
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Easy going instructor that knows all types of techniques. I like his style and approach to learning the drums.

Posted May 12, 2020

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Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2012 - May 2013

Grant Beacon Middle School

General music teacher for ages 11-15. Taught beginner and intermediate students in drums, guitar, singing, rhythm, and music reading.

Drum teacher
Jan 2010 - May 2013

After Beat Drum Studio

Teaching private lessons on drum set to beginning and intermediate students, ages 7-35.

Education

Monk
May 2013 - May 2020

Denver Brahmachari Ashram

Music Education
Aug 2008 - May 2012

University of Colorado at Boulder

Certifications

Music Education
May 2012

University of Colorado at Boulder

Certification to teach K-12 in public schoos

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