Molly Moran
Denver, CO
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Molly Moran

Molly M.

Denver, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I welcome piano students of all ages and levels of experience. I don't have a set curriculum or required method book, as I feel that it's important to tailor lessons to the individual student. I work with my students to learn how to read music and feel it's important to include theory and ear training to have a more complete understanding of how and why we do what we do as we're playing. I specialize in classical music, but am happy to work on music from other genres such as rock, pop, and Broadway, or others. I feel this allows my students to be fully engaged at their lessons when the music we're working on is something that interests them.

About Molly M.

I have loved music almost all my life. I began my lifelong journey to immerse myself in learning piano at age seven. At thirteen, I added violin lessons as well. By the time I reached high school, I knew that music would be my major in college, and that music would always be a vital part of my life.
I played violin with my high school orchestra, including taking part in productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Anything Goes. I also played piano with the orchestra, and performed the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor in concert. I played the piano for my school’s top show choir as well, performing with the group throughout the Denver area. I was also a member of the Colorado All-State Orchestra. All this time, I continued my private lessons in both piano and violin.
While still in high school, I auditioned for, and got, the title role in the Country Dinner Playhouse’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
After high school, I chose the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music to continue my music education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Music degree in piano. I was invited to join the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. I have also completed my Master of Music in piano at Lamont School of Music.
While in college, I accompanied many vocal and instrumental students, and discovered the joy of chamber and collaborative music. I formed partnerships and friendships with many other musicians, including professional musicians in several countries. I have also worked as a pianist for several area churches and spent one holiday season as a pianist at Nordstrom.
I believe that music should be an integral part of a well-rounded education. I hope that my passion for music will enable me to help others find the same joy and appreciation.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student learns differently and that those differences should be embraced. For that reason, I do not advocate a specific method or curriculum. I will work with each student individually to determine what method of learning will work best for them. Together we will decide what our curriculum should be so that we can incorporate not only learning, but fun into lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer desk, piano, dedicated music room, space for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music

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Stuart R.
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Great first class!

Posted Apr 27, 2020
Joshua
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Molly is teaching my five- and eight-year-old daughters. The books and lessons are age appropriate, and the girls really enjoy the lessons and like Molly. They are making good progress. We're very pleased.

Posted Jul 29, 2019
James
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Very nice teacher. Let you know the basics when you need to know it.

Posted Dec 29, 2018
Yvonne
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Molly built in some flexibility in our lesson, which was nice. As an adult, she asked my goals and suggested that we build in some music I played as a child—that we could find easier formats of the songs or find easier pieces within that childhood piano book. I like that Molly has availability on weekends too because it is hard for me to be across town after work.

Posted Nov 11, 2018
Ivan Y.
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good job

Posted Oct 28, 2018
Coral
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If you are an adult and want to learn piano Molly is the answer. She is very knowledgeable and her musicality is top notch. I have a music background and she keeps me focused and teaches me things about the piano that differ from other instruments. If you are new to music or new to the piano I would highly recommend Molly as a teacher.

Posted Jan 7, 2018
Coral
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Molly was awesome. She listened to me and we mapped out a plan to further my piano skills while continuing to make it a fun experience. I think I'm gonna be with her for a long time.

Posted Nov 13, 2017
Debbie A.
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My daughters adore Molly! She is patient, kind, supportive, positive, flexible and knows how to teach piano. She even helped my teenager learn a Shawn Mendes song. Lol! :)

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Pat S.
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Molly was extremely patient with my 8/9 year old daughter. She provided great lessons that my daughter could easily understand.

Posted Mar 15, 2017
Karen
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Had my first lesson with Molly on Tuesday Feb 14th. She is very nice and made me feel extremely comfortable. I am looking forward to my future lessons. Karen C.

Posted Feb 15, 2017
Ariana
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Molly has been very patient with my 8 year old daughter. Great instructor!

Posted Dec 7, 2016
SueEllen B.
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So happy to have found Molly. She's very understanding about personal taste in music

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Lola
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Today we had our first piano lesson with Molly. My eight year old daughter absolutely loved her! Even though my daughter talked way too much instead of listening, Molly dealt with that with alot of patience and my daughter came home with some great excersizes to practice. She's a very talented, patient and knowledgeable teacher. Just one lesson and I'd highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 30, 2016
Natasha
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I love working with Molly, She is a awesome instructor, I would have never got as far as i have now without her!

Posted Jan 29, 2016
Deb C.
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10 stars! She's excellent! She really stays on task. Answers all my questions. Absolutely recommend!

Posted Dec 2, 2015
Jean W.
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I'm comfortable and confident with Molly, and I believe that I made the right choice for piano lessons with her.

Posted Nov 30, 2015
Tomas R.
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Wonderful first lesson! My son was very excited!

Posted Nov 19, 2015
Tomas R.
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Wonderful first lesson! My son was very excited!

Posted Nov 19, 2015
Valerie B.
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I was please with my lesson this time because we went over a piece I wanted to learn. For example, the notes and figuring. I am concern about when will I know that I have learned a piece or song well enough to move on to something else. I thought this lesson was great.

Posted Oct 4, 2015
Dawson R.
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Molly utilized many different things to keep out three year old paying attention for the duration of the lesson. His name begins with 'D' so he was more than happy to find all the 'D' keys on the keyboard. The lesson was filled with these sorts of interactions and it was quite obvious Molly has worked with small children before. We are eagerly anticipating our next lesson!

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Noah L.
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Molly is patient, encouraging and fun. My 8 year old loves his lessons. So glad we found her!

Posted Sep 12, 2015
Deb C.
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Molly is extremely patience. I never feel stressed during the lessons even after returning to the piano after not taking lessons since she was in junior high. Molly is very flexible with scheduling and understanding of personal matter! Great teacher would not want to work with anyone else!

Posted Jul 23, 2015
Sydney V.
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She is really the best instructor she is sweet and funny and makes learning the best part!!!! If you have Molly she is the best and you are very lucky

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Sydney V.
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She is really the best instructor she is sweet and funny and makes learning the best part!!!! If you have Molly she is the best and you are very lucky

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Debbie A.
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Molly is very encouraging, professional, prompt and kind. My daughters are enjoying their lessons and I have seen improvement.

Posted Nov 26, 2014
John W.
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I really like working with Molly. I am an older student who is new to the piano. I wanted someone to act like a tutor and help me with whatever I wanted to work on rather than try to push me through a classical program. Molly is always encouraging and constructive. She has also helped me manage my account with TakeLessons when they cancel lessons or overcharge me. I highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 13, 2014
Mark V.

Excellent source for finding instructors, great teacher

Take Lessons is a great source for finding instructors that match an individuals learning style as well as a one stop site to find a wide selection of instructors. Molly has been very flexible in the adapting to the way I want to learn and is very patient. She shows me better ways of maneuvering around the keyboard and alternate ways of playing the piece so that it sounds right to my ear. I am sure she is just as good at teaching the classical approach to learning, but as I am older and interested in learning songs and playing for fun Molly understands that at teaches accordingly.

Posted Aug 23, 2012
SusanC4

Molly is an awesome teacher. I am 55 years old and have decided to take lessons. She is patient and kind. She allows you to be you. She never makes me feel out of place. She is a great inspiration to me. I look forward to and enjoy playing! Susan Cooper

Posted Jun 20, 2012
CoreyE

Great teacher. I am learning songs that I want to learn which makes lessons fun.

Posted Apr 16, 2012
DustinR

flexible schedule and very nice

Molly is very flexible in scheduling and very nice. Obviously also very accomplished piano player.

Posted Mar 30, 2011
SusanR1

Molly is an excellent teacher. She is patient, encouraging and very knowledgeable. She has very innovative ideas for our lesson plan and is exceptional!

Posted Feb 23, 2011

Experience

Accompanist
Apr 2014 - Present

Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir

Education

Master of Music
Sep 1991 - Jun 1997

University of Denver

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2013
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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