Ricardo Pena

Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO

About Ricardo P.

Ricardo teaches: Ages 6 to 80
Teaching since: January 1990
Last sign in: Today


I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailor my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, Bolero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.

Photos and Videos

Ricardo sings lead and plays lead guitar with his band on this rock and roll tune.


Band leader: singer, guitarist and keyboardist

Sep 1996 - Present
The Ricardo P. band

The Ricardo P. Band is a variety band composed of some of the finest musicians in the state. The band is well known for their impressive musicianship and versatility. They perform concerts, clubs and many private events including weddings and corporate parties.

Music instruction

Aug 1990 - Present
Piano, Guitar and Voice lessons

I have been teaching music students of all ages since 1990. This includes teaching piano, guitar and singing in all different styles.


Piano performance

Sep 1987 - Jun 1991
State University of New York at Buffalo

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st place winner of the 2011 International Blues Challenge

Jul 2011
International Blues Challenge
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16 Reviews on Ricardo P.

Bryce D. Oct 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great to work with.
Chery E. Sep 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ricardo listened closely to my goals, analyzed the level that I'm currently at and prepared a personalized practice system for me that I'm excited about! I recommend him highly.
Liam Skulley Apr 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
This guy is fantastic. He has worked with me on everything that I've needed and then some and I would highly recommend him to any of my friends.
Antony A. Apr 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Ricardo is very talented, knowledgeable and an excellent instructor. My son was 5 years old when we started with him. My son is now playing the piano well and really enjoys his lesson. I would definitely recommend him.
Susan Apr 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Ricardo is the BEST, he is very talented, he got the ears to hear small detailed nuances of a song's tone, he can catch any small mistake in a music play. Best musician I have ever met. He is an expert as well as teaches piano (classical and contemporary), keyboard, guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), voice, song writing, and band assembly. He is every creative and most importantly, he knows how to teach. Should listen to his CD, its amazing!!! He played almost all of the instruments. Highly recommended.
Diana Jul 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Both of my sons have been taking lessons with Ricardo for about a month. Ricardo first asked them what they wanted to play and has built their lessons around their interests. This has resulted in more spontaneous practice and enthusiasm. My youngest son asked if he could play a Beatles tune for us that he was working on. Ricardo had adapted it so that he could be successful immediately. He was so excited and he sounded great!
Chris M. Jan 31, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ricardo is a thoughtful, intelligent and patient instructor. I would highly recommend him to others.
Mike S. Nov 25, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ricardo has been a really great voice instructor. Along with being very talented, he is patient and has an honest concern to see that his students succeed. I would highly reccomend Ricardo.
Mike S. Nov 24, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have been very impressed with Ricardo's knowledge and skill as a teacher. He is a very talented musician, plays guitar, piano and is a very good singer. His passion for music shines through and I am very happy to have him as my teacher. I feel like I have made very good improvement with my lessons.
Shelley M. Nov 3, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I continue to be amazed with Ricardo's skill as an instructor. He continue's to teach my son new skills and stretch his learning. He is very thoughtful and patient.
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