Ricardo Pena
Broomfield, CO
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Ricardo Pena

Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a classically trained pianist (I studied piano performance at SUNY at Buffalo) and I've made a living all my life playing Blues, Rock, Jazz, Salsa and many other styles. With this background I am able to teach with many different approaches depending what the student is interested in pursuing and what approach fits the student best.

About Ricardo P.

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.


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28 Reviews
Don W.
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I had been looking for a Hamond Instructor for a long time. Finally found one - and I can not say enough good things about Ricardo.

I recently was discharged Sep 3rd)) from one of our local hospitals. My health, and my age (86 today) will prevent me from taking any further lessons.

After all these years of hunting for an instructor, I feel I just can not keep going -- and I also feel like an anchor to Ricardo.

Posted Sep 5, 2021
Victor P.
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This was the BEST ukelele lesson!! (so far) i'm giving this a 5 star review!!

Posted May 27, 2021
Don W.
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It has been a long time for me to find a Hammond teacher!! Very pleased with first lesson and really looking forward to practice time this week. Ricardo has given me ample material to work on without making it impossible. Now it is up to me as I do not want to disappoint Ricardo when I play for him next lesson.

Posted May 10, 2021
Victor P.
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I learned so much using interesting methods!

Posted Apr 7, 2021
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Ricardo is an amazing teacher! He is very professional and yet very kind and patient and has a tremendous understanding of music.

Posted Sep 4, 2020
Jeff J.
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Ricardo is patient and focuses on technique.

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Paul C.
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Ricardo was very helpful and easy to work with. Very knowledgeable and personable. Understood my needs and desires.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
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Great lesson with great pointers!

Posted Jun 11, 2019
Laura P.
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Ricardo was readily able to determine my music level and goals. He has an apparent love of music and a gentle approach that focuses on proper technique.

Posted Oct 10, 2018
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Great start to my guitar practice with Ricardo. Patient teacher who clearly has a tried and true method. Excited to keep learning and develop a great new skill with his guidance.

Posted Jun 20, 2018
Kiara A.
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We found Ricardo to be very professional.
He took the time to assess where to start the lessons. He reinforces the student and is very patient

Posted Jun 6, 2018
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On top of being a great piano, voice, and guitar teacher, Ricardo is a brilliant musician with a varied and rich musical history. I came to Ricardo looking to improve on my classical piano skills, and ended up learning blues piano and some great techniques for learning how to play popular songs on the piano. He also helped me with voice and guitar.

I found Ricardo's lessons to be engaging, mentally stimulating, challenging, and fun. When I was playing blues piano, he would jam along with me on the guitar to help me get better at playing with others, and not just solo. He did the same thing for me when teaching me on the guitar as well, it was a blast! He pushed me to be a better musician in general - I came to him with a very narrow focus and he broadened my musical horizons. Thank you Ricardo for helping me become a better piano player, vocalist, and guitar player!

Posted Oct 17, 2017
Bryce D.
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Great to work with.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
Chery E.
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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.

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Liam Skulley
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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.

Posted Apr 11, 2016
Antony A.
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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.

Posted Apr 9, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 9, 2016
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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!

Posted Jul 3, 2015
Chris M.
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Ricardo is a thoughtful, intelligent and patient instructor. I would highly recommend him to others.

Posted Jan 31, 2015
Mike S.
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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.

Posted Nov 25, 2014
Mike S.
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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.

Posted Nov 24, 2014
Shelley M.
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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.

Posted Nov 3, 2014
Shelley M.
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Ricardo is giving my son voice lessons. He definitely knows his stuff. He is very patient and encouraging. He also does an excellent job of tailoring his lessons to suit the needs and abilities of his students.

Posted Aug 10, 2014
Pablo O.


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Posted Dec 24, 2013
Larry L.

Ricardo is a wonderful teacher, I would highly recommend.

Ricardo's phenomenal talent is matched by his ability to teach. He listens to what you want and works with you to accomplish your goals. He pushes and challenges you without being overbearing. He is very flexible on times and location.
By far the best of the 4 teachers I have had.

Posted Oct 30, 2013
Margaret M.

Ricardo is an amazing teacher for voice lessons

Ricardo is a great teacher, that perfectly knows how to communicate his knowledge and help you, get the best of your voice, in a very nice and professional way. You have a real treasure on him!!! Congratulations to Ricardo for being, such an excellent teacher and to you for having him in your company.

Posted May 3, 2013
Ricardo P.

good features

Ricardo is a wonderful teacher. He makes me focus and
is very supportive and encouraging! I have learned more
from him than all my past teachers!

Posted Mar 14, 2013
anya T.

This guy knows the piano like no other! Can teach you anything

Ricardo will take the time to find out what you are interested in learning, what style and at what level. He will work out a personalized lesson plan to fit your needs and is flexible on time and location. He's fun, relaxed and is a real talent. I highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 20, 2013

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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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st place winner of the 2011 International Blues Challenge
Jul 2011

International Blues Challenge

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