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Chris S.

Aurora, CO

About Chris

A short history of my experience with music and education:

The first instrument I learned to play was the guitar in 2001.

I played the guitar on the worship team at FBC of Midway in Plant City, FL from 2001 to 2005.

I began teaching private music lessons in 2003.

I played bass guitar in a Christian rock band called of Anastasis from 2003 to 2005.

I played acoustic, electric, and bass guitar on the worship team at Family Worship Center in Lakeland, FL from 2006 to 2012.

I worked as a freelance audio engineer with my in-home recording studio throughout college (and now I just d
o it for fun).

I played bass and sang background vocals in a worship band called Skyline from 2007 to 2009.

I taught music and trained a student led worship team at Hope Christian Academy from 2009-2010.

I began performing independently from 2009 to present.

I played guitar and sang lead vocals in a Christian Rock Band called A Story Familiar from 2010 to 2012.

From 2010 to 2012, I taught in the Polk County public school system of Florida from 2010 to 2012, where I also worked heavily with students with special needs.

In July of 2012 I moved to Aurora, CO as a volunteer musician to help plant Livingstone Church.

In January of 2013 I married my beautiful wife.

Upon arriving home from our honeymoon, I was hired as Worship Director for church, and I have worked there since. Some of my responsibilities include developing weekly music set lists, creating charts and sheet music for new songs, and training the worship team in new music.

As for me personally, I love Jesus, my wife, and music.  As I'm sure you can tell by my brief history, I do a lot of church service and ministry, if for this for any reason makes you wary, let me assure you: I play a lot more than just church music.  As a lover of music, there is not much that I don't enjoy in the world of music, and I've taught most of it.  I've taught the young and the not-so-young, and whether you're just beginning to read music, or you're just eager to learn your favorite song, I work closely with you to ensure you achieve the results you desire!

*** Lesson Details ***
Four things I focus on:
1. Creating individualized lesson plans
2. Learning new techniques and polishing old ones
3. Building confidence
4. Having a fun, rockin' time!

When taking lessons from me, students can expect an environment that is a balance between being strict and laid back.Music is something that must be learned, and as such, it must also be practiced week-to-week in between lessons.  I consider myself strict because I'll hold you accountable to doing your best to learn the best. Despite holding you accountable, I think the overall mood of the learning environment is laid back; we'll have a lot of fun learning music.  I make sure that we'll be learning at your pace, but keep in mind, this doesn't mean I won't push you to be your best! My teaching experience has taught me one thing: everyone is different. That being the case, I create lesson plans that are unique to you.  Where you will be in a month, six months, a year, largely depends on your commitment to learn, but I'll promise you this:  all of my efforts will be utilized to maximize your potentiality.

*** Attendance Policy ***
I am very flexible with attendance, but I do require a one hour notice that you will not be at the lesson. If a one hour notice is not given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" resulting in payment from your TakeLessons account for the missed lesson.

If you are simply running late, please be sure to let me know-I try to be as flexible as possible, but if the student is over 15 minutes late, I typically mark this lesson as "missed" as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide the following equipment for in-studio lessons:
Guitar amplifier
Bass amplifier
Drum Set
Computer
iPad
Recording equipment
Music stand
Seating area for parents/guardians to sit/listen in on the lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the following when traveling for in-home lessons: iPad
For in-home lessons, I expect students to have whatever equipment is necessary for learning their instrument of interest (This typically includes at least the student's instrument and a music stand, but may also include a metronome, tuner, etc.).

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Praise/Worship, Indie
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Debbie A. January 31, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We've only had 2 lessons so far and he is great! He is encouraging, polite, flexible, kind and takes the extra time if needed. He definitely knows how to teach and knows the natural developmental progression to build the foundation for a beginner and explains what the next goals she'll be working towards. He even learned a Justin Bieber song just to make my kid happy. Lol!
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Bentley January 16, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
For our family, Chris just can't be beat!!!! He is super patient and has an awesome attitude! Laid back and relaxed! Made drum lessons easier to bear!
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Daniel August 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris was way more patient than I was with my son. Even when Daniel got distracted Chris just re-engaged him and kept plugging away. I also like his method of explaining the notes and their differences. He brought down to a level Daniel could immediately grasp.
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Chris S.

Chris S.

Aurora, CO 80017
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starting at
$24.99 / 30-min
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Amber J.

Englewood, CO

About Amber

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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Jake G. October 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Sienna L. October 6, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Amber is amazing! My daughter has absolutely loved working with her!!!
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Makayla August 12, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter just had her first violin lesson with Amber, who was so patient & encouraging! Looking forward to our next one and seeing the progress she makes.
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Amber J.

Englewood, CO 80110
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Thomas W.

Denver, CO

About Thomas

Thomas, Ph.D., is an affiliate faculty member of Regis U. He was the Episcopal chaplain for the Auraria Campus and taught English for UC Denver. He also trained as a psychotherapist, did postdoctoral work at Cambridge, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University. He is the author of many scholarly writings, including an acclaimed book on Milton, Perversions, Originals, and Redemptions in Paradise Lost. He is a published author of poetry, fiction, and numerous articles about counseling and coaching. His popular memoir, Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man, is about his rescued Afghan Hound, B
althazar, or Baltho, who turned out to act as his co-therapist. His books of poetry, the Necessity of Symbols and Love Threads are well regarded.

Now, for the rest. Thomas is a very approachable human being, a lover of most animals but especially dogs and cats, and an avid gardener, who has always read widely, so he has wide-ranging knowledge of many areas of learning,
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L May 15, 2016
Essay Writing · Online
Thomas is an excellently sharp writer and a wonderful tutor. Thank you very much!
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Paul A. May 13, 2016
Poetry · Online
Verified Student
I was really pleased with my first session with Thomas. I signed up with Thomas because I wanted someone to help me develop a poem that I am working on. Thomas offered some very valuable feedback and ideas to strengthen my work. To find someone with so much experience as an educator, someone who has written several books, and someone who is passionate about what they do is really quite a gift. I would encourage anyone who is looking to become a better writer to consider Thomas. I am looking forward to my future sessions with him.
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Alan October 27, 2015
Essay Writing · In studio
I have taught university courses side by side with Thomas, and I know him to be a thoroughgoing professional. He is meticulous and knowledgeable and always shows understanding and compassion to students of all ages and walks. Tom, as a person is a natural therapist. His lifestyle is healthy, conscientious, and he’s always searching for the best ways to deal with life's trials.

To know Tom is to be counseled by him, even if the counseling is not literal. My friend, Tom, is well trained and seeks the best resources to strengthen his professional teaching and counseling approach. I love dogs, and Tom's love of dogs, his having written a book about a favorite dog, speaks worlds about his humane character. I give Tom Watson the highest possible recommendation for counseling and teaching in any setting.
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Thomas W.

Denver, CO 80221
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kevin J.

Denver, CO

About Kevin

I truly enjoy teaching. I've taught in the public school classroom for 11 years. Teaching music is so so much FUN! And it should be fun for the students to learn. When I'm teaching I tell all my students that if they don't enjoy and smile about something, then we need to change something.

I would love to start lessons with you soon.

My Video: https://youtu.be/qw9BpEU1t08
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Melissa December 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Kevin is very reliable and responsive. He is always on time and my son loves his lessons and is learning a ton!
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Chad K. November 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin is awesome and I'm looking forward to more.
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Mary D. October 23, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
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Kevin J.

Denver, CO 80227
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$24 / 30-min
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Kenneth M.

Denver, CO

About Kenneth

Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing that "Ah-ha!" moment when a student understands something new. Being able to participate in that process of new understanding is a deeply motivational factor in my teaching style. Having graduated high school with the recognition of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as well as the experiences of participating in All-City, All-state as well as several other regional honor bands, my passions for music has continued to grow at the university level, making the Dean's List at DU and holding a GPA of 3.89. Additionally, I've been a working professional i
n the Denver music scene since 2009, playing for various music theatre productions, weddings and venues.
My teaching specialties revolve around electric and acoustic bass performance as well as basic piano and guitar, music theory and ear training. Although I'm most certifiably educated in Music, I'm presently working towards a degree in Psychology as well.
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Kenneth M.

Kenneth M.

Denver, CO 80206
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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