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As a professional musician I have: Performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone Performed with The Galleria Theater at The Denver Center For The Performing Arts on Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone Performed on woodwinds for the shows at the Arvada Center the last 15 years Performed on woodwinds at the new Lone Tree Arts Center and Parker Center for the Arts Performed on second clarinet with the Central City Opera Performed on clarinet and bass clarinet with the Denver Municipal Band for 7 years Performed on woodwinds at the Boulder Dinner Theater and Dillon Theater Performed on woodwinds at the Country Dinner Playhouse for its last 10 years Performed on woodwinds for many shows with music director Donna Debrecini including shows by PHAMALY (Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League), Magic Moments Productions, shows at the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center and Schwayder Theater for 20 years Performed professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings. Performed on many CD’s for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen. I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event. Performed with The Fort Meade Army Band (1.5 years) in the Washington DC Area. Toured Europe with the 3rd Infantry Division Army Band (1.5 years). As a community musician I have: Performed as Principal Clarinet with the Littleton Symphony for the past 11 years I have taught individual and group lessons and conducted band clinics for over 30 years.
Depending on ability level, I will provide a comprehensive perspective of each lesson; I usually start the lesson with technical excercises such as scales, arpeggios, long tones or overtones. I will make sure each student learns all of the scales in all modes one at a time. Next, I will focus a majority of the lesson on reading excercises or etudes, or even songs or pieces. For younger players I make sure they are able to recognize the notes and read effectively. For more advanced players I will provide stylistic ideas and some technical tips. At the end of the lesson I will help determine reasonable assignments for the student to practice for the next lesson. I will usually assign one or two scales, several short etudes and/or a long song or duet. I prefer to be welcoming and relaxed toward my students, but I do expect them to give it their best effort.
I've been teaching lessons since I was seventeen, and feel that I have learned and grown so much from the experience since. I'm currently completing my Bachelor of Music degree at CU Boulder and I'm very grateful for the amount of knowledge, wisdom, and experience I've been able to glean from my teachers and friends during my time there. I've been fortunate enough to perform across the United States and with world class musicians as well as teach students who have inspired me. For my final year at CU and beyond, I plan on devoting myself as much as possible to educating, performing, and advocating for music in my new home of Fort Collins and the surrounding area, as well as throughout the state of Colorado.
I love helping students succeed, and for them to feel a sense of accomplishment as well as having a good time while playing the flute. I try to make every lesson something exciting to look forward to, leaving them wanting to practice before every lesson, whether it be learning a new piece, improvisations, singing, or any new activities to mix it up. I consider myself as a guide, and not someone that pushes or dictates students. It will always be my interest to create a positive, kind, genuine, fun, and creative atmosphere during a lesson. You will always see my flute out, ready to play with students!
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To start, Musika suggests renting a flute. For smaller players, a "candy cane" headjoint can balance the weight and make playing easier. As the flutist advances purchasing an open hole model with a B foot joint will produce a more mature sound. Our instructors can assist you in selecting the correct model for your student.
We recommend beginning flute lessons around age 8 or 9. Most school music programs usually begin flute students in the 3rd or 4th grade. The student needs to be big enough to be able to appropriately hold the instrument, including having the minimum hand/finger length to reach the flute keys/holes comfortably, and have the lung capacity to play properly without running out of breath.
On of Musika's unique offers is that we provide in-home lessons for no additional cost. This allows the student to save the time and money that would normally be spent traveling to a studio.
It is never too late to begin flute! We have many students who begin as adults. Our network of teachers have experience working with all ages and can work with you whether you are a beginner or advanced player.
Flute lessons will be tailored to the specific goals of the student. Every student will be introduced to music theory and the process of reading music. New flutists will learn how to hold, assemble, and clean the instrument; how to correctly blow into the instrument; proper articulation and fingering; and how to have fun playing the flute!
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
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