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I'm a professional educator with a passion for music. I hold a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from DePaul University, and have studied guitar, mandolin and music theory at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. I've played mandolin and guitar in several stringbands, and currently perform with Chain Station, based in Denver, CO. Aside from guitar and mandolin, I also play the fiddle. I teach these instruments, as well as the piano, out of my home studio in Denver, CO and the DaVinci Center for Creative Arts, with two locations in Metro Denver.
I am a highly motivated, hard-working, and outgoing individual. I love people and believe that teaching music lessons is one the best ways to connect with students of all ages and develop a relationship with them. I started learning piano in Kindergarten, began Saxophone in my 5th grade Band, and started tutoring other band students in 6th Grade. In 7th Grade I earned scholarship to attend Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp at the University of Illinois. The excellent education that I received at ISYM, proved to be a critical influence on my desire to succeed musically and academically. I earned 14 scholarships for college and returned to The University of Illinois where I received my Bachelors in Music Education with Instrumental Specialization and became certified to teach Band, Choir, and Orchestra for Grades K-12. Since then have taught students and groups of students ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 89.
Hello! I’m Nick. I’m a lover of all things music, but I specialize in the guitar. I have played guitar since I was 14 years old, and have been quite passionate about it ever since. I grew up mostly self-taught, and playing in heavy rock bands. Once I started college, I realized that music was definitely my life’s calling, and started pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance. I attended Arapahoe Community College and received my Associates of Arts Degree in 2009. I took guitar with Michael Engberg there for two years and also took fundamentals of music, music business, music technology, and a song writing class. I transferred over to Metropolitan State University of Denver and began my Bachelor’s degree sequence under the wing of Alex Komodore. I graduated from Metro in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance, and the experience thus far has been amazing. I love to teach and I love to learn about music as well as people who desire to be musicians. I hope to be able to teach as many people in order to keep the love for music and the arts alive in the community.
I believe that it is a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to share in the growth and development of another person's talent and career. I have influenced the careers of many successful singers, actors, and songwriters of various ages and styles, who have have signed big record deals, appeared in major motion pictures and network TV shows like The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, American Idol, the Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, American Music Awards, and various shows on Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, WB, and more, and have performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and on the Broadway stage in NYC. I started performing music at age 14, and quickly move on to semi-pro and professional status, performing pop, rock, country, folk, and more in various bands and performing groups. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theater, I joined the cast of Up With People and began a world concert tour, performing on awesome stages, such as the Royal Albert Hall in London. I have performed over 2000 performances at Denver's Heritage Square Opera House, Country Dinner Playhouse, and the Goldenrod Showboat in St. Louis. Over the years, I have studied with several vocal teachers, including famous coach to the stars, Seth Riggs in Los Angeles. My studio is a professional and creative environment with all the neccessary equipment to aid in making it fun and productive.
I am a guitarist and instructor who believes that everyone has the ability to play music and to be a part of such a joyful experience. I have been playing guitar for 15 years, and in 2015, I graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance. I have had the opportunity to participate in master classes with world class guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Ricardo Iznaola, and Martha Masters, which gave me profound insight and understanding of the guitar. It is one of my greatest passions to share my knowledge and help others play the guitar with confidence and joy.
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As a preference, younger students should start off by learning on a half size or three-quarter sized acoustic guitar. If they are able to hold it comfortably, older students could start off using an electric guitar. A brand new student model guitar can be purchased for about $150 to $200. An electric guitar will also need accompanying amplification as well as guitar cables, which will incur additional costs. It is important a student enjoys playing their instrument, so higher quality guitars are recommended as they are easier to play.
Children need three main things in order to begin guitar lessons: physical dexterity in their hands, patience and commitment to practice between lessons. With the help of one of our great instructors, some hard work, and daily practice, students can quickly improve to a point where they can play their favorite songs. Parental encouragement also plays a big role in determining a students success.
For adults who are looking to learn to play the guitar, we recommend that they do so with some clear goals in mind. Maybe you want to learn to play some of your favorite songs, join a band, or write your own music? Whatever the aim, the experienced teachers in our network can help unlock the skills necessary to make those goals a reality. It can take time, often months, to develop the techniques and co-ordination required to play the guitar at a competent level. The most effective way to progress with your playing is to take regular lessons and practice often.
Musika offers one-on-one, in-home guitar lessons that are designed specifically for each individual student. Whether your lesson takes place in a teacher's studio or at home, students will get the exact same lesson content, with the only difference being the location. Parents will find home guitar lessons a much more convenient option for their child, as it saves the time and costs of transporting their children to and from a studio. Younger students will find that learning to play the guitar in the comfort of their own home greatly benefits their development as they are learning in a supportive, secure, and familiar environment.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student, so no two students' lesson plans will be identical. Topics covered during Musika's guitar lessons may include, but are not limited to: learning the notes on guitar, proper fretting, fingering, and strumming technique, how to read music, learning all open chords, how to play barre chords, how to tune a guitar, music theory, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the guitar!
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
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 Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
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