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Thirty-five years teaching in private studios and schools in Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado Private music teacher: clarinet, saxophone, classical guitar and finger picking, beginning piano and violin. Principal Clarinet, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 1994-2003. Band Director, Farmington Public Schools; Gadsden Public Schools; Academy School District #20; Widefield Public Schools; Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy Director of Church Music and Youth Choir, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Littleton, Colorado Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church, Director of Adult and Youth Choirs, Colorado Springs, CO Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Interim Director of the Adult Choir, Bell Choir, Brass Ensemble, and Woodwinds.
I began my musical journey in Shreveport, Louisiana at the age of 10 when I started taking piano lessons. In Middle School, the piano was replaced with the flute which soon became my greatest passion. By the time I was only 14 years old I was already performing for various festivals and private receptions in the Shreveport area. After High School, I continued my musical career with a music scholarship to Centenary College of Lousiana where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education. In college I studied the flute as well as other instruments such as piano, oboe, and percussion. On flute, I continued to perform all over the town as well as in many of the College ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and Orchestra. I was also asked to perform with the Shreveport Symphony and travelled across the border to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. I also became a two-time winner of the annual Centenary College Concerto Competition. I then began teaching private lessons while in College. After College, I went on to teach music in public schools. Before coming to Colorado Springs I was a Middle School Band Director in Houston, Texas for 10 years, where I established myself as one of the most dedicated band directors in the district. I continue to play and perform music on flute as well as piano in a variety of settings. I have been teaching flute privately for 2 years since I have been in Colorado.
I'm a passionate musician who loves music and need it part of my everday life. I graduated from Los Angeles Recording School in 2011 with an Associates degree in Recording Arts. I decided to start teaching what I know to whoever wants to learn.
My teaching experience dates back to my high school days, as I was the section leader in my school band. Many of my peers had difficulties reading and counting music so I was in charge of helping them count, memorize and perform the music to help our band as a whole succeed. I've always had a heart for this!! After high school, I then decided to broaden my teaching skills to teach kids and adults. I started inviting my friend's kids over to teach them basic piano skills. From there I began to teach a wide spectrum of students- ranging from 4 years of age to 62 years!! At any age, I find this career to be very rewarding!
For beginners, I like to start with the basics. Students will learn proper stick positions, basic rhythms, tempo, and count. A lot of work is done primarily on the snare drum, progressing to the full set when the student is ready. Once the student has a handle on the fundamentals, I can then have them play along with a simple song. I am using a Roland V-Drums electronic set for instruction, so any source of music can be played through the set, and the drums then mixed in with the song. As the student progresses they will be able to work on some of their own preferred songs as well. They will learn how to adapt to the needs of the song, and add what might make it better. I stress repetition, so muscle memory and speed are instinctive, and as a drummer consistent practice is imperative. For more advanced students I will assess where they are at, address any holes in learning, and adjust my instructions based on this.
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Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
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 Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
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 Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
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