Castle Rock Music

Lessons

(303) 688-0300429 Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO

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    Award Winning Faculty & Students

    Over 25 instructors teaching piano, voice, guitar, woodwinds, brass, and more.
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    15 Instruction Studios

    Sound reinforced, glass doors, waiting area for parents, located in the heart of historic downtown.
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    Pay-As-You-Go Lessons

    No registration fees and no minimum number of lessons to commit to.
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    Performance Opportunities

    We regularly hold open houses and recitals on our in-store stage.
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    Recording
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    Pro Tools equipped. Record college audition pieces, songs for friends & family and professional demos.
We're *always* looking for exceptional music educators

If you're interested in teaching at Castle Rock Music please send your resume to: info@castlerockmusic.com

Alexis Martin
Alexis MartinVoice, Piano

Alexis has been singing and growing her love of music her whole life. She has sung in her church group for many years, participated in choir throughout high school and college, and took years of collegiate vocal lessons which led to performing arias, opera, musical theatre, and much more. She has also taken years of piano and took many piano classes during her time in college. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelors in music education and has been teaching elementary music in Parker ever since.

Alexis has grown up in Colorado and has always loved the mountains and enjoying nature. She is passionate about music and has experience with many different genres. She is excited to teach new students about the wonders of music through voice and piano.

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John Murray
John MurrayPiano, Voice

John Murray, tenor, is a native of Orlando, FL Most recently, John has appeared as the Tenor soloist for Imperial Symphony Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah and Mad Cow Theatre's Productions of Light in the Piazza and James Joyce's The Dead. John holds degrees in music from both Shenandoah Conservatory and University of Central Florida.

He has appeared as a soloist on an internationally broadcast performance of Handel's Messiah with the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. John also appeared as a soloist for a performance of Mozart's Requiem with the choir of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Kissimmee, FL. John has sung for many sacred choirs in the United States, and, in multiple major cathedrals around the word, including St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Le Cathedrale de Notre Dame in Paris, and Westminster Abbey in London. John is a proud member of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe choir, and also serves as outreach artist for Opera Orlando.

John's experience teaching includes five years at the Sexton School of Music in Manassas, VA and five years teaching at the Orlando School of Music in Orlando, FL. He specializes in classical/operatic style music, but also teaches Music theater, Contemporary/Pop, and is well versed in sacred literature.

John is proud to join on with the Castle Rock school of music, and is looking forward to teaching and shaping the musical minds of Castle Rock.

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Ashley Young
Ashley YoungPiano, Voice

Ashley Young, a pianist and vocalist, graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She began teaching July of 2013, and on average has consistently taught 32-40 students on a regular weekly basis. She has played and sang professionally around the Denver area as well. Her background is primarily classical training, but she has dabbled in jazz training as well.

She began playing piano at the age of 4 has continued to play ever since. She has been teaching for a few years and enjoys the creativity and problem solving involved in teaching. Teaching piano and voice lessons is her pride and joy, as she know every student at their core loves music, it is a matter of fostering that into their skills and ability so they love to play and learn too. She works to meet each individual students needs, while challenging and pushing her students. She is sure to let them take direction in their own learning as well, as she believes it keeps them involved in the learning process.

Future endeavors include keeping her calendar full of students as well as pursing a Masters in Music Composition. She continues to learn and challenge herself in order to be the best teacher she can be for her students, and to continue her own professional development.

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April Cheung
April CheungPiano, Flute

April received her Master of Music Degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Northern Arizona University, and has spent the last 4 years teaching piano and flute privately. She believes in the importance of a mind and body connection through training in yoga, Alexander Technique, body mapping, and long arduous hikes. She also believes in the importance of social justice and equal opportunity, spending time volunteering for El Sistema Colorado and teaching flute sectionals at Adams City High School through the educational outreach program of Colorado Wind Ensemble.

Having spent years trained classically in ear training, theory, technique, and music history, she now turns her attention to playing music from the heart. She spent the last year mostly improvising music, tuning into the moment as a conduit for inspiration, and blurring the lines between audience and performer. She also started a project, Nothing is Everything, featuring ambient meditative music to play for meditations, yoga classes, and performance art events. The goal for herself and students is to find the balance between discipline and creativity!

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Luke Maxson
Luke MaxsonPiano, Music Technology

Luke is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, with a degree in Piano Performance and Music Business (Magna Cum Laude). Having studied the piano for over 20 years, he is well-versed in all styles, with an emphasis on Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul, and Funk music. Luke performs regularly in one of his several bands, as well as weekly church gigs in the Denver/Lakewood area.

By creating a relaxed and safe lesson space, Luke encourages students to find the music that inspires them, while addressing basic fundamentals and applicable technique along the way. Since music can be a life-long journey for many, he will help students gain the tools and skills necessary to achieve whatever musical goals they may have. Luke also aims to supplement the repertoire with a healthy dose of theory and ear training to show students that music is more than just what happens on the page.

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Lindsey White
Lindsey WhitePiano, Voice

Lindsey White started piano lessons at age six and has been singing for as long as she could talk (with formal training starting at age 12). She graduated from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) in 2005 with a degree in Music Education and has been teaching music privately and in the public schools for the last five years. She has travelled around the world singing with the Summit Choral Society (Akron, OH), and has a love for music theory, aural skills, and music history. She is committed to helping her students become well-rounded, quality musicians, and helping them establish a life-long love and enjoyment of music.

Homeschool Families:If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Lindsey about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Annie Wilson
Annie WilsonPiano, Voice, Guitar

Anne graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in May 2012 majoring in vocal performance. She began vocal training at 8 and piano lessons at 10. Anne has a heavy background in pop, rock, original compositions, blues, and jazz. Before attending CU Denver she studied at Cal Poly Pomona getting a grasp on classical and theater as well. Music theory, ear training, improvisation, healthy practice, performance, and stage presence are all elements she teaches. Anne aims to share her enthusiasm and passion for music while keeping lessons lighthearted and fun.

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Marguerite Juenemann
Marguerite JuenemannPiano, Voice

Marguerite Juenemann has an on-going performance career of over 30 years, nominated twice for a Grammy, toured in Benny Goodman's band in the 80's playing prestigious stages nationally and internationally. Her solo career experience covers R & B, Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, and Jazz on stage and in the studio. She teaches singing, acoustic guitar and classical piano. She also encourages young composers to bring their original compositions to use as lesson material, teaching them how to protect their originals by transcribing them to staff paper for copyright and other purposes.

Academically, she was a piano/woodwinds major at CU Boulder, having studied both instruments since childhood. Teaching experience covers 18 years at State Universities on the East coast and in Denver, Conservatories in Europe, the UK as well as New England Conservatory in Boston, teaching not only Jazz and Improvisation but popular styles of music mentioned above.

Marguerite loves teaching budding musicians from age 7 to 77. As some have attested, she can be the same age as her student which makes them comfortable taking instruction from her. She is passionate about bringing out a students' talent with classic instruction, making it possible for the student to play any music they choose rather than only teaching how to play "that song".

Homeschool Families:If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Marguerite about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Jacob Armstrong
Jacob ArmstrongGuitar

Jacob recently relocated to Colorado after eight years of playing, studying, and teaching jazz in Central and North Texas. He has studied under Noel Johnston and Davy Mooney at The University of North Texas. UNT's Jazz Studies and Guitar Performance curriculum provided him the opportunity to play in some of their world class ensembles.

Jake joins the Castle Rock Music team with four years experience teaching valuable musicianship skills on guitar. He is able to connect with his students and has fun introducing them to jazz, funk, rock, country and some metal, whatever it takes to keep their interest peaked, and their soul alive and well. His area of emphasis is jazz guitar and advanced improv techniques.

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Keaton Dean
Keaton DeanGuitar

Growing up in Castle Rock, Colorado, Keaton has found a passion for guitar through Castle Rock Music. Keaton started playing guitar at the young age of five and developed a love for Blues, Rock, Pop, Punk, Metal, and Worship music. Keaton has started many successful Denver bands and toured the country with multiple acts. He currently is a lead guitar player and music director for Red Rocks Church. Keaton teaches electric and acoustic guitar and works exceptionally well with beginners.

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Bryce Martin
Bryce MartinGuitar

Born and raised in Denver, Bryce has been an active teacher and performer for the last 6 years. He first picked up the guitar when he was 9 and began to learn to guitar from his father. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver where he earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education with a concentration in classical guitar. His goal for all of his students is for them to learn and love music and share their passion with the world.

Currently he teaches music in Douglas County at an elementary school in Highlands Ranch. Along with teaching elementary music he has also worked with local middle and high school choirs, bands, and orchestras.

Bryce has also actively performed in the Denver area having played with many musical groups playing a multitude of styles including rock, blues, and even mariachi music. Currently he is the principle classical guitarist at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver performing with a group that plays Spanish Catholic Mass music. Although guitar is his primary passion Bryce has also expanded his musical interests to include Bass (electric and upright), Saxophone, Piano and Ukulele.

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Dan Schwindt
Dan SchwindtGuitar

After growing up in Seattle, WA Dan earned a scholarship to the University of North Texas's College of Music. While in college he was able to study and play with a lot of notable musicians such as guitar guru Fred Hamilton. At UNT Dan received a world-class education in jazz and classical performance, composition, arranging, and barbecue.

Arriving to Colorado in the year 2000 Dan has spent the past 19 years as a full-time guitar teacher and performer. Dan's passion for music has led him to tour all over the country playing primarily with jazz, blues, rock, funk, singer songwriters, and jam bands. He currently plays with a variety of bands including the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Vital Organ, Mama Roux, and Beat Speak as well as leading his own trio. Dan is an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado and is also a regular orchestra pit member at the DCPA where he plays for touring broadway shows and the Colorado Symphony.

His passion for music is equally paired with his enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors, which is why he currently lives at the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, CO.

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Doug Phillips
Doug PhillipsGuitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo

Doug obtained a Master's of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, studying under the world renowned performer and educator Ricardo Iznaola. He holds a Bachelor's of Music degree from Towson University. He has also studied jazz guitar with Dr. Sean McGowan. Doug is a Suzuki teacher, a method developed to teach music to young children ages 3 and up, studying at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan. He holds several certifications in the method. He currently studies modern metal and rock with session guitarist Maurice Arenas.

In addition to operating a successful private studio for the past 18 years, Doug has lectured at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has taught private lessons and beginner guitar courses. He is invited annually to teach at CU Denver's partnership program in Beijing, China to teach courses such as American popular music and music appreciation at China Agricultural University. As a lifelong learner, Doug has been inspired by this experience, studying Mandarin since 2016.

Proficient in pop, rock, metal, country, blues, and fingerstyle, Doug is well versed in current musical trends. He teaches across a broad range of topics including travis and sweep picking, improvisation and soloing, music theory, and fretboard harmony.

Doug has performed in classical and jazz ensembles, rock bands, and solo guitar. His students are encouraged to perform in showcases, recitals and music camps, and those participants are consistently rewarded with success and self confidence. Believing everyone can, he accepts students of all ages, skill level, and ambition.

For guitar tips, instructional videos, student performances, and announcements, follow Doug's studio on social media at:


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Homeschool Families:If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Doug about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Dylan Kober
Dylan KoberGuitar

Dylan is a senior in the Guitar Performance Program at The University of Colorado, Denver. He enjoys performing and teaching a variety of genres including Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Blues, and Pop. Finding joy in listening and playing music is important to Dylan's teaching methods; he strives to help students enjoy learning and pursuing their musical passion.

Dylan teaches both electric and acoustic guitar to beginners through advanced players of all ages. He also teaches the dobro and ukulele.

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Bill Fatur
Bill FaturGuitar

Bill started teaching in 2004 and teaches electric and acoustic guitar. He is very patient and instructs all levels, but especially enjoys beginners. Bill has a passion for the guitar and making sure his students get started off correctly.

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Chris Adams
Chris AdamsDrums

Chris Adams is a talented, professional performer and experienced drum teacher who brings out the best in his students. Enthusiastic, passionate, and versatile, he understands what engages students of all ages and makes learning fun. His expertise in different music genres and techniques allows him to tailor his lessons to the student's interests and strengths. He is a drummer who strives to play the extremes of music, ranging from technical metal all the way to light jazz. He has mastered and enjoys jazz standards, Latin jazz, blues, funk, reggae, punk, alt rock and metal (incorporating the double bass pedal). He is continually expanding his knowledge and skills, studying new drum techniques, listening and picking up on songs he has never heard, and quickly internalizing and understanding the differing structures to various songs and albums.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance with a drum/percussion major from Southern Connecticut State University in 2015. Chris recently relocated to Denver to get involved in the music scene plus take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle opportunities.

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Jeff Ranck
Jeff RanckDrums

Jeffrey ("J.R.") Ranck Jr. began his pursuit of music and rhythm as a toddler banging on household items and dancing/singing along to Michael Jackson tunes. Soon he began learning to read and play music through piano lessons, and shortly thereafter began formal training on snare drum and drum set through school programs and private lessons. His education continued at the college level with private lessons, participation in school ensembles, and various student bands in the greater Baltimore area.

Upon moving to Colorado in early 2011, J.R. quickly began integrating himself into the local scene playing with the Mike Maurer Band, Jonah Wisneski, the Whales, and national touring stints with the Sublime tribute band, 40oz. To Freedom.

More recently, J.R. has played with local Denver singer-songwriters Andy Palmer, Pete Pidgeon, Megan Burtt, Venus Cruz, is a full-time member of Denver-based Bob Marley tribute band Wake Up and Live, and is also the drummer for Denver-based original Afrobeat/Funk band ATOMGA. In addition to teaching at Castle Rock Music, J.R. also keeps a studio in Golden, as well as his private home studio in SW Denver.

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Joe Eidel
Joe EidelDrums

Joe has been playing drums for 20 years. He started teaching and organizing band camps 10 years ago, and teaches all styles and genres. He studied privately under a master drummer, then studied in Nashville for a short time. He has played with local bands, opening for recording artists such as Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. He has enjoyed playing with worship teams in several churches and enjoys making lessons fun and structuring each student's lessons to their interests and desires.

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Ryan Sapp
Ryan SappDrums

Ryan has been teaching private lessons for over twenty years. His enthusiastic approach and positive reinforcement endears himself to students. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Music Industry Studies from the University of Colorado – Denver majoring in Music Performance (Drum Set) with a minor in Music Business. Ryan is a very active performing and recording artist in the Colorado music scene having performed thousands of times over a twenty-five year career.

While learning an instrument takes many hours of practice, Ryan believes that music should ALWAYS be fun. Whether you are beginner, a student in school band, an aspiring professional musician, or a part-time hobbyist, Ryan strives to make playing music an enjoyable experience.

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Manny Lopez
Manny LopezDrums

Manny has over 10 years of professional experience. His career has placed him in almost every musical situation possible and has led him to perform abroad in places like Mexico, Africa, and Peru while maintaining a consistent working schedule in Colorado. He currently leads two bands (Latin Jazz Project & Orquesta La Salsa) and is one of the most in demand drummer/percussionists in the area. Having studied at the University of Denver he is fluent in all styles of music from Latin styles, rock, jazz, funk & hip hop. Lessons will be structured according to each student and their interests, with a fundamental focus on reading, playing by ear (listening) technique, and improvisation. Manny also teaches Latin percussion (congas, timbales, bongo) All ability levels are welcome!

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Jason Bower
Jason BowerTrumpet

A degreed professional instructing all levels of Trumpet. Specializing in jazz trumpet.

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Jeffrey Young
Jeffrey YoungTrombone, Trumpet

Jeff received a Bachelor of Arts degree of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo. He has been repeatedly called upon to play with some of the most legendary and revolutionary musicians in the world. Some of those performances include working with: Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Peaches and Herb, Bobby Vinton, Maria Schneider, The Delfonics, The Manhattans, The Bob Montgomery-Pete Olsted Big Band, and The Creative Music Works Orchestra. Jeff maintains a heavy performance and teaching schedule through out the Denver metro area.

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Amy Medina Musick
Amy Medina MusickClarinet, Woodwinds

Amy has been teaching and performing professionally for over a decade. She has held positions such as Woodwind Technician, Woodwind Section Coach, and Private Instructor at several public schools around the Denver area and was previously a band teacher for Springboard After School. Amy teaches a variety of woodwind instruments such as oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon.

Students in her studio have auditioned for and been accepted in to the Denver Young Artist Orchestra, Colorado Honor Band, Colorado All-State Band, Continental League Honor Band, and CU Middle School Honor Band. Amy believes that music should be an enjoyable experience; the more knowledge a student has of music and their instrument, the more fun music will be for them. Amy studied at the Metropolitan State University of Denver as a double major in Music Performance and Music Education, studying under the eminent Gregory Dufford, and prestigious Dr. David Kish.

Over the last two years, Amy has turned her attention specifically to her woodwind studio located in Castle Rock, Colorado, working with students of all ages. She has also been given the wonderful opportunity to couch the woodwind section for the prodigious Castle Rock Youth Symphony. Amy enjoys spending time with her stupendous husband and son and feels very blessed to have such an amazing life where she gets to share her love of music with others.

All ages and abilities accepted.

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Meaghan Salton
Meaghan SaltonCello

Meaghan Salton is an experienced performer and music educator, specializing in the Suzuki method. Meaghan has taught extensively throughout the Denver and Cleveland Metro Areas. She currently maintains an active private studio in Denver and is a faculty member of Denver Talent Education, a local Suzuki group class program. Meaghan holds a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Cleveland State University, studying with members of the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra. In 2013, she completed her Master of Music degree with a concentration in Suzuki cello pedagogy at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, studying under the prominent Suzuki pedagogue, Carol Tarr.

Meaghan is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Lessons are tailored to each student’s individual needs and goals with a combination of traditional and Suzuki methods. All ages and ability levels are welcome!

Homeschool Families:If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Meaghan about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Alan Ogrinz
Alan OgrinzViolin & Viola

Alan is an experienced musician and teacher of many ages and abilities. He began learning the violin from the Suzuki Method at age four. Alan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. While pursuing a Master of Music degree at Colorado State University, Alan held the position of First Violinist of the Graduate String Quartet and Concertmaster of the Colorado State University Orchestra. Alan has studied privately with Dr. Ron Francois (Colorado State University), and Jeri Jorgensen (co-founder and former first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet). His education also included four months in Milan, Italy, where he studied at the Accademia Internazionale Della Musica with violinist Carlo Feige.

After finishing his studies, Alan turned his attention toward teaching in Castle Rock, where he lives with his wife and son. He has maintained a full-time private studio for close to a decade. In addition to lessons, he founded and directs the Castle Rock Youth Symphony and the Korean Christian Church Youth Orchestra. Alan feels incredibly blessed to be able to share his passion for music with others.

https://www.violinsconfuoco.com

Homeschool Families:If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Alan about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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