Castle Rock Music - Lessons (303) 688-0300 / 429 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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    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:

Donald Haymon III
Donald Haymon III Piano, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Donald Haymon III has been involved in the Denver music performance, education, and production scene for five years. He has worked as a session/performance musician for many artists in the Denver Metro Area and in many genres (including rock, pop, gospel, contemporary Christian, jazz, jazz fusion and funk). He is enrolled at the Berklee Online School of Music, focusing on Music Production and Sound Design.

Along with Don's passion for music, he has a strong passion for people and helping them learn in the way best suited for them. He helps to educate the eager home studio owner or give Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 11 tips and tricks to the seasoned producer. As a songwriter himself, he has experience aiding other songwriters. He teaches students — either classically or by ear training — in beginning to advanced piano, drums, ukulele, and beginners guitar and bass. His goal is for each student to thrive on their instrument and create a lifelong relationship with the beauty of music.

Homeschool Families: If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Donald about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Donald Haymon III
Lily Cooper Piano

Lily started as a Yamaha Music student in Malaysia and had won numerous awards in the Yamaha Electone instrument; including Third Prize at the 2008 Yamaha Asia Electone Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from West Virginia University as well as a Master of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from University of Missouri.

In just over 4 years in the United States, Lily has directed college jazz bands, coordinated and coached jazz combos, hosted a weekly jam session and performed with world-renowned jazz musicians. Among them: Byron Stripling, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, John Clayton, Mike Mainieri, James Carter, and Bob Sheppard. She also led her trio in 2012 to win the University of Missouri School of Music's Emerging Artists competition — the first jazz group to do so. As an accomplished composer and arranger, her compositions are featured in the 2013 and 2014 MU Jazz Studies CDs recorded with Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Greene and Sean Jones.

With over nine years of diverse teaching experiences, Lily has taught students of all ages from beginner to advanced level piano, as well as improvisation. She strives to help create musicians who appreciate and enjoy the art, regardless of age and background.

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Camille Jasensky
Camille Jasensky Piano, Voice

Camille has 13 years of voice and theater experience and has been teaching voice and piano privately for the last five years. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Lamont School of Music at The University of Denver in 2014, graduating Cum Laude. An active professional, Camille has performed various musical theater and opera roles both regionally and internationally and is very excited to be a part of Opera Colorado's spring 2015 production of "The Magic Flute," singing the role of Papagena.

With an intensive background in music theory and vocal pedagogy, Camille applies this knowledge to her teaching in all styles, whether it be classical, musical theater, country or pop. She emphasizes acting and stage presence in her voice lessons while also encouraging young singers to foster healthy vocal technique. Camille is very experienced with beginning voice and piano students, as well as more advanced voice students, and is committed to creating a fun and rewarding atmosphere during her lessons regardless of age and ability. Camille strives to create well-rounded musicians by sharing her love and passion for music with her students and promoting a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

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Andy Sydow
Andy Sydow Piano, Voice, Guitar

Andy Sydow is a performing singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. He received his degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Piano Performance in May 2013 and has been teaching in the Denver area for several years. As a pianist, Sydow has extensive knowledge in blues, jazz, traditional jazz, rock, pop, and classical genres. As a songwriter and band leader, he has opened for the likes of Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale, Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin and many others. He currently plays four nights a week in a dueling piano bar in downtown Denver and is also an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, slide guitarist and songwriter. Sydow is committed to helping his students set and achieve their goals and become well rounded, quality musicians.

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Lindsey White
Lindsey White Piano, 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 Wilson Piano, 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 Juenemann Piano, 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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Laura Husbands
Laura Husbands Guitar

Laura Husbands is an award winning classical guitarist winning the Portland Guitar Competition and having multiple awards across Europe including Germany and England. Laura has a Bachelor's degree and Postgraduate degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music as well as a Master's and Artist Diploma from the University of Denver. After graduating from the University of Denver Laura was asked to be a faculty member for the guitar program at the University of Denver teaching along famed pedagogue and performer Ricardo Iznaola. Her skills have been sought by colleges across the US and UK and have invited her to perform and teach masterclasses. Laura teaches students of any age and utilizes her vast knowledge, skill, and professionalism to educate her students.

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Chaz Aguado
Chaz Aguado Guitar

I first started taking guitar lesson when I was 12 at the Maurice Arenas Guitar Academy with Aaron Jay Myers. He taught me the basics of classical guitar, electric guitar, music theory and aural skills. More importantly, he inspired me to pursue music as a career and to continue my education at the collegiate level. In 2009, I begin studying classical guitar at Towson University with Troy King. It was there that I progressed as a guitar player but more importantly as a musician. While there I attended music classes and participated in many ensemble performances. Also I was very fortunate to have opportunities to perform in master classes with some of the best classical guitar players known today; some of them include Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, and the Assad Duo. While attending school, I taught private guitar lessons to people of all ages and in all musical styles.

I graduated in December of 2013 with a Bachelors of Music in classical guitar performance. Just as Aaron did, Troy inspired me to continue my education and pursue a masters of music in classical guitar performance. I currently study with Jonathan Leathwood and Ricardo Iznaola at The Lamont School of Music and plan on graduating in the spring of 2016. Besides earning a master of music, I have set other long-term goals for my musical career. A few of them include competing in various competitions, performing a guitar concerto and teaching private guitar lessons.

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Karl Rivers
Karl Rivers Guitar, Piano

Karl Rivers graduated from CU Denver in Spring 2013, dual majoring with two Bachelors of Science in Piano Performance, and Recording Arts. Karl specializes in a variety of musical genres: classical, jazz, latin jazz, rock, pop, electronic, hip-hop, soul, and blues piano/ guitar studies. He has worked in and out of various bands and professional, home recording studios as a session pianist, guitarist, and bassist. Karl currently performs piano and guitar in two Denver based bands.

With 6+ years of teaching experience in Wyoming and Colorado, Karl teaches piano and guitar to students of all ages, individualizing each lesson plan to the student and their personal goals. He incorporates music theory, proper touch, tone, and technique in all of his lessons. Rivers also encourages studying all genres of music to develop strong, well-rounded musicians.

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Doug Phillips
Doug Phillips Guitar, 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 and a Bachelor's of Music degree from Towson University. Doug is proficient in classical, rock, pop, finger-style, jazz, and blues. He has performed in classical and jazz ensembles, rock groups, and solo classical guitar.

With over a decade of teaching experience, Doug has taught thousands of private lessons in a wide variety of styles. Doug's primary teaching goal is to empower students to find their own style. By giving his students the right tools, Doug encourages students to think critically and problem solve. Lessons begin with discovering what a students loves about music and using that knowledge to guide the learning experience.

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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Mike Brick
Mike Brick Guitar

Mike has been teaching guitar lessons for over 10 years, and has developed an up to date curriculum for guitarist of all levels and styles. His deep love and understanding of music helps inspire students and empower them to expand their musical voice.

Mike has been performing his entire life and has had the good fortune to have performed with many bands and recorded many albums. Exploring and learning many different styles of music along the way. He is well versed in all styles including: Rock, RnB, Jazz, Folk, Classical, and more.

Mike earned a music degree from University of Colorado at Denver and can currently be found performing around Colorado with the rock group Stang Gappa Band, as the leader of world fusion band AfroSamba and blues rock band The Foundation along with all types of other freelance performances.

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Bill Fatur
Bill Fatur Guitar

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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Sam Columna
Sam Columna Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Voice Coach

Sam Columna is an accomplished singer/songwriter, an acclaimed bassist, and a published poet, who understands the importance of character and plot development to writing a music instructor's bio.

After graduating from CU Boulder with a B.A. in English, (creative writing emphasis), in May 2011, Sam made the bold choice to further his musical education by enrolling in the Recording Arts and Singer/Songwriter programs at CU Denver. After two and a half years as a Dean's list music student at UCD, Sam saw one of his favorite bands at the Ogden, promptly decided that having almost two bachelor's degrees was enough, and quit school to pursue his personal music aspirations; namely writing and performing his own music, playing bass with as many groups and as often as possible, and teaching.

Sam brings this passion for music and eclectic skill set to every lesson that he teaches. He understands that each student is different, and strives to help his students reach the goals that are individually important to them. His music has been heard on local and national television, he has successfully sold a jingle, and he is a highly sought after, constantly gigging bassist. He is available to teach songwriters, electric bassists, and guitarists of any level, beginning to intermediate upright bassists, and ukulele.

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Stacy Price
Stacy Price Guitar, Mandolin

Earned her BA in Classical Guitar at Bryan College and her MA in Education at Southern Seminary. She has 8 years of teaching experience under her belt. Stacy has a wide range of musical interests. She enjoys teaching Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, and a little bit of Country. She has a large heart for her students, interacting with them to assist their growth as young musicians and whole-persons. Stacy is currently recording her debut album with a producer who works from time to time with the nationally acclaimed Denver band, The Fray.

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Kim Bird
Kim Bird Bass, Guitar

Kim completed her Master's in Music-Jazz Performance at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (DU) in 2013, where she studied jazz and classical bass with Ken Walker and Susan Cahill. As a freelance musician, she frequently performs in some of Denver's most respected venues, including Dazzle, Jazz at Jack's, the Mercury Cafe, Hillstone, and many others. She has also served as a big band clinician at the Colorado All-State Jazz Festival, accompanist for CHSAA Vocal Jazz Choirs, and as an adjudicator for several Maine All-State Music festivals. Kim is available to teach both electric and upright bass in a variety of styles and across all abilities. Whether you want to learn rock, folk, jazz or classical, or learn to improvise on any instrument, Kim will tailor her lessons to suit your needs, though good technique and ear training are always emphasized. She is also available to teach beginner guitar lessons.

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James Dumm
James Dumm Guitar/Bass

James Dumm has been involved in the Colorado music scene for almost 12 years. He studied guitar privately for seven years. In addition to his own ongoing studies, James has been teaching guitar, bass, and music theory for the last four years. James plays and teaches a variety of styles including rock, blues, heavy metal, jazz, country, classical, and specializes in bottleneck slide guitar.

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Jonathan Huvard
Jonathan Huvard Guitar, Harmonica

Originally from Houston, TX, Jonathan has 13 years of playing experience. Jonathan has been playing and teaching professionally all around the Front Range for the last 3 years. Jonathan is proficient in Rock, Funk, R & B, Pop, and Country styles. He also specializes in harmonica and song writing.

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Manny Lopez
Manny Lopez Drums

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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Eric Low
Eric Low Drums

Eric Low is a Denver native, who has been involved in music since a very young age. Eric has been playing professionally and teaching along the front range for the last 5 years. He is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado with a degree in Music Business and Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz. He is proficient in rock, jazz, funk, latin, and country styles.

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Jason Bower
Jason Bower Trumpet

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

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Jeffrey Young
Jeffrey Young Trombone

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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Alex Baker
Alex Baker Saxophone

Alex is a graduate of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he earned a Bachelors of Music Performance degree. He has spent time traveling the US and abroad, contributing his musical expertise to numerous projects. Alex has a strong background in performing varied musical styles, including classical, jazz, funk, salsa, ska, rock, and pop. With extensive experience playing soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, Alex has taught many students and groups ranging in age and skill level over the last eight years.

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Amy Medina
Amy Medina Clarinet, Woodwinds

Amy has been teaching and performing professionally for the past twelve years. She has held positions such as Woodwind Technician, Woodwind Section Coach, and Private Instructor at several public schools around the Denver area and is a band teacher for Springboard After School. Amy teaches a variety of woodwind instruments such as oboe, flute, clarinet, and saxophone. 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 is currently pursuing a double degree in Music Performance and Music Education at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. All ages and abilities accepted.

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Rebekah Priest
Rebekah Priest Piano

Rebekah Priest offers diverse playing styles and performance opportunities as well as utilizing a curriculum that involves a variety of teaching methods. A specialized program is available for children ages 3 to 7. Beginner piano is also offered to all ages. Intermediate piano is tailored to each student's interests and goals. Creativity is welcome.

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

Kelly Blakeney is a professional musician who loves to teach. Her unique gift of combining encouraging, customized instruction as well as utilizing vast experience and training enables her to enjoy students of all abilities and ages (beginning as early as 4). A fundamental teacher, she focuses on the basics including reading music, strong technique, theory, and ear training. Holding a BA in Music from the University of Northern Colorado as well as performing and recording both as a soloist and in various ensemble settings such the World Forum (for former Presidents), she knows how to prepare students in all aspects of music while enthusiastically sharing her love for the arts in the process.

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Kris Harris
Kris Harris Violin & Viola

Kris started learning the violin at the age of five and began learning the viola at the age of ten. He was a member of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra for eight years before he began attending the Lamont School of Music. Kris has been a substitute for the Helena Symphony Orchestra, Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Kris' greatest passion within music is definitely in small ensemble playing. He has placed in the Lamont Chamber Competition 2 years in a row and has extensive experience playing in many quartets and other small ensembles. After gaining so much knowledge and wisdom from his many years of studying music, Kris is excited to share what he has learned!

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Meaghan Salton
Meaghan Salton Cello

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 Lindsey about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Caroline McCaskey
Caroline McCaskey Violin & Viola, Cello

For over a decade, Caroline McCaskey's enthusiastic teaching style has fostered a love of music for both children and adults. She is known for the highly customized nature of her lessons, providing quality instruction based on the student's goals and interests. In addition to classical performance technique, lessons with Caroline can include fiddle styles of North America and Europe, improvisation, music theory, history, and composition. Much in demand as a group teacher and clinician at summer music programs, Caroline is privileged to spend a large part of each summer sharing her expertise with music students throughout the country.

A seasoned performer, Caroline is equally at home in an orchestral or chamber music setting as she is playing in a band. As a violist, she has won awards for her chamber music and solo playing. As a fiddler, she plays primarily with an Irish rock band, but remains active playing for contra dances, and has placed first in more than one fiddle contest. She is also an international champion musical saw player, who has performed on local news, the Game Show Network, and as a featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. In 2009, she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition from University of the Pacific. Today, Caroline is pursuing a Master of Music in viola performance and a Certificate in Suzuki violin pedagogy at Denver University.

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Alan Ogrinz
Alan Ogrinz Violin & Viola

Alan is an experienced musician and teacher of all ages and levels. He began learning the violin from the Suzuki Method at age four. In 2000 with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Alan toured much of Eastern Europe, including Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and in 2002 toured Australia and New Zealand. At The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of music in violin performance, Alan studied privately with 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 under violinist Carlo Feige.

More recently, Alan held positions at Colorado State University as first violinist of the graduate string quartet and concertmaster of the university orchestra, while studying violin with Dr. Ron Francois. Since finishing his studies, Alan has turned his attention toward teaching in Castle Rock, where he lives with his wife and son. In addition to providing private violin and viola lessons to over 40 students, he directs the Korean Christian Church Youth Orchestra now in its sixth season, which he also founded. He considers himself incredibly blessed to be able to share his gift of music with people!

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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Kitty Manning
Kitty Manning Violin

Violinist Kitty Manning began her violin studies at the age of six in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. She has since become an active performer, appearing in solo recital all over her native state and with ensembles at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., and Alice Tully Hall in New York. After studying violin for four years at the Interlochen Arts Academy, she is now earning her B.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Denver under renowned violinist Linda Wang, where she also studies Suzuki Pedagogy. Kitty’s summer studies have included attending Madeline Island Music Camp, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy.

Kitty loves getting to know her students and is passionate about providing an open-minded, creative, and supportive learning environment. Her other interests include reading, knitting, Classical Latin, and Ancient Greek.

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