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Castle Rock Music


(303) 688-0300 429 Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO

About Our Lessons Our lessons are awesome! Here are some reasons why:

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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:

Luke Maxson
Luke Maxson Piano

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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Reggie Berg
Reggie Berg Piano, Composition

Having over 15 years of experience teaching at elementary, middle school, high school, community and state colleges (as both an adjunct and artist-in-residence professor at Metropolitan State University and Colorado College); Reggie Berg excels as a diverse and creative teacher. His instructional method is designed with each student's interests in mind, highlights strengths while addresses weaknesses, and provides students with daily timed assignments as to ensure improvement. Reggie guarantees every lesson will be a fun, encouraging experience where breakthroughs in technique, music theory, improvisation, sight reading, rhythmic training, and repertoire will take place. Students leave each lesson inspired, ready to go home and practice, knowing exactly how and what to practice! In addition to piano lessons, students often find that learning the melodica is of strong interest. Lessons are available on this fun instrument as well - it's inexpensive especially great for young children.

As a pianist, Reggie's credentials put him in the top tier of working musicians, not just in the state of Colorado, but the world. He is on the roster of the well known group, Postmodern Jukebox (the group recently received over 1 billion views on YouTube), music director for former Les Paul violinist, Christian Howes, a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute where he performed for Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, keyboardist for National Broadway Shows at Denver's Premier DCPA Theater, audition pianist for AMDA, Jazz and Classical Pianist for The United States Air Force, a guest on Christopher O'Riley's "From The Top" at age 15, and performed as a concert pianist at the young age of 9 with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

While Reggie studied at Mannes College of Music, The Eastman School of Music, The University of Denver, and The Interlochen Arts Academy; he knows how to teach classical, jazz, pop, rock, musical theater, composition and improvisation so well, not only because he took classes at prestigious music schools, but because he followed his training by successfully freelancing in perhaps the greatest musical city in the U.S., New York City, from 2012 - 2015.

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Tyler DesRochers
Tyler DesRochers Piano, Voice

Tyler is a recent graduate with a B.A. in both Music and Religious Studies from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa. He continues to pursue music because he believes it is a shared phenomenon that has the amazing potential to enrich others in profound and diverse ways.

Tyler began studying piano through the Yamaha Method at age five. He continued with private piano lessons until the second year of completing his undergraduate degrees when he switched his emphasis to voice. Throughout his musical upbringing, Tyler has had experience in choir, band, orchestra, musical theatre, private lessons, and with composition. During and immediately following his time at Luther College, Tyler has also had a lot of experience working with youth of all ages and varying needs. His experiences as a Before and After School Site Director, Summer Music Intern, Program and Camp Counselor, and Resident Assistant have strengthened his passion for working with and mentoring youth, his ability to instill a positive and supportive environment for others, and his instructional abilities.

Tyler embraces the opportunity to share his knowledge of music in both piano and voice for beginner and intermediate students. He strives to instill fundamental understandings of musical concepts through theory, ear training, and application. He also believes in providing an open-minded and relaxed lesson environment where each student has the freedom to explore their creativity and the many other aspects of their musicianship.

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Kaia Monson
Kaia Monson Piano, Voice

Kaia has recently earned her B.A. in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. As a young girl, it had always been a dream of hers to pursue a degree in music. From the moment she began taking piano lessons at the age of 7 and voice lessons not soon after, it was inevitable that music was going to be a part of her life for a long time.

It was due to her experiences in musicals, choir, band, and private lessons that educating young minds to find joy and passion in music was what she wanted to do.

With this, her goal is to help musicians shape their own musical identity while working towards their full potential. She aims to do this through instilling technique, helping students learn and apply theory concepts, and keeping the studio atmosphere fun and relaxed.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee Piano, Voice

Esther can't remember the first time she started singing and playing the piano- That's how much music has been a presence in her life. She learned early on that singing and accompanying go hand in hand.

Esther attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she expanded her vocabulary in jazz, and received her Bachelors of Music (B.M. cum laude) in Vocal Performance. She has worked with notable professors like Peter Eldridge (of the 'New York Voices'), and Paula Cole. She also co-founded the school's first ever student run vocal jazz club, 'Point of Departure', still widely active on campus today.

Since graduating, Esther has toured world wide with a gospel/jazz group and has held benefit concerts, private workshops for vocal training and band leading, and has taught over 100+ private students ages ranging from as young as 3, to much older adults.

With the experiences she has gained over her academic and professional years, Esther's ultimate goal is to share her knowledge and love for music and performing. That it's not just about sounding good for the trend, but it's about the journey of polishing your own originality and finding the driving passion and joy through music.

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Ed Eby
Ed Eby Trombone, Pianist, Guitar, Composition

Ed Eby is a trombonist, pianist, guitarist, composer, and educator with over 11 years of teaching experience. He regularly performs in many of the big bands, orchestras, churches, and charity events in the Denver area.

Recently he graduated from the University of North Texas where he was recorded on the Two O'Clock Lab Band's album "Channel Two". Ed has also composed music for piano, trombone choir, and jazz band in many genres for organizations such as the Colorado Honor Band, the Two O'Clock Lab Band, and Greenhorn Jazz ensemble.

As an educator he has taught for some of Denver's leading educational institutions including the Colorado Honor Band and Performance Play Music. He has also taught music out of state in the Alaska School of Music, and in a classroom setting for the Denver School District, and the Anchorage School District.

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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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Mason Howell
Mason Howell Guitar

Mason Howell is pursuing his degree in Guitar Performance at the University of Colorado at Denver, and he offers private guitar lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages. Mason's private instruction emphasizes the fundamentals that transcend musical styles and build a strong foundation for any level, and he strives to help students discover the joys and benefits of making music through his passion as a musician and instructor. Mason is at home with many electric and acoustic guitar styles, and specializes in modern jazz and solo guitar.

Mason is an inspiringly thoughtful new composer who is equally grounded in mainstream jazz as he is forward-looking and innovative. His approach to guitar performance reflects his compositions: complete, creative and unique.

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Alex Boivin
Alex Boivin Guitar

Alex Boivin is multi-styled guitarist, performer, educator and composer with over 13 years of teaching experience and has performed in over 500 live concerts. He had the privilege to study one on one with Jazz guitar great Jack Grassel. Alex studied music at MATC in Milwaukee with an emphasis on composition and music theory. He helped form the rock band Punch Drunk Munky Funk in 2013. The band played all over the front range and toured across the US for the past 4 years. He continues to stay busy performing all over Colorado in various groups weekly.

Alex has also extensive studio guitar experience including working with top industry professionals. Most notably Brian Lapin and his music production company "The Transcenders" who collaborated as the founding members of the music group the Black Eyed Peas.

Alex's approach to teaching guitar and music comes from his years of experience playing, writing and composing in bands. He incorporates chords, scales, and music theory to help students understand compositions of all styles. He is committed to inspiring students and strives to make the learning experience exciting and fun.

Alex teaches all styles of music and also teaches beginners to advanced students of all ages.

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Lucas DeGraca
Lucas DeGraca Guitar, Ukulele

Lucas has been playing and studying music professionally for the past 10 years. He performs and teaches multiple musical genres; such as jazz, classical, pop, punk, rock, blues, etc. Lucas recently had the privilege of working at Westland Studios, which is Dublin's premiere and oldest recording studio.

Lucas is currently finishing his Bachelors of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar at MSU Denver and is enrolled in Berklee College of Music online program.

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Chris Juris
Chris Juris Guitar

Chris Juris is a guitarist, composer, and band leader from Mahwah, NJ. Chris first picked up the guitar at age 13, and within four years had a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Performance and Composition. The one goal he has for all his students, is to get them playing music with others as quickly as possible. Learning early on that music is not strictly linear, Chris believes one can exponentially grow from a number of experiences.

While a student, Chris led his own band at Wally's Jazz Club, holding a weekly residency for one year. Chris maintains the principal of performing for an audience is very beneficial, where one can learn more in a two hour performance than 100 hours of practice. Chris recommends all his students to plan recitals at Castle Rock Music.

Chris has been recognized by the International Association for Jazz Educators, as well as received numerous awards from Berklee College of Music including The Walter Beasley Award, and Most Talented musician festival-wide at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

Chris has continued his career as an educator, and found the opportunity of teaching beginners from a young age equally rewarding because of the curiosity of the world around them they exhibit.

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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. In addition to teaching at a thriving studio in Castle Rock, he is a lecturer of guitar at the University of Colorado, where he teaches private lessons and beginner guitar courses. Doug is also invited annually to teach at CU Denver's partnership program in China to teach courses such as American popular music and music appreciation.

Doug is proficient in most popular styles including pop, rock, jazz and fingerstyle. He has performed in classical and jazz ensembles, rock bands and solo guitar. His students are encouraged to perform in showcases, recitals and rock camps, and those participants are consistently rewarded with success and self confidence.

With over 15 years teaching experience, Doug works with both adults and children, beginners and experienced players alike. Believing that everyone has musical talent, he enjoys the challenges that each student brings and helps them find their potential.

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 Kober Guitar

Dylan is currently enrolled in the music program at the University of Colorado at Denver, and is pursuing a career in recording arts and studio guitar work. Having been a part of various groups, Dylan appreciates all styles of musical genres but his passion lies with Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz, and Jam Rock.

Dylan teaches electric and acoustic guitar to all age levels and works great with beginning students.

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Ian Argys
Ian Argys Guitar

Ian Argys, M.M. in Jazz Studies from UNT (2008), offers private music lessons at Castle Rock Music for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, ages 5 and up.

An experienced, dedicated and patient educator, Ian aims to inspire students by helping them discover the infinite joys and benefits of a lifetime of music making, be it as a hobby or profession.

Ian is also an experienced and versatile performer.

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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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Kim Bird
Kim Bird Bass

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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Jeff Ranck
Jeff ("J.R.") Ranck Drums

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 Eidel Drums

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 Sapp Drums

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 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, 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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Daniel Sweet
Daniel Sweet Saxophone

Danny Sweet is a saxophonist and teacher from Centennial, Colorado, and for the Arapahoe High School marching band. A multi-instrumentalist, Danny performs on all saxophones, Bb clarinet, and vocals. Having also performed with various rock and metal bands throughout the Denver area, Danny boasts the skill set and experience needed for being successful in a large variety of ensembles.

Currently a Bachelor of Music student at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, Danny studies saxophone and woodwind performance with professor Art Bouton. Danny has performed on saxophone with many notable groups, including the Lamont Pit Orchestra, the Corpus de Funk jazz combo, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, the Colorado Wind Ensemble, and the award winning Nebula Ensemble. He was the first chair alto saxophonist in the Colorado All-State Band, he currently holds the spot as principal chair saxophonist in the University of Denver Lamont Wind Ensemble, and he has performed in a master class taught by past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Debra Richtmeyer.

Danny sees the potential for musical and visual expression of emotion, and the potential for interpersonal connection through performance in each of his students. He strives to bring those traits out in every performer and use that to give each of them an experience that they will not soon forget.

"My goal is to be taking lessons from YOU one day."

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Amy Medina
Amy Medina Musick Clarinet, 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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Anthony Sanchez
Anthony Sanchez Flute

Anthony Sanchez grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began playing flute at the age of 11, starting out in his middle school band program. He went on to receive a Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Music from Michigan State University and completed Doctoral work at the University of Southern Mississippi.

As a performer, Anthony has played with orchestras in Michigan, Ohio and Mississippi and some of his most enjoyable work has been as a pit musician for various musical theaters.

Teaching private students since he was in college, Anthony has developed a strong method for developing the skills of young flutists. Whether students want to move up a chair in band or look towards a musical career themselves, Anthony guides students to their highest goals. His students have consistently become leaders in their school band programs, achieved high marks at Solo and Ensemble festivals and been selected for Honor and All State Bands. Several of his students have gone on to successfully audition into competitive college music programs with aspirations of being professional musicians themselves.

With his recent move to Colorado, Anthony is excited and eager to become a part of the musical community here.

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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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Mariama Alcântara
Mariama Alcântara Violin & Viola

Born in Brazil, Mariama grew up in a musical family and began studying the violin at age seven. She made her solo debut at age 12 with the Paraiba Symphony Orchestra, and since then she has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in her home country.

As a recipient of the Iris Orchestra Artist Fellowship (IAF) program, Mariama performed with the Iris Orchestra during the 2016-2017 season, received mentorship from conductor Michael Stern, and visiting artists. She was also a member of the in-residence chamber ensemble, performing outreach concerts regularly, planning and implementing community-based music projects and activities.

Also as part of the IAF program, Mariama taught in two public schools in the underserved area of Memphis, providing tailored and extended instruction to string students, mentoring them toward performance proficiency and professional standards on their given instrument, providing engaging performances and presentations designed to improve students' commitment to learning.

Mariama studied violin performance at the University of Memphis with Dr. Soh-Hyun Altino and Dr. Marcin Arendt, and earned her master's degree from the Pennsylvania State University where she was a teaching assistant of professor James Lyon. She resides in Colorado Springs with her husband, and is a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Iris Orchestra.

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Camerson Cripe
Camerson Cripe Violin & Viola

Camerson Cripe is a passionate and experienced teacher who draws from a wide range of training and performance experiences. She strives to create a warm and supportive learning environment while encouraging intrinsic motivation and self-exploration. She's taught privately for sixteen years and has taught group and master classes at many public schools and music academies. Her performance experience includes a wide range of artists and venues, such as the South Carolina Philharmonic, Rod Stewart and Santana at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the Kennedy Center.

She received her B.M. from Eastman School of Music, her M.M. from University of South Carolina, and her Orchestral Certificate from Lamont School of Music in Viola Performance. She also took a hands-on pedagogy course in violin instruction while at Eastman. She has performed for and been coached by many prominent teachers and performers, including Heidi Castleman (Juilliard), Robert Vernon (CIM/Cleveland Orchestra), and Kimberly Fischer (Philadelphia Orchestra). She has also attended many top music festivals and institutes, including Heifetz International Music Institute and Philadelphia International Music Festival.

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Alan Ogrinz
Alan Ogrinz Violin & 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.

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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