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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:

Donald Haymon
Donald Haymon Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Don has been involved in the Denver music performance, education, and production scene since 2010. He has worked as a session and performance musician in many genres and for many artists around the States. Some genres include: rock, pop, gospel, contemporary Christian, jazz, and funk. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee Online School of Music, majoring in Music Production and Sound Design.

He aims to help and educate the eager home studio owner in programs like Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 11. Using Sibelius 8, he also aids those interested in songwriting and composition.

Along with his passion for music, Don has a strong passion for people and helping them learn in the way best suited for them. He teaches students, both classically and by ear training, in beginning to advanced piano, Hammond organ, drums, and ukulele, as well as 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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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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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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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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Jacob Malpocker
Jacob Malpocker Piano, Voice

Jacob is a conductor and a singer, native to Colorado. He graduated from Seattle University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in vocal music. He conducted the Seattle University choirs under the direction of Dr. Joy Sherman, and the Washington State University Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Lori Wiest. He has conducted as a guest conductor for the Zimmerman Collegiate Choral Festival in Spokane, WA.

In his lessons, Jacob focuses on the teaching of healthy vocal production, and technique in a classical tradition, and believes that classical training can blend nicely into pop, folk, and R&B genres. Jacob believes in strong musical foundations and works to build rudimentary skills inside and outside of lessons. In addition to being a teacher of vocal music, Jacob is a composer and writes music for choir, solo voice, and instrumental ensembles. He loves singing with his brother accompanying him on the guitar, watching football, and taking his golden retriever Alfonso for walks.

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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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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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SammyT Guitar, DJ Mixing Instructor

SammyT Is a Denver-based Electronic Dance music producer and DJ and Guitarist known by his professional name ShoeboxMoses.

ShoeboxMoses is best known as the DJ and main entertainment for some of the most influential entrepreneurial conferences the world over. You can find him rocking the beaches of Neckar Island with Richard Branson, and bouncing around the globe as the staple DJ, Guitarist, and Emcee for Afest, one of the worlds most elite personal development conferences.

Based out of Denver Colorado, ShoeboxMoses has played with and opened for the worlds best DJ’s, Kaskade, Ecotek, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Empire of theSun, Kid Cudi, and countless others.

When not on the road ShoeboxMoses is the Co-Founder of the online Dj academy, and the non-profit

He has been teaching students for over 10 years on both guitar and behind the decks.

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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 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 a dozen years teaching experience, Doug works with 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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Patrick Hesse
Patrick Hesse Guitar, Piano

Patrick Hesse has been playing live music for over 7 years, from weddings to restaurants to bars and yes... even a grocery store. With a vast array of music influences — such as the Beatles, finger picking James Taylor, Jazzy Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, and Imagine Dragons — he'll help create a great foundation to ignite your own creativity or pour some gasoline on your already built passion for music.

Fun fact: He also performs stand up comedy which includes impressions of music genres, parody songs, and let's just say some very creative sounds.

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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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Russ Callison
Russ Callison Guitar

Russ Callison began studying guitar in 2005 and has since blazed a trail through the musical community. Using his talent and passion to drive him, Russ recently earned his master's degree from DU, studying with such prominent figures as Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood (University of Denver), Robert Guthrie (Southern Methodist University), as well as Sabine Madriguera (Collin College). Under their guidance, he has placed first in multiple competitions as part of an ensemble, a duo, and as a soloist.

Russ is now focusing on the duo he formed with fellow graduate student Calum Borthwick - Derelict Hands - and is establishing his career as a professional guitarist and instructor. Russ has been an active teacher for many years now, including two years as a Graduate Guitar Instructor at the University of Denver, and uses his knowledge of many fields of music to develop his students' talents into musical assets.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Julia Che
Julia Che Violin, Piano

Julia is a dedicated violin and piano teacher. She has intellectual curiosity in gaining new knowledge and is excited to share with friends and students. To her, music is the best thing her parents have given her sister and her when they were growing up. Now, Julia wants to spread the joy of music to her students.

Learning music is not an easy task. Julia went through intense training to be a better musician and teacher. Her education includes Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota at Twins Cities and Master of Music from the University of Denver. Her major violin teachers include Linda Wang, Sally O'Reilly, Michael Ma, Kin Fung Leung and Ka Wang. She is a Suzuki Certified teacher and is studying under Kathleen Spring for the Suzuki Pedagogy Certification at the University of Denver.

Julia plays piano or violin with her students during their weekly lessons. In addition to implementing all aspects of music including theory, history, and composition into her music lessons, she encourages her students to challenge their best and ultimately have music as a life companion.

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