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(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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    Recording
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    Pro Tools equipped. Record college audition pieces, songs for friends & family and professional demos.
We're *always* looking for exceptional music educators

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

Delia Ottomanelli
Delia Ottomanelli Voice, Piano, Songwriting

Delia Ottomanelli is a former opera singer from New Jersey. She has been teaching music since she was 18, incorporating her classical voice and piano training into her work with her students. She is proficient in both coloratura and bel canto singing styles. After studying at Seton Hall University and The University of Colorado Boulder, Delia decided to shift her focus to piano, songwriting, and playing in bands. Her favorite genres are blues, soul, funk, and rock and roll. She will be finishing her Bachelor's of Science in May 2020 at The University of Colorado Denver's Singer/Songwriter program.

Delia loves to work with voice students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. Lessons can include classical voice training, musical theater, college auditions, developing performance and writing skills, and exploring new genres. Delia works best with beginner to intermediate piano students, giving them the basic foundation of music theory, reading skills, and improv techniques they will need as advanced players.

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John Murray
John Murray Piano, Voice

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

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

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

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

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Ashley Young
Ashley Young Piano, Voice

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

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

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

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April Cheung
April Cheung Piano, Flute

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

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

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Luke Maxson
Luke Maxson Piano, Music Technology

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

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

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Jessica Luczak
Jessica Luczak Voice, Piano

Jessica has been teaching private voice lessons since 2010. She received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Kansas State University in 2013. As a graduate teaching assistant there she taught classes in beginner voice and aural skills, making the technical side of music fun and accessible for all skill levels. She is excited to help her students find strength, confidence, and inspiration through the theory and practice of Bel Canto technique. Performing is a joy, but teaching one-on-one is her passion.

When Jessica is not teaching voice she stays busy at home with her two little boys. She is also a certified Massage Therapist, an avid reader, an aspiring yogi, a plant enthusiast, a sporadic crafter, and a lover of languages. One day she hopes to play proficiently all the instruments in her collection: the didgeridoo, harmonica, ukulele, and guitar.

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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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Alex Boivin
Alex Boivin Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

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 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, Ukulele, Bass

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.

Homeschool Families: If you're a homeschool family or have a flexible schedule, ask Chris about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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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, studying under the world renowned performer and educator Ricardo Iznaola. He holds a Bachelor's of Music degree from Towson University. Doug has also studied jazz guitar, composition, and rock guitar. Doug is a Suzuki teacher, a method developed to teach music to young children ages 4 to 8, studying at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

In addition to operating a successful private studio for the past 16 years, Doug is a lecturer of guitar at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has taught private lessons and beginner guitar courses. He is invited annually to teach at CU Denver's partnership program in Beijing, China to teach courses such as American popular music and music appreciation. As a lifelong learner, Doug has been inspired by this experience, studying Mandarin since 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill Fatur
Bill 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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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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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 Meaghan about lesson availability in the morning and early afternoon.
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Nerea Gourlaouen
Nerea Gourlaouen Violin & Viola, Fiddle

Nerea is not only a teacher but a professional Violinist & Fiddler since a young age.

With over a decade of experience teaching, Nerea has taught music to over 4,000 students in private and group lessons as well as in ensembles and schools. Although Nerea has taught and continues to teach Beginner to Advanced Violin, from ages 3 - 53, her specialty is "Fiddle" music. She is highly knowledgeable in Cape Breton, Scottish, Irish, traditional Breton, Celtic and World music.

Nerea has performed at numerous international venues such as the Bercy Stadium in Paris (over 17,000 spectators), Edinburgh Castle, Music Hall of Beirut-Lebanon, Canadian Embassy of Abu Dhabi, Atlantis Hotel of Dubai, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, to name a few. Her success as a soloist lead her to release her first album, "Footprints", at the age of 16. This earned her a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for the "Young Artist of the Year" Award. With rave reviews, Nerea has made numerous radio & TV appearances in several countries (and several languages). At the age of 18, armed with a diploma in Artist Management from Berklee College of Music, Nerea started teaching workshops around the world on specific styles and techniques.

Nerea adapts all her lessons specifically to the students needs.

She has prepared students for Trinity and ABRSM exams, taught by ear and/or sight reading, followed diverse methods requested such as Suzuki and has prepared students for countless performances. She has worked extensively with students who have special needs such as Autism.

Open-minded and flexible, Nerea strives for her students to learn through fun, hands on activities, always leaving her lessons with smiles on their faces.

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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.

https://www.violinsconfuoco.com

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