Brad "Murph" Murphey (Beginner to Advanced)
Brad Murphey has been performing for over 10 years and has toured all over the country in a variety of different musical settings. He's performed at many notable festivals such as Grey Fox and Rockygrass as well as performing with an endless array of some of the greatest musicians alive today, the likes of which include The Infamous Stringdusters, Crooked Still, members of the Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Darol Anger, Matt Flinner, Richard Greene and many others.
"Murph" studied guitar in the late 90's at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago under the tutelage of the Czech guitar great, Slavek Hanzlik, as well as mandolinist Don Stiernberg and banjoist Greg Cahill. He loves to share his passion for making music to all ages and levels of students and has been teaching guitar for over 10 years.
He has been an endorsed artist for Elixir Guitar Strings for 8 years now and has been written about in notable music magazines such as Sing Out (calling him "Very tasteful!") and Bluegrass Now ("Flawless flatpicking").
Chris Thile, winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, says this about Brad Murphey "a great lead guitarist..... and awesome rhythm player too!"
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John Domenico - Beginner to Advanced
John Domenico has been playing guitar for 10 years and recently received a B.A. in Music from Fairfield University. There, he performed in several student groups and the University Jazz Ensemble. Early on, John learned songs by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and John Mayer. Today his performance styles include pop, folk, rock, funk, jazz and more.
John's teaching style varies with each new student taking into consideration their individual strengths weaknesses and goals. He encourages creativity and musical exploration, as well as foundation in theory and written notation.
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Laura Stratton - Beginner to Intermediate
One of my earliest memories is listening to my father play ragtime and blues piano for hours in our living room. I’d sit on the bench next to him and attempt to play along until he decided it was time for lessons at the age of 5. Ever since, music has been an integral part of my life. I strive to bring this memory and this feeling to every curious learner. I enjoy creating a fun and customized teaching approach, while maintaining an emphasis on technique. The majority of my piano training has been classical, however, for the past 10 years, pop, rock and blues have made their way into my repertoire, allowing me to play with numerous bands around town. The marriage of these concepts has given me the versatility to teach individuals in a personally directed way, creating a plan that is engaging and inspiring.
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Dylan McCarthy Beginner to Advanced
With over 16 years experience playing and performing, Dylan's musical background is deep and diverse. Beginning with classical piano at the age of 7, he has explored a breadth of musical genres and instruments. His high school years were steeped in classic rock and roll, cutting his teeth in Denver dive bars at 14. He hit a turning point at 18 with his decision to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2012 for electric bass, while simultaneously discovering his love for mandolin and bluegrass music. Since then, Dylan has established himself in Colorado as a hard-working professional in the bluegrass music scene with his fierce guitar flat-picking, finesse on the mandolin and strong vocal presence.
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Being a formerly Philadelphia-based musician, Harry Forlenza-Bailey is new to Boulder. Upon graduation from Temple University, with a Bachelor's degree in Music, this young man set to work in and around the greater Philadelphia area as a full-time musician. He has had experience teaching, touring, and professionally playing in various stylings of bands of many diverse cultures. Two years later, he has decided to go back to school and study more music at the University of Denver where he will be receiving his Master's in Music (2018).
Guitar has been Harry's release from the academic realm of music. Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," has been resounding in his ears since he heard it at the age of 5, and from that moment he has been inspired from Rock n' Roll music. Being an iconic instrument in Rock N' Roll, he felt the urge to pick up a guitar at age 13. With his knowledge of music and it's history, Harry can figure out most Rock songs by listening to them and translating them on guitar. Of course the theory and academic study of music has contributed to his skill, but the inspiration sought for music is bigger than what takes place in the classroom.
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Theresa Peterson - Beginner to Intermediate
Picking up guitar at age 11, Theresa has had a passion for learning and teaching guitar since an early age. She teaches beginning and intermediate guitar including basic chords, strumming patterns, picking patterns, and alternate tunings, which can be applied to many styles of music. Theresa's approach to teaching is flexible based on student's age, skills, and specific interests. Students are encouraged to bring in any material that interests them and lessons can be structured around this.
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Dan Harris - Beginner to Advanced
I began playing guitar as a child of about 4. I remember sitting on my dads lap learning to sing and strum to “Hey Good Lookin’” while he fretted the chords. The guitar has been my lifelong companion ever since. I took all the music classes that I could during my school days and later earned a BA in music from the University of Wyoming. I spent countless hours locked away in practice rooms, working through charts for the jazz bands I played in or clawing my way through the classical guitar repertoire. It was during this time that I started teaching, my first job was for the UW school for extended studies where I taught 8 week courses in beginning guitar. After college I worked as a Suzuki guitar instructor for a number of years and taught privately as well, both in Boulder and in New York. I perform as a solo singer songwriter and with the Dan Harris Trio throughout the Front Range area. I love bluegrass and enjoy going to the local jams and pickin on my guitar and mandolin. I also own Dan Harris Instrument Company, LTD., where I fix and build stringed instruments.
Teaching: My goal as a teacher is to give you the tools to make music that you enjoy playing. This includes an emphasis on the foundations, such as developing a solid sense of rhythm and learning to hear the melodies and chords of a tune. I can teach flatpicking bluegrass guitar, easy 3 chord songs that you can sing around a campfire with your friends, fingerstyle and classical guitar, or simply the latest catchy tune on the radio.
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Monica LaBonte - Beginner to Intermediate
I have felt so many times that music is a friend that has never and will never abandon me. Once you have music, it's always with you.
I am from Colorado Springs, born and raised in a deeply musical family. My mother (who sings like an angel and plays guitar and piano) put a guitar in my hands when I could first hold one and has been singing to me since I was in the womb. I think my musical spark comes from those early moments and the early exposure to music that my mom and family gave me. Since that time I have had a colorful history with music: years of competitive choral singing; playing and recording with a pop Christian band; running music programs through an Easter Seals camp for kids and adults with an array of physical and mental disabilities and abilities; and, most recently, playing stages big and small around Colorado with my own original projects. Today, you can find me tucked away singing solo at a coffee shop or local open mic, singing and strumming in one of the many awesome pickin' circles in and around Boulder, or writing, playing, recording and performing with the awesome Monocle Band!
Through my own experience with music, I personally know how amazing and at times, challenging, it can be to find your voice. Whether it's on guitar, singing, or both, it's important to realize how music speaks through you, to play to your strengths, yet acknowledge your weaknesses and build from there. I can't wait to share my passion and knowledge to help you learn to sing, play Guitar, or write songs!
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Eric Dorr - Acoustic, Electric, Theory (Beginner to Intermediate)
Eric is a guitarist, pianist, singer, and trumpet player. He has been studying music for 17 years. Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Eric has performed in various rock, folk, jazz, and classical groups for the past 11 years, both through university and on his own.
His teaching experience covers a wide range of age, ability, and musical interests. He specializes in beginner students. His favorite part of teaching privately is the student-centered path towards musical development and awareness. He loves teaching in both conventional and non-conventional methods. He encourages composition, improvisation, and ear training from a very young age, and he is always curious to see what his students will come up with next!
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Dave Honig- Acoustic (Steel & nylon string, plectrum & finger-style), Electric, Jazz, Latin, & Classical (Beginner to Advanced)
Dave is a excellent teacher for students of all ages and levels who are serious about learning Guitar, Musicianship, & Theory.
Dave Honig is a lifelong professional musician and educator including nearly 20 years of instructing at the college level in both the Jazz and Classical fields.
As a performer, he held a weekly gig at the legendary Manhattan Jazz club 'Smoke' (formerly known as Augies). He was initially brought to Colorado By the Aspen Music Festival where he performed as a guest with both the Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble.
In Colorado, he has led Jazz ensembles featuring the best Denver area musicians. He currently can be heard with his New Standards Project, an expansion of the Jazz Standards repertoire to include everything from Motown to Singer-Songwriters and Jimi Hendrix to Bluegrass through arranging and re-harmonization.
As a teacher, his style is flexible to the individual needs of each student while encompassing musical expression, musicianship, technique, and theory. Musical individuality is encouraged when encountered.
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