Harmony Music House

Mandolin Lessons

Sam Parks - Mandolin (Beginner to Advanced)

Sam Parks began playing mandolin at the age of 13 after being inspired by musically developed kids his own age at the Rockygrass festival in Lyons, CO. Bit by passion, Sam began learning on an autodidactic level that was thorough and focused throughout his teens. After touring with his family band through High School, Sam attended South Plains College in Levelland, TX to expand his musical academia. He graduated on the Presidentʼs Honor Roll and was awarded Outstanding Male Instrumentalist and Vocalist of his graduating class.

Samʼs mandolin style has been influenced by the playing power of Sam Bush, the precision of Chris Thile, and the timing of Adam Steffey. His styles range from  bluegrass, old time, celtic, swing, dawg music, and progressive acoustic.

I really enjoy working with students and watching them grow on their instrument. Itʼs incredibly rewarding. I feel each student needs an individualized lesson according to their abilities, understanding, and goals. Deciphering what each student needs is really  fun to me. I enjoy the challenge of sharing musical knowledge in a way YOU can understand.

 

Robby Loeb (Beginner to Intermediate)

I began teaching music in Boulder, Colorado in 2003. I enjoy teaching students traditional Bluegrass songs as well as helping students learn and develop their own style. My intent is to find out exactly what my students want to get out of playing the mandolin, and what their learning style is so that I can adapt to it.

 Whether your focus is learning every bluegrass tune under the sun, how to improvise a solo, or just being able to hold your own at a jam with the rest of them, I can help you with that. I believe that each student can successfully achieve the expression of musical artistry through efficient practice habits, and proper guidance. Once the technical elements of playing an instrument are achieved, the door is wide open to making music as a form of art.

I studied under bluegrass legend Alan Munde at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, and many other teachers along the way. 

I have been the director of the bluegrass ensembles at Harmony since it's inception in 2009. I am also the owner of the studio. 

 

Dan Harris - Mandolin (Beginner to Advanced)  

I began playing mandolin in 2001. I remember watching my flamenco guitar teacher after college, Steve Mullins, playing mandolin in a Balkan band. I was slightly confounded as to how one could move from such a wide necked instrument like flamenco guitar to the tiny little fingerboard of a mandolin. So I switched out the guitar for mando lessons and have not put it down since. Some of my influences and heroes on the instrument are Bill Monroe, David Grisman, and Ronnie McCoury.

Currently perform as a solo singer songwriter and with the Dan Harris Trio throughout the Front Range area. I love bringing my mandolin out to the local bluegrass jams and it is starting to find its way into my songwriting world. 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. We can learn tunes and techniques for playing bluegrass, celtic and folk music or pretty much anything else that you may want to work on.

 

Bonnie Sims  - Mandolin (Only available on Tuesdays)

I have been performing for 15 years, I started singing with my father from a young age and began playing guitar at 12 and mandolin at 14. I have played at venues such as Six flags over Texas in Arlington, Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, Rockygrass 2009 with KC Groves and the Blue Maddies, and many local venues here in Colorado as well as in the Dallas/Ft Worth area where I grew up. I spent two years at South Plains College in Levelland, TX where I studied bluegrass, country, and western swing styles. I took private mandolin lessons from Joe Carr and bluegrass ensembles with Alan Munde. I also took private voice lessons with Rusty Hudleson and learned how to yodel. I was awarded Best Female Bluegrass Vocalist both years I attended that program (06, 07) and Best Female Bluegrass Instrumentalist the second year. I was also a member of the Pickin' On the Plains and Western Swing ensemble.

I really believe that music is all inclusive and like to encourage anyone who has a desire to be musical to do it. In saying that, I also like to allow the student's musical tastes to dictate what we learn and the speed at which we do it. Private lessons are the perfect environment for that and then you have ensembles where you can try out your musical ideas and practice playing well with others which is equally important. Harmony Music House will allow your musical vocabulary to grow.