Harmony Music House
Private and group music lessons | Boulder CO | Established in 2010

Piano Lessons

Boulder's home for private piano lessons. We have teachers available children and adults. We offer many styles of instruction to suit your needs.

Laura Stratton - Beginner to Advanced (Classical, Rock, Folk)

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 engaging and inspiring. 

 

Paige Sentianin - Beginner to intermediate 

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Paige Sentianin, soprano, is a professional classical singer and voice and piano teacher. In her performance career, she has been praised for her clear sound and “coquettish vivacity both in her acting and singing.” While completing her Master of Music degree at University of Colorado Boulder, she performed as Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and Papagena in The Magic Flute while also covering the role of Pamina. Other credits include Adela in Lottie Silks (Central City Opera/Writing the Rockies), Giannetta in The Elixir of Love (Boulder Opera Company), Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica (Opera on Tap Colorado), Maguelonne in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival), and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (LMU Sinatra Opera Workshop). No stranger to new music, Paige has worked on contemporary operas with the CU New Opera Workshop and Central City Opera in conjunction with Writing the Rockies. Paige is an established soloist in the area and has performed major works with the CU Boulder Early Music Ensemble, the Denver Pro Chorale, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Cantabile Singers. Paige is also joining the Colorado Bach Ensemble and the Boulder Bach Festival for their upcoming seasons and continues to sing roles in operas with local companies. She is a student of Matthew Chellis. Paige is extremely passionate about spreading her love of music to others. Her very first musical instruction was in piano, and this is where she learned how to read music and practice her artistry at a young age. Paige took beginning/intermediate piano lessons throughout her childhood until she was a teenager, then again when she was an undergraduate, studying under Dr. Janet Favreau. In addition to learning music fundamentals and technique, Paige wants her students to find joy in the music they’re making and the abilities they are honing. She is very open to finding whatever repertoire, styles, or learning methods work best for each individual. Paige has found piano to be incredibly useful in her singing and teaching career, and firmly believes every musician can benefit from studying such a versatile instrument.

 

Susan McCaffery- Children's Piano

My first experience of a musical instrument was a borrowed wooden recorder at an elementary school in a rather musically-famous town called Liverpool, England. This was soon followed by flute and then piano. Weekly flute lessons for over 10 years resulted in beginner through advanced certifications from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, including music theory. Around age 11, I began piano lessons for a couple of years with Dennis Rattle, father of Sir Simon Rattle of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. For much of my childhood, I played music daily with others, including a flute choir, orchestra, and vocal choir, leading to many performances in each case. Music helped keep my spirit alive through a tough and strict educational system.

I later completed a Bachelor’s honors degree in mathematics at the University of Leeds, England, where I was a regular member of the university wind band. Next up was a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, before moving to Colorado in 1997. Since then, my traditional music background has been widely expanded. For a year and a half, I studied in Boulder with sitar maestro Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. Through his oral-teaching tradition, he transmitted many Indian scales and “ragas” to me on my flute. Multi-instrument ensembles with Roshan gave valuable experience in perfection of timing and rhythm. Subsequent piano lessons with Michael Petersen in Longmont introduced me to the world of jazz and improvisation. I am currently active in both flute and piano with groups in Denver and Boulder, with another diverse genre of Caucasian and Central-Asian folk and religious music, which I find both meditative and deeply touching. I have been teaching flute for over seven years, and piano for three years. My search in both studying and teaching is for the joy, heart, meaning, and power of music. Through it, we can discover who we are and how to express ourselves. It offers the opportunity to develop our inherent potential by reaching further inside of ourselves, not just for musical ability but for everyday qualities such as self-confidence and exchange with others. Music is beautiful, vast, and multi-dimensional: a universe waiting to be explored!

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This teacher is available for off-site lessons

 

Aaron Bartlett

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Aaron Bartlett is a very multi-faceted musician. He's been playing music since 2006, starting his first rock band in high school, and then serving many different musical roles in bands of all kinds up until his graduation in Music Composition from Naropa University in 2017. He's now credited with scoring his first indie film in 2016, and is a singer/songwriter & music producer in the Boulder. Music teacher since 2010, he's worked in schools of all kinds teaching private lessons, group classes, and recording sessions. He loves to teach and offers a unique experience in the classroom not found in many other places, exploring songwriting & music theory alongside his various instruments.

Aaron's very first instrument was piano at 7 years old. Going on and off as he discovered rock music and those types of instruments in his youth, becoming very experienced in music production has lead him back to play the keys and classical piano almost as much as his primary guitar. His piano skills really became exemplified in his various music programs in college at FIU and Naropa. Aaron believes piano is an essential piece of learning music theory and composition, and can make understanding music a lot easier in general. Though reading music is a useful tool, Aaron finds the piano teaches ear training and chordal understanding better than even reading sheet music can. 

 

Christopher Wright - Beginner to Advanced

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Christopher Wright, a Colorado native, began studying music at the age of 6. In the beginning, his teachers put strong emphasis on understanding fundamentals such as reading, theory, and aural skills. When Christopher turned 10 he chose to infuse these skills into playing the piano. In high school, Christopher moved around a lot, going from Colorado, to Oregon, back to Colorado, eventually ending up in South Carolina where he decided to study under Dr. Philip Powell at Coastal Carolina University for is Bachelors in Piano Performance. He recently graduated and will begin his Masters at CU Boulder where he will be studying with Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. 

Christopher began teaching piano during his career as an undergraduate student where he taught students ranging from age 5 to age 70. He strongly believes that everyone needs to discover their unique qualities at the piano as far as how they interpret music, practice, and develop technique. 

Throughout his undergraduate career, Christopher received awards in pianistic excellence every semester. Along with these awards, he received high academic achievement, graduating summa cum laude in the top 3 of his class. Christopher has also received 1st prize in the Dr. Sharyn Edwards piano competition in North Carolina and was prize winner of the Brevard Music Center Solo Piano Competition. He was also a finalist in the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Center. 

 

Michael Santulli

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Michael Santulli has been playing and studying music for about 15 years.  At the age of 10 he began playing bass and studying music theory with his local orchestra.  His experience with the orchestra inspired him to take up the piano, which he has now been playing for over 5 years.  Since playing his first note, Michael has continuously been adding new styles, techniques, and instruments to his repertoire. Now, Michael enjoys playing a wide variety of genres from classical, to bluegrass, to rock, and has performed in New York City, Washington DC, Rome, and many other cities.  His technical versatility and passion for both music and
teaching make him an ideal instructor to help you reach your musical goals!

 

 Carly Smith - Beginner Piano

There is a famous Zimbabwean proverb, "If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing."  Not only do I appreciate the openness and inclusivity of this statement, but I believe it whole-heartedly. We were gifted with physical capabilities that allow us to communicateconsciously and with intent. Our bodies are instruments waiting to be understood and utilized.

Since I was a young child I have been fascinated with singing and have strived to master my own voice. I grew up listening to the beautiful soprano of my grandmother, the bluesy tones of Bonnie Raitt, the theatrical swoons of Joni Mitchell (to name a few). With a BA in Ethnomusicology with vocal emphasis from the University of Colorado and over 10 years in choir, a-cappella, and vocal lessons, I have formed a strong technical base. As the lead singer and co founder of a successful local band I have found my spirit and self-expression. It is through the combination of these elements that I find my musical style. As a teacher my goal is to help my students build technique and expression simultaneously to find their unique musicality. Come sing with me! 
 

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This teacher is available for off-site lessons

 

Bradley Morse - Jazz Piano

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Valparaiso, FL Bradley has been involved with music since the age of 11. His first instrument was the Oboe which he continued through early high school. He started on the electric bass when he was 15 and developed an interest in Jazz late in high school. He went on to study and attain a Jazz studies degree at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. Upon moving to Colorado in summer of 2013 he has been an active musician of the Front Range music scene. Currently he is in three different groups (Masontown, Gasoline Lollipops and Lonesome Days) and also freelances with other groups on occasion in Colorado's diverse music scene.

 

Paige Sandusky (Specializes in beginner piano for children and adults)

I still remember one of the earliest times I sang in public; I was in 2nd grade and sang Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas and I saw some people were crying. I asked my mom, "Was I really that bad, why is everyone crying?" She made me realize that I had moved people when I sang. That was my first experience with the true power of music, but I've since learned that music is healing, music can connect people regardless of cultural barriers, it is spiritual, it is fun, it rounds out our lives.

I am from New Jersey and started voice and piano lessons at the age of 8. I am extremely thankful to my parents for always being so supportive for my love of singing. They moved to New York City for me so I could go to LaGuardia Performing Arts High School (The Fame School) where I was able to sing every day, learn music theory, and have some amazing performing opportunities. In college, I studied Musical Theatre for 3 semesters, then changed to Voice Performance to ensure I was training my instrument as completely as possible. I received by B.A. in Music Performance at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Studying classical voice, singing in various operas and with orchestras and chamber musicians, and a summer program in Greve in Chianti, Italy improved my command of singing in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.   Living in New York City, I had opportunities to sing pop, R&B, and other genres of music in well­known venues as a solo performer, part of a trio, and a member of an eleven­piece funk cover band. I had the privilege to sing at the renowned Apollo Theater as well.

My education taught me to sing, and play piano with good technique while maintaining healthy technique habits, so that is what I strive to pass down to my students. My experience with various genres of music allow me to work with students whether they are aspiring opera divas or rock stars. And of course I want you to have fun and enjoy making beautiful music that makes your audience feel good! I'm excited to help you in anyway I can to pursue the dream of making music.

 

Paige is not currently taking new students

Eric Dorr - Beginner to Intermediate (Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk)

Eric is a pianist, guitarist, singer, and trumpet player. His love of music stretches across teaching, performing, and writing many styles of music. Has has been playing piano since the age of 8. He grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in music education. After college, he relocated to Boulder. He enjoys folk-rock and pop in addition to classical and jazz. Eric has performed in various rock, jazz, and classical groups over the past ten years, both through his school and on his own. His teaching experience covers a wide range of age, ability, and musical interest. 

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 styles. He encourages composition, improvisation, music analysis and ear-training from a very young age and experience level, and he is always curious to see what his students will come up with next!

Eric is not currently taking new students

 

Pamela Machala - Beginner to Advanced (Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Pop)

Pamela grew up in Urbana, IL in a musical family, and has been involved in music her entire life. She began piano lessons when she was 5, and continued her musical studies at Oberlin Conservatory and Eastern Illinois University. She has been active as a teacher and performer for the past 8 years.

Pamela is passionate about many kinds of music, including classical, jazz, musical theater, and various popular styles such as pop, rock, funk, and R&B. Her quest as a piano teacher is to find music that makes her students' eyes light up! She tailors lessons to students' interests and individual learning styles in order to give them the tools they need to be confident, well-rounded musicians. With younger beginners, her focus is on establishing a strong sense of rhythm and having fun with exploring the keyboard (she has an endless supply of games on hand). 

In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Pamela is an award-winning singer-songwriter. She has independently released two albums, Golden Delicious (2012) and When I Get Home (2015), and has toured from New York to San Francisco. She performs regularly at venues around Boulder and at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar in Denver.

Pamela is not currently taking new students