Harmony Music House

Piano Lessons

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. 

 

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 five years, and have also given the occasional piano lesson. 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

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Mike Garavel  - Beginner to intermediate

I have always loved music! About 6 years ago I started playing the piano. After almost a decade of trumpet playing and musical knowledge/exposure, adding piano to my life seemed like the perfect thing. 
I currently live in Boulder, Colorado, but grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. In 2015 I graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (Trumpet) and an emphasis in Jazz. I also studied Music Education for two years at Western Connecticut University before switching degrees and transferring to CU Boulder in 2013. While in school at both universities, I took piano classes for 3 years in total. 
For a few years, I've performed with local bands and with the band Cave Dwellers as a piano player. I also had a few performances with jazz combos at University of Colorado Boulder. Throughout high school and college I had the opportunity to play with some incredible jazz musicians such as Curtis Fuller, Mulgrew Miller, and Jimmy Greene.
My teaching experience covers beginner piano, and jazz theory/improvisation. For a few years I've taught a number of friends piano basics in Colorado. My favorite part about teaching is discussing theory/harmony, techniques, and simply the way music makes you feel. 
Over the past couple of years, I have been learning how to produce, arrange and compose music for a wide variety of instruments. Three full length EP's can be found on my local band's (Cave Dewllers) bandcamp website. Cave Dwellers has performed a few shows in Colorado, with me on Trumpet and Piano. 

Spreading knowledge, and learning about music with others is what keeps me going. Teaching inspires me to continue down the musical path. I'd love to sit down with you and make some music! 

 

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!

 

Ryan Mihaly - Beginner to intermediate

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Ryan is a pianist with over 10 years of teaching and playing experience. He often resorts to the piano to work out a new tune, practice his singing, and test out new harmonies. He believes that the piano is an essential tool for all musicians, no matter their skill level, to help them "see" music: it's the perfect instrument to demonstrate how harmonies, melodies, intervals, chords, and rhythms work.

Ryan grew up in New England, lived in Tokyo for two years with his family where he played in a ska band, and graduated from Hampshire College, where he wrote a 10-movement piece for sax trio, string trio, and vocalist.

As a teacher, he applies methods of collaboration, improvisation, ear training, rhythmic emphasis, pattern recognition, muscle memory, theory, free play, deep listening, and technique. He believes that everyone has an innate sense of music, and his lessons are tailored toward each students' specific abilities.

He is currently a graduate student at Naropa University's writing program, where he working on a novel about a 100-year old pianist, and frequently collaborates with poets. 

 

 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.

 

 Chris Tucker- Beginner to Intermediate (Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk)

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Chris is an LA native with a BA in Music Breadth Studies from Cal State Northridge. He has a passion for music in all realms ranging from Bach to Blues to The Beatles, and has been playing piano and writing/producing music for over 10 years. Beginner and intermediate piano players find comfort in the relaxed yet passionate approach to music that Chris provides.