Originally from Russia, she got her education in Ukraine and graduated Musical College and Pedagogical University in Krivoy Rog. In Ukraine, Nataliya worked many years as a piano teacher at the Musical College with beginner level students. Before moving to the USA, Nataliya was working in Krivoy Rog State Pedagogical University as a piano instructor while writing her dissertation on pedagogical principles for college students.
She is a classically trained piano instructor with almost 30 years of piano teaching experience and began studying piano at the age of 8 and working with students since she was 16 years old. Nataliya began teaching at “My Music Skool” in 2009.
Nataliya has instructed children, trained advanced level piano students as well as adults who were just starting or wanted to come back to piano lessons. Dedicated to musical and classical piano education, she is a serious instructor with the belief in home practice and self-discipline that is helping to achieve greater results and goals specifically tailored for each student individually.
Doug attended the Berklee college of music and graduated summa cum laude in 1991 with a performance degree. He started playing guitar at 8 years old, being taught by his uncle and friends. He took in all the rich variety of musicians and bands in the area. After high school, from 1993 until the present, Doug has taught private and group lessons for a living and played an enormous variety of music with jazz duo’s, trio’s, bands, solo, rock bands, blues, country, original rock bands, sideman for a lot of musicians, wedding bands, Inns, restaurants, bars, halls, etc.
Doug has led rock camps for many years, being able to coach everyone in the ensemble by himself. He has also taught classes in music theory, jazz, blues, and improv. He frequently coaches students in middle school and high school jazz bands. Doug has recorded seven cd’s to date and released two on CD Baby, which can be reached on I-tunes, Amazon.com and other cd stores.
Liam Shea is a multi instrumentalist born and raised in Denver. He plays and teaches piano, guitar, drums, bass and a variety of other instruments. In his free time, he plays music around the country under the name Templo Music which is an electronic based solo project. He has been teaching instruments for about 3 years now and really enjoys watching students progress. His style is more improv based and ultimately is tailored to each students individual needs.
Pat has twenty years of experience teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele. He has a passion teaching and performing. He is a part of three different bands named Stereo Clone, Hold Me Hostage, and Romero that play locally.
Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver and has studied with prominent musicians throughout Colorado and California including: Jeri Jorgensen of the Da Vinci String Quartet, Yumi Hwang Williams of the Colorado Symphony, and Dr. Cindy Moyer, Susan Twomey, Marilyn Page, and Sam McNeil.
Some of Chelsea's achievements are being a soloist with California’s North State Symphony and the Eureka Symphony and appearing as associate concertmaster with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra during her time at DU. Chelsea plays locally in a number of ensembles and styles, specializing in Celtic, Classical, and rock. Chelsea’s ensembles include: Irish traditional music group Avourneen, alternative styles string quartet, Cheza Strings, and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
Chelsea’s past teaching experience and training includes completion of Book 4 level Suzuki teacher training with Kathleen Spring at the University of Denver and 4 years as a group and private violin and piano teacher at Suzuki Summer Academy in Trinidad, CA. In teaching, Chelsea strives to give each student a highly individualized experience that caters to their personal interests and learning style and develops a lifelong love of music.
Joe has been teaching drums for over 15yrs and is a very accomplished musician as well as a teacher. Joe has played in several major bands here in Colorado most notably “The Kory Brunson Band”. Joe’s teaching style crosses over several genre of music and is capable of bringing that knowledge to any student no matter age or skill level.
Some of his major experience with teaching groups include:
My Music Skool Summer Rock Band Camp
My Music Skool Drum camp
Joe’s passion for teaching makes him an excellent choice for learning drums.
An accomplished Brass player, Tim entered the educational sector in 2013, expanding his skills with performing groups has taken him far beyond his Brass beginnings to a myriad of instruments allowing him to implement them in his teaching.
Performed Carnegie Hall (3 Times)
Professional Jazz Festivals from Montreux to Umbra to Sacramento
While Tim has always had a great passion for the LCMA and Sound of the Rockies Barber Shop Chorus along with many other Denver Brass ensembles, his true love is teaching. There is no single end goal in music, only the joy of moving forward with our passion.
Zack, who began his own music production company in 2015, has experience not only in teaching private lessons and giving clinics (10+ years), but also as a contributor to the ever-changing commercial music industry. He has written musical arrangements for some of the world’s premier vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as for various entertainment programs on board Princess Cruises vessels, including The Voice (of the Ocean), Festivals of the World, and Magical Mystery Tour where he also has played in the fleet’s Showbands. Off the cruise ship, Zack has frequently performed at popular venues in and around the Denver area, as well as on Denver’s esteemed public radio station, jazz89 KUVO. He has even had the pleasure of performing in pit orchestras for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (drums) and Urinetown (trombone) -both with Stage Flight Theatre. Specializing in the genres of Jazz, Rock, and Pop music.
Zack firmly believes that a solid foundation in music theory and composition are critical to the success of any musician, thus all students are encouraged to create and share their own work as they progress. Zack graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014 where he obtained a degree in Music Business, but whether or not the goal is to become a professional musician, Zack aims to help all his students realize their full potential and enjoy life through music!
Brett has a passion for music, and loves to see other people get as much joy out of it as he has. Fun and improvising are very important to him in his lessons. After all, if someone is not enjoying themselves in learning to play music, they won’t be motivated to continue on with their instrument. He plays jazz, funk, rock, hip hop, and blues around Denver in two original projects. Guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano are the instruments that he focuses his time on teaching. Brett also does audio engineering with a philosophy that knowing how sound works in general, can lead to being a better musician. Overall learning to play an instrument gives you more than just the ability to play an instrument; It also leads to more confidence, math skills, memory, and happiness.
Kate graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a double major in Music Education and Music Therapy. Her primary focus was in classical voice and she augmented her musical experience in Miami by taking courses in piano and guitar, arranging for and performing with the Sigma Chi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, and working as a section leader for multiple local choirs in the greater Miami area.
Kate’s performing and teaching experience has grown post-graduation to include an appearance at Carnegie Hall, arranging for and performing with a Baltimore-based a capella group, interning as a music therapist in Logan, Utah, and most recently, teaching strings, rock band, and vocal music for Denver Public Schools. She is currently a member of the Colorado Symphony Chorus.
Kate employs a student-centered and strengths-based approach in music education. She is passionate about teaching beginner music students and building upon a love of music with solid technical skills, a comprehensive understanding of music theory, and creativity in the exploratory music-making process. Her teaching pulls from classical, pop, rock, and jazz to cater to student strengths and interests and provide them with a well-rounded foundation as they develop their identity as musicians.
Stephen Valeriano is a Denver based guitarist, composer, session musician, and music educator. Valeriano began playing guitar at the age of twelve after hearing the guitar work of Jimi Hendrix, and from that moment on, he knew that music was his calling. Valeriano moved to Denver in 2013 to pursue his Bachelor’s in Music,and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2017 with degrees in guitar performance and music composition. During his time at MSU Denver, Valeriano studied privately under renowned Colorado musicians and composers including Alex Komodore, Jeffery LaQautra, Cherise Leiter, Dr. David Farrell, and Dr. Fred Hess. Outside of his studies,Valeriano has been an active performer and music educator, and has run an active guitar studio for five consecutive years. Valeriano has been the recipient of the Kappa Theta Chapter of the National Music Honor Society. As a composer, Valeriano’s work has been featured on the annual Colorado Composer Concert. numerous honors including the Altman Guitar Scholarship, MSU Denver’s Provost Honors Award, and MSU Denver’s 371 composition prize. In the fall of 2017, Valeriano was inducted into the Kappa Theta Chapter of the National Music Honor Society. As a composer, Valeriano’s work has been featured on the annual Colorado Composer Concert.
Eric Anduha is a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Denver, Colorado who has studied genres spanning Jazz, Romania and Middle Eastern music, Rock, Folk, classical, and bluegrass. He plays guitar, piano, violin, drums, mandolin, oud, ukulele, bass guitar, and some accordion. Including performance for audience large and small, Eric also has experience with independent music production and engineering. He currently holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar performance.
His future plans include working towards a Master’s Degree in Jazz performance, continue performing in bands, playing music abroad, composing more music, maybe picking up a few more instruments, and eventually teaching music at a college or university.
Arielle Vakni is most known for her celebrated electronic folk duo ANIMA! which has become an alternative sensation known for it’s decadent acoustic and electronic production combined with her honest lyrical style and iconic vocals. Unexpected to them, their first release ‘Breathe’ was a viral hit and the start to millions of streams that they’ve received for their releases ANIMA! (2016), Be Here Now (2015) and Art:Work (2017). The band has performed in venues all over the world including a headlining slot at Lightning in a Bottle festival in May 2018.
Her success with ANIMA! started by meeting her dream team at Berklee College of Music where she graduated with a degree in Songwriting. Since then Arielle has also collaborated with many artists and songwriters including Dirty South, Gigamesh and Rasmus Faber. She has written several songs that have been picked up for films and brands like Mercedes Benz and she continues to find inspiration in everything from gritty synths to classical guitar. Aside from writing and performing, Arielle teaches private and group instruction in voice, guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, songwriting, music theory and production to all ages and skill levels.
Ike Spivak is a DownBeat Award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and producer from Denver, Colorado.
For over a decade, Ike has pursued an adventurous career dedicated to experiencing humanity and authentically projecting it through improvisation and the creative arts.
Ike's journey began in junior high at Denver School of the Arts where he was exposed to some incredible people. After four years, he decided to take a path less traveled by attending the Jefferson County Open High School; there he was able to focus on more uniquely personalized goals.
In 2014 and 2015 Ike was selected to join the Telluride Jazz Student All-Stars where he worked under the direction of Bob Montgomery and Joshua Quinlan. He later went on to pursue a jazz performance degree at the University of Denver.
While attending DU, Ike was honored with first place in the college big band division of the Next Generation Jazz Festival as well as a DownBeat Student Music Award for best graduate level small group. In 2017 DU presented Ike with the Sterling Nelson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Jazz Studies.
Raised in Denver's rapidly growing music scene, Ike has enjoyed sharing stages and teaching under the direction of many world-class musicians such as Greg Gizbert, Paul Romaine, Eric Gunnison, and Bijoux Barbosa. In addition to performing, he works as a mentor for young musicians at the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Ike has also had the privilege of performing in other parts of the world including Scotland, Italy, Jamaica, and New York City.
Ms Sue Powell VOICE, PIANO, WOODWINDS, GUITAR, COMPOSITION Ms Sue has had a song in her heart since she was very, very young. She started saxophone and piano lessons at age seven. She began studying guitar and flute at age thirteen. She graduated from Colorado State University Fort Collins with a degree in Music Education in 1979 where her main instrument was the bassoon. She taught Middle School Music in Cherry Creek for a few years. Ms Sue has four grown children she chose to educate at home. She received her Master of Arts in Music Education from Colorado University Boulder in 2012 with an emphasis in music theory and voice. She is currently teaching music in the Enrichment program at High Country Home Educators in Colorado Springs. Ms Sue is a practitioner of Expressive Performance: mastery of instrument, craft of composition, and craft of expressivity. Her passion is educating those who are willing to create, explore, and enjoy music from the heart. Ms Sue’s philosophy is music, the natural communication of the heart of every soul, has the power to unlock the door of every soul’s heart.
Sue Powell – – Music Education Philosophy Statement
Music has the power to unlock the door of your heart. I cannot remember a time when my life has not revolved around music. I have grown to respect music in its many forms and I desire to encourage students to develop their own personal relationship with music.Operating under the philosophy that all children are musical, it is important to create an environment where learners feel free to explore, uncover and discover, with their minds and their hearts, through creativity and self expression, their own musical identity while learning about themselves and others. Music is one of the most natural forms of communication. Music is timeless, spanning all cultures throughout history, uniting and preserving their thoughts, emotions, hopes, and dreams in music.My goal, as a music educator, is to welcome learners into this world, giving them the tools needed to understand, communicate thoughts and feelings, have fun and be successful in music. The study of music has a direct connection with major subjects in a well-rounded education, such as science, math, history, language, and physical education. However, music is unique because music is art. Music connects with humans in a unique way, helping learners develop his or her own personal relationship with the art as well as self-discipline, organization, creativity, and intellectual skills valuable for all aspects of life. As a teacher of music, my goal is provide learners with positive and meaningful musical experiences, which means teaching to the diverse needs and abilities of each learner, providing instruction through aural, visual, and kinesthetic applications to learning. My desire is to have learners think, see and hear as musicians. To accomplish this, learners will study the notation, theory and history of music in order to analyze and think critically about music as well as to foster creativity, valuing the learner’s thoughts and opinions and giving freedom to take risks. I will encourage learners to be natural singers as well as well-rounded musicians, being exposed to different styles of music, the role of music in many cultures and giving the knowledge and experiences in order for one to formulate his or her own educated opinions of music and possibly develop a deep passion for the art of music. Music is the voice of the searching soul bubbling up from the very inner depths of the heart.