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.
Steve L. (Piano, Guitar, Violin, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Viola, Ukulele)
Steve graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video Game Scoring. He has been teaching music lessons for the past 7 years with a focus on guitar, bass, violin, composition, music theory and production. Steve currently resides in Littleton, CO, gigs regularly with two Denver bands, and works as a freelance musician/producer on Fiverr in his spare time. Fun is the number one philosophy Steve follows in his lessons plans, as having fun while learning helps students get the most out of music! He writes/records/plays in a variety of genres from Hip Hop, Classical, Rock, Metal, Blues, Film Music, Jazz, Reggae and more.
Doug E. (Piano, Guitar, Bass)
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 S. (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Recording/Amp)
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 S. (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele)
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 M. (Guitar, Piano, Violin, Viola)
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 E. (Drums)
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.
Tim K. (Bass, French Horn, Mandolin, Banjo, Euphonium, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Cello, Tuba)
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.
Susan L. (Voice, Piano, Guitar)
Dr. Susan Levasseur has three degrees in music and is an award winning dancer and poet. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She premiered four songs of Hidemi Matsushita using her original poetry and taught voice and guitar at Arapahoe Community College for five years. Susan has conducted Master Classes in the U.S. and Europe and taught in many conservatories, colleges, and private music schools. Her speciality is voice performance Master Classes and she has extensive training in musical theatre, opera and improvisation.
Dylan C. (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Trumpet)
Dylan started playing guitar at age 6 and grew up in a very musical background. With years of experience in Jazz performance, Dylan studied music theory all throughout high school and college. Being part of many musical groups he learned various instruments in addition to Guitar. Trumpet, Piano, Bass, and Drums were soon to follow. He attended The Hartford Conservatory in Hartford Connecticut and also studied the Recording Arts. He has taught music from Connecticut to California, has been working with kids for over 15 years and has been teaching for over 13. After a short visit to Denver, has has been with us ever since.
Max T. (Saxophone, Flute)
Max is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in music performance. He studied under the direction of Greg Banaszak. While attending school Max was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Baldwin Wallace Jazz Band, jazz combo groups, and the Baldwin Wallace Saxophone Quartet.
Bridget H. (Saxophone)
Bridget Hartman is a saxophone player based in Denver. She is currently getting her degree at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver in jazz performance. She is also a member of Sol Burial, a local band just starting out in the Denver area. Her true love for music comes from composition and education. She composes for large and small ensembles, and teaches piano as well as saxophone. Learning the foundations of music to create your own world of sound is an amazing gift to be shared.
Alex T. (Drums, Percussion)
Alex Tripp is a drummer from Denver. After playing in the jazz band at Thomas Jefferson, and All-City jazz group at CEC in high school, he went on to Adams State College and played in the big band there for two years. Then he attended Berklee College of Music. At Berklee he got the opportunity to study with some of the best musicians in the industry. He also learned a lot about music theory there, and became proficient in piano as well. After graduating from Berklee with a degree in performance, Alex moved to New York for a year, where he played and taught. He moved back to Denver in September, 2015 and has been teaching and playing in numerous groups around the Denver area.
Zack D. (Drums, Trombone)
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!
Yumi H., PRESIDENT
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Yumi continues to work to create a teaching environment that is positive and fun. Since My Music Skool first opened its doors in 2008, the Skool continues to grow each year in quality and in brand. She is extremely proud of top notch musicians and staff who represent My Music Skool and excited to continue paving musical ways for all of our students and their families. As a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder, Yumi loves every season of Colorado and all activities that its weather allows. Her most favorite activity is to spend time with her two beautiful daughters and family.
Betty B., MASTER PURCHASER
Betty has been purchasing print music for 15 years. Having a love of music all of her life, a degree in music from Oberlin Conservatory, teaching music theory, voice and piano, and performing have given her a broad knowledge of ,many styles of music. She enjoys working with our music teachers and providing customer service to research possibilities to meet the needs of our customers. She has recently found a great joy in volunteering at a therapeutic riding center and providing energy work for the horses.
Kari R., SOUTH GLENN LOCATION MANAGER
Kari always had a love for things that were neat and orderly. Kari is competent in acting as a sole point of contact for both external and internal student and teachers Kari’s passion is helping people integrate new students and encourage them to learn to play instruments. Kari is a well-organized administrator, with extensive experience in customer service by providing consistent clerical support. Highly approachable individual who has a pleasant attitude and a willingness to make a positive mark. She has First-hand experience in organizing and scheduling appointments and planning details of all lessons. Kari has been studying music since starting with My Music Skool. She is currently being educated in all aspects of music and instruments. Kari is a native of Colorado, practices Yoga daily, enjoys spending time in her garden and with her family.
Dylan S., SUPERIOR LOCATION MANAGER
Dylan is Location Manager at our Superior Skool, where he coordinates music lessons with our talented staff of teachers and assists customers with their needs.
Dylan is a Colorado-based attorney who has spent significant time in education, preparing private students for college-entrance exams and advanced placement classes, and instructing high-school students in the finer points of strong writing. A theater major from the University of Denver, Dylan believes passionately in music and arts education, having seen first hand the direction, discipline, and healthy passion it can instill in children of all ages. When not at My Music Skool, Superior, Dylan can be found studying the arts, consulting with small businesses on the growth of their brand and the refinement of their materials, or working diligently on his next novel.
Jeff R. (Piano, Keyboards, Vocal)
Jeff studied at Berklee College of Music, in 1987. There were many great experiences of being involved in a performing arts church, various bands, and co-leading the gospel choir at Berklee’s High School Five-Week Summer Program. Over the years, he’s had the pleasure of collaborating with a friend/choreographer in Pittsburgh, played piano/keys in many bands, a few theater companies, and was an accompanist with the Dance Department of the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Jeff’s forte is intermediate level piano:
Classical, Pop/Rock/R&B, Vintage Keyboards, Musical Theater, and Accompanying for Dance.
Intermediate vocal lessons: Classical & Musical Theater ~ concentrating on proper breath control, diction, projection (filling a space with sound), and stage presence.
Lead group music experiences: where students will learn percussion/rhythm/syncopation & jam-style improvisation. Even though I’ve been a musician for almost 40 years, I’m still learning & exploring new styles ~ including orchestrating, and arranging.
Arjun K. (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Piano)
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Brett Kuyper (Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele)
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.
Jonathan Zimny (Brass Instruments, Voice, Piano, Bass)
Jonathan Zimny is a trombonist, vocalist, and educator from Sacramento, California. He was fascinated by music from an early age and raised in a musical household by two band directors.
In 2010, he moved to Colorado to attend the University of Northern Colorado where he received his BM in Jazz Studies. While there, Zimny studied with Dr. Nat Wickham and performed with UNC Jazz Lab Band 1 under the direction of Dana Landry. He also sang in UNC’s top vocal jazz group, the Northern Colorado Voices under the direction of Kerry Marsh and played euphonium in UNC’s Wind Ensemble. During his time with Lab 1, the band received the best graduate jazz ensemble award from Downbeat magazine. Zimny has performed with other Downbeat award-winning jazz ensembles as well, including the Folsom High School “A” Jazz Band, Folsom High School “A” Jazz Choir, and the Folsom Middle School Jazz Band.
Zimny recently finished his master’s degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder with an MM in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy where he studied with Paul McKee, Dr. John Gunther, Brad Goode, and Jeff Jenkins. Zimny currently works with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts as an administrator and educator, has performed with a multitude of artists, toured China and Costa Rica, plays with the Broncos Stampede, performed on cruise ships, and can be heard of the song “Faith” recorded for the popular motion picture Sing.
Jonathan's passion for teaching began when he started teaching brass for the local Drum and Bugle Corps Blue Knights in 2014. He currently teaches for the Phantom Regiment in Rockford, IL but Zimny prefers the one on one teaching experience. There, he is able to give each student the attention they need to not only progress on their instrument, but to grow their understanding of music, and most importantly, to have fun.
Kate S. (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Viola)
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.