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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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JAVIER SEPULVEDA ( ARTISTIC DIRECTOR )
Javier Sepulveda is a composer and accomplished guitarist, specializing in 6, 7, 14, and 16-string guitar. He is also the director and lead guitarist of Pulse of Nature, a multi-sensory experience that merges live performances of epic, original compositions with fantastical images of nature and the universe. When Pulse of Nature is performed in planetariums and Imax theaters, the best in cutting-edge imagery and visualization is combined with innovative live performances by musicians from all over the world. Javier proudly endorses GHS strings as well as Claas Guitars, Skervesen Guitars, Hipshot products, Kirlin cable and Gruv gear products.
Javier has collaborated in various musical projects with exceptional musicians, including jazz master Fareed Haque, Leo Margarit of Pain of Salvation, Collin Edwin of Porcupine Felix Martin, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Chile, among others. With a band or as a solo act, Javier has played national and international shows including Prog Festival in Lima in Peru, Rio Art Rock Festival in Brazil, and Baja Prog in Mexico, United Kingdom’s TECH FEST. He has opened for various bands including Sons of Apollo, Tony MacAlpine, The Gathering, Asia, Stickmen, Crimson Project, and Nektar. In addition, he composes music for full-length theater productions, 3D animations, and advertising campaigns. Javier teaches electric guitar both in private classes and in clinics.
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.
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!
Elisabeth K. SUPERIOR ( LOCATION MANAGER )
Elisabeth is a natural at collaborating with people and coordinating things and events. She is adventurous and always open for implementing new ideas in order to create and achieve envisioned improvements. She learned Management By Objectives, a strategic management model, during her schooling at the Belvoirpark Hotel Management School in Zurich and applied it since she was as a Swiss Hotel Manager. In her second career as a musician she was able to use this experience for her own successful music teaching studio and for organizations such as the Music Teachers Association where she chairs student performance and achievement events.In her desire to bring her combined management and musician experience to the next level she joined My Music Skool and is happy to be a part of this wonderful team who is passionate about passing on the joy of music in a fun way. Elisabeth grew up in Switzerland and has been living in Colorado for the past 22 years. where she raised two amazing daughters with her husband Peter. She likes e-biking, meditation and spending time with family and friends.
Elisabeth Kern-Roos (Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano)
Violinist Elisabeth is an avid performer and collaborator in the Colorado Front Rangearea and can be booked for gigs at www.violingig.com. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Metro State University of Denver and followed that up with graduate studies in string pedagogy at CU Boulder. Elisabeth loves to teach violin, viola and cello lessons to students of all ages and has over twenty years of experience. She is connected to the local music teachers association where she enjoys their enriching programs and the community of peers that inspire her to continually grow in the art of teaching.
Lexi Nomikos (Jazz Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Woodwinds, Music Theory)
Lexi Nomikos is a saxophonist, composer, and educator from Milwaukee currently residing in Denver, Colorado. Lexi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, where she studied with saxophonist Geof Bradfield. In the spring of 2019, she earned her Master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder where she was the saxophone teaching assistant for the duration of her time there. Lexi plays in and around Denver with renowned musicians such as Art Lande and Annie Booth.
Kristin McLean (Voice, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Young Children)
Kristin McLean is a performing singer and musician who has been teaching kids for over 20 years. Her specialties are teaching voice and beginning guitar, piano and ukulele.
Kristin has been a specialist music teacher in preschool and elementary teaching general music for most of her adult life. She has developed her own early child hood music class and has 3 CDs for kids and families called FamilySong Music. Look her up on Spotify or itunes!
She has a gift for working with younger kids. However she enjoys working with all ages and is excited to share a love of making music and singing!
Jeff R. (Piano, Keyboards, Vocal, Drums)
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Kennedy – (Trumpet, French horn, all Brasses)
Jeffrey studied at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelors (2014) and Masters (2016) Degrees and studied under Professor Patrick Hughes. It was during his Master’s program that he received a fellowship and served as the teaching assistant under Professor Hughes. He has enjoyed performing with such groups as the Austin Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Round Rock Symphony. While Jeffrey’s primary instrument is the French horn, he has experience playing and teaching the other brass instruments. He believes in building a strong foundation through focusing on the fundamentals (air control, embouchure control, sound production, and a strong rhythmic foundation) while also maintaining a fun environment where students are able to become motivated and challenge themselves. Jeffrey lives in Thornton with his wife Ellen and his cat Sarabi. He is an avid Tennis and Football fan and enjoys playing the latest video games in his spare time.
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Adam Hernandez (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, Jazz Band, Rock/Blues Band)
Adam Hernandez is an electric/acoustic guitarist from the Miami, FL area, now based in Boulder, CO. He specializes in Jazz, Rock/Blues, and other contemporary styles. Adam has experience teaching a diverse range of students, from young children age 7, to adults age 64+ in both group and private lesson settings. One of Adam’s main teaching philosophies is to help the student deconstruct even the most complex concepts in to their basic building blocks, so that they can be easily understood and utilized in practical musical situations. Adam holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the esteemed University of Miami Frost School of Music, and is currently completing a Master’s Degree at University of Colorado Boulder. The Guitar Studio of Adam Hernandez adamhernandezmusic.com
Joey Blunk (Trumpet, all Brass Instruments, Jazz Band, Music Theory)
Joey Blunk is a trumpeter, educator, and composer currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, Joey earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University. Before moving to Colorado, Joey was a middle school band director for four years in the Chicago suburbs. Now in Colorado, Joey can frequently be found playing in Denver and Boulder either at the jam sessions or with one of his small jazz groups. Though his current focus is on jazz performance, Joey remains well-versed in both classical and jazz. More info on Joey can be found on his website at joeyblunk.com.