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.
Haley teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice lessons. She is a pianist of over eighteen years and a passionate musician and teacher. She obtained a M.A. in Music Education at Teachers College of Columbia University and a B.M. in Music Business at Steinhardt School of New York University. Her studies prepared her to teach music to students in pre-k-12th grade with a foundation in fostering an engaging, student-centered, and inclusive learning environment. She focuses on incorporating mindfulness techniques into the music classroom, and has found that this can decrease performance anxiety, promote successful student-teacher relationships, create effective practice habits, encourage musical exploration, and increase the mind-body connection both when playing and not playing music. When she is not teaching or practicing music, she is teaching yoga, spending time in nature, reading, or writing.
Bio Coming Soon!
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.
Heather is a 2003 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO with a Bachelor's of Science in Instrumental Music Education. She has over 10 years experience in teaching with teaching in the public schools and then moving to teaching studio lessons on all Band, String instruments as well as Piano, Percussion, and Guitar. Her main instrument is Flute as well as Piccolo. She is a member of her church choir and a duo guitar and flute group that will be recording their first album soon.
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.