Guitar & Ukulele Lessons in Loveland, CO

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Our Approach

At Loveland Academy, anyone can learn to play the guitar 

Learning guitar & ukulele should be a fun process and something that students can enjoy for many years to come. That’s why our guitar teachers teach songs and material that students like. From rock to jazz and pop, we teach all genres and styles.

We teach children through adult players and tailor each lesson to the student’s goals and interests. Whether you are just starting out or if you are tired of trying to figure it out yourself on YouTube, we’ll help you reach your goals.

Student playing Ukulele

Our Approach to Guitar Lessons

Build strength We Make Guitar Lessons Fun!

We all know the feeling: you hear your favorite song come on and you can’t resist the urge to play along on your air guitar! We can help you convert your musical fantasies into reality – while preserving that irresistible sense of joy you feel when playing along. We want each of our students to LOVE their musical experience with us!

Whether you come to us planning on becoming the next Jimi Hendrix or simply wanting to play songs around the campfire with your friends, our top-notch instructors will help you progress quickly toward your goals while ensuring you have fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Regardless of your ultimate goals, our teachers will prioritize strong fundamentals including proper posture, hand positioning, chords, fretting, picking, and strumming. As students progress, these basics will become second nature – and serve as the foundation from which students can apply their skills across a variety of genres and styles.

We want our guitar students to be literate, well-rounded musicians. Beginners and seasoned performers alike will find value in our approach, coupling technical instruction with elements of music theory and music history in each lesson.

We Care About Your Musical Interests

Take ownership of your own musical style and grow your talents! Our dedicated instructors are committed to hearing your goals and helping you reach them. We pride ourselves on equipping each student with the tools they need to reach their fullest musical potential.

Creativity, self-discovery, and passion come to life at Loveland Academy of Music. Whether your goal is to pursue the guitar professionally in an orchestra or as a soloist, or just to play for your own personal enjoyment, your guitar teacher will support you throughout your musical journey.

Our Guitar/Ukulele Teachers:

Brayden Pappenfort

Brayden Pappenfort

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Voice, Piano, Mandolin

Brayden is a Colorado Native that studied classical guitar, voice, and piano at SUNY ACC in New York, along with playing in a couple different bands. Before that, he grew up playing mostly rock, blues, and metal guitar.

Tristan Johnson

Tristan Johnson

Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar & Ukulele

Tristan is a jack of all trades! He recently relocated to Colorado from South Florida with the hopes of pursuing his education further, while studying jazz guitar at UNC. Tristan teaches guitar, piano, bass, guitar, ukulele, and drums at the Academy.

Mykayla Fitzpatrick

Mykayla Fitzpatrick

Piano, Voice, Guitar & Ukulele

Mykayla teaches guitar, piano and voice! Originally from Colorado Springs, Mykayla obtained her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University. She is also the Voice Director at A Dance Place in Greeley, CO and has been an Assistant Stage Director for Music on Site in Wichita, KS. She has always had a love for music! 

Vanisha Evans

Vanisha Evans

Piano, Ukulele, Violin, Voice

Vanisha teaches piano, ukulele, violin, and voice! Originally from California, Vanisha has over 35 years of experience in playing music and 25 years of experience as a music educator ranging from teaching instrumental music in a Montessori classroom, band and orchestra at public and charter schools,

Katie Folse

Katie Folse

Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano

Katie Folse is a Fort Collins native who has been playing music for over 20 years. She received an Art History degree from Colorado State University and has been teaching guitar for over 10 years.

Liam Hughes

Liam Hughes

Guitar, Voice, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Banjo, Mandolin

Liam Hughes is a Colorado Native who has been playing music for over a full decade, primarily focusing on Guitar, Voice, and Bass guitar. However, he also teaches Mandolin and Ukulele. 

Helen Kimber

Helen Kimber

Voice, Piano, Guitar & Ukulele

Helen M Kimber is a mezzo-soprano from Arcata, California. She graduated with her MM in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, and also holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Humboldt State University.

Cory Cordie

Cory Cordie

Piano, Drums, Voice, Violin, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Cory is a multi-instrumentalist who comes from South Dakota and has been playing music for 22 years. Cory obtained his Bachelors of K-12 Music Education from South Dakota State University, and has his Colorado K-12 Public Teaching License. 

Kathryn Spenn

Kathryn Spenn

Voice, Piano, Guitar

Hey everybody! My name is Kathryn and I love teaching voice and piano here at the Academy! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, with a degree in Music Education.

Devyn Bullock

Devyn Bullock

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Cello

Devyn, a recent transplant from San Marcos, Texas to Fort Collins, brings over a decade of playing and performing experience and two years of teaching with the Department of Labor.

Ryan McCurry

Ryan McCurry

Piano, Drums, Voice, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Ryan grew up in Boulder and fell in love with the piano at a young age. Inspired by great teachers, he decided to pursue music education and performance for a living. While at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, he earned a B.A.

Jason Hunt

Jason Hunt

Piano, Mandolin, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Jason Hunt is a recent transplant to Fort Collins from Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in classical guitar. He Has been teaching around the Chicagoland area for the last 23 years prior to coming to Fort Collins.

Nicole Jefferis

Nicole Jefferis

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar, Voice

Nicole Jefferis is a violinist, violist, composer, and educator based in Greeley, Colorado. Once she picked up her first ¼ size violin at five years old, nothing stopped her from exploring and finding more aspects of music to love. 

Colin Williamson

Colin Williamson

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit Your Schedule & Budget

Lesson

30 min

$140

Great for building a strong foundation.

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Lesson

45 min

$210

Fit for both beginners & intermediate students.

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Lesson

60 min

$280

Perfect for intermediate or advanced musicians.

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“I love absolutely love Loveland! The Instructors are very knowledgeable and skilled at their craft.”

— Eddie

What you can expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Age Should My Child Start Guitar Lessons?

The minimum age recommended for starting guitar lessons is 7 years old. Due to the thickness of the strings and fine motor skills needed to play the instrument, we do not recommend starting guitar any younger. For younger students, we recommend learning the ukulele.

The minimum age we recommend a student start ukulele lessons is 5 years old. For younger students, we recommend an intro to music program. Starting age will largely depend on the student, some may need to wait longer than others depending on factors such as fine motor skills, attention span and overall interest in music.

Do I Need a Guitar/Ukulele to Start the Lessons?

Yes, you will need a guitar or ukulele to start the lessons. Without an instrument, you won’t be able to practice between lessons and make weekly progress. If cost is a concern, good beginner guitars are inexpensive and most music stores have a 30-day return policy if it’s not for you.

The #1 Reason to Study Guitar at Loveland?

Our instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you, or your child, to craft a lesson plan that fits individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music.
Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the guitar after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.

We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod, or iphone to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes. If you have an interest in ukulele, banjo, bass or mandolin lessons – we got you covered!

How Qualified are Your Guitar Instructors?

Our guitar and ukulele teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions all over the country. Each is highly qualified to teach and create personalized lesson plans for their students.

What Will I Learn from Guitar Lessons with Loveland Teachers?

Beginner guitar students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory.

Our instructors balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson presents a new technical challenges or theory concept, and ends with something fun, such as your favorite riff or song.

We use a variety of guitar method books, and encourage students to bring their smartphone or CDs to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.

Our guitar teachers teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical guitar lessons on electric and acoustic guitars. Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory.

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We are ready to partner with you to help you become a more accomplished musician. We truly believe that consistent, compassionate private instruction is the key to your musical growth. We are happy to evaluate and discuss your interests, goals and plans!


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