Piano Lessons in Loveland, CO

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Our Approach

At Loveland Academy, anyone can learn to play the piano 

We believe every student is unique and different in their own way. Therefore, why should lessons be any different? Each piano lesson is tailored to the individual student’s specific interests and needs.

While focusing on foundational elements such as proper technique, reading music, finger position etc., our teachers also help students learn songs they are familiar with. This includes movie theme music, popular songs on the radio, their favorite classical artist etc. This helps keep students motivated and pushing further to learn each week.

piano teacher showing musical notes to the student

Our Approach to Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!

We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!

Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.

Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.

We Care About Your Musical Interests

There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.

While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical style and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go, and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), we help students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.

Our Piano 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,

Tristan Boh

Tristan Boh

Piano, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Tristan teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass and has been playing music for 15 years. Originally from Colorado, he is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Guitar. Currently in music, he is going to school, learning new things, and doing lots of music gigs. 

Kathryn Boeckman

Kathryn Boeckman

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. 

Liz Baugh

Liz Baugh

Voice, Piano

Liz teaches voice and piano. Originally from Colorado, Liz received her B.A. in Worship Arts – Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Since then, she has built a portfolio as a working performer/musician for over a decade, and can often be found performing in various musicals and plays around town.

Valeria Vampola

Valeria Vampola

Voice, Piano

Valerie is a vocalist and keyboardist based out of Northern Colorado. She’s taught at Loveland Academy of Music since 2019, helping her students become deep music appreciators through their instruments and incorporating her performing experiences into her teaching methods.

Paige Sadler

Paige Sadler

Guitar, Piano, Violin & Viola

Paige has been playing violin for 15 years, and has been teaching for 7 years. Her professional goals in music are to join a local orchestra and also continue playing for fun to further cultivate her passion for music. 

Evangeline Nelson

Evangeline Nelson

Piano, Violin & Viola

Evangeline Nelson is a Colorado native who has been playing music for over 20 years. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in music, and since she has graduated, has been playing violin for local orchestras and churches.

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.

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. 

Zack Hall

Zack Hall

Piano, Marimba, Drums & Percussion

Zack is a percussionist, performer, and educator located in the Northern Colorado area. He received a degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and has played percussion for over 15 years.

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.

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. 

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. 

“Loveland Academy has a professional and kind staff, with a wide range of lesson times that work with kids/parents schedules. ”

— Felicia

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit Your Schedule & Budget

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30 min

$140

Monthly

Great for building a strong foundation.

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45 min

$210

Monthly

Fit for both beginners & intermediate students.

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60 min

$280

Monthly

Perfect for intermediate or advanced musicians.

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What you can expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Age Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?

The minimum age we recommend a student start piano lessons is 5 years old. Starting age will largely depend on the student when it comes to piano or keyboard. So, some students may need to wait longer than others to start. Contact us and we can help determine if your child is ready to start!

Why Take Piano Lessons at Loveland Academy?

We provide teachers who instruct on a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple electronic keyboard with a minimum of 61 keys will suffice for the first 6 months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano.

Our Piano Teachers

All of the teachers are professionally trained and experts in their field. Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions all over the country.

Do I Have to Know How to Read Music?

No. Beginners are welcome! Our lesson plans aim to educate, engage and inspire students.

Do I Need a Piano to Start Taking Lessons?

No. You do not need a piano to start piano lessons, however, we do recommend having a digital piano keyboard in your home to practice between lessons. Also, keyboards are much more economical and require less commitment upfront when it comes to ongoing maintenance and moving costs.

So, What Are You Waiting for?

If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. 

Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional. 

Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so get started today!

What Will I Learn in Piano Lessons?

Our piano teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs.

If you enroll here for piano lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!


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