Piano Lessons in Aurora, CO
At Neighborhood School, 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 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! Here at Neighborhood Music School, 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), Neighborhood Music School helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
Our Piano Teachers:
Mark Alan Filbert
Mark’s scholarly articles and reviews have been published in Reformed Liturgy and Music, The American Organist, and The Hymn. An avid collector of hymnals, he is a Life Member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and has been a featured performer and/or workshop presenter at four national conferences.
As a performer of classical music, my goal is to find the humanistic message that lies at the heart of each work, and present the music in a context that can be related to a person living in today’s society and culture. Too often classical music is given a social or cultural context that displaces the message, and makes it unrelatable to people living in the world today.
Kressin is also an active teacher and has taught group piano and applied piano at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Oklahoma and taught elementary, middle school, and high school students as a Tower School piano instructor at Wartburg College.
Kalia Bethany has been a teacher of music since 1999. Educated at the University of Minnesota, MacPhail School of Music, and many years of private lessons, she led with her vocal and violin skills during her years of performing for churches, weddings, conferences, and clubs.
Rita has accompanied many choirs on flute parts and been an active music minister in parishes in all the communities where she lived. Rita trained at the Kennedy Center, with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Education Program and then managed the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association (now called American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO).
Sunny Wen studied flute and piano at Alethera University in Taiwan, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Applicable Music. While at Alethera University, she performed with a woodwind ensemble, culminating in a performance for the president of Taiwan in 2009.
Originally from Ocala, Florida, Austin holds a B.A in Music and Certificate in Jazz Studies from Missouri Southern State University. Currently, he is pursuing an M.M. in Music Performance from the University of Denver with trumpet as his main instrument, though he continues to play piano in ensembles as he can.
He has played in the Colorado scene for 10 years and has performed at many concert halls, Jazz clubs and toured the country with the band Salem. During his time in New York he has played at Jazz clubs such as Birdland, Smalls, and Smoke. As well as Avery Fisher Hall. Ian premiered Pete Malinverni’s The Good Shepherd Suite with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra.
Lauren Podjun is a 22-year-old Singer-songwriter, composer, and vocalist. She has earned two associate degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Casper College located in Casper, Wyoming. She is now pursuing a Singer-songwriter bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Sarah began studying the piano at the age of five and studying the oboe at age nine. She made her solo oboe orchestral debut at age thirteen while also competing at the Indiana state level of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ annual piano festival for four consecutive years.
With premiers in the United States and Europe, his experience and diversity have strengthened his understanding of what drives the human spirit and what impacts it most effectively. As an undergraduate he studied jazz guitar and composition at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and received his Master’s in music composition from the University of Denver.
Voice, Piano, Bass, Violin, & Cello
Paloma is a multi-instrumentalist who believes music is for anyone and everyone! She has in-depth experience with multiple genres like rock, pop, folk, blues, classical, and jazz with instruments such as voice, piano, electric bass, upright bass, violin, and cello.
“We have been so happy with our lessons at Neighborhood Music. Skye and her staff do everything they can to help foster the love of music for all their students.”
“We love Neighborhood Music! My kiddo has taken Piano with two different teachers there, Makayla and Peder, both have been fantastic. They are supportive yet challenging and my son is always happy when he comes out of his lessons.”
“It’s a goofy place with lots of teachers teaching lots of instruments to lots of kids at different levels of skill/commitment. Our 6-year-old son has been doing Piano there for the last 6 months. He’s progressing, even though he rarely practices at home. ”
What you can expect
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What Age Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?
Our cello teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor lessons to the individual.
When you enroll, the first thing your teacher will do is ask about your favorite type of music. Together, student and teacher set goals to help accomplish musical aspirations. We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!
Why Take Piano Lessons at Neighborhood Music School?
Piano lessons at Neighborhood Music School 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 with you when you take piano lessons at Neighborhood Music School .
Our Piano Teachers
All of the teachers at Neighborhood Music School have extensive experience and are experts in their field.
Do I Have to Know How to Read Music?
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, get started today!
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!