Centennial Instructors

Doug E: (Guitar, Bass, Piano)

Doug attended the Berklee college of music and graduated in 1991 with a performance degree. -summa cum laude.   Started playing guitar at 8 years old. Taught by his uncle and friends at first until 15 years old, he also 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 and jazz and blues improv
  • Doug 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.

Joe E: (Drums, Percussion)

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.

Anna N: (Flute, Piano)

 

Since the age of 11, Anna Kate has held a tremendous passion for classical flute. It was her junior year of high school when she decided to pursue a career in music and started her journey by joining the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, which toured in France, performing at large concerts in various cities. Subsequently she was accepted to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts High School to further advance her studies in flute, requiring extensive time commitments of practicing five plus hours per day. From there, her music career quickly blossomed and just two years later at the age of nineteen, she found herself in the beautiful city of Boston, studying classical flute performance at the renowned Berklee College of Music. In pursuit of further enrichment, Anna Kate transferred to the Boston Conservatory two years later. The mentors she’s practiced under throughout her years are highly-regarded and sought after in the community, to name a few: Patricia Surman, Wendy Rolfe, Katherine Kemler, Mihi Kim of France, Heather Yarmel, and Ann Bobo of the Boston Pops. Her high standards towards her studies fuels her desire to constantly learn, perfect this art and most importantly, help others recognize the immense beauty this instrument encompasses and exudes.

Tim K: (Brass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Cello, Piano)

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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.

Zach Levenson: (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)

Zach is a composer/arranger and saxophonist with experience in jazz, classical, and popular music. Zach also teaches flute and clarinet. Zach holds a M.M. in Jazz Composition from William Paterson University as well as a B.M. in Composition from West Chester University. Before moving to Denver in the summer of 2017, Zach lived in New York City where he was a part of the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop; a workshop of some of the best up-n-coming jazz composers in NYC as well as an active teacher and musician. Now living in Denver, Zach is an active part of the jazz scene as well as teaching extensively.

As an educator, Zach has experience teaching in classrooms as well as private, one-on- one and group lessons. Zach has experience ranging from working in under-privileged schools in Harlem, NYC and Paterson, New Jersey to working with many different students in private lessons settings. Zach’s teaching philosophy is based on giving his students a fishing rod rather than a fish. As a teacher, Zach encourages students to learn and grow by finding creative solutions to their obstacles. Rather than teaching them a simple solution to their current obstacle, Zach gives them the tools to overcome future obstacles through practice techniques and music analysis.

Steve L: (Guitar, Violin/Viola, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo)

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Steve graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video Game Scoring. He has been teaching music lessons for the past 7 years with a focus on guitar, bass, violin, composition, music theory and production. Steve currently resides in Littleton, CO, gigs regularly with two Denver bands, and works as a freelance musician/producer on Fiverr in his spare time. Fun is the number one philosophy Steve follows in his lessons plans, as having fun while learning helps students get the most out of music! He writes/records/plays in a variety of genres from Hip Hop, Classical, Rock, Metal, Blues, Film Music, Jazz, Reggae and more.

Dutch M: (Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano)

Received his degree in Piano Performance from Loretto Heights College (now Regis University).  Dutch has acted as Music Director of numerous local productions including:  The Christmas Carol (Aurora Fox), Scarlet Letter the Musical (Aurora Fox), Secret Garden (Lone Tree Arts Center).  Long-time Music Director of The Original Dickens Carolers.  Dutch is a versatile and patient instructor.

Singer/Actor/player – Opera Colorado (more than 20 productions), soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance, Cool Shooz A Cappella (named Best of Denver), Cut to the Chase, Blue Moon Bluegrass and many more.

  • Voice- audition preparation a specialty; vocal coach for pop, opera, and music theatre
  • Guitar – (acoustic only) country, pop, bluegrass, and classical. Flat pick and finger picking.
  • Piano –classical teaching methods and chord theory get the student into the type of music they want to play
  • Adults Students – a good number of Dutch’s students are adults
  • Music Theory always included

Dutch has enjoyed numerous years as music director at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, and First Plymouth Congregational Church.  He believes the human voice is the greatest instrument of all and in harmony as a way of life.  Dutch lives in Golden with his wife Nancy, two children, and a Labradoodle name Jordan.

Chelsea M: (Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Guitar, Piano)

Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver and has studied with prominent musicians throughout Colorado and California including: Jeri Jorgensen of the Da Vinci String Quartet, Yumi Hwang Williams of the Colorado Symphony, and  Dr. Cindy Moyer, Susan Twomey, Marilyn Page, and Sam McNeil.

  • Soloist with California’s North State Symphony and the Eureka Symphony
  • Appeared as associate concertmaster with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra during her time at DU.
  • Plays locally in a number of ensembles and styles, specializing in Celtic, Classical, and rock. Chelsea’s ensembles include: Irish traditional music group Avourneen, alternative styles string quartet, Cheza Strings, and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Chelsea’s past teaching experience and training includes completion of Book 4 level Suzuki teacher training with Kathleen Spring at the University of Denver and 4 years as a group and private violin and piano teacher at Suzuki Summer Academy in Trinidad, CA. In teaching, Chelsea strives to give each student a highly individualized experience that caters to their personal interests and learning style and develops a lifelong love of music.

Nataliya Oswalt: (Classical Piano)

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.

  • Classically trained piano instructor with almost 30 years of piano teaching experience
  • Began studying piano at the age of 8 and working with students since she was 16years old
  • Studied in Ukraine at Pedagogical University in Kirvoy Rog
  • Worked at “My Music Skool” since 2009
  • One of the most experienced and knowledgeable instructors at the school

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.

Ben P: (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Clarinet, Piano)

Ben graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor Degree in Jazz Performance 2015.  Originally from the Seattle area, I got started on clarinet and guitar at an early age through playing in school jazz and marching bands.

  • Member of the Denver jazz scene
  • Playing at clubs and churches

Mentoring everyone from children to adults is my passion and I take it very seriously. With that being said, having fun while learning is one of my top priorities! My students are encouraged to work on material that they enjoy, explore individuality and creativity, and listen to new music in order to push their skills to the next level. Let us cultivate an exciting musical experience together!”

Mike S: (Drums, Percussion, Bass, Harsh Vocals)

Mike attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA Graduated with a Professional Music Degree, and on the Deans list in December 2012.  Drummer in the first ever Berklee metal ensemble, good friend Matt Gartska, now plays with a band that is a worldwide musical phenomenon, “Animals as Leaders”.  The second metal ensemble, renamed the Berklee Original Metal Ensemble, was the first ever Berklee ensemble to record original music at a studio outside of the school.

  • Drummer in the “Berklee Metal Ensemble”
  • Music producer – released 3 albums and one single under the alias, “The Glow Within”
  • Formed Progressive Metal band “Seren” in Boston in 2012, relocated the band to Denver, CO in September 2013 and has had lots of success

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.

Ashley Y: (Voice, Piano)

Ashley graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a vocal emphasis.  Ashley grew up in the Denver area and continues to love living in Denver.  Ashley began playing piano at the age of 4 and has continued to play ever since.

  • Member of MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association
  • Played professionally and sang professionally around the Denver area as well

Ashley has been teaching for a few years and enjoys the creativity and problem solving involved in teaching. She teaches piano and voice lessons, working to meet each individual students unique needs. While challenging and pushing her students she is sure to let them take direction in their own learning as well.

Camilla V: (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Trombone)

Camilla is a pianist, vocalist, arranger, and composer based in Denver, CO. She recently graduated from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies & Commercial Music and will be attending DU for a Masters degree in jazz composition this fall. She is a part of several different groups, including her own jazz trio, “The Sharp Five” – a five-part vocal jazz group through the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, and her independent rock band “Specific Ocean”. Camilla dedicates time not only to performing, teaching, and accompanying throughout Denver, but also to composing and arranging pieces for groups ranging from vocal jazz ensembles to big bands. She has had the honor of playing piano for members of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Prince Harry. In 2016 & 2017, her vocal group “The Vocal Jazz Messengers” received Downbeat jazz awards for Outstanding Vocal Ensemble. She enjoys teaching both privately and at My Music Skool.

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.

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