Doug Mclemore

Doug Mclemore

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About this pro

I am a professional jazz piano performer and teacher. I enjoy helping ambitious and serious young people understand the techniques, content and theory of jazz harmony and performance. I combine education, experience, professional skills with the enjoyment of helping people have a richer life with music.

I get to help students find joy and and fullfillment my creating music.

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Denver, CO 80201
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I find match the skill level with the specific interest in which I specialize: inprovisation, theory, composition, jazz/all styles.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BMEd, University of CO Boulder

7 years of private study with Ted Alexander

45 years of professional performance, recording studio call musician, teacher of jazz studies 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$60 per hour, advanced students only

How did you get started teaching?

Performed throughout college, had my own jazz studio in Boulder, CO. BMEd degree, private study with the best in Denver (Ted Alexander), built Boulder's Dinner Theatre (Music Director for 15 years- 75 BRoadway shows), Music Director for major cruise ships (Piano conductor for main stage orchestra and shows)

What types of students have you worked with?

Advanced HS students (Denver School of the Arts, DSA). Private students interested in jazz, improvisation, theory, composition, all pop styles as well as maintaining their classical fundatmental repertoire capabilities.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Piano concert of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

Colorado Symphony performance, Dvorak.

Diana Krall concert at Red Rocks.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be willing to put in the work to learn, improve and continue building your basic technique as a pianist. Make sure your expectations meet the capabilities of the teacher. Your teacher should have performance experience and know the jazz literature and have a rock-solid theory foundational knowledge.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What music do you play now? Want to play? Why?

Why do you like it? What are you good at now? What do you want to be good at?

How much time am I willing to put in to progress?

What does music (piano) mean to you?

Who are my music support people?