DaVinci Center For Musical Arts
We help students, ages 3 to adult, create their own music, improvise, compose, read music and play by ear. Piano, violin, voice, guitar, yukelele. Piano Playtime for 2,5-6 year olds and Suzuki and traditional Piano for 5-adult.
We have a team of teachers that love to work together in community to bring new creative/functional levels to our students and ourselves. Collectively, our teachers have an average of 15 years experience in teaching/performing/songwriting across the U.S and abroad. Music is sharing, and expressing... and helping our students to do the same. Our passion! www.davinciarts.org
Able to read music
Student has instrument
Interested musical styles
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When joining the team at the Davinci Center for Musical Arts, our students become part of a larger musical family which includes thier peers, their family, friends and loved ones as well as all of the instructors, We believe that music is a deep form of expression, a universal language, innate in EVERYONE. We all learn our language by ear, by creating and eventually by reading and writing. We are all woven together in this fabric of music (or life) by commaradary, sharing, encouraging and creating from the heart. Many comunity events, as part of our curriculum, support our students to find and unleash their inner potential. Careful attention to the unique needs of each student is paramount.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All of our teachers are carefully selected as whole musicians (can improvise, play by ear and read music) and LOVE working with students to become the same. Many of our teachers have degrees in Education or Music, nationally and internationally experience and/or training in Suzuki, Montessori, Kodaly, Edwin Gordon, Rudolf Steiner and Orff. The Whole Music Approach (WMA) is specific to the DaVinci Center music programs. Helping develop fine human beings through music is the essence of all of our work/play with our students.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Lessons are $60/hour. We offer 30 minute lessons 4x/month @ $120/month, which includes group Harmony Classes, Performance Classes, Interactive Concerts, Creations Concerts (students original songs arranged and performed in concert with professional orchestra and jazz ensemble) and Kidz Gigz (students play at community events/locations for fun, enjoyment and sometimes a tip jar to split... inspiring for some!)
How did you get started teaching?
I began teaching when my oldest child was 5 and taking Suzuki piano lessons (nearly 25 years ago, oh gosh!) It was then, that I realized what a fine Method Dr. Suzuki came up with, however it was missing some elements of helping students become whole musicians. Thus the WHOLE MUSIC APPROACH (WMA) was born, which includes learning by ear (Suzuki Method, among others approaches) creating music (solo and with others), reading and writing music and lots of sharing in community. This has attracted fine teachers, whole musicians, who love helping students reach their full potential through the WMA.
What types of students have you worked with?
Most of the combined 150 years of experience amongst all of our instructors, is mainly with nuero-typical students. Several of our DaVinci Center instructors also have lots of experience with nuero-diverse students. We serve all ages (3-adult) and all levels.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
My favorite event is the annual Creations Concert. 30+ students, ages 5-adult, are involved in creating/writing/playing along their own music with our Faculty Jazz Ensemble and also a hired professional orchestra in a formal concert at the Broomfield Auditorium. The Jazz Ensemle and orchestra and arrange and play those amazing original songs in concert with students.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Interview many teachers/programs. Ask about their programs, what they offer extra in addition to lessons to keep students/families motivated and growing, their makeup lesson policies, their family support systems, contractual agreements, etc. It needs to be a good fit.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Students need to express thier needs openly i.e., wishes for what they want from the program/lessons. Are the programs/teachers versatile enough to accomodate their needs? Are the students needing something they are unaware of that perhaps a teacher/program can help them with, or offer?