We are dedicated to providing only the highest quality music instruction in a safe, convenient, and inspiring musical environment. We teach at all levels of musical proficiency. Our students range in age from 4 years old to adults in their eighties.
Weekly lessons include reading music, music theory and technique. We also offer one time lessons (preparation for auditions, gigs, recording sessions).
Music is our passion. …and we make it fun!
I love Music and teaching others to play songs and understand how music works. My goal is to help each student achieve their desired level of proficiency in music and to enjoy the process along the way.
I have been teaching music for over 20 years in Baldwin, M. I am a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), MSMTA (Maryland State Music Teachers Association) and MTAGB (Maryland Teachers Association of Greater Baltimore)
Playing an instrument helps people relax and builds confidence - it's also great for your brain.
For more information about the benefits of playing music, check out my website at baldwinmusic.net and watch a short video of studies on how music benefits your brain.
Colleen works with students of all ages, from 4 years to senior citizens. She provides day and evening hours for lessons in her very comfortable studio. She will teach you songs you want to learn, but will also push you a little out of your comfort zone to learn new songs, different genres of music, and challenging pieces. She also encourages students to play with other musicians twice a year in a concert to gain the experience of playing with a band or playing in an ensemble. She not only encourages confidence in playing the piano or guitar, she also teaches music theory to encourage the understanding of music and composing and soloing in music.
Our relationship with Baldwin Music and Colleen Craven started when my son began taking piano lessons with her when he was 4 years old. She was patient with him and they developed a very good rapport. Eleven years later, my son, now 15, is taking guitar lessons with Colleen. Although I have also played guitar off and on for 25 years, I began taking lessons again with Colleen 2 years ago and have made a lot of progress. I think the message here is that Colleen works well with students of all ages, and she sets reasonable goals that are attainable for all of her students. She also gives her students the opportunity to work and rehearse with professional musicians, and to participate in 2 concerts every year to further develop confidence in their playing ability. All in all an excellent experience.
Colleen is very well versed in her overall knowledge of music in both guitar and piano. She is also a very patient instructor who understands different learning abilities. I would highly recommend Baldwin Music for a truly rewarding learning experience.
My daughter loves taking Piano & Guitar with Colleen. She is very good with kids and my daughter has learned alot during the almost 2 years she has been a student. I would highly recommend Baldwin Music.
If they've been playing music for a while, I ask them to play a few songs so I can assess where we should start and how I can help them.
I find out what type of music they enjoy listening to and would like to play, their favorite groups, etc. I work with them so they can play music with friends and family, including adults with younger children or grandchildren.
I studied Music through years of private lessons, in college and at a Music Conseratory. I had three professional / certified teachers (with completely different styles) which had a significant impact and influenced me to develop a winning style for my students.
Weekly lessons (4 lessons per month)
$285. 90 minutes.
$195. 60 minutes
$145 45 minutes
$100 30 minutes
I have worked with students as young as 4 years old and adults in their 90's. Some students have never had a lesson before and some students had been taking lessons with a previous teacher. In addition, i have worked with students with mild learning disabilities and they were able to enjoy the lessons and progress.
I have 2 concerts per year, one in December and one in the summer. In June, 2019 there were 25 student performers playing guitars, keyboards along with a professional bass player and drummer (hired to accompany the students). We played Bohemian Rhapsody, Perfect, Layla, I Wish (Stevie Wonder), My Heart Will Go On (Titanic) and Beatles - just to name a few.
Definitely get referrals from current and previous students. Arrange a brief introductory meeting with the teacher to be sure that you can work together.
Do you teach theory, reading music (standard notation), tablature, how to play by ear. (I teach all of this.)