Category Archives: Teacher Bios

Emily Bond


2915 Troxell Ave., Longmont, CO. 80503, 303-917-4668

I focus on the many aspects of piano music: skill in playing, developing a good ear, a thorough understanding of music theory, and reading music. I am a certified Suzuki teacher, and have studied piano technique through the Golandsky method with a certified trainer. I have over 30 years experience teaching all ages. I am a composer of over 100 orchestral, piano and synth pieces, specializing in the music side of film and documentary production, and would love to teach composition if that is desired. I believe music is a wonderful way to engage all of one’s mind, body and soul. I steer away from perfectionism, but do emphasize learning deeply and enjoying the process of learning something well. All ages, all levels are welcome!

Willie Hammond


Boulder, 307-220-1841

Willie performs at ‘songwriters in the round’ at America’s Soul Live

Willie has been teaching in the Boulder area since ’92. She takes a traditional, classical approach and mixes it with jazz, composition and improvisation. She imparts all of this through a well structured and thought-out program combined with the musical goals and aspects her students enjoy most.

She loves teaching all ages (5 to 120), and particularly enjoys levels: beginning through intermediate-advanced. Her strengths are in keeping kids and adults connected to the joy of music and their pianos. She believes that lifelong enjoyment and creativity in music is not just good for the brain, but good for the soul.

She studied with Larry Graham, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, whose abundant distinctions include studying with Van Cliburn, performing at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, and a listing of one of the “Most Wanted” teachers in the nation.

Willie was a KUNC radio’s “Best New Artist” in 2004 for her singer-songwriter talents. She has also composed scores locally for the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Theater and Dance Dept., and Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. She has been on a variety of stages including, but not limited to, the Carmel, CA Performing Arts festival, Colorado Shakespeare’s AIDS Benefit Concert, and guest artist at Dazzle Denver, jazz club.

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Raisa Voldman


600 Portside Ct, Lafayette ,80026

(985) 507-7599,

I hold degrees from Kherson Music College and the Kishinev State University of Art (both in the former USSR). My postgraduate courses in Moscow Conservatory (Russia), under the direction of the renowned Professor D. Bashkirov. Professionally, I have performed as a concert accompanist for Russian Radio and Television in Moldova. I am also performed in Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and Honduras.

While in Moldova, I taught at the College of Music and the Conservatory in Kishinev.
In the United State, I have served as an accompanist for Butler University and Indianapolis Ballet (Indianapolis, IN), Loyola University (New Orleans, LA). I also taught at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA). My the last position, before moving to Colorado was as Staff Accompanist and coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA), for 22 years.

In addition, I have over 40 years of private teaching experience. My students won many competitions in USSR and the USA. I was a recipient of the James Ronald Brothers Award for Achievement in Accompanying( USA) and was honored as the Best Active Performer of the Musical Arts in the Republic of Moldova, as well as the winner of the National Chamber Ensemble Competition in Latvia.

Evelyn Uno


951 Larkspur Ln, Louisville, 80027

(303) 666-0944,

My music bio is easy I graduated from University of Colorado with both Bachelor of Vocal Music Education and Bachelor of Music Piano Pedagogy Between undergraduate and graduate school I had the lucky opportunity to attend a semester at Academia Chigiana In Sienna Italy I received my master degree in piano performance from Northwestern University. And started my Doctorate at University of Colorado with focus in research on the effect music has on brain development. Own and head the Una Corda LLC teaching studio and performance group. My fantasy dream has always been to perform Chamber Music and teach.

My teaching background is a crazy potpourri of adventures which led to experiences in private, public and corporate education. I got additional teacher training at the Colorado School of the Blind and also trained as a Buddhist Minister and got my Reiki master certificate and learned to teach Ohara style flower arranging.

My Actual Working Experience I did course development for in person and online training courses for both Sun Microsystems and Oracle. I was the head of the Eldora Developmentally Disabled Ski Program for over 10 years, developing both the instructor training program as well as the student training program. Student population included developmentally and emotionally challenged, blind and PTSD Vets. Worked with music therapist creating music for brain injured patients and collaborated on creating CD for hospitalized patients. In my private piano studio I have worked with Down Syndrome patients, brain injured and early onset dementia patients. In the schools Kynzee (My therapy dog) and I volunteered to work with emotionally challenged students and volunteered at senior assisted living memory care facilities. And we also took music programs and conducted sing-alongs at assisted living facilities

Toby Tenenbaum

2119 18th St, Boulder, 80302

(303) 880-4367,

I stress good reading skills and musicianship at all levels, and bring my experience as an improvisor and composer to my teaching. Besides piano pieces in many styles and genres, including two albums of “New Age” solos, I compose many choral works for the 30-voice community choir I founded and direct, Musica Aeterna Chorus. In recent years, I have greatly enjoyed composing ballet music for the Boulder Ballet, including “The Winter Flower” and “The Little Matchgirl”.

Susan Rudosky


774 Grant Place, Boulder, 80302

(808) 225-9770,

As the founder and lead instructor for the Boulder Piano Studio, Susan Rudosky has a passion for teaching and performing. She has a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from CU, Boulder and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In addition to being a master piano teacher, Mrs. Rudosky is an accomplished piano performer, accompanist and also plays the flute and organ.

Mrs. Rudosky, an enthusiastic teacher of children and adults, began teaching piano at the CU Music School’s Community Preparatory program, followed by two years each at Lewis & Clark College and Marylhurst College both in Portland, OR. Mrs. Rudosky was a senior piano faculty member at the Punahou Music School \ Punahou School, Honolulu, HI for more than two decades before returning to Boulder in 2013.

In addition to being a member of Boulder Area Music Teachers Association, Mrs. Rudosky is a member of the Colorado Pace Teachers Association; International Piano Teaching Foundation; Music Teachers National Association; Delta Omicron Professional Music Fraternity; PEO (women’s organization promoting educational opportunities for women). She has served as a board member and officer for the Hawaii Music Teachers Association; and has adjudicated piano competitions for HMTA and the Oregon Music Teachers Association.

Susan Price


3349 Rushmore, Longmont, 80504

(303) 776-6217,

Sixteen years experience in Boulder and Longmont area. All ages and all levels. Private lessons. Emphasis on fun and increasing self esteem through music. B.M., Southern Methodist University in Dallas

Margaret Patterson

Piano, Accompanying, Chamber Music, Theory

Steamboat Springs, 80477

(720) 333-1341,

Over 20 years teaching experience – all ages and abilities. Weekly private lessons and optional performance classes. My main goal is for students to acquire the skills they need to enjoy music for the rest of their lives. I have taught students as young as 4 and as old as 84! Lessons in your home (Boulder) or mine (Allenspark).rnrnDMA Candidate – CU Boulder, student of David Korevaar. MM in piano performance, CU Boulder, 2009. BA College of Notre Dame, Maryland; Peabody Conservatory.

Rebecca Martin

Piano, Jazz

2525 Otter Ct, Lafayette, 80026

(303) 579-5041,

All levels and ages. Works with Jr. and Sr. High School jazz ensemble pianists. Also teaches Suzuki to young students. Plays in Pandemonium Jazz Band, Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles, and Rebecca Martin Trio. Has taught in Boulder since 1974. B.A., Music, Hollins; M.M., C.U.

Noah Fire


1033 Kalmia Ave, Boulder, 80304

(303) 913-4021,

I specialize in teaching adults. I emphasize music dynamics and interpretation, music reading, and proper technique. I have recording equipment in my piano studio, and I offer recording sessions to interested students. Students enjoy listening to and sharing their performances.

I have studied piano for many years, and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I also hold a Master of Science degree in Information Systems.

A Boulder resident since 1981, I am a member of the Boulder Area Music Teachers Association (BAMTA), the Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA), and, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Mitzi Babb


7248 Petursdale Ct, Boulder, 80301

(303) 530-3747,

Mitzi Babb has been enriching lives through music for over 30 years. She teaches beginning through early advanced children and adults and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA. Classical and contemporary student repertoire, as well as technique and theory are included as part of lessons. Recital and Festival opportunities are available through BAMTA and BFMC. Mitzi received a B.S. at Eastern Michigan University with additional Piano and Vocal Performance Study.

Melanie Lawrence


908 Main St Ste 110, Louisville, 80027

(303) 661-9897,

Children and adults of all levels. A positive environment in which each student can grow musically to the very best of his or her ability. Strives to develop each student’s musical skills to the point that he or she is able to learn music independently. Computer lab and monthly group lessons. B.M., Piano Performance, B.S., Mathematics Ed., Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville; M.M., Piano Pedagogy, University of Illinois

Martha Thompson


545 Manorwood Ln, Louisville, 80027

(303) 665-9831,

Children. Suzuki trained. Studio in Louisville. Private piano and group theory classes. Active member of Federation of Music Clubs, Suzuki Association of the Americas and National College of Musicians (Guild). Teaching in Boulder County since 1980. B.A., Music, C.U.

Margaret Lo


800 Spyglass Circle, Louisville, 80027

(720) 579-7395,

Graduate of the Wuhan Conservatory in China. Major in Piano. She has also studied at the University of Colorado’s College of Music. Certified Music Teacher of CSMTA. She has many years of experience in piano instruction.

Liane Rockley


470 Sunrise Dr, Golden, 80401

(303) 233-4444,

Liane Rockley has a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. An MTNA member for over 10 years now, Liane is actively involved in local associations. She is secretary of DAMTA, and volunteers her time and efforts for FMTA, BAMTA, SSMTA, and now AMTA! She was on the MTNA/RPMDA task force to promote the Teacher-Music Dealer relationship and has presented this for RPMDA (Retail Print Music Dealers Association) national convention. Liane has been a panelist for Music Inc. Magazine

Lisa Johnson


1609 Longs Peak Dr, Louisville, 80027

(303) 859-3280,

I have over 30 years of experience working with students of all ages and levels, including those with learning challenges. My flexible, creative style addresses the strengths and needs of each student as an individual, and lessons are laughter-filled too! I emphasize sightreading, learning how to practice, and building technique and musicianship through a variety of repertoire: classical, pop, jazz, ragtime. Adult beginners and “beginners-over” are heartily welcomed. Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from CU-Boulder; Master of Music from University of Wisconsin-Madison; doctoral study, University of Illinois and CU.

Karen Ziegler


1246 Monarch Dr, Longmont, 80504

(303) 667-9456,

Karen Ziegler teaches a combination of private lessons (age 5 through Adult) with bimonthly group lessons in theory, history, performance, etc. Her emphasis is on providing a program based on the individual to help them reach their full potential and to support and encourage their love of music. She is active in BAMTA and Federated, has published educational materials, adjudicates festivals and competitions and gives teacher workshops. She has a Music Degree from CU, Boulder.

Kathryn Smailer


7333 Windsor Dr, Boulder, 80301

(303) 530-4760,

Teaches all ages and all levels in individual and group settings. Emphasis on conceptual learning. Uses skills of playing by ear, improvisation, transposition and harmonization and technique playing for reading and memorizing development. Over twenty-five years teaching experience. B.A., Music, LockHaven University, PA; M.M., Piano Performance and Pedagogy: Process of Group Environments, C.U., Boulder

Ken Siders

Piano, Theory, Accompanying

8129 Miller Dr, Frederick, 80504

(303) 358-0463, kensiders@amybriggs

Ken Siders provides private piano instruction from his home studio in Frederick for students of all ages and abilities. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he specializes in classical music training but also emphasizes music theory and analysis, sight reading, ear training, listening, memorization, composition, accompanying, and interpretation. He strives to help students gain skills that will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of music.

Ken has had students recognized in state and local competitions and festivals, has had students accepted into university music programs, and has helped students prepare for jazz band auditions, scholarship auditions, school talent shows, and church music performances. He earned a B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University.

Kathleen Buss


Niwot, 80544

(303) 652-3115,

I received a B.M. in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Colorado and have been a private piano teacher since 1979. I am a member of of BAMTA and the National Federation of Music Teachers. I teach all levels, ages and abilities. I focus on musical interpretation and technique with the goal of attaining a well-rounded musical education. I believe that by maintaining a positive and enthusiastic attitude, students of all levels will be inspired to higher achievements. Musical opportunities in the studio are: Piano Parties, Nursing Home Community Service Recital, Music Club, Federated Festival, MTNA Music Achievement Award Program and MTNA Studio Festival.

Jeanne Zukowski


620 Ponderosa Ave, Estes Park, 80517

(970) 577-1344,

Jeanne Zukowski, NCTM, has been teaching piano for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She studied piano with Clarke Mullen, Dr. James Johnson, and Dr. Marsha Johnson. In 2004 she received national certification in piano (NCTM) from the Music Teachers National Association. During her years of teaching Jeanne has been active in the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Music Teachers National Association in both Nebraska and Colorado. She has accompanied and directed both adult and children’s choirs, and performed in and directed several handbell choirs. She served as the CSMTA Vice-President for Student Activities and the Theory Chair from 2008-2012. She is an active adjudicator for piano festivals and auditions in Nebraska, Colorado, and the upper Midwest. Sharing the joy of music with others is her passion—both teaching and performing. One of her greatest joys is staying in touch with former students, seeing how they have grown and matured as young adults, and knowing that they are still enjoying their music. Jeanne and her husband John live in Estes Park. They have three grown children and 2 grandchildren. When not involved in music, her other passion is hiking year-round with family and friends in the mountains, particularly in her own backyard—Rocky Mountain National Park.

Jill Ice

Piano, Accompanying, Theory

6320 Spring Gulch St, Frederick, 80516

(720) 425-2149,

Jill Ice has over twenty years of teaching experience in classical piano performance instruction, including theory, technique, sight-reading, improvisation, composition and ear-training. Ms. Ice has taught all level and ages of students, preparing them for recitals, competitions, and festivals. Many have received recognition on the state level and national level of competition. Ms. Ice earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Piano Performance. Her passion is to make the art of piano playing accessible to and enjoyable for everyone.

Irene Jergensen

Piano, Theory, Flute

727 Ridge Creek Court Longmont 80504

(303) 678-7646,

* Promotes the development of strong sight-reading and performance skills
* Teaches theory and technique to support and enrich performance skills
* Employs a variety of methods and materials in her studio
* Uses music technology (computers, computer-connected keyboards, sequencers, CD burner) to develop mastery
* Offers unique topical summer music “camps” (jazz, rhythm, technique, sight-reading, etc.)

Credentials: Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (focus: piano & voice), Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma Master’s Degree in Music Education (focus: piano & voice), University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma Public-school music teaching at elementary and secondary level

Teresa Wong

Piano, Piano-Pedagogy, Music Studio Business, Improvisation, Composition, Voice

Location: Longmont



M.Mus in Piano Performance (Indiana University)

B.A (1st Honor) in Music, Piano Performance (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Performance (LRSM) (UK)


Teresa graduated with a Master degree of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with special interests in Piano Pedagogy and Choral Conducting.

Wong has performed all over the world. In her native city Hong Kong, she performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Hong Kong Company, recorded for RTHK Radio Four. She was a pianist and conductor of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir.

Wong has participated in well-renowned music festivals, and performed frequently as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in Europe, North America, and Greater China. Her latest performance engagement includes several concert appearances in China and France.

Wong was an adjunct lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University and a teaching assistant at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before moving to Colorado, she ran a charity organization and a boutique piano school to educate the general public, and mentor other teachers to raise the general standard of teaching. She loves organizing creative music concerts and multimedia crossover performances for her students and fellow musicians to participate in and share with others the joy and beauty of music.

Wong is the first person to develop iPhone applications to train music aural ability specifically for standardized exams presented by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She is also an author of ​Piano Freedom​, ​Technique Transformation Piano Exercise Book,​ and ​Music on Wings: Piano Beginner Coursebooks. You can find her books available on

Other than maintaining a private teaching studio locally, Wong is also conducting music consultation online, coaching performers for high level performance and exams, and mentoring teachers on building quality teaching careers and music studio businesses.

Michele Wooten

Piano, Voice

2320 Steppe Dr, Longmont, 80504

(303) 776-2500,

Music has always played an important role in Michele’s life providing a space for self-expression and exploration through voice and piano. Twenty years ago, Michele’s young daughter whom she was home schooling asked to be taught piano and so a new vocation began combining Michele’s ardent love for music with her passion for instruction. Michele recently moved from Minnesota to Longmont, Colorado leaving behind many fond memories of instruction with students ages 4-84. Michele is accepting new students and looks forward to serving the community of Longmont, Colorado. Michele attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin studying voice, piano, elementary and Kodaly music instruction. She has acquired 20 years of piano study, 5 years of voice and over 7 years of ensemble participation. She has completed college theory and history requirements, piano pedagogy and conducting. In 2003, she earned a B.A. in writing from the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN and, in 2004, Michele attended a graduate pre-school music program – First Steps in Music – with John Fierabend at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. Michele earned her NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) in 2007 from the Music Teachers National Association. Michele is currently a member of MTNA Music Teachers National Association, CMTA Colorado Music Teachers Association and BAMTA – Boulder Area Music Teachers Association. She has served as registration and food coordinator on Minnesota Music Teachers Association convention committee and treasurer for four years for East Suburban Federation of Music Clubs in Minnesota. In addition to Michele’s involvement in the music world, she has taken great interest in community building activities inspired by her Faith community. She served as a pre-school children’s class teacher using curriculum that focuses on virtues and character development. In 2006, she was appointed as a coordinator who assisted with and encouraged the training of new teachers to serve these children’s classes. She is presently hosting special gatherings for friends and family to explore inspirational writings related to spiritual themes such as unity, friendship, justice etc. Inspired by her Faith community’s holy writings she has also composed piano and vocal music setting prayers and scripture to music.

Harumi Shiraishi

Piano, Theory, Composition

3577 Molly Circle, Broomfield, 80023

(303) 517-7280,

Pianist Harumi Shiraishi, a native of Japan, has graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2009, earning the bachelor’s degree in piano performance with honor. She is currently pursuing the masters degree in piano performance at University of Colorado Boulder.

As a teacher, she has been teaching piano to children and adults for fifteen years in her private studio. Her students have been performing actively in public concerts and festivals such as the Clementi festival (requires audition), Kids for Bach festival (requires audition), Achievement Day (her students earn super-achiever medals), Marvelous Musicale, and other local public recitals.

As a collaborative performer, she has accompanied school choirs, church choirs, and individual instrumental and voice students.

She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA), Broomfield Music Teachers Association (BMTA), and Boulder Area Music Teachers Association (BAMTA). For CSMTA and BAMTA, she has worked on revising the test materials such as Theory test, terms & Signs test, Ear Training test, and History test.

Also she has chaired festivals and competitions for many years.

Other than piano, singing is one of her other interests. She has sung in auditioned chorus groups and performed at Colorado Music Festival and Boulder Bach Festival. Other than piano and voice, she has also enjoyed playing the trombone for about ten years.
Besides the music degree, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management that she earned at the Matsuyama University of Commerce in Japan.

Christine Armstrong

Piano, Piano-Pedagogy

Longmont, 80502

(720) 841-4312,

Dr. Christine is a qualified, experienced, and dedicated music educator aspiring to motivate students of all ages and abilities with varying goals (local and/or competitive). In addition, she designs/suggests lesson plans to include appropriate challenges in music theory, as well as musicianship phases: technique, sight reading, improvising, transposition, harmonizing. Overall, she is flexible and encourages each student to explore the possibilities incorporated in the language of music!

Her extensive music education includes these accomplishments:
D.M.A. ~ Doctorate in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Piano
Literature ~ University of Boulder, CO
F.T.C.L., L.T.C.L. Diplomas ~ Fellow and Licentiate from the
Trinity College of London, England
A.R.C.T., Associate of Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Christine\’s professional memberships include:
MTNA Music Teachers National Association
NFMC National Federation of Music Clubs
NGPT National Guild of Piano Teachers
SAA Suzuki Association of the Americas
SAC Suzuki Association Colorado
SAI Sigma Alpha Iota

Carol Wickham-Revier


2502 Blue Heron Cir, Lafayette, 80026

(303) 666-1927,

*Certified: CSMTA, MTNA
2014 Colorado State Music Teachers’ Association TEACHER OF THE YEAR.

After over 4 decades of teaching, I still look forward to every day!

I love teaching both adults and children (ages 6 and up) in my 4 piano/1 harpsichord home studio in Lafayette. And while my early training was primarily classical, I have continually tried to expand my horizons -and my offerings – through workshops, classes, attendance at state and national music teacher’s conferences as well as several years of private jazz piano lessons. In the early ’80’s, while working as marketing director for Chris Finger Pianos in Niwot, I conceived of and co-chaired, together with former student, now retired teacher Laura Boniek, BAMTA’s first Multiple Piano Festival, an event which will be entering its 31st year this coming November.

I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy in 1971 and 1976 respectively, and received my Nationally Certified Teacher of Music certification in 1972. My many years of accompanying – for junior high, high school and college choirs, woodwind, brass and string instrumentalists, church choirs, and singers of all ages, as well as 14 years as a member of a four-hand piano team which gave recitals throughout Colorado – make me uniquely qualified to include the art of COLLABORATIVE piano in my teaching.

I’m especially honored to claim several professional musicians in our community as my former students, some who have written lovely testimonials on my website. I believe that enthusiasm for learning balanced with a carefully constructed and broad-based curriculum is the basis for my success, and may also be a part of the reason that I was named by the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Association the 2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR.

Please check out my website. I would sincerely love to hear from you.

Andrew Cooperstock

Piano, Chamber Music, Piano-Pedagogy

9167 Davidson Way, Lafayette, 80026

(303) 499-5783,

*Certified: CSMTA, MTNA

Heralded as a “technically impeccable and musically profound” pianist, Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states.

Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Andrew Cooperstock has performed at New York’s Alice Tully, Merkin, and Weill concert halls, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top international music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and in such global centers as Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Baltimore, London, Hamburg, Geneva, the Hague, Riga, Canberra, Lima, Kiev, Seoul, Sapporo, Beijing, and Accra.

An advocate for new music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by such American composers as Lowell Liebermann and Aaron Copland. He has also commissioned works by Eric Stern, Robert Starer, and Dan Welcher.

A sought-after chamber musician, Cooperstock has performed with the Takács Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Dorian Quintet, violinist James Buswell, violist Roberto Diaz, cellists Andres Diaz and András Fejér, hornist Eli Epstein, and pianist Paul Schoenfield. He is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players, a regular soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and a founder of Trio Contraste, which specializes in commissioning and performing contemporary music for piano, violin, and clarinet.

With violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two, Cooperstock has recorded the complete works for piano and violin by Aaron Copland. The award-winning Opus Two has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin – piano duo repertoire. The duo has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and it made its Asian debut in 2006 with performances across China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. In March 2011 they were in residence with the National Symphony of Ghana, Africa, and at the University of Ghana Legon, and in August they were featured performers at Hong Kong’s premier chamber music festival, Hell Hot! Their appearance at Woodstock, New York’s prestigious Maverick Concerts was called “one of the most significant and worthwhile concerts of the 2010 season.” With cellist Andres Diaz, Opus Two has also recorded chamber music by Lowell Liebermann (Albany Records) and Paul Schoenfield (Azica Records). Opus Two’s recording of Leonard Bernstein (Naxos) features new arrangements by legendary Broadway music director Eric Stern and collaborations with Broadway actress-singer Marin Mazzie.

Carolyn Meyer


2000 1/2 Poplar Ave, Boulder, 80304

(303) 746-3413,

A well-rounded, individualized and creative approach to playing the piano and developing a whole musician. Emphasis on personal expression, holistic learning and fun! I enjoy all ages and levels, offering private lessons. Over 30 years teaching experience. M.A., Piano Performance, University of Iowa School of Music.

Richard Capp


3350 Loyola Ct, Boulder, 80305

(303) 499-5507,

Private lessons, theory. All levels. Primary emphasis on developing technical, reading and interpretive skills to master classical music. Experienced accompanist and church musician. Piano tuner and technician. B.A., Music Theory and Literature, Seattle Pacific College; M.M., Piano Performance, C.U.

Brenna Berman

Piano, Piano-Pedagogy

112 Aline St, Louisville, 80027

(303) 956-5010,

An avid performer since the age of seven, Ms. Berman has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including numerous solo concerts in major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Berkeley, Portland, Coeur d’Alene, Boulder, and Albuquerque, as well as live radio broadcasts in Philadelphia and Spokane. As and Artists International New York Debut Award winner, she gave her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March, 2008. Ms. Berman’s playing has been described as visceral, dynamic and expressive, sparkling, and on fire. Her programs exhibit a wide variety of styles from Baroque to Contemporary, with a special emphasis on New Music. Brenna Berman holds an Associate Faculty position with The Golandsky Institute and has sixteen years of training as a performer and teacher of the Taubman Approach. She became a Certified Instructor of the Taubman Approach in 2006, and was certified at the Associate level in 2009. From 2004 to 2007, she was a Professor of Piano at Drexel University. Ms. Berman is now based in Colorado and holds private studios in Boulder, CO, College Station, TX, and Philadelphia, PA. She also offers internet video lessons via Skype to students across the country. Ms. Berman has helped countless pianists and teachers overcome injuries, technical limitations, musical limitations, fatigue, and varied frustrations in their playing. Furthermore, she has assisted pianists in achieving their potential as musicians, artists and virtuosos, unencumbered by such limitations. Ms. Berman always strives to find the way to most effectively teach each student on an individual basis so that they may absorb the new material in a deep and meaningful way. She seeks to discover and explore each student’s personal learning styles to enable the most productive and enjoyable learning experience. In addition to pianists, Brenna has worked with and helped violinists, violists, guitarists, computer users, knitters, painters, and writers. Ms. Berman has won many international, national, and state-wide awards and scholarships including the Special Presentation New York Debut Award from Artists International, Second Prize in the 2007 Guiseppe Terracciano International Piano Competition in Italy, First Place in the MTNA Baldwin Competition, First Place twice in the Colorado State Music Teachers Association State Competition, and First Place Alternate in the MTNA Regional Baldwin Competition, among others. Brenna Berman also offers lectures, master classes, technique clinics, workshops, and private lessons to colleges, music teachers associations, music clubs, and other interested associations. She presents the work of the Taubman Approach in a clear and concise way, accessible to audiences ranging from the professional pianist to the elementary piano student, as well as to non-musicians. She encourages the audience, teachers, and students to participate, ask questions, and contribute to discussions in all formats of her presentations.

Brenda Ishikawa

Piano, Theory, Music History

4464 Pembroke Gardens, Boulder, 80301

(303) 581-9306,

Dr. Ishikawa sees teaching piano as a process of guiding students through experiences whereby they discover musical concepts. Brenda utilizes the skills of playing by ear, harmonizing, improvising, transposing, reading and technique in the learning process. She offers numerous performance opportunities to students, and has herself concertized throughout the United States and abroad. B.M., Piano Performance, Northwestern University; M.M., Piano Performance, Northwestern University; D.M.A., Piano Performance and Pedagogy, C.U.

Grace Asquith

Piano, Theory, Chamber Music

720 Aegean Dr, Lafayette, 80026

(720) 890-7660,

A creative approach to piano which includes theory, improvisation, keyboard harmony and composition to study musical elements. Chamber music emphasis. D.M.A., C.U.

Amy Briggs

Piano, Theory

1895 Alpine Ave, Apt H23, Boulder, 80304

(773) 603-8006,

Amy Briggs is a pianist and teacher recently relocated to Boulder from Chicago. She has maintained a private teaching studio for 25+ years, and from 2009 to 2016 was Director of Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, where she taught piano, chamber music, and ear training. Amy welcomes students of all ages and abilities, and especially enjoys teaching adult students of any level. An avid performer, she is considered a leading interpreter of the music of living composers, while also bringing a fresh perspective to music of the past. As a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW ensemble from 2001 to 2016, she worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, Marc-Anthony Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osvaldo Golijov. The Chicago Tribune called ‘extraordinary’ her ‘mastery of what lay on the dense, printed page and beyond,’ and the Chicago Sun-Times called her a ‘ferociously talented pianist.’ The New York Times described her Lincoln Center performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IV as having ‘a live-wire intensity.’ Her recordings include solo and chamber music discs for the Bridge, Wergo, Parma, ART, and BMOP labels. She has performed across the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia. Amy Briggs earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Northwestern University, as a student of Ursula Oppens. She is a Steinway Artist.

Amy Watt


Superior, CO 80027

(510) 248-9064

Amy Watt runs a piano studio out of her home in Superior, CO.  She offers 45 and 60 min weekly lessons to all ages and levels.  By providing tools needed in learning this art, Amy’s goal is to help the students develop their full potential and use their imagination as well as having fun playing piano.  This consists of teaching a variety of styles along with the addition of theory, technique, improvisation, composition and sight-reading and off-bench activities that include technology as well.  It is important that music fit each student’s individual interests.  Amy received her bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Portland State University, Oregon.  She has been an active member on the board for various positions and is currently serving as the president of BAMTA for her 2nd year.  She is a member of MTNA, CSMTA, BAMTA and NFMC.

Anne Ferguson-Laird

Piano, French Horn

1916 S Coffman St, Longmont, 80504

(505) 417-3874,

Master of Music, piano performance
Experienced accompanist, orchestral pianist, and chamber musician
More than 25 years teaching experience
All ages and levels welcome

Alejandro Cremaschi

Piano, Piano- Pedagogy, Early Childhood Music

University of Colorado Boulder. College of Music, Imig Bldg, Boulder, 80309


Doctors Degree, Piano, College/University. Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi teaches piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been a presenter in numerous conferences, and has performed worldwide as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. In addition to teaching college students, he accepts a limited number of serious pre-college students. Dr. Cremaschi is President Elect of the Colorado Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) and is a National Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)