After completing a Jazz performance degree from Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied arranging with Grammy award winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, Shawn Cunnane relocated and settled in Los Angeles where he worked as a musician, instructor, and recording artist for 13 years. He taught for National Music Workshop in four different cities and has over 17 years of teaching experience with all ages and skill levels including group ensembles. He has recorded for Disney and Ubisoft as well as countless private clients. His most recent project Sheldon & Cunnane performed close to 1000 times in 4 years. The duo was easily found entertaining on a weekly basis in wineries, restaurants, and music venues throughout Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange counties in addition to yearly trips to the Eastern Sierras and the Gulf Coast of Florida. An avid member of the Grateful Dead community in Southern California, Shawn performed with Cubensis on over 20 occasions in place of Nate Lapointe (Bobby Womack). As a solo performer and songwriter, Shawn’s diverse style ranges from travis picking ballads with jazzy overtones to bluegrassy foot stompers. The unique textures he creates in his originals and interpretations are intimate and alluring. Shawn’s songs have been recorded and performed by many artists including David Grisman and Matt Doherty. He has been fortunate to share the stage with so many fantastic musicians including bassist Gerald Veasley and saxophonist Knoel Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra). Cunnane recently landed in Boulder County Colorado in the spring of 2018 where he has begun work on his first solo recording of original compositions. Shawn is well versed in all modern styles and enjoys sharing his connection to music with audiences and students of all ages.
Bag Pipes- Pipe Major, Pipes and Drums, Royal Scots, Dragoon Guards.
Geoffrey has been playing Pipes now for 5 years. In that time he's gained extensive experience in the professional side of Bagpiping, Earned the rank of Pipe Major in February of 2016, and has been teaching Bagpipes since. Based out of Boulder county, he plays in and around the entire Front Range. Geoffery lives in Longmont and teaches all ages and experience levels. He also plays piano, other types of bagpipes, and various other woodwind instruments.
Acoustic Folk Blues, Electric Blues, Improvisation, Roots Music, Singer/Songwriter and Classic Rock
Phone: 970-217-1379 Email: email@example.com
Mike Tolle has been teaching in the Longmont area since 2002. His formal music training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from The State University of New York @ New Paltz. A member of the part time faculty at Front Range Community College since 2010. Teaching both private and group lessons with over twenty - five years teaching experience.
His teaching philosophy is simply to teach students what they would like to learn. By incorporating the musical tastes of the student into the lesson plan from the very beginning makes learning easier and more enjoyable, while also providing a reference which to base all other learning.
His method of instruction combines a comprehensive as well as practical approach. This is to include music theory as well as note / tablature reading to help facilitate the skills necessary to becoming a well-rounded guitarist. He teaches a wide variety of styles including rock, folk, blues and fingerpicking.
He currently performs fingerstyle blues and folk on his acoustic and 60’s style rock on electric in various band settings.
Areas of special interest are Acoustic Folk Blues, Electric Blues, Improvisation, Roots Music, Singer/Songwriter and Classic Rock.
Beginning through advanced students of all ages are always welcome.