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Lessons start at $25.00 per half hour.
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“Music expresses that which cannot be said,
 and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ~Victor Hugo~

Sammy Dee Morton
Electric and Acoustic Blues, Rock and Country.
Sammy Dee Morton has played Louisiana and Texas style Blues for 25 years. His smooth, soulful and energetic way of playing has captured many an ear. Sammy Dee developed his chops playing alongside Blues and Cajun performers such as Kenny Neal, Debbie Davies, Tab Benoit, and Doug Kershaw.

Billy Bower
Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Country Guitar.

Billy originally hails from Chicago, IL where he studied under Jazz great guitarist Peter Hix at Waubonsee College. He played professionally for many years with Chicago-based show group, "A Touch of Brass," and with many different bands here in the Northern Colorado area.Upon moving to Colorado in1980, he branched out into different music genres, including Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Country with an emphasis on proper technique, alternate picking, and jazz chording. Billy has a classic rock band called "Power Factor" that performs in Colorado and also is called upon for studio work throughout Colorado. Student range from 10 through adult. His students value his relaxed, fun, and respectful environment!

Oliver Jacobson
Violin, Guitar.
Oliver Jacobson provides violin lessons for all ages, children as young as 4 years old to adults. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he can teach a variety of styles including, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, and Celtic violin. Oliver has a background in the Suzuki Method of Violin and also specializes in improvisation and allowing the student to be free on the instrument, teaching harmony and music theory in an open framework to allow for understanding to explore improvisation and music making with others. Improvisation can be learnt at any level. "The ability to jam with other players on the violin, and allow the music to come through you is the biggest skill and gift I can teach! I teach to the interest of the student. Whatever you gravitate towards and want to learn, I'll go there and make it fun!"
Lori Anne Cazan 
Mandolin, Ukulele, Acoustic & Electric Guitar.

Lori Anne has been teaching for 26 years and has taught all ages, from 7 up to 82! She studied music composition at Colorado State University and enjoys the creative side of music to make the musical experience more personal. She grew up listening to the country and classic rock that her parents listened to and later developed an interest and love for classical music. She got her start playing in a church music group at 15 years old. Over the last several decades she has been a performer in several different ensembles as a multi-instrumentalist in Colorado and Arizona and also plays at several jams in the area. Her strengths are teaching in a traditional way so as to give each student a well-rounded background in music, but can revolve lessons around what the student is aiming for if preferred. She teaches styles such as rock, classical, and bluegrass and also is strong in the areas of music theory and music history.

Ned Alderman


Ned Alterman started playing bluegrass music whilein college in the 1960's. In 1970, he started teaching guitar and banjo classes for the Huntington Folk Music Society in his home state of New York, and eventually discovered he had a talent for teaching the pickin' arts to others. In 1971, Alterman and his wife Laurel opened Folk Arts Music in Boulder, CO. After 14 years as proprietors of Boulder's favorite music store, they took a good offer and sold the business. Ned still lives in Boulder and remains an active player, performer and teacher. He loves playing hot bluegrass with good pickers, enjoys going to festivals, and makes really good homemade pizza.

Shawn Cunnane
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Mandolin.

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.

Andy Rimer
Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Piano, Theory, Songwriting, Recording, and Production.

Andy is a performing musician with over twenty years of experience. Originally from New Jersey, he has performed along the east coast as far north as Killington Vermont and as far south as the Florida Keys with some impromptu shows in LA over what was supposed to be a vacation thrown in there. Over the years Andy has written and recorded with several different projects and as a solo artist as well as engineered and produced recordings for other artists. His career in teaching has led him to teach individual and group classes with up to thirty attendees spanning ages 5 to 65. While he has attended school and taken courses in music performance and recording, Andy considers his work experience his greatest teacher.
"I teacher music to musicians. Although they are ways of channeling it, music is more than an instrument or genre. It is my hope to not only improve my students ability to physically play their instrument in the style they'd like, but to also help them understand why it works and how it fits into music overall over time. If your goals are to simply play a song or to understand modal jazz, it should always be fun and I welcome the opportunity to help you on your musical journey."
Beryl Durazo
Vocal Instruction

Beryl has over 10 years experience in the performing arts including performances in Italy, France, Belgium and Holland with her Community College Choir Yuma Youth Choir. Prior to these tours she received vocal training from Dr.Elizabeth Tibbs at Arizona Western College. While there she also received training in performing arts through the theatre with Dr. Chip Straley.
"I began teaching lessons in 2015 to Jordynn Lee of Longmont, Colorado as she began her journey in Longmont Idol. Since this start, I now teach 5+ students between the ages of 7 and 18. I enjoy teaching these lessons and helping students prepare for recitals and performances. From building basic singing skills to training a well-oiled performer, I am up for the task and look forward to learning with my students."

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Greg Warren
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute - All Woodwinds.
Greg Warren is an accomplished musician on a sax and flute as well as a licensed educator working in the St. Vrain Valley School District for the past seven years. He has performed in a variety of different groups including classical, jazz, blues, and world music. More recently Greg is working with local groups like the Longmont Concert Band, The Boulder Symphony, and the Loveland Chorale Society. When Greg is not playing music you will find him spending time with his wife and two kids, working in the garden or riding his bike.

Mike Tolle

Acoustic Folk Blues, Electric Blues, Improvisation, Roots Music, Singer/Songwriter and Classic Rock
Phone: 970-217-1379  Email:

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.

Helen Peterson
Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele.
Helen has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. She specializes in Folk, Country and The Song You Want to Learn!
She especially enjoys teaching adults to sing while they play, and working with children. She has been a part of the Jensen Guitars family of teachers for the past 6 years, and to our younger future music stars, she's affectionately known as "Miss Helen".

Carole Burkett
Beginning and Intermediate Piano, All Ages.
Carole has played classical piano for fifteen years, and studied both classical and gospel piano styles during her time at Denison University. Her musical experiance has included choir, percussion, and handbell settings, but she has found playing and teaching piano most rewarding. She has been teaching in the Longmont area throughout the past year, and would like to help beginner and intermediate students of all ages learn to play and enjoy piano.

Abigale Palmer

Beginner Piano – All ages.

Abigale has been playing the piano for 5 years, is a student at Silver Creek High School and plays piano for their Concert Orchestra.  She is part of the Silver Creek Fiddle Group playing the ukulele and tin whistle, and also plays the clarinet, flute, violin and guitar. She says playing Piano is her favorite thing to do.

Cornelius Alfredo Duncan Jr.

Hand Percussion, Mambo, Chachacaha, Merengue and African-Cuban Conga.

Cornelius has studied under greats such as Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez, and Sun Ra; who taught him that there is no more qualified teacher of music than Mother Nature, and having a true love and respect for other musicians from all walks of life is key.

Steve Mullins
Flamenco, Classical Guitar and Mandolin.
Steve Mullins has a bachelor’s degree in American Folk Music, a master’s in musicology, and a doctorate in ethno-musicology from the University of Colorado. He's taught Latin America music, World Music, World Music Theories, and American Indian Music at CU, and currently teaches World Guitar at Front Range Community College. His doctoral dissertation's entitled Flamenco Gestures: Musica Meaning in Motion.
Geoffrey Nicosia

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.

Jack Drumright
Jack has been playing drums for over 16 years, and has been playing professionally since he was 15 years old. He grew up in Evergreen Colorado where he studied privately with Dean Oldencott for 12 years. He has experience with many styles of music including jazz, latin, rock, blues, and reggae, among others. He has been teaching for over four years, and his college course work focused on practicing contemporary and effective theories of learning. Jack can teach both drumset and percussion. His philosophy of teaching is centered around meeting students where they are at with technique and rusiments while learning songs and developing creativity to make practicing fun

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