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James H. Morris is a pianist pursuing his M.M. in Piano Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently studies with Jennifer Hayghe, the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. James recently graduated cum laude from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, earning B.M. degrees in both Piano and Theory/Composition. Check out James's piano sonata!Book a lesson
"Music reaches parts of the brain that other things cannot. It's a strong cognitive stimulus that grows the brain in a way that nothing else does, and the evidence that musical training enhances things like working memory and language is very robust." ~ Catherine Loveday NeuropsychologistBook a lesson
At Mountainside Music Academy, we very carefully select our teachers by finding musicians who are not only highly educated in music but are also fun, inspiring, and just simply great teachers. All of our teachers have a degree in music or are currently working towards one, and most are actively performing musicians as well.
Our music school started in 2013 with just one traveling music teacher who taught piano lessons, voice lessons, and guitar lessons. We now have over 25 teachers and 20 instruments! We wanted to create a way to connect families with real musicians, giving them access to a higher level of music education and an experience that they couldn’t find anywhere else. It has been an immense pleasure working with these talented musicians and seeing them inspire their students.
We are currently serving Boulder, Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, and more. We love getting to know the amazing families in Colorado and helping them find a teacher who can help them accomplish their musical goals and bring music into their home. We love hearing from you, so please reach out anytime. We can’t wait to meet you!
The simple answer is somewhere around 5 years old and up, but it really depends on the student and the instrument. For piano, the youngest that we usually recommend is 5, but violin students can often flourish in lessons even younger. If your child is interested in a wind or brass instrument, it’s usually better for them to start around 9 or 10. For those students, we would recommend starting out on piano, as piano is a great first instrument, and what students learn in piano lessons can easily be transferred to other instruments later on. Feel free to reach out to us with questions about this - we’re happy to discuss your individual situation and come up with a plan! Read more about the best age to start music lessons.
If your keyboard has weighted and standard size keys, learning on a keyboard is just fine. That being said, if you have a keyboard at home that isn’t up to par, and you don’t want to purchase a better one until you’re sure that you or your child wants to commit, it’s okay to take a few lessons on a less-than-ideal instrument. Don’t let your keyboard stop you from trying out piano lessons.
We have had students as young as 4 and as old as 83, so don’t let age stop you. You are never too old to learn a new instrument!
We offer lessons for all levels - all of our teachers have different specialties, so we will help you find the perfect teacher for your level and goals.
We offer lessons for many styles including classical, pop, jazz, rock, and more. If there’s a specific style that you’re interested in learning, reach out and we should be able to answer your questions and find a suitable teacher that specializes in the style you’re looking for.
No. The only time you pay in advance is for the introductory lesson. After that, you will be invoiced at the end of each month for lessons that have already occurred. This includes any lessons that you cancel with less than 24 hour notice, per our policies. Since we do have more reasonable policies than other schools, we do ask that you give at least a month’s notice if you’re going to discontinue lessons to give us time to fill the space in your teacher’s schedule. We also ask that you do not cancel more than 3 times per semester.
We do understand that sometimes the 24 hour cancellation can be difficult to adhere to, but unfortunately we have to stick to it. If you have to cancel last-minute, that’s a space in your teacher’s calendar that they won’t be able to fill, and since they’re commuting to homes, it usually means they have to sit around in between lessons. Because of this, we pay the teachers for lessons that are cancelled with less than 24 hour notice to respect their time.
Lessons take place in the students’ home. We are also offering virtual lessons at this time.
Currently, we have students in the following towns: Boulder, Louisville, Superior, Lafayette, Westminster, Broomfield, Erie, Longmont, Denver, Niwot, and Gunbarrel. If you don’t see your town, reach out anyway - we might have a teacher that can come to you.
We do not offer instrument rentals, but we recommend calling Woodsongs in Boulder, as they offer a rent-to-own program that’s perfect for if you’re planning on purchasing an instrument in the future. Instrument rentals are especially helpful for young students who are learning a string instrument, and will be upgrading sizes as they grow.
The first thing you should look for when buying a keyboard is weighted keys. This means that the keys are calibrated to be a little harder to press down. This will feel closer to an acoustic piano, and help you or your child develop the muscles it requires to play the real instrument.
The second thing you should watch out for (and this will be correct on any keyboard with weighted keys) is that the keys are standard width. If you have a cheap keyboard, there’s a chance the keys are more narrow than a real piano, and learning on that will make it difficult to transfer to a piano.
Finally, you should be mindful of the speakers. Be aware that if you find a “midi keyboard” online (especially if it’s referred to as a midi controller), there won’t be any way to hear any sound. A midi keyboard typically needs to be plugged into not only speakers, but also an audio interface, which most people do not have / have not heard of. If you find a keyboard with built in speakers, make sure they sound good, and if they have built-in sounds / an output but no speakers, make sure that you’re aware and prepared to buy speakers as well.
In the Boulder area music lessons cost an average of $45 per 30 minute lesson in-studio, and $50 per 30 minute lesson in the student's home. At Mountainside Music Academy our teachers come to you for a lower price than the average in studio lesson in Boulder.
Mountainside Music Academy offers in home private music lessons for over 20 instruments. Our music teachers will come to your home.
Mountainside Music Academy has music teachers that will travel to students homes.
Mountainside Music Academy offers in home private music lessons in and around Boulder.
The average cost of in home music lessons is $50/30 min in the Boulder area. Mountainside Music Academy offers in home music lessons for much less.