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Piano Teachers in Boulder

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Elizabeth French

Lizzie French holds a BA in Spanish and Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University and is working toward a BM in piano performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studies with Dr. Jennifer Hayghe. Lizzie is an active member of the CU Boulder Collegiate chapter of MTNA and will be serving as chapter president for the 2023-2024 school year. She enjoys teaching both children and adults and believes that studying music should be a creative and collaborative experience. As a teacher, she prioritizes her students’ interests an... Read More

Abbie French

Abbie is a lifelong musician who plays french horn and piano, and is currently pursuing an MM in Horn Performance at University of Colorado Boulder. She studies with Michael Thornton, the principal horn in the Colorado Symphony, and plays in the top tier performing groups in the school. After graduating from Ball State University with a BA in Spanish, she moved to Boulder to be close to her sister, enjoy endless outdoor adventures, and continue her musical studies. Abbie comes from a family of music educators and believes that music should be a... Read More

Ethan Minard

Ethan Minard is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Boulder, Colorado. He offers beginner lessons in guitar, ukulele, and percussion (concert and drum set), and offers beginner to advanced lessons in classical piano. Raised in Dillon, Colorado, Ethan started taking classical piano lessons at age 7. He went on to start percussion in 6th grade and guitar his sophomore year of high school. Ethan studied classical piano at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2016-2020 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Minor in Business and cert... Read More

Taylor Clay

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Taylor began his musical journeys at the age of 13 on the saxophone. In high school he won awards with his school's jazz band as well as performed in the All-County concert band. Taylor then studied with Dr. Christopher Creviston and Bret Zvacek at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. During this time Taylor also studied briefly with such artists as Eric Alexander, Mitch Frohman and Lenny Pickett. After completing his degree in Music Performance in 2012, Taylor moved to Colorado to attend the University of Norther... Read More

Arjun Novotny-Shandas

Arjun was born and raised right here in Boulder and has played piano since he was six. Today he studies Music and Political Science at CU. He is a versatile pianist with experience performing in jazz ensembles, chamber music groups, as a soloist, and as an accompanist. In addition to piano, Arjun has also played clarinet in an orchestral setting and banjo in a bluegrass band. Arjun was fortunate to have received a robust music education as a child that helped positively shape his life, and he aspires to do the same for others. As a teacher he i... Read More

Layla Ghiasi

Layla has a broad understanding of musical styles and approaches to learning and teaching. She studied classical violin, various fiddle styles, piano, and composition. Layla holds a degree in music with an emphasis in composition from Naropa University. Her teaching style inspires curiosity, and is based on respect for each individual’s need to develop their own relationship to music in meaningful ways. Layla incorporates the philosophies of contemplative education into her pedagogical approach, and fosters creative exploration by encouraging s... Read More

Karyn Ingrid Estela

My experiences as a classical pianist have brought me in contact with the public ages 7- 70 in a variety of venues. Over the last twenty-five years I taught general music instruction for public and private schools, accompanied ballet classes for private ballet schools and large ballet companies, and taught private piano lessons to children, teens, young adults, and adults. My classical piano lessons include theory, composition, improvisation, and classical piano literature. I am a very curious person by nature and enjoy communicating with peopl... Read More

Darian Freeman

Darian Freeman serves as Principal Trombone of the Denver Philharmonic and also is a busy freelancer in the Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota areas. He has played with he Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Wyoming Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic, South Dakota Symphony as well as other notable orchestras. In addition, he holds an associate spot with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has played under the baton of notable conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Ken-David Masur performing in Carnegie hall as well as David Geffen Hall. Darian earne... Read More

Mason Phillips

Mason Phillips grew up in Fort Collins, CO and has been playing music for 12 years. He started out in middle school playing percussion as well as piano, and eventually branched off into marching band, jazz band, pit orchestra, and symphonic band. He was invited to play at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2017, alongside his other jazz band members. Today he is enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder where he is studying music and astronomy. The piano is Mason's main instrument, but he also has experience playing guitar, bass, ukulele, te... Read More

Camden Johnson

Camden Johnson is a multi-instrumentalist, pursuing a BM in jazz alto saxophone at the University of Colorado Boulder. He started playing drum set at age 5, and would go on to play viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano, and alto saxophone throughout grade and middle school. He attended Denver School of the Arts where he would win various awards such as “Outstanding Reeds” at Essentially Ellington jazz competition and festival, as well as “superior with distinction” at various state wind ensemble competitions. Although his focus is currently with sc... Read More

Jesse West

Jesse West was born into a musical family in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has decades of experience playing professionally as a bassist. He also plays guitar, piano, and drums, in addition to singing, writing music, and audio engineering. He holds a master’s degree from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University), where he studied with legendary teachers David Baker and Michael Spiro among others. He has also been a member of the US Navy Band in San Diego. Jesse has experience teaching music in the classroom at the elementary, middle... Read More

Robby Haas

Robby began his musical education learning his favorite riffs and solos from the classic rock era after falling in love with the electric guitar at a very early age. After playing in rock bands, and performing in musicals in high school, he went on to study Classical Piano and Vocal Jazz at Western Michigan University. Robby began teaching in high school and college to share his gifts and knowledge with the local community in Southwest Michigan. Flash forward a few years and he's still writing his own music, playing in bands, and picking up new... Read More

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Jackson B

I've been taking piano lessons thru mountainside for almost a year. The lessons have been wonderful, we started virtual and now lessons are in person. My teacher is very professional and focused. Thank you so much!


Jenn C.

We all think Ethan is great!!



My daughter very much enjoys her lessons with Ethan.