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Piano Teachers in Boulder

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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

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

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

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

Mason Cooke

Mason Cooke is currently a masters student in trombone performance at the University of Denver and an active freelancer in the metropolitan area. He has performed with notable groups, such as Remi Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows, The Annie Booth Big Band, The Lakewood Symphony, and The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Hailing from Texas originally, Mason received his undergraduate degree in music education from Texas Tech University in 2021. When not performing or teaching, he enjoys composing music and reading fantasy novels.... Read More

Paul Zeller

Dr. Paul Zeller leads an active career as a performer, collaborator, and educator in his field. Lauded for his sensitive and lyrical pianism, Paul’s playing has been praised for his “impressive dynamic and tonal range,” “gorgeous voicing,” and “crystal clear textures.” Paul has performed with several world-renowned artists, including Danny Elfman and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. He has premiered new works by Pulitzer-nominated composer Carter Pann and British composers Christopher Norton and Ian Farrington, among others. Paul has appea... Read More

Monica "Nico" Maldonado

Mónica “Nico” Maldonado started playing piano at the age of five and continued to learn more about music, guitar, and bass guitar throughout middle and high school After pursuing their Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2014 they never stopped teaching. Mónica has been teaching music for a total of 15 years, with an additional year of student teaching in a public school setting as a student-teacher. This helped Mónica achieve a firm grasp on the art of teaching music in the 1-on-1, small group, and classroom settings. Mónica believes that ... Read More

Ohad Gev

Ohad Gev was born and raised in New York City. Ohad began teaching piano and violin in high school and continued with this passion throughout his 4 years of college. His experience teaches expands to students of all ages and has been able to guide students of all experience levels. He is CU Boulder graduate with a BA in Piano performance and is currently attending Grad School to advance his knowledge in business as well. ... Read More

Daniel Florez

Daniel Florez is a guitarist with 16 years of playing experience with experience on other instruments such as piano, violin, and trumpet. In his time away from teaching, Daniel works as Audio Mocha, a solo project for creating surf rock and Latin arrangements of popular and video game music and has performed in multiple conventions around the country. He was a computer programming and mathematics tutor in college and teaches after-school classes for kindergarten to second-grade students for teaching the basics of rhythm and music. Daniel's pass... Read More

Andrea Bonato

Andi was born and raised in Colorado Springs and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Andi specializes in classical piano. One of her earliest memories of playing piano is her dad teaching her the song Jump by Van Halen on his synthesizer when she was around five years old. This memory informs Andi’s teaching—she wants to help students find joy through music and achieve their goals. Apart from being a pianist, Andi is also pursuing a law degree and loves to hike, run, snowshoe, ski, and enjoy the beauty... Read More

Linda Shea

Dr. Linda Shea is a clarinetist, pianist, educator, conductor and entrepreneur. She earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. Her Masters Degree in clarinet performance is from the University of Northern Colorado which followed directly after her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Lamont School of Music (at the University of Denver.) Piano was Linda’s first and primary instrument for the first 12 years, starting lessons at age 7. She played many recital... 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.

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