Woodsongs Studios We offer folk, classical, and flamenco guitar lessons, as well as banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, viola, bass, ukulele, and harmonica lessons at our studios located at 3101 28th St. in Boulder, CO. Our teachers are listed below. You may contact them directly for information and scheduling.
Dennis Burns (Teaches Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) Guitar - basic, classical, jazz, theory / Ukulele firstname.lastname@example.org 303-419-8929 Dennis has been teaching and performing in the Boulder/Denver area for 25 years. In 1983 Dennis received his BM degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Colorado. He teaches many styles including classical, folk, rock and jazz improvisation. In 2005 the Avant Acoustic label released Dennis' solo CD entitled "A Rose On The Lake," an elegant blend of classical guitar, jazz improvisation and world music. He is the founder of Bolder Sounds www.boldersounds.com, a sound design company which creates libraries for digital samplers. Dennis also performs chamber music with A Lyric Ensemble www.lyricensemble.com. Watch Dennis teach The Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' on guitar and Santo & Johnny's 'Sleepwalk' on ukulele in the videos below.
Paul Weidig (Teaches Tuesday through Saturday) Banjo - clawhammer, bluegrass / Ukulele / Dulcimer / Guitar / Bouzouki / Harmonica email@example.com 303-564-7782 If it goes "twang," Paul Weidig probably knows how to play it. Paul has been plucking strings, singing songs, and spreading his love for making music since 1975. He holds a degree and teaching certification in art education, and has been a professional musician and teacher at Woodsongs since 1986. He currently leads the “Woodsongs Ukulele Hootenanny!” monthly workshop and jam, and has also taught group classes at Swallow Hill in Denver, where he was a founding member of the Swallow Hill Traveling Troupe. Paul has appeared at the Walnut Valley Folk & Bluegrass Festival (“Winfield”) with the band Safe Harbor, in addition to countless solo performances locally and on tour. As a left-handed multi-instrumentalist who was originally self-taught, overcoming the challenges of learning in a “right-handed world” has given him a unique perspective on what it takes to learn an instrument. “There are many paths that lead to the same place,” he says. Coaching students on performance is part of his focus, and many of Paul’s students have gone on to be professional musicians. Paul teaches banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki, harmonica, and hammered and mountain dulcimer.
Greg Schochet (Teaches Tuesday and Wednesday) Mandolin / Bluegrass Guitar firstname.lastname@example.org 720-837-5535 Greg Schochet is an integral part of Colorado's thriving music community, in demand as a performer, producer and teacher. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, Greg is fluent in a number of acoustic and electric styles, including bluegrass, swing, folk, blues, and more. He's played with a number of notable bands, including Runaway Truck Ramp, The All Night Honky Tonk All-Stars, and currently Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, one of Denver's most acclaimed honky-tonk and western swing bands. His stature as a player and experience as a session musician made him well suited to guiding aspiring musicians and songwriters. See Greg in action in the videos below.
René Heredia Guitar - Flamenco email@example.com 303-722-0054 René Heredia is a leading figure in the development of flamenco guitar and dance in the United States. He has contributed as a performer, teacher, choreographer, educator, mentor, composer and recording artist. His performances, master classes and workshops for the last forty years have won René the Governor’s and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts for performance and education. René recently received from the Carson Brierly Dance Library the Award as “Living Legend of Dance in Colorado” and was nominated two times for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Dance Alliance. He has won the Grand Prix de Disc from France. Learn more about René's amazing life in the video below.
Chris Elliot (Teaches Mondays) Banjo - clawhammer, bluegrass / Dobro firstname.lastname@example.org 832-248-2370 Chris "C-Bob" Elliott is a professional banjo instructor and performer in Lyons. He's the banjo player, vocalist and songwriter with Ragged Union, and an alum of Spring Creek on Rebel Records. He has had the privilege of playing on stage with many of his bluegrass heroes including Tony Trischka, Pete Wernick, Alan Munde, Sally Van Meter, Matt Flinner, Gene Libbea, Brad Lee Folk, Michael Cleveland, and others. Elliott is the 2007 RockyGrass Banjo Champion. Watch Chris demo Ome and Deering banjos in the videos below.
Tom Wasinger (Teaches Thursdays) Guitar - Acoustic/electric/fingerstyle/slide email@example.com 303-444-0234 Tom is a composer, arranger, producer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. He has received three GRAMMY awards as producer, with three additional nominations. Tom has performed live in venues around the world from Carnegie Hall to the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul. Tom also builds experimental musical instruments and is the founder of 'The Lost Angel Stone Ensemble,' the world’s only touring ensemble of resonating stone instruments. Tom has taught guitar, bass, ukulele and other instruments privately since 1976.
Francisco Marques (Teaches Fridays) Guitar / Bass / Cavaquinho and Brazilian Percussion firstname.lastname@example.org 303-579-9346 Francisco has been teaching guitar in Boulder for 15 years and is actively engaged in the performance and teaching of traditional Brazilian roots music. He graduated Colby College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on guitar and continued his classical training at CU in 2002. Although formally trained in classical guitar, Francisco can most often be seen in the Boulder/Denver area singing, playing bass, cavaquinho and traditional Brazilian percussion with a variety of Brazilian bands, including Ginga and Sambedendê. He holds weekly group classes in Boulder and is the founder of the student samba/pagode group, Grupo Chegando La that performs on the 4th Thursday of every month at The Laughing Goat. He's been adjunct faculty at Naropa for five years and faculty at the esteemed California Brazil Camp. Although steeped in Brazilian music he does teach Blues, Jazz, Classical , Fingerstyle and good old rock'nroll. www.franciscomarquesmusic.com / www.gingaband.com / www.grupochegandola.com
Harmony Jones (Teaches Sunday p.m.) Violin & Fiddle email@example.com 920-728-1952 Harmony Greenhalgh graduated from UWW in 2006, with a degree in violin performance. After graduating, she made the move from Wisconsin to Colorado and has been teaching and performing ever since. Harmony loves teaching and sharing her passion for music with students of all ages and abilities. You can catch her performing live in the duo Story of Two.
Brad Jones (Teaches Sunday p.m.) Guitar - beginning/kids guitar, rock, jazz Bradjumper@yahoo.com 720-363-2933 Brad Jones specializes in rock guitar, jazz guitar, kids/beginning guitar, and making music fun. Jones studied Jazz guitar performance at CU Denver under Paul Musso. With a successful playing and recording career, Brad has performed in almost all 50 states. A former member of Boulder Acoustic Society, The Claim Jumpers, and Left Foot Green, Jones currently performs with his wife in the duo Story of Two.
Julia Antunes de Sá(Teaches Mondays) Viola & Violin firstname.lastname@example.org 303-257-7050 Julia graduated from Indiana University South Bend’s Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance. During her tenure there, she worked closely with members of the Euclid Quartet, studying viola under Luis Vargas. In her junior year, Julia studied in Northern Ireland for a semester, where she toured Ireland with the University of Ulster choir as the viola soloist. Through the Suzuki School of Granger, Julia was fortunate enough to join the Silver Strings Quartet at age 11, and stayed with the quartet for 7 years. The quartet won the Geoffrey Prize from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2009. While in Indiana, Julia began teaching privately in 2011.
Anne Brennand Cello - Suzuki email@example.com 303-939-9933 Cellist Anne Brennand is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and the Greeley Symphony. She has also played in many other orchestras and has participated in the Domaine School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians and the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon. Ms. Brennand holds a Master of Music in cello performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received the Denes Koromzay Chamber Music Award, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where principal teachers have been Ann Marie Morgan, Judith Glyde, Ronald Leonard, and her father, Charles Brennand. She is a member of the Serenata String Quartet in Boulder, and teaches students of all ages.
MONTHLY LESSON EVENTS
UKULELE HOOTENANNY Join us for this fun monthly event! Group lessons led by Paul Weidig and ShawnCupolo, followed by a singalong session. Learn some tricks (or the basics) and participate in a jam!Every third Saturday of the month from 5:30pm-7:00pm, $10. RSVP by calling us at 303-449-0516, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
'JAM SANDWICH' JAM WORKSHOP Covering essential basics to jamming & bluegrass! Group lesson led by Paul Weidigand Chad Martens. All acoustic instruments welcome. Third Sunday of the month. 4:30-6pm $10. $10. RSVP by calling us at 303-449-0516, or by emailing email@example.com.