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CSoM NEWSLETTER … April 2019

CSoM NEWSLETTER … April 2019

The Colorado School of Music provides private music lessons for all ages and levels in piano lesson, guitar lesson, violin lessons, drums lessons, voice lessons and band/orchestra instruments. Now in our fourteenth year in Golden, our current roster is comprised of musicians from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Evergreen, Littleton and Boulder!   

Colorado School of Music 2019 Recital next month!

Preparations are in full gear for this year’s recital!  The recital will take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, with performances at 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Last year, we had over 70 participants singing and performing on piano, guitar, violin, drums, and brass! The school recital is open to CSoM students of all ages and ability levels. Admission is free for family and friends, so bring as many family members as you’d like to support our young performers.  

Recital Registration Materials now available!

Students and Parents, if you’re interested in the recital but haven’t received your recital registration, please pick one up from the front desk at the school or ask your instructor.  

!!Due Date for Recital Registration!!

If you’re planning on performing in our Recital this year, please complete your registration form and return by May 1st, 2019!

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you! 

Never Too Old…music lessons for adults!

Music lessons are for the young at heart, not just the young. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your piano lessons or taking your guitar playing to the next level, try a private lesson with us! At the Colorado School of Music we are proud to have many adult students on our roster, studying all different disciplines. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages, and will be happy to work with you to be sure that your lessons meet your individual needs.

Leaving for Summer?

If you’re planning on taking a break for summer vacation, please remember to inform two weeks in advance of discontinuance. You can call 303-526-9865 or email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com to let us know. When you’re ready to start lessons again, just call or email and we’ll get you back on schedule! 

Adult music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, drums lessons, violin lessons, and more.

Practice, practice, practice! We’ll see you next month!

Piano Lessons
Piano Lessons

March Music Blog

March Music Blog

Dean Cutinelli here from the Colorado School of Music. Remember we are just a call away to start your private music lessons. We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, vocal lessons as well orchestral instruments. Ok now on to the Dorian mode.

The Dorian Mode

The modes are a variation on either the major scale or minor scale. There are seven modes, Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. This month we will be discussing the Dorian mode. The Dorian mode is easiest to understand when comparing it to the natural minor scale. If you played an A natural minor scale your note are A,B,C,D,E,F,G. The Dorian mode takes the natural minor scale an augments one note. The Dorian mode has a raised 6th if compared to the natural minor scale. If we stay with A being the root of our Dorian scale your note would now be A,B,C,D,E,F#,G. By change just one note in the scale you can create whole new sound. IF you Are familiar with your key signatures you may be saying to your self well that’s just a G major scale starting on A. Yes this is another way to theorize the Dorian scale. 

The History of the Dorian Mode

The early Byzantine church developed a system of eight musical modes (the octoechos), which served as a model for medieval European chant theorists when they developed their own modal classification system starting in the 9th century.[3] The success of the Western synthesis of this system with elements from the fourth book of De institutione musica of Boethius, created the false impression that the Byzantine octoechos was inherited directly from ancient Greece.[4]Originally used to designate one of the traditional harmoniai of Greek theory the name was appropriated (along with six others) by the 2nd-century theorist Ptolemy to designate his seven tonoi, or transposition keys.

Who uses the Dorian Mode

You can hear this scale used in rock, jazz, blues, classical and pop as well as other styles of music. In the blues rock vain Carlos Santana makes the Dorian mode a big part of his sound. Oye Como Va has a very strong Dorian sound. In a classical setting Beethoven‘s Missa Solemnis incorporates the Dorian scale. Milestones by Miles Davis will give An example of this sound in a jazz context. Last give a listen to Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles to hear it used very cleverly in a pop song.

I hope after reading this you have a better Idea on what a mode is and in particular the Dorian mode. Please feel free to contact us and come in for a music lesson to learn all about the modes and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons and vocal lessons as wells as orchestral instruments. 

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli

music blog

CSoM NEWSLETTER … March 2019

Thank you for choosing the Colorado School of Music for music lessons! Now in our fourteenth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. Music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, drums lessons, violin lessons, and more.

Colorado School of Music 2019 Recital coming in May!

Preparations are in full gear for this year’s recital!  The recital will take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, with performances at 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Last year, we had over 70 participants performing on piano, guitar, violin, drums, saxophone, and singing! We welcome students of all ages and ability levels. Admission is free, so bring as many family members as you’d like to support our young performers.  

Recital Registration Materials now available!

Students and Parents, if you’re interested in the recital but haven’t received your recital registration from your instructor, please pick one up from the front desk at the school or ask your instructor.  

Due Date for Recital Registration-

If you’re interested in performing in our Recital this year, please complete your registration form and return by May 1st, 2019.

Too Young For Music?

We often receive questions from parents regarding the appropriate/best age to start young children in formal music lessons. Of course, all children are different and there are always exceptions, but here are the general guidelines we use:

First, consider the instrument in relation to the age of the student. Piano lessons, Guitar lessons and Violin lessons are great choices for young children, as both violin and piano lessons have excellent curriculum for young beginners. Piano, in particular, provides a general overview of music theory and makes it easy to pick up other instruments as the student gets older. Some instruments can be difficult for beginners and aren’t as good for young children based on size, complexity, etc..       

Four years old is generally too young for formal lessons. Progress is very slow and it can be difficult to maintain the focus required for practicing. Four year old hands are also often too small.

We feel that six years old is generally the best age for young children to begin formal lessons. Many lesson books and methods are geared toward this age for beginners, and the progress made at this age is both faster than younger students and better learned, as lessons and concepts seem to ‘stick.’

Five year olds are in the middle – at this age, it seems to depend on the child. If motivated and interested, the progress with a five year old will be a bit slower, but nonetheless valuable. We’re always willing to try lessons with five year olds – please ask if you have more questions about beginners or you’d like to take an introductory lesson with your young musician. Parents/Guardians are welcome in all lessons!      

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you! 

Never Too Old…music lessons for adults!

Music lessons are for the young at heart, not just the young. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your piano lessons or taking your guitar playing to the next level, try a private lesson with us! At the Colorado School of Music we are proud to have many adult students on our roster, studying all different disciplines. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages, and will be happy to work with you to be sure that your lessons meet your individual needs. 

Adult music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, drums lessons, violin lessons, and more.

Practice, practice, practice! We’ll see you next month!

Colorado School of Music

February Music Blog

The Melodic Minor Scale

I will be discussing the melodic minor scale today. There are three types of minor scales. There is the natural minor scale the harmonic minor scale and the melodic minor scale. The melodic minor differs from the natural minor scale as it has a raised 6th and 7th degree. For example the a harmonic minor scale would be A, B, C, D, E, F# and G#. In classical theory the 6th and the 7th are raised on the way up the scale and then Made natural on the way down. If you talk to someone is the jazz realm they will tell you that you keep the raised 6th and 7th both ascending and descending when playing this scale.

How Uses the Melodic Minor Scale

You will hear the melodic minor scale used primarily in classical and jazz music. It has a dissonant sound so you really won’t hear it in popular music. Composers frequently require the lowered 7th degree found in the natural minor in order to avoid the augmented triad (III+) that arises in the ascending form of the scale. In jazz, only the ascending form of the scale is usually used.

Please feel free to contact us and come in for a music lesson to learn all about the melodic minor scale and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. 

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli

We offer guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons and vocal lessons as wells as orchestral instruments

CSoM NEWS … February 2019

CSoM NEWS … February 2019

The Colorado School of Music offers private one-on-one music lessons in piano, guitar, violin, drums, singing, as well as orchestra and band instruments! Call 303-526-9865 to book a $10 introductory lesson today!

CSoM 12th Anniversary 2007-2019!   

February 2017 marks the twelfth anniversary of our school here in Golden! We’re very grateful to the City of Golden and the Golden community, our dedicated staff and all of our students and customers, past and present! We’re proud to be entering our thirteenth year providing private music lessons to the Golden community and the Denver Metro Area. Thank you for your continued support! Keep reading in 2019 for information about the2019 CSoM Recital!

2019 Recital – Set the Date!

We are happy to announce the date for our annual music recital!  The 2019 recital will take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities from Noon to 4 p.m. Last year, we had over 80 participants performing on piano, guitar, violin and singing! We welcome CSoM students of all ages and ability levels.  Registration materials will be available in March!

Need to Move?

Did your soccer coach just re-structure practice times and throw your schedule into chaos? You’re probably not alone.  We understand the rigors of fall scheduling…so if you find that your music lesson time slot doesn’t fit, call us at 303-526-9865 and leave your name, current time slot and any days and times that work for your schedule and we’ll do our best to re-locate you!

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

The Snow is Here…   

Now entrenched in the cold months, we get questions regarding our policy for winter concerning snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com the morning of the day in question to announce the closure. Due to our large schedules we don’t always make personal calls regarding snow days, so please check the website when in doubt.

Please contact us to sign up for private piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, drums lessons, singing lessons.

Practice, practice, practice! See you next month!

Improvising With The Pentatonic Scale

Improvising With The Pentatonic Scale

When it comes to improvising, the pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales. You hear it used from blues to jazz to country to heavy metal. I will be discussing some basic ways to get started on improvising with this scale.  

As a music teacher this is one of the first scales I teach, as it is the easiest to superimpose over chord changes. What makes this scale user friendly is that its comprised of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th scale degrees from the major scale. Leaving out the 4th and 7th degrees give the pentatonic scale its sound, which in turn usually makes this the easiest scale to start learning how to improvise with. The best way to start learning to improvise is to pick two chords from a key and play a simple 2 bar phrase. Record yourself doing this for 4 or 5 minutes. Then go back and start playing the pentatonic scale from the same key the chord progression is from over the chords. You can start out by playing 1/4 notes with the scale and progressing to 1/8 notes. Listen carefully to how each scale degree sounds over the chords. An example of this would be to play C to G with a 1/4 note rhythm. Your pentatonic scale notes would C,D,E,G and A. 

 Some easy improvising concepts are call-and-answer and repeating yourself. Call-and-answer can best be compared to a phone call. You call some one and say “hello this is so-and-so” and then you pause and let the other person respond. How this relates to improvising is if you play a group of notes and then pause and respond with another group of notes that compliment the first group of notes. You can use long or short phrases and your call-and-answers should usually be similar in length. Repeating yourself is just that. If you play something you like, play it again and even a third time. These two concepts are good starting techniques to get you going on your long journey of learning how to improvise. 

Please feel free to contact us to come in a learn all about  improvising and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructors at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. 

Dean Cutinelli - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele & Mandolin
Colorado School of Music

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli

info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com

303-526-9865

www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com

CSoM NEWSLETTER … January 2019

CSoM NEWSLETTER … January 2019

Stenway Piano image for Colorado School of Music

Happy New Year!  

Now in our 13th year in Golden, the Colorado School of Music proudly offers weekly private music lessons for all ages in piano, guitar, violin, drums, singing and band instruments! 

Here is what we offer:

Piano lessons for all ages and ability levels. Looking for something specific in your piano study? We have instructors that specialize in many styles.

Guitar lessons, Electric Bass lessons or Ukulele lessons for aspiring guitarists of all ability levels and styles.

-Drum and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit or explore world rhythms with our skilled and diverse percussion instructor.

-Vocal music lessons for aspiring singers or those looking to pass that big audition! Voice lessons for all ages and aspirations.

-Violin or viola lessons with our talented violin instructor Ida Findiku. A great choice for both young and old, private violin lessons are fun and rewarding.

Private music lessons for school band/ orchestra instruments, including trumpet and trombone lessons, flute lessons, saxophone and clarinet lessons.

So if you’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today!

The Snow is Here…   

Now entrenched in the cold months, we get questions regarding our policy for winter concerning snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com the morning of the day in question to announce the closure. Due to our large schedules we don’t make personal calls regarding snow days, so please check the website when in doubt.

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

Too Young For Music?

We often receive questions from parents regarding the appropriate/best age to start young children in formal music lessons. Of course, all children are different and there are always exceptions, but here are the general guidelines we use:

First, consider the instrument in relation to the age of the student. Piano lessons and Violin lessons are great choices for young children, as both violin and piano lessons have excellent curriculum for young beginners. Piano, in particular, provides a general overview of music theory and makes it easy to pick up other instruments as the student gets older. Some instruments can be difficult for beginners and aren’t as good for young children based on size, complexity, etc..       

Four years old is generally too young for formal lessons. Progress is very slow and it can be difficult to maintain the focus required for practicing. Four year old hands are also often too small.

We feel that six years old is generally the best age for young children to begin formal lessons. Many lesson books and methods are geared toward this age for beginners, and the progress made at this age is both faster than younger students and better learned, as lessons and concepts seem to ‘stick.’

Five year olds music students are in the middle – at this age, it seems to depend on the child. If motivated and interested, the progress with a five year old will be a bit slower, but nonetheless valuable. We’re always willing to try lessons with five year olds – please ask if you have more questions about beginners or you’d like to take an introductory lesson with your young musician. Parents/Guardians are welcome in all lessons!      

Happy New Year! 

December Music Blog

The Harmonic Minor Scale

In music theory the term minor scale refers to three scale patterns – The natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale, and the melodic minor scale.

This blog will be discussing the harmonic minor scale. The harmonic minor scale has the same notes as the natural minor scale accept the seventh scale degree is raised one half step. A harmonic minor scale is represented by the following notation:1, 2, ♭3, 4, 5, ♭6, 7, 8 or whole, half, whole, whole, half, augmented second, half.

The scale is called the harmonic minor scale because it is a common foundation for harmonies (chords) in minor keys. For example, in the key of A minor the v chord is a  E minor triad in the natural minor scale. In the harmonic minor scale the E triad becomes major. (E, G#, B) This simple change creates a new and unique sound.

While it evolved primarily as a basis for chords, the harmonic minor scale with its augmented second can be used melodically. The harmonic minor scale is also occasionally referred to as the Mohammedan scale and in Indian raga, it is called Kirwani. 

Who Use It

The harmonic minor scale can be heard in harmony and melodically in classical music. It is widely used in jazz music for improvisation. You can hear this scale used in heaven metal, rock and pop. There is a strong influence in Spanish music incorporating this scale as well. This scale also created a sub-genre know as neoclassical metal.

Regardless if you play guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet flute, or violin the harmonic minor scale  is a must know for all musicians. 

Please feel free to contact us to come in for a music lesson to learn all about the harmonic minor scale and anything else pertaining to music from one of our great instructor at the Colorado School of Music in Golden CO. 

Thanks for reading!

Dean Cutinelli

music blog

CSoM Newsletter … Holiday 2018

Piano LessonsCSoM Newsletter … Holiday 2018

Happy Holidays!  Everyone has their Christmas and Holiday songs practiced and ready to play! Now for that shopping list…

Winter Break!

This month, the Colorado School of Music will be taking our customary two week Holiday Break.  The school will be closed Monday December 17th 2018 through January 1st 2019. No classes will be held on these days. Classes resume January 2nd. Thank you and enjoy the Holidays!

Thank You to our Instructors…

As we reach the end of another calendar year, the Colorado School of Music wants to take a moment to recognize our dedicated staff of music instructors! We are proud and grateful to work with such a talented roster of musicians. Check out our instructors’ bios on the website to read about our instructors, and keep reading the newsletter for performance updates!  

Lessons in the New Year!

The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Give the gift of music lessons in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here is what we offer:

Piano lessons for all ages and ability levels. Looking for something specific in your piano study? We have instructors that specialize in many styles.

Guitar lessons, Electric Bass lessons or Ukulele lessons for aspiring guitarists of all ability levels and styles.

-Drum and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit or explore world rhythms.

-Vocal music lessons for aspiring singers or those looking to pass that big audition! Voice lessons for all ages and aspirations.

Violin lessons with our talented violin instructor Ida Findiku. A great choice for both young and old, private violin lessons are fun and rewarding.

-Private music lessons for school band/ orchestra instruments, including (but not limited to) trumpet and trombone lessons, flute lessons, saxophone and clarinet lessons.   

So if you’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today!

The Snow is Here…   As we head into the cold months we get questions regarding our closure policy for winter concerning snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com the morning of the day in question to announce the closure. In the event of a snow closure, your account will be credited for the next month. Due to our large schedules we don’t make personal calls regarding snow days, so please check the website when in doubt.

Thank You for Another Great Year!

The Colorado School of Music is proud to be your choice for private music lessons in Golden and the Denver metro area. Headed into our 13th year in Golden, we are proud to say that our staff currently numbers ten teachers, and our current class roster is made up of over 175 students from all over the Denver Metro area including students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Evergreen and Boulder.

We strive to provide the best in private music instruction in a productive setting and at a reasonable price. In our efforts to keep improving our service, we like to receive feedback from our students and customers about their experience with us. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the school or its policies, please feel free to contact us by email at info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or by phone, 303-526-9865. 

Happy Holidays to you from all our staff here at the Colorado School of Music.  Enjoy the break and we’ll see you in 2019! 

CSoM NEWSLETTER … November 2018

Kirk Vollack - Vocal Music and PianoCSoM NEWSLETTER … November 2018

Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Now in our twelfth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. 

Holiday Time!  Hello everyone!  With the holidays upon us, music lessons are in full swing!  We’d like to welcome all of our new students to the Colorado School of Music and say welcome back to all of our returning students! Our current roster is made up of students from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, and even as far as Genesee and Boulder!

Scheduled Holiday Closures, 2018

The Colorado School of Music will take a short break over the Holidays…

Holiday Break- Monday, Dec. 17th– Tuesday January 1st 

No classes, no charge.

ONLY TWO WEEKS OF LESSONS IN DECEMBER..

All lessons resume January 2nd. 

Gift Certificates!

Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for someone this holiday season?  The Colorado School of Music offers gift certificates for private music instruction! Give the gift of music lessons in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here are some great gift certificate ideas:

Piano lessons for all ages and ability levels. Looking for something specific in your piano study? We have instructors that specialize in many styles.

Guitar lessons, Electric Bass lessons or Ukulele lessons for aspiring guitarists of all ability levels and styles.

-Drum and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit or explore world rhythms!

Vocal music lessons for aspiring singers or those looking to pass that big audition! Voice lessons for all ages and aspirations.

Violin lessons with our talented violin instructor Ida Findiku. A great choice for both young and old, private violin lessons are fun and rewarding.

-Private music lessons for school band/ orchestra instruments, including (but not limited to) trumpet and trombone lessons, flute lessons, saxophone and clarinet lessons.   

So if you know someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a gift certificate! One-month gift certificates (4 lessons) are available for $120.00. To order a gift certificate, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today!

Please Leave a Message-

During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

Never Too Old…music lessons for adults!

Music lessons are for the young at heart, not just the young. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your love of piano or taking your guitar playing to the next level, try a private lesson with us! At the Colorado School of Music we are proud to have many adult students on our roster, studying all different disciplines. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages, and will be happy to work with you to be sure that your lessons meet your individual needs. 

Adult music lessons are available for all instruments, including guitar lessons, piano lessons, singing lessons, drums lessons, violin, and more.

Happy Holidays!