Why is West Colfax Academy Colorado's #1 Choice for Music Lessons?

We've been a part of the West Denver community for 26 years. Our school has THE best selection of private music lesson under one roof.

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We have an Official Safety Plan at our Lakewood Music School!

In order to keep our students, staff, and teachers safe, we have implemented a Family Safety Plan in our school! This includes glass windows on most lesson rooms to foster transparency between teachers and parents, full-time Lakewood office staff so that students and teachers are never left unsupervised, requiring extensive background checks of all of our Lakewood teachers and staff, and an open-door policy for parents, which means that they’re always invited to sit in on their child’s lessons.

14 Benefits of Becoming an Academy Student


1. Many, many instruments offered...

Piano, Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Voice, Ukulele, Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass…We are the only school in Lakewood and the Front Range that offers all of these popular instruments in one location. We are also the only school in the Front range with the multi-media capability and connectivity of Teacher Zone.

2. One of the largest and most qualified staff of teaching faculty in Lakewood and all of Colorado.

We have 20 music teachers, all with either college degrees or professional performance experience. With several music teachers for every instrument, we have the right teachers to meet your music lesson needs. Our teachers have warm personalities, and they are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them.

3. Music lesson times available six days a week!

We have lessons from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule. 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Friday.

4. A proven track record of excellence since 1996 and have served over 3,000 families!

Founded in the owner's home in Golden. Within a year, grew to 00 students. Moved in 2015 and renamed in 2019, The Academy has a proven record of quality music lessons. Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Ukulele, Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Harp,and more. Trusted by the community for over twenty-five years!

5. Comfortable for parents.

With over 10,000 square feet of studio space, we have numerous areas for parents to stretch out and relax. Browse the 6,000 sq ft music store. Choose to peak into your child’s lesson at any time... you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

6. Technologically advanced and fully stocked music lesson rooms!

Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, full drum electric kits with pads, keyboards, pianos, and more. All you need to bring is your instrument and your music. We spared no expense on our studios to make them support the learning process. Technology is a big part of lessons at the West Colfax Academy. We focus on providing lessons that are fresh and engaging. With Teacher-Zone we're providing a cutting edge
lesson experience.

7. Free music recitals in our community and annual student showcases with NO participation fees!

We are one of the only music schools in Denver that offers free
recitals with a piano in a first-class hall. Every parent wants to know how their child is doing and if they are progressing and to understand if their investment in lessons are worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital held in May, July and December.

8. Professional office staff to serve you.

We are the only music school in Colorado that offers full time professional customer service for their students seven days a week. Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner or more commonly an answering machine. We have a large friendly team who are available in Golden Music to assist our clients quickly and professionally. On top of that, the Golden Music staff can help with your product needs!

9. Music Achievement Program

Offering awards for you to decorate wristbands, book bags, lanyards or your choice to celebrate musical achievement. The Musical Achievement Program is our unique method. When our students have a musical achievement test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, and
their teachers are proud. The MAP program only available at West Colfax Academy.

10. Student Discount Cards

We are the only music school in Colorado that offers student discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year. In our community is Golden Music which has Colorado’s largest selection of music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music
supply needs.

11. Early morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.

Since we are the largest school in Lakewood and the state of Colorado, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 8 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

12. Located in Lakewood on Colfax, near Kipling

Under five minutes from 6th Ave and under 10 minutes from I 70, Highlands, and Downtown Denver. Our school is convenient to all areas of the Denver Metro area and the Mountains. We have students who call it an easy drive from Evergreen, Conifer, Morrison. Free on-site parking available. You will find great shopping (Mills Mall) and dining (Simms Landing, The Cave) and we are only 10 minutes from Highlands or Downtown Denver.

13. Picture Day.

We are the only music school in Lakewood, West Denver and the Front Range that offers a picture day for their students. Every Spring and Fall we host a free picture day with professional photographer. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

14. Month-to-Month Lessons

The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis. If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here, and we will not commit you to a long-term contract.

Meet the Director

The ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. West Colfax Academy has made substantial investments in our facility and elite faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy. If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a musician, songwriter and music professor, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help West Colfax students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.

Mary Brainerd Founder and Director, West Colfax Academy and Golden Music