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

            West Colfax Academy is Here to Nurture and Protect Community Through Music Making - Protecting the Mind, Body and Soul of Our Peoples through Music Making. We teach over 200 students from ages 4 to adult. Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, electric & acoustic Guitar, Drums, electric bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice, Song Writing, Flute, Clarinet Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass all taught under one roof.

            Our Teachers Make the Difference! We Believe in Creating a Feeling of Community and Home!

            Starting your lessons in an environment where you feel comfortable, a place like home, that inspires learning and creativity is key. The professional musicians that come to Golden Music have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Fiddler’s Green, yet their greatest achievements and strengths are empowering their students to grow and beginners are the focus of our school.

            One Convenient Stop for All Your Musical Needs!

            Schedule all the family members at the same time and get all your supplies from Golden Music, our building host! The offer an affordable and flexible Rent-to-Own program for your instruments needs. Excellent service, advise and products at reasonable prices!

            14 Benefits of becoming an Academy student:

            1. Piano, Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Voice, Ukulele, Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass…

            We are the only school in 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 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 seven days a week!

            We are the only music school in Colorado that offers music lessons seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule. 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

            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 300 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, and more. Trusted by the community for over twenty-three 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 grand 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 and December.

            8. Professional office staff seven days a week 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 – MAP

            Offering Trophies, certificates, medals, and award wristbands to celebrate musical achievement. We are the only music school in Colorado that awards special color wristband bracelets, trophies, AND certificates for reaching goals in 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 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 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, Rubios), and we are only 10 minutes from Highlands or Downtown Denver.

            13. Picture Day.

            We are the only music school in 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.

            IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH? NOW ANNOUNCING – TEACHER ZONE – Learning Media Connection for Music Schools

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            So many things to remember these days. Our system includes texting, email and chat with automatic reminders built in! Our internal communication system makes sure that your students are in the know and we keep a record for all communications (recent law requires that minors do not text one on one with adult teachers). You will also get reminders for the student and yourself to practice daily, scheduling reminders and more. There are features for student & group chat, weekly assignment notifications, daily practice reminders, schedule reminders. Parents also have a login and reminder system. Can’t get into a lesson due to weather or car trouble? We offer you to take an online lesson. Our teachers can assign practice exercises for you and more! We help you practice more with our daily reminders and multi-media assignments.

            Meet the Director

            Mary Brainerd

            Mary traces her love of music back to piano lessons as a four year old with the famous Shaak Family Studio in Denver. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Piano performance, Master of Music in Organ performance and an MBA, she focused on finding her niche in the music world with free lancing, church organist jobs. Finally, she opened Golden Music in 1996 with a partner and found her love - helping families with THEIR musical needs She still plays music more of an artist rather than a gigging musician. She taught piano for many years prior to Golden Music also. She and her first Partner, Mike Roller (now deceased), grew the music school fast and furious including building sound proof studios. Mary is delighted to be back in charge of the music school... "It feels so natural to be working in the music school community again. I love it! and I can't wait to get to know all of you personally!"

            Upcoming Events

            May Recitals 2020 exact dates coming soon

            Spring Season 2020