Kathryn grew up in Northern California, where she studied and participated in music from an early age. She studied classical piano with Linda Carol and Renee Witon, and participated in the Berkeley Youth Orchestra as a cellist, in the Bay Area. She completed her bachelors degree in Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2016. She completed her masters degree in Music Therapy at University of the Pacific in CA in 2022. She went on to complete a 6-month and 1,200 clinical hours Music Therapy internship at Therabeat Inc. in Woodstock, Georgia, working with children and older adults. Kathryn has many years of experience working with children, teaching private piano lessons, and is in her first Music Therapy certification cycle. Kathryn most enjoys working with children in early education, and children and adults with varying physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Since moving to CO, Kathryn has taught early childhood music education group classes, provided 1-on-1 Music Therapy sessions, and has been the Music Therapist for Adams Camp Early Start and Therapies for Hope. Kathryn is also on the board of the non-profit CAMT (Colorado Association of Music Therapy) and continues to advocate for accessible music therapy services in this state.
Drew Benito has spent the last 4-5 years traveling the US while studying, producing, and performing music. After majoring in classical piano in college, he studied under Jazz legends such as Jacob Collier, Anomalie, Jesus Molina, Cory Henry and more. Being of Latin American decent, Drew traveled Central and South American to better understand the rhythms of his roots. He also toured with a percussion ensemble around this time. Due to his diverse education, Drew has been able to adapt to perform rock, electronic, latin, jazz, r&b shows and more on over 20 different instruments.
Drew currently is the Music Director for an indie game studio and manages an online learning community. His goals are to make a home in Lakewood/Denver as he changes focus from performing to educating. His education focus is centered around students having the freedom and knowledge to create whatever they desire, not just play off of a piece of paper.
Julie McCarthy received her Bachelors at the University of Denver in Music Theory and Composition and Masters at Berklee College of Music in Film Scoring. McCarthy’s work ranges from composing for orchestras both local and international to media post-production.
Let me introduce you to Ronan Dowling, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Denver, CO, whose music is a reflection of his passion for storytelling and love for classic artists like Carol King, Bill Withers, John Mayer, Billy Joel, and the Beatles. Raised in Denver, Ronan has always had a love for music, which led him to take piano lessons at a young age. As he grew older, he began experimenting with songwriting and found that he had a natural talent for composing heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. In 2017, Ronan began attending
school at the University of Colorado Denver for songwriting. In 2021, he graduated with a BA in Music Business. Since 2020, he's been teaching music lessons in voice and piano. Although much of his musical journey is self taught, he credits the amazing educators he had along the way to where he is now as a musician. He loves to bring modern approaches into his teachings by asking the question of his students: what do you want to achieve with your instrument? His education with piano and voice was not traditional by any means, but has allowed him to excel in other areas. Such as ear training and the ability to create songs with your instrument. He believes that there is no right or wrong way to teach. It's about the students' own exploration and desire to learn that will determine what they get out of lessons.
Ronan specializes in genres such as soul, rock, R&B and pop. He plays with various bands around the Denver area, most notably his solo project (Ronan Andrews) and his band (Fresh Fruit!). He's released multiple songs under each alias listed above and continues to play out throughout the year. Music is Ronan's one absolute passion, when he's not playing or teaching, he's probably somewhere listening to music!
Heidi Schmidt was born and raised in Denver until the age of eight. From Denver she moved with her family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and has since been a citizen of the world. Coming from a musical family, Heidi started her own journey in music on the piano. From piano, she studied oboe and classical guitar at the Interlochen Arts Academy. It was there that she began to discover her love for singing and song writing. Heidi has traveled extensively interacting with different cultures and musical genres. She lived in Romania for eight and a half years where she worked as a volunteer music teacher and choral director. She produced three albums of original compositions in Romania and toured around the country as well as England, Germany, Holland, Austria , Norway, France, and Croatia.
Heidi Schmidt holds a BM in Vocal Performance in the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Program at Lamont School of Music, Denver, Co. She is the recipient of many awards and is an active performer in the greater Denver area. She is a lecturer at University of Colorado Denver and Red Rocks Community College. Heidi usesclassical technique for a basis in her instruction of voice, guitar, and piano. Having a good understanding of the instrument and how it works is vital to growth as a musician. Concurrently, she works with students to reach their own personal goals as growing musicians. She teaches all styles of vocal technique including classical, jazz, pop, folk, and musical theatre. She loves to work with singer songwriters in guitar/piano instruction, composition techniques, and lyrical content. She teaches beginning to intermediate guitar, both classical and folk/rock styles. She also teaches beginning piano and piano for song writing.