CLARINET:  During clarinet lessons students learn all aspects of technique and musicianship to master an instrument.  From the very beginning of putting it together, holding without causing tension/posture to clarinet technique, sound development, breath control, reading music, improvisation, music theory, rhythm reading and ear training and more.

 

SAXOPHONE:  Beginning students start with the fundamentals of playing saxophone, such as learning efficient breathing and air stream. Advanced students continue to progress in their saxophone lessons with gradually challenging exercises, developing an even tone, and learning correct hand and finger positioning, while learning more significant saxophone repertoire. Saxophone lessons include theory, ear training, sight-reading, technique, and history.

 

 

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Gabrielle Zelek, Saxophone

Gabriella is a professional saxophone player with over four years of teaching experience. Gabriella is passionate about playing both classical and jazz music and is frequently gigging around the Denver area with her band People in Between. Gabriella will graduate from the University of Colorado in 2022 with her bachelor's degree in saxophone performance. She is also proficient in conducting small ensembles, writing music and arranging music for various instruments.  She enjoys teaching very much and looks forward to meeting you!

 

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Dee Calfee, Clarinet

Music has allways been a part of my life.  I was born into a family that music was important as      part of life.  My mom played the piano and would play something -- lets say a waltz and we kids would waltz around the room, or she would play a march and we would go marching around.  Mom was teaching the neighborhood kids piano and my older sister wanted to learn, so she started to teach her and as I got old enough, began to teach me.  We always sang in the children's choir at our church.  When I got old enough to start the band or orchestra at school, I picked Clarinet--it was black and had a lot of keys on it. We always had lessons on our instrument of choice--consequently  I was always top in the band. When we moved to Boulder I started to take lessons from the clarinet professor at the University.  At the age of 14 or 1 I was playing in the University band at CU during the summer and attended the music camp the university had for middle school and high school kids.  After High school, I attended school at CU in the College of Music as a music performance major playing both clarinet in the band  and recorder in their early music group.  After college I started teaching both clarinet and recorder.”

    She currently lives in the mountains with her 2 birds, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a horse and a llama.  

 

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Mark Harris, Saxophone, Clarinet
He is currently the Assistant Professor of Studio Saxophone at Metropolitan State University of Denver. After brief distractions of basketball and tennis in high school (Go Pomona Panthers!!), Mark found his way to the saxophone and music at CU in Boulder.  He has been a teacher at Golden Music for over 15 years.
 
from Mark:  I have had a fair bit of experience playing, from doing solo classical recitals to playing with many many bands- including Thinking Plague, Hamster Theatre, momen terra, Random Axe, the boulder Creative Music Ensemble, Monkey Siren, Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles, recording with all those, and Fred Hess, and Ron Miles, and various one off recordings etc- I have been fortunate to have had some excellent students who now are doing quite amazing things in the music world.

  

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