Lessons/Programs 2015-2016


little girl playing ukulele

Winter/Spring Term: January 4, 2016-May 28, 2016

The Center for Musical Arts provides music programs for all regardless of age, ability, cultural background, or financial means. We provide tuition assistance and low-cost, sliding scale instrument rentals from an instrument bank of almost 300 instruments to ensure that everyone can participate. We also have free demonstration classes for our Music Together and Dalcroze programs.


Private Lessons

Winter/Spring Term: January 4, 2016-May 28, 2016

Weekly private lessons can be arranged for 30,45, or 60 minutes.
Students may begin lessons at any time during the year. It is the student’s responsibility to have a working instrument. The registrar can advise students about various rental options including our Instrument Bank that operates on a sliding scale. If you are new to private lessons or are changing teachers or instruments, a paid, three-week trial lesson period is offered to ensure you are matched appropriately with the instrument and/or instructor.
All students enrolled in private lessons have the opportunity to:

  • Perform in studio, department, and school-wide recitals and community performances
  • Utilize practice rooms and performance spaces
  • Receive discounts to concerts throughout the year

Our instructors are a diverse group of skilled, dedicated music educators and professional performers who share a strong belief in the pure joy of making music. They hold degrees from leading university and conservatory programs throughout the country and abroad and are experienced working with students of all ages and abilities. Please click HERE for expanded information on our faculty.
30 minutes- $27
45 minutes- $37
60 minutes- $50
Lessons scheduled before 2:30pm Monday- Friday receive a 10% discount.
By enrolling in lessons, students agree and abide with the policies linked here. Please let the Student Services Office know if you have questions. REGISTER NOW

Re-enrollment Deadlines
When enrolling for private lessons in the Fall Term, you may choose to have your scheduled lessons through the Winter/Spring Term. If you do not choose that option, current students are offered the opportunity to reserve their day, time, and/or teacher for upcoming semesters before new students may enroll. The deadlines are:

Term Deadline
Winter/ Spring 2016 November 30, 2015
Summer 2016 May 2, 2016
Fall 2016 July 6, 2016

Group Lessons
Vocal, instrumental, theory, and composition lessons may be taken in groups of two to four students of similar ability. After two terms, it is recommended that students enroll in private lessons. Scheduling arrangements will be coordinated among students and faculty through the Student Services Office.
45 minutes- $45
60 minutes- $55

Note: These rates are the total cost per lesson. The cost is divided among students 2-4. REGISTER NOW

Suzuki Group Lessons
Ages:4yr and up
Winter/Spring: Saturdays  Jan 9, Feb 6, March 12, April 9, May 14.
Time: 1-5pm (placed in one hour groups by Dr. Setlik Jones and Ms. Grout)
1pm 4-6yr, 2pm 7-9yr, 3pm 10-12yr, 4pm 13yrs and up
Dec 12 Dalcroze class 1pm,4-6yr, 2pm 7-10yr, 3pm 11yr and up
Tuition: $135/year
Instructor: Amanda Setlik Jones & Barb Grout REGISTER NOW

Ages: All

Winter/Spring: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22,3/7, 3/14, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23
Beginning and mixed Book 1; 4-4:45pm| Founder’s Hall
Book 2; 4:45-5:30pm


Winter/Spring: 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28
Pre-twinkle  Beginning Book 1; 10:30-11:15am | Studio 1
Mid Book 1;  Book 2  11:15-12pm  Studio 7

Winter/Spring Tuition: $150
Instructor: Mei Mey Segura Wang & Sarah Murray REGISTER NOW

Ages: All
Winter/Spring: 1/10, 2/21, 3/13, 4/10, 5/15
Time: 4:15-8:30pm (placed in groups by Ms. Brennand)
Tuition: $75/fall

Winter/ Spring Recitall:  5/22 at 5 pm
Instructor: Anne Brennand REGISTER NOW


Community Music Classes and Ensembles
Ukulele Social Club
Level Ib –Advanced Beginner

Level Ib will help take your playing to the next level. This class is for the player who has taken Level Ia or who considers themselves an advanced beginner and already knows basic chords and strums. The class will focus on more difficult chords and strumming patterns and how to move efficiently from chord-to-chord through fun, song-based lessons. Come join friends and neighbors at the CMA to make music together in a relaxed setting and become a part of the fast growing, world-wide community of ukulele enthusiasts. Each session includes both group instruction and playing time. You can bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA (pending availability). Baritones are welcome however this class is geared to C6 (G,C,E,A) tuning.
Ages: Adult
Winter/Spring: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14 (6 classes)
Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm, Studio 7
Tuition: $70/term
Instructor: Sarah Goodroad REGISTER NOW

Level II – Intermediate

You’ve learned the basics, now take your playing to the next level. Lessons in this class include more advanced strumming techniques, reading tablature and music notation, and how to jazz up your playing with riffs, chords up the neck, improvising, and more! Each session includes both group instruction and playing time, and of course, the social element of Social Club where you get to share ideas and learn from fellow classmates. Each session includes both group instruction and playing time. You can bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA (pending availability). Baritones are welcome however this class is geared to C6 (G,C,E,A) tuning.

Ages: Adult
Winter/Spring: 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26 (6 classes)
Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm, Studio 7
Tuition: $70/term
Instructor: Sarah Goodroad REGISTER NOW

Rocky Mountain Concert Band
Whether you have been playing for a short time, a long time, or a long time ago, this group is open to woodwinds, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. No formal audition if required but participants are expected to know major scales and be comfortable with intermediate repertoire that will encompass all genres including popular, march, and symphonic. At least two public performances are held during the year.
Ages: High school and up; middle school considered with audition and approval of music teacher
Winter/Spring: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Time: 7-9pm, Founders Hall
Winter/Spring Concert:  May 12| Founders Hall 7:00 pm
Winter/Spring tuition: $125 for 15 classes
Instructor: Carrie Blosser REGISTER NOW

Early Childhood Studies
Music Together
Music Together® is an internationally recognized, research based, early childhood music program for toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them.
In a Music Together®-Mixed Age class, participants experience songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Activities are presented as playful, non-performance oriented musical experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability. Children are given the freedom to participate as they choose and caregivers are encouraged to continue the musical learning at home by listening to the CDs and enjoying musical play. Infants 8 months and under may attend classes for free with an enrolled sibling. Family and friends are always welcome to visit. For more information about Music Together®, visit www.musictogether.com
Ages: Birth to five and their caregiver
Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday
Winter:  Begins January 12 ( 10 classes)
Day: Tuesday  9:00am-9:45am or 10:00am-10:45am, 11:00-11:45am;    Wednesday/ Friday/ Saturday: 9:00am-9:45am or 10:00am-10:45am
Winer Tuition: Winter $170
Spring: Begins April 5 (8 classes)
Day: Tuesday  9:00am-9:45am or 10:00am-10:45am, 11:00-11:45am;    Wednesday/ Friday/ Saturday: 9:00am-9:45am or 10:00am-10:45am
Spring Tuition: $140; sibling $70
Includes: CD and digital download recordings, musical activity book, and Music Together newsletter
Instructors: Tuesdays– Dar Zerwekh-Reardon; Wednesdays, and Fridays  –  Kat Fritz
Attend one of our FREE Music Together demo classes!

  • Saturday, August 29 at 10am-Faith
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 10am-Dar
  • Wednesday, September 2 at 10am-Faith
  • Friday, September 4 at 10am-Faith

Reservations required: 303-665-0599 x100 or brace@COmusic.org. REGISTER NOW
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Vocal Music of Gesualdo for Viols
Time: 10:50am – 12:20pm in Founders Hall
Days: April 8,22,29; May 6,13,20
Tuition:  $150 for 6 classes

Meet the Instruments

Explore woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, and keyboard instruments with various CMA faculty members. Each class will feature a different instrument “family.” Students will see, hear, and have the opportunity to play each instrument! This is a wonderful introduction to the instruments for a child who may want to take lessons but is not sure which instrument sparks his/her imagination.

Ages: 4-6, with parent or caregiver
Days: Fridays (4 classes)
Schedule: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26
Time: 4:15pm-5:15pm
Tuition: $60/term
Instructor: Kendall Cook, faculty coordinator REGISTER NOW

Ages: 6+ 
Days: Fridays (4 classes)
Schedule: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26
Time: 5-5:45pm
Tuition: $60/term
Instructor: Kendall Cook, faculty coordinator REGISTER NOW

Music Therapy
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by an accredited professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. CMA Offers both individual and small group sessions by board certified music therapists. Contact the Student Services Office for more information.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Groups

Through fun musical games and activities, these classes will address important skills such as problem solving, perspective taking, conversation skills, and social and pragmatic abilities. No more than five students will be enrolled in each class. Instructor Amanda Bryant (MT-BC NMT) is a board certified music therapist who specializes in autism, and is a service provider through Imagine!, North Metro Community Services, and DDRC. A conversation with Ms. Bryant is required to discuss the goals and learning styles before placing a student in any of these programs.

Social Skills/Music Jam Group 1 will focus on intermediate level, age-appropriate, social and pragmatic skills related to conversation skills (interpreting both verbal and nonverbal cues), changing topics, shifting attention between speakers, perspective taking, prosody, social negotiation, and, of course, friendship building!

Social Skills/Music Jam Group 2 will focus on emerging social/communication skills and increasing social engagement in general. Skills emphasized include social attention, group participation, greetings, questions/answers, paired play, turn taking, and non- verbal or emerging verbal skills.

Piano Skills/Music Theory Games Group will address musicianship skills and navigating social and communication skills through theory games and piano performance for students who are interested in beginning level piano and music. Piano instruction will be adapted to fit the learners as they challenge themselves at their individual level. Each class will involve piano play as well as music theory games with peers to address social and behavioral goals in a fun group setting.

Drumming Skills Group will address drumming games and basic music theory for 8-12 year-olds with high functioning ASD. This group will allow kids to practice social and communication pragmatic skills as well as behavior management skills such as impulse control, self-regulation, and listening and responding while learning rhythm concepts.

Ages: 8-14
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:45pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-5:15pm
Tuesday Winter Session 1: 1/5-2/23
Tuesday Winter Session 2: 3/1-4/26

No Class Dates: 11/13, 11/24, 11/27, 3/22
Tuition: $210 or $280/Term depending upon number of classes
Instructor: Amanda Bryant REGISTER NOW

Dalcroze Education

Dalcroze Education with Katie Couch

Dalcroze Education is a unique and powerful foundation in music for individuals of all ages and levels of musicianship. In this method, theory always follows practice; musical concepts are felt intuitively in the body in multifaceted ways before the process of cognitive analysis begins. Musical concepts are explored through social, interactive, and experiential methods that invite the students to trust their ideas, develop their intuition, and create a meaningful musical vocabulary. Presented in collaboration with Dalcroze School of the Rockies.



Engaging activities reinforce concepts such as understanding written rhythm, music and movement, developing a singing voice, using props in creative ways, learning about spatial awareness, working with others, and much more. After each class, students take home song literature and written work to complete with parents.

Attend a FREE Intro to Eurhythmics demo classes!

  • Thursday, Sept 3 3:30 or 4:30pm

Reservations required: 303-665-0599 x100 or brace@COmusic.org. REGISTER NOW



Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:15pm
Winter/Spring:1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16       (16classes) (no class on 1/18, 3/21, 3/28)
Ages: 5-7
Day/Time: Mondays, 4:15-5pm
Full Year: September 14-December 14 (13 classes) and Starts January 11(16 classes) (no class on 1/18, 3/21, 3/28)
Ages: 4-5
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30pm
Winter/Spring:$245 January 20-May 18 (16 classes) (no class on 3/23, 3/30)

Tuition: $430/year
Instructor: Katie Couch REGISTER NOW

Rhythmic Solfège I, II and III

The Dalcroze™ Rhythmic-Solfège™ sequence will provide students with all of the necessary building blocks to achieve success at their own instrument. This process-oriented program builds on the work begun in Eurhythmics, maintaining the Dalcrozian tenants of joy, discovery, and experiential education as its foundation, and begins to delve more deeply into musical subjects and literature. Assignments on a keyboard percussion instrument and homework will be a regular part of the curriculum, as well as a commitment from both parent and child to practice together at least 10 minutes each day, 5 days each week. This program is modeled after similar models in Western Europe, where the goal is to provide thorough, comprehensive musicianship and of the material.

Tuition: $500/year
Instructor: Katie Couch

Rhythmic Solfège I
Ages: 6-12
Day/Time: Thursdays 4-5pm
Winter/Spring: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19     (17 classes) (no class on 3/24, 3/31 ) REGISTER NOW

Rhythmic Solfège II
Ages: 6-12
Day/Time: Thursdays, 5-6pm
Winter/Spring: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19     (17 classes) (no class on 3/24, 3/31 ) REGISTER NOW

Rhythmic Solfège III
Ages: 6-12
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6-7pm
Winter/Spring: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19     (17 classes) (no class on 3/24, 3/31 ) REGISTER NOW

Jazz Studies
CMA Jazz Ensemble
This large group will explore all forms of jazz with an emphasis on improvisation. Instruments may include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, and drum set. Depending upon instrumentation, the group will play standard jazz charts and/or use fake book material. Participants should have some background in jazz ensemble playing. New members are accepted through the third rehearsal of each term. The CMA Jazz Ensemble will travel to Dazzle and the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in April 2016. New members – Director permission/audition is required before enrolling. *Parallel ensemble required for public school students.

Ages: High school and up, intermediate playing level and up
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Winter/Spring: January 13 – May 11, 2016 (16 classes); no class: Feb 3, March 23
Concerts: May 18 | Founders, 7pm; May 25 | Dazzle Jazz club, Denver ,  7pm
Tuition: Spring – $220 REGISTER NOW

CMA Jazz Combos
The combo setting provides an in-depth study of jazz improvisation. Combos will be formed based on experience and ability. Performance opportunities will be a part of each session. The Advanced Combo will travel to Dazzle and the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in April 2016. Every participant should plan to attend the first Monday and Wednesday times as an audition for group placement. Mr. C will contact you with more details. If enrollment permits, additional number of combos may be offered. *Parallel ensemble required for public school students.

Ages: High School and up

Day: Monday
Time: Group 1. 6:00pm-7:00pm;   Group 2.  7:00pm – 8:00pm
Winter/Spring:January 11 – May 9 (16 classes); no class : Feb 15, March 21
Concert: May 16 | Founders Hall, 7pm
Tuition: Spring – $204 REGISTER NOW

Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Winter/Spring:January 13- May 11 (16 classes); no class: Feb 3, March 23
Concert: May 18 | Founders Hall, 7pm ; May 25, Dazzle Jazz club, Denver
Tuition: Spring – $204 REGISTER NOW

Broadway Studies

Broadway Boomers
Adults, come and play! Many of you have raised kids, paid taxes, worked hard, walked your dogs over hills and dales, and now it’s your time to let loose. This unique class is for older adults who love to sing and are inspired to perform Broadway musical theater. Whether you’ve sung opera, musical theater, jazz or you prefer vocalizing in the shower, you will receive expert guidance and support as you perform solos, duets, trios, and larger group numbers. This is a FULL year class.

Ages: 40 and up
Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:00am-12:30pm; Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Winter/Spring: Saturdays: January 9-April 9 (dress rehearsal on Tuesday, March 1 6:30-9:30pm) (no class March 5, March 19, March 26) (14 classes)
Tuesdays: January 12-April 9 (dress rehearsal on Tuesday March 15, 6:30-9:30pm, Founders Hall) (no class March 1, March 22, April 5) (13 classes)


Saturday class: March 4|Founders Hall 7pm, March 6| Founders Hall4pm, March 12|TBD, April 2| TBD ;

Tuesday class; March 8 |TBD, March 18 |7pm Founders Hall, March 20| 4pm Founders Hall, March 29 |TBD

Tuition: $625/year.
Instructors: Faye Nepon, director; Deborah Schmit Lobis and Trent Hines, musical collaborators REGISTER NOW

For the first time ever, CMA is offering a DANCE class for adults! Taught by Boulder’s DANCING WITH THE STARS instructor Allison Johnson, http://www.lovelaughdance.com, this class is designed for both beginners and intermediates, with no prerequisites. If you have longed to move your body in a new way, come and try a wide variety of dance styles such as Latin, Ballroom, Jazz, and Broadway, and learn some stage movement techniques, as well!
Ages: Adults 21 and Up
Day/Time: Saturdays from 2-2:55 PM

Winter/Spring tuition: $90 for 9 classes
Instructor: Allison Johnson
Attire: Jazz shoes and comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement. REGISTER NOW

Showstoppers Glee Club!
This exciting Glee Club is for anyone from 14 to 104 who loves or longs to sing Broadway show tunes in an ensemble. No audition is required, but gleeful passion (and an informal conversation with the director) is a must!
Ages: 14 and up
Day: Mondays
Time: 7 -9pm, Grimes Hall
Winter/Spring: 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22,  3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9  (14 classes)

NO classes: 1/18 & 3/21
Concerts: May 13| Founders Hall,  7:30pm
Winter/Spring: $240
Instructors: Faye Nepon , director and Katie Couch, musical collaborator REGISTER NOW

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