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DAVID ROTHKOPF

Guitar | Bass | Piano | Drums

David teaches guitar, bass, beginner piano and beginner drums. He first started on drums as a youngster, playing Beatles covers with his dad. During his teens he got into pop/punk and expanded his repertoire to include other instruments. Today he likes playing and teaching in all different styles.

David wants students to have fun; learning songs they like in a relaxed atmosphere. He also seeks to help students gain a solid foundation in music theory including reading music, and understanding scales, chords, harmony, melody, and last but not least, rhythm.

 

By combining joy and raw emotions with the logical understanding of music theory, he believes we can uniquely express ourselves on our instruments and be the best musicians we can be.

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EVAN JELLEY

Piano | Guitar | Voice  | Songwriting

Evan Jelley is a Colorado based singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer. Evan’s two primary loves in music (and teaching) are piano and songwriting. As a pianist, he plays a wide range of styles but is most commonly drawn to classical (especially baroque) and jazz. As a songwriter, he draws influence from genres as disparate as 60s folk revival and early hip hop.

 

Evan’s teaching style is conscientious, engaging, goal oriented, and encouraging. He believes that establishing fundamentals in both technique, theory, and expression allow students the possibility for optimal enjoyment of their instrument for years to come. Relying primarily on intrinsic reward systems along with external strategies, he makes enjoyment of music and the satisfaction of achievement the central engine for a student’s success.

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BRITTANY PAVULAAN

Piano | Voice 

Brittany Pavulaan is a contemporary vocalist with over 9 years of vocal instruction experience. Graduating from George Mason University in Integrative Studies with a concentration in education, Brittany has a background instructing students of all ages, backgrounds, and vocal abilities. She has studied both classical vocal performance, composition and music theory, as well as experience performing in local rock bands throughout her life.

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RONAN DOWLING

Piano | Voice

Ronan Dowling began playing music in Minnesota when he was 6 years old. Piano was his first instrument but he came to love singing in high school. Since then, he knew music was his ultimate passion, and attended the University of Colorado Denver to pursue a degree in Songwriting and Music Business. Ronan has written over 50 original songs and plays out with local Denver bands Fresh Fruit!, Messenger Music Collective, and Grace Divine. With only a couple years of teaching under his belt, there's still much to learn as a music educator, but he's excited for the challenge and has absolutely loved teaching up to this point. He's a firm believer that music is all about self expression. Technique and repetition are obviously important, but how does music make you feel, when your fingers touch the instrument to when the first note is played, it's all about feel and creativity.

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CONNOR TERRONES

Piano | Guitar | Bass | Voice | Ukulele

Connor Terrones is a Denver-based music teacher, performer, songwriter and producer. He grew up in Colorado Springs and fell in love with the guitar as a teenager when he discovered rock music. Connor attended the University of Northern Colorado to obtain a Bachelor’s in Music Performance in Jazz Studies. Since graduating from UNC in 2016, he has taught many students of various ages and experience levels and performed extensively inside and outside of Colorado.

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EM KIVI

Violin | Viola | Piano

Em Kivi is fascinated by the effect of music on the body. They believe that everyone should have the chance to experience the joys of playing an instrument, without having to worry about affording it. They grew up in a family surrounded by music, and their parents wanted their children to learn, although neither of them played an instrument. 

 

Em started violin when they were four years old, and piano at five, studying through the Suzuki method with Frances Van Dorn in Bemidji, MN. They participated in orchestra throughout elementary, middle, and high schools, where they learned how to collaborate with others. Their first leadership position came as the concertmaster of the Bemidji High School Orchestra.

 

They attended St. Cloud State University for a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, studying with Dr. Marion Judish. They also participated in the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra and led the university orchestra as concertmaster. Currently they are attending the University of Denver for a Graduate Degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in the Suzuki Method. They have been teaching for three years, and they hope to continue teaching violin and piano lessons throughout their lifetime, helping children to experience the joys of learning music.

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JEANNE TURNER

Piano | Violin | Cello

Jeanne has been a music instructor, private, small group, as well as general music, band, and orchestra, for the past 25+ years.  She holds her BA from the Fort Lewis College of Music, Piano Performance. Additional training and certification in the “Let’s Start Music” program, Ventura, Ca.

Her piano performance history includes solo and collaborative, classical, jazz, pop, Celtic styles. Church organist and pianist, wedding and special occasion pianist. Accompanist for musical theatre productions, choirs, and individual vocalists and instrumentalists. National Guild international winner for piano. She is a member and past adjudicator for National Guild and Certificate of Merit programs.

Styles taught: classical, pop, jazz, music theatre, liturgical music, Celtic music, basic musicianship and theory. She has taught in several prestigious music academies, including Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette, Co., Bietry Broadmoor Academy of Music, Colorado Springs, Co., and currently Forte Academy, Centennial and Littleton, Co.

Jeanne provides individualized plans for each student, adhering to Forte’s proven and comprehensive curriculum. She has taught all ages- 4 to 80+.  She believes music, as an art form, should be presented in a manner that fosters creativity, while maintaining core structure and appreciation for a composer’s intent.   Jeanne has a very supportive, nurturing and relaxed approach. She believes learning is a two- way street, and open communication is a key component of learning.

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TIM GIRARD

Drums | Piano  l  Guitar

Tim Girard received a BM in Composition from the University of Rhode Island in 2001, and between 2001 and 2011 he did a variety of teaching, performing, and composing. He taught private lessons on snare drum, drum set, percussion, music theory, and composition as well as beginning piano, guitar, and bass guitar at More Than Music and The Purple Piano, and he was the Classical Percussion Instructor at the Community College of Rhode Island. For two seasons he was the Drumline Instructor for the Franklin High School Marching Band, and for 10 seasons he was the Drumline Instructor for the URI Ram Marching Band. As a percussionist he performed with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony, The American Band, Milford Concert Band, Symphony Pro Musica, Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, Brown Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and Wheaton College Wind Ensemble. He also played drum set for musicals at the Prout School, Johnson and Wales University, and Franklin High School. He was also commissioned to compose music for the Woonsocket High School Concert Band, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, the Ocean State Youth Orchestra, the Ocean State Music Collaborative, and the URI Concert Band.

 

In 2011 Tim moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Music Theory II, Aural Skills II, and Orchestration until he received his M.M. in Composition in 2013. Since graduating he has kept himself busy teaching and composing. He has been tutoring college students in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Technology, and for one season he was the Drumline Instructor for the Castle View High School Marching Band. For two seasons, he was the Composer for Opera Colorado’s Page to Stage program, and he has had numerous orchestral works performed at the Lamont Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Concerts. He has also collaborated with local directors and has composed the music to various podcasts, video games, and short films, including LEGO stop-motion animated films, and the trailer for a Star Wars fan film.

 

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DR. DMITRI POGORELOV

Violin | Viola | Piano

Dmitri joined the Colorado Symphony in 2018 as the Fixed Fourth Chair/First Violin. Previously he performed with the Phoenix Symphony, and Chicago Symphony's Civic Orchestra. 

A passionate educator, Dmitri has been sharing his love for music with students across the United States for nearly 20 years, teaching violin, viola, piano, and coaching orchestras and chamber groups. He has taught college level musicians at Northwestern University (Illinois), Western Michigan University (Michigan), and Lenoir-Rhyne University (North Carolina). He has worked with music lovers of every age and skill level at Kontras Quartet Workshop/Suzuki Institute (Virginia), Pine Crest School (Florida), New Art Center (North Carolina), and Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine), among other places.

An avid chamber musician, Dmitri was a founding member and first violinist with the Kontras Quartet. He also performed with members of GRAMMY-winning and nominated ensembles such as Vermeer, Avalon, and Spektral string quartets, Eighth Blackbird, the Lincoln Trio, Ibis Camerata, as well as principal players of the leading American and European orchestras. 

As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra concertmaster Dmitri has performed on four continents including prestigious venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, and WFMT Chicago. 

Dmitri has collaborated with renowned jazz and bluegrass artists including Branford Marsalis, the Kruger Brothers, and Steve Martin, performing on main stages of the Telluride, Rocky Grass, MerleFest, and IBMA festivals. Dmitri can be heard on recordings of chamber music by Gunthur Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Eric Ewazen, Kevin Volans, Dan Visconti, and Jens Krüger.

Dmitri was born in Russia to a family of professional musicians. Dr. Pogorelov holds degrees in Music performance from Northwestern University (DMA), Depaul University (MM), and Lynn University (BM), having studied with Gerardo Ribeiro, Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, and Sergiu Schwartz.

Dmitri lives in Littleton with his fiancée Emily. When not teaching or playing the violin, he enjoys exploring national parks, hiking, cooking, and watching soccer. 

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NATALIE GALEY*

Voice | Piano | Guitar | Littletunes | Group Piano | Group Voice

Natalie Galey is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist and educator based in Denver, Colorado. She has performed and collaborated with numerous top-name performers and ensembles, including New York Voices founding members Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader, and studied with jazz heavy-weights Theo Bleckmann, Dave Liebman, and Jim McNeely. She has performed in both the Chicago and New York jazz and pop scene, in venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field. She uses her background in jazz, blues, and rock to bring creativity and spontaneity into her classes and believes that music should be fun first and foremost. She carries her love of music into the classroom, and encourages play, growth, and creative exploration with every song, and strives to build community and friendships through song.

 

Natalie has an equal passion for educating and performing. She received her Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree in 2011 and her Master of Music Education at Columbia University in 2013. She has had the opportunity to study under Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Gretchen Parlato, Rodney Whitaker, and Sunny Wilkinson. Natalie was raised in a rich musical environment, playing guitar, piano, singing, and songwriting from an early age. Her compositions are an eclectic fusion of jazz, blues, rock, and soul. As a singer of wide-ranging styles, she has established a reputation as a flexible and talented soloist, as well as a creative and reflective educator. She relocated to the Denver area and joined the Pirisen family in July 2019.

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ERIC WEIDMAN

Drums |  Piano

Eric Weidman is a drummer and pianist who has over 15 years of experience performing rock, pop, blues, jazz and funk. He has graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor’s in Music and Audio Engineering, and a minor in Music Business. Over the years, Eric’s passion for teaching drums, piano and occasional production courses has continued to grow, and this passion is reflected in the success of his students. As a teacher, Eric’s mission is not only to help students develop musical excellence and diverse skills, but also to help them emotionally connect to music and become lifelong music lovers. He aims to inspire positive learning and help students think critically and creatively as they develop the skills and appreciation they need to achieve their goals. 

 

In addition to playing and teaching drums and piano, Eric also has a strong passion for songwriting and electronic production. He has been producing music on the side for over 5 years and has had a number of successful songs signed to illustrious labels including Artist Intelligence Agency, better known as EDM.com and has been featured on OneEDM, the #1 EDM news source.

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DIANE WIELAND*

Piano

Diane Wieland is a passionate and dedicated teacher who teaches piano to students of all ages. Diane has been involved with music her entire life, starting when she was just six years old. She is a classically trained pianist, but also loves to play and teach pop and rock music. She worked at Imagine a Better World Recording Studio as a songwriter and producer for six years. After her time there, she began working as a Learning Specialist at Bear Creek K-8 School.

 

Diane is very excited to be a piano teacher at Pirisen! She believes that learning to play a musical instrument encourages students to excel in life skills such as having fun, problem solving, maintaining focus, developing discipline, and enjoying the results of hard work.

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ALEX NEWTON

Guitar | Bass | Piano

Alex Newton teaches guitar, bass, and piano. He began studying and playing the guitar at 10 years old. Alex received his Bachelor's of Science with an emphasis in Jazz from the University of Colorado at Denver. Alex has performed all around Colorado with multiple bands, including headlining Denver's Jazz at the park with his band Emma Mayes and the Hip. His teaching goal is to show each student that music is fun and should hold an important part in their lives above all else. When not teaching, Alex enjoys recording music at home, reading, and getting out for a good hike in the beautiful Colorado wilderness!

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ALEX TRUJILLO

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele

Alex Trujillo teaches acoustic/electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and beginning piano. He began playing in his teens and has been playing the guitar for 20+ years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 12 years of experience as a professional musician, Alex has toured and performed throughout the US. He can teach a variety of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, country and blues. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, Alex strives to help each student discover the joy in music! When not teaching, Alex keeps a busy performance schedule with a myriad of musicians and bands throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Alex also likes road trips, reading westerns and jogging in the park.

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BRAD FURLOW

Piano  l  Violin  l  Viola | Voice | Saxophone | Flute | Clarinet | French Horn | Trumpet | Oboe | Bassoon

Brad Furlow teaches piano, voice and all band and orchestral instruments. He began studying music at the age of 5 on the piano. He began his study of instrumental music at 8 years of old on the saxophone in 3rd grade, eventually expanding to include all instruments of the woodwind and brass families in his hometown of Mulkeytown, Illinois. Brad continued his study of music at the university level at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2002. He also pursued advanced study at the university level in instrumental conducting, brass pedagogy and music theory/composition. Brad continues to perform professionally as the Principal Tubist with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and Denver Concert Band, as well as being involved with the Denver University Pioneer Pep Band and other regional bands and orchestra on a freelance basis. Brad’s philosophy of music is that every person can be musical, it’s just finding the right instrument to bring it out. He enjoys working with students of all ages. When not teaching, performing or composing, Brad enjoys traveling with his partner, and spending time with their three Siberian Husky “kids”.

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BRANT WILLIAMS

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele

Guitarist, pianist and composer Brant Williams (b. 1988, Webster City, IA) graduated from Iowa State University in spring 2011, earning a B.A. in psychology. Williams has studied jazz and composition with John Albaugh (Guitar Institute in Hollywood), Dan Schwindt (Denver University) and Fareed Haque (University of Chicago) as well as taken private lessons with Dweezil Zappa (Zappa Plays Zappa), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy) and Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy). Since 2009, Brant has been teaching Jazz and Rock to students of all ages throughout multiple states, and has played many styles -- including Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Punk, Classical -- professionally for almost 10 years, touring nationally and also taking the stage at local Colorado venues such as The Ogden Theatre, The Gothic Theatre, The Fox Theatre as well as performing in several festivals like Wakarusa (AK), 80/35 (IA) and the Bella concert series (MN). Brant is currently crafting new music in several groups: notably all star funk group Judo Chop and the nationally touring rock/fusion group The Workshy.

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JESSE MACLAINE

Piano | Voice | Ukulele

Jesse Maclaine Holt is a renowned mezzo soprano, pianist, composer, songwriter, producer, and instructor. In her youth, she studied classical voice, piano, musical theatre, pop, jazz, blues and world music with professionals from the Julliard School, NYU, FSU, UNO, Tulane University, Oxford University, CU Boulder and many others. She began writing songs at age 17, fell in love with jazz while studying at FSU, moved to New Orleans at age 20 to study jazz immersively and begin working full time in the music business. By age 24, she had assembled a stellar quintet, written two dozen original songs and begun recording and producing her first full length CD in collaboration with friends at RCA studios in Nashville. Jesse has dedicated her life to performing, creating music, and sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

Decades of experience as a working musician combined with her extensive background in music, dance and theatre allow Jesse to craft every lesson to suit the unique interests, strengths and weaknesses of each student. Her personal experience with TMJ, anxiety, and disability issues provide unique insight for assisting students facing similar challenges. Her teaching method focuses on music fundamentals, proper form and technique as well as expanding creativity to support a healthy practice and encourage a lifelong relationship with music. She believes constructive criticism and positive reinforcement are crucial to making learning fun and ensuring music education is enjoyable for everyone!