Jay R.

Arvada, CO


Licensed Music Educator and Tutor

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Background check passed as of 10/19/14

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Colorado State University
Music Education
University of Arizona


Colorado State University (Music Education)

University of Arizona (Master's)

About Jay

Would you like to learn how to play the piano or receive coaching in proper singing technique? Do you have a desire to take up the trombone and have fun sliding away? Do you need help with studying music theory or history, or perhaps want to enrich your life by learning the principles of the gift of music.

I'm a licensed music educator with over twelve years of experience teaching K-12 Music in Colorado. In addition, I've played the piano for 38 years and I've extensive experience as a professional vocal soloist for over 25 years. I'm passionate about helping you pursue your musical goals and dreams. I hold two music degrees, including a Bachelor of Music Education from Colorado State University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona. I've helped many people to experience the joy of learning and performing music, and I would love to meet you and share the musical experience. I'm currently accepting students from school-age to adult and I can work with you to find a schedule that meets your needs. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Would you like to learn how to play the piano or receive coaching in proper singing technique? Do you have a desire to take up the trombone and have fun sliding away? Do… Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Arvada, CO 80003
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Music History

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Ear Training

Ear training helps you distinguish between intervals in pitch and rhythm, distinguish different tone colors and styles of music, and be able to describe those differences to others. Also, you will be able discern the relationships that these core music elements share. I currently teach elementary music in Denver. In previous positions at schools in Fort Collins, Evans, Loveland, and Westminster, I've had three different choirs ranging from 5th through 9th grades. These choirs were able to perform advanced music due to the practicing of these skills. I used flash cards that provided opportunity to practice these skills, as well as various method books.

General Music

I'm certified and licensed in the state of Colorado to teach K-12 Vocal/Instrumental/General Music. I teach general music to Elementary School students, a position I've held for over 12 years. Additionally, I have experience teaching middle school vocal music. General Music is a term that encompasses the various core elements of music, including rhythm, pitch, tone color, vocal music, instrumental music, and much more. My classroom is a hive of activity and variety in music education.

Music History

As a licensed music educator I'm responsible for teaching an intensive core of music history. Much of my experience is with the core knowledge curriculum and I taught extensive units in music history in Western and Eastern traditions. I enjoy sharing the excitement of music history with others.

Music Theory

In the broadest sense, music theory is the inner workings of music, or the "grammar and vocabulary" of music. I have two degrees in music: one in Music Education and the other in Vocal Performance. Studying and demonstrating the theory of music has been a passion of mine for over 38 years. I studied in-depth music theory for almost four years, including three years of five total at Colorado State University and one year of two total at the University of Arizona. As a music teacher in the public schools of Colorado I teach all of my students how to correctly write and interpret music symbols and notation. In addition, we put this knowledge into practice through singing, playing instruments, dancing, and musical performances.


I've been playing piano for over 38 years and I've had many private piano students. I run a current piano studio out of my home. Also, I'm an Elementary Music teacher in the Denver area. Additionally, I have previous experience as a staff accompanist for the choirs in a Northern Colorado middle school.

Sight Singing

Sight singing is the ability to sing a melody by sight, or by not having heard it previously. This is a skill that can be learned by utilizing a method referred to as solfeggio. This uses the words Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol(So)-La-Ti-Do. Each word represents a step in the music scale, or series. Through practice and repetition, the distances between pitches, or steps in the scale, can be learned by sight and pitch memory. My choirs are able to sing advanced, multi-part, music through practicing of these skills with a daily melody on the board. In addition, I've used the method series, "Patterns of Sound," as part of a daily sight-singing session in my choir rehearsals. I have been described by others as a professional sight-singer.


I've played trombone for over 38 years. I was first chair trombone throughout junior high and high school, as well as several years in college. In graduate school, I had the privilege to play in a "trombone choir." I'm available for private coaching lessons.

Voice (Music)

I currently operate a voice studio out of my home. I hold two degrees in music, including a Master of Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. I have performed several opera roles with local opera companies. In addition, I perform solos in classical and contemporary sacred/secular music with civic organizations and churches. My passion as a teacher is to share the love and joy of singing with my students. I look forward to sharing that with you!

Colorado State University
Music Education
University of Arizona


Colorado State University (Music Education)

University of Arizona (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jay will travel within 20 miles of Arvada, CO 80003.

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