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Learn to play ukulele with Pirisen Music Lessons! Our experienced teachers will teach you how to play the ukulele at any level from beginner to advanced. Simply select from our vetted instructors below and click the “Book” button to schedule your introductory ukulele lesson today!

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SAMANTHA PHILLIPS

Cello | Violin | Viola | Voice | Guitar | Ukulele

DENVER STUDIO & ONLINE

 

Originally from Wyoming, Samantha is eager to impart her musical knowledge to others. She started playing cello in the 4th grade and continued to learn and play the cello throughout her middle and high school career. She has explored and continued to play in many different genres and environments including concert orchestra, fiddle club, for musicals, chamber orchestra, and solo. Samantha has taught lessons for 3 years and has provided lessons to students of all ages. She is very flexible in learning different styles and can teach from beginner to advanced levels. 
   
Samantha is proficient in many instruments. Her first instrument is cello and she continues to play her cello in a symphony setting. She also plays and is very well-versed in violin. In college, she learned to play the viola and double bass and took part in playing with her school band, and now teaches both of those instruments as well. Samantha also teaches guitar, ukulele, and voice lessons. 

She is kind, and an adventurous lover of sports. Samantha has played sports herself and understands the commitment it takes to do so, and she carries that commitment over to her music and teaching. She looks forward to teaching you or your student!

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ADAM MCCREADY

Guitar | Bass | Ukulele

DENVER STUDIO & ONLINE

Adam has been teaching music since 2013 and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a Bachelor of Music. Majoring in Music Composition and minoring in Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology, he received an extensive musical education. In this program he composed everything from solo piano pieces to full scores for film/animation. On the tech side of things, Adam learned a great deal about the recording process at UArts and through an internship at Uniform Recording, an independent label in Philly. He is comfortable with Logic and Pro Tools and is an experienced live sound engineer as well.

Adam has performed in various bands over the years, most recently as a member of the rock duo adam+colin, where he served as guitarist/singer/songwriter. Guitar is his main instrument, but he teaches advanced bass and ukulele as well. 

 

He is an easy-going and patient teacher who believes in trying to teach his students the music they love whenever possible. Over the years, he has learned that picking apart your favorite songs, seeing how and why they work, is often the most effective way to learn. Music should be fun, and Adam's teaching style reflects that.

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CONNOR TERRONES

Piano | Guitar | Bass | Voice | Ukulele

DENVER STUDIO & ONLINE

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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RANDAL AMES

Group Rock Band | Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele | Mandolin

LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Randal Ames has a B.A. from the University of Colorado, and has been playing guitar for more than 35 years. Mr. Ames has also played guitar, bass, mandolin and piano in the U.S. and Europe, accompanying such superstars as Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Buffet. As a member of the 7th Army Chorus he performed as a singer, dancer, musician, and choreographer in five languages and eleven countries.

Here in Colorado he has written music, directed, and performed at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, Taste of Colorado, Boulder Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of the University of Colorado Jazz Chorale.

 

He has written over eighty songs and produced six CDs of music ranging from madrigals and Gregorian Chants, to Jazz, Country and Pop.

 

His hobbies include a life long interest in Martial Arts (has earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and American Free Style Karate), sword fighting (he has taught Elizabethan Fencing at Colorado School of Mines).

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GRAHAM RENDELL

 Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele 

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIOS

Graham Rendell is a guitarist and bass player of 14 years, having played with bands and projects for a decade and teaching for the past 5, his passion for guitar has only increased as time goes by. His goal for his students is to create a lifelong bond with their instrument and to bring knowledge of music by learning the student's favorite songs. Some of his favorite styles include: Rock, Jam Bands, Funk, Neo Soul, Pop, Bluegrass, and more! He is always excited to learn new music and embrace whatever the student is trying to play.

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BRANT WILLIAMS

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele

ONLINE & DENVER STUDIO

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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ALEX TRUJILLO

Piano | Guitar | Ukulele 

ONLINE & DENVER STUDIO

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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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!

*Denotes teachers that donate lessons for our Scholarship Program.