Our teaching staff

We have three private teaching studios, each equipped with one or more pianos -generally one acoustic piano and one digital piano.  We have teachers that cover a number of instruments: piano (of course), guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and more.  All of our teachers have taught for five years or more, and teach all ages and a wide range of levels of proficiency.  If you would like to meet and talk to a teacher, or to schedule a lesson, please call our store at 303-933-9390.


Our teaching staff:

Connie Wilkins – Piano instruction, individual

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Connie Wilkins

How/when did you start learning piano and why did it interest you?
My interest in music began around 4 years old. My grandfather played piano and guitar. His old guitar is one of my prized possessions. Formal lessons began at 12 years old and I studied for six years with Concert Pianist, Claudette Valentine; Professor Claude Mullen, at Univ. Of Nebraska; West Germany Concert Pianist Daphne Rebaud, and Professor Kevin Kennedy, both at Arapahoe College in Littleton.

What is your teaching style like?
I learned to teach the basics, while focusing on what each student displays a passion and an aptitude for.

How long have you been teaching piano?
I’ve taught Piano and Theory for over 30 years.

What is your favorite genre of music?
I enjoy all genres of music. Classical music is my favorite. I believe if you can play Classical music you can play all genres!

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Penny Moeller – Piano instruction, individual

Penny gives private instruction to children, teens and adults, and specializes in teaching young children, starting as young as 4 years.

Penny teaches using a variety of methods, matching the method to the child’s interests, tastes, pace and temperament.  She also uses a variety of props to help each student learn the keyboard, fingering, and sight reading quickly.  She has a friendly demeanor which makes students feel very comfortable, but at the same time excited to learn.

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Angie Olsen – Piano instruction, individualSONY DSC

Angie has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Non-Profit Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. Angie also teaches kids and adults here at Piano Pathways.  Angie enjoys sharing music and seeing the joy produced when her students learn to play and enjoy playing the music they want to play.  Angie also promotes playing for its therapeutic and stress-reducing benefits.  Angie teaches genres from classical to pop.  She likes to add theory and ear training to traditional instruction, giving her students additional helpful tools that lead to well-rounded learning.

Angie is also available to provide in-home lessons.

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Vern Baumer – Clarinet and saxophone instruction

Vern started to play the horn when he was 10 years old in Canon City.  He took lessons and became very proficient.  During high school he became his class bandleader and formed a small trio which performed at night clubs.

In 1960, after having married and having four children, he moved to Denver and re-started his music career.  After playing in some big bands and different groups he started his own band.  He has now played in almost every venue imaginable, including Central City and many jazz festivals around the country.  He has also taught band for Cherry Creek Schools for 10 years.

Vern loves teaching and working with youth and students of all ages.  He also loves jazz (traditional a.k.a “classic”) and is proficient in almost all reed instruments.  He has a wonderful sense of humor and is fun to be around, and we are delighted to have him on staff.

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Lisa Hall – Piano, violin, viola, guitar and ukulele instruction

Lisa hails originally from Chicago IL and later from San Jose CA, and now lives in Conifer. She gives private piano lessons as well as teaching the “Learn to Play the Piano in 8 Weeks” group lesson series at Piano Pathways.

Lisa is a second-generation piano teacher: her mother taught piano. But Lisa’s love of the piano wasn’t from the start. She started at 5 years old taking lessons from family and friends, but admits that it was “awful! I was bored to death.” This was because of the prevailing teaching methods of the time.

When Lisa started college at San Jose State she majored in Psychology.  She wanted to be a forensic psychologist or an FBI investigator.  But she decided to start teaching piano to cover her school expenses, and it was then and because of her past that she decided she didn’t want any of her students to experience what she had gone through–she wanted the piano to be fun!  And now all of her students agree that she has succeeded in this.

Lisa has now been teaching children and adults for over 20 years and loves and teaches a wide variety of musical genres and styles, including classical, pops and show tunes.  She likes to teach students of all ages and musical tastes and says she prefers  “anybody who likes to learn.”  Her goal is to instill a love of music, to share the enjoyment of learning, and above all to have fun!  Lisa tailors her lessons to fit each student’s needs, incorporating music theory and technique using traditional teaching methods as well as the Quick Chord method.

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