Whether you are a beginner looking to strum your first musical instrument or an experienced musician ready to take your skills to the next level, the Denver Folklore Center can connect you with an instructor to fit your musical level and style. Contact us to get a teacher recommendation or see our list of outstanding teachers below.
The award-winning, esteemed folk music school Swallow Hill Music Association was an outgrowth from the Denver Folklore Center over 40 years ago. Started by our founder Harry Tuft, the organization brings people together through its school, outreach programs and concerts, and is a home for individuals and families who want to learn about, listen to and perform music. Swallow Hill offers group and private lessons in three locations around the Denver Metro Area. For more information visit their website.
Barry Albright - Guitar, banjo, ukulele
Barry teaches in-person one-on-one private lessons for all skill levels. His teaching experience in the Denver area goes back to the early days of the Denver Folklore Center and Swallow Hill. Over the years, he has been performing – either solo or with various groups – at street fairs, fundraisers, coffee houses, churches and more. He teaches guitar (bass, open/altered tunings and bottleneck slide), banjo (three-finger and folk style) and ukulele. Read more about him HERE. Contact Barry by phone: 303-669-2008 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Bret Billings – Dobro, harmonica
Bret is currently using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime to teach harmonica and dobro for all skill levels. He has played locally and regionally since 1977 with the Desperados, Kenny Brent and the Texas Express, Briar Rose, the Red Eye Band and Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams. Call or text Bret at 720-272-4151.
Barry Brown – voice, piano
Barry teaches online private lessons for voice and piano. He creates a personalized experience during every lesson based on the goals and desires of each student. Email Barry for a return document regarding the set up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Caldwell – guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele
Mark is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and a pleasant and patient teacher on guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. He was the Musical Director of a 12-piece band for the production of “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum” from 2006 to 2019, and also composed a number of music pieces for this show. Learn more about him HERE. You can reach him at email@example.com and 720-934-3864.
Deb Carstensen – fiddle
Specializing in Celtic music, Deb is known throughout the Colorado Front Range for her passionate, fiery fiddling. She played classical violin until college and, after taking a long break from the instrument, took it up as a “fiddle” and has been playing and performing folk music ever since. She has studied Irish and Scottish intensively and is expert in playing both. You can contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spencer Crawford – accordion, banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele
Spencer is available to teach remotely. His lessons are catered to the interests, goals and skill level of each student. Teaching genres include bluegrass, country, cajun/zydeco, jazz, blues, rock, Americana, Irish and world. Contact him via email at Spencer.email@example.com.
Joshua Fenner - violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano, synthesizer, composition
Avid musician and music educator, Joshua Fenner teaches at Swallow Hill Music and at his studio. He teaches all ages and skill levels. Learn more about his education and current pursuits HERE and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tina Gugeler – hammered dulcimer
Tina Gugeler is one of the best-known performers and teachers of hammered dulcimer in the Rocky Mountain Region. She has won numerous competitions on her instrument and is one of the leading figures in the region’s contra dance scene. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Jeff Jaros – claw-hammer banjo
Jeff is the manager at the Denver Folklore Center and has taught at Swallow Hill Music School for over 10 years. His specialty is claw-hammer banjo, which he is now available to teach online. He also plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele and old-time fiddle. His musical heroes are Norman Blake, Doc Watson and Brad Leftwich. Send Jeff an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniella Katzir – ukulele, guitar, piano, songwriting
Born in Israel, Daniella Katzir is an accomplished singer-songwriter who grew up soaking in the sounds of the Middle East. As a teenager, Katzir fell in love with the songwriting of Bob Dylan and other traditional American folk artists. This combination of influences colored her musical upbringing. Daniella is available for online lessons for all ages on ukulele (all levels), beginner guitar, beginner piano and songwriting. You can reach her at email@example.com.
John Kramer - classical guitar
John has over 15 years experience teaching and performing classical guitar and has a masters in music from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with world renowned teacher and performer Professor Adam Holzman. Lessons are offered online or in person to all ages and abilities, and focus on making music, developing great tone, classical guitar technique, repertoire, sight reading, memorization, ear training and composition. E-mail for a trial lesson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his website HERE.
Josie Quick – violin
Boulder, Colorado native Josie Quick is an accomplished violinist and music teacher who plays classical music, rock’n’roll and everything in between. Her teaching style is individualized – she spends time figuring out what will appeal to each student to keep them motivated and having fun. “I love sharing music with other people and helping them get the sound they want or play the music they like, and to feel a sense of accomplishment." Learn more about Josie HERE. And contact her at email@example.com.
Jeff Rady – acoustic and electric guitar
Jeff offers online courses and private online lessons for acoustic and electric guitar with an emphasis on basic fundamentals, fingerstyle, chicken pickin', slide, soloing and more! He also teaches pedal steel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.