Music Lessons

Private lessons are by appointment only, and new students are admitted as room becomes available. Any student who is committed to practicing and learning their instrument is welcome. Minimum practice should be the amount of time of your lesson, at least 5 days a week (if you take a 1/2 hour lesson, you should be practicing at least 1/2 hour a day at least 5 days a week) There may be a waiting list, but please call or email and we will discuss your personal situation. Sample lesson rates are:

1/2 hour: $24 (beginners, most middle school, some high school)

45 minutes: $36 (middle and high school, for students wanting to go beyond the basics)

1 hour: $48 (for serious students, and for hammered dulcimer)

Woodwind Repairs

Greg repairs all woodwinds, from simple adjustments and key regulation, to complete repads and overhauls. My rate is $50.00/hour, and most repairs are billed on labor, + supplies. Recognizing that every instrument and its repair needs are unique, sample charges for various categories of repairs could be:

1. Your instrument was recently working, now it isn't anymore. Maybe a pad is leaking, a cork has fallen off, and keys are out of regulation: $25-$50.

2. You bent a key, now it is binding. $25-$75 or more, depending on severity of bent metal.

3. Your instrument has cracked!! Oh no! $50-$100 or more, depending on severity of crack.

4. Overhauls:

clarinet - $150-175.

oboe - $200-300

saxophones - $250-350

bassoon - $300-500

flutes - I do only basic repairs on flutes, such as replace a pad, regulate and adjust keys, replace a key cork. I will refer you to other repair technicians for flute overhauls.

Brass - (trumpets, trombones, tubas, french horns). I don't have the tooling and supplies to do brass repairs.

Let me know what your repair needs are, and I'll be glad to work with you.

Recordings

Nancy and I are definitely "recording-challenged." We'll get our own done eventually. In the mean time, you can hear us on other people's recordings, listed below.


Andy Brown, piano

Album: And We Go On

"Heart-felt, personal reflections on piano and guitar that inspire the imagination and are healing to the soul."

Andy is our son, and recorded this CD at age 17 that will knock your socks off. If you like Jim Brickman or George Winston, you'll love this. He plays solo piano, 2 tracks on solo guitar, and a duet with Greg on guitar and hammered dulcimer: "Peace" (track 13). You can purchase the whole album, or individual tracks at CDbaby.com:

 

 

Cynthia Lynn, violin, piano and other assorted instruments

Album: Cynthia and Friends: The Music Box

Cindy is a good friend with whom we have done many concerts and weddings. She's a superb musician, easy to work with, and we always seem to create a special musical synergy together. We are on three tracks on this CD, Greg on hammered dulcimer, and Nancy on oboe and recorders:

2. Haste to the Wedding/Kesh Jig

17. Greenslives

19. Childgrove/Planxty Fanny Po'er/Torranto

You can purchase the whole album, or individual tracks at CDbaby.com:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/CynthiaLynn

Check out Cindy's website at:

http://fiddlinbiker.com/home.html

Andy Brown's CD: And We Go On

Music Supplies and Accessories

Greg has a relationship with wholesale music supply sources, and can therefore get supplies at deep discounts over retail. (He still has to make a profit, though!) We have found it impractical and expensive to try to keep retail supplies in stock, so we periodically place large supply orders. If you are coming for a repair or for lessons, we usually have a few tuners, metronomes, swabs, etc. on hand, if you need one.

If you are a church, school, teaching studio, or large musical group, and need a large quantity of something, we can usually get it at a substantial savings over full retail outlets. This could include music stands, instrument stands, folders, reeds, mouthpieces, lubricants, swabs, strings, tuners and metronomes, and certain audio gear. Call for a quote, and see how our price compares to other sources.

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Upcoming Events

Cairns: Walks in Thin Places

Creede Community Church, 410 South Main Street, Creede, CO 81130

An Evening exploring photography by Larry Clouse and contemplative Celtic music. "Thin places" in Celtic lore are the places where the natural and supernatural worlds are unusually close. There is a thin veil between them. Larry has explored these in his photographs, and the nature and location of thin places might surprise you. Mixed in with the photographs we will be presenting Celtic instrumental songs that for us represent sonic thin places.

Mar14

Anselm Society Pub Night

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Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, CO 80908

Our fourth annual St. Paddy's Day Pub Night will be just as awesome as all the others - there will be loud singing of Irish pub songs, a live Celtic band (that's us! We'll be joined by Celtic guitar and hammer dulcimer player extraordinaire Jim Ware, and harpist Megan Prahl) poetry and literary readings, presentations by our Anselm Arts Guild members, plus great food and drink!

Speaking of food: if you would like to sign up to bring a plate of food with an Irish flair, or volunteer to help with set-up, serving, or clean-up, you can deduct $5 from your ticket price. Please first sign up at this link, then come back here and buy the appropriate discounted "Event Volunteer" ticket. Thank you for making this event awesome!