Drum and Piano Instructor in Denver
After learning piano and drums before he was 10, Calvin got busy playing in as many ensembles as possible with genres ranging from classical orchestra to math rock. While attending the Denver School of the Arts, Calvin was able to meet like-minded musicians and was playing in a variety of bands and ensembles all around Denver while still in High School. After high school, Calvin obtained a degree in Jazz Studies with a classical music minor at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Since graduating, Calvin has been busy teaching and playing as a freelance drummer in the Denver area (as well as some brief national tour stints), and has played some notable local venues such as The Ogden, The Bluebird, Fiddler’s Green, Paramount Theatre, and Dazzle.
Some of Calvin’s favorite bands and artists are Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Butcher Brown, and Lawrence. When not making music, Calvin enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, such as Skiing, Biking, and Hiking. His favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard.
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele and Kidzrock Instructor in Denver
Jake has had a love and passion for music since a very young age, and as a kid taught himself to sing, play piano, guitar, drums, bass, and ukulele. He started performing in middle school as a singer/guitarist in a punk-rock band with friends. Jake was involved in many music activities/groups all throughout high school.
Jake received an Associates Degree from a music-intensive program at Southwestern Community College. After that, he studied Music Education and Voice at the University of Iowa and received a Bachelor’s Degree. After college, he and his wife moved to the Denver area to pursue a career in music education.
Jake has a hugely diverse taste in music, and some of his favorite artists include Fiona Apple, The White Stripes, Frank Ocean, and Radiohead. Besides music, Jake enjoys Cooking, reading, hiking, and hanging out with his pets. Some of his favorite movies are Inside Out, Groundhog Day, and Hugo.
Are you looking for a great music teacher in Denver? Contact the Musical Life Denver office to take voice, piano, guitar, or ukulele with Jake!
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Recording/Production Instructor and Band Leader in Denver
Having parents who both play guitar, Nick took an interest in music at an early age. After getting his first Fender Stratocaster at age 12, he began a lifelong journey pursuing the craft. Before long, Nick was performing in different bands that covered an array of genres, and continues to do so in the frontrage area with such groups as Earthlike Twins, Moves at Midnight, and more. In addition to guitar, Nick has expanded his background to include ukulele, bass guitar, drums, and music production.
As a teacher, Nick wants to guide people to reach their musical goals while having more fun than they ever thought possible! Whether you’re looking to master a technique or just want to learn the chords to your favorite song, sharing a knowledge of music with anyone – regardless of age or skill level – is Nick’s passion.
Some of Nick’s favorite bands and artists include: Favorite bands: The Beatles, Snarky Puppy, Led Zeppelin, Medeski Martin and Wood and Pink Floyd. When not playing music, Nick likes to be outdoors, specifically, snowboarding, backpacking, and fishing. His favorite movie is The Blues Brothers.
Owner/Founder, Band Director
Robby began playing piano at the age of 4 and guitar at the age of 6. Robby always had a passion for sharing his music with others and was performing at talent shows at school and summer camps by the time he was 8. Robby began playing in bands shortly after that, and performed with a band for the first time when he was 13, at the historic Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, Mo.
At the age of 14, Robby began teaching guitar professionally at Dave Simon’s Rock School, where he taught guitar and bass, and helped coach bands. Robby played in a handful of bands throughout highschool, winning his highschools battle of the bands 2 years in a row.
After high school Robby studied at University of Denver Lamont School of Music where he graduated with a bachelors of Music in 2012. Robby maintained a roster of private students through his time at university, and began teaching at Broadway Music School after graduating. Robby also started his own band, Robby Schechter and the Motion Detectors, and recorded and released a full length album in 2012 as well. Since then, Robby has stayed busy playing in a host of different bands such as The Tent Show Kings, Moment’s Notice, Club X, as well as doing solo gigs.
In 2016, he left Broadway Music School to start Musical Life Denver, a 100% locally owned and operated rock style music school, complete with lessons, bands, and virtual classes.
Guitar, Bass, Drum and Band Director in Denver
Our youngest and newest teacher, Trentin has been a student at Musical Life for the past 4 years. He is originally self taught on bass, guitar, drums, and piano, and since joingin Musical Life Denver has taking lessons in each of the prior. He has been in our band program for the duration of his stay as well.
Trentin has been trained and groomed by Musical Life Denver since he was only 14, and now as a senior in high school, Trentin has begun taking on students of his own, as well as helping coach bands.
Highly personable, mature past his years, and super talented, Trentin represents the new generation of home-grown musical life talent and is a wonderful teacher, coach, and mentor for any student!