Piano Lessons Colorado Springs

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Piano Lessons Colorado Springs

Piano Lessons

Piano is one of the most popular starting instruments.  While piano can take a lifetime to truly master, the piano is one of the simplest instruments to operate on a basic level.

Rocky Mountain Academy of Music - Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Join one of our jazz ensembles and get practical playing experience in an ensemble setting. Learn jazz standards, practice improvising and practice performing with others in a controlled environment with our instructors.

Rocky Mountain Academy of Music - Rock Band

Rock Band

Practice performing with a group, in a rock and roll setting! Learn about the blues, the origins and history of rock and roll, as well as studying different styles and genres from early blues rock to modern electronics-assisted performance methods!

Girl Learning the guitar

Guitar Lessons

One of the most popular instruments in the western tradition, the guitar was originally intended as a portable substitute for the piano.

Piano Lessons Colorado Springs

One On One Lessons

While some students learn the best in group settings we offer one on one lessons. We encourage students to take what ever lessons they are most comfortable with.

Drum Lessons Colorado Springs

Drum Lessons

We have multiple drums sets in our studio ranging from acoustic to electric. This makes it easy to play along with your teacher!

Band Coaching at the Rocky Mountain Academy of Music

Band Coaching

Have a band you want to take to the next level?  Book time for our talented coaches to help you with live sound, performance tips, getting demos or records made, or finding a new sound.

in home lessons

In Home Music Lessons

Unable to leave your house or too far from our studio?  Ask about in home lessons, a Rocky Mountain Academy of Music instructor may be available to travel to your home!

Charter School Classes

Charter School Classes

Work with or at a Charter school without a music program?  Contact us today to find out more about available classes and programs.

Studio Recording and Production

Recording Studio and Production Lessons

Choose from either one-on-one or group tutoring in Electro-Acoustic Performance, DJ Lessons, Recording, Music Production, Film Scoring, Composition, or Music Theory.


At Rocky Mountain Academy of Music, our mission is to provide quality music education for all ages and ability levels in a fun, safe environment. It is our passion to share the joy of music with everyone, while doing all we can to support the Colorado Springs local music scene!

Colorado Springs Free Improvisation Collective

Rocky Mountain Academy of Music is the home of the Colorado Springs Free Improvisation Collective, a Weekly Electro-Acoustic Jam Session.


All instruments, voices, electronics, laptops, and ears welcome!  Open to all ages!


The Colorado Springs Free Improvisation Collective exists to support improvised music and to create a centralized meeting place to invigorate real-time experimentation and collaboration for musicians from all walks of life who contribute to a vibrant Creative Class in Colorado Springs.


This weekly series of Electro-Acoustic Improvisation sessions aim at strengthening the Colorado Springs music community, bringing together musicians and listeners from many different areas of music, striving to create something new and different.

About Us

Rocky Mountain Academy of Music exists to promote and encourage music in all its forms.  We aim to make learning music fun and exciting.  Our instructors are guided by three primary goals:


1.  Make sure each student has fun


It is our mission to ensure that each student has fun and forms positive associations with music. This helps encourage long term interest, driving them to reach for their goals


2.  Teach music fundamentals


Having a good understanding about the music fundamentals will ensure that musical training will transfer to different styles of music, and allow skills that build on each other as students develop and adapt as their goals, interests, or instruments change.


3.  Help students learn the music that they want to learn


Allowing the students to choose their own paths helps to encourage long term goals, discipline, and commitment.  Music can be a lifelong passion and Rocky Mountain Academy of Music seeks to encourage our students to learn, explore, appreciate, and find what notes strike a chord within them.

Benito Vena

Benito Vena

Benito is a classical and jazz saxophonist, piano player, electro-acoustic performance artist, DJ, producer, recording/mixing/mastering engineer, and film/television composer.  A graduate of Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado, Benito is the founder and curator of the Colorado Springs Free Improvisation Collective.


Instruments Taught:  Piano, Saxophone, Guitar, Clarinet, Flute

Ensembles:  Jazz Ensemble, Rock Band

Courses:  Recording, Music Production, Film Scoring, Composition, Music Theory

Daniel Swanagon

Daniel is a contemporary and jazz guitarist, bass player and percussionist as well as a producer/DJ, recording/mixing/mastering engineer and film/television editor.  A graduate of Pikes Peak Community College and CSU Pueblo undergrad, Daniel has a performing career stretching over 25 years and a variety of genres and has over 10 years of teaching experience.


Instruments Taught:  Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano

Ensembles:  Jazz Ensemble, Rock Band

Courses:  Recording, Music Production, Film Scoring, Composition, Music Theory

Daniel Smith

Daniel is a Colorado Springs local, having graduated from Rampart High School. An avid multi-instrumentalist, Daniel participated in All State Choir for Colorado and has a piano performance career stretching over 10 years. Since graduating he has focused on the piano, attending Pikes Peak Community College, and studying under the fantastic tutelage Abe Minzer. He focuses on studying the large piano works of the master composers, as well as an intense focus on piano pedagogy. Daniel enjoys giving back and contributing to his community, and has been donating free lessons to underprivileged music students for the last 2 years. “I enjoy sharing the joy of music with my students. I love to watch a student develop and learn, and I just want to help students be the best they can be.”


Teaches:  Piano Lessons

Damion Kudel

Damion is an undergraduate, finishing his bachelors degree in Music Performance at CSU Pueblo. Damion is currently studying piano under the direction of Dr. Zahari Metchkov. Damion loves to contribute to the local music community, as a featured performer for the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival, and an accompanist for Christ The King Church in Pueblo, as well as the Harrison High School Choir in Colorado Springs. Damion has a passion for teaching and learning, and loves to share the joy of music with his students. Damion is an incredibly friendly teacher, possessing the ability to work well with children and beginning students, understanding their needs and goals, helping student progress as a musician and reach their goals.


Teaches:  Piano Lessons
Classes:  Accompaniment Training, Piano Practice Habits and Pedagogy

Edward Heller

Edward is a jazz, rock, pop pianist and singer with over 25 years of musical experience and over 10 years of professional gigging and recording experience. After studying at the University of Northern Colorado under the tutelage of jazz pianist Dana Landry, he returned to Colorado Springs take the position of Adjunct Professor at Pikes Peak Community College in the Music Department. Edward gives back to his community by playing at First United Methodist Church in the Crossroads praise band. His music can be found on Spotify, playing with jazz singer and poet Phil Ginsburg, as well as with Dwight Bement, the touring saxophonist for ZZ Top in the 70s.


Teaches:  Piano Lessons, Jazz Piano Lessons, Keyboard Lessons

Emily Moore

Emily is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Music Composition. She is a pianist, guitarist, composer, conductor, improvisor, and vocalist, as well as a seasoned performer. The winner of the 2012-2013 Helene C. Lottinville Prize from the University of Oklahoma School of Music, Emily now brings her unique skillset to the Colorado Springs local music scene. Having lead and organized many Worship Music groups, she now contributes as the Owner and Director of the Psalter Project for the last 3 years, composing new and updated versions of hymns, and breathing new life into this classic musical tradition.


Teaches:  Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons

Jonah Burnette

J​onah is an energetic piano and guitar teacher with 5+ years of teaching music lessons for students of all ages and is dedicated to the advancement of you or your child’s musical prowess. He has been studying and playing the piano and guitar for over 15 years. He recently completed his AA in music, and is currently working to complete his B.M.E. At Colorado State University, Pueblo. He has performed in guilds, competitions, and festivals. Recently, Jonah has studied with some of the best piano teachers and performers in Colorado and abroad including, Andrew Cooperstock, Abe Minzer and Zahari Metchkov. Additionally, Jonah had the pleasure of studying briefly with the international virtuoso Marianna Prjevalskaya while she was on tour here in Colorado. Although classically trained, Jonah has a wide musical repertoire and can tailor his lesson plan to fit you or your child’s personal goals. Jonah strives to see his students perform and succeed and can offer multiple extracurricular performance opportunities throughout your studies to help build confidence as a musician. Jonah is focused on encouraging a well-rounded musician by emphasizing great technique, lots of performance, and good practice habits.


Teaches:  Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons

Sean Christian

Sean is a jazz and classical bassist with 16 years of playing experience, fluent on both electric and upright bass. He has been teaching for 7 years, both individual bass lessons and ensemble coaching for jazz, funk, pop, and rock. Previously having studied in the UNC Greeley Jazz Program, Sean is currently finishing his degree at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he has been managing, conducing, and rehearsing the pep band for 3 years, as well as leading the Honors Jazz Ensemble for the past 2 years. His 8-year career as a professional musician includes performing with a wide variety of ensembles and bands, playing orchestral, jazz, pop, country, bluegrass, and rock. Sean has played across Colorado, including the UNC Jazz Festival, The Broadmoor’s Weekend of Jazz, and the Hummingbird Festival.


Teaches:  Electric Bass Lessons, Upright Bass Lessons

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