Emily has been coaching performers throughout the country for over 12 years. In addition to her years of voice training, she has also completed the Voice Teacher and Advanced Teacher Trainings with New York Vocal Coaching. This course presented Emily with the opportunity to venture even farther down the path to becoming not just a better teacher, but a better vocal technician, through the tutelage of world-renowned vocal teacher Justin Stoney. She continues to travel the world, attending classes, webinars, and conferences that put her at the cutting edge of vocal science and health.
As a performer, Miss Emily spent the first 6 years of her career working in regional musical theatre in New York as well as throughout Colorado. For the last 10 years, she has been the lead singer of three bands that have performed across the country. Some of her favorite performances include opening for Victor Wooten, Tinsley Ellis, and a special event at Mile High Stadium.
Above all, Miss Emily wants her students not just to become better vocalists, but to be confident that they truly have knowledge and control of their own voices.
“The thing I love most about teaching voice is the chance to watch people grow and be proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
Miss Hannah is a professional actress and singer, currently hunkering down in Hollywood (thanks to COVID-19) but hailing from NYC and Colorado before that!
She has been honored to work with many wonderful theatre companies across the country, with favorite roles including:
Esmeralda – Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (BroadwayWorld Best Actress Award)
Eliza Doolittle – My Fair Lady
Belle – Disney’sBeauty and the Beast
Cinderella – Into the Woods
Hodel – Fiddler on the Roof
Sarah Brown – Guys and Dolls
Fiona – Brigadoon
Hannah loves teaching voice, working as an acting coach, and helping students to unlock their full potential.
Kayleen Patrick – Guitar / Bass / Ukulele Instructor
Kayleen is a versatile guitarist and music enthusiast. She’s skilled in Blues, Rock, and Jazz. Kayleen has played both as a solo act and with groups around the area for over 5 years. She is currently the guitarist and bassist (although not at the same time) for the local band Gone Full Heathen.
As a teacher, Kayleen encourages her students to creatively and confidently embrace their instruments. More than anything she wants to instill a passion for self-expression and performance. With customized lessons, challenging material, and a fun approach Kayleen will help each student find their own artistic expression through their chosen instrument.
I structure my lessons into four categories; lines, chords, technique, and repertoire. Lines can include melodies, scales, and for more advanced students soloing. Technique is an important area of focus for guitarists. Many older guitarists I know have injuries due to bad technique. It’s very important to instill proper technique in younger students so they won’t develop bad habits and have injuries later in life.
I love teaching guitar. It has been the most rewarding thing in my life. Seeing students gain confidence in their playing and also in themselves is an incredible experience. As a life long student of music myself I believe it is crucial to create musicians and music lovers out of our students.”
Guitarist and educator Lance Ruby recently opened his teaching studio in Fort Collins, Colorado after earning his Masters of Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado studying with Steve Kovalcheck. A Utah native, Lance completed his Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Utah State University studying with Corey Christiansen.
While in Utah, Lance co-founded the soul/funk band Danger 5 and has continued in this project with lead singer Dani Armour. Since moving to Colorado, he joined the Fort Collins based blues fusion band, Musketeer Gripweed. He is a member of the New Orleans funk group Crescent City Connection.
“My teaching philosophy is simple; I want to help my students achieve the goals they have with music. Whether that is learning a few simple Taylor Swift songs or passing an entrance audition into a university, I want to see my students succeed. I have worked on a curriculum that teaches skills and concepts that every musician must know. The combination of having a good curriculum in combination with teaching the students the music they love, creates good musicians and inspired students that are excited to come to guitar lessons each week.
Leah Balzer has been living and loving life in Fort Collins for the last 6 years, after growing up and spending most of her life in Coastal Virginia.
Leah has been working in the theater and arts industry since she moved to Colorado, but has a colorful employment history including large event coordination, food & beverage management, and pet sitting… to name a few).
Leah currently supports her talented friends’ businesses through administrative and logistical assistance. She is grateful for the opportunity to help everyone achieve their goals, whether in business or life!
Reach out to her today to get started on your vocal journey!
Originally from Fort Collins, Corey is a New York-based technician and project manager working in the live event, TV, and film industries. He specializes in audio, video, lighting, system integration, virtual production and 3D camera tracking systems.
Corey bridges the gap between “creative” and “technical,” and prides himself on his attention to detail when seeing a production or project through to the end. As a drummer himself, Corey’s passion for audio and production stems from his love of music.