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Instructors at Katzin Music

Katzin Music offers quality instruction for guitar, electric bass, stand-up bass, mandolin, banjo, violin, fiddle, viola, cello, and a slew of other instruments.

We gladly welcome all ages and skill levels for private lessons. Pricing is determined by individual instructors. Please browse through our listing of instructors here or call (970) 259-2211 to schedule today.

Your teacher has given us their lesson policies as stated below. Please read both Katzin Music's general policy and your teacher's policy.

Stringed Instruments

Dr. Katherine Jetter - Cello
Dr. Katherine Jetter has been a private teacher with Katzin Music since 2001, and is traditional & Suzuki certified. She specializes in classical techniques and incorporates other styles based on student interests. A Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College with her Doctorate of Music from Florida State University, Dr. Jetter performs with the San Juan Symphony, Music in the Mountains, and the Red Shoe Trio. She recorded two albums with her band, Formula 151, and was selected by the Manhattan String Quartet for an intensive workshop in the summer of 2014.
Additional Lesson Policies:
1. In the event that Dr. Jetter is unable to teach on a lesson day, she will offer optional make-up lessons.
2. Dr. Jetter has the option to drop a student who misses an excessive number of lessons so that she may teach others on her waiting list.
3. Please knock on the studio door when it is your scheduled lesson time.
Hannah Howard - Fiddle & Suzuki Violin
Hannah has taught private lessons since 2005 and joined Katzin Music's teaching staff in 2009. She is a registered Suzuki violin and viola instructor with the Suzuki Association of America in Book 1 and 2, and received her training under Charles Krigbaum at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in 2015. Hannah received her BA in Violin Performance in 2017 from Fort Lewis College, and has studied classical violin, bluegrass fiddle, and jazz violin with Dr. Brent Williams, Dr. Kasia Sokol-Borup, Dr. Maurice Sklar, Jeff Solon, Matt Palmer and Cathy Pope. She has participated in master classes with Tim Fain, Maurice Sklar, Jennifer Frautschi, and Corinne Stillwell. In the summer of 2017, Hannah studied Scottish fiddle with Ian Frasier at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music in Melrose, Scotland. In addition to teaching private lessons, Hannah has taught preschool music classes, elementary school workshops, and the beginning orchestra at the Be Frank Foundation. During the annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, she has led the bluegrass fiddle workshop. Hannah performs fiddle professionally in local country and Celtic bands, as well as her band, Heart of Fire.
Rusty Charpentier - Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Upright Bass
Rusty teaches violin, viola, and bass in the styles of classical, bluegrass, and jazz. He has been an active member of the music community in the Four Corners since his graduation from Fort Lewis College in 2012. He teaches choir at Bayfield Elementary School, strings at the Durango Chamber Music Academy and strings at The BeFRANK Foundation. He teaches full time as the orchestra director at Escalante Middle School. Rusty also helps coordinate the annual Music in the Mountains Extravaganza, a multi-school concert at the Durango Community Concert Hall. His Escalante orchestra earned the Gold Medal at the Music in the Parks Festival in Denver in 2014. In addition to his education experience, Rusty also performs with local bluegrass and Celtic groups and as a musician for private events and weddings.

Terry Double - Guitar, Mandolin, Mandocello, Uke, Tenor Banjo
Terry has been a private instructor of acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin at Katzin Music since 1993. He studied classical guitar at the University of New Mexico from 1977-1981 and has taught at Fort Lewis College and Pueblo Community College. He also has 15 years of experience teaching students with learning disabilities. Terry is on the Board of Directors for the Durango Celtic Festival. He has participated in the traditional Irish music session at the Irish Embassy Pub on Sundays since 2009.
Richard White - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele
Richard has been a consistent private teacher here since 1980, only one year after Katzin Music opened. He received his Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music with an emphasis in both classical and jazz composition in 1978. In his professional music pursuits throughout the years, he has had the opportunity to open for such acts as Al di Meola, 38 Special, and Kansas. He teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass guitar in a plethora of styles from jazz to rock to classical; he also teaches a variety of world instruments, including the sitar and charango. Richard also specializes in teaching music theory, composition, and music arrangement. Currently, Richard is also the guitar instructor at Fort Lewis College, where he has taught classes since 1984.
Additional Lesson Policies:
1. Group lessons are $32 for two people per half hour.
Jim Harvey - Ukulele
Jim has been playing the guitar for over 50 years and the ukulele since 1999. He has enjoyed teaching primarily beginning and intermediate ukulele in a number of styles at Katzin Music since 2012. Previously, Jim performed with the local band Missionary Ridge. Currently, he has been the guitar player for the Sugar Creek Bluegrass Band, based here in Durango, since 2010.
Dennon Jones - Viola, Fiddle, Violin
Dennon joined the Katzin Music & Studios teaching staff in the summer of 2017, and is currently a senior at Fort Lewis College studying Music Education. Before moving to Durango for college, his extensive experience working in leadership and outdoor programs in his hometown of Nederland, CO made him well-equipped to work with kids of all ages. Since 2015, he has been a class and private instructor at the Be FRANK Foundation. He specializes in several styles on both viola and violin, including classical, Celtic, bluegrass, and pop. Dennon is an active professional musician, performing in the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Durango Celtic Festival, and with the cast of "The Legend of Danny Boy" a summer and fall show at the Henry Strater Theatre. In the summer of 2017, Dennon travelled to Scotland to study Scottish fiddle with Iain Frasier at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music.
Davis Jones - Bass Guitar
Davis Jones joined the Katzin Music teaching staff in 2017, after moving to Durango from New York. He received his BM in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009. He has taught private lessons on bass guitar since 2010, and has written and arranged music for bass in a band setting. His freelance and professional experience includes film scoring, composition, studio production, audio restoration, and archiving at GLS in Austin, TX, and Rax Trax Recording Studios in Chicago, IL. Davis taught recording arts, production, and music theory at Fusion Academy in Brooklyn, NY from 2014-2017. Students of all ages are welcome in his studio, where he teaches jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary styles. He also teaches voice and saxophone.
Jamie Olinger - Guitar
Jamie has been a teacher at Katzin Music since the fall of 2014. A Durango native, he attended Fort Lewis College where he studied classical guitar under Louis Steele and jazz under the instruction of Jeff Solon and Richard White. During his time in school, Jamie also performed with the Fort Lewis College Jazz Ensemble and numerous small combos. He also participated in several brief tours with recruiting ensembles for the college. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has also studied jazz, improvisation, and theory since 2004 under the private instruction of Katzin Music veteran instructor Richard White. Jamie teaches a variety of styles ranging from jazz, classical, rock, and blues, as well as concepts in theory and improvisation.
Rebekah Soued - Violin
Rebekah has been teaching classical violin privately since 2012, and has been at Katzin Music since 2015. Originally from the Denver area, she played with the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra followed by the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Silverton in 2013, she has played professionally with numerous groups, including the . Becky started an extra-curricular music program at Silverton Public Schools in 2014. She has her Certificate in General Music Studies from Berklee College of Music Online, and attends Fort Lewis College as a Violin Performance major. In the fall of 2015, Becky joined the San Juan Symphony. For more information, please see her website.
Lars Ribbens - Cello
Lars joined the Katzin Music teaching staff in 2015, after moving to Durango from Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Santa Fe, he taught private cello lessons and was a studio musician. He was a member of numerous musical groups, including the Gibraltar Jazz Band, Rumelia, and the Santa Fe University of Art & Design Balkan and Acoustic Americana ensembles. In Durango, Lars performs with the First United Methodist orchestra for the Christmas and Easter Cantatas and is a regular musician in the wedding circuit. He has been a guest performer with Elder Grown, and enjoys informal jam sessions with other local musicians. Lars' specialties include classical, contemporary, jazz, Balkan, Middle-Eastern, and improvisational styles. He caters his teaching style to each student's interests and welcomes students of all ages in his studio.
Darren Stroud - Electric Guitar
Darren Stroud has been teaching electric and acoustic guitar at Katzin Music since 2015 and specializes in blues, rock, punk, and metal. As a professional touring musician for two decades, his expertise was obtained through private instruction and a great deal of individual dedication and practice; his teaching methods were developed based on his personal experiences as a guitarist. He enjoys relating to his students and creating individualized practice plans according to their interests. Darren's goal is to help students understand theory and technique by teaching them songs they like. Since moving to the Durango area from L.A. in 2015, Darren has performed with local and touring bands, including Powertribe, Missy & the Bluetones and the High Rollers.

Wind Instruments

Jeff Solon - Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Harmonica
Jeff has been teaching at Katzin Music since 1988, and at Fort Lewis College since 2006. He teaches saxophone, clarinet, harmonica, and flute. In addition, he teaches jazz theory, composition, and arranging. His accomplishments include writing original compositions for the DHS Jazz Band, directing the Jeff Solon Swinging Big Band, and teaching numerous master classes and workshops. Jeff received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at FLC in 2011. In 2014, he released his 15th recording, "Alchemy," of all original compositions, and he continues to play locally in various ensembles. For more information, visit his website.
Kayla Mohlman - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Kayla earned her degree from Olivet College, where she was the concertmaster and principal clarinetist for two years and instrumentalist of the year in 2006. After college, Kayla moved to the Southwest, where, from 2007-2010, she taught numerous ensembles in the Farmington Municipal Schools. She then taught middle school beginning, intermediate, advanced, jazz, and marching bands in the Central Consolidated Schools. Kayla joined Katzin Music in 2014, where she teaches beginning and intermediate clarinet and bass clarinet, as well as beginning trombone. Currently, Kayla has been the principal clarinetist for the San Juan College Orchestra since 2011, and the Southwest Civic Winds since 2013.
Jared Wright - Trumpet, High Brass, Low Brass
Jared teaches private lessons in all brass instruments at Katzin Music & Studios. He studied music and music education at Fort Lewis College. Integrating a broad range of musical styles, including jazz, funk, blues, classical, rock, and Latin, he enjoys teaching and performing with students from all backgrounds. Jared has been the choir director at First United Methodist Church of Durango since 2014, and performs with Southwest Civic Winds, a community concert band made up of amateur and professional musicians. He performs with many groups in the Durango music scene, including Lisa Saunders "Broke with Expensive Taste," Durango FUNK Allstars, and Durango Orquesta de Salsa.
Davis Jones - Saxophone
Davis Jones joined the Katzin Music teaching staff in 2017, after moving to Durango from New York. He received his BM in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009. Davis plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone; he also teaches voice and bass guitar. His freelance and professional experience includes film scoring, composition, studio production, audio restoration, and archiving at GLS in Austin, TX, and Rax Trax Recording Studios in Chicago, IL. Davis taught recording arts, production, and music theory at Fusion Academy in Brooklyn, NY from 2014-2017. Students of all ages are welcome in his studio, where he teaches contemporary, jazz, and symphonic styles.
Diann Cates - Flute
Diann Cates began her music studies at the University of Maryland studying under Dr. William Montgomery. She later spent four years studying with world renowned flutist, Lois Schaefer, whose performance career includes positions in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Opera Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Diann was Principal Flutist of the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music in the Mountains Festival founder and conductor laureate, Dr. Mischa Semanitsky. She is also former Principal Flutist of the Musica Nova Orchestra in Phoenix and performed as a guest flutist with the United States Navy Band while in Maryland. Diann completed her B.A. in Music Performance at Fort Lewis College in 2016 and is a certified Suzuki Flute Method instructor. She has taught private lessons for many years with students of all ages. Diann currently performs with the Southwest Civic Winds.

Piano/Keyboard

Ryan McCurry - Piano
Ryan has been teaching piano, keyboard, and organ at Katzin Music since 2003. He received his degree in Classical Piano Performance from Fort Lewis College in 2005. Ryan also teaches adult contemporary band, "Soul What", adult jazz ensemble "Animas Jazz", and advanced youth ensemble "Graphic IQ" at Stillwater Music. He enjoys playing and teaching many genres, including jazz, funk, country, classical, contemporary, and ragtime. Ryan is a solo artist, studio musician, and a member of many local bands, including the High Rollers, The Durango FUNK Allstars, Sky Pilot, and Robby Overfield & the Breaks.
Jack Maynes - Piano
Jack teaches all styles on the piano and keyboard at Katzin Music, and has been here since 2008. He received his BA in Jazz Studies at Fort Lewis College in 2011 after playing in the FLC Big Band since 2008. Jack plays regularly with numerous bands in the area, including Robby Overfield & the Breaks, Jeff Solon Jazz, and Lisa Saunders. He has performed in the event band at the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Event Park for The Great Pumpkin Patch since 2015. Jack has co-taught the summertime "Young Composers Camp" with Susan Merrill since 2016 through 3rd Ave Arts. He specializes in composition, jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary styles. Jack is also available to accompany vocal students in preparation for auditions.
Additional Lesson Policies:
1. Jack teaches students over the age of 7.
Lawrence Nass - Piano
Lawrence rejoined the teaching staff at Katzin Music & Studios in 2017. He has been an active musician and instructor in the Durango area since the 1980s. Lawrence has had the opportunity to open for jazz artists Mose Allison and Maynard Ferguson and performed with Native American flautist, R. Carlos Nakai. In the Four Corners, he has performed with the San Juan Symphony, Music in the Mountains Symphony Orchestra, and jazz vocalist Joyce Lyons. From 2006-2013, Lawrence was the music director at the First United Methodist Church, where he selected and arranged music for the 7-piece band that performed each Sunday. Currently, he is the accompanist for the Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Lawrence teaches students of all ages in the styles of jazz, pop, rock, salsa, and country.
Michael Todd - Piano
Susan Merrill - Piano
A Katzin Music piano and voice teacher since 1991, Susan teaches piano fundamentals to beginning through early advanced students. She teaches a wide variety of styles. Along with expression, theory, and technique, Susan helps interested students explore composition. She offers opportunities for student performance and workshops through the Four Corners Music Teachers Association and Four Corners Orff associations. In 2014, Susan taught at the 4CMTA Summer Music Academy. Susan received her B.A. in speech and drama from Trinity University, San Antonio.
Caprice Fox - Piano
Caprice joined our teaching staff in 2016. After graduating from Ithaca College with a BA in Music in 1985, Caprice went on to found the world-touring jazz vocal group, the New York Voices, with Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, and Peter Eldridge. She remained a part of the group until 1994. Since then, she has taught private piano and voice lessons and classes at several schools, including Northern Westchester Music School: http://www.yorktownmusicschool.com/. We are excited to have her here in Durango, teaching piano in various styles, including jazz, classical, and contemporary. Her focus in lessons is to help each student find love in music and express themselves in their own unique way. Caprice performs regularly at Jeanne-Pierre Bakery on Friday evenings.
Sheryl Jones - Piano
Sheryl Jones moved to Durango after retiring from 30 years of teaching middle school, high school, and college choral programs in Austin, TX. She received her B.M. and M.M. in Education from Texas State University, where she was a student teacher supervisor and vocal coach. Over the years, she has taught voice, general music, piano, and musical theater to individual students and ensembles. She directed the River City Pops Show Choir for 10 years, and sang professionally in various bands in Austin for 18 years. Her experience as a school educator gave her a wealth of knowledge in developing and running music programs, and she is passionate about providing a fun, positive musical experience for all her students. In addition to teaching private lessons at Katzin Music, Sheryl directs the adult vocal group, "The DurangaTones" at Stillwater Music.

Percussion

Bill LaShell - Percussion
Bill LaShell attended Fort Lewis College where he performed with numerous ensembles including the Woodwork Mallet Ensemble, Select Wind Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. He received a B.A. in Music Education from FLC in 2004. Since then, he has taught general music, choir, band, and orchestra in the public schools. He joined Katzin Music in 2015. Currently, he directs the San Juan Symphony Junior Orchestra. Bill performed with the Music in the Mountains festival orchestra from 2003 to 2010, and has performed as a timpanist and percussionist with the San Juan Symphony. Bill has been a featured guest artist for many ensembles in the area, including the Durango Choral Society and and Durango Women's Choir. Most recently, he has performed with the Southwest Civic Winds and the Kissmah Brass Ensemble.

Voice

Susan Merrill - Voice
Susan has applied her Whole Body Singing Approach to Broadway, Folk, Bluegrass, Classical, and a variety of popular styles; she also teaches Grow Your Voice adult vocal workshops. Building confidence and a sense of fun are central to Susan's method. A Katzin music voice and piano instructor since 1991, Susan works with beginning through professional-level vocalists. Susan studied speech, drama, speech therapy, and music at Trinity University, and continued her studies in Germany and Korea. Her most recent performance was "Wheel of Song- A Singing Journal".
Jill Holly - Voice, Songwriting
Jill began at Katzin Music as a voice, guitar, songwriting, and piano instructor from 1999-2002 and returned in 2011. She is versed in a variety of vocal styles including contemporary, Broadway, classical, and singer/songwriter styles. Jill taught at the McNally Smith College of Music and was nominated for "Who's Who in America's Teachers." She also was a finalist in the Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Contest in 2011. For two decades, Jill has toured internationally as a recording artist. Visit Jill's website for more information and to listen to some of her music.
Additional Lesson Policies:
1. Students under the age of 10 must audition prior to commencing lessons with Jill.
2. Jill reserves the right to drop a student who misses an excessive number of lessons so that she may teach others on the waiting list.
Davis Jones - Voice
Davis Jones joined the Katzin Music teaching staff in 2017, after moving to Durango from New York. He received his BM in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009. He has performed in choirs and sung professionally in a band setting, where he often writes and arranges music. Davis has taught private vocal lessons since 2010. His freelance and professional experience includes film scoring, composition, studio production, audio restoration, and archiving at GLS in Austin, TX, and Rax Trax Recording Studios in Chicago, IL. Davis taught recording arts, production, and music theory at Fusion Academy in Brooklyn, NY from 2014-2017. Students of all ages are welcome in his studio, where he teaches beginning to intermediate vocal styles. He also teaches saxophone and bass guitar.
Caprice Fox - Voice
Caprice joined our teaching staff in 2016. After graduating from Ithaca College with a BA in Music in 1985, Caprice went on to found the world-touring jazz vocal group, the New York Voices, with Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, and Peter Eldridge. She remained a part of the group until 1994. Since then, she has taught private piano and voice lessons and classes at several schools, including Northern Westchester Music School: http://www.yorktownmusicschool.com/. We are excited to have her here in Durango, teaching voice in various styles, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and musical theater. Her focus in lessons is to help each student find love in music and express themselves in their own unique way.
Sheryl Jones - Voice
Sheryl Jones moved to Durango after retiring from 30 years of teaching middle school, high school, and college choral programs in Austin, TX. She received her B.M. and M.M. in Education from Texas State University, where she was a student teacher supervisor and vocal coach. Over the years, she has taught voice, general music, piano, and musical theater to individual students and ensembles. She directed the River City Pops Show Choir for 10 years, and sang professionally in various bands in Austin for 18 years. Her experience as a school educator gave her a wealth of knowledge in developing and running music programs, and she is passionate about providing a fun, positive musical experience for all her students. In addition to teaching private lessons at Katzin Music, Sheryl directs the adult vocal group, "The DurangaTones" at Stillwater Music.