Teachers at Universal Music Teaching Studio
Lynds Pickett began private musical studies at age 6. She won over 20 scholarships and awards through secondary school years, making her debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony at age 15. She received a Bachelors degree in Music in 1981, pursuing graduate studies in music thereafter. She received certification in the Suzuki Method in 1994. She is an active member of Colorado State Music Teachers Association and MTNA. Lynds has been teaching private instruction since 1981: All levels of cello plus beginning/intermediate violin and viola. Primarily traditional instruction with Suzuki method as requested. All ages taught, including students with ADHD and acute hearing loss.
Public Schools: Over 7 yr. in Public Schools
Group Instruction: Includes adjudication of numerous solo and ensemble string festivals, masterclasses, bi-yearly recitals, coaching string sectionals and clinics, performance classes focusing on special needs typical to each group of students (Ex., focusing techniques to maximize and streamline progress, managing performance anxiety, bow control, playing with heart & passion, etc.)
Professional Freelance Performer: 1976- present: orchestral, chamber & solo.
Venues: recording studio, informal and formal gatherings, concerts, services of all kinds.
Style: classical, folk, popular and jazz.
A graduate of Northglenn High School; Jim received a B.A. in Music Education from Metropolitan State College, and completed additional Graduate courses through the University of Colorado-Denver, Chadron State College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He taught music classes (band, choir, general music) in Eastern Colorado, Southeast Nebraska, and Northwest Nebraska. He has been playing the clarinet since 1960, teaching private lessons since 1970; Jim was Lead Tenor Saxophone for the Dance Band “The Band of Memories” for 2 years (Chadron, Nebraska). Members of the band included Richard Case (drummer formerly with Les Brown), Kip Dubbs (piano, arranger), Charles Harrington (trombone, US Air Force band). Jim is a member of MENC (Music Educators National Conference), CMEA (Colorado Music Education Association), JEN (Jazz Education Network), and CMAA (Colorado Music Adjudication Association) and has been employed full time at Universal Music Company since November, 1999.
Chuck Fisher, a guitarist with over 20 years of professional experience, is a musician and entertainer with many levels of musical talent. Born in Detroit, Michican, his music has developed in Colorado. Chuck studied music at the University of Colorado under various professors including Ed Stephens, Paul Musso and D.U. Instructor Phil Zweig. He has also studied vocal with Dr. Scott Martin of Juilliard and the Parnassus Academy and piano, composition and arrangement under the direction of former Paramount Studies staff musician and college lecturer William Alexande, Eric Gunnison, Pat Bianci, and the late Mark Bretz. Over the years he has played in a wide variety of bands from Classic Rock to Blues to Jazz Fusion; and opened for many National acts such as Little Feat, The Four Tops, and Confunction. In addition to teaching private music lessons Chuck works on the local and regional music circuit.
Jane Johnston has been playing saxophone for 48 years. She was part of grade school, junior high and high school band programs and participated in solo and ensemble competitions every year. She is currently performing with a local praise band and was part of the inaugural season of the Thornton Community Band. Jane has been teaching saxophone at Universal Music for approximately 20 years.
A violinist for 45 years, Susan studied music education and strings performance at the University of Michigan. She has performed both professionally and with numerous community orchestras. Susan began teaching violin 33 years ago. Current and former students include members of the Colorado Youth Symphony and Front Range Youth Symphony. Recent student honors include three TASHCO competition awards.