Meet our teachers

Our teachers work with all ages and teach a diverse range of instruments. All of them have experience in songwriting, music production, & recording their own songs to share with the world.

Whether seeking instruction for your child or finally getting around to your own musical aspirations, let us match one of our seasoned and award winning teachers with your specific needs. Learn more and schedule your free introductory class today!

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Stella Gordon

Stella grew up in Evergreen, Colorado where she began piano, voice, and guitar lessons at a young age. She left Colorado for Los Angeles, where she received a BA in Music from Whittier College. While in LA, Stella performed with the Angel City Chorale, sang a duet with Broadway star, Susan Egan, and even performed with a Brazilian Drum Team at the Rose Bowl with Danilo Lozano. Now back in her home state, Stella loves to share all that she has leaned with her music students. She teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele and loves to teach singers how to play instruments to accompany their singing! For those interested, Stella can also help with audition prep for voice and stage, songwriting, and recording. 

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Eddie Schmid

Playing music and singing is a natural joy that everyone deserves in life. I believe sincerely and deeply that everyone is creative and consider it my life’s project to help spark that feeling in others.

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Connor Terrones

Connor Terrones is a Denver-based music teacher, singer, performer, songwriter and producer. He grew up in Colorado Springs and fell in love with the guitar as a teenager when he discovered rock music. Terrones went to the University of Northern Colorado to obtain a Bachelor’s in Music Performance in Jazz Studies. Since graduating from UNC in 2016, he has taught many students of various ages and experience levels and performed extensively inside and outside of Colorado. His favorite part of teaching is when he gets to show a student an incredible recording they've never heard before for the first time.

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Erik Johnson

Erik is a multi-instrumental performer, producer, educator, composer, and conductor. Born just northwest of Detroit, he studied classical clarinet performance and composition at Western Michigan University. After graduate school at Ithaca College in New York, he took his background in classical, jazz, electronic, and world music practices to tour throughout the United States and Canada while recording on 17 albums, and teaching master classes. 

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Kathryn Fernandez

Kathryn started singing in her elementary school choir when she was 5 years old, where her love for music began. Throughout her childhood, Kathryn studied music through honors women's choir, musical theater, piano lessons, and voice lessons. Kathryn loves many genres of music and believes musicians benefit from diverse musical interests and exposure to different styles. Some of her musical influences include, but aren't limited to, Florence & The Machine, Grouplove, Journey, and Death Cab for Cutie.

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Patrick DeJardin

Patrick DeJardin graduated from the University of La Verne, with a Bachelors degree in music and concentrations in piano performance and music history. He studied under Grace Zhao Baugh and conducted research with Dr. Kathleen Lamkin. For his thesis, he studied the music of Frédéric Chopin and how his music was primarily exposed in the more intimate settings, of the Parisian Salons. Dealing with performance anxiety, throughout his career, Patrick has also explored many methods to help students to become comfortable with their instrument, in a performance setting. Patrick enjoys performing in smaller gatherings and frequently organizes salon-like concerts with other musicians and artists at his home.

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Andres Lasaga

Tenor Andrés Lasaga obtained his Bachelor of Music from New World School of the Arts’ vocal program and performed several roles in their annual scenes program and productions such as Ernesto from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Mengone from Haydn’s Lo speziale. He received his Master’s of Music degree at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music where he had the opportunity to perform two Stravinsky operas: Mavra (Hussar) and The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell). Other roles include Britten’s The Turn of The Screw (The Prologue and Peter Quint), Lehar’s The Merry Widow (St. Brioche and Baron Popoff), Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (Bill), Massenet’s Cendrillon (Le Doyen de la Faculté), Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos (Scaramuccio), Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Tamino and Monostatos), and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)

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Casey Banker

Casey has been writing, arranging, producing, performing, and DJing in Colorado for over 14 years. He has been the primary songwriter in multiple bands throughout his career which include Shady Elders, Modern Leisure, The Don’ts and Be Carefuls, and The Outfit. In that time, Casey has amassed a varied skillset: Electric guitar, Bass Guitar, DJing, Production, Mixing, Arranging and Songwriting. His approach to teaching is to make it as collaborative as possible; he wants to know the student’s goals and help to turn their dreams into a reality.

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William Koster

Will finds joy in making music every day and loves sharing the skills and practices he has learned. He helps others find their own joy in being musically creative.  Will plays guitar, dobro, sings, and writes songs in the Denver based Bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival.  He also studied Recording Arts at Indiana University and has a home studio in Denver where he makes recordings. Will is currently teaching guitar, songwriting, recording, and square-neck dobro at Moon Magnet Music School. 

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Gabriel Rodriguez

Musician, producer, DJ, and Funk music enthusiast, Gabriel Rodriguez hails out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gabriel drew much of his musical influence from his father, a well-known Latin composer and lead musician for his band La Unica. Interested in music all his life, Gabriel pursued it further at Eastern University where he completed a degree in Music Composition and Electronic Music.  When he’s not performing, he spends time in his studio creating his own music and completing client projects. When he’s not performing, he spends time in his studio creating his own music and completing client projects. In addition to composing music, Gabriel also enjoys teaching music production, composition, audio engineering, and piano.

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Sean Culliton

Fueled by a passion for sharing music and making it accessible for people of all backgrounds, Sean Culliton has been teaching in Colorado for over 10 years. He received his Bachelor's of Music Degree from the University of Denver and since has been gigging relentlessly throughout Colorado and the United States, including the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre. His current passion project is his synthpop band Retrofette, which has toured the country and has four releases under its belt. While he is a classically trained musician, he specializes in new wave, jazz, funk, and pop music and loves to geek out about synthesizers and music production.

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Reed Fox

DJ, sought-after producer, and wizard behind 'oyster band' déCollage, Reed Cameron Fox is a Denver based imaginator. Reed graduated from University of Colorado Denver in 2013 with a double major in Audio Engineering & Music Business. Reed began teaching guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and music production lessons 10 years ago and has had a full roster of 35-50 students (1,500 lessons a year). Some of his students are learning to make beats and record their own songs using free and professional programs like Garageband, Ableton, and Logic Pro. Since 2009, Reed has been releasing music from his five* bands consistently, and loves coaching others through the music creation, release, and marketing process. 

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Jamie Nagode

Jamie is a professional vocal coach and music teacher, providing individualized instruction through one-on-one voice and music lessons. She has a background in music performance, education, film, songwriting, and engineering. As a musician and former student of the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, Jamie can offer a wide range of instruction, from preparing for auditions to performing on stage, to singing karaoke and recording original songs. She provides coaching for all ages and experience levels.   

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What our students say

My kids have learned to play some of their favorite songs which keeps them interested and excited about piano. When I hear my kids playing the piano, I am struck by the fact that, thanks to Moon Magnet,  they are really good piano players! We have referred them to several friends and they have all been extremely happy and impressed.

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What is Moon Magnet?

Moon Magnet is a music school, music studio, & record label based in Denver, CO founded in 2013. With Moon Magnet you can learn how to produce music with one of our many engineers, release your music in 90 days, or learn to play an instrument and perform at concerts. Our education is accessible online and in person at your house (our teachers drive to you). 

Since receiving the Meow Wolf Grant two consecutive years, we've undertaken a number of exciting new projects, including the release of our first cassette compilation tape (Moon Magnet Volume IV). Some of our members are product innovators and have collaborated with Meow Wolf to bring Moon Water to Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station (Denver) and Omega Mart (Las Vegas). Moon Magnet band, déCollage, was invited to create a 10min soundtrack for a room called Ruptured Time at Meow Wolf Denver. 

Moon Magnet is a place where artists can be themselves and express freely. We strive to inspire musicians to try new things and we promote a “you can do anything with practice; barriers are mostly mental” DIY ethos. ∞Gravitate to your sound∞ 

Moon Magnet is an artist collective with a lot of branches; it’s an umbrella with a multiverse of people under it. We’ve created surrealistic music videos & films that have premiered on the big screen, as well as launching a Moon Magnet showcase at Alamo Drafthouse, which debuted with songwriter Esmé Patterson. With our desire for providing imaginative experiences and our love for bringing people together, we’ve had the honor of hosting unusual Moon Magnet showcases at UMS every year since 2013.

Moon Magnet's also been lucky enough to travel across the country and build unique art installations at music festivals like FORM Arcosanti, The UMS, Desert Daze {collaborating with Adult Swim} & art spaces like Museum of Contemporary Art & The Understudy at Denver Center of Performing Arts.

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