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The founder, Michele Kennedy, is a pianist and piano teacher who opened her studio in 2019.  She moved to Denver from St. Louis, Missouri in 2017.  She studied Piano Performance, Music Theory and Pedagogy at Missouri State University.  While raising her twin sons, she taught, accompanied theater productions,  composed music and performed in a seven-piece band for ten years.

Michele is the author of "Name the Note Workbook",  a tool to help students remember where notes are located on the grand staff.  By writing in the names  of over 7000 notes in  random, but sequential order. The workbook has proven to speed up the process of learning to read music. 

Michele is a member of the National Music Teachers' Association and the Colorado Music Teachers' Association. She creates much of her students' curriculum and arrangements of music for her students and she is also in the process of developing a program for teaching piano to 4-6 year old students. 

Michele decided to expand her studio into a musical arts school because she realized that there are very limited opportunities for kids to be musically creative, collaborate in a group setting and perform on a regular basis.  Since music is a gift that is meant to be shared, it is important to offer the opportunity for students to set goals, set timeframes and perform ...often.  That's why Denver Academy of Musical Arts schedules regular recitals, competitions, theater productions, talent shows and performance workshops.

She has brought together some of the best teachers in Denver who specialize in piano, guitar,  voice, and musical theater to teach individual private lessons and ensembles, choir, preschool/toddler music and  acting classes.

The school mascot is her dog Lola, an 9 year old Golden Doodle who greets students and then naps all day.  When she isn't teaching her 46 students, managing the academy or creating lesson plans,  Michele most enjoys spending time with her 4 year old granddaughter and 2 year old grandson.  

Miss Michele Kennedy Piano Teacher and owner of Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Lola, the receptionist at Denver Academy of Musical Arts

About the Founder

Apprentice Piano/Vocal Instructor-  Abby Skinner

Abby Skinner Piano and Vocal instructor at Denver Academy of Musical Arts

Abby grew up in Denver. She is currently pursuing a double major in Voice and Piano Performance at Metro State.  She has been teaching piano lessons since 2019 and she joined Denver Academy of Musical Arts in April 2023.  

When she is not busy with her studies, she enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. 


Guitar Instructor- Jeff Gleason

Born in Alaska, and raised in Colorado, guitarist Jeff Gleason holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He was the third-place winner of the Denver Classical Guitar Society’s solo competition in 2009.


He has been an active studio teacher in the Denver area for over 20 years, and was also part of MSU Denver's guitar department from 2009 until 2020. While on the MSU faculty, Jeff  taught private guitar lessons, class guitar, Intro to Music, and History of Rock and Roll.

He has performed throughout the United States as a soloist, including recitals and competitions in St. Louis, MO, Gainesville, FL, Reno, Santa Fe, and nearly every mountain and valley throughout Colorado.

Jeff Gleason at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Jeff Gleason Guitar Instructor at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
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