DaVinci Instructors

Talented DaVinci Instructors

DaVinci Instructors work with every student to provide the type of instruction that meets their learning needs. Instructors also helps them reach their performance goals. We have some amazing instructors with A LOT of experience in helping children with individual learning needs. Instructors share their musical love with each student and work with them to find where their musical passions lie.
All of our instructors participate in on going Instructor Training at DCMA. DaVinci founder Maria, has degrees in special education/music and has worked with students of all levels for over 25 years. Our vocal instructor Elena, has worked with neuro-diverse children for over 20 years. Amanda our violin and piano instructor, has been working with special needs children for over 5 years. DaVinci recently teamed up with Occupational Piano, a school in Boulder, who specializes in neuro-diverse education. Many of our children are labeled “gifted and talented” and many have gone on to achieve pretty amazing things.
DaVinci Founder, Piano and Piano Playtime Instructor
When not forgetting to make her daily tea before the pot burns to a crisp, Maria is in daily comatosed awe when witnessing the genius of the inner musician in all of her piano friends.  Piano friends include anyone who’s been on this planet for 2 or more years and is curious enough to sit in front of a piano and doodle.  Armed with pianos, kids, music, great teachers and administrators,  the music of past, present and future is celebrated and mixed in with the beauty of original music from who ever’s on the piano bench. 

Inspired by overrated degrees and training in Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology,  Piano Pedagogy, Traditional and Suzuki Music, Kodaly, Orff…. blah blah blah, Maria has allegedly founded and is running (to where, who knows) the DaVinci Center for Musical Arts.  Started in 2003 under the name of Heartsong Musik, and formerly Musikcare, the DaVinci Center now muses piano, violin, voice and guitar for 5-99 year olds and most popularly, Piano Playtime.  Piano Playtime establishes programs in preschools for little maestros 2.5 to 6 years old.  As research has it, starting piano before the age of 7 gives human beings a larger brain size and other lifelong perks.  Not starting piano until age 8, Maria is hoping to get more of her own brain growth to engage as she flops around on the floor with mini-pianos and preschoolers, having the time of her life! 
Piano Playtime Instructor

Laura Franklin’s passion in life (besides her grandkids!) is teaching music to children.  She loves helping inspire the joy of music in young lives and watching them grow as happy musicians.  She has taught private piano for 33 years, and also taught public school elementary music (PS – 5thgrades) for 17 years (Colorado and Tennessee) before retiring in 2017.  In addition, she has taught church and homeschool music classes. Laura is a licensed, certified K-12 music teacher.  She enjoys playing hand bells, and has also served as accompanist in several capacities:  Community theatre, children’s mass choirs, public schools and churches.  Mrs. Franklin, better known as “Mrs. Music,” also has a BA in Journalism and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  She and her husband reside in Longmont, and love to travel, snow ski, camp, hike, and enjoy water sports.  Their greatest joys, though, are their four young grandchildren.

Piano and Piano Playtime Instructor

“I believe music is an essential part of the human experience. My mission as a piano educator is to make music fun and accessible for everyone. I want toempower people to create music by breaking down complex concepts into elements they can understand. By learning a combination of sight reading, chords, ear training, theory and improvisation,  my students develop a deep understanding of the core concepts of music, as well as the ability to create and enjoy music their whole lives.”

Piano and Vocal Instructor

Recently moved to Boulder fromNewYork City, Elena Camerin Young was born in Venice, Italy where she completed her musical studies. For over 20years Elenahas taught voice to students of all ages and levels, personalizing the curriculum to each student’s strengths and needs; she also directs ensemble and chorus classes, arranging music from jazz and pop repertoire. Elena also focuses on teaching music to students with special needs, particularly in the autism spectrum. She performs regularly throughout Europe and the United States.

Piano and Vocal Instructor

Mark Boykins is known as a versatile pianist, vocalist and composer who has performed and recorded with many local musicians and legendary artists in the Denver area.  

He has worked as a Rehearsal Pianist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; an Associate Director and Principal Accompanist for the Spirituals Project; an Accompanist, Associate Director and Soloist for SOAR!; and Keyboardist for the Denver Pops Orchestra.

He studied Music Education and Piano Performance at Metropolitan State University of Denver (formally MSCD).

His teaching styles include ear training, improvisation, song writing and music notation; in addition to helping students develop their creative skills.

Boykins has been a Music Instructor at American Music School (formally American Piano School) and Whittier ECE-8 School.

He is currently the Director of Music at the Peoples Presbyterian Church of Denver Colorado and Accompanist at Park Hill United Methodist Church of Denver.

Piano Instructor 

Adam A Torres, conductor and collaborative artist, made his professional debut as a piano soloist with the San Angelo Symphony at age eleven. He has since maintained a busy schedule as a performer, conductor, and educator.

Torres is currently in his fourth season as the Assistant Conductor for Fort Collins Symphony and in his third year as Music Director for Zion Lutheran Church (Loveland, CO). Known for his flexibility and versatility, 2014 has provided the opportunity to conduct and rehearse the newly formed Alpharetta Symphony (Alpharetta, GA), the Colorado State University Concert Orchestra, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory summer production of Oklahoma!.

In November 2014, Torres collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (Colorado Springs, CO) as an emergency guest conductor with only a few hours’ notice prior to downbeat.

Torres remains in active demand as a collaborative pianist in Northern Colorado. He is a regular performer with the Cheyenne Symphony, Sound de Trois (flute, clarinet, piano trio), and regularly accompanies for private studios in Northern Colorado. He has also recently performed with other organizations such as the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, the Poudre Valley Health and Wellness Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony. He has performed in several recitals for Colorado State University’s Aries Composers’ Festival for Contemporary Music and for the CSU Virtuoso Recital Series.

In addition to Adam’s work as a conductor and pianist, he maintains a small piano studio and holds the rank of Special Assistant Professor of Music at Colorado State University with a focus in Online Curriculum, where he also serves as the Coordinator for CSU’s Summer Residency Masters in Music Education Program with Conducting Emphasis.

Piano Instructor

Composer and pianist Michael Schreier joined the DaVinci Center faculty in 2015. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Schreier moved to Colorado to complete his Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado, where he now serves on the jazz faculty and continues to manage operations of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, the country’s largest educational jazz festival. As a composer and pianist, his music has been heard far and wide, having presented in Japan, China, Vietnam, France, and Switzerland. In 2015, Schreier was honored as a recipient of ASCAP’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award for his big band composition “Awakening.” After serving as the artistic director for the award-winning jazz venue Dazzle from 2015 to 2017, Schreier now spends his days as a web and software developer

Piano Instructor

Thomas Hoops has been teaching piano for over 25 years and has experience teaching all ages from babies to retirees. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music, magna cum laude, from Texas Woman’s University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Hoops is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA), and Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML). Mr. Hoops specializes in Music Learning Theory and is level I certified by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning in Elementary General Music. He also has training in the Alexander Technique and has performed extensive research in the movement principles of Rudolf Laban.

Mr. Hoops is an avid triathlete (USATmember) and focuses on movement to internalize musical concepts. He has performed, composed, recorded, and arranged music at the professional level for many years and brings it all into the teaching studio. He is currently working on a method book that blends his knowledge of music and his progressive teaching style.

Guitar & Ukulele Instructor

Khabu Doug Young, guitarist and composer, recently relocated to Boulder CO after 20 years in New York City as an active musician and teaching artist . He has toured the US, Canada, Europe, and India with renowned musicians such as Art Lande and Paul McCandless.

Khabu teaches guitar, ukulele, and improvisation for all instruments. He has held numerous workshops and clinics throughout Europe and North America, in schools such as Arizona State University (Phoenix), Bennington College (VT), California State University (Hayward), Denver University (CO), HSPVA (Houston TX), SUNY (New Paltz), University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), University of California (Santa Cruz), University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), Williams College (MA), Wichita State University (KS). Mr. Young was commissioned by the Armour Foundation to compose new works for ukulele for two consecutive years. Most recently, he was awarded a Pathways To Jazz grant through the Boulder County Arts Alliance. He is currently an adjunct professor at Naropa University.

Violin, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin

Bobby fell in love with music as a child over thirty years ago after a teacher told him “he had the talent.” He started on the violin in private lessons, school and youth orchestras, and then began playing professionally in 2000. On the violin, he plays many styles including classical, Irish, bluegrass, gypsy-swing, jazz, Klezmer, etc., in addition to writing original compositions. Bobby is a skilled orchestral luthier, having studied from masters within the state and around the world, and is also the proud owner of Krech Fiddle Services, specializing in professional instrument repair and performance.

While the violin is Bobby’s primary instrument, he is also proficient on the mandolin, guitar, and piano. You can hear Bobby featured in a variety of bands around the state. He is excited about the opportunity to share his skills and interests with DaVinci students.

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