Music Lessons

Guitar - Mandolin - Banjo - Violin - Bass - Ukulele

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David Thomas Bailey

Swing, Bebop, Latin, Blues, Fusion, &  jazz guitar

David Thomas Bailey

 David began playing the alto sax in elementary school, but traded it for an electric guitar when he was 11. David's first few jazz guitar lessons were from local jazz guitarist Ray Biocco, and David began to make a name for himself as the leader of the jazz/funk outfit, The Kabalaphonics. David attended Metro State College and the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in music, where he studied with brilliant musicians including Ron Miles, Paul Musso, and Drew Morell. He has over a dozen years of experience performing and teaching music.

Michael Towns

All styles of Guitar (beg - adv)

Mike has been teaching guitar to students at the Pickin' Parlor since 1996. You name it, and he can teach it. Great with kids of all ages! Mike teaches across all disciplines, specializing in Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Finger-Style Guitar.

Chris Elliott


Bluegrass Banjo

Chris plays bluegrass banjo with local musician Geoff Union and his band Ragged Union. Former member of the acclaimed Spring Creek Bluegrass Band and Blue Canyon Boys. Chris is the 2007 Rockygrass banjo champion. He attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas where he studied with banjo legend Alan Munde.

Steve Mullins

Mandolin & Flamenco Guitar

Steve Mullins

Steve Mullins earned a PhD, and a Master of Music degree in Musicology from the University of Colorado. He currently performs with the groups Laughing Hands, The Barbelfish Balkan Band, Flamenco Denver, Rim of the Well and The New Mandolin Quartet. Steve was a contributing writer for Mandolin Magazine, Author of the acclaimed "Global Mandolin" column from 1999-2014. Steve currently teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Ethnomusicology department, and an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Steve teaches all styles of mandolin as well as flamenco guitar.

Julia Hays

Violin & Fiddle

Julia Hays

Although Julia is classically trained, she has quite a repertoire of musical abilities that translate easily into blues, jazz, country, renaissance, Celtic, and Irish fiddling.
Julia gladly accepts beginning students of all ages.

Marlo Mortensen

Country and Finger-Style Guitar

Marlo Mortensen


Marlo is a singer-songwriter who teaches all the various styles of Americana and Roots music on the guitar. From Country to Jazz, Blues, Fingerstyle, Bluegrass and Folk, Marlo has over 20 years of experience and accepts students of all ages and abilities.

Brian Mullins

Mandolin & Guitar

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Brian is a touring member of  Colcannon as a guitarist and mandolin player. Brian plays and teaches mandocello, cittern, erhu (Chinese spike fiddle) and flute. (His collection of odd instruments is an ever-growing phenomenon). Brian is a prolific composer, and has performed and recorded with more projects than we can list. He has also toured extensively with a residency program, bringing his enthusiasm for world music and instruments to elementary school children.

Ben Johnson

Classical Guitar

Ben Johnson

As an active performer and teacher, Ben currently serves as the head of the Classical Guitar Department at CSU-Pueblo.  He has also taught in after school programs at the Weld Opportunity High School in Greeley, CO, workshops such as Camp Jam, and private lessons at the state’s largest and finest guitar retailers. He also has released a solo album entitled Art of Guitar in 2003.  His guitar duo, Duo Soledad, took home the top prize for professional ensembles at the Guitar Ensemble Competition at the University of Texas, Brownsville in 2008. He received his undergraduate training from the internationally renowned guitarist, Jonathan Leathwood and his graduate training from Ricardo Iznaola, one of the most sought after guitar pedagogues in the world. 

Ryan Fiegl




Ryan has studied and performs a broad range of music and styles. A Denver native and graduate from the University of Denver, Ryan engages students to pursue music at a high level of technique and performance practice, regardless of age or style. His teaching methods include an underlying constant building of fretboard theory within the styles of rock, jazz, and classical.


Todd Livingston

DOBRO & Resophonic Guitar


Todd Livingston is back in Colorado, and is teaching DOBRO and other slide-y instruments at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor!!! Todd has been playing, teaching and touring professionally for the last 15 years and has shared the stage with a number of Bluegrass’s top musicians including Earl Scruggs, Jim Lauderdale, Missy Raines, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Matt Flinner, and many others.  Todd has never been afraid to step out of the bluegrass “box”and spent 6 months as a theater musician on Pulitzer Prize winning author Sam Shepherd’s play “A Particle of Dread”. As part of the American Musicians Abroad program,  Todd has travelled to and played over 40 countries as an Ambassador to the US.  Todd’s love for the dobro and music are infectious and it shows whether he is teaching or playing or just talking about the resonator guitar he is always smiling.

Martin Gilmore

Flatpicking Guitar, Mandolin & Ukulele

Martin Gilmore

Martin is the guitarist and lead vocalist for the Bluegrass band Long Road Home. He has extensive experience in bluegrass rhythm, lead and solo performance. He plays often with Long Road Home Bluegrass Band which features some of the finest bluegrass talent on the front range including: Justin Hoffenberg, Jordan Ramsey, Gene Libbea and Pete Wernick. He has appeared on stage with members of the Infamous Stringdusters, Cadillac Sky, Hot Rize and many more. He is part of the Swallow Hill Music School Faculty, a well-known songwriter in the front range area and a touring performer. Martin teaches Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele at the OTPP. ---

Leon Chetsas

Electric guitar

Leon has been playing guitar professionally for 23 years. Originally from Massachusetts, he moved to Colorado to tour and play music full time. Leon has played with national and local artists Nina Storey and Matthew Moon. He also played at the Denver Broncos Superbowl Celebration, and has been on the bill with Men At Work. In 2002, Leon released an all instrumental CD with his band at the time, "Fuzzchunk." It is a great mix of rock, funk and jazz fusion. He was chosen as a semi-finalist in 1991 & 1992 for Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band Contest. Leon also received "honorable mention" in Guitar Player Magazine's 4th Annual Soundpage Competition. He is constantly pursuing "THE TONE!"