To Build a lifelong love of music for students and families and build a strong community through music education in the Homeschool Community.
To continue to build and grow homeschoolers throughout the state of Colorado via group classes and multiple performance opportunities .
To build Character and perseverence in each student based on Christian Principles
A Few Words About Us
How Colorado Homeschool Music Began
Colorado Homeschool Music, Inc. (CHM) was formed out of a desire for a complete band program for homeschoolers. Band is good for personal growth and societal growth that happens when working as a team. Instrumental education is the best for brain development; better than learning a foreign language or playing sports-but don’t throw those away either!
2 Years Later
Fast forward to two plus years and this is what Colorado Homeschool Music looks like now: Bands, Choirs, Orchestra and Drumline! Even a General Music class to get the littles started.
Meet Our Instructors
12 years of Music Instruction in the homeschool community
- 56 years of personal music education and performance experience.
Early Music Training
Marsha Brower has played some musical instrument since she was given a small electric organ for Christmas at the age of three. Through out elementary school she played piano and recorder. In middle & high school she played French horn and alto & tenor saxophone. When curiosity got the better of her, she borrowed a friends clarinet… fast forward to today and she has performed in small ensembles, orchestras and concert bands on alto & tenor saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet, French horn, baritone, trumpet, soprano, alto & tenor recorder, percussion, piano, violin and cello! Marsha has studied privately on saxophone, French horn, flute, trombone, percussion and piano and attended the many private lessons her four children have taken over years on trumpet, clarinet, percussion, guitar, violin, cello and double bass.
She began her music teaching experience as an assistant to Becky Gann, band director of the Tri-Lakes Homeschool Band. When Becky’s family had to relocate due to her husband’s military service the homeschool band disbanded, and Marsha transferred her skills as a TA for band director, Nell Houser at High Country Home Educators. Hoping to encourage younger students towards music, she began teaching general music and recorder classes at High Country, as well. After Mrs. Houser stepped down as the band director, Marsha took up the baton and continued the band. She also added to her classes with bucket drumming, Pre-Band and a dedicated percussion class, even teaching choir. She also taught elementary music for Artios Academy and Twelve Stones. Beside music classes, she also enjoys teaching Spanish, French, Sign Language and History.
Marsha Brower is now in her second decade in the world of homeschool music! At the beginning of 2020 she began her independent teaching path and put her dream into action by offering an Intro to Concert Band class. There were about 10 students that participated and thus, Colorado Homeschool Music was born. 2020-21 brought challenges, but she persevered, was joined by Carol Yee, expanded to 3 classes, opened a second location in Castle Rock and still served homeschoolers. So… what exactly does that dream entail?
- offering musical opportunities beyond the classroom and concerts to homeschoolers
- growing homeschoolers personally and musically through musical opportunities
- competitions specifically designed for homeschooled musicians, individually and collectively
- music camps
- ensemble travel as ambassadors for performance, education and fun
Colorado Homeschool Music is in its 3rd year and has served over 100 students. The Colorado Homeschool Concert Festival was started in 2021 and the Colorado Homeschool Performing Arts Solo and Ensemble contest began in 2022. The next step will be regional and statewide Homeschool Honor Bands, Choirs & Orchestras!
- 35 years of music instruction experience
- Former Band Director in New Jersey and Band Director of Evangelical Christian Academy, Colorado Springs.
I received my Bachelor’s of Music Education for K – 12 from Nyack College in Nyack, New York. I began teaching in Hillside, New Jersey and for 10 years enjoyed teaching instrumental music to students 4-12, General music for 3-8 and the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs. During my time teaching I did Masters studies at Kean College in New Jersey and the University of Maryland. When my husband and I moved to Colorado I taught 4 years at the Evangelical Christian Academy as the 7-12 grade Concert and Jazz Band director. These two bands traveled to music festivals in Colorado and Texas.
When my elderly parents came to live with us I opened the music studio in my house where I enjoy teaching private lessons. Many of my private students have earned places in the Pikes Peak Honor Band, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Adams State Honor Band and have been chosen to travel with Colorado Ambassadors of Music to Europe. My Major Performance instrument is trumpet and I love to teach brass, my second love is to teach percussion.
- 10+ years of music instruction experience
- 35 Years of Musical Expreience
- Co Founder: summer music program for Aurora Public Schools CO
A friend of Hilda’s said: “Hilda Bernard is *the* best thing that could happen to your kids. She combines her love of music, fun and children with a caring sternness that will straighten your children up and make them better musicians. Hilda has been playing the viola forEVER and studied in UNC’s music program. She has 2 daughters and lots of enthusiasm.”
Hilda is a viola coach with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association and teaches violin, viola and cello in the Mozart String Program. She also teaches these instruments privately.
Hilda has performed in San Francisco, Michigan, and New York, and Colorado (including the Denver Broncos Hall of Fame, Inaugural opening day for Colorado Rockies.
She has also performed with Hudson Valley Ebony Strings and Hudson Valley Wire Choir as well as Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and currently plays in the Pueblo Symphony.
- Taught Intro to Drums for 2 years at High Country Home Educators
- Assisted with the homeschool band at High Country 2018-2019
- Earned the title “Drum Boss” for her valuable contribution to Parade Camp in 2018 and beyond.
- The 2021-22 unofficial Drum Line assistant and has now officially be promoted to Official Drum Line Assistant 2022-23.
Lindsay Barnes played percussion from 6th grade through 11th grade and participated in marching band on the drum line at Woodland Park High School. She taught a bucket drum class and intro to drum class at High Country Co-op for 2 years. She has been assisting Marsha Brower with her homeschool band and summer music camps since 2018.
She has a passion and love for percussion and enjoys seeing kids learning and understanding rhythm and music and is very excited for this upcoming year and what it has to bring.
Lindsay will be teaching General Music and assisting Drum Line in Colorado Springs.
When not in the classroom. Lindsay can be found driving her 6 children around in their new “small” city bus.
Choir - Colorado Springs
Sandi Padilla is excited to be part of Colorado Homeschool Music! Bringing over twenty years of experience in teaching voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele she is known for helping people discover and develop their God-given potential!
At her private studio in Falcon, CO Sandi enjoys watching students grow in confidence as they build their musical skills and talents. After relocating from California to Colorado in 2019 she has been a featured soloist and composer with Soli Deo Gloria Community Choir and showcased her original songs with Jared Anderson’s songwriter’s circle. Sandi has also shared the stage and recorded with national recording artists Lincoln Brewster, and Darlene Zschech and her music streams on all digital platforms. Known for her smooth, versatile soprano voice she records and performs a variety of music styles.
Having studied vocal performance at BIOLA and Sacramento State University, her students have gone on to rewarding careers in organizations like the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York, NY. In addition to serving on the worship team at her church, Sandi specializes in cultivating worship leaders, singer-songwriters and preparing students for musical theatre auditions. She loves teaching and her goal is that each student blossoms through a process of self-discovery and creative expression. By combining music theory, sight-reading and ear training into customized lessons Sandi’s goal is that her students come away with a solid foundation and a lifelong enjoyment of music.
Piano - Colorado Springs
- Over 30 years of piano playing experience (classical and worship music)
- 15 years of piano teaching experience
Choir, General Music - Castle Rock
Early Life and Family
Katy grew up in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth into a large, musical family. Her mother was an elementary music teacher for 35 years and she and her father played in several orchestras over their (still going) careers as bassoon player and French horn player. Katy’s father has also been a sought-after baritone in the DFW metroplex for many years. To say Katy grew up in the wings and backstage of music is not an exaggeration. (In fact, she didn’t realize this was a bit unusual until college.) Not only are her parent’s musicians, but many members of the extended family are professional musicians and artists in places like NYC, Portland, and more. Some of the most fond memories are gathering at Christmastime around the piano, with aunts and cousins playing four-hand carols and singing together in sometimes 8-part harmonies, sometimes sight-reading, sometimes singing simple rounds, but always laughing. It was very “Norman Rockwell”.
Katy learned to read music quickly and sang in touring church choirs, regularly preparing and auditioning for the TMEA All-State choir in high school, and joining the Madrigal Singers the last 3 years of high school, under the direction of Dr. Richard McKean.
After graduating high school in 2000, Katy had to choose between two loves: art or music. Music won out (maybe the music scholarship tipped the scale) and she chose Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX to major in Music Education, Vocal Emphasis. She was invited to sing with the renowned Concert Choir and smaller ensemble, Simmons Classic under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Hawthorne. She regularly competed in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions all over the state of Texas and earned high scores at those events. She participated in productions of Opera Scenes directed by Dr. Jayne Middleton and a full-fledged production of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte where she played the role of Dorabella. She studied under the prodigious teaching of Dr. Stafford Turner and his wife Rebecca Turner, who had their own careers in opera houses in Germany for many years before they landed in Texas.
Katy took a break from college in 2003, got married (to a fellow musician of course) and started a family, but then went back to school in 2008, finishing with honors in her BM program, earning the “Outstanding Student Teacher” award. During her time student teaching, however, she decided her real joy came in small groups, even one-on-one teaching. Because she already had 1 little boy and had another on the way, she decided teaching private lessons was the way to go. She graduated in 2009.
Immediately after graduation, Katy started taught for 2 years at Abilene High School and Cooper High School, both in Abilene, coaching high school students for auditions, performances, musicals, and Solo and Ensemble competitions. After her 3rd boy was born, it was time to take some time away from teaching. She did find time to sing with Abilene Chamber Singers (a small group of musicians, many teachers themselves) before her family decided they city was where they wanted to relocate.
When her oldest son (now a senior) started 1st grade, she started the journey of homeschooling. This journey is time-consuming (as many people now know post-Covid), so it took awhile to get back to the piano. But, in 2016, she opened up her studio, this time teaching from home. A large majority of her students have been homeschoolers since then, as that is where her community lies. Her students have made her SO proud, accomplishing feats such as All-State Choir, superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Competitions and growing in knowledge of music and musicianship. Before moving to Colorado in 2021, Katy sang with the MidCities Chamber Singers under direction of D.J. Bulls, and then Fort Worth Chorale, Schola Cantorum under direction of Dr. Karen Kenaston-French.
Moving to the Mountains and HVE
Though it was hard to leave family in Texas, 2021 urged change again. Katy and her (now 4) growing boys and husband decided on Colorado Springs. Close enough to the mountains, but also close to a Costco! She immediately started looking around for a homeschool choir for her own boys, but found the area lacking for older students. Katy decided to fill that gap and started up the Homeschool Vocal Ensemble, an a cappella singing group for high school students. She is also growing her studio locally, and some are still taking lessons virtually from Texas. She is excited to help grow musicians and singers in the Colorado Springs area, furthering excellence and deepening understanding in all aspects of music. She is an active member of the Colorado Springs Chorale.
When Katy is not teaching her 4 boys (Kindergarten through 12th!), voice lessons, or choir, you can find her playing tennis, hiking, reading, or even teaching art classes. She is the co-owner of Cypress School of Art as well, which began as an online art school during the pandemic. She loves roadtripping throughout the country, and trying out local coffeehouses everywhere she goes.
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