Private lessons are a popular way to explore music at Fireside.  We cap our private lesson program at 60 exclusive one-on-one spots!  We currently only have a few spots available.   Here are some FAQs about Private Lessons...​

What lessons are currently available?    
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Woodwinds, Brass, Violin, Banjo, Cello, Mandolin, Uke, Voice, Drums

How much do lessons cost?  
Intro Lesson = $25     

Monthly Lesson Subscription = $135/month (best value)

When do lessons take place?
     Lessons take place once a week and are usually 30 minutes in length.

What will I learn?     Our philosophy at Fireside is to base all technique and repertoire work on the student's interest.  If you want to learn classical, we'll get you started on that.  If you just want to learn your favorite songs from the radio, we can do that too...and anything in between!

How do I sign up?     The easiest way to get started with private lessons is to book an Intro Lesson ($25) online by clicking the "ENROLL!" link on this page.  


You can also give us a call at(303) 908-6056 or send an email to


Melissa Nease

General Manager of Music Education

          Melissa brings to Fireside over 25 years of administrative and management experience. She worked as an estate and event manager for several high net worth families in Colorado. Though regretfully not a musician, she is an avid lover of music and theater. She raised two musically gifted children and spent many years taking them to music lessons and theater rehearsals. She is also married to a former opera singer. A resident of Conifer since 1996, Melissa is so excited to be a part of bringing music and performance art to this wonderful community.

Patrick Medina

Sax, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano

         At Berklee College of Music, Patrick had the honor to study and perform with some of the greatest names in Jazz including Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, George Garzone, and Hal Crook.  In his four years at Berklee, Patrick was awarded additional scholarships including the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, Woodwind Achievement Award, and his department’s highest accolade the Charlie Parker Scholarship.  Patrick chose to move to NYC where he received a scholarship from NYU for his Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. Patrick was quickly asked to join as an adjunct faculty member at NYU and had the honor of performing in some of New York City’s best venues, including multiple performances at the legendary Blue Note, and around the world with artists like Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, and  Brian Lynch.

Carly Howard


    Carly Howard spent a decade in NYC, performing, producing, singing and songwriting.  She is currently a freelance theatre director at several venues in Denver and Conifer, and is in the process of opening up an esoteric themed, immersive arts bar in Denver, where she will continue to produce her own work.  Check out to learn more.  She loves helping kids and adults find their voice and gain confidence  performing.  She truly believes that with the right technique and performance opportunities, anyone can learn to sing.  When not teaching or performing (or figuring out how to manage a bar!), Carly is playing with her three year old, studying astrology, or watching the Eagles documentary on Netflix for the ___ time.

Jessica Borth

Violin and Piano

      Jessica Rose Borth began playing the violin at the young age of 4 under the tutelage of the esteemed Suzuki Teacher – Alice Joy Lewis.  As the youngest of four violinists, Jessica was surrounded by music and quickly developed a deep connection and love for the artform. At the age of 14, she began studies with the prestigious Tiberius Klausner in Kansas City, KS.  Throughout her young career, Jessica soloed with many orchestras including the Kansas City Youth Orchestras, the Kansas City Symphony, the Olathe Symphony, the Topeka Symphony, and Wichita Symphony, as well as toured in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.  In her later years, Jessica was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music for her collegiate studies under William Preucil (Concert Master of the Cleveland Orchestra).

John Kendal

Guitar and Banjo

     I'm a Colorado native.. born in Denver, though I did attend schools in Michigan and Ohio. I'm married and we've lived in the Conifer/Evergreen area for almost 40 years. My love of music really took off with the arrival of the British Invasion of the 60's (the Fab Four in particular). I played bass and piano in my first real band, but guitar is my main instrument and I've played guitar and taught professionally for over 30 years. The joy and satisfaction I get from playing on stage is only matched by seeing and hearing my students (regardless of age) grow and develop musically while having fun at the same time!

Gunnar Bettis

Voice, Guitar, Mandolin, Uke, Piano, and Bass

       Gunnar Bettis is a Colorado native who has been involved in the arts from a very young age. Starting his musical career at age 7 with Guitar and Piano he eventually found himself on stage which is where he started focusing on his voice as an instrument. Currently he is finishing college with a degree in Music Education and an emphasis on Vocal music. You may have seen him in Firesides first Production of West Side Story where he played Riff as well as other Roles including Emmet Forrest in Legally Blonde and Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance.

Camille Brightsmith

Voice, Guitar, and Uke

     Camille Brightsmith is a classically trained vocalist who has enjoyed singing on stages from London to Los Angeles.  She grew up singing show tunes and opera, but found her true voice singing Rock and Roll, in Los Angeles. Camille has written, recorded and produced two rock albums and currently writes and records songs for  Camille studied Opera Performance at California State Long Beach and is currently finishing a Composing & Arranging degree. She has had songs featured in major ad campaigns, indie films, in TV programs including Friday Night Lights and LIFE, from NBC.  Singing with Camille is engaging, authentic and fun. She focuses on guiding kids toward their own distinctive voice. Camille teaches singing from a technical and artistic perspective, that is student led and professionally guided.

Adam Wolfers

Drums, Guitar, Ukulele

     Adam is an active member of the Conifer/Evergreen community, with deep family ties in the area.  He has been studying music since he was very young, and specializes in teaching two instruments that play an important role in his life: drums and guitar. Adam's daughter, Morgan, is a thriving student at Fireside, and Adam is happy to be a member of the team that will carry Fireside forward.  His main teaching goal is to make learning music a fun and rewarding experience.  He strives to tailor his teaching style to match each student's learning style, and believes flexibility is a key component in teaching kids.

Hannah Robbins


     Hannah is a Colorado native and began playing cello at the age of 4.  She attended Denver School of the Arts from 8th-10th grade and finished her final two years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy.  She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in cello performance and University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron and her Masters of early music at Indiana University studying viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie.  Hannah moved back to Colorado in 2013 and has worked as a freelance musician since.  She is frequently a substitute cellist with the Colorado Symphony and has also played with the Colorado Chamber Players, Colorado Bach Ensemble, as well as many other ensembles throughout the Denver area.  Hannah currently resides in Evergreen and runs her own pet sitting/dog walking business, Mountain Adventure Pet Services.  She also works as an official for USA Hockey officiating youth, high school, and adult league games throughout Colorado.  In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending as much time as possible outside hiking, skiing, whitewater paddle boarding, and rock climbing.


Tate rocks out on drums at Fireside's December 2018 recital!
Gabby and Bella perform at a monthly recital in 2018
The audience at our December 2018 private lessons recital.
A fabulous student/teacher duet is always a crowd pleaser at our recitals!