Chaparral Elementary Instrumental Music

Macaroni Kids Winner "Best Music Lessons" 2019

About the Instructors/Admin

Mr. Forlenza-Bailey

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Mr. Forlenza-Bailey is honored and excited for the upcoming school year at Pine Grove and North Star Academy!  His passion for music stemmed from the early age of six, learning piano, and his teaching career started at age thirteen, teaching private lessons. Whether it's been in schools giving masterclasses, clinics, or workshops to band and orchestra students, or just teaching students privately in a music studio, Mr. Bailey offers a gratifying experience learning music. Although new to CHEIM, he's been teaching at programs and studios across the country for fifteen years.

Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught and tutored low brass at the Shipley School, among many other music studios in the greater Philadelphia area.  After six years of living, performing, and teaching in the area, he relocated to Denver.  Upon graduation recently with his Master's Degree in Music Performance, Mr. Bailey is continuing to expand his studio, teaching responsibilities and performance repertoire in the Front Range of Colorado.

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Ms. Davidson-Stanfill


Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction.  She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction.  Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program, originally in the Rock Canyon feeder area in 2009, in response to the District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder in 2010, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista areas in 2014, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2016 and again in 2019.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra at to bring a quality program into the Chaparral feeder area again this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

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Ms. Pelham

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Ms. Pelham is very excited to join Redstone Elementary and North Start Academy Orchestra Porgrams this year as the new orchestra teacher!  ms. Pelham has previously taught in the double bass studio and String Project program at the University of Northern Colorado as a graduate teaching assistant, and as a K-8 music teacher in Poudre School District.  She has taught classes in general music, middle and high school orchestra, middle school band, musical theatre, and group classes in piano and guitar.  She also has a private studio of double bass students.  She has performed Sith the Cheyenne Symphony Wyoming Symphony, Denver Young Artists Orchestras, and sat as guest principal bass of the Steamboat Springs Symphony.

Ms. Pelham has a Master of Double Bass Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music Education from Colorado State University.  Her former bass mentors include Craig Brown (UNC Greensboro), Nicholas Recuber (UNCo/CO Symphony), Dr. Forest Greenough (CSU), and Dr. Benjamin DeKock (Illinois State Univ).

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Ms. Petersen

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Ms. Petersen is excited about being a part of the CHEIM program.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters Degree in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University.  She has taught private violin, viola and cello lessons for thirty years, and recently retired from Northeast and Mountain View Elementary Schools, where she taught for 23 years, teaching General Music, Orchestra and Choir.  Her passion is the viola and playing in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.  When not working with wonderful students, Ms. Petersen loves to spend time in the mountains and traveling with her husband and her two grown children.

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Mr. Pierce

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Mr. Pierce is thrilled to be teaching the before school bands at Pine Lane Elementary and Coyote Creek Elementary this year.  Prior to this year, Mr. Pierce served as Music Teacher and Music Director at Mountain Vista Home School Academy in Colorado Springs, where he taught music classes and directed the bands, orchestras , and other ensembles for 2nd through 12th Grade Home School students.  Starting this Fall, Mr. Pierce will be pursuing his Masters in Conducting at the University of Denver, in addition to directing the band program at Pine Lane and Coyote Creek.

Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Mr. Pierce attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied tuba and music education.  While at CU, he performed with the Golden Buffalo Marching Band (Go, Buffs!!!), Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and various jazz and chamber ensembles.  Mr. Pierce continues to be an active performer today, recently appearing with the Chabmer Orchestra of Colorado Springs, Colorado Brass Arts, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center production of the musical "Barnum."  While not playing, teaching or studying, Mr. Pierce enjoys spending time with his spouse, Erin, and their four-legged friend, Balto.  Mr. Pierce is also an avid reader, a casual gamer, and an overall nerd.

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Mr. Simpson
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Mr. Simpson is a graduate of Northwestern and Regis Universities.  He taught general and instrumental music in the Denver Public Schools before joining the Douglas County Elementary Band Program staff. Mr. Simpson is an active professional musician (French Horn), performing for the Colorado Ballet, among many others.

Mr. Wilkinson
Mr. Wilkinson is excited to be teaching band at Mammoth Heights Elementary in Parker, CO for the 20-21 school year for the Chaparral Elementary Instrumental Music Program.  Mr. Wilkinson has been studying and performing with percussion instruments for 40 years.  He currently is the General Music & Choir teacher at Mammoth Heights Elementary and has enjoyed that position for the past 5 years.  Over the past 28 years, Mr. Wilkinson has maintained a private percussion lessons clientele, been involved in Denver area bands and drumlines, and has been performing in our community.  Mr. Wilkinson was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Jazz Musician for Lewis Palmer High School in 1984 and was a member of the 1991 PAS Collegiate Champion Percussion Ensemble at the University of Utah, his alma mater.  He enjoys everything Colorado including skiing, camping, fishing and traveling with family.

Ms. Wu
Ms. Wu began her violin study at age three, and was chosen to enter a Taiwanese Government-sponsored Music Conservatory at age nine.  In 1996 she joined Colburn Conservatory of Music in California.  In 1997 Ms. Wu moved to Colorado with her parents and began her violin study with the famed Dr. William Starr, the founder of the American Suzuki Organization.  In 1999, she moved her violin study to CU Boulder and received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance.

Ms. Wu has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the University Symphony Orchestra at CU Boulder, the Denver Pops Orchestra, and the Mountain Chamber Music Society.  Throughout Ms. Wu's musical career, she has received numerous prestigious awards which include the Winner of the PYSO Concert Competition in both 1994 and 1995; Winner of the Southwestern Youth Musical Festival in 1995; Regional Music Teacher's National Association Music Competition in 2001; and Winner of the CU College of Music's Concerto Competition in 2002.

Ms. Wu has been trained in the Suzuki Method personally by Dr. William Starr, and has been working with many students of all ages.  She currently resides in Parker, Colorado, with her husband and two adorable kids.