Piano, piano pedagogy, music history
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Denise Apodaca received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities. She has been on the teaching faculties of The Chicago Academy for the Arts where she was Director of Instrumental Studies, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Village School in Pacific Palisades, Calif. She served as a Board member for Beet Street in Fort Collins, Colo. She founded and directed the Chicago Young Instrumentalist Program, served on the Leadership Council, was Director of Early Childhood Programs, Director of Class Piano, Chair of Group Instruction and Chair of the Piano Department at Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Ill. She served as District Coordinator for the California Association for Professional Music Teachers. Denise has performed through-out the United States as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Demonstrating her expertise of Latin American music, she has given several concerts in Mexico. She has been an adjudicator for several area music teachers associations and has given several workshops on piano technology, piano pedagogy, piano performance and early childhood music. She serves on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and is the Spanish Community Health Educator at Poudre Valley Hospital for Bright Beginnings, Colorado in Larimer County. Denise was nominated for Colorado State University Teacher of the Year in 2015. She is currently Piano Proficiency Coordinator at Colorado State University, teaches Piano Skills for Music Educators and Music Therapists and lectures Music Appreciation.