Sound Minded Music Academy

Denver, CO

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How does your business stand out?

Why Choose Sound Minded Music Academy? There is no other vocal instruction program in Colorado that offers what we give you at Sound Minded Music Academy. Christopher Mars, our head vocal instructor, has designed a program that will help you improve your voice and learn to sing better than you ever thought possible. No matter what you want to sing, whether it’s Pop/Rock, RnB, Rap, Country, Gospel, or Musical Theatre, you need these skills in order to succeed, and Sound Minded Music Academy gives you every tool you need to learn them fast and effectively. Sound Minded Music Academy and Modern Art Rock Studios are powered by Solar.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I’m a world class vocal teacher and coach, and one of the only teachers in the region that specializes in modern vocal techniques. I have studied with a number of well-known vocal instructors, and have spent years practicing for hours and hours every day, learning and perfecting on each of their methods to perfect them and gain as much knowledge about singing as possible. As and innovator in the field of vocal instruction, I have discovered a huge variety of techniques that are extremely effective in helping the artists I work with develop a way of singing based on relaxation, and finesse that works in every style from pop, to rock, rap, jazz, and even extreme distorted and gritty “scream” based metal.
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Location

Denver, CO 80231

Background check

Complete

Years in business

11

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

26 Reviews
  • Camerin T. Sep 19, 2017
    He's an amazing teacher and great everytime you come into the studio!
  • Mark J. Jul 10, 2017
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Awesome coach. Super knowledgeable and practices what he preaches.
  • Chris F. Jun 2, 2017
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Chris is great! He is extremely knowledgeable and can get you where you need to be if you are willing to put the work in as well.
  • Starlit M. Feb 21, 2017
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
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    Loved, loved my lesson!
  • Stevan R. Nov 9, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Highly recommend.
    Chris was excellent - he is a natural talent and even though I was with him for only a short couple of months, he still was able to teach me a lot.
  • Andy C. Sep 18, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I would recommend!
    Chris provided a great combination of theory, technique, and guidance. In just a few months of practicing and incorporating his methods, I've noticed an improvement in range and I'm not getting fatigued when singing as much as I used to.
  • Christina B. Aug 9, 2016
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I was worried that Chris was going to be one of those hardcore types, but he's actually very friendly and knows his stuff. I especially like how he's familiar with so many different styles of music.
  • Sarah W. Jul 11, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I worked with Chris for vocal lessons. I learned a new technique on my very fist lesson, which was complimentary. I was able to begin practicing right away. For my subsequent lessons, I left each one feeling that I had learned something concrete, new, effective and fun. I was only able to try vocal lessons for one month, but I am very glad that I chose Chris. I have learned vocal techniques that will last me a lifetime of practice. Thank you, Chris!
  • Krista T. May 31, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Chris is awesome, very down to earth, lots of knowledge about voice control, breath support and increasing range without straining vocal cords. Excited to work with him.
  • Benjamin P. May 18, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I really appreciated his professional and straight forward approach. Will continue to work with him.
  • Brennie D. Apr 12, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Brea H. Mar 9, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Chris is a great teacher and he really tries to get the best out of you!
  • Coral E. Jan 12, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Voice lessons with Chris are a blast. I'm learning so much and laughing in the process. I absolutely recommend him!
  • Diane B. Jan 5, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Chris is a gifted teacher. He put me at ease and I am having so much fun!
  • Joshua R. Dec 24, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Very knowledgeable, focused and passionate. Chris has a plethora of techniques the he uses to build a practice routine that caters to the individual's ability and goals.
  • Giulia C. Dec 22, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Chris is very attentive to personal needs and explains each technique/exercise creatively and in depth.
  • Therese D. Nov 11, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I have had two lessons so far. Great teacher who appreciates many styles of music. Very knowledgeable on vocal technique and fun to work with.
  • Julia S. Oct 31, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
  • Justin C. Oct 31, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Chris is a highly competent and energetic teacher. His knowledge and passion can teach anyone from beginners to advanced musicians. I highly recommend his services!
  • Amanda K. Oct 30, 2015
    Chris is an exceptional vocal teacher. I used to perform in musicals when I was in high school, and I really enjoyed singing, but I stopped and switched to playing bass. I started working with Chris so I could sing backups in my band, and I have to say, he has opened up an entirely different world of singing to me. He is able to communicate the subtleties of singing in a way that is easy to understand, and the exercises and practice techniques he's given me have allowed me to sing songs that I never thought I could. Chris is an amazing singer and a great teacher, and I would recommend him to anybody who wants to learn to sing!
  • Daniel L. Oct 11, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Briana A. Oct 9, 2015
    Chris is an amazing instructor. He makes you feel very comfortable while working with him. You get to pick the songs you like. He really pushes you to do your best and helps you gain confidence.
  • Olga N. Oct 8, 2015
    Chris is an awesome teacher and I wouldn't pick anyone else for guitar lessons! I've been taking lessons with him for several months and he has a talent for working with the individual strengths of students and an easygoing, flexible approach. As a beginning student, I really appreciated his approachable teaching style and ability to easily break down complicated things into more simple elements. Decades of experience playing guitar doesn't hurt either. I would highly recommend him for anyone seeking lessons!
  • Lisa Z. Oct 6, 2015
    Amazing teach! He is so talented! I am very impressed, my daughter has improved tremendously! Love Chris!!!
  • Brandon J. Oct 6, 2015
    Blends teaching songs an teaching techniques to make the lessons productive and fun.
  • Jeff B. Oct 6, 2015
    My son has taken lessons with Chris for over a year and absolutely loves it. He's turning into a little rocker! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great music teacher.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Our standard pricing is $45 an hour and can easily be booked online and on-demand. We don't lock anyone to a set schedule. Discounted rates available for multi-lesson packs.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I have each new student perform a song for me, so I can evaluate where they are starting from, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how best to begin their coaching. I then develop a recommended practice routine for them, and give them videos for guided practice with each exercise I assign. As they learn new skills, I show them how to apply them to the songs they want to sing.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Christopher Mars has been playing music professionally for over 25 years, since his debut at what was at the time the largest and most popular rock music venue in his hometown of Charlotte, NC as a guitarist and singer in a cutting edge band at just 15 years old. He is a full time music producer and mixing engineer, and also helps guide the careers of budding artists, singers and musicians as a coach and instructor. His experience in music ranges from rock to pop, rap to extreme metal, RnB and jazz. He was formally trained for several years in music at the Central Piedmont College of Music in North Carolina, as well as studying with numerous private instructors over the years. He has written and recorded countless original songs and albums since building his first recording studio in 1996, and taught modern voice, instrumental performance and composition since 2005.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I played my first club gig at 15 years old, and have been playing professionally ever since. I started teaching ten years ago, when I realized I was spending a lot of my time in bands teaching other people how to sing and play.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with beginners as young as 4 yrs old to people in their 70s, touring professionals, and everything in between. I have worked with every level of singer, in every style from pop/rock to musical theatre.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Many of the other instructors in the area work for big out of town companies that charge $60-$100 an hour for private lessons with instructors that are paid less than $30 an hour to. These companies are little more than scam artists who are ripping off students and teachers alike, and they should be avoided at all costs. Find an independent instructor who puts their heart and soul into everything they do.