Feeling the beat: Colorado natives branch out to open their own music-lesson business

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By Deborah Swearingen

Dean and Desiree Hirschfield have been music lovers for as long as they can remember. Now after teaching music for years, the Colorado natives have branched out and decided it was time to build a business of their own.


“We had a lot of big ideas of things we wanted to be able to do and working for another company, you’re kind of limited for what you’re allowed to do,” said Dean, a Chatfield Senior High School graduate.

Out of this, Do-Re-Mi Lessons was born. At the new Littleton music lessons spot, located on Lowell Boulevard just south of Belleview across from Harlow Park, students of all ages can learn just about anything music related. The space includes six private classrooms for individual lessons, a lobby space for family members and a space for group classes and events. Moving forward, the Hirschfields plan to implement group classes and early childhood music classes.

Alongside a number of other teachers, the Hirschfields teach piano, guitar, violin, percussion, voice and more.

For Desiree, who, as a toddler, could frequently be heard singing the viola part to a Mozart string quartet, it’s impressive to see younger students grow, develop and take ownership of the music. She also enjoys teaching adults who return to music after quitting music lessons as a kid.

“A lot of it sticks around. They’re always surprised by how much they remember,” she said.

As time goes on, the couple aims to foster a sense of artistic community and create a place for people to perform and hear new music.

“Really the end goal … is to be really entrenched in the community,” Dean said. “Obviously, we want to be striving and be successful, but part of that success comes with being a staple of the community and being involved in events and creating events.”

Do-Re-Mi Lessons is hosting a grand opening event Saturday, March 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. The business is located at 5184 S. Lowell Blvd in Littleton. The event will include student performances, refreshments, a Steve Gordon art show and a food drive for the food bank at St. James Presbyterian Church. To learn more, visit www
.DoReMiLessons.com, call 720-282-3174 or e-mail info@doremilessons.com.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.