- Bachelors of Music from University of California, Santa Barbara
- Masters of Music from Northwestern University
- Doctorate of Education in Music and Music Education Columbia University, expected degree 2024
- Denise is comfortable teaching piano to students of all ages and levels
Denise A. received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities. She is a first generation student and is currently a doctoral student in Music and Music Education at Columbia University.
She has been on several teaching faculties and has served on several arts boards through-out the United States. Denise has performed throughout 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 and the U.S. 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.
At Colorado State University, Denise was nominated for the Career Impact Award in the category of Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year and won Best Teacher of the Year Award 2016, was a GRAMMY Music Educator Award Nominee, awarded College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award Winner and Colorado State University Honors Professor of the Year.