Rock Canyon Elementary Instrumental Music

Macaroni Kids Winner "Best Music Lessons" 2019

About the Instructors

Mr. Dale

Mr. Dale is proud to be the Orchestra Director at Rock Canyon High School and is thrilled to be a part of the RCEIM program again this year!  

Mr. Dale was born and raised in Minnesota where he started Suzuki cello at the age of four.  He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he majored in Cello Performance, Music Education, and Musical Arts (with a Music Therapy concentration) and minored in Viola da Gamba performance.  Before moving to Colorado, Mr. Dale taught Orchestra for three years in New York and two years in New Jersey.  Prior to coming to Douglas County, Mr. Dale directed the Standley Lake High School Orchestra (JEFFCO School District) and taught beginning string lessons at seven of the elementary schools in the Standley Lake area of Westminster.  

Mr. Dale is a proud husband to his beautiful and talented wife, Julia, and is excited to be the father of an amazing little boy, Charlie, and his younger sister, Ellie.  In addition to spending time with his family, Mr. Dale loves Bach, baseball, the great outdoors, and his sweet dog, Fenway.

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill

Ms. Davidson is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental music instruction.  She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental music instruction.  Ms. Davidson started the RCEIM program eleven years ago in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Prior to that, Ms. Davidson taught Band at Buffalo Ridge, Redstone, Timber Trail and  Wildcat Mountain.  She was the Orchestra Director at West Middle School in Cherry Creek before coming to Douglas County.  She has taught band and orchestra, as well as guitar, general music and choir, in various schools, including Cherry Creek Academy and Jefferson Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona.

A professional clarinetist as well as an accomplished teacher, Ms. Davidson has performed in the Denver Municipal Band, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and in various other groups. She has two recordings, and has had some of her school music published as well as a book of Core Knowledge music lessons. 

Ms. Davidson earned her undergraduate music and teaching degrees from CU Boulder and her graduate music performance degree from Arizona State University.  She loves those exciting beginning years, when students progress from making those first sounds to being able to make music.

Mr. Snell

Mr. Snell retired from Douglas County Schools in 2013 after teaching middle school and high school band for 27 years. During his time in Douglas County, his bands received numerous awards and traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe.  Mr. Snell has received the Who's Who Among American Teachers distinction five times.  Mr. Snell received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Master of Education Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.   Currently, Mr. Snell is on staff with the Colorado Honor Band Association, teaching Intermediate Band.  Mr. Snell is also on faculty at Colorado State University, where he teaches Brass Methods in the Music Education Department.  Mr. Snell is also the principal conductor of the Golden Eagle Concert Band, and adult community band.  Mr. Snell is a lifetime member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be a part of the RCEIM program!  A second generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Douglas County school district for thirty years.

Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who's Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence In Teaching.  When he's not working with the GREATEST beginning band students in the world, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.