Rock Canyon Elementary Instrumental Music

Macaroni Kids Winner "Best Music Lessons" 2019

About the Instructors/Admin

Ms. Benson

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Ms. Benson is thrilled to be part of the RCEIM program!   She has maintained a private teaching studio for almost 30 years, and for the past 4 years has extended that teaching to orchestra classes in Douglas County.  Watching young people making music has become one of the joys of her life!  Ms. Benson grew up in Sandy, Utah, where she began taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 6.  She went on to study music at Brigham Young University, where she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, and a Master's Degree in Violin Performance. Ms. Benson has performed as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She currently enjoys being a freelance violinist in the Denver Metro area, as well as performing with the Lone Tree Symphony as the Assistant Concertmaster.  She and her husband have three amazing kids. Together, they love skiing, hiking, traveling, board games, and movie marathons.

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Mr. Dale

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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 has now been here in Douglas County for almost a decade and loves being a part of the Rock Canyon area community.

Mr. Dale is a proud husband to his beautiful and talented wife, Julia (who teaches Choir at Rock Canyon), and is the proud father of two young children, Charlie and Ellie, who will both attend Redstone Elementary this year.  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 this program, originally in the Rock Canyon in 2009, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas in 2010, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge areas in 2016, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2016 and agin in 2019.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the Rock Canyon feeder area again this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

Mr. Tidaback

Mr. Tidaback has been performing and teaching music for over 30 years.  Originally from a small farm town in Illinois, Doug studied Music Performance and Education from the University of Illinois, San Jose State University, Chapman University, and the University of Arizona.  He has performed with the Monterey Symphony, The Temptations, The Supremes, Harry Connick Jr, Aretha Franklin, and many others.  Mr. Tidaback founded school music programs at Bonny Doon School in California, Central Catholic Schools of Bloomington Illinois, and the Tucson Jazz Institute in Tuscon, Arizona.  Students from his award winning ensembles have gone on to study at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Juilliard, Berklee, The Manhattan School of Music, Miami, USC, and other great universities.  Mr. Tidaback recently moved to the Denver area to be close to family.

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Ms. Wessel

Ms. Wessel has had a passion for music her entire life.  She graduated from CSU-Pueblo in 2003 with a degree in Music Education, K-12.  Ms. Wessel has taught general music, choir, and band in the Douglas County School District since 2005.  She teaches private lessons after school and also directs youth theater and camps for Performing Arts Academy and Inspire Theater Company.  Ms. Wessel is a Disney fanatic and proud wife to Matt and Mom to Lydia, Wyatt, Daphne, and Emmett.