Music Teachers and Volunteers

Provided below are the brief biographical sketches of the individuals and teachers who are helping our elementary students learn to play instruments.

Tom Haller

Tom has been the motivating force behind Opening Notes. He doesn’t play an instrument, let alone teach any. He can’t carry a tune, can’t read music, and his closest association with meaningful music was a visit to the home of Mozart sometime during his 250th birthday year. Mozart’s 250th, not Tom’s. But when his oldest daughter went into high school, he began volunteering with the Arapahoe Band. This continued for a total of six years, as Abbe, then sister Emily, became accomplished vocal and instrumental musicians. That volunteer work allowed Tom to observe the incredible impact that being part of a well-run band program had on his kids and on so many of the other kids in the program. That participation in music impacted them academically, socially, and personally. They became better students, better friends, and better people. So he decided to help provide other students with the same opportunities his daughters had, and Opening Notes was born.

Chuck Florian

Chuck Florian has been teaching and performing music professionally for over 40 years, and is a Lead Instructor for Opening Notes, a youth music education program. Chuck established Achord Music Studios in 1988, which has grown to 14 of the area’s finest music educators providing music lessons to students of all ages. In addition, he has been the instructor for the band class at Lenski Elementary since 2001 and at Wilder Elementary since 2011. He has held instrumental music teaching positions in several school districts in Colorado. Chuck served with the Air Force Band of the Rockies from 1964 through 1968 before enrolling at Adams State University graduating with BA in Music Education in 1971. He directed the Trinidad High School (THS) band at the 1971 Cotton Bowl and his Jazz ensemble was selected to perform at the Texas Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet. The next year Chuck arranged the music for his THS band’s performance at a Broncos half time show. He currently directs the Littleton Community Band, the Windjammers Jazz Orchestra, the Fort Logan Memorial Band, and the Youth Jazz Project and is a member of the VFW Band of Colorado.

At Achord Music Studios, Chuck works with students on woodwind, brass, percussion and guitar.


Beth Kahananui

Beth Kahananui is a volunteer for the Opening Notes program. She also teaches private lessons on flute, saxophone, and piano.

Dave Conway

With an education in music performance, Dave has many years of experience in different styles of music including symphony, ballet, brass ensemble, brass quintet, jazz big band, and musicals. He has also provided music instruction for many years, and is currently assisting in the instruction at Lenski Elementary, Wilder elementary, East Elementary, and Highland Elementary.

Dave has performed in California with numerous organizations and symphonies, including American Youth Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Santa Barbara Ballet, and Japanese Philharmonic. Since moving to Colorado, he has played with The Denver Brass, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, Centennial Philharmonic, and Neophonic Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with Louis Bellson, Andy Williams, Dinah Shore, and has done studio recording for movies, television, and radio.

Dave is a brass specialist, providing instruction in our band classes as well as providing lessons to students in learning brass instruments.


Kathleen Hindmarch
Instruments: Piano, Percussion, Flute, Guitar, Baritone Ukulele, Penny Whistle

Kathleen began her musical studies on the piano at six years old. She started on percussion in high school, playing with pit percussion in marching band. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in 2005, cum laude, with distinction in music. She has studied piano with Susan Grace (CC), Alice Rybak (DU) and Lei Weng (UNC).

Kathleen graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009 with a Masters in Music Education; she also completed a Licensure Program there that qualifies her to teach K-12 Instrumental Music. She has since taught in Jefferson County and Littleton Public Schools. She has held her current position at Centennial Academy of Fine Arts since 2011. For that program she teaches Woodwinds (Flute, Clarinet & Saxophone), Guitar, Penny Whistle, and Baritone Ukulele. She also teaches band at East Elementary for Opening Notes.

Penny Harris

Penny Harris grew up in Cheyenne, WY and then attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. Penny began playing the clarinet in fifth grade and soon developed a love of music. She started teaching a few private clarinet and saxophone students beginning in high school and has continued teaching since then. She began teaching band with LCMA Opening Notes in 2012 and is currently band director at Twain and Wilder Elementary Schools. She also teaches private clarinet and saxophone lessons at Achord Music Studios and in her home.

Penny has been playing principal clarinet with the Lakewood Symphony since 2010, playing with The Donald Ambler Clarinet Choir since 2006, and is active in music ministry at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She also performs regularly as a freelance musician. When she is not teaching and playing music, Penny is busy with her four children.


Tim Dalton

Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Guitar, Baritone, Vocal

I have played and sung in all kinds of bands and groups through my musical journey throughout the United states. Most recently while working in Indianapolis, I joined a musical non profit organization called the Philips Guild which mentored inner city students with after school musical groups. We put together a group of professional musicians and combined them with the school kids for four weekly practices followed by a performance at their school. We assisted in staffing pit bands for high school musicals when needed. More recently, I was a Denver Math Fellow at Hill Middle School in Denver for the 2015-2016 school year. Music is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. It will change their lives for the better no matter what level or path they choose. Music connects us all. I am a graduate of both the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines. 

Lisa Appleton

Violin: Lisa Appleton 303.756.6701 or

Lisa has 25 years teaching experience and is licensed Music K-­12 through the Colorado State Board of Education. She holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Denver. Emphasizing the fun in playing an instrument, each class is tailored for student success by combining traditional note reading and Suzuki methods. Scale study, sight ­reading, and modeling techniques for home practice build student confidence. Each class closes with time for playing chamber music.

Harry Grainger

Harry started playing clarinet when he was age 6, and has been playing since then, adding proficiency with other woodwind instruments along the way. In high school he was first chair clarinet in the Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra, and as a junior and senior had the opportunity to play with the University of Denver Concert Band. He attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship, joined the military and played with Army Bands, then returned to Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major. He started teaching and playing professionally at that time, and has been doing so ever since.

He has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Central City Opera, Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras, and at various other Colorado venues. He has also performed with the Benny Goodman Band, the Tommy Dorsey Band, Wieder Dance Orchestra, Richie Havens, and many others. He has also been featured on many CD’s.

Harry customizes lessons in woodwinds instruments to meet each student’s style, builds good fundamentals, and respects students’ other interests and pursuits. He has an abundant enthusiasm and joy for music, and enjoys sharing that with students.

Joan Goddard

Joan Goddard is the lead teacher at Littleton Academy. She has also been the assistant in the Twain band classes, and has been playing trumpet since she was 9 years old. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Morris County College, and has been playing locally while she and her husband have been raising their 2 children. She also plays French Horn, Euphonium/Baritone, and Percussion

Don Williams 
A long-time resident of Colorado, Don completed his Master's degree in trumpet performance at the University of Colorado – Boulder and received his Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently second/associate principal trumpet in the Wyoming Symphony and a member of the Colorado State University – Pueblo faculty brass quintet. Don has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Greely Philharmonic, the Steamboat Springs Symphony, the Emerald City Opera, and the San Juan Symphony.
Don is a founding member of the Apollo Chamber Brass, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational outreach and assisting school band programs. As an active private instructor and clinician Don maintains a large private studio, is in his second year as an instructor with Opening Notes – part of the Littleton Community Music Association, and is currently on faculty at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado.
He has performed as a guest artist and presented master classes at the University of Wyoming, Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Don lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife, son, and daughter.           


Kim Goddard

Growing up in Littleton, CO with a very musically oriented family, Kim fell in love with creating music. Her main instrument is the French horn and she has been playing for eleven years. Kim attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In the Spring of 2016, she received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During her time at Lafayette, she participated in the concert band and was principal French horn all four years. Kim spent four summers (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016) playing mellophone in the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps where she received incredible instruction, specifically on brass pedagogy and marching technique.


Larry Folz
Larry Folz is an active Professional Musician and Music Educator based in the Denver and surrounding areas. In addition to performing and recording with numerous National and Local Artists, he also serves as a Music Educator for numerous schools in the Denver, Littleton, and Cherry Creek School Districts ranging from Elementary to High School Band Programs. Larry’s musical background is based in both Classical and Jazz Performance with a Master of Music (MM) in Saxophone Performance from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Saxophone Performance from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The individuals below are members of the Resource Group, who are utilized by the middle school music instructors to work with individuals and small groups to enhance their skills. Opening Notes provides some of the funding to allow this to happen. 
 Heather Davis

Heather Davis is a Woodwind Specialist in the Littleton Public Schools, the Clarinet instructor for the Colorado Honor Band, a Woodwind Instructor for the marching bands at Arapahoe and Columbine High Schools, teaches Beginning and Intermediate Band at Peabody Elementary, and teaches Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, and Bassoon privately. Ms. Davis also has served as an adjudicator for Solo & Ensemble festivals around Colorado for many years.

Ms. Davis performs with the Colorado Wind Ensemble, Woodwinds Three and the Denver Municipal Band. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Master of Music, Wind Instruments.

Paul Mullikin

Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer Paul Mullikin has been a veritable chameleon on the Denver music scene for over a decade. On any given evening he can be found playing percussion with the Colorado Symphony, timpani with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, drums at Dazzle, solo piano at the Brown Palace hotel, or even rapping on stage at the Walnut Room.

Paul studied music at Denver School of the Arts, and later Denver University, where he was the recipient of the Presser Scholar and Kanter Plaut Foundation awards, and was also recognized by Downbeat Magazine as an outstanding soloist. In addition to performing, he is a dedicated educator, and enjoys his work as Percussion Specialist with Littleton Public schools, helping young ones get their start loving music. At his Lakewood home, he also teaches private drumset/percussion lessons.

In December 2014 Paul was very excited to release his first jazz album as a bandleader, 'Time is Now'.