Meet Our Instructors

Coleman Smith
Music Director

Coleman started playing the violin at 3 years old. In his youth Coleman traveled across the country studying various styles of fiddle music and competing in some of the nation’s most prestigious fiddle contests. Coleman was awarded a Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University where he studied music performance and minored in music pedagogy. Coleman has a unique style that fuses Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Celtic, Bluegrass and Texas Fiddle, all from a classical perspective. 

Colorado Music Instructors

All of our instructors are experienced teachers and elite performers on their respected instruments.

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Coleman ``Coletrain`` Smith

Violin, Mandolin, Guitar & Bass

Coleman’s love affair with the violin, started at the tender age of 3 at which time he began studying the Suzuki Violin Method. His mother Karen, a professional ballerina says Coleman has been responding to music since before he was born. Fostering his love of music, his parents bought him his first violin at the tender age of 3 at which time he began studying the Suzuki Violin Method. During his formidable years in the Suzuki Program, Coleman became one of the youngest people ever accepted to the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, eventually having solo performances with the Dallas Fort Worth Pops Orchestra. Coleman was awarded a full Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University where he studied music performance and minored in music pedagogy graduating Cum Laude.

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Bonnie Lea Culpepper

Ukulele, Voice & Beginning Piano

Bonnie Lea Culpepper has a trained background in the classical styles of piano and voice. She also has a great love for Ukulele, which she taught herself to play at the age of 7. In school, her passion was performing Operatic pieces in many different languages and time periods. Her love of music has led her to become a touring singer/song writer in the styles of contemporary rock, folk, Americana, jam, bluegrass, jazz, and blues. As a passionate professional musician, Bonnie places utmost importance on creative musical freedom. She strives to bring the skills and knowledge to her students to provide a foundation for FUN with music.

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Adeline ``Addie`` Brown

Beginner Violin

When Addie turned three years old, she begged her parents to give her a violin for her birthday. She has been playing ever since! As a young musician, Addie was a member of the Memphis Youth String Orchestra and was selected as First Chair of the All-West Tennessee Orchestra. Classically trained in the Suzuki Method, Addie has played at events ranging from weddings to church services. Since moving to Colorado, she has been exploring various styles of fiddle music and learning to apply her classical background to the bluegrass genre. A former middle school math and science teacher, Addie is excited to bring her teaching skills to Coletrain Music Academy as a violin instructor.