For more than 40 years, Swallow Hill has offered music lessons, presented and promoted concerts, and provided music education in under-resourced communities. Based in Denver, we offer a unique suite of services.
Concerts, Classes & Community
Acoustic Music Lessons:
We’re the country’s second largest acoustic music school, providing in-person and online private lessons and classes. Our 40 teachers, all professional musicians, teach in an experiential style and specialize in stringed instruments, percussion, piano and voice.
We teach all age groups, and our students range from beginners to accomplished musicians who are honing their skills.
We teach a wide variety of genres, including Americana and roots, as well as bluegrass, folk, world music, jazz, blues, rock, country and pop.
We produce live and live-streamed concerts, virtual open stage events and hootenannies.
Musical genres produced on our stages include Americana and roots, as well as singer-songwriters, world music, family friendly, rock, bluegrass, classical, country, jazz, blues and spoken word.
Because we’re passionate about making music accessible, we offer music education and experiences in under-resourced communities. Our programming includes Little Swallows ECE music education for preschoolers, workshops and interactive performances in K-12 schools, and music therapy for our aging population, veterans and people living with developmental or mental health challenges.
Swallow Hill’s History
Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music began as an outgrowth of the Denver Folklore Center, a music store in Denver’s Swallow Hill neighborhood that offered music lessons and performances to the community in the 1960s and 1970s. When the Folklore Center closed temporarily in the late 1970s, a group of committed volunteers formed Swallow Hill Music as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the joy of music to life every day.” Since then, we have become a cultural asset and a distinct thread in Colorado’s musical fabric.
Our Music Community
Swallow Hill is a community for individuals and families who want to learn about, listen to and perform music. We host exceptional musical experiences featuring world-class artists who enrich the local arts scene and range from noteworthy local performers to seasoned national and international acts. Our music school welcomes students into an inclusive community where they make social connections through music. With more than 200,000 musical connections made each year, Swallow Hill is building a dynamic and innovative community of music listeners and learners.
Vision, Mission, and Values
To positively impact the quality of people’s lives through music.
Bringing the joy of music to life every day.
COMMUNITY: We bring together students, concert goers, employees, volunteers and supporters to share a comfortable and friendly environment infused with music.
LEADERSHIP: We engage in civic leadership, helping grow, guide and shape Denver’s music ecosystem.
INCLUSIVITY: We promote inclusiveness in our programming, employment practices and leadership recruitment, reflecting the diversity of communities we serve.
RESPECT: We celebrate and embrace the music tradition of all cultures, engaging those around us in conversation.
QUALITY: We deliver high quality music experiences to our listeners and learners, engaging and employing professional and accomplished musicians and teachers.
CULTIVATION: We foster the talent of all our music makers.