Pickering Creative Artists Academy
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Our Story

In March 2020, professional musician and educator Michael Pickering founded Pickering Performing Arts and Entertainment LLC amid the COVID-19 pandemic to offer free music lessons as a beacon of hope and community support. The overwhelming response led him to establish Pickering Creative Artists Academy.  Fulfilling his vision for a modern, comprehensive arts academy, The academy now serves students of all ages and skill levels, offering a diverse range of classes in performing arts, digital production, and entertainment, along with live and digital event experiences.

Our Mission


Our mission is to provide a fun, supportive, encouraging, creative community in which we joyfully guide students toward fearless self-expression and the realization of their deepest aspirations in music, performing arts, and life. We are dedicated to recognizing each student’s unique path and committed to supporting your fun, happiness, growth, and success every step of the way. We are thrilled to have you as a part of our community! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Our Vision

We desire to be the leading provider of Creative Artists education, experiences, and events in this community and one of America’s leading providers in our space, both physical and digital.


  • Relationships
  • Fun
  • Education
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Empowerment
  • Perseverance
  • The presence of difference
  • The power of optimistic possibility

Why You Should Choose Pickering Academy

Don’t settle for less – not for you or your child! Find out why Pickering Academy will give you the music learning experience you deserve!

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Our Lesson Pricing

Another unique aspect of Pickering Academy is that we charge our lesson fees on a monthly tuition basis instead of longer terms (3-4 month commitments). There is a one-time $35 registration fee and lesson tuitions don’t increase as you progress! Instead, you choose a package based on your preferred music lesson duration! Additionally, if you’re interested in siblings or friends learning together, contact us and we will create a custom package just for you!

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Pickering Vs. What's Out There

Other Schools: Scheduling/Rescheduling only during office hours

Pickering Academy: A cloud-based platform for scheduling/rescheduling anytime, anywhere

Other Schools: Inflexible scheduling policies or forfeiture of missed lessons

Pickering Academy: The ultimate flexibility – 6 hours rescheduling policy + 6 months makeup validity

Other Schools: Cramped studios with drab, uninspiring decor

Pickering Academy: Vibrant and colorful lesson studios offering maximum transparency into the learning journey

Other Schools: “One-size-fits-all” curriculums

Pickering Academy: Fun and engaging lessons tailored to every student’s unique abilities and musical tastes!

Other Schools: Many schools do not allow parents to sit into lessons

Pickering Academy: Parents are welcome to sit into lessons, and even encouraged to participate!

Other Schools: Performance opportunities are only for a select few

Pickering Academy: Pickering provides mutliple performance opportunities for all students throughtout the year


How To Register for Pickering Academy

Getting started at Pickering Creative Artists Academy is a breeze. Simply follow the three steps outlined here and you will be on your way to fulfilling your creative journey!

Call For Inquiry

(720) 513-3158

Mail For Inquiry



Call/text us at (720) 513-3158, email info@pickeringacademy.com or Schedule a Trial Lesson by clicking this REGISTER link.


Select your program lesson interest and provide your contact and payment information.


View our Instructor availability and schedule your first lesson at your earliest convenience. 

Rhythm Section Instruments

Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Ukulele one-on-one lessons, and small group classes, Bands, I’m with the Band Intro to Music


One-on-one Voice, Small Group Voice, Pickering Voices Adult Pop Choir, Audition Prep and more.


Musical theatre productions, acting lessons, audition prep, Broadway Bound Programs


Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass ono-on-one lessons, small group classes, ensembles


Saxophones, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet and more – ono-on-one lessons, small group classes, ensembles


Trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba and more ono-on-one lessons, small group classes, ensembles

Special Programs

Summer Camps to Master Classes, Workshops, to showcase, concerts, theatrical productions and more.

Summer Camps

Age based programs from K-5, 6-12, and adults – Music, Bands, Theatrical Productions, Concerts, and more.

Theatrical Shows

We produce 5-10 theatrical productions every year. Musical theatre, plays, improv, and more for kids, teens and adults.

Student Showcases & Concerts

We produce 4 Student showcase concerts every year in which all students of all ages and ability levels can choose to shine in the spotlight.

Fun Nights

We provide opportunities for students, families, guests, and community to come play at the studio. Pizza parties, jam sessions, improv, karaoke, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What's The Minimum Age For Starting With Music Lessons At Pickering?

At Pickering Academy, we believe music is for everyone! We have learners starting music lessons as young as 4 years old! We welcome the young at heart too – it’s never too late to pick up a new skill!

2. Which Instrument Should My Child Start With?

Pickering provides a wide variety of instrument lessons for all ages! Generally, the piano is regarded as the most user-friendly instrument for young learners and a great way to learn the basics of music. However, this also depends on what your child loves to listen to! We have kids who like to rock and roll and start out with the drums, or kids who love to belt out and sing through vocal lessons! Every child is unique – and that’s also why we’d suggest a trial lesson to discover your child’s unique talent!

3. How Can I Keep Track Of My Child's Progress?

At Pickering, we believe that children make great progress through strong teamwork between child, parent, and teacher! Our Pickering Music Teacher will update you on your child’s progress points after every lesson and if you want to take it a step further, all parents are welcome to sit into lessons so you can be a part of your child’s learning journey!

4. Do We Need An Instrument At Home? We're Just Starting Our Lessons!

Having an instrument at home to practice with is highly recommended! Learning how to play a musical instrument is not just a mental skill, but it involves a lot of muscle memory and exercises to strengthen coordination.

However, not to worry! Pickering provides instrument rental options at affordable monthly rates! You can speak to our Pickering Studio Manager for more information.

5. How Long And How Often Should One PracticeTo Master Playing An Instrument?

10 to 15 Minutes a day – YES, it’s that simple! When beginning your musical learning journey, short, daily practice is enough as a start, and you can slowly add a few minutes each time you progress to play more complex and lengthy repertoire. The most important thing? Consistency. The more consistent the practice, the more likely you are to build healthy, daily habits that integrate seamlessly into your routine – just like brushing your teeth!

6. What Are Your Teachers Qualifications?

Our teachers all have outstanding musical qualifications – ranging from Professional Performing Arts Vocations, Certifications, Bachelor’s, or even Master’s Degrees!

Moreover, they’ve undergone through a rigorous hiring process. Not only do we hire talented musicians, but we’re proud to say that our teachers are also passionate and dedicated educators who genuinely love students of all ages!

7. What Are Your Rescheduling Policies?

Glad you asked! At Pickering, you’ll experience the ultimate flexibility in rescheduling lessons. You’ll only have to give a 6 hour notice to reschedule or cancel a lesson, and our makeup lessons are valid for 6 months after the cancelled lesson date!

8. Can You Provide Advice For Families Interested in Pursuing Professional Performing Opportunities?

Great (and important) question! Pickering has a professional performing arts and entertainment industry network nationwide including our leadership team. We have students (and instructors) performing in professional theatrical companies, film, television, concerts, touring, and more. We also host workshops and forums with industry professionals to help safely guide you through the world of professional arts and entertainment.