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Welcome to Precedence Music Academy

Unlock Your True Potential through Music Education

At Precedence Music Academy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality music education to our students. Our academy is a hub of music enthusiasts from Montrose, CO, who share a common passion for music. We believe that music is the universal language that brings people together. That's why we offer a variety of classes that cater to different musical preferences, from classical to contemporary genres. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced musician, we have the expertise to help you unlock your true potential.

PianoBass GuitarDrumsUkulele

Flute Clarinet Saxophone Trumpet

Violin Guitar Cello Double Bass

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Our team of instructors at Precedence Music Academy are all accomplished musicians with years of experience and expertise in their respective instruments. They are passionate about music and are dedicated to helping students achieve their musical goals. We provide a supportive and encouraging environment that allows students to learn and grow at their own pace.


Jordan Carls

Jordan Carls, a native of the western slope, embarked on his musical journey at the age of 13, evolving into a seasoned professional musician. Over the years, he shared stages, embarked on tours, and contributed to recordings alongside industry giants. However, his true passion emerged as an educator. Over the last decade, he has proudly owned and managed the Precedence Music Academy while continuing to perform whenever the opportunity arises.

Laura Payne

Laura Payne, a dedicated music educator for 36 years, directs the Valley Youth Orchestra and teaches at Precedence Music Academy. With degrees from Butler University, she played string bass for 33 years with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Laura's impact includes teaching AP Music Theory and inspiring students to pursue music at renowned institutions like Juilliard and Butler University.

Julie Appelhanz

Julie (Barton) Appelhanz, a skilled musician with degrees from Concordia College and the University of Denver, emphasizes education. For over 20 years, she's nurtured students in violin and viola, fostering joy and expression. Passionate about building solid technique, she guides each student in their unique musical journey, meeting them where they are.

Josh Katz

Josh Katz is a drummer and percussionist with over 20 years of experience. He has performed with various bands and ensembles and holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance.

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