Meet Our


Creating a unique and individualized experience for each child.

Our teachers each bring different talents and strength to the Altitunes family. We are excited to share these with you and your family in our classes and lessons.

David Ladon

Group Music Classes | Private Lessons

David Ladon has been working as a music and arts educator in school and community settings since 2007, developing and implementing curricula across a range of spaces and subject areas.  He has completed a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Rochester (2007) and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University (2018). 


David is founder and lead singer for Animal Farm, an award-winning Children's Music project, and regularly performs concerts for children and families.  Having spent many of his formative years in Colorado, he returned in September 2019 with his wife Zean, who is pursing a doctorate at the University of Denver.  David also writes and performs music for grownups and has recorded on over a dozen albums with multiple original music projects.  

Susie Frey

Group Music Lessons | Music Therapy

Susie Frey (Group Music Lessons, Music Therapy)- Susie is ecstatic and proud owner of Altitunes.  When she is not at Altitunes or thinking happily of Altitunes, you can find her hanging out with her husband, two energetic daughters, 3 crazy dogs and 2 bearded dragons.  Susie's family is her hugest support team and she is so so thankful for that!  Susie also enjoys singing with the Colorado Symphony Choir and getting her "classical" fix.  Susie hails from Sauk City, Wisconsin.  She and her husband moved to Denver, on a whim, about 15 years ago and never left.


Susie holds a Master's Degree in Music Therapy and is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) with specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT).  Her professional memberships include American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Colorado Association for Music Therapy (CAMT).

Susie attended Colorado State University (CSU) and received her master's in 2007.  Many moons before this, Susie graduated from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin with a Music Degree in Vocal Performance.  In between the two, Susie enjoyed learning the ropes of life through music (writing, performing, teaching and collaborating) and other odd jobs; delivering newspapers and waitressing to name a couple.)  

Following CSU, Susie completed a six month clinical training music therapy internship with Park Nicolette Hospital and Struther's Parkinson's Center in the twin cities area in Minnesota.  There she gained experience in hospitals, and both assisted living and nursing homes with a variety of populations, including Parkinson's, cancer, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s, comatose and terminally ill. She facilitated one-on-one, small, and large group neurologic music therapy interventions to enhance and improve cognition, create an outlet for emotional expression, promote relaxation, decrease pain and anxiety, increase communication skills and improve physical functioning and quality of life. 

Will Frey

Will is our behind the scenes, "fix anything" guy here at Altitunes.  We couldn't do it without him.  Not only is he an avid music lover but he enjoys kiddos like no other 39 year old I've seen.  When he is not busy doing his 2 or 3 day jobs, playing hockey or clowning around, you might see him pop his head into an Altitunes class.

Amy Israel

Director of Private Lessons, Piano Instructor, Group Music Class Teacher, Board Certified Music Therapist

Amy Israel has been teaching music lessons since 2009. Amy currently teaches piano and provides music therapy services in the Denver area. Amy believes that everyone can benefit from, enjoy, and excel at music.  She works to cultivate a passion for music with music lessons for children, and a high quality of musicianship in each of her students.


Amy completed her bachelors in piano performance from University of Wisconsin Superior, and a masters of music therapy from Colorado State University. She passed her board certification exam to become a music therapist (MT-BC) in 2016, and completed the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training and certification. Israel is committed to keeping her knowledge up to date with continuing education courses, conferences and participation in professional organizations.

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