Senior Instructor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Senior Instructor
    • Music Appreciation
    • Coordinator of Piano Proficiency
  • Concentration:

    • Piano
  • Department:

    • Music, University Honors Program, and Women's Studies & Gender Research


Denise Apodaca received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities.

She has been on the teaching faculties of The Chicago Academy for the Arts where she was director of Instrumental Studies, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Front Range Community College. She served as a Board member for Beet Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. She founded and directed the Chicago Young Instrumentalist Program, served on the Leadership Council, was director of Early Childhood Programs, director of Class Piano, chair of Group Instruction and chair of the Piano Dept. at Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She served as district coordinator for the California Association for Professional Music Teachers. Denise has performed through-out the United States as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Demonstrating her expertise of Latin American music, she has given several concerts in Mexico. She has been an adjudicator for several area music teachers associations and has given several workshops on piano technology, piano pedagogy, piano performance, and early childhood music. She serves on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and was the Spanish community health educator at Poudre Valley Hospital for Bright Beginnings, Colorado in Larimer County for over five years.

Denise is currently Piano Proficiency coordinator and Women's Studies affiliate faculty at Colorado State University where she also serves on several committees and has received the following awards.

Honors Faculty - University Honors Program
Faculty who Teach Honors Seminars. The key to an outstanding education and a superb program is to maximize the professional interactions among faculty and students.

Recent Activity:


First Generation Story


  • Piano Skills for Music Therapists and Music Educators

  • Music Appreciation

  • Exploring World Music

  • Theory Fundamentals