Drum Instructors

Manuel Lopez

lopez 1Manuel Lopez has over 10 years of progessional experience.  Having studied at the University of Denver, he is fluent in all styles of music from Latin styles, rock and jazz, to funk and hop hop. His career has led him to perform abroad in Mexico, Africa, and Peru while maintaining a consistent performing schedule in Colorado.  Mr. Lopez currently leads two bands (Latin Jazz Project & Orquesta La Salsa) and is one of the most in demand drummer/percussionists in the area. 

He enjoys teaching all ages and levels and structures the lessons according to each student and their interests, with a fundamental focus on reading, playing by ear (listening) technique, and improvisation.  Mr. Lopez also teaches Latin percussion (congas, timbales, bongo).  He is currently teaching drums and percussion at the Forté Academy of Music in Littleton and Centennial.



"We were studying at another music school with cheaper tuition, but moved to Forté because of the excellent instruction and superior program.  Forté has so much more to offer, and our children made more progress, which makes the tuition an excellent value."