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Jason Busse Awarded Heid Music’s Teacher of the Year

Jason Busse Awarded Heid Musics Teacher of the Year
Inaugural award features local guitarist of Road Trip

Appleton, Wis., (April 14, 2014) –Heid Music is initiating a new recognition program to reward our highest-performing music educators and encourage our corps of teachers here at Heid to push themselves to the next level. The Teacher of the Year award will be presented annually to a Heid Music teacher who exhibits community engagement and continued learning, as well as actively partners with the Heid Music team to provide the best overall collaborative experience for his or her students. 

The inaugural recipient of the Teacher of the Year award will be presented to Jason Busse. Jason has taught lessons since 1997, and has been a full-time performing musician and guitar instructor since 2003. In that time he has been the nominee and recipient of a number of Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards for his teaching and playing. Jason’s performance background includes country, blues, pop and hard rock, and his interests include classical, metal, jazz, finger style, and percussive acoustic guitar. His current bands Road Trip and The Glam Band play high-energy rock shows year-round all over the state of Wisconsin. Jason has also done some session guitar playing, freelance editing and proofreading for Hal Leonard Publishing Company’s guitar instructional division, and he has been contracted to teach lessons for the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.

Jason’s lessons help students focus on learning proper technique and music theory while learning songs. He uses method books to provide curriculum and structure whether teaching the basics, intermediate techniques, or advanced concepts. The use of method books and weekly assignments establishes clear goals and the tools to reach those objectives. He also encourages participation in Solo & Ensemble competitions and other involvement with music ensembles at school or at home. Jason provides his students with performance opportunities via recitals and his charitable series of Kids Rock youth band concerts.

To qualify for the 2013 Teacher of the Year award, Jason has demonstrated vast community engagement by leading his Kids Rock concerts, participating in Street Music Week and lending support to the Academy of Rock. Outside of these larger programs, Jason also connects many of his students with local youth bands, as well as informing them of clinics and workshops held at our Heid Music locations. Inspired by his students, Jason frequently donates his time to their projects, doing whatever possible to further their musical journeys. As a staunch proponent of music education, Jason utilizes all available resources to ensure a top-notch experience for his students, including recommending appropriate products to his students and suggesting ways to improve the partnership between the students, teachers and staff at Heid Music.

Does your Heid teacher go the extra mile? Nominate him or her by reaching out to DeDe Heid at