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Katie DeNure awarded Heid Music's Teacher of the Year

March 5, 2015 02:58 PM



Appleton, Wis., (Feb. 27, 2015) –Heid Music is proud to announce our 2nd annual Teacher of Year, a recognition program instituted in 2014 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 is 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. 

Heid Music congratulates Katie DeNure, the 2014 Teacher of the Year award recipient!  Katie DeNure is a classically trained vocalist that teaches guitar and voice in a wide range of styles.  She is also a singer/songwriter.

“I feel very honored to be nominated teacher of the year, and I am very grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful students and families as well as by many talented teachers,” said Katie, whose dedication to her students and commitment to music education on all levels helped to earn her this recognition.

Her shared vision for the future of Heid Music & our community outreach also contributed. A focus on one of Heid Music’s core values, Educate & Entertain, also played a role, as she was a key contributor into one of Heid Music’s newest programs, Rock University.

“Thank you to Heid Music for the countless opportunities and wonderful support,” Katie added.

Since 2002, Katie has had the privilege to lead music for hundreds of Youth Conferences, Women's Retreats, Young Adult Gatherings, Special Events, and Church Services.  Katie has been teaching private music lessons since 2008, and has also worked with the Renaissance School for the Arts and other area schools in the Fox Valley.   She currently teaches for the Music Scholars Institute at Appleton West High School. Katie’s unique use of technology in her studio provides her students more ways to advance and retain their skills with her wide variety of professionally filmed online lessons.  Other instruments Katie plays include the flute, Irish Penny Whistles and piano. Katie teaches acoustic, as well as electric styles, and accepts students 8 years old and up. Katie also specializes in group guitar and voice lessons.  In addition to her musical abilities, Katie is also a fluent Spanish speaker and is a certified teacher in Bilingual/ELL and Regular Education.

Katie increased her studio from 50 students to an impressive 83 students in 2014. Her dynamic teaching style coupled with a focus on technology creates a great environment for learning. Practice comes easy to students who can access Katie’s website with tutorials to use at home.

Katie has been an integral team member in developing Heid Music’s Rock University, a summer camp and ongoing semester sessions for students looking to “take the stage.” Rock University aspires to take you from your practice room to the classroom and the stage. Professors like Katie teach what it takes to be a professional musician; from learning how to communicate and rehearse as a band, to behind-the-scenes and beyond. The launch of Rock U Semester Sessions is intended to continue learning beyond the weeklong camp. Whether part of a band or a solo artist, Katie and the other professors have developed a curriculum tailored to students’ needs.

You can see Rock U Semester Sessions bands live! On Saturday, March 7, 4:30p, join bands “Red Night” and “HumTDumT” at the Copper Rock Gallery for a Rock University Winter Semester Session Gig.  No cover charge.

Heid Music congratulates Katie DeNure on her extraordinary accomplishments as a Heid Music teacher. Does your Heid Music teacher go the extra mile? Nominate him or her by reaching out to DeDe Heid at



About Heid Music Co.

Founded in 1948, Heid Music has locations in Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Rapids. Decades later, Heid Music continues to be a complete music resource, aimed at educating and entertaining students and musicians in all things musical. With nearly 100 employees across all five locations, the Heid team provides Bravo customer service and advanced expertise for every musical need, from beginner to professional.

Heid Music is a NAMM 100 dealer, which distinguishes them among hundreds of retailers in the musical instrument and products industry, and was recently awarded a Music Inc. Excellence Award recipient and a Best of Madison Gold Music Instrument Retailer.