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Appleton Composition & Improvisation Teachers

Please call 920.734.1969 or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Appleton.

Chris F., SHead_Shots_041axophone Improvisation Click for video introduction
Chris Felts has played the saxophone for more than 15 years and has privately taught saxophone for more than seven years. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he earned several awards in music and music performance. An avid musician, he performs on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones in a wide range of musical styles (classical, concert, jazz, funk, Latin, pop, etc.) with a variety of different bands and ensembles. Chris teaches students of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, and enjoys tailoring his teaching to fit each student’s educational and performing goals.

Bio_pic-page-001Noah H., Composition & Improvisation Click for video introduction
Noah Harmon has been immersed in music his entire life. As a child, he performed in many different capacities including the Appleton Boychoir, the World Old Time piano playing competition (where he received first prize), as well as various local rock and jazz bands. As a young adult, he enrolled in Lawrence University and graduated with a degree in piano performance. Since then he’s been performing in venues all across the Fox Valley and can boast 7 years teaching at Heid music. When he teaches, he makes sure his students understand how to read music – so they can appreciate and perform greats ranging from Bach to Billy Joel. Composition and improvisation lessons are also offered so sign up as soon as you can!

mike_iMike I., Composition & Improvisation Click for video introduction
Mike has been teaching guitar, bass, and piano since 1998, fresh out of high school.  He did it as a job he could keep while in college, but after he graduated he realized that it was the perfect job for him, so he never stopped.  Mike has learned to teach with different styles depending on the student’s wants and needs, supplementing “normal” lesson material with extras that make it more personal and helpful.  He is a patient teacher, letting the students (and parents) decide how hard to push. If you want to be the best you can be, he will push with all his might, but if you just want a casual, fun experience, then he will happily keep things light and enjoyable.


IMG_0503Bruce K., Composition & Improvisation Click for video introduction
A highly experienced instructor and performer, Bruce Koestner teaches piano students with a wide range of styles and abilities. Able to offer training in both classical as well as improvisational jazz/rock genres, he understands that while the study of music is quite challenging, there is also a desire by students to keep the lessons fun and entertaining. Classes in composition and arranging are also available. Having received a music degree from Northwestern University, Bruce is currently the music director at Christus Church in Greenville, as well as a regular performer at George’s Steak House and other venues in the community. He is also a member of the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.


Martin_3428_bwTheresa M., Composition Click for video introduction
Dr. Theresa Martin teaches beginning to advanced-level piano, clarinet, and composition students and also offers group composition seminars throughout the year.  She has been teaching at Heid Music since 2009, and she also teaches adjunct clarinet at Lawrence University and UW Fox Valley.  A typical piano or clarinet lesson with Dr. Martin involves scales and technique, playing and learning new repertoire from various books, learning about music theory and building skills in ear training and sight-reading. She promotes proper technique and daily practice, and she encourages her youngest students by making lessons fun with a positive rewards system.  In her spare time she performs as a clarinetist in the Waupaca Area Orchestra, Fox Valley Concert Band, and Vento Winds, volunteers as a pianist at her church, and composes music commissions for people all over the world.  She holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Michigan, Masters degrees in composition and clarinet performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in composition and performance from UW-Milwaukee. For more information please visit


rmetkoRobyn M., Composition & Improvisation  Click for video introduction
Robyn Marie Metko began her music education at an early age as she watched her father, entertainer Dick Metko, and his colleagues perform and promote their music projects. Her formal training commenced with private guitar lessons at 6 years old and would later include voice, flute, piano and composition. Coupled with her interest in a myriad of contemporary performance styles, she shares her experience and knowledge of live performance, songwriting and music theory with her students and associates. Robyn performs with Cousin Dupree, and divides her time between private music education, volunteer work, recording projects and entertainment promotions.