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Appleton Drums & Percussion Teachers

Please call (920.831.4990 ext 124) or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Appleton.

_MG_6327Matt G., Drums & Percussion Click for video introduction
Matt Gieseke has established himself as a respected and in-demand percussionist throughout the state, and in 2013, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry nominated him for Drummer of the Year!  Matt focuses his entire life on music, including incredible tours, countless recording sessions, and teaching! Since 2000, Matt has played an average of 150+ shows annually, including several charity events every year. 

He enjoys being able to help others develop a love for percussion by offering private lessons to aspiring musicians. Matt realizes each student is different and finds a method that works best to help the student enjoy the experience of learning music. Playing by ear, reading music, and practicing rudiments are all covered.  Matt is accepting students as young as 6 years old and is proud to be the director of The Big Bang Drum Camp, sponsored every summer by Heid Music.

Head_Shots_030David L., Drums & Percussion Click for video introduction
David has been playing drums since 1977, and has been teaching privately since 1995. David earned an Associates in Science with an emphasis in business and accounting from UW-Fox Valley. David has played with numerous bands over the years including: Speed Kings, Social Eyes, Voyager, Mulligans, Aggressor and Antagonist. David even was offered the drum position to play with Molly Hatchet in 1997. However, he decided in the end to pursue his teaching career.  David has played in a wide variety of musical groups over the years from symphony orchestras to heavy metal bands. David was awarded the Apple Award in 2002, and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004. David has written and published his innovative and progressive Dungeon of Drumming book series.  At Lawrence School of Drumming we make learning drums fun and easy. Sign up today to join the Lawrence School of Drumming family!


jasonJason V., Drums & Percussion 
Jason holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, after studying under Tele Lesbines (MSO), as well as under Director of Percussion, Dane Richeson. Since graduating in 1994, he has never stopped studying music whilst working in the field with many of Wisconsin's finest musicians. He is perhaps best known as a founding member of Midwestern favorite, Copper Box, with which he has been performing throughout the country for over 13 years. Jason's extremely vast knowledge of music is only surpassed by his passion for sharing it with others, onstage or off, and is now eager to do his part in helping to generate and nurture the next generation of musicians as part of the teaching staff here at Heid Music. Jason offers instruction tailored to every type of student, covering all styles of drumset and percussion desired, including those required of school band students. He offers students the option to perform in recitals, given twice each year.