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Appleton Guitar, Bass, Uke, Banjo, and Folk Instrument 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.

IMG_3961CCP_pp2Zakk A., Acoustic & Electric Guitar

Zakk has been teaching electric and acoustic guitar since he was 13 years old to students of all ages and skill levels. He is able to teach any style of guitar, but his strongest areas are rock, blues, jazz, classical, and folk guitar.

Beginning at the age of 7, the study of the guitar has become Zakk's lifelong pursuit, and he continues to take lessons today. “Even teachers need to keep learning to grow as musicians.”

As a professional guitarist, singer, and songwriter, you may have seen him perform with his award-winning band (2014 WAMI Award), Bad Habitz, or at one of his solo acoustic shows. Zakk has also played with national acts such as: Sebastian Bach, Tom Kieffer, Vince Neal, Blue Oyster Cult, Lita Ford, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Great White, Jackyl, Kip Winger, and Mike Tramp.

Zakk believes in a theory based approach to studying guitar with an emphasis on proper technique and learning songs that reflect the musical interests of the student. He uses method books to provide a framework for learning, along with weekly assignments to achieve short and long term goals. He also places an emphasis on improvisation, song writing, and having fun!


Jason B., Ajason_bussecoustic & Electric Guitar - Click for video introduction
Jason 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 teaching as well as performing high-energy rock shows with Road Trip and The Glam Band. Jason’s diverse background includes country, blues, rock, metal, jazz, classical, fingerstyle, and percussive acoustic guitar.

Jason's lessons focus on honing technique and learning music theory while expanding repertoire. He uses method books to provide curriculum and structure whether teaching the basics, intermediate techniques, or advanced concepts. Weekly assignments establish clear goals and students are given the tools needed to reach those objectives. Jason provides his students with performance opportunities via recitals and Kids Rock youth band concerts. He also encourages participation in Solo & Ensemble competitions and other involvement with music ensembles at school or at home.


Head_Shots_021Larry D., Acoustic & Electric Guitar - Click for video introduction
Larry has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. He started teaching in 1990 after playing in various bands for 15 years. Over the years he has played electric & acoustic guitars, drums, bass guitar, and harmonica. He has traveled, recorded, and written songs. Since he began teaching, he has been in a Christian band and served on a church worship team. He has been a worship leader for 20 years. He teaches electric & acoustic guitar, how to read notes or play by ear. He enjoys teaching all ages from very young to seniors.

kdenureKatie D., Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Ukulele (not currently accepting new students) - Click for video introduction
Katie DeNure is a classically trained vocalist that teaches guitar and voice in a wide range of styles.  She is also a singer/songwriter. 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 for since 2008, and has also worked with the Renaissance School for the Arts and other area schools in the Fox Valley.   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.  For more information, visit her website at

Katie DeNure es una maestra de guitarra y es una cantante de varios estilos. Katie enseña lecciones de la guitarra acústica y eléctrica y está aceptando estudiantes que tienen 8 años o más. En adición de las lecciones privadas, ella es una especialista de lecciones del grupo de guitarra y voz. También, Katie puede cantar en varios estilos, tocar la flauta, las flautas irlandesas y el piano. En adición de sus destrezas musicales, ella es fluente en español y es una maestra bilingüe.  Para más información, visita su página de web

photoMike I., Acoustic, Electric, Bass Guitar, & Ukulele - 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's 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.

rmetkoRobyn M., Acoustic & Electric Guitar - Click for video introduction
A fourth generation musician, Robyn began her formal music education at age six with private guitar lessons; later adding voice, flute and piano to her repertoire of instruments.  Her educational experience includes classical vocal performance and vocal jazz study at Lawrence University and UW Oshkosh, as well as music marketing and songwriting at Berklee College of Music.

Robyn believes private study should be tailored to the student’s interests.  She uses all forms of music notation, including notes, guitar tablature and chord grids.  Her lessons regularly incorporate sight reading/singing, theory, improvisation, and developing repertoire.  In addition to private instruction, Robyn also teaches group classes and performance clinics.  

Coupled with her interest in a myriad of contemporary performance styles, Robyn shares her experience and knowledge of the music industry with her students.  She divides her time between private music education, live performance, session singing, and entertainment promotions.

PICT0019[1]David S., Acoustic & Electric Guitar - Click for video introduction
David learned to play guitar from his father at a very early age. At 12 years old, he was playing at church and school functions. At age 17, David founded the band Leviathan, which toured Northern Michigan and the towns bordering Michigan and Wisconsin. He has written and recorded three CDs, wherein he played all the instruments and sang the vocals. He wrote a jingle for Starbucks, Lake Geneva, where he accepted the opportunity to play his own music live. David has taught since 2003 and accepts students of all ages. He developed teaching methods that greatly accelerate the process of learning with focus on playing by ear and writing music.