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Appleton Piano 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.

6626hanson_heather_mmHeather A., Piano- (not currently accepting new students) Click for video introduction
Heather began teaching in a formal studio setting while in college. Since graduating with a minor in music, she continues to teach a variety of ages and abilities. Students learn music theory and technical skills while reaching their musical goals. Heather personalizes lesson plans based on the goals and needs of each student. Her students have the opportunity to perform in recitals and Solo & Ensemble as well as other public performances. She understands the importance of having a musical foundation and sees the enrichment that it brings to students. Students will always enjoy the benefits of their musical studies.

nellie_bNellie B., Piano Click for video introduction
Nellie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from St. Norbert College, her Masters from UW – Stevens Point, and about 20 graduate credits beyond Masters from various universities. She is offering piano and college theory prep. Nellie’s strengths are her ability to constantly read the students mind for understanding and what they can handle. Taking the new material and presenting it in manageable portions are also her strength. Nellie presents new material in a professional and friendly atmosphere. She feels counting out loud, curved fingers, note names, and practice are key ingredients.

Bio_pic-page-001Noah H., Piano - 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!

Head_Shots_015-001Nancy H., Piano - Click for video introduction
Nancy Howard, an alumnus of Moody Bible Institute, has been teaching since graduation in 1965.  She works with her students to learn to read notes, rhythm, and theory, and strives to motivate them to be the best pianist they can be. She is pleased when she can see the excitement her students feel when they accomplish a piece.   Nancy holds 1 to 2 recitals, as well as 3 workshops each year. Workshops are class sessions of 5 to 10 students. During the workshop, the students learn about techniques, literature, composers, listening, and conclude with performing. The students have a lesson book, performance book, and a theory book, but are also able to pursue the style of music in which they’re most interested. Nancy likes to keep in touch with parents so she knows how at home practice is going, any difficulties they’re having, and especially any fun they are experiencing.


photoMike I., Rock/Pop Piano - 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., Piano - Click for video introduction
A highly experienced instructor and performer, Bruce Koestner teaches both young and older piano students with a wide range of styles and abilities, from beginning to advanced levels. 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.

Head_Shots_004Jean K., Piano - Click for video introduction
Jean has a degree in piano performance from Lawrence University, and has taught for more than 30 years. Jean hopes to instill in her students a genuine love for music and piano playing in particular. She uses traditional methods and applied theory to give students a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning and music enjoyment. Working with adults is a special pleasure for Jean. It seems that many adults wish they could play the piano or would like to start playing again after many years away from it. Piano playing can be a positive and enriching part of an adult’s life and Jean considers it a pleasure and privilege to be part of that process.

Martin_3428_bwTheresa M., Piano Click for video introduction
Dr. Theresa Martin has been teaching beginning to advanced-level piano, clarinet, and composition lessons at Heid Music since 2009. She also teaches adjunct clarinet at Lawrence University and UW Fox Valley and offers group composition seminars throughout the year. She teaches repertoire of various styles from classical to popular, and she promotes essential musicianship skills including note-reading, scales, theory, ear-training, and sight-reading. 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 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 in composition and performance from UW-Milwaukee. For more information please visit

rmetkoRobyn M., Piano - 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.

lmillerLinda M., Suzuki Piano - Click for video introduction
Linda started teaching the Suzuki approach for violin and piano in 1988, teaching ages 4 to adult. This method reasons that when a baby is born, it learns how to speak from listening and imitating sounds, followed by learning to read. This is an excellent, enjoyable way to learn music, too. Students become very skilled at their instruments and play beautifully from the heart. The Suzuki literature is specifically designed to build skills. Once basic skills are acquired, reading music begins, followed by scales and theory. This makes a well-rounded musician. The concentration required helps the brain at any age. Children learn so much from imitation, which is why this approach really works and is so much fun. Linda offers her students two recitals a year and other performance opportunities. Parents are encouraged to attend all lessons.

emmaEmma S., Piano
Emma knew she wanted to teach private music lessons since she first began piano at the age of 8. By the age of 15, she wrote her own musical compositions, which were eventually copyrighted. While in college, Emma was selected to perform every year for the Steinbrecher-Mayers Honors Recital both for voice and piano. She taught several students during her high school years, but she got her first taste of professional piano and vocal teaching during her college pedagogy classes at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, where she minored in music. Since graduating, Emma continues to use her musical skills to teach a variety of age levels and abilities. She tailors each individual lesson to the students' needs, based on how fast or slow they want to learn. She encourages creativity and curiosity, and loves introducing multiple styles and genres to her students. Theory is a prominent focus in Emma's lessons, as well as technique. For her vocal students, the Kodaly concept is incorporated to give a stronger foundation for ear training. 

Benjamin_Wollin-4-Edit-2Benny W., Piano
Benny Wollin (Voh-LEEN) was born and raised in Germany. He graduated from Lawrence in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. In March of 2014, he performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in Manitowoc. In the Summer, he played for Attic Theatre's production of Bye Bye Birdie. Besides his classical training, Benny has studied Jazz and composition, and continues to teach himself audio production. Desiring to pass on this broad musical experience, he offers lessons in classical and contemporary piano, composition, and audio production/electronic music. As a teacher, he seeks to impart his students with a sense of wonder at the world of music, encouraging them to explore and invent. At the same time, he maintains the fundamentals of theory, technique, and musicianship – not as facts or skills to be acquired but as tools for investigating and creating music. More information can be found at his website,


Heid_1Andrea Z., Piano
Music has always been Andrea's greatest passion and is the reason why she studied instrumental music education and piano performance at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She was fortunate to have many solo, ensemble, and conducting experiences. Her love for teaching really took off in 2012 when she started giving private lessons. Getting to know her students makes her very happy and has helped her find the best way to teach each one as an individual. 

Andrea is a strong believer in music literacy and aural training. A strong foundation sets every student up for success. Her students will improve their note and rhythm reading as well as aural dictation skills through theory lessons and their repertoire. As soon as the notes and rhythms are down, one is able to get at the heart of making music: expression. Andrea cannot wait to start an awesome musical journey with all of you!