Brendan Franklin - Guitar Teacher
Heid Music Madison
Brendan graduated from Edgewood College where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music. During his time at Edgewood he focused on classical guitar, but his diverse interest in music lead him to other instruments and musical disciplines as well. He can now be found performing around the Midwest with a number of groups playing anything from classic country to jazz and punk rock. He can most regularly be found performing with MAMA award-winning Irish rock group The Kissers. Brendan welcomes students of all ages and skill levels. He believes in not merely teaching students notes and songs, but also how to learn and apply musical knowledge so students can grow more well-rounded as musicians.
What made you decide to pick up a guitar and master it?
Quitting the guitar once was totally necessary for me to come back to it more seriously. When I first got a guitar, I tried to play for a month or two before deciding it was too hard, and left it to collect dust for a few years before taking it up again. Part of what helped me stick with it the second time around was the friends and musicians I surrounded myself with. Many of my friends were gracious enough to coach me and offer tips to a new musician, and being around such talented people pushed me to strive for their talent level. With regards to gee-tar mastery, I feel like there are always going to be more things to learn and and more things to improve upon, but that doesn't deter me from practicing and playing (quite the opposite in fact). The learning and small accomplishments are as much a part of playing as the strumming or chords are for me.
If you could master another instrument, what would you choose next?
If I was going to be rational, I would likely say singing (for obvious reasons) or the drums because I have always loved the rhythmic component of music and drums allow you to move in such a fluid and unique manner. If I was going to be slightly less rational, however, I would choose something like whistling or the singing saw.
What is your favorite part about being a teacher?
Working with a student when their eyes light up because they just made a connection or conquered something they had doubted they could do may be my single favorite part of being a teacher. That being said, I also love when lessons get to the point where students are comfortable and critically think about things during lessons, allowing a more open dialogue and varied teaching approach which I find leads to an improved learning experience.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend free time doing things like recording and editing music and video, playing games, cross-stitching, and spending time with the people I care about.
What or who is your greatest musical inspiration?
As cliché as it may sound, my inspirations are all the musicians and students I've ever had the pleasure to have worked with. It has been such a joy to know or aid those who have worked so hard and to see them achieve the goals they set out for themselves. I aspire to provide a positive model for the lives of my students.