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Madison Composition & Improvisation Teachers

Please call (608.829.1969) or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Madison.

CIMG0966Brian K., Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Brian Koenig is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and music instructor originally from Monroe, Wisconsin. He grew up playing oboe, piano and guitar while developing an interest in the creation and composition of music.  Brian attended University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on Theory and History and a minor in Arts Management. He recently received a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lessons are tailored to the individual student with an emphasis on technique, musicality and personal enjoyment. Topics of theory, ear development and composition are also presented in conjunction with learning repertoire. With over 15 years of teaching and performing experience brought to each lesson, many of Brian’s students have gone on to play with successful bands and become teachers themselves. For more information, please visit his website

Erin_Ribble[1]Erin R., Violin
At a very young age, Erin was inspired by her grandmother to learn the violin, a passion that followed her to college at UW Stevens Point where she was the first violinist to earn a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. 

Erin teaches the Suzuki method to beginners, focusing on ear training first and then exploring sight-reading. Learning classical technique on the instrument is the best base, once there is a certain level of proficiency; Erin encourages improvisation and composition.  She offers instruction in music theory because a basic level of understanding is an essential part of being a musician. In addition to teaching violin, Erin offers instruction in jazz improvisation, (on any instrument) composition, mandolin, and viola.  She welcomes students of all ages and levels of playing. 

Erin also holds group lessons once a month. This is an opportunity to see what other students are working on and encourages progress in individual studies.


Jeff D., Piano
Since beginning his professional teaching career in 1998, Jeff has worked with a wide range of music students in various capacities, including 5th grade beginning music lessons at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 9-12th grade lessons as the band director at Port Washington High School, first-year college aural skills as a visiting lecturer at UW-Whitewater, and graduate-level form and analysis as an associate lecturer at UW-Madison.

Jeff is especially interested in the history and theory of 19th and 20th century music. After completing a Ph.D. in Music Theory at the UW-Madison, he published articles on theories of orchestration in Theoria (2012), Organized Sound (2013), the Journal of Music Theory (2013), and Music Theory Spectrum (2014). He has also contributed articles to Best Music for Young Band (2005), an anthology of beginning band music.

Jeff currently performs with the Madison Chamber Choir, the Madison Brass Band, and the Madison Area Community Orchestra. He draws particular musical inspiration from his 11 year-old, 8 year-old, and 6 year-old sons’ curiosities about musical craftsmanship and performance.