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Madison Drum 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.

joel_teacher_picJoel C., Drums & Percussion 

Joel C attended Lakeland Community College and Cleveland State University, where he received an Associates of Arts degree in music history and music theory and a Bachelor’s degree in communications. He has performed as a drummer professionally since the age of 15 all over the world with various groups. As a youth performer he played with such groups as “American Music Abroad”, “The Singing Angels” and “The Lakewood Roadshow” and as an adult has played in several groups such as “The Stoughton Area Jazz Collective (jazz), Eccentrifuge (Progressive Rock), and “SirNoSir!” (Punk/Metal).

He has been teaching drums and percussion privately for over 20 years. Joel likes to focus on the interests of his students and teach in different musical styles such as classical, jazz, rock and metal. He can prepare someone for school band, or take an advanced student to another level, preparing for a career in the music business. Other than snare and drum-set, Joel can teach Latin and African instruments, marimba, bells and various other percussion. His lessons will range from learning fundamentals, such as sticking techniques and rudiments, to advanced techniques such as single and double bass drumming, odd-time, and grove passed patterns. As a student, you will learn music theory, reading music, sight reading and playing by ear.

Many of his recordings can be found at

rob_mRob M., Drums & Percussion 
Rob Murphy received a bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in Music Business and Recording Technology. After interning at Omnisound Studios in Nashville Tennessee he relocated to Madison to begin teaching and continue performing. Throughout his career he has studied under Michael Kowleski, Dr. Allison Shaw (UW-Oshkosh), Dr. Marty Robinson (UW-Oshkosh) as well as Branden Morgan (Misery Signals). His influences and performance experience range from classical percussion, auxiliary percussion to drum set. In the past he has performed with The Jazz Orgy as well as The Traveling Suitcase. Currently, he can be heard performing with bands such as Bron Sage and Royal Station. Rob Murphy is committed to helping students of all ages and experience levels expand their skills and appreciation for music by cultivating a strong foundation of technique, literacy and music theory.