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Madison Orchestral String 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.

Erin_Ribble[1]Erin R., Violin (not currently accepting new students)
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 hold group lessons once a month. This is an opportunity to see what other students are working on and encourages progress in individual studies.

zou_zouZou Zou R., Cello
Zou Zou first fell in love with the cello in her fourth grade strings class at Van Hise Elementary School in Madison, WI.  After beginning private lessons at age 12, Zou Zou spent five years as a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO), including three years as Principal Cellist of WYSO’s top-ranking group, Youth Orchestra. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Uri Vardi as well as members of the Pro Arte String Quartet. An avid private teacher and chamber coach, Zou Zou has worked extensively with students at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she served as the cello studio’s teaching assistant and Cellist of the Nightingale Quartet-in-Residence, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, where she has coached multiple chamber groups, and Madison Cello Ensemble, where she has taught private lessons, coached cello choirs, and led master classes. Zou Zou is extremely excited to continue teaching alongside the stellar staff and faculty at Heid Music!

IMG_0008Samantha S., Cello
Sam Sinai’s main goal as a teacher is to empower her students to become more independent and confident as musicians and as people. Sam enjoys meeting each student where they are and finding creative ways to relay information and inspire them to grow. She believes that it is important for every student, no matter the level, to have a balance of technical study on the instrument and inspiring music-making experiences. Sam encourages her students to find their voice within the music, to express from the heart. She is knowledgeable about posture and healthy body alignment and incorporates this knowledge into lessons to ensure her students are on a path towards playing with ease.

Sam completed her undergraduate degree in Cello Performance and Music Therapy and is now a Board Certified Music Therapist. She is currently a Master's student at UW-Madison studying Cello Performance. She teaches all levels of cello, beginning/intermediate piano and beginning guitar. For more information please visit

HEADSHOT_Maya_Webne-Behrmanjpeg_Maya W-B., Violin
Maya began playing the violin at the age of five, inspired, partly, by the movie Music of the Heart (1999), which highlights the belief that anyone can play the violin. Now an avid teacher and performer, Maya is very happy to join the team at Heid Music and model this idea! She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at UW-Madison under the guidance of Eugene Purdue and members of the Pro Arte Quartet, performing regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. Maya believes that being a well-rounded performer and learner greatly lends itself to quality teaching and enjoys incorporating music theory, composition and improvisation into her lessons, so get ready!

Maya enjoys teaching all levels of violin and has experience in various settings, some of which include UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, La Escuela de Musica Sirinx in Burgos, Spain and Madison Music Makers. 

Wail-2014-758Jeff W., String Bass
Jeff is a recent graduate of UW-Madison's School of Music. His studies began with his first teacher, Rob Junceau III, continuing Into college, where he studied under Richard Davis for five years. There he performed with Davis's Black Music Ensemble, UW-Jazz Little Band and as principal bassist for UW-Madison's Symphony Orchestra. Jeff's music reflects a broad application of classical and jazz influences along with almost all other genres of music. Whether it be Metal, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Funk, Jazz or Rap, Jeff has had professional playing experience in all and is willing to share any knowledge. Besides teaching he is working full time in 6 various bands and composes music for film. He recently won Madison Area Music Award's best bassist of the year for 2012.