Please call (608.829.1969) or email our education coordinator at email@example.com for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Madison.
Lindsay A., Piano
Lindsay Adjavor has performed across the United States, Europe and Africa. She aims to inspire and share her passion for music with each student she encounters. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of London - SOAS. For several years, she taught 6th - 8th grade music at Ghana International School in Accra. As a diverse keyboardist versed in classical, jazz, highlife, rock n' roll and other styles, she is sensitive to each student's musical interests. She prefers to use student-centered teaching styles intended to develop each student's unique talents and overall confidence. She currently performs with the bands Little Vito and the Torpedoes and Projkt Timbukale.
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.
Jim E., Piano
"Jim Erickson is proof, if any is needed, that there are major jazz talents performing in the United States outside of New York, Chicago, New Orleans and the West Coast..." - Scott Yanow - Jazz Author/Reviewer February, 2012. Besides being a Madison-based professional, Jim has performed internationally, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and venues throughout the USA. He is also an award-winning composer in local, regional and national advertising markets.
As a teacher, Jim brings his education, experience and passion for music to connect with students at their own individual levels. Learning to play by reading music notation AND "by ear" is basic to Jim's philosophy. Playing piano is as much a kinetic activity as anything athletic. Jim focuses on strength development, breathing and relaxation to meet the physical requirements of performing. He has two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a bachelors in jazz piano performance and masters in classical piano performance.
Susan V., Piano
Susan earned her music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, with a major in piano and minors in education and choral conducting. She has taught all levels of public school, including St. Peter Catholic School in Ashton, WI. Susan has taught piano for over 25 years both in Chicago and in Madison. In addition to teaching, Susan has been a professional performer alongside her husband John, playing all styles of music including classical, swing, jazz, pop and rock.
She specializes in teaching beginners of all ages. Having been classically trained, Susan believes in giving students a solid start in fundamentals including technique and music reading which will help them to get wherever they want to go with music. She uses traditional method books, combined with her own materials to give students a complete lesson experience.