Please call 920.734.1969 or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Appleton.

Tim_headshotTim H., Cello
As a cellist, Timothy regularly performs with orchestras such as the Fox Valley Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic and many others. Tim studied cello with Uri Vardi at UW-Madison and was greatly influenced by Vardi’s approach of cello performance through awareness of tension free movement. Other teachers include Scott Tisdel and Laura Kenny Henckel, and has taken part in workshops with Gregory Sauer, Scott Cook and Matt Turner.

Tim also has a love of teaching, beginners to advanced, and uses a mix of traditional and Suzuki methods, teaches both classical and modern styles of music, and likes a balanced approach by using scales, etudes and concert repertoire to make each individual a complete cellist. Tim’s approach is concept driven and likens that to giving each student a new tool in their tool box. The more tools they acquire, the more confident they will be to complete the task.

JHandwerkerJulie H., Violin & Viola (not currently accepting new students)
Julie has a degree in Viola Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She is a performer with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. She also fosters a love of chamber music through coaching small student ensembles and performing with other area musicians.  Julie teaches a blend of traditional and Suzuki methods, tailoring each lesson to the particular student’s needs, interests and learning styles. Whether it be fiddle, rock n’ roll or classical, she teaches all types of music to her students while exposing them to other areas that they can grow to love and appreciate. She incorporates music theory, practice strategies, performance techniques and other skills like time management and perseverance into each lesson.  Her teaching style is very friendly and encouraging while goal oriented. You can learn more about Julie at her website.


Caitlin K., Violin & Viola 
Caitlin is currently pursuing a degree in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She studies violin with Yuliya Smead, serves as the Concertmaster / Assistant Concertmaster of the University Symphony, and plays in various chamber ensembles.  In the past she has studied with Andrew Hutchinson and Klara Fenyo Bahcall. She also studies viola with Sharon Tenhundfeld. Caitlin teaches private lessons, is a lesson instructor for the Menasha School District AfterBeat Program, and serves as a sectional coach with the Rock Infused Orchestra. Additionally, she is the manager and a member of Hall Avenue Strings. Caitlin’s greatest joy as a teacher is seeing her students fall in love with music. Lesson content is determined by the individual student’s needs and goals in developing musicianship, technique, and repertoire. She enjoys playing and teaching many styles of music from fiddle to classical.

JeradMJerad M., Violin  Click for video introduction
Jerad earned a Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He teaches private Suzuki lessons as well as group classes. Students will learn proper techniques for long term development, tone production, ear training, note reading and music theory. He enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels and endeavors to make learning easy and enjoyable. Jerad has studied with expert teachers and Suzuki teacher trainer's from around the world including Joanne Bath, Edmond Sprunger, Steve Bjella and Kyoko Fuller - a student of Dr. Schinichi Suzuki in Japan. Jerad has performed with various orchestras as a 1st violinist, assistant concert master and concert master. Jerad is currently a continual member of the Fox Valley Symphony as a violinist. He also coached the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra violin section.

lmillerLinda M., Violin  Click for video introduction
Linda started teaching the Suzuki approach for violin and piano in 1988, teaching ages 4 to adult. This method reasons that when a baby is born, it learns how to speak from listening and imitating sounds, followed by learning to read. This is an excellent, enjoyable way to learn music, too. Students become very skilled at their instruments and play beautifully from the heart. The Suzuki literature is specifically designed to build skills. Once basic skills are acquired, reading music begins, followed by scales and theory. This makes a well-rounded musician. The concentration required helps the brain at any age. Children learn so much from imitation, which is why this approach really works and is so much fun. Linda offers her students two recitals a year and other performance opportunities. Parents are encouraged to attend all lessons.