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In addition, you can call 920.734.1969 or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Appleton.


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Caitlin K., Violin & Viola (not currently accepting new students)
Caitlin earned a degree in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, which she completed while studying with Yuliya Smead. Currently she freelances as a violinist, violist, and fiddle player throughout the Fox Valley, manages and plays in Resonancia String Quartet, and teaches students of all ages in her private studio, which she has maintained since 2014. In the past she has taught lessons with the Menasha School District’s AfterBeat program. 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 pop to classical, and has worked with students age 5 to adult.  
JeradMJerad M., Violin (not currently accepting new students) 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.

Damaris SmeuDamaris S., Violin - Offering In-Person Instruction

Damaris Smeu began studying music at the age of four at the Dinu Lipatti School of Music in Bucharest, Romania. She continued her studies at UCLA and has since been teaching and playing live music. She has years of experience teaching individual and group lessons privately and at elementary schools. Her diverse musical experience offers a well-rounded approach to teaching.