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.
Craig M., Brass
Craig Mason attended the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a Comprehensive Music Education Degree (Vocal, Instrumental, and General). Craig also earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught Band, Choir, theater, music theory, jazz, marching band, and chamber ensembles in public and private schools, as well as at the university, collegiate, and adult level.
Craig has received numerous awards for his teaching and his ensembles. He is also an adjudicator, composer, arranger, drill writer, conductor, and performer.
Specialties: Clinics, arranging, composing, teaching, consulting, private study, French Horn player, conducting, marching band drill writing, custom composing and arranging, Sibelius music software
Many of his compositions and arrangements can be found at: Score Exchange, Allentoff Music, HaMaR Percussion, and Solid Brass Music.
Matthew O., Trumpet
A Wisconsin native, Matthew Onstad was appointed to the Francis Neiswanger Memorial Principal Trumpet chair with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in 2016, and is currently on-trial with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra as Principal Trumpet for their 2017-18 season. Matthew recently obtained his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin Madison under the tutelage of John Aley, and will begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Fall 2017. He serves the UW Mead Witter School of Music as a Project Assistant performing with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence, where they are regarded as one of the "superb brass ensembles in the USA" (Musicweb International) and praised for "remarkable musicianship and versatility" (International Trumpet Guild Journal). Matthew has been a member of the 132nd Wisconsin Army National Guard Band since 2012, and has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, and the Isthmus Brass. He can be seen performing with big bands throughout the state, as well as the Madison-based hip-hop band Fringe Character.
An avid teacher throughout the Midwest, Matthew has served as a master clinician with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the 132nd Army Band, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota. He is also an enthusiatic private trumpet instructor and loves teaching students of all ages and abilities. Mathew recieved his BM in trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he studied with Dr. Marty Robinson and Dr. Robert Levy.