Please call (608.829.1969) or email our education coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Madison.
Brian K., Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Ukulele
Brian Koenig is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and music instructor originally from Monroe, Wisconsin. He grew up playing oboe, piano and guitar while developing an interest in the creation and composition of music. Brian attended University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on Theory and History and a minor in Arts Management. He recently received a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Lessons are tailored to the individual student with an emphasis on technique, musicality and personal enjoyment. Topics of theory, ear development and composition are also presented in conjunction with learning repertoire. With over 15 years of teaching and performing experience brought to each lesson, many of Brian’s students have gone on to play with successful bands and become teachers themselves. For more information, please visit his website.
Jeff L., Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitar - Click for video introduction
Jeff has performed with bands and done solo guitar concerts for more than 30 years, and taught students for more than 20 years. He plays and teaches most styles of music, specializing in jazz, progressive rock, classical and fingerstyle solo guitar. He also teaches electric bass. He has released three CDs, including the score to a musical play, a jazz/rock mixture of covers and originals, and most recently, “Jeff Larsen plays Emerson Lake and Palmer,” his solo fingerstyle arrangements of ELPs best. He won a 2009 MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) for best classical piece of the year. Having written more than 100 pieces of music, he is able to help guitarists become composers as well as players. He currently has a biweekly gig at the Java Cat, playing solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements of the Beatles, ABBA, Who, ELP and a mix of originals. Please visit his YouTube channel.
John V., Acoustic & Electric Guitar
John Vitale is a versatile guitarist/vocalist/band leader that began performing professionally in 1968. He is comfortable in many styles including jazz, blues, Spanish classical guitar, rock and folk. After seeing Andres Segovia, he began studies at the Jack Cecchini studio, and has a performance degree from Roosevelt University under Pamela Kimmel. He also attended master classes with Oscar Ghiglia and Manuel Lopez-Ramos. For years John was the Musical Director for Free Street Theater. He now performs regularly in Madison with Marilyn Fisher, and still travels to Chicago regularly for gigs. You can see the duo every Tuesday night at Liliana's in Fi1tchburg, and during the Summer they are skippeth performers at American Players Theater. John also studied with Joe Diorio at Guitar Institute in Los Angeles, He has performed across the US. He is now happy to call Madison home. John Loves to teach, and his focus for instruction is a mixture of fun and technique. Visit John's website for more information.
Jeff W., Bass Guitar
Jeff is a 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.