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.
Nate D., Mandolin
Nate trained first by the Suzuki method, and has been playing violin for two decades between California, Tennessee, Illinois and Wisconsin. He studied string performance at UNCSA under Kevin Lawrence and at UIUC under Rudolf Haken, Sherman Lupu, and Stefan Milenkovich. Nate has been a freelance performer in a number of local symphony orchestras and amplified or acoustic bands (R&B, blues, Indie/DIY, country and bluegrass) and has worked as a featured artist at USC Stanislaus in Turlock, CA on violin and mandolin. Through classical training and eclectic field work, he has amassed sight reading and improvisation abilities in violin, viola and mandolin. His approach to teaching is to give the student the most solid technical foundation possible on the desired instrument, and to identify and realize the student's musical goals. Nate currently plays with the band Dearth.
Joe I., Electric, Acoustic, & Bass Guitar, Ukuele
Joe Iaquinto played guitar and bass on his first recording session in New York City at the age of 16. Straight out of high school, he played some of the city's finest clubs and venues and hit the road with his own band. When opportunity knocked, Joe moved to Los Angeles, CA. where he spent many years as a first-call musician, performing with Grammy Award winning artists Rita Coolidge, Peter Cetera, Billy Preston, and many other major artists and bands, including the Emotions, and members of Chicago and the Doobie Bros. When he wasn't in the studio or on the road, Joe would always take time to perform for the local schools and give private lessons to everyone who had a passion for music. Having recently relocated to Madison, WI. Joe is currently performing with some of the area's top musicians and recording music in his studio. Joe likes to teach his students a wide variety of musical styles and techniques, with an emphasis on what the individual musician - at any level - has a desire to learn. Whether you are interested in a career in music or simply want to learn to play just for the joy of it, Joe can bring out the best in you.
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 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.
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.