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., Violin & Viola
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. He 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 featured artist at USC Stanislaus in Turlock, CA on violin and mandolin. Through classical training and eclectic field work, Nate 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.
Morgan W., Cello
Morgan first discovered her love for the cello in fourth grade. After beginning private lessons at age 12, Morgan successfully auditioned for Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras and was a member for seven years. She earned her Bachelors of Music Performance degree at Grand Valley State University, where she received an Honors Music Scholarship and won the GVSU Symphony Concerto Competition in 2010. She taught lessons privately through Meyer Music in Muskegon, MI and substituted with the West Michigan Symphony for two years. Morgan received her Master's in Music from Bard College's Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA studying under Terry King. During her time in Massachusetts, she was a member of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, directed by Phoebe Carrai. After graduating, she volunteered as a teaching artist through Longy's El Sistema Side by Side Seminarios Series. This program focused primarily on children with the fewest resources and greatest needs, giving them confidence and inspiring ideals to excel in the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence. Morgan is currently teaching and performing in Madison, WI. Her teaching style begins with the student's agenda. She believes there is little difference between teaching and learning, and sees the connection between student and teacher as fluid and equally rewarding.
Jeff W., String Bass
Jeff is a recent 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.