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.
Erin R., Violin (not currently accepting new students)
At a very young age, Erin was inspired by her grandmother to learn the violin, a passion that followed her to college at UW Stevens Point where she was the first violinist to earn a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance.
Erin teaches the Suzuki method to beginners, focusing on ear training first and then exploring sight-reading. Learning classical technique on the instrument is the best base, once there is a certain level of proficiency; Erin encourages improvisation and composition. She offers instruction in music theory because a basic level of understanding is an essential part of being a musician. In addition to teaching violin, Erin offers instruction in jazz improvisation, (on any instrument) composition, mandolin, and viola. She welcomes students of all ages and levels of playing.
Erin also hold group lessons once a month. This is an opportunity to see what other students are working on and encourages progress in individual studies.
Joan S., Violin
Joan is a credentialed teacher and has enhanced her teaching techniques for younger students as well as adults. Joan's philosophy is to take music with you in your private time or share with others depending on personal desires, abilities and goals. She finds songwriting fulfilling and rewarding and enjoys putting her creative talents to work by improvising church music and by playing at different venues around the area. Joan's instruction begins with basic reading of music, and a variety of techniques to improve on how to practice most efficiently. Enjoyable sounds come with many hours of practice, including position studies, songs and a fiddle tune or two for a little splash. A few lines out of different books make for interesting hours of study to prevent boredom. Ear training and theory are incorporated as a skill set where one skill builds upon another in a step by step approach. Joan encourages students to take at least one year of piano prior to violin studies, but it is absolutely a personal choice to go this avenue.
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.