Please call (920.651.4343) or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Oshkosh.


Chad_EllisChad E., Piano
Chad was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. Since childhood he has been interested in music and the beautiful sounds that it offers. Starting out on the piano at a young age he moved over to violin and then to guitar. In 2005, he moved to Hollywood, California to receive his Bachelor’s degree at the Musicians Institute, where he studied guitar and music from some of the best contemporary musicians in the world.
Chad recently returned to Wisconsin and continues to play in various bands and has recorded over 9 records with different acts.  His style of playing ranges from jazz, funk, pop, Latin and everything in between.  Two notable performances have been opening up for the legendary rock band, Jefferson Starship and playing guitar in the MTV show The Electric Barbarellas.  He also has recently played in the award winning L.A. musical, Mulholland Christmas Carol.
Through his live playing experience he has learned the trade from hands on experience and wants to share his knowledge with his students.  He has taught several notable musicians, songwriters and actors.  With a weekly student base of nearly 60 students, Chad is a sought after music instructor and is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.



20150112_114713_(2)Vanessa V., Piano
Vanessa Vander Galien has been teaching private piano lessons since 2012.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s degree in Music.  Vanessa has also completed training in the Music Unlocked piano curriculum, which she teaches to all ages and levels.  Vanessa is constantly looking for fun, creative, hands-on ways for students to learn, improvise and even compose music.  She tailors each student’s lesson plans to reach the individual goals of the student.  Vanessa offers performance opportunities to her students through collaborative recitals with other local teachers, and encourages her students to participate in music events and competitions in the community.  Vanessa’s vision in teaching is to give each student the tools they need to become independent, confident, knowledgeable musicians with a passion for music.