Student Feature


vincentStudent: Vincent

Teacher: Zakk Abitz

Location: Appleton

Vincent has always loved music, and his favorite bands are Led Zeppelin and The Flaming Lips. Vincent loves all kinds of learning and the guitar has given him the chance to play some of the songs he's heard and loved for years. 


Read more in the December 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.




nov._feat._student1Student: Lincoln

Teacher: Adam Cain

Location: Green Bay

Lincoln is 13 years old and has been playing drums for 5 years. He practices everyday and knows that practice makes perfect!

Read more in the November 2018 issue of the Student Pitch.





MattStudent: Matt

Teacher: Gail Heywood

Location: Stevens Point

Matt has been taking piano lessons for seven years. He is extremely talented and moticated to study music. He's performed locally for community outreach programs, participated in regional auditions and also the WMTA Badger Keyboard competition.

Read more in the October 2018 Issue of the Student Pitch.




EmilyStudent: Emily

Teacher: David Lawrence

Location: Appleton

Emily has been playing drums for five years and comes from a family of drummers including two brothers who also took lessons at Heid Music.


Read more in the September 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.




Student: Will

Teacher: Brian 

Location: Madison

Will Martin, 13, started playing the ukulele at age six. Will enjoys playing in a band called "FM" which volunteers monthly at American Family Children's Hospital providing music during family dinner hours...

Read more in the August 2018 Issue of the Student Pitch.







sydney_croppedStudent: Sydney

Teacher: Jerad

Location: Appleton

Now a junior at Appleton North High School, Sydney began playing violin seven years ago with an elementary school orchestra. Music quickly became a means to express herself and she started taking private lessons with Jerad Miller out of Appleton. 

Read more in the July 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.



AnnStudent: Ann

Teacher: Samantha Sinai

Location: Madison

Ann's adventure with the cello began with a Mother's Day gift certificate from her children for her first lesson and first month's instrument rental. She has now been playing for almost three years!

Read more in the June 2018 issue of the Student Pitch.


KillianStudent: Killian

Teacher: Mark Budwit

Location: Oshkosh

Killian is eight years old and has been taking drum lessons for two years. Starting young, he has become a well-versed drum set player who can read music and play along to all his favorite songs.

Read more in the May 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.


NicholasStudent: Nicholas

Teacher: Matt Gieseke

Location: Appleton

Nicholas has been playing drums and percussion for six years, having studied under Matt Gieseke since he was in the 6th grade. Before playing drums, this multitalented musician also studied piano for six years.

Nicholas is currently playing with the Lawrence Academy of Music Wind Ensemble and the Fox Valley Symphony's Youth Orchestra as well as the Honors Band at Appleton East High School. He has also played in multiple pit orchestras and Appleton East's marching band and jazz band. Nicholas is still working to improve his skills everyday and plans to pursue opportunities to perform music throughout the rest of his life.

Read more in the April 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.



travisStudent: Travis

Teacher: Rib Ribble

Location: Madison

Fourteen-year-old Travis has been playing violin for five years but initially didn't think he'd continue after his first year of fifth-grade strings class in school. Travis started taking lessons with Rin and realized he could play anything he wanted on the violin, not just classical and fiddle music. While he does study the classics, he enjoys playing popular music hits like "Hey Jude," "Under Pressure," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, most recently, "Stairway to Heaven." He is still learning and improving every day and plans to continue lessons for the next few years. 

Read more in the March 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.



yuryStudent: Yury

Teacher: Jon Tabers-Kwak

Location: Green Bay

Yury was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. when he was eight years old. Before starting guitar lessons, he studied trombone and flute.

He also studies voice and was selected to participate in the Wisconsin Middle School Honors Choir. Last summer, Yury participated in Heid Music’s Rock U as a bassist and back-up vocalist.

A student at West De Pere High School, Yury plays in the school's jazz band. He even performed Christmas Russian Mandolin pieces for the most recent Madrigal Dinner.

Outside of music Yury is an honor roll student and excels at mathematics. He is thinking of pursuing dentistry, geo-history, politics and/or professional music in the future.

Get the complete details in the February 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.



Student: Brett

Teacher: David Lawrence

Location: Appleton

Brett has been playing drums for 13 years. He has always studied with David Lawrence and has won numerous awards including the coveted Lawrence Studio 2017 Drummer of the Year.

Brett has played with countless bands including Mr. May and Outbreak, with which he played at Milwaukee's Summerfest on five different occasions.

Brett currently plays throughout the Midwest with the Tallan Noble Latz Band.

Read more about Brett, in the January 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.





Student: John

Teacher: Rebecca Proefrock

Location: Green Bay

John first picked up a violin when he was 12 and began playing in his middle school orchestra. Not only was he the top scholar in his junior class in De Pere last year, he played with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, placed third in his first competition and was hired as the first violinist by the Sheboygan Symphony. As a senior he now attends Interlocken Arts Academy and is preparing for a career as a professional violinist.

See John in the December Student Pitch.




Name: Vihaan

Teacher: Joel Croyle

Location: Heid Music Madison

Vihaan attends first grade at West Middleton Elementary School. Since early childhood, he has had a keen interest in music; in fact, his love of rhythm and beats led to him learning how to play drums. Joel, who has been Vihaan's instructor for one year, said, "Seeing his level of hard work at such an early age instills pride in me as a teacher." 

Besides music, Vihaan loves sports and is a huge LeBron James fan. Learn about Vihaan in the November Student Pitch.