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Popular Music Teachers Near Madison

Kristen B.

Madison, WI
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Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI
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Clay L.

Middleton, WI
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Kristen B. Madison, WI

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I strongly believe that anyone can learn to sing, and my goal is to dispel the myth that only a select few are "gifted" with beautiful voices. Singing is like a sport; it is about muscular coordination, which with practice and focused instruction, is something that anyone can improve! It is my job as a teacher to help you choose repertoire and to give useful feedback which will build your voice and your confidence.

My teaching experience encompasses students of all ages and abilities, some as young as 10, to those well into adulthood. The majority of my teaching and performing experience is in classical voice, with a focus in opera and art song. I get a deep feeling of satisfaction from watching my students achieve their personal singing goals, and have sent many on to receive top ratings at vocal competitions and college music scholarships.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students describe me as "strict but nice". I encourage my students to set their expectations high, and then provide the tools to reach those goals over time. After a few months of lessons and practice, you will have a more even sound in the different parts of your voice, musical confidence, control of your breath, and (to me, the most important part) an increased curiosity and appreciation for music!

Repertoire will vary depending on your musical background and your interests and goals. I am comfortable teaching and performing folk song, art songs in German, French and Italian, and operatic arias. We will choose music together to find pieces that will aid your vocal development and that you enjoy singing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stands, rehearsal rooms, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
My focus of my undergraduate and Master's studies was in operatic vocal performance. I also have experience with choral and vocal jazz.

Lyle R. Sun Prairie, WI

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student provides guitar, amp, music stand. I bring laptop and speakers when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.

Clay L. Middleton, WI

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Saxophone

About Me

BORN into an artistic family, 25-year-old alto saxophonist Clay L. has been enthralled by music from a very young age. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Clay began his musical journey by playing the drums as a toddler, and then moved to cello and piano, after which he settled on his instrument of choice, the alto saxophone, at age 12. In high school, with the help of his father and some friends, Clay discovered the music of Charlie Parker, and soon realized that there was no turning back. Over time and after much practice, Clay became a prominent player at his high school and the local Madison jazz scene, where he studied with legend Richard Davis. In 2007, Clay was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music, and since then, he has been a busy player in Boston and elsewhere – Clay has performed as a sideman and with his own groups in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Italy, Panama and Japan.


• Alto saxophonist for legendary Reggae/Rock group, Spiritual Rez - fall 2013 – present.
• Maurice Hynes: ‘Tappin’ Thru Life,’ May 2013.
• The Brian Bromberg Group feat. Randy Brecker, live at Scullers, March 2013.
• The Panama Jazz Fest: The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors feat. Adam Cruz, January 2013
– Opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
• Lead alto, Thinkin’ Big Band – toured Toronto and upstate New York, winter 2013.
• Darren Barrett, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, 2012.
• The Global Jazz Institute feat. Eric Harland. Siena, Italy, August 2012.
• Joe Lovano with The Berklee Global Jazz Red Ensemble. Blue Note NYC, spring 2012.
• Jason Anick Group, 2012 – present.
• The Berklee Global Jazz Institute, feat. John Patitucci, The Regattabar, Boston.
• Mango Blue, 2011
• The Kazuhiro Odagiri Quintet, Wally’s Café, Boston, spring 2011 – present.
• The Wily Rodriguez Group, Wally’s Café, Boston, 2010.
• The Beantown Swing Orchestra, 2010 – present.
• Toured Hong Kong & Shenzhen, China with "The Jazz Tellers" - 2010

*** Lesson Details ***

My name is Clay L., and I'm a professional saxophonist and recent graduate of the Berklee School of Music.

I have toured the world and performed with legendary musicians such as Joe Lovano and Randy Brecker, and I am now accepting saxophone students of all ages and skill levels!

If you want to take your saxophone playing to the next level, I can help!

My rates are reasonable and my schedule is flexible!

I have 8 years of teaching experience with private students, and I specialize in the following areas of playing:

- saxophone technique
- tone production & articulation
- jazz styles & improvisation
- funk, blues & R&B styles
- harmony, music theory... and more!

If you are interested in studying, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for checking out my page!

All the best,

*** Studio Equipment ***
I usually travel to my students' homes in the greater Boston area via bicycle or T, but I am also able to teach out of my home in Allston.

My home studio is equipped with good acoustics and... A METRONOME! ;-)

*** Specialties ***
- Improvisation!
...i.e. how to compose & play jazz solos, ON THE SPOT!
- Jazz time-feel & tone production, swing, articulation, vibrato, etc.
- Jazz theory & history!

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