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The bass is the most important instrument ever invented (at least according to our Education Director who happens to also be a bassist). Whereas the string bass has been around for a few hundred years, the first electric basses were created in the 1930s. Both versions have a strong presence in music today. It's a staple in nearly every style of music out there from classical to rock to bluegrass. It provides a foundation for the groove while also doubling as a beautiful solo instrument.

At Madison Music Foundry we provide both electric bass lessons and string bass lessons. Instruction is available for any age and level at a time that's convenient for you.

Ken Fitzsimmons

Ken Fitzsimmons

ELECTRIC BASS, STRING BASS
Teaching since 1996, Ken has helped students successfully audition into Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), WSMA Honors Orchestra, and various university music schools and conservatories. Many have gone on to tour in bands, play in professional orchestras and even to teach lessons. One on one lessons are catered to your needs whether you play professionally or for fun. All ages and experience levels are welcome. You are never too old or too young. In addition to being trained in multiple styles, Ken also teaches music theory, ear training and sight singing.

Since receiving a degree in bass performance from UW-Madison studying under jazz great Richard Davis, Ken has played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, various jazz groups along with countless blues, country, and rock bands. He has performed on nearly 20 albums and has toured the country numerous times with award winning Irish rock band The Kissers.

Ken is also the Education Director at Madison Music Foundry.

Nick Moran

Nick Moran

ELECTRIC BASS, STRING BASS
Nick Moran debuted in the Madison, WI music scene in 1993 while in the 10th grade, and has continued to make music professionally ever since. At UW-Eau Claire, Nick studied under the legendary bass educator Dr. James Klute of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and completed his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.

Nick has performed with a diverse collection of internationally renowned acts, including Ben Sidran, Lee ‘Scratch‘ Perry, and Clyde Subbelfield. Nick’s current projects include dumate, Phat Phunktion, El Clan Destino, Madisalsa, and The New Breed.

In addition to performing, Nick has enjoyed teaching for over 10 years. He teaches all ages and skill levels in many genres of music. He has prepared students for auditions and music competitions like the Wisconsin Solo and Ensemble Festival. He has also coached bassists who are entering into professional music careers with signed and touring bands. Nick's students have been accepted into music programs at institutions such as The Berklee School of Music, University of Miami, University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Eau Claire.

Full Bio (pdf) - www.nickmoranbass.com

Brendan Franklin

Brendan Franklin

GUITAR, PIANO, ELECTRIC BASS, BANJO, MANDOLIN, UKULELE

While Brendan makes his living these days as a musician and educator, his musical beginnings stuttered before taking off with rocket boots. Initially setting his guitar aside out of frustration, power chords and the promises of youthful punk rebellion were enough to rope a young, teenage Brendan back in. Teaching himself was great, but his desire to learn more about music beyond what he and his friends could figure out led him to study music at Edgewood College. While there, studied classical guitar under Nathan Wysock and jazz under Daniel Wallach before receiving his BS in Music in 2012.

In his tenure as a music instructor since 2004, Brendan has helped his students graduate to milestones ranging from playing in first bands, writing first songs, to even successfully auditioning for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Brendan welcomes students of all ages and skill levels. He believes in not merely teaching students notes and songs, but also how to learn and apply their musical knowledge they an grow more well-rounded as musicians. He also recognizes that no single teaching approach works for everyone or even every song/concept for a single student, so he teaches in and encourages an open, friendly, and flexible style that best suits each student.

Brendan currently plays with award-winning Irish rock band The Kissers and Chicago's Last False Hope.

www.brendanfranklin.com

Jim Gerbig

Jim Gerbig

GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS, BRASS, WOODWINDS

Jim holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has worked with all levels of Brass and Woodwind students since 1982. In addition, he has been a private studio guitar and bass guitar teacher since 1977. Equally at home playing Rock, Jazz, and Fusion styles, he especially enjoys helping rock guitarists make the transition to playing in their school jazz ensemble.

He has coached hundreds of band students to Superior and Excellent ratings in Solo/Ensemble performances, from individuals and small ensembles to full jazz band and concert band events. In addition, he has worked with students on all instruments to improve their improvisational skills and working knowledge of Music Theory.

With over 30 years of studio teaching experience, Jim prides himself on finding the right approach to guide any student in realizing their potential, on whatever their instrument of choice. Full Bio (pdf)

Louka Patenaude

Louka Patenaude

GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS
Louka Patenaude took an early interest to guitar and by high school was studying jazz and playing in nightclubs. He earned a B.S. in Anthropology at UW-Madison and has a wide understanding of the fundamental functions of music in society. While in college, Louka joined Richard Davis' Black Music Ensemble and began playing throughout the Madison music scene. Since then he has toured internationally (Europe, Japan, Guam) with numerous groups including Ben Sidran and Natty Nation, and he helped found the New Breed Quintet which has hosted an open jazz jam since 2000. In 2009 he won the Madison Area Music Award for Best Guitarist.

Louka has been teaching music since 1998. He boasts a studio of highly knowledgeable guitarists who have received scholarships to schools such as Berklee College of Music and who are performing professionally today. However he still enjoys breaking concepts down to the basics for students as young as 6 years old. Full Bio (pdf)

Louka also teaches Music Theory and Songwriting.

Lee Payne

Lee Payne

GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS
Born with a passion for music, Lee has been playing instruments for as long as he can remember.  He earned his BA at UW-Madison in Musical Performance in 2000 with a focus on classical guitar and jazz studies.  His studies also included extensive theory training. Lee has been playing guitar since 1992 and has played with original bands and a few cover rock bands.  Some venues include The Barrymore Theatre, Memorial Union Terrace, and Summerfest.  He has been teaching guitar lessons privately since 1999 and in group settings since 2004.  As a mentor, he focuses on individual development of musicians as well as preparing students for group dynamics in the future. Each curriculum is personalized so students can reach their own goals as quickly as possible.

Lee believes that every person should get the opportunity to have a fulfilling relationship with music, whether it is casual or professional.

Rockwell Rice

Rockwell Rice

GUITAR, CLASSICAL GUITAR, UKULELE, MANDOLIN, ELECTRIC BASS
Rockwell Windsor Rice is an active performer and teacher based out of Madison WI. He holds a Masters Degree from UW Madison where he studied under Javier Calderon. He also holds a B.A. in music from UW Whitewater where he studied with George Lindquist. His teaching philosophy was created through the combination of starting out as a self-taught guitar player, and ending up as a trained musician. As a teacher he is eager to open students up to the world of music by teaching them to play and understand the music that they love. Beginning as a self-taught player has given him a unique insight into the roadblocks that beginning students encounter, training as a classical guitarist has given him the education to help student avoid those very same roadblocks on their own journey with music. It is his primary goal that students leave their lessons possessing the kind of musical knowledge that will allow them to explore any avenue of music that they want with confidence, and the technique as a guitarist to explore that avenue fully.

Rockwell also teaches Music Theory, Songwriting, Electronic Dance Music Design (EDM).

Stefan Truesdell

Stefan Truesdell

GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS
Steve has been playing guitar, touring and recording for over 25 years. He studied at Lakeshore Conservatory and at UW-Whitewater where he learned marketing skills which helped his alt-metal band Dead Fly Boy land a record deal with Sector II Records. He has toured the U.S. repeatedly in notable acts such as the reggae group Natty Nation and funk group Weapons of Mass Defunktion.

Steve finds teaching to be one of the most rewarding parts of being a musician. He wants students to get the most out of lessons whether they are beginning students with no or few musical skills, already versed in music theory, currently performing musicians, or itching to do something with that guitar that's been sitting around gathering dust in the corner. He is versed in multiple styles and wants students to feel comfortable with themselves and work at a pace that's right for them. Full Bio (pdf)

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