Though the guitar is often first thought of as the voice of rock 'n' roll, it's an incredibly versatile instrument. There has been some version of the guitar in many cultures for hundreds of years. And today it permeates practically every genre including classical, jazz, blues, folk, country and R&B.
At Madison Music Foundry we have a selection of great instructors who, combined, can teach a large variety of the many styles of guitar playing.
Instruction is available for any age and level at a time that's convenient for you.
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.
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)
Shane started teaching himself guitar in 1997 and went on to receive a BFA in Guitar Performance from UW-Whitewater in 2005. He has toured nationally with several rock bands, recorded seven albums and shared a stage with national touring acts Motorhead, Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch. Shane has taught electric and acoustic guitar full time in the southern Wisconsin region since 2002. He teaches all ages and levels, from complete beginners to accomplished musicians looking to take their technique to the next level. Specializing in rock, metal, southern rock and blues, Shane is well versed in a variety of styles and caters his curriculum to his students' interests and goals. Students learn music theory, technique, improvisation and how to read music, all the while playing the songs and styles they love. Past students have successfully auditioned into school jazz ensembles, toured in bands, signed record deals, and gone on to start their own private lesson studios.
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.
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 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).
Chris has been surrounded with music most of his life. His grandparents were music educators and had him start piano lessons at age 6. Then, at 13, after listening to arguably too much Metallica, he was inspired to take up the guitar, and start a band. Chris has toured the Midwest and shared the stage with bands ranging from Mudvayne, Disturbed, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. He currently plays music ranging from acoustic to aggressive metal in several Madison based bands and understands the details of dynamic, aggressive music. As an instructor, Chris has taught all styles and ages. He prefers an individualized approach (everyone's different, right?), teaching everything from note reading, tablature, popular music, song writing, beginning to advanced theory and technique. Above all, he believes having fun can be the greatest motivator and is the most important part of playing music. Full Bio (pdf)
Chris also teaches lessons on topics such as Music Theory, Songwriting, Recording Software, Manuscript Software (Guitar Pro), and Gear.
Joshua has been playing music for the better part of 20 years. His journey with music started with guitar and piano at around the age of 10. He has graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an Associates of Arts and Science degree where he studied music theory for two years. He has also obtained a Diploma from Hillsong Leadership College in Sydney Australia where he studied contemporary music for two more years.
Joshua has been composing film music since 2011 and has had his music sold world-wide. He has been teaching music professionally since 2012 and has hundreds of hours worth of gigging, studio work, teaching and performance. Joshua is highly creative along with professional and he brings all of this with a lifetime of experience to his compositions, bands and students.
Stefan 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)