The piano is the symphony wrapped in a single instrument. It's arguably the most versatile instrument ever invented. It serves as a foundation of rock, country, jazz, blues and folk. And if you add in its keyboard brethren (e.g. organ, harpsichord, and electronic keyboards), it's in virtually every style of music.
At Madison Music Foundry we're pleased to offer a diverse selection of great instructors who, combined, can cover a wide gamut of the piano and keyboard repertoire.
We can offer lessons to any age and level at a time that's convenient for you.
Peter was born in northern Minnesota where he began playing piano at the age of five. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance. Since moving to Madison, Peter has had the opportunity to perform and tour with many groups, and currently he plays with several ensembles of varying styles. Along with being classically trained, Peter also has ample experience studying and performing jazz, blues, pop, world music, and other genres. Peter welcomes students of all ages and skill levels and enjoys helping students achieve their musical goals. As a teacher, he is patient and enthusiastic. While providing a strong foundation in theory and technique, he is able to cater to an individual's musical interests.
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.
PIANO, GUITAR, SAXOPHONE
Jourdan began studying music when he was just seven years old. He received an A.A.S. in Music Production from McNally Smith College of Music and a B.S. in Music Theory and Composition from UW-La Crosse. In addition to teaching privately Jourdan works as a freelance musician, recording engineer, and graphic designer. He performs regionally with a variety of groups and as a solo artist.
Teaching since 2002, Jourdan's goal is to empower each student with musical knowledge and the skills needed to be a successful musician. The path taken to achieve this goal is individualized and is based upon the student’s goals, whether it be a professional career in music or an enjoyable personal hobby to share with friends and family. He strives to make music a positive and rewarding experience that will last a lifetime.
Jourdan also teaches Music Theory, Composition and Music Business.
Alison Margaret’s relationship with music is both deep and broad, spanning the continuum between performance and formal education. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance with a minor emphasis in classical piano. She has a master’s of music education with a focus on jazz performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Margaret has been a music educator for over 18 years. In addition to holding a private studio of approximately 25 students, Ms. Margaret is a faculty associate for the Music Education Area at UW-Madison and teaches courses such as composition, arranging, and orchestration. She has also taught group piano and music theory courses at Madison College. Her educational philosophy is rooted in inclusive schooling concepts and she welcomes students with unique learning styles and music interests.
As a vocalist, Ms. Margaret leads the “Alison Margaret Jazz Quartet.” The group has performed at Madison’s Jazz at 5 Festival, Milwaukee's 3rd Ward Jazz Festival, the Brink Lounge, Memorial Union, Isthmus Jazz Festival, and a host of other venues. Alison has also performed at many famous Chicago jazz haunts and festivals, including the Green Mill, the Hot House, Jazz Showcase, and the Navy Pier. Ms. Margaret is likewise an accomplished Hammond organist in the Madison music scene. She performs frequently with local blues bands and leads a jazz/soul group featuring the sounds of Hammond greats such as Chester Thompson, Jimmy Smith, Booker T, and The Meters.
Megan is a Madison native who began piano study at age 6. She earned a B.A. in Music Education at Lawrence University, where she was active in both classical music and vocal jazz. In 2005, Megan was the recipient of a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Vocal Jazz Soloist. She has been teaching elementary and middle school students in the public schools since 2008.
Megan has been performing in the area since 2010 with groups including Steely Dane, the Darren Sterud Jazz Orchestra, Son Contrabando, and - most recently - the jazz and popular music duo The Goodie Two Shoes.
Students of all ages and experience levels are welcomed for private study. Lessons incorporate music theory, technique, and ear training, taught hand-in-hand with music that interests the student. Megan strives to provide individualized lessons that help students cultivate musical independence and take pride in their growth at any level.
Nancy Rost took piano lessons back in the 1960s and '70s, but her more formative education came in the 1980s when she began sitting in at piano bars and busking with a blues band. Inspired by her hands-on experience and independent study of music theory, in 1988 she developed an "Instant Piano" course for adults. She specializes in teaching students to play by ear and improvise, whether playing solo, accompanying their voice, or playing with others.
An award-winning and prolific songwriter in jazz, pop/rock and folk genres, Nancy strives to share a creative, fun approach to learning piano. Nancy currently records as a session player and performs as a solo singer-songwriter, with the acoustic trio Two Johns & A Nancy, and with the Madison Area Ukulele Initiative. Her students have gone on to study music in college, to compose, perform and record, and to share music with their grandchildren.
Nancy also teaches Music Theory and Songwriting.
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.