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.
ELECTRIC BASS, GUITAR, PIANO
Josh Cohen is a multi-award winning six-string electric bassist, composer, session musician, and music educator who travels frequently throughout North America to perform and teach clinics/workshops including; Bass Boot Camp 2016 and 2019, Gruv Gear’s Clinic Series at Steve’s Music Toronto, Bass Break Live 2017, the 2019 Waupaca Bach Festival, Solo Bass Night VI and VII and more. He has garnered a lot of attention for his solo electric bass compositions and arrangements, and his arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” was ranked as the number one bass video of 2015 by No Treble magazine.
Josh’s solo six-string electric bass performances, which can be heard on his debut 2014 album Out of the Bassment, use extended techniques to create the sound of an entire band with only one instrument, and without the aid of loop pedals. When listeners hear Josh playing for the first time, they are often surprised to find out that everything they are hearing is being created by one person in real-time.
Along with his performance career which includes opening up for highly regarded fellow bass players Stu Hamm, Michael Manring, and Kai Eckhardt, Cohen has been teaching private lessons for over a decade at multiple music schools. He believes in dedicating time to his students both in the lesson and outside of the classroom preparing personalized exercises, transcriptions and other learning materials. When students study bass, piano, guitar, theory and/or jazz improvisation with Josh they have a teacher who takes pride in the accomplishments of his students and constantly strives to provide them with the best instruction and opportunities possible. Many of his students have gone on to have professional careers in music (e.g. Ronald Poon - bassist for Canadian Ska band Adam's Mind) and/or have continued their studies at post-secondary institutions.
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.
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)
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.
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)