TRUMPET, HORN, TROMBONE, BARITONE, EUPHONIUM & TUBA LESSONS
Nothing quite beats the sound of a brass fanfare. Conjuring images from medieval kings & queens to modern drum & bugle corps competitions, the brass family holds its own. Even in the modern world of amplified music, many members of the brass family can compete acoustically for volume. And they're found across a wide swath of genres including classical, rock, jazz and folk.
At Madison Music Foundry we have a great instructor who gives lessons on just about any brass instrument--and in virtually any style that interests you. Instruction is available for all ages and levels at a time that's convenient for you.
VOICE, PIANO, TRUMPET
Catie Brooks is a vibrant opera singer, vocal teacher, and music director currently residing in the Madison, WI area. Catie teaches in all vocal styles, and specializes in classical, pop, and musical theater. Catie graduated in May of 2020 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Theatre. Catie is currently serving as the Worship Arts Coordinator at Sugar River United Methodist Church in Verona, WI. There, she leads the worship band, founded a community christian choir, and leads all of the church's musical and dramatic elements. Catie looks forward to her next project, teaching voice classes to students aged 5-18 at the Verona Area Community Theater this fall.
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)
VOICE, PIANO, SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, TRUMPET
Evan Mitchell has been teaching voice, piano, and instrument lessons to students of all ages, varieties, and styles for the past 9 years. He is a graduate of Luther College and McGill University, where he has advanced degrees in Music Performance. He has performed both classical and pop music throughout the United States and Canada as a recitalist, lead singer, chorister, accompanist, and director. He has taught at the college level, specializing in music history, performance, and literacy courses, as well has holding his own private studio. In addition to 19th century French opera and Cole Porter standards, Evan holds a deep interest for novelty and humorous songs- be sure to ask him what that means, and he will be sure to give you some great music to listen and sing to that will be sure to make you laugh!
GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS, UKULELE, EUPHONIUM, TROMBONE
Kyle Rightley is a Madison-based performer, songwriter, and educator. He has built a career out of a wide variety of genres spanning rock, folk, classical, jazz, and funk. His third acoustic solo release, Making Home, won the 2018 Madison Area Music Association Award (MAMA) for Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year. Isthmus described the album as “traditional Americana that resembles political forebears like Joan Baez or Willie Nelson.” Though his primary instruments are guitar, trombone, and euphonium, Kyle can also be heard playing ukulele, keyboards, mandolin, percussion, bass, and just about anything he can get his hands on. In addition to his solo exploits, he is a member of award-winning groups The Big Payback, Driveway Thriftdwellers, The Civil Engineers, Five Points Jazz Collective, Don’t Mess With Cupid, and other area ensembles. These groups have won various MAMA, Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI), and other local awards in categories as diverse as pop/R&B, rock, jazz, country, and folk.
Kyle holds a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado-Boulder. As a music educator, Kyle strives to foster individual expression, collaboration, and communication through music. He has taught students from a large range of different backgrounds, ages, and skill levels. In addition to providing a solid foundation of fundamental playing techniques, Kyle focuses on music theory, improvisation, and composition in lessons.