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We call them "fretted strings." These are the backbone of much of the American roots repertoire: bluegrass, old-time, folk and country. Well...mostly. Let's just put the ukulele in a category of its own.

Whether you're looking to play in a band, at a jam, or just by yourself on the front porch, we've got an instructor for you.

Brendan Franklin

Brendan Franklin


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.

Jourdan Hines

Jourdan Hines


Jourdan's experience covers a variety of styles and genres that include pop, rock, blues, jazz, folk, and classical. As a formally trained musician with a degree in Music Production and Theory & Composition, he is greatly familiar with the many aspects of creating music, writing, recording, performing, and music business.

Teaching since 2002, Jourdan seeks to empower students with the musical knowledge and skills needed to be a successful musician. The path taken to achieve this goal is individualized and based upon the student’s interest, 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.

In addition to being a teacher, musician, and producer, Jourdan also works as a designer and yogi. He’s currently in the process of producing his own original music and performs regularly around the greater Madison area.

Additional lessons and classes taught: Music Theory, Composition, Recording, Live Sound, and Music Business.

Rockwell Rice

Rockwell Rice


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).

Joshua Stromer

Joshua Stromer


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.

Joshua also teaches guitarpiano, voice, recording, songwriting and music theory.