Ira DeBoer - Guitar: (T.A.P.) Studio Days M,T,W, Sat (262) 367-5333 ext. 83 Ira_Deboer@yahoo.com
Ira, a degreed classical guitarist and teacher, began his musical instruction at the age of 16. He started playing with various rock bands including Thrill Hammer, the Buzz Meade Band, and Already Taken located in central and southern Wisconsin. His musical experience was expanded when he joined the St. Philips Gospel Choir as the lead guitarist and a college jazz band as a rhythm guitarist. Ira pursued his interest in classical guitar during college and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition in 2005. After college, Ira continued studying classical guitar with Dr. Larry McDonald at the Waukesha Conservatory of Music. He has also studied with Rene Izquerdo and has attended guitar workshops by Pam Kimmel, Paul Henry, and Denis Azabagic. In addition, Ira is a member of the GFA (Guitar Foundation of America). Ira’s teaching experience is multi-faceted. In addition to guitar, he has had the opportunity to teach Taekwondo and is also currently a school teacher at Hope Christian School, where he has taught music to children from grades K-8, and is currently teaching middle school phy-ed and math. ($25 per 1/2 hour)
Mare Edstrom - Piano, Vocal, Guitar: Studio Days M, T, Sat - (262) 716-6566 cell, (262)
367- 5333 ext. 47
Mare’s musical background covers a broad range of experience. She was classically trained in piano, voice, and French horn from her early years through college at UW-Whitewater, where she majored in music, then math and physical education; she also performed in rock and blues bands on keyboards, vocals and guitar from age 14 to the present. She graduated summa cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree (DPI certified grades 7- 12). Mare currently owns and operates Spiritone Records, one of the largest independent record labels in Wisconsin, along with her regular performing partner, guitarist/producer Kenn Fox. Mare's blues and Gospel albums have received international critical acclaim for her unique personal style, polished yet maintaining a gutsy and authentic feel. She is passionate about her belief that music should be a vehicle of self-expression for the artist first and foremost. She feels that the self-discipline and intellectual development obtained by music education are important but should not overshadow the joy of musical discovery, especially for beginners. She prefers an integrated approach to theory, using the piano as the basis for mastering the language of music on the whole. Mare enjoys working with children of all ages and individualizes her teaching to meet each student’s needs and interests. Visit her website at www.mareedstrom.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. ($22 per 1/2 hour)
Kenn Fox - Guitar: Studio Days M-T, Th (262) 367-5333 ext. 66
Guitarist and Composer Kenn Fox has been teaching, performing, and recording in Southern Wisconsin for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from UW- Whitewater with K-12 teaching certification. He has taught in a variety of both public and private schools, conservatories, seminars, and workshops, assisting students at all levels. Kenn is a Master Technician and Historian in a variety of both Acoustic and Electric guitar styles. Particular areas of expertise include Fingerstyle, Piedmont Blues, Electric Blues, Bluegrass flatpicking, Gypsy Jazz, and Bottleneck/ Slide techniques. He is also well versed in the use of open and alternate tunings. Kenn has recorded ten critically acclaimed albums of original fingerstyle guitar music for the Wisconsin based Spiritone Recording label. Kenn's recordings have been favorably reviewed by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and 20th Century Guitar Magazine in the US and Acoustic UK Magazine in England He has also performed as a guitarist on many other recordings including five albums with Blues vocalist Mare Edstrom.. Kenn is also an accomplished freelance producer and is always hard at work on any number of studio projects. He has worked with and produced dozens of independent artists, bands, and compilations. Kenn's students are always invited into the recording studio for a close look and hands-on experience. Kenn's teaching style utilizes a unique blend of fundamental music theory, ear- training methods and technique. A custom designed program will be constructed for each student, on a purely individual basis, according to their interests and goals. Students are encouraged to choose their own music from recordings. Kenn is happy to work with students at all levels.Visit KennFox.com http://kennfox.com/ or email at email@example.com; ($25 per 1/2 hour, $45 per hour)
John Liljenfeldt - Beginning Guitar, Electric/Acoustic, Beginning Bass:
Studio Days M-T-W-Th,F (262) 367-5333 ext. 14
John has been studying guitar for the past 30 + years. As a professional performer and the expert guitar repair technician for WCCM, John is well-versed in acoustic and electric guitar styles. He is also a pedagogy student of Dr. Lawrence McDonald and a talented song-writer. The perfect teacher for the budding, future rock/folk star! firstname.lastname@example.org ($100 per month)
Matthew Miller - Beginning Guitar Class, Guitar: (T.A.P.) Studio Days M-T (262) 367-5333 ext. 42 email@example.com
Matthew Miller received an Associate of Arts and Science degree from UW-Marinette, a Bachelor Degree in Music from UW-Whitewater and a Masters Degree in guitar performance from UW-Milwaukee.
As a clinician and educator, Matthew has been a guest theory and masterclass performance teacher at UW-Waukesha and UW-Marinette. He currently teaches guitar at Carthage College in Kenosha, Ripon College, and UW-Oshkosh. As a researcher, Matt has worked on guitarist sitting positions, adopting the ergonomic principles of the Alexander Technique to conserve energy. Such efforts have produced two books:
-Alexander Technique and the Guitar: A companion booklet for developing posture and fundamental foundations for technique.(2007)
-Guitar Performance Technique and Science: Understanding our body and mind. (2008)
Matthew has performed for and received instruction with Ricardo Iznaola, Jorge Morel, Jorge Caballero, Sergio and Odair Assad, Lorenzo Micheli, Martha Masters, William Kanengiser, Jerome Ducharme and Goran Krivokapic. He has had the opportunity to analyze masterclasses conducted by David Russell, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Jason Vieaux to name a few.
I addition to learning guitar, Matthew founded the Guitar Student Organization at UW-Milwuakee and a private guitar scholarship for area youth. ($28 per 1/2 hour)
John McCarty - Guitar, Bass Guitar,
Uke, Piano: (T.A.P.) Studio Days M-T-W-Th-F (262) 367-5333 ext. 33
John McCarty has been teaching guitar and bass guitar for 20 years and piano for 12 years. He teaches all styles of guitar and piano including: rock, pop, country, classical, jazz and many others. John specializes in rock/pop guitar playing and knows many of the classic and current rock/pop groups and songs from memory. If you are into Guitar Hero, John can tap into that interest and get you playing those songs like a pro. John has the ability to listen to a song you want to learn, figure it out very quickly and teach it to you (just bring in a CD or iPod). This cuts down significantly on your purchasing of books! John also teaches banjo, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, songwriting, music composition and computer-based recording. He has been a performing musician for 20 years as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist and songwriter. John has four full-length recordings of original songs and he composes and produces film and television music from his home-based recording studio. John has a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy and a Masters Degree in Counseling with specialization in children and adolescent issues. John also offers “Counseling and a Lesson,” for individuals seeking counseling services. This service combines music lessons on the instrument of your choice and mental health counseling in hour sessions. John joined the staff of WCCM in December, 2001. You may contact John at: firstname.lastname@example.org. ($28 per 1/2 hour)
Larry McDonald - Guitar, Composition, Theory: (T.A.P.) Studio Days T-W-F (262) 367-5333
B.A. Classical Guitar, M.M. Composition, Doctorate Composition and Music Theory UW-Madison. Author of The Conservatory Tutor for Classical Guitar, and Introduction to Harmony For Guitar with TAB, pub. by Mel Bay. Guitar instructor at Carroll College, UW-Waukesha and Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Two time winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest. Premiers at the Spoleto Festival (Italy) and at the Cathedral de Notre Dame (Paris). Has taught Music Theory (all levels), Music History and Composition at the University level. Art Kaplan Fellow-Outstanding Educator Award. Carnegie Hall/Royal Conservatory Founding Teacher. Learn more about Larry at larrymcdonaldguitar.com or email him at email@example.com ($28 per 1/2 hour)
Pete McManaman - Guitar,
Bass, Theory and Keyboards: Studio Days M-T (262) 367-5333 ext. 41
Pete is a familiar face in the Midwest Music scene. He has been nominated and won several WAMI awards, including Best Guitarist, Best Original Band and Best Jazz Group. He has performed at all the major Milwaukee festivals and can be seen at all Milwaukee Bucks home games with the band Streetlife. He has released four CD’s of original material that include his performance on guitar, bass and keyboards. Pete is also a Hofner clinician. Pete began teaching at WCCM in 1984 following his education at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Marquette University. Visit his website at www.aboutpetermac.com. ($27.50 per 1/2 hour) Listen to Pete play Fate's Hands.
Jon Peik - 5-string Banjo, Bluegrass, Mandolin, Bluegrass Jam: Studio Days M 367-5333 ext. 85
Jon Peik has been performing and recording in the Midwest since 1986. He teaches 5-string banjo specializing in the 3- finger Scruggs-style featured in traditional Bluegrass. He also teaches Mandolin. Jon has been an instructor in the Dane County Bluegrass in the Schools program and is a founding member of two regional bluegrasss bands -the Nob Hill Boys (www.nobhillboys.com) and Above the Town (www.abovethetown.com). He has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. His teaching focuses on technique building, ear training, applied theory and the use of these skills in ensemble playing. Jon welcomes students of all firstname.lastname@example.org ($25 per 1/2 hour)
Robin Wohlfeil - Classical Guitar: (T.A.P.) Studio Days M, T, W, Th, F & Sa (262) 367-5333 ext.86 email@example.com Robin, a mom to five grown children and formerly a registered nurse, returned to school to create a career through her passion for education and music. A classical guitarist and pianist, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Carroll University in 2011 and recently has begun graduate studies through Wisconsin Lutheran College to earn a Master’s degree in education with certification to teach music in schools. Robin did her undergraduate studies in classical guitar at Carroll under tutelage of Dr. Lawrence McDonald. She has had additional classical guitar instruction with Rene Izquierdo at UW Milwaukee.
Robin has been on staff at WCCM since January 2007. She provides private instruction in guitar and piano foundations; merging specialized instrumental pedagogical knowledge with the diverse knowledge of her nursing background. Robin uses a highly personalized, gentle approach to teaching music. Believing that strong technical skills lead to a lifetime of happy music making, emphasis is placed on development of healthy playing habits. Her students demonstrate strong technical skills and musicality.
Students may opt to prepare for assessment in The Achievement Program (TAP) from the Preparatory level through Level 4 with Robin. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in Wisconsin Federation of Music Festival activities. Robin’s studio is active performing “random acts of music” at area senior centers and other community events. She has been particularly successful in teaching guitar as a first instrument to the young child.($24 per half hour)