Changes – Doors Open, Doors Close
It’s been a big & busy few weeks for me, recently, with some major changes that I’m very excited about! First, I’m happy to announce my acceptance of the new position of Education Coordinator at the Madison Music Foundry. I have joined Education Director Ken Fitzsimmons in managing the Foundry’s student roster and running its various programs like Rock Workshop, recitals, and the Student Jam. The Foundry is a really great Madison operation owned an run by Mike Olson and I’m proud to have a larger role in it.
Secondly, I’m excited to announce that I am adding new days at the Foundry for drum lessons. This opportunity came about with the news that Nathan Russell, fellow drum instructor, is departing the Foundry. Nathan owns the Portage Soundworks in Portage, WI and recently welcomed a new baby into his family, meaning a need for more time close to home. He’s a great guy and his presence in Madison will be missed. I will be helping Nathan’s students in continuing their musical study. My new schedule at the Foundry will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays. I am now teaching at Drums n’ Moore on Wednesdays only.
Consequently, with these doors opening for me I have to close another door and I have had to end my time teaching at Brass Bell in Milwaukee. Working with Brass Bell has been great and I will miss it. Tristann Rieck has operated Brass Bell as a valued part of the north shore community and I will always be appreciative of the experiences it gave me. Most of all I will miss my students there, some of whom I’ve worked with for years. There’s always an emotional investment in the development of students: doing everything possible to nurture the inspiration that brought them to me in the first place; coaching their abilities; trying to broaden their horizons in understanding and appreciating drums and percussion. The students at Brass Bell have been a genuine pleasure to work with, both teaching them and learning a thing or two from them, myself. I am confident that they will find success and joys as they continue into the next phase of their musical journeys.
All of these changes add up to a period of major transition for me. After moving back to Madison nearly three years ago I am now working here entirely, teaching at two excellent studios with fantastic people. I’m very happy to have reached this point and would like to thank all of those great people who helped along the way. With excitement and anticipation I welcome my new new students, my new responsibilities as Education Coordinator, and whatever else the future holds 😉