Mike's Music and Sound is proud to offer area students private lessons right here at our store. Lessons taught include Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Violin, Piano, Voice, Woodwind and Brasswind. We have a wide variety of teachers that are sure to match up with your style. Give us a call or email us your contact info to get signed up today!!
Steve Moser - Steve has enjoyed teaching guitar for 25 years. He enjoys playing and listening to a wide variety of music styles from folk rock to jazz, classical and contemporary. 6 string acoustic guitar has been his instrument of choice, but he also plays and teaches 12 string, classical and electric guitar.
His specialties are basic music theory, basic-intermediate note/TAB reading, flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques along with accompaniment styles and solos. He thoroughly enjoys all aspects of teaching from preparing lesson plans to the special relationships with students and families.
He has also had the opportunity to perform music in a wide variety of public and private settings. Currently he is with a 4 piece acoustic classics/variety/originals band called "Rings". They've recorded two cd's and are planning a third.
Teaches Monday - Thursday
Kroener - Derrick has been playing for
27 years and teaching for 15 of those years. He studied
music theory at the Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.
Derrick has taught a vast number of students over the years
ranging from beginner to advanced levels. He specializes in
a wide array of scales and arpeggios incorporating
alternate, sweep and hybrid picking techiniques. When not
spending time with his kids, Derrick enjoys playing in his
band and furthering his guitar skills.
Bautz - Mike has been around the store
since 2005 with his all around excellent style and
technique. Teaches everything from metal to classical.
Teaches Monday - Friday.
Levi Harris- Levi has been teaching guitar for eight years as a private instructor. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry (Music Business & Recording) from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Classical guitar was his primary instrument but he has studied and enjoys a wide variety of styles. Levi continues to work with, and records, a number of local bands and musicians from all around the state.As a teacher, Levi enjoys giving beginners the tools to tackle learning music and a new instrument. His strengths include patience with young and or new students. Levi is also a full time employee of Mike’s Music and will help you with any questions you may have about instruments or repairs.
Scott Elford -
Scott Elford earned his Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance, from Northern Illinois University in 1995 where he studied under Rich Holly and Robert Chappell. At NIU Mr. Elford was the principal percussionist with the award-winning NIU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Steve Squires and played auxiliary percussion with the NIU Jazz Ensemble, including performances with the late Tito Puente.
Since college graduation Mr. Elford has established the highly regarded Scott Elford Percussion Studio in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he has maintained a studio of 35-40 students from 1998 to present. Mr. Elford’s students study all aspects of percussion including: mallets, tympani, snare drum, drum set, auxiliary, ethnic and hand percussion. Mr. Elford’s students have numerous exemplary soloist awards at state competitions, have been members of the state honors project, and later have gone on to be accepted into the percussion programs of; DePaul University, University of Indiana, Luther College, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Along with his private studio, Scott is the adjunct percussion instructor at both the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac and Fox Valley extensions, and Marion University.
Mr. Elford is the principal percussionist with the Water City Chamber Orchestra (Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra) and is a section member with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Fox Valley Orchestra. He has also performed with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Pamiro Opera Company, Ann Jillian Breast Cancer Benefit, Wisconsin All Star Orchestra, Sandwich Theatre Company, and was a featured marimba soloist with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band. Mr. Elford has performed on drum set, conga and auxiliary percussion with various Chicago based funk and pop bands, Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate, Swinging Jump Cats, Downtowners, Spin, Casting Cleos, and Billy Shears. Presently Scott is also a member of the worship team at Lighthouse Christian Church in Fond du Lac, WI.
Teaches Monday - Thursday.
Margaret Matysik -
Maggie has been an active pianist in the Fond du Lac community for many years. She has experience playing in a variety of settings-school, church and theatre. She enjoys accompanying students for Music Festivals and concerts, she is an active part of the music ministry at Community Church and she regularly accompanies Community Theatre productions. Being an active supporter of theater and music in our community, Maggie has served on both the FDL Community Theatre Board and the FDL Children's Chorale Board. She and her husband John have three grown kids - all musicians of their own.
Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Beginner to Pro Violin & Viola.
Teaches Monday and Tuesdays.
Warren Bergmann - Cello and String Bass.
Kate Staley-Hamm - Kate was raised in the Fond du Lac area. She began her music career early, at age 7 with violin lessons. Brought up in a musical familey, she began voice and piano lessons at age 14 with Madame Ada Lombardi, a vocal teacher from Italy. This formed the basis for her current teaching method and vocal guide book, "Pure Voice".
After attending Marion College, Kate moved to Chicago and began a professional singing career. She attended the Chicago Conservatory, furthering her studies in voice; French, German and Italian diction; piano; and music theory.
Teaches Monday - Wednesday.
Gilgenbach - Dan is part owner and
manager of Mike's Music and also teaches saxophone. With a
performance degree from UW-Oshkosh, he's got all the chops
you need to accelerate your sax playing skills.
Teaches Tuesday - Thursday.
Jeremiah Willson - Jeremiah has been teaching flute for several years and holds a bachelor’s degree in flute performance from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI. While there he had the opportunity to study with several flute teachers from the Madison area, as well as attend and participate in master classes with teachers from around the country.
Jeremiah grew up in Brazil and, because there were no flute instructors nearby, he taught himself flute. At college, his teachers helped him advance his technique and polish his skills as a performer and teacher. In his junior year, Willson competed and took first place in the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Young Artist Competition, college division, based in Manitowoc, WI. As part of the first prize, he soloed with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble in spring of 2009.Jeremiah has been in the Fond du Lac area for just over a year. In 2013, he joined the FDL Symphonic Band and had the opportunity to solo with the band in June of 2014. He has also collaborated locally with the FDL High School and the Southshore Chorale. Willson has been teaching in the area since fall of 2013 and has since taught flute and piccolo clinics and helped coach woodwind students in preparation for WSMA in local schools.
Teaches Monday & Tuesday evenings.
Zimmerman - Teacher talented at promoting a love of music
among students. Brings diverse training in band instruments
and piano. Enthusiastic teaching professional with over 40
years of creative instructing experience with a a variety of
age groups. Beginner to Intermediate Woodwind, Brass and
Teaches Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
Hansen - Teaching Instrumental Music is Kathy's passion.
She teaches lesson here at Mike's Music and Sound and also
teaches lessons and band at Shepard of the Hills Catholic
School in Eden, WI.
Kathy has studied Elementary Education and Instrumental Music at Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bacheler of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music. She believes learning a musical instrument can bring a student Joy, Discipline, Amazing Brain Connections, Friendships and life long Artistic Skills. She is also an active member of the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, Clarinet Choir and Flute Choir. She also plays with the UW Fond du Lac Wind Ensemble and the Bell Choir at Ascension Lutheran Church.
Kathy has been teaching lessons since 1983 and her students range from beginner to advanced. Lesson plans are individually tailored for age appropriateness, special needs and the increasing playing level of each student. She is very patient but demands her students' best efforts.
Kathy teaches Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone along
with beginner Trumpet, Trombone and Piano.