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Guidelines for in-person lessons beginning July 13

  Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Madison Music Foundry | Uncategorized

Students and Parents,

Some of our instructors will be returning to the Foundry starting the week of July 13th to do online and in-person lessons. Anyone coming in for in-person lessons should follow the guidelines listed below. You should also talk to your instructor about when they intend to return as everyone has a different plan.


  • Wear a Mask: Everyone is required to wear a mask upon entering and while in the building. Per Emergency Order #8 issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County on July 7, face coverings will be required of everyone five-years-old and up when in an enclosed space with anyone other than the people who live in their household.
  • Hand Washing: Everyone is required to wash their hands upon entering the front door. No one is allowed past the waiting area until hands are washed.
  • Wait Outside: Students and parents are not allowed to wait in our lobby so we can limit the amount of people in the building and promote social distancing.  Talk to your instructors on how you will be notified that they are ready for you. Some instructors will come outside while others will text you to come inside. The only exception is if you are arriving via a bus, walking, bike and the weather is prohibitive to waiting outside.  
  • Monitor Your Health:  Please stay home if you or anyone in your household is not feeling well. All of our instructors will waive any cancelation penalties for in person lessons.  If there is any possibility that anyone you have been in contact with has COVID, please don't take any risks and cancel. We can always do an online lesson or wait to do make up lessons until you have been tested.  
  • Frequent Sanitizing: Not only is the Foundry cleaned daily, but high-touch surfaces are cleaned frequently during the day.
  • Facility Maintenance: We have made sure that there is as much fresh air flow as possible throughout the facility. Furnace filters are regularly replaced, additional air purifiers are placed throughout the building and every studio has constant air flow via the HVAC system. Weather permitting we will also open lobby windows to increase the amount of fresh air intake.

Please take a moment to view this video link from the Foundry about the new safety protocol for re-entry into the building.

The Foundry Staff

Transcription Services Are Here!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by Madison Music Foundry | Uncategorized

Hello Foundry Family! We hope you've all been staying happy, healthy, and as sane as possible during these historic times. I am oftentimes jealous of dogs. All they know is that things are suddenly AWESOME. Sure, maybe they can't say hi to new friends on the sidewalks, but the entire family is home all day?! Dream come true!

However, there are still some awesome things happening for us musically-inclined people, too: Some of the Foundry instructors are now offering transcription services for hire!

As with lessons, these are services offered independently by instructors; if you have any questions about estimates, range of transcription, etc, please reach out to your preferred instructor directly.

Without further ado, I give you:

(In alphabetical order)

Josh Cohen:
What: Solos or ensembles, any instruments, and can include tablature for guitar/bass. Samples available upon request.
Cost: $30/hr; generally, a single part will take roughly an hour, while ensembles can take 4-15 hours. Email for estimate.
email: joshcohen@themusicofjoshcohen. com

Chris Di Bernardo:
What: Drum set, non-pitched percussion, and vocal rhythm/rhymes for rappers, MCs, etc
Cost: Directly related to the length and difficulty of the requested music. $20 minimum. Email for estimate.
email: cdibernardomusic@gmail.com

Jon Vriesacker:
What: Solos for any monophonic instrument (i.e. like a violin, which plays a single melody at a time, and not like a guitar or a piano, which also plays chords)
Cost: Minimum $25; price based on piece/song. Email or text with recording/link to song, and the time-range of the specific solo/melody to be transcribed.
email: vriesacker@mac.com
text: (608) 219-7668


The Foundry Staff

1,000 lessons and counting!

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Ken Fitzsimmons | Uncategorized

Dear Foundry Community,

We are heartened and inspired by the perseverance of our instructors and the drive of our students and parents who continue music education during this unprecedented time. As of this message our instructors have given nearly 1,000 lessons online! 

In the meantime we are keeping Madison Music Foundry in top shape to be ready to open when the word comes from the governor that we can do so. Here's a message from owner Mike Olson:

Getting the carpets cleaned at the Foundry"While our instructors are at home working hard on their online lessons from the safety of their homes I’m working hard in the background making sure that when we are able to open the facility again we hit the ground running. While we don’t know when that will be, rest assured that we will be open again.  

Taking advantage of the downtime this morning to get the carpets professionally cleaned.  

Can’t wait to hear the bands rehearsing and all the students cycling through the lobby again.

In the meantime we are still checking emails and voicemails if you would like to sign up for lessons.  We can get you started with an instructor for online lessons and once we are open again to continue at the Foundry.

Miss all of you, see you soon!

As of right now the "safer at home" order goes through April 24. We will be in touch as that date approaches regarding when we can reopen.

Your friends in music,
The staff at Madison Music Foundry