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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

Uploading Video for Virtual Student Jam

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Ken Fitzsimmons | Student Jam

***The following message is for all participants in the upcoming Virtual Student Jam.***


I'm contacting you because you have indicated that you are (or might be) participating in the Virtual Student Jam. We're excited! We've gotten a great response and have over 40 students signed up! Plus some of you will get to see your instructor participate.

Here are a couple notes about the recording:

  1. A video from your phone or tablet is great. Just remember you'll need a 2nd device to play the original recording.
  2. Wear headphones! We do not want to hear the original recording.
  3. If you need a version with a count in (i.e. you play on the first beat), you can stream one here. Password is The2010s
  4. Once you have a video ready to upload, please submit it here.
  5. Deadline: April 26. We'd love to get all the recordings by the date of the originally scheduled Student Jam. If you need more time, just let us know.

Questions? It's usually best to contact your instructor first. However, we're happy to help. Please email education@madisonmusicfoundry.com with any questions.


Ken Fitzsimmons
Education Director
Madison Music Foundry

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