MEET THE TEACHERS 

My name is David Schultz, and I am a performer, composer, and music educator.  

 

I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School, a conservatory at the University of Hartford.  Both degrees reflect extensive work in performance, music education, and composition.  I have been teaching music for 14 years, with elementary to high school-aged students, extending all the way to adult beginners.  My primary instrument is the trumpet, although I have experience teaching private lessons on all woodwind instruments, brass instruments, and piano.

 

One of the greatest benefits that I offer in music lessons is the nurturing of curiosity.  Through curious and thoughtful practicing of a musical instrument, my students have demonstrated a heightened capacity to identify and solve problems independently.  Students of mine have earned first chair in their school bands, and recent students have won auditions to perform in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.

 

I currently perform as Principal Trumpet with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, as well as being a performer and founding member of the local brass quintet, Beer City Brass.

  David Schultz    

David's Qualifications:

  • Master of Music from Hartt Conservatory

  • Bachelor of Music from WMU

  • 14 years of teaching experience

  • Work with 15-20 piano students annually

  • Work with 20-25 band students annually

  • Active Composer (2018 Art Prize submission)

  • Music Theory Emphasis

  • Member of Grand Rapids Symphonic Band

  • Current Assistant Band Director at local K-8 School

  • Urban & Suburban teaching experience

  • Active musician in West Michigan

  • West Michigan native who is passionate about his community

  • Enjoys nurturing musical curiosity

  Rachelle Swank     

My name is Rachelle and I have 20 years of teaching experience, a Master Degree of Music Education K-12 from Boston University, a Bachelor of Music Education from Grand Valley, a former music teacher K-12, and also hold a current Michigan professional teaching license. In addition, I have experience working as a K-5 para-pro as well as fulfill all requirements to remain a highly qualified teacher under Michigan state law.

 

I have taught private lessons in the Grand Rapids area since 2001 and cater to students of all ages; however, my forte is establishing a firm musical foundation for beginning through intermediate students. I have a keen understanding how young and adolescent brains learn and the importance of connecting learning to familiar concepts being taught in other academic studies. 

 

My main instruments are french horn, trumpet, trombone, and piano, however, I work with beginning band students regularly. I am a member of the Piano Teachers Forum of Grand Rapids & the Music Teachers National Association. Currently play french horn with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band as well as around the greater Grand Rapids area with various other ensembles or quintets.

 

 

Rachelle's Qualifications:

  • Master of Music Education K-12 from Boston University

  • Bachelor of Music Education K-12 from GVSU

  • 20 years of teaching experience

  • Current Professional Teaching Certificate

  • Considered highly qualified in the state of Michigan

  • Completed 4 credits beyond Masters Level

  • Former general music, band, choir teacher K-12

  • Work with 65-70 piano students annually

  • Work with 20-25 band students annually

  • GR's annual Michigan Music Conference presenter & attendee

  • Member of Grand Rapids Piano Teachers Forum

  • Member of Music Teachers National Association

  • Para-pro experience grades Preschool-5th grade

  • Tutoring experience grades Preschool-8th grade

  • Urban & Suburban teaching experience

  • Love teaching

 

Vanessa Heuck received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from GVSU (2008) with honors in Clarinet Performance, Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from Central Michigan University (2014), and Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting from Texas Tech University (2017).

Dr. Heuck is a K-12 certified music educator with teaching experience across the state of Michigan. She has taught private music lessons for over 15 years, her resume includes Band Director and General Music teacher of Hillsdale Community Schools, High School Band and Choir Director of Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, Assistant Pep Band Director at Davenport University, Music Director of the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band, and has been a guest conductor and clinician for middle, high school, collegiate, and community bands.

Do you think Dr. Heuck is Awesome? We do Too! recommend her to Guest Conduct your school band. Contact: vanessa.heuck@gmail.com
   Dr. Vanessa Heuck    

Vanessa's Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting, Texas Tech 

  • Master of Music in Conducting, CMU

  • Bachelor of Music Education from GVSU

  • 15 years of teaching experience K-12

  • Extensive Collegiate Marching Band experience

    • GVSU Drum Major​

    • CMU Assistant Marching Band Director

    • Texas Tech Assistant Marching Band Director

  • Marching & Wind Ensemble Conducting Emphasis

  • Choral teaching & a capella experience

  • High Level Music Theory 

  • First Chair Clarinet of Grand Rapids Symphonic Band

  • Urban & Suburban teaching experience K-12

  • Co-Founder of first female a capella at GVSU, Midnight Snack

  • Michigan Music Conference Participate and Clinician

  • Active musician in West Michigan

  • West Michigan native who strongly supports local music programs

  Heather Huber  

Heather's Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Music Education K-12 Degree from Eastern Michigan University

  • 7 years classroom teaching experience

  • 10 years private lesson teaching experience

  • Piano emphasis: beginner - advanced

  • Choral & Band Teaching 

  • Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Ukulele

  • State Certified Teacher; JX Music K-12 highly qualified 

  • Member Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, Saxophone

  • Urban & Suburban teaching experience K-12

  • Pit/Musical musician

My name is Heather Huber and I am an experienced educator, musician, performer and composer. I hold a degree in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University.

I have 10 years of experience teaching private lessons on piano, bassoon, guitar, and bass guitar. Additionally, I’ve taught choir in the public school system for 7 years. I enjoy the challenges and rewards of teaching young minds both one-on-one as well as in a more collaborative setting.

While I am well-versed in many genres of music, my favorite by far is playing in pit orchestras for musicals. In recent years, I have played for over a dozen community, school, and collegiate productions, including one that I composed. I currently play saxophone and piano with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band.

Hi! My name is Jared and I've been a musician and performer all my life. From "special music" in church as a child, to starting a band in high school to a degree in Music Education from Cornerstone College, I've spent most of my life on a stage or in the practice room. 

I have experience performing, leading and directing in a wide range of styles and contexts from musical theatre to church, to classic rock cover bands. While my favorite genres include Soul, Funk and Jazz Fusion, I'm excited to help students pursue whatever avenues of music strike them. I find the most important thing is to teach and explore the building blocks of music and then apply them to the instrument. My goal is to give my students the tools they need to continue to grow and develop long after they stop taking lessons with me. 

 

I'm currently offering lessons on acoustic and electric guitar (with additional guidance on gear and tone production), electric bass, tutoring in music theory and composition and coaching in musical ensemble leadership (how to rehearse and manage a band :-). 

Jared's Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Music Education - Cornerstone College

  • Experience teaching band, choir, orchestra, and music theory in local public and private K-12 schools

  • 8 years as adjunct Faculty of Music at Cornerstone University

  • 20 years of private instruction on guitar, bass, trumpet and voice

  • 20 years of leadership in large church music programs - including arranging and composition for contemporary and classical instrumentation, conducting,  technological leadership in recording and production, and performance on acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and drums

  • Co-founder of River Grand Guitarworks - custom analog effects pedals and general maintenance and service on guitars and basses

  • Stage Performance Musical Theatre - The Fantasticks, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Secret Garden and more

  • Pit Performance Musical Theatre - Little Shop of Horrors, Suessical the Musical, 1940's Radio Hour, and more

  • Vocals and Guitars in local bands

  Jared Heddens  
 Ashley Runge  

Ashley Runge holds  a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Grand Valley State University.  She has an active teaching certificate to teach K-12 music in Michigan and  2 years of experience as an assistant director for 6th grade band in the Wyoming School District. Additional experiences include: 2 years as a full time substitute teacher with Wyoming Public Schools,  8 years of teaching  multiple high school band camps, as well as 10 years of experience teaching private lessons grades 5th - 12th. 

"Teaching private lessons is, by far, my favorite thing to do. I really like to get to know the students I am working with and how they learn best; so I can make their experience as successful, and fun, as possible."

 

Ashley's main instrument is trombone, she has experience with all brass and beginning band instruments.  She currently plays trombone with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band.  

Ashley's Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music Education K-12 Degree from GVSU

  • 10 years private lesson teaching experience

  • Current Teaching Certificate, Music K-12

  • Urban & Suburban teaching experience

  • Active Musician in West MI

  • Marching Band Tech, 10 years

  • Assistant Band Teacher, 2 years

  • Great with kids!

Amy DeBoer teaches flute and ukulele.  She has been an elementary music teacher for 18 years.  Amy received her Bachelors and Masters of Music Education from Michigan State University.  She has played the flute for over 30 years and performs as first chair for the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band.  Outside of music Amy is an avid crafter and runs a successful Etsy shop.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two cats.  

Amy's Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music Education K-12 Degree from MSU

  • 18 years teaching experience

  • Current Teaching Certificate, Music K-12

  • Active Musician in West MI

  • Passion for Music Education!

  Amy DeBoer  

Meredith Mulder holds a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Early Childhood Development. She plays many instruments, but her main instruments are violin, viola ,cello and piano. She has been teaching privately in West Michigan for 10 years and enjoy teaching to all ages. In her free time Meredith is an active Pokemon player. 

Meredith's Qualifications:

  • 10 years teaching experience

  • Active Musician in West MI

  • Member of Grand Strings

  • Member of Grand Rapids Symphonette

  Meredith Mulder  
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