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Sean Kleve

Madison, WI 53703 (map)


Lessons Offered

Percussion, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

My name is Sean Kleve and I'm a free-lance percussionist living in Madison, WI. During the week, I teach private percussion and piano lessons in my home studio. I have an upright piano and all the standard percussion instruments (snare drum, marimba, drum set, vibraphone, xylophone, congas, and many more!).

I have been a musician for my entire life, beginning violin lessons at the age of 3, piano lessons at 4, and percussion lessons at 11. I have over 16 years of private teaching experience and have worked with students of all ages (3 to 75!) My teaching focuses on the fundamentals of technique, note-reading, and musical expression. Although many of my students have chosen a career in music, many of my students study music with me just for the fun of it!

As a performer, currently I am the music director of Madison's experimental contemporary percussion ensemble, Clocks in Motion. Also, you may have heard me perform occasionally with the Madison Symphony, Four Seasons Theater, and many other local musical establishments.

Whether you're a parent looking for a teacher for your child, or a hobbyist/adult looking to take drum lessons or piano lessons, please don't hesitate to contact me.

My Musical Education Background

Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance - Baldwin-Wallace College

Master of Music in Classical Percussion - Manhattan School of Music

Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion with a minor in Music Theory - The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Genres and Subjects Taught

Piano Lessons - Classical, Rock, Pop

Percussion Lessons - Classical, Jazz, Rock

Music Theory Lessons

Lesson Rates

30 minute lesson: $20
45 minute lesson: $30
60 minute lesson: $40

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All ages

Youngest students (ages 3-4) an interview is recommended to see if child is ready to begin lessons.

My Certifications and Awards

Paul Collins Distinguished Fellowship (2010-2013)

Full Scholarship - Aspen Music Festival and School (2005)

Grand Gold Cup Winner - Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Junior Piano Festival (2001)

My Musical Influences

My grandfather Morton Estrin, is a concert pianist and was a great source of motivation for me as a young musician. My mother was my primary piano teacher and in the summer, I would travel to NYC where I would take private piano lessons with my grandfather! What an inspiration!

Currently I love listening to and performing contemporary music! Some of my favorite composers are living or from the 20th century. John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, George Crumb, and many more.

Some of my favorite performers of all time are: Glenn Gould, Nexus, So Percussion, Miles Davis, Nancy Zeltsman, Steve Schick, and the Cleveland Orchestra, just to name a few...


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