Mark Heinemann teaching a mandolin ensemble in Seattle, Washington.

Classroom Instruction

Mark Heinemann is an experienced classroom music instructor, and is available for elementary, secondary and college-level instruction.

He has developed Roots of American Music, a 6-week songwriting class developed for secondary school students. For detailed curriculum, click here. In addition, he is happy to collaborate with your school's staff to adapt his curriculum or develop custom courses, in the following areas:

  • Songwriting
  • Performance
  • Improvisation

Roots of American Music

"Roots of American Music" is a natural extension of Marks' love for traditional American Music. This 6-week program is designed to expose students to American music through demonstrations on traditional instruments, recordings and books devoted to folklore, and to integrate that knowledge by having students write a song each week in that particular style. For full details click here.


Recommendations from Local Educators


Letter of Recommendation from Brus Westby, Principal, September School, Boulder, CO


I have had the pleasure of having Mark teach in my music classroom for the last semester. My class consisted of guitar students at a variety of levels, and Mark was extremely adept at engaging all players.

Mark's "Roots of American Music" classes expose students to music they may not otherwise experience, as well as music they know and love. Even my "rockers" had to admit that some of the country music was kind of cool!

Mark is able to gently guide "composition rookies" through basic songwriting to create expressive, personal, or just plain silly songs. Mark's extensive training in performance, theory, pedagogy, and music history, combined with his creativity and love of teaching, make for a powerful combination, sure to pique the interest of any budding musician.

— Tina Dozauer-Ray, Choir & Guitar Teacher,
Monarch High School, Louisville, CO

Along with his broad musical knowledge and experience, Mark brings flexibility and innovation to the creative process. He is a friendly and respectful listener as well as a diligent team player. Mark's approach gently encourages the natural, unique abilities in each of us.

— Jon Stubbs, Head of Performing Arts Dept.
September School, Boulder, CO