Heidi was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but she called Fort Atkinson home for most of her school years.  Heidi has always loved to sing, act, and dance.  She began studying the piano at age 5 and the violin at age 10.  In 2000, Heidi graduated from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN with a degree in Vocal Music Education.  
Heidi has been teaching private music lessons for over 15 years and currently has 20 students.  Heidi’s other experiences include one year of teaching 7th grade choir & general music, 1-1/2 years of early childhood music classes, leading a small string ensemble and directing an all girls choir at church.  Heidi also assists Eric with “Garage Band” “Music Production” and “School of Rock” classes.
Heidi has limited openings for new students.   She is also available to sing or play piano for weddings and other events.

Heidi spends most of her time these days caring for (and cleaning up after) 13-year-old Caleb and 7-year old Abby.  When she does have some free time, Heidi enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, shopping, visiting her girlfriends, and alone-time at Caribou Coffee.  She also enjoys writing and recording music and still dreams of publishing a CD and writing a book!!
Eric Songer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in nearby Wales. He began playing trombone in fifth grade and was always really into pop music. He enjoyed listening to American Top 40 in order to learn what the top songs of the week were. In high school, Eric was involved in band as well as many other activities including golf, bowling, drama, and the school newspaper.

Eric attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he earned his degree in music and math education. He participated in many performing groups including Jazz One, the symphony orchestra, the brass choir, the wind ensemble, the symphony band, the trombone choir, the Singing Statesmen, the Blugold Marching Band, the Andante Brass, and various jazz combos. Highlights of his college days included going to England with the jazz ensemble, organizing the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival, forming the nation's largest collegiate chapter of International Association of Jazz Educators, performing officer duties in MENC and Phi Mu Alpha, and even DJing on the collegiate radio station. Eric completed his Masters in Education at St. Thomas in 2004.

During the summers, Eric has performed in groups such as the Kids From Wisconsin, a performing group at Great Escape Fun Park in New York and the Beach Band at Valleyfair! Amusement Park in Shakopee. 

This is Eric’s 22nd year teaching at Chaska Middle School.  He was named Teacher of the Year in District 112 in 2007 and was a semifinalist for 2008 Minnesota Teacher Of The Year.  He was named Young Band Director of the Year in 2008 by the American School Band Directors Association.  The Chaska Middle School-West Band Department was featured in the February 2009 issue of “The Instrumentalist”.  Eric was the runner up for Minnesota Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2009 and was inducted into the Kettle Moraine High School Hall of Fame in March 2010.  In 2013, Eric was awarded the ing Unsung Heroes Second Prize Award for his project Music Education for the Next Generation which was a grant for $12,000 to his school music program.  In 2014, Eric was named a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator of the Year Grammy Award.  In 2015, he won a $5,000 grant from Century Link Foundation.  He has presented on music education at many conferences and colleges across the country.  Most notably he presented “The Next Generation of Music Education” at the National Association of Music Educators National Conference in Dallas, Texas in November 2016 and at the Association of Popular Music Education National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in June 2016, Denver, Colorado in June 2017, and Nashville, Tennessee in June 2018.  His Garage Band program performed at the Minnesota State Music Education Conference in February 2017.  Eric has also guest conducted for many district band festivals as well as regional and state honor bands.  

Eric directs the 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands and elective course Music & The Image at CMS-West.  Eric takes pride in running many co-curricular activities which benefit the students’ love of learning music.  He directs and teaches CMSW Jazz Ensembles, the CMS Marching Band, the CMS Honor Band, the CMSW Rhythm Section, the CMS Latin/Mariachi Band, the CMS Garage Band, student and adult guitar courses, Hip Hop Academy, Music Production, Country/Bluegrass Ensemble, Movie Band, Pop Ensemble, and School Of Rock.  Eric also organizes the CMSW Talent Show and his district’s Solo/Ensemble Festival.  

Eric served as the secretary of the Minnesota State Unit of IAJE (now JEN) from 2005-07 and also belongs to ASBDA, MBDA, NAfME and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is on the board of the South Central Chapter of MBDA (Minnesota Band Director’s Association).   

Outside of teaching, Eric still loves to perform. He plays in the Calhoun Brass; Rank & Style; subs in various popular and jazz ensembles; plays in the BellaGala Big Band, Power Tap, The Wolverines, Kev’s Cool Gospel Orchestra; and plays in the Minnesota Valley Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. Along with Heidi, Eric leads worship and plays at many churches around the Twin Cities.  Eric also loves to bowl, golf and play volleyball. He loves to watch the Packers and Badgers, read, do anything related to technology, compose and arrange music, spend time with his lovely wife Heidi and his children Caleb and Abby and be with friends and family.