MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Jon Madison is a passionate teacher, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and indie recording artist from Idaho. He is a global music influencer with a strong student community through his social media channels. He has taught music production through instructional videos on his youtube channel, as well as privately. Jon has studied guitar and music production through private instruction since age 11, when he discovered his passion for playing and writing music. He has gained experience as a performing artist in both Utah and Las Vegas, and continues to perform in the Cape and Boston area. Jon is currently recording his debut album that is set to release in the Fall of 2019.
His passion lies in sharing his knowledge of songwriting, and music production with the entire world. He counts it a privilege to work with students on a local level at House of Jam Music Lessons in Hyannis, MA, and play a part in training the next generation of emerging artists!
Walter Buckingham Guitar & Ukulele
Walter is a performing musician, teacher, and recording artist. His music education is rooted in history,
jazz, and rock & roll. At Berklee College of music, he studied Music Education and Performance.
For over 3 decades, Walter has been a Visiting Artist to Elementary, High School, College and University students, teaching music, singing, dance and history through songs & story-telling.
He was the Program Director for Performance, Music, Dance, Special Events at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA, and staff Historical Musician for over 30 years.
Walter has recorded on 3 major record labels including; John Cage and the New England Conservatory (Mode Records), Music of the Village Green (Northstar Records) with pianist Jacqueline Schwab (pianist on Ken Burn’s Civil War Documentary), and Folksong in the Classroom
And as a performing musician, he performs at private & public functions, entertaining audiences in both small and large venues around New England.
Walter is not only a seasoned musician and educator, but he also knows how guitars have evolved, changed, and improved over the centuries. Walter can help you find the best sound you want for your guitar!
He is very excited to join the staff at the House of Jam!
"In the footsteps of James Taylor"
Northstar Seafood Bar, Northampton, Ma
"a strong clear, gifted songwriter"
Cape Cod Guide
"Walter's music is Good Stuff"
Bill Smith WBOS Radio
Piano & Songwriting
Bret is an accomplished composer, arranger, teacher, and pianist. He attended the Julius Hartt School of Music from age 10, starting with classical piano lessons and music theory classes. He went on to earn a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory and a P.B. Music Teacher's Certification from Westfield State College (now WSU).
Bret has been performing solo piano and as keyboardist in rock bands here on Cape Cod since 1990 and is well versed in all musical styles. He has been passionately guiding piano students of all ages and varying interests in developing their skills, always bringing excitement, fun and discovery.
Among Bret's many credits is his arrangement of "A Medley Of Gershwin Tunes", scored for full orchestra with jazz quartet, featured at Pops In The Park 1996, Orleans, MA. He composed the music for and co-directed with Joan Spilman the musical drama "Why?" at Brewster Baptist Church, Brewster, MA 2005. He has given concerts of original works for piano, string quartet, sarode, and backing tracks and has done extensive composing and production work with Dani Dalinian, Nandlal Nayak, and Eric Raynaud (Fraction) and has developed a larch archive of totalistic, world, and computer based music, utilizing his own tonal systems and other unique devises.
Jessica is a versatile and active K-12 music educator, musician, artist and songwriter. A Montreal Canadian native, she obtained her professional degree in Jazz Performance from Vanier College with a focus on voice and piano. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Southern New Hampshire University with a focus on voice, piano, and choral conducting.
Among other experiences, Jessica has had the privilege of teaching music overseas as the Music Director for the African Children's Choir MFL teams in Africa . She was also a member of the renowned Jireh Gospel Choir which performed regularly at numerous festivals and events such as the World Polyfolia Vocal Showcase in Normandie, France. She has also performed as a solo jazz artist in Montreal city.
Since her arrival to the United States in 2009, Jessica has been a faculty member Musical Arts Academy of Dover, New Hampshire, as a private voice and piano instructor for all ages. She has also led jazz vocal workshops at local schools, has led vocal clinics for adults, and directed a number of youth choirs. She has developed and taught choral, guitar, music technology, and many other music curriculums at public and private schools in New Hampshire.
Aside from teaching, Jessica is also an active performer, recording artist, and songwriter, who performs on a weekly basis with her local bands. Check out her 2019 album release as Jessy Flame, titled "Set the Madman Free", which is available on all online music distribution platforms.
Students who study with Jessica have gone on to become performing artists of their own. Their successes have resulted in some of them performing in their own bands, improvising and becoming song artists, getting leads in school plays, and even becoming singer-songwriters themselves. Some have been selected for performance
at state festivals, while others have
gone on to study music at the college level.