Conservatory Connections

A special thank you to UW-Milwaukee students, Alex Smith and Peter Murphy for helping to make this video possible!


Takes the outstanding faculty and programming of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music beyond the walls of the McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion and into schools, assisted living facilities and community centers throughout Greater Milwaukee. Through residencies, classes and custom partnerships, the Conservatory Connections program brings the joy of music-making to people of all ages and abilities – from early childhood to older adults, beginners to advanced students.
For more information on bringing Conservatory Connections to your organization, contact Amanda Smith, Director, at 414-276-5760 or


The Music Explorations curriculum, developed by our team of early childhood specialists, addresses the specific needs of each stage of development for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. By singing, moving and playing rhythm instruments, kids develop fine and gross motor, social, listening and sequencing skills, all while having fun making music. Music Explorations is available as a weekly program for preschools, childcare centers, and other early learning organizations and can be tailored to fit the ages and needs of your students.


As children grow comfortable with exploring, they begin to discover. Music Discoveries builds on the foundations of our early childhood music program adding ensemble playing, literature and art to the ever-evolving creative palate of children in grades K4-2. Music Discoveries is available as an
in-school or after-school program and also makes a perfect enrichment program for community centers and libraries.


Every school needs music and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is there for schools that need a little help! Our Music Counts curriculum for grades K through 5, developed by our team of music specialists, addresses national and state standards while providing a creative, engaging and well-rounded general music education that aims to give every child a lifetime love of music. Music Counts is available to public, private, charter and choice schools as a fully integrated school music program or as a supplement to existing school music programs.


Whether you’re looking for an introductory music experience, a week-long intensive program, or a long-term residency for your school or community center, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has the program for you. Our workshops and residencies are designed to get ANYONE making music, no matter what their experience level, and are perfect for after-school programs, summer camps, and other special events. Programs are available in world drumming, bucket drumming, Flamenco guitar and dance, gospel choir, songwriting and more!


Did you know that the expert teaching artists of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music are available for private and group lesson instruction in your school or community? Programs include piano, guitar, voice, Suzuki strings and winds & percussion. Lesson schedules are planned in collaboration with your organization and instructors are chosen based on the needs and abilities of your students. Connections Instrumental and Vocal Instruction is available for ages 4 to infinity and beyond!


What if your school band, orchestra, choir or jazz band could have a professional musician sit in with your students giving helpful hints and providing inspiration and guidance? Make this dream a reality with the Conservatory Coaches program. Conservatory Coaches are available to public, private, charter and choice schools with instrumental or vocal ensemble programs. Instructors are chosen based on the needs of your school.


Music keeps you young at heart…and young of mind too! Studies have shown that learning a musical instrument can help delay dementia and improve mental focus in older adults. The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers a variety of programs for assisted living facilities, including instrumental and choral ensembles and adaptive music instruction.


Take your jazz ensemble to the next level by working with our resident jazz sextet, We Six. The experience begins with a school or community performance by the renowned musicians of We Six. After you’ve been inspired by the performance, choose from a variety of workshops, clinics and lessons in jazz history, improvisation, and instrument-specific techniques to fit your needs. We Six residencies are an excellent way to help prepare your school ensemble for competitions and performances.

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