Music Discoveries for Kids
Our MUSIC DISCOVERIES program serves as the first instrument specific classes for 4-9 year olds. Taught in a fun setting, students begin to read music, play basic rhythm patterns, develop listening skills and keep a steady beat.
Piano Discoveries (Level 1, Entering Grade K5) | REGISTER
Piano classes are the perfect place to begin a lifelong love of piano! Children explore music concepts through the piano, singing, movement, and games in a group setting, and learn 1-2 new pieces each week. Students must have a keyboard or piano to practice on at home. Listed price includes books.
Classes start June 13, 14, 15 & July 8, 11
Piano Discoveries (Levels 2 & 3, Entering Grades K5-1st) | CALL 414-276-5760 to REGISTER
Advanced Piano Discoveries (Entering Grades K5-1st) | CALL 414-276-5760 to REGISTER
Ready for more songs, creativity, ensemble playing, and music games? Join us in our keyboard lab for piano, friends, and fun! Group classes encourage students to study piano in a collaborative manner with their peers of similar experience, while also advancing their individual skills.
Each requires previous level(s) of Piano Discoveries.
Classes start July 6, 8
Hand Drumming Discoveries (Entering Grades K4 – 3) | REGISTER
Children will have fun exploring hand percussion instruments while learning to play basic rhythm patterns and keep a steady beat.
Classes start June 17
The teaching artists for discoveries are gifted performers and skilled in nurturing students’ musical talents.
Chair, Piano Department, General Music
WCM faculty member since 2003, Piano Department chair since 2005. MM in piano performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University; BM cum laude in piano performance, Northwestern University. Member, Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, WMTA and MMTA. At the Conservatory, Ms. Drews maintains a large private piano studio and also teaches group piano classes for children through adult. Through Conservatory Connections she has taught general music and piano to students throughout Milwaukee and currently teaches at St. Joseph Academy of Early Learning. An active performer in the Milwaukee area, Ms. Drews often collaborates with WCM faculty and MSO musicians. She also performs annually with the Washington Island Music Festival in Door County. She has studied with Sylvia Wang, Ann Schein and Seth Knopp, and performed in master classes by David Burge and Menahem Pressler. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, she taught piano in Baltimore, Maryland at the Friends School of Baltimore and the Music Workshop.
Faculty, Piano, General Music
WCM faculty member since 2002. M.M, UW-Milwaukee; B.A. in Music, University of Nebraska-Kearney. Mrs. DeGreiff-Beisser’s broad training includes studies in accompanying for instrumental and vocal ensembles and soloists. At age 13 she was chosen to participate in a solo concert with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, Colombia to play the Haydn Concerto in F. As a recitalist, she has appeared at the University of Nebraska and at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall and Olav Roots Auditorium in Bogota, Colombia, several opera productions with the UWM voice students, as well as several voice faculty recitals here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She has studied under Harold Martina, Blanca Uribe, James Cook, Jeffrey Peterson, Katjia Phillambaum and Judit Jaimes.
Dr. Kayme Henkel
WCM faculty member 2006-09; returning in the fall of 2012. DMA in piano performance and pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Madison, MM in piano performance from Kent State University, BM in piano performance and pedagogy from University of Central Missouri. Kayme has experience teaching students of all ages and all levels of ability. Her students have achieved high rankings in WSMA festivals, WMTA auditions and college scholarships in music. In addition to teaching at WCM, she has had teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Alverno College, and the International School of Music (Bethesda, MD). As a soloist, she has been a winner of the Neale Silva Young Artist Competition, Wisconsin MTNA Young Artist Competition and the University of Wisconsin Beethoven Competition. Most recently her performing has focused on opera, which has given her the opportunity to work with Opera for the Young (Madison), Bel Cantanti (Washington, DC), Crested Butte Opera (Colorado), Repertory Opera Theater of Washington (DC), and a world premiere in the Capital Fringe Festival.
WCM faculty member since 2008. Bony Plog-Benavides is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied with Cuban percussionist Frank Calzadilla. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration on Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she studied with David Bayles. In May 2008, she finished her Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology at Arizona State University. Her thesis research focused on the popularization of Gaita Music, a musical tradition of Northern Colombia. While at ASU, Mrs. Plog-Benavides studied with African music scholar Mark Sunkett and renowned drummer Dom Moio. At ASU she performed with the ASU Latin Jazz Band, Brazilian Bateria, Javanese Gamelan, Latin Marimba Band, and African Drum Ensemble. Locally she has appeared with the Racine Concert Band, Kenosha Pops Concert Band, and local musicians, such as Mike Plog, David Bayles, Luis Diaz, Dan Trudell, Bill Bonifas, and Jeno Somlai.