Established in 1956, the Conservatory’s guitar department offers instruction on a variety of diverse instruments in the guitar family. Whatever preference you have in style, shape or size, acoustic or electric, we can provide quality instruction to you.
The Conservatory’s guitar faculty understands that every student comes with different goals. We work with young children, hopeful teens, working professionals and adults who just want to enjoy and build on their experience with the guitar. Whatever your stage in life, the Conservatory can offer you a customized instructional program to bring music to life.
Private lessons available in
- Guitar (including baroque, blues, classical, contemporary, fingerstyle, flamenco, jazz, and rock)
- Bass Guitar
Call 414-276-5760 to be matched with an instructor and to register for a sample lesson.
Tuition Rates for individual instruction range from $31-$33 per 30-minute lesson, $46.50-$49.50 for a 45-minute lesson, or $62-$66 for 60-minute lessons.
Group instruction encourages students to study and learn in a collaborative manner with students of similar experience, while advancing individual skills.
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Participating in an ensemble is one of the most rewarding experiences a musician can have. Ensemble players enjoy collaboration with colleagues while playing an independent part and exploring new repertoire. The Conservatory’s program is open to string, piano, guitar, woodwind and brass players of all ages and levels.
- Supercharge your musical development
- Experience a rich and varied ensemble repertoire
- Make friends to last a lifetime!
- Ensembles receive weekly coachings and have the opportunity to perform regularly in both informal settings and at the beautiful Helen Bader recital hall in the McIntosh-Goodrich Mansion.
Guitar Ensemble – Please Call 414-276-5760 to register.
FALL 2016 Rock & Blues Bands
Audition required for all Rock & Blues Bands classes
Classic Rock Band – Please Call 414-276-5760 to register.
The teaching artists for guitar are gifted performers and skilled in nurturing students’ musical talents.
Peter Baime studied in flamenco guitar in Madrid and Moron De La Frontera, Spain with the legendary gypsy guitarists Diego Gastor and Paco Gastor. He began his performance career in Chicago in 1965 and has performed extensively in the U.S., and Puerto Rico, with additional concerts in Spain, Canada, Italy and Mexico. Peter has also toured as an accompanist for some of this country's leading flamenco dancers and singers. Peter Baime has additionally performed more than 2,500 concerts in the public schools since 1965. He has contributed many performances to Public Radio and Television broadcasts over the years, and since1995 has completed eight nationally broadcast documentary film scores for Public Television.
Peter Baime is a faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University,. He has transcribed an extensive collection of flamenco music that is distributed internationally and has commissioned several new works for classical guitar. In October 2000 he won an Emmy® Award from the National Academy for Television Arts & Sciences for his original score in the PBS documentary, Indigenous Always.
Peter Baime has been recognized in both artistic and academic circles. Since 1985 he has been awarded public recognition certificates from the Drug Enforcement Administration of Chicago, Hispanic Fraternity; USA, Department of Veterans Affairs; Chicago, National American Red Cross, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica; Loyola Chapter, Boys & Girls Clubs; Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools and the United Community Center; Milwaukee, for his contributions to the Hispanic community.
Peter received a US patent for a new guitar capo utility design in 2014 and is a reviewer for Oxford University Music press.
Jack Beyler is a classical guitarist from Madison, WI. He began studying guitar in high school, and turned to classical in college, when he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for his undergraduate degree. There he studied with Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo. While at Milwaukee, Jack had the privilege of taking masterclasses with internationally renowned guitarists such as Marcin Dylla, Michael Partington, Roland Dyens, Edel Munoz, Eliot Fisk, and Isaac Bustos. Jack also spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied under Professor Laura Young at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya. He currently teaches and performs in the Milwaukee and surrounding area.
WCM faculty member since 2004. Mr. Clippert is also currently a faculty member of the Merit School of Music in Chicago. He received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Mr. Clippert was the recipient of Yale University’s Eliot Fisk Guitar Prize. Mr. Clippert is an active performer both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and his repertoire reflects his wide ranging musical interests.
WCM faculty member since 1972. B.A. Carthage College with a Diploma in Classical Guitar Performance; M.M. Musicology University of Wisconsin-Madison. Studied classical guitar with James Yoghourtjian and lute/early guitar in master classes. George Lindquist has been one of the foremost teachers of classical guitar in southern Wisconsin for more than 35 years. He has been on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 1972, where he teaches classical guitar and related subjects. He also teaches classical guitar and directs guitar ensembles at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and at the U.W. Parkside in Kenosha. As a performing classical guitarist, he has been a member of several ensembles, including a classical guitar trio, a flute and guitar duo, and a guitar and harpsichord duo. He also has a degree in musicology and occasionally performs on the lute and baroque guitar. He has performed at universities, colleges, music societies, public libraries, recital halls and private venues throughout Wisconsin and Illinois and on Wisconsin Public Radio. He has also given many performances in the public schools sponsored by Young Audiences of Wisconsin. He is one of the guitarists featured on the CD Milwaukee Guitar: Strictly Solo and can be heard on recordings with the Master Singers of Milwaukee and the Festival Choir of Madison. Mr. Lindquist is a former board member of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society and is past Associate Archivist of the Guitar Foundation of America.
WCM faculty member since 1977. B.M, M.M. with high honors, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Mueller’s principal teachers were James Yoghourtjian, John Holmquist and Gilbert Biberian. Mr. Mueller specializes in teaching students at all levels who seek to establish a sound technical and musical foundation. In addition to his private teaching Mr. Mueller coaches the Telemann Classical Guitar Quartet and conducts a highly successful series of performance classes for students enrolled in his studio. Mr. Mueller is a former member of the WCM Classical Guitar Quartet and the Viennese Guitar Duo. He currently performs as a soloist playing on historic instruments.
WCM Faculty member since 1992, B.F.A. with honors in Guitar Performance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Matthew Schroeder is a Milwaukee based WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winning guitarist who is equally at home on acoustic or electric guitar. Matt is one of a handful of players to graduate, with honors, from the short lived cooperative program between The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee with a performance degree in American fingerstyle guitar. As a fingerstyle guitarist, Mr. Schroeder studied under John Stropes. He has performed in America and Canada, been featured on local television and radio, and can be heard on the CD compilation American Finger-Style Guitar circa 1999. His debut CD Signal was released April 2006. Matt is the Artistic Director for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's annual Guitar Weekend Workshop and Interlochen College of Creative Arts' Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop. Matt currently performs acoustically as a soloist, in a duo with vocalist Lynda Lee and with the trio La Guitarra. As a rock guitarist, Mr. Schroeder has performed extensively throughout the midwest and beyond. Past Bands include Blackfish, Pet Engine, Steve Grimm and the Thrill Cats, and Jamie Jess, and the WAMI-award winning Barbeez. Matt is also a featured instructor on the Hal Leonard DVDs Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine and Rock Guitar Licks Goldmine, which were released in Spring 2011. www.matthewschroeder.net
Faculty, Guitar, Jazz Institute
WCM faculty member since 1996 and a member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet. B.A., Oberlin College. An accomplished jazz composer as well as performer, Mr. Silbergleit has played clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout the area as both a leader and a sideman. He has appeared with Jack McDuff, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Tierney Sutton, Melvin Rhyne, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, among others. Both his 1996 debut CD Silberglicity (on which other Conservatory faculty members are featured) and his 2003 release, My New Attitude, have made it onto the jazz charts with nationwide airplay, and he can also be heard on the 2005 We Six CD Bird Say. Mr. Silbergleit has also taught at Cardinal Stritch University, and has authored numerous instructional materials for Hal Leonard, including the recently published 25 Great Jazz Guitar Solos, a major book of transcriptions, bios, and lessons.
Chair, Guitar Department
Classical/Flamenco Guitarist, Flamenco Singer, and Flamenco Dance Coach
Marija Temo, described as a “triple threat”, is widely recognized as a virtuoso classical/flamenco guitarist, flamenco vocalist, conductor, and former dancer. She has guest appeared with symphony orchestras such as the Baltimore, Calgary, Edmonton, Alexandria, Florida, Hilton Head, and Ocean City Pops Symphonies as a guitar and vocal soloist. Of particular interest are two works for guitar and orchestra written for Ms. Temo by Loris Chobanian entitled, “Tango Fantasy” and “Concierto del Fuego, and Ms. Temo’s vocal performances of “El Amor Brujo”. She has also given numerous solo concerts such as at The First World Guitar Congress, Towson, MD; The Ellnora Guitar Festival, Champaign, IL; the Blossom Music Festival, Cleveland, OH; International Guitar Festivals in Asunción, Paraguay, and Radford, VA; VCU Flamenco Guitar Festival Concert, Richmond, VA; and Classical Guitar Society Series throughout the US and abroad. Unique Performance highlights include: Guest appearances with the Zac Brown Band; Music for GE Capital/Taylor Guitar national television commercial in 2010, which received an award for being top commercial in the industry; Flamenco Documentary, entitled “Sobre Las Olas” (history of flamenco arts in the US); “Fuego Ibérico”, a flamenco musical set in cabaret style centered around Ms. Temo’s talents of Lecuona’s orchestral music blended with flamenco; and feature presentations showcasing Ms. Temo’s talents on PBS television specials in Ohio and Maryland. Ms. Temo continues to be an accompanist for flamenco singers, dancers, and flamenco and ballet dance companies throughout the US. Some artists include: Lola and Carmela Greco, Antonio Vargas, Teo Morca, Manolo Leiva, and The Alberta and Cleveland Ballet Companies. Ms. Temo is known for her educational programs such as “Flamenco Amazement”, and her “Flamenco Communication” Workshop for guitarists, singers, and dancers which was featured for 10 years in the International Festival Flamenco at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and reviewed in magazines such as Flamenco USA, Flamenco International (London, England), and Dance Magazine. Ms. Temo has performed for many dignitaries, such as the former Spanish Ambassador, Don Jaime de Ojeda; the former Crown Prince of Spain; and former Vice President Al Gore. She has received awards and the endorsement of D’Addario Strings. She plays a “Marija Temo” Model flamenco/classical hybrid TM, which she designed with luthier, Tom Rodriguez. In 2012, she was featured in Classical Guitar Magazine’s April issue. Ms. Temo offers numerous workshops throughout the US and abroad, as well as private instruction and lessons on Skype. Ms. Temo received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying under Manuel Barrueco, and her Bachelors degree from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, studying under Loris Chobanian. Ms. Temo’s mentors in flamenco are Teo Morca and Manolo Leiva. Visit www.marijatemo.com for more information.