Our experienced teaching artists work with beginners to professionals, preparing students for a lifetime of enjoyment at the piano. Whether you simply want to learn to play your favorite songs, accompany your school or church choir, or perform in competitions and recitals, the Conservatory has a place for you.
Private Lessons – New Student Discount
$179 for six 30-minute lessons – Satisfaction Guaranteed
Private lessons are idea for fine tuning your musical skills or beginning to play a new instrument. Start your musical journey today with an introductory six-lesson package – satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!
Available Disciplines | Classical • Contemporary • Jazz • Songwriting
Registration for Kids & Teens
Registration for Adults
Wish to speak with someone? Call Student Services at 414-276-5760. Tuition for private instruction ranges from $32-$35 per 30-minute lesson, $48-$52.50 for a 45-minute lesson, or $64-$70 for 60-minute lessons. View a full list of policies and student benefits here.
Piano Discoveries (Grades K4-1)
Your child can begin a lifelong love of piano through movement, singing, games, and sequential repertoire in a supportive, stress-free classroom. Students must have a keyboard or piano to practice on at home.
Level 1 · Ages 4 – 5
Mon, Jun 11 – Jul 23 · 5:30-6:10 PM
Drew Donica · 7 weeks · $159 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Thu, Jun 14 – Jul 26 · 1:30-2:10 PM
Teresa Drews · 7 weeks · $159 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Tue, Jun 12 – Jul 24 · 5:30-6:10 PM
Drew Donica · 7 weeks · $159 · Audubon Court
Thu, Jun 12 – Jul 24 · 1:30-2:10 PM
Teresa Drews · 7 weeks · $159 · Wilson Center
Level 2 · Ages 4 – 5
Sat, Feb 3 – Apr 21 · 10:30-11:10 AM
Drew Donica · 12 weeks · $249 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Sat, Feb 3 – Apr 21 · 11:20 AM-12:00 PM
Ioulia Ionina · 12 weeks · $249 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Thu, Feb 1 – Apr 19 · 4:45-5:20 PM
Drew Donica · 12 weeks · $249 · Audubon Court
Level 2 · Ages 5 – 7
Sat, Feb 3 – May 12 · 9:30-10:25 AM
Drew Donica · 15 weeks · $309 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Thu, Feb 1 – Apr 19 · 5:30-6:25 PM
Drew Donica · 15 weeks · $309 · Audubon Court
Mon, Feb 5 – May 14 · 4:30-5:25 PM
Andrea DeGreiff-Beisser · 15 weeks · $309 · Audubon Court
Thu, Feb 1 – May 3 · 5:00-5:55 PM
Kayme Henkel · 15 weeks · $309 · Wilson Center
Sat, Feb 3 – May 12 · 11:00-11:55 AM
Suki Wong · 15 weeks · $309 · Wilson Center
Group Piano for Adults
Learn how to play piano in a supportive and non-competitive musical environment with other adults. In group settings, you will learn note reading, rhythm, improvisation, and playing by ear at a pace that is comfortable to you. Explore easy classical and popular repertoire, and play ensemble pieces with fellow classmates.
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.
For more information on ensembles, please call 414-276-5760.
Resident faculty ensembles include the classical Prometheus Trio (Stefanie Jacob, piano) and the We Six jazz sextet (Mark Davis, piano).
The teaching artists for piano are gifted performers and skilled in nurturing students’ musical talents.
Chair — Piano
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.
WCM faculty member since 2005. Mr. Ayers has a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as well as a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. He attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and began work on his doctoral degree at UW-Madison. Steven has taught at Lawrence Academy of Music in Appleton and Indiana University. He currently serves as accompanist for the String Academy of Wisconsin.
Dr. Theresa Chardos Camilli earned her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University in New Orleans. She completed her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa and has worked as a board-certified Music Therapist. Theresa previously held faculty positions at the University of Northern Iowa as the Coordinator of UNI’s Group Piano and Graduate Piano Pedagogy and also taught at the University of South Carolina teaching Applied Piano and Piano Pedagogy courses. Active in both the fields of music education and music therapy, Theresa continues to be invited to present at local, regional, and national conferences. She was the President of the Iowa's Northeast Area Music Teachers Association(2014-16) and was the Editor of the Iowa Music Teacher Association's State Magazine (2010-16) Theresa received the 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy "Best Research Paper" Award for the following research: "Parental and Personality Factors that Predict Length of Piano Study." She has had articles accepted in the following publications: MTNA E-Journal, Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher, and the Music Educators Journal. Theresa enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities in both group and private settings.
WCM faculty member since 2009. LaRita holds a Bachelor's degree in music from Goshen College and a Master's degree in Piano Performance from the Kansas City Conservatory where she studied with Dr. Robert Weirich. Having also completed a minor in Piano Pedagogy from Goshen College, LaRita has been teaching piano lessons and classes for five years in different places, including the Goshen Community School of the Arts, the Kansas City Conservatory as a graduate teaching assistant, as well as many private students in both Kansas City and Goshen. LaRita enjoys collaborating with other musicians formally and informally on both piano and accordion.
Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano
WCM faculty member since 1992. B.S., with honors, Skidmore College. Mr. Davis is Jazz Institute Chair and a member of the Conservatory’s We Six. His WCM instructors included Adelaide Banaszynski and David Hazeltine. He later studied with jazz legend Barry Harris. He has performed with many jazz luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Vincent Herring, Peter Bernstein, and Frank Morgan. He is also on the faculty of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Cardinal Stritch University, and Alverno College. He has done work for the Hal Leonard Corporation including transcriptions for Miles Davis: Kind of Blue for their Transcribed Score Series and numerous recordings for their Real Book Play-Along Series. Mr. Davis can be heard on the We Six CD Bird Say.
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.
WCM faculty member since 2015. MM in piano performance and pedagogy, University of Colorado—Boulder; BM in piano performance with an emphasis in piano pedagogy and BA in Spanish, Lawrence University. Mr. Donica teaches private piano lessons and group piano classes as well as general music through Conservatory Connections. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. As an active performer, Mr. Donica collaborates with WCM faculty, students, and other musicians in the area. As a member of the Music Teachers' National Association, he has had the opportunity to present on various piano pedagogy topics at their annual national conferences. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Mr. Donica taught at the Parlando School for the Musical Arts in Boulder, Colorado. He has studied piano with Melanie Brsan, Anthony Padilla, Melody Ng, Robert Spillman, and David Korevaar; and pedagogy with Mary Van De Loo and Alejandro Cremaschi.
Piano, Jazz Institute
WCM faculty member since 1987. B.M. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Foshager has studied with Tony King and David Hazeltine as well as jazz legend Barry Harris. He has performed with a host of local jazz artists such as Hattush Alexander, Berkeley Fudge and Manty Ellis. He has also performed with internationally known artists Spike Robinson, Scott Hamilton, George Braith, Frank Morgan and Richie Cole. A WAMI award winner for his work with the Juli Wood Quartet, Mr. Foshager has performed at the Playboy Club in Chicago and venues throughout the Midwest. His recordings include a CD with his John Foshager Trio/Quartet, featuring Dennis Irwin and George Fludas; work for the Hal Leonard Company; and an appearance on the WYMS Jazz Sampler.
Rachel Fritz, Chief Operations Officer, received a B.M. from University of Central Missouri, magna cum laude and a M.M. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Conservatory since 2014 and previously managed the Student Services department for four years. Rachel is also a member of the WCM piano faculty, since 2007, specializing in instructing young pianists. Rachel is a certified teaching artist by the International Piano Teaching Federation and Suzuki. Prior to moving to Milwaukee Fritz taught group piano at Des Moines Symphony Academy and maintained a private studios in Lincoln, Nebraska and Warrensburg, Missouri. Throughout her teaching career she has been an active member of the Music Teacher National Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. Fritz also serves as pianist/organist at Redemption Lutheran Church.
WCM faculty member since 2003. MT-BC, NCTM, Music Therapy, Piano. M.A. from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana. B.M. with honors and certificate in Piano Pedagogy, Alverno College, Milwaukee. Certified in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music Level I: The Use of Supportive Music & Imagery. Ms. Ramthun has worked in psycho-oncology and oncology at St. Luke's Medical Center, as well as having worked with clients with developmental and physical disabilities in private sessions. Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) by Music Teachers National Association. Member of Music Teachers National Association and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. Ms. Ramthun specializes in teaching students with special needs and in early childhood music.
A native of Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer is Artist-in-Residence at the Apollo Music Festival in Houston, MN. He has performed at venues and series across the country, including the Kennedy Center, Avram Theater, NYU’S Frederick Loewe Theatre, Young Masters Recital Series (New York), Freeport Community Concert Association, Greaves Concert Hall (Northern Kentucky University), Britton Recital Hall (Ann Arbor), Overture Hall (Madison), the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (Appleton), Sitka Performing Arts Center, and Richard H. Allen Memorial Hall (Odess Theater, Sitka). Hauer has soloed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, and Oberlin Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on Television and Radio Stations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Hauer served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he also completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze. His Bachelor's degree was completed in piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Takács.
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.
Ioulia Ionina earned her Bachelor in Music Education degree and Teacher of Music Diploma from St.-Petersburg's Herzen University, Russia. She also holds her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Artist Diploma Certificate from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. Her professional experience includes teaching piano and music lessons for more then 20 years, working as an accompanist and on organist in different churches, and singing in choirs. Ioulia currently works as a piano instructor at Brass Bell Music store, a pianist/organist at Albright United Methodist Church and Whitefish Bay United Methodist Church. She is also taking some classes towards her teaching certificate from UWM.
Piano, Chamber Music
WCM faculty member since 1987. M.M. with highest distinction in Piano Performance, Indiana University; A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University. Stefanie Jacob made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 17 and her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1984. She was twice awarded Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and received Indiana University's Leo Weiner Prize for Chamber Music. Ms. Jacob has soloed with both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and recorded for the Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, Equilibrium, and the Wisconsin Conservatory labels. A recipient of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association's award for Excellence in Studio Teaching, she is a founding member of the Conservatory's Prometheus Trio; she also performs with her cellist
husband Scott Tisdel as the Duo Coriolan.
Dr. Heinzel Kunsmann
Mr. Kunsmann has been a piano teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since September 2013 and at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts since November 2013 He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Kansas which he was granted in December of 2005. His musical interests have taken him throughout the United States as well as to Europe and Asia. Recent performance appearances have included performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, and the Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kunsmann has also donated his time to help put on musical performances such as “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs at Next Door in Milwaukee. Of the 40 plus students that Mr. Kunsmann currently has, many participate in events such as WSMA, the Federation Festival, the Wisconsin Conservatory’s Sonata Festival and Milwaukee’s Civic Music Association High School Auditions. In addition, they perform twice every year in Mr. Kunsmann’s fall and spring studio recitals held at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Pianist Jiwon Lee has extensive experience as a soloist and collaborative. A native of Korea, Ms. Lee’s accomplishments include winning the International Piano Workshop competition in Varna, Bulgaria, with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 488 with the Vratz Orchestra and the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also the first place winner in the Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education music competition and received the Bronze prize in the 11th National Music Contest in Seoul, Korea.
Ms. Lee earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance at the Keimyung University in Korea with the honor of being ranked within the top 1% of the students. Ms. Lee also holds the Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, where she studied under Elena Abend and Judit Jaimes. While at UWM, Ms. Lee was a pianist for the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music and held a teaching assistant position.
Equally at home in solo and chamber repertoire, Ms. Lee was a participant in both the Collaborative Institute Program in Minnesota and the 21st Piano Symposium hosted by the Piano Society of Korea. She has performed in masterclasses with Vladimir Shakin, Joseph Banowetz, and Adam Wodnicki. Ms. Lee’s extensive teaching experience includes instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Seonghwa Girl's High School, Donggok Elementary School, Dalseong County Youth Center and Keimyung University Community Service Investment Corporation Music virus business in Korea. Currently based in Milwaukee, Ms. Lee recently joined the piano faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and is a staff pianist with the String Academy of Wisconsin as well as Milwaukee Ballet.
WCM faculty member since 2010. Sunkyung Lee has a Bachelor’s Degree from South Korea as well as a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from UW-Milwaukee where she studied under Judit Jaimes.
During her studies, she received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Chancellor’s Award. She currently teaches for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in addition to holding private lessons with students. Throughout her teaching career, she has been an active member of Milwaukee Music Teacher's Association (MMTA). Sunkyung has experience teaching students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. With her guidance, her students, her students continue to achieve high rankings in piano competitions.
Apart from teaching, Sunkyung directs music at the Korean Baptist Church of Milwaukee. She has also performed in numerous recitals and alongside various choirs and instrumentalists including the Madrigal Singers at Mt. Mary University.
WCM faculty member since 2005. Graduate of the Piano Pedagogy Professional Training Program of the New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ and Western Carolina University, Sue Medford studied at the New School with its founder, Frances Clark; and co-founder, Louise Goss; as well as renowned pedagogue, Richard Chronister; composer David Kraehenbuehl; and Elvina Pearce, author, composer and clinician. After graduating, Ms. Medford became a supervisor in the professional department and served as a clinician in teacher workshops across the US. She was also the National Representative for Summy-Birchard Music Publishing Company. She taught piano at the New School for Music Study, in Chicago and at an American school in Germany. Following her move to Milwaukee, Ms. Medford was appointed by the Milwaukee Symphony as the Director of Education and Education Concert Manager, positions she held for 23 years. She is the founder of Piano Arts, a National Concerto and Solo Competition.
Early Childhood, Piano
WCM faculty member since 1975. B.M. Wisconsin College-Conservatory; M. M. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music; D.P.I. Certification in Music and Choral Education, Alverno College. Jazz piano and composition studies under Tony King, Martha Artis, Eddie Baker and David Hazeltine. Ms. Roginske is in demand throughout Wisconsin as a piano soloist and with her jazz trio. She regularly performs on the Family Concert series at the Conservatory. In addition to her work at the Conservatory, Ms. Roginske works as a Music/Adaptive Music Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools and has taught at Alverno College.
Maria Valentina Schlei
WCM faculty member since 2010. She received her piano performance degree from the Escuela de Música Manuel A. Lopez in Venezuela, and her B.F.A and M.M. from UWM under the guidance of Prof. Judit Jaimes. She debuted as a soloist at 11 years old with the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra, and performed with multiple symphony orchestras in Venezuela. She won first prize in the Harriet Serr Competition (1994), the Moisés Moleiro Venezuelan National Competition (1996) and McDowell Club of Milwaukee (2005). In 1997, the President of Venezuela awarded her the Medal of the Third Grade Order “Jose Felix Rivas Prize” --the highest honor given to young Venezuelan artists. In addition to her private studio instruction, she has taught in UWM both as a Masters student and instructor.
WCM faculty member since 1999. M.S., Juilliard School; B.M., Eastman School of Music; Doctoral Program, Peabody Conservatory. Curtis has performed in more than 30 countries, and appeared on national radio and television networks on four continents. He was a featured guest on NBC's Today where he performed part of an original piano concerto and was interviewed by Hugh Downs. As winner of the Harriet Hale Woolley Prize for two consecutive years, he studied piano in Europe with Wilhelm Kempff, Robert Casadesus and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messaien. He has taught at Vassar College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Juilliard School. He was also one of the few foreign nationals to teach in the French conservatory system at the Conservatoire de Neuilly and the Rencontres Musicales de la Plaine de Versailles, where he chaired the piano department. His repertoire has included the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven in seven recitals, and Great Music for Piano from Haydn to the Present in twelve. He has also performed the complete piano works of Debussy in a series and over twenty all-Chopin programs. Mr. Stotlar has toured extensively for the State Department and was the first American pianist to play for mixed audiences throughout South Africa. He is currently working on a study edition of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier." In addition to his musical studies he earned a second Master's Degree in cinema from the University of Paris (Sorbonne).
Dr. Michael Thiele
WCM faculty member since 1993. D.M.A. University of Iowa; M.M. Northwestern University; B.M. UW-Oshkosh. A frequent performer as both soloist and ensemble pianist, Dr. Thiele has taught piano at Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, University of Nebraska, Cornell College in Iowa, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin Center-Fox Valley, University of Wisconsin Center-Fond du Lac, and Concordia University. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Milwaukee Music Teachers Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Shuk-Ki (Suki) Wong
Shuk-Ki (Suki) Wong is a doctoral candidate in piano performance and pedagogy at UW-Madison, where she studies with professors Christopher Taylor and Jessica Johnson. She is the winner of the 2016-17 Concerto Competition and the 31st Annual Beethoven Piano Competition at UW-Madison, as well as the recipient of the Exhibition Award from Trinity College London. As an active performer, Shuk-Ki has appeared as soloist at various venues, such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, and Verbrugghen Hall in Australia. Shuk-Ki was appointed as the Teaching Assistant at the UW-Madison in 2015, and is also on the piano faculty at the School of Professional and Continuing Education in Madison Technical College since 2016, where she teaches students with diverse interests and abilities. Shuk-Ki obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and Diploma of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with the support of the First Initiative Foundation Music scholarship and Grantham scholarship. She was granted the prestigious Molly McAulay Memorial Scholarship to fully support her graduate studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.