Suzuki Program


Suzuki Program

Our Suzuki programs teach using the philosophical principles and music education methods developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. We nurture, motivate, and inspire students, parents, and teachers to incorporate these principles into their lives. At the heart of the Suzuki philosophy is the idea that everyone has talent and can become a successful, sensitive, and caring person through the study of music in the Suzuki method.

The method treats music education in the same way that people learn to speak their native language; through listening, imitation, and repetition in a positive, nurturing learning environment. The emphasis is on musical and personal growth through individual and group instruction which develops technique, musicianship, and kind hearts.

More than 50 years ago, Suzuki recognized the ease with which children learn their native language and began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. He called his method the Mother-Tongue Approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving environment, listening, repetition, and motivation are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Parent Involvement: When a child learns to talk, it is the parents who function as teachers. Parents have an important role as “home teachers” in learning an instrument, too. In the beginning, one parent also learns to play, to better understand the process. The parent attends the child’s lessons and the two practice daily at home.

Early Beginning: The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four. Recent scientific studies stress the importance of early music study in brain development.

Listening: Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to the pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child know them intimately.

Repetition: Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or a piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.

Encouragement: As with language, the child’s efforts to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. This creates an environment of enjoyment for child, parent, and teacher.

Learning with Other Children: In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performances at which they learn from and are motivated by each other.

Suzuki Repertoire: Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk, but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present one of two new technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.

Delayed Reading: Children are taught to read after their ability to talk has been well established. In the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music. When music reading is introduced, it is pursued systematically at each lesson.

Older Students or transfers from other methods: Students of any age can benefit from Suzuki’s ideals of natural technique, tone development, and musicianship. The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music welcomes students who transfer from non-Suzuki backgrounds during any stage of advancement.

Suzuki program currently available in:

• Viola
• Violin
• Cello

Call 414-276-5760 to find out more.

Have you made plans to keep your kids learning throughout the summer? Register today for one or more fun and exciting summer music camps at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for children between the ages of 5-18. Discounts apply when registering for multiple weeks of camp! For more details call 414-276-5760.

Entering Grades 6-8 & 9-12 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come learn from the Conservatory’s Jazz Institute faculty and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. Participate in master classes, listening, rhythm and improvisation sessions and workshops. Perform jazz classics in both small and large ensembles. This camp is ideal for experienced and amateur players. You will be amazed how great you sound by the end of the week! Prerequisite: Minimum of one year experience on instrument.

McIntosh|Goodrich | Jazz Institute Faculty | $435 (incl. T-shirt)

Entering Grades 3-8 & 9-12  |  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come make music among friends!  Trios, quartets, and quintets are forming with strings, piano, woodwinds, and brass.  Groups will have the opportunity to be coached by our outstanding faculty, participate in masterclasses, and learn rehearsal techniques while building skills and friendships for a lifetime.  Students will also participate in a variety of elective courses.  The camp will culminate in a final performance on Friday afternoon.  Prerequisite: Minimum two years of experience on your instrument, basic note reading skills required.

McIntosh|Goodrich | $335 (incl. T-shirt)


Private lessons are an essential component of the Suzuki program, together with participation in group lessons. Lessons are available in packages of 30-, 45-, or 60-minute durations. Active parental participation with the child’s lessons, classes and daily practice is an important part of the Suzuki philosophy.

Suzuki students receive a discount when signing up for a semester package of classes and lessons. Each package includes 12 group classes and 15 private lessons which may be 30, 45 or 60-minutes in length.

$599 | 12 (45-minute) classes and 15 (30-minute) lessons
$799 | 12 (45-minute) classes and 15 (45-minute) lessons
$999 | 12 (45-minute) classes and 15 (60-minute) lessons

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.

Suzuki students receive a discount when signing up for a semester package of classes and lessons. Each package includes 12 group classes and 15 private lessons which may be 30, 45 or 60-minutes in length.

$599 | 12 (45-minute) classes and 15 (30-minute) lessons
$799 | 12 (45-minute) classes and 15 (45-minute) lessons
$999 | 12 (45-minute) classes and 15 (60-minute) lessons

Please call 414-276-5760 to register for ALL Suzuki classes.

Summer 2017 Outreach Concerts

Estrabrook Beer Garden | June 17th at 1p.m.
Private Event | July 29th at 4p.m.
National Anthem @ Brewers Game | August 15th at 6:10p.m.
The Garden District Farmers Market | August 19th at Noon


All pre-twinkle play-ins are from 5-5:30p.m. and Books 1+ are from 5:30-6:15p.m.

June Violin/Viola Play-Ins
Monday, June 5th | McIntosh|Goodrich
Thursday, June 8th | Wilson Center
Wednesday, June 14th | Audubon Court

July Violin/Viola Play-Ins
Monday, July 10th | McIntosh|Goodrich
Wednesday, July 19th | Audubon Court
Thursday, July 20th | Wilson Center

August Violin/Viola Play-Ins
Wednesday, August 9th | Audubon Court
Thursday, August 10th | Wilson Center
Monday, August 14th | McIntosh|Goodrich


All play-ins will be from 5-5:45p.m.

June Cello Play-Ins
Wednesday, June 7th | Audubon Court
Tuesday, June 13th | McIntosh|Goodrich

July Cello Play-Ins
Tuesday, July 11th | McIntosh|Goodrich
Wednesday, July 19th | Audubon Court

August Cello Play-Ins
Tuesday, August 1st | McIntosh|Goodrich
Wednesday, August 2nd | Audubon Court

The Conservatory’s Suzuki teachers emphasize the importance of a nurturing learning environment, the necessity of daily listening, the vital role of parents in home practice and the belief that through the study of music, children can develop a beautiful mind and a beautiful heart.

Suzuki Faculty

Gretchen Grube

Chair, String Department, Faculty, Violin, Suzuki

Chair, String Department, Faculty, Violin, Suzuki

Gretchen Grube holds a B.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). She recently completed her M.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Ms. Gretchen received her Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) training from Sharon Jones, developer of the SECE curriculum.

Ms. Gretchen was involved in the Very Young Composers Project of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This program teaches music composition to 4th and 5th grade students.  Ms. Gretchen also enjoys playing with her cat, scrapbooking, and eating ice cream!

Kate Behring

Faculty, Violin, Suzuki

Faculty, Violin, Suzuki

New to the Conservatory, Kate Behring has Music Education degrees from Valparaiso University (BME) and Northwestern University (MME). After beginning the violin at the age of 8, Ms. Behring studied privately with Salvatore Princiotti, Kamen Vatchev, and Andrew Smith. Before moving to Wisconsin, she taught traditional violin and orchestra in Northbrook, IL for six years. While working in Northbrook, Ms. Behring earned her Suzuki certification in books 1-4 under the teaching of Ed Kreitman. Prior to joining the Conservatory, Kate taught with Kettle Moraine Suzuki Strings for six years. Currently, Kate performs regularly with the Kettle Moraine Symphony, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and the Concord Chamber Orchestra. In her “free” time, Kate enjoys teaching her 6 year old son how to play the violin, attending soccer games, keeping up with friends, playing the violin at church, cycling, and chasing her youngest son, age 2 ½.

April Dannelly-Schenck

Faculty, Cello, Suzuki

Faculty, Cello, Suzuki

April Dannelly-Schenck is a private cello teacher and performer who moved to the Milwaukee area from St. Louis, MO.  Mrs. Dannelly-Schenck has been teaching cello since 2006, and recently completed her training through Book 5 of the Suzuki method.  While living in St. Louis, she taught private instruction in cello at Lindenwood University, and private cello lessons from her home and at the Community Music School of Webster Groves.  As a teacher, April believes that her mission is to help every student create joy through music, both in their own life as well as the lives of their family and community.

April has always been an active chamber musician and orchestral performer.  She is currently the assistant principal cellist in the Menomonee Falls Symphony, and a regular substitute cellist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra.  In St. Louis, April served as the principal cellist in the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and as a section cellist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.  Being drawn to string quartet music, she was a member of the Dorian Quartet, with whom she performed in the Oberlin Honors Recital in 2006.  The following year the quartet was selected to showcase the Oberlin Conservatory in a recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  The Dorian Quartet was honored to be chosen as semi-finalists in the Plowman Chamber Competition, and also received Honorable Mention in the Ohio String Teacher’s Association Chamber Competition.

Having a passion for both music performance and music academia, Mrs. Dannelly-Schenck received a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance with a music theory minor from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and then went on to complete Master’s degrees in cello performance (MM) and in music theory (MA) from UW-Madison.  Throughout her three years at UW, she taught Aural Skills and Theory as a teaching assistant for the freshman music theory course.  She taught upper level Music Theory during her years as a professor at Lindenwood University.

Tatiana Migliaccio

Faculty, Violin

Faculty, Violin

WCM faculty member since 2005. Violinist Tatiana Migliaccio was born in the Ukraine and graduated from the Musical College of Ternopil. She later completed study at the Lviv Conservatory with degrees in Master of Chamber Music Performance and Pedagogy. Tatiana began her music career playing in the Lviv Symphony and toured with the orchestra to Poland, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, and Estonia. After coming to the United States in 1994 and initially settling in Illinois, she became a member of numerous orchestras, including the Rockford Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet and the University of Chicago Orchestras. She also taught Suzuki violin at the Rockford College Music Academy. In 2005 Tatiana became a member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty, successively teaching violin, music theory and chamber music to WCM students. Along with her teaching, Tatiana currently plays in the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Green Bay, Kenosha and Festival City Symphony Orchestras. Her musical career was inspired by her wonderful teachers Alexander Tatarinzev, Eleanor Stanlis and Mr. Mark Zinger.

Anna Rasmussen

Faculty, Violin, Suzuki, Early Childhood

Faculty, Violin, Suzuki, Early Childhood

Anna Rasmussen is an active chamber and orchestral musician and has been a Suzuki teacher since 2007. She has played with several orchestras in Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas, including Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rasmussen loves the collaboration of chamber music. She was the first violinist in the Spiritoso Quartet, has played in several chamber ensembles with other faculty members of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, and regularly performs with her husband, Charlie. She has recorded tracks for Paul Bogaev, and, as a member of the Spiritoso Quartet, she premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015.

Ms. Rasmussen received her Master’s in Violin Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University. Her violin teachers include Fabian Lopez, Eka Gogichashvili, and Julia Hardie. She has done Suzuki Teacher Training with Julia Hardie, Mark Mutter, and long-term training with Allen Lieb at the School for Strings in New York City. She has taught at Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema-inspired schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas.

Charlie Rasmussen

Faculty, Cello, Suzuki, General Music

Faculty, Cello, Suzuki, General Music

Charlie Rasmussen enjoys an active career as both a modern and Baroque cellist and as a teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rasmussen was previously on faculty at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT where he taught private and group cello lessons, musicianship classes, and coached chamber ensembles. Mr. Rasmussen strives to help his students develop a lifelong passion for music and cello playing.

Mr. Rasmussen holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), where he was a graduate assistant and studied with Dr. Alexander Ezerman. He also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from UNCG. Before his studies at UNCG, Mr. Rasmussen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in music from Luther College where he studied with Dr. Eric Kutz. Mr. Rasmussen studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver, and he is trained to teach Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Mr. Rasmussen performed as cellist in the Spiritoso Quartet from 2015-2016 and the Immer String Quartet while he was a student at UNCG. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Rasmussen has served as a principal cellist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA), University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Luther College Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Fayetteville and Norwalk Symphonies. An advocate of new music, Mr. Rasmussen performed in the premiere of Alejandro Rutty’s Cantabile Hop at the 2012 North Carolina Music Teacher’s Association in Chapel Hill and premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015. He has recorded for Grammy Award-winning Broadway and film composer Paul Bogaev.

As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Rasmussen has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival with the New York Continuo Collective and with American Bach Soloists where he participated in the Academy program. Mr. Rasmussen has soloed with Greensboro Early Music and presented solo recitals through the Seabury Academy of the Arts in Norwalk, CT. He attended Phoebe Carrai’s Baroque Cello Bootcamp and the Magnolia Institute where he studied with Brent Wissick. He currently performs in the Vitali Ensemble with Baroque Guitarist Meredith Connie.

Julie Bamberger Roubik

Faculty, Violin & Viola, Suzuki

Faculty, Violin & Viola, Suzuki

WCM faculty member since 2009. B.M. summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and M.M. from the HARTT School of Music, both in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Viola teachers include Roland Vamos, Korey Konkol, Victoria Chiang, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet. An active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin (SAW), she has studied Suzuki pedagogy, in both violin and viola, with Teri and David Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Mark Bjork, Carrie Reuning, Susan Kempter, Betsy Stuen-Walker and Dr. Julia Hardie. Ms. Bamberger Roubik was the violinist for Jane Seymour's Hollywood Star party and a back up musician for artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft, Rita Coolidge, Keiko Matsui and Philip Dizack. She is a regular member of the Kenosha, Racine and Festival City Symphonies. Ms. Bamberger Roubik was a recipient of the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher scholarship, the 2013 American Suzuki Institute teacher scholarship, and is a past recipient of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee award for musical achievement in the community. Students of Julie’s have won awards from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Scholarships, the Racine Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Janet Ruggieri Viola Scholarship, the Wisconsin State Music Association and have been accepted into the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In addition to teaching, Ms. Bamberger Roubik blogs for, and was invited to write for The Strad magazine. 

Julie has been the "star" of stage, screen and radio. She appeared in the locally-filmed movie, "Major League", was a regular cast member on the show "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and a recent contestant on the NPR quiz show Ask Me Another.

Natalie Stawarski

Faculty, Violin, Suzuki

Faculty, Violin, Suzuki

Natalie Stawarski is from Downers Grove, Illinois where she began playing violin at the age of 9 through her elementary school music program. She has gained a Bachelor of Music from Millikin University, where she studied under Georgia Hornbacker, and then went to study with Dr. Sarah Gentry at Illinois State university while pursuing a master’s degree. Natalie furthered her education by going to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she became trained in Suzuki up to book 8 under Vera McCoy Sulentic, and continued studying violin under Dr. Lenora Anop. Natalie has participated and performed in various classical, bluegrass, and free improv ensembles, as well as doing work within the recording studio at Millikin University. Natalie has also performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria.

Emily Watson-Stodola

Faculty, Viola and Violin, Suzuki, General Music

Faculty, Viola and Violin, Suzuki, General Music

Mrs. Stodola started as a Suzuki violin instructor in Lubbock, Texas in 2002 after receiving short-term training at the American Suzuki Institute from Nancy Lokken. Inspired to learn more, Mrs. Stodola received a MME with an emphasis in Suzuki violin from the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point. During her time in Stevens Point she worked with Professor Pat D'Ercole, and was awarded the Margery Aber Talent Education Scholarship for two consecutive years. After completing her degree, she pursued Sonata Repertoire training with Tom Wermuth, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with ECE pioneer, Dorothy Jones.

Mrs. Stodola has taught Suzuki violin in Milwaukee since 2005. She has taught independently and on the faculties of North Shore Suzuki Strings and Barcel Suzuki String Academy. Most recently, she joined the Conservatory Suzuki faculty in August of 2014. Mrs. Stodola has been a clinician at workshops throughout Wisconsin, and served as interim faculty for the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She maintains involvement with the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin where in 2010, she served as organizational chairperson for their biennial workshop.

Mrs. Stodola holds a MM in violin performance from Texas Tech University studying under John Gilbert, and a BM in violin performance from the University of Minnesota studying with Sally O'Reilly. She also studied with Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony and Klara Fenyo-Bahcall, professor of violin at UW-Oshkosh. An avid performer, she served as concertmaster of the Green Bay Civic Symphony from 2007-2011, and is now currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic

Marie Sinco Warren

Faculty, Cello, Suzuki

Faculty, Cello, Suzuki

Marie Sinco Warren is a cellist and teacher with a focus on outreach and youth advocacy. An active chamber musician, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works throughout the country. Mrs. Warren has worked with composers such as Douglas Boyce, Augusta Read Thomas, and Duncan Youngerman, and toured with new music series such as Wireless!, and the North Carolina International Orchestra. Before turning her attention to pedagogy she performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony, as well as regional orchestras such as Winston Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and Green Bay Symphony. Since then she has served with the Greater Milwaukee ‘el Sistema, a full scholarship outreach strings program; she was an Assistant Advocate with the homeless youth shelter, Pathfinders MKE; and as a Resident Advisor with the homeless youth shelter, Covenant House NYC. In addition to her duties at the Wisconsin Conservatory Mrs. Warren is the Applied Cello Professor at Carroll University as well as Adjunct Professor of Cello at Mount Mary University. She holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from University of South Florida, a Master of Music (M.M.) from Florida State University, and the Professional Artist Certificate (P.A.C.) From University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Music lessons in violin, viola, and cello are available for children ages 3 and up.

Suzuki Instruction requires students to participate in private and group lessons each week. All students begin with a classical foundation in the Suzuki repertoire enhanced by master classes, supplemental repertoire, workshops, group and solo performing opportunities, and special events.

The course of study for instrumental lessons consists of both private and group classes. The private class takes place once a week for 30, 45 or 60 minutes and provides the heart of the instruction. Parents attend these lessons so they are able to practice with their child at home.

The group class takes place once a week for 60 minutes, including both repertoire and musicianship studies, and provides a social setting for musical pursuits. Children gain a peer group, develop ensemble skills, begin note reading and theory instruction, and perform informally for each other in preparation for the student solo recitals. Parents attend these classes as well to offer support and assist their child.

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