Suzuki Program


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Give your child a strong foundation in their violin, viola or cello studies by enrolling them in one of many sequential Suzuki Method classes and lessons. Your child will build their skills in instrument techniques, notation and rhythm, performance and practice etiquette, while forming social bonds in age-appropriate settings.

All Suzuki Students study with faculty who have received certification by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Suzuki Packages Classes & Private Lessons

Group Classes & Private Lessons are together an essential component of the Suzuki Method. Suzuki Packages include both classes & lessons and are provided at a discounted rate.

> Call 414-276-5760 to register for your Suzuki Package (includes Group Classes & Private Lessons).

Suzuki Package Pricing

Includes 15 Private Lessons · 15 Group Classes · Monthly Parent Group Classes · All Performances
Ÿ 30 minute lesson package · $725
Ÿ 45 minute lesson package · $955
Ÿ 60 minute lesson package · $1,199
*Children 10 & Under must enroll in Suzuki Package

Group Class Schedule

Each group class will conclude with the Winter Concert, December 9.

Pre-Twinkle Group Class – Violin/Viola

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Anna Rasmussen · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
Anna Rasmussen · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Thu, Sept 6 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
Anna Rasmussen · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Early Book 1 Group Class – Violin/Viola

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
Natalie Stawarski · 15 weeks · Wilson Center

Early Book 1 Group Class – Cello

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 10:00 AM-10:55 AM
April Dannelly-Schenck · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Book 1 Group Class – Violin/Viola

Thu, Sept 6 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
TBA · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Barbara Schneider · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
TBA · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Thu, Sept 6 – Dec 9 · 4:30 PM-5:25 PM
TBA · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Book 1 Group Class – Cello

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
Charlie Rasmussen · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Late Book 1/Book 2 Group Class – Violin/Viola

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 5:00 PM-5:55 PM
Emily Stodola · 15 weeks · Wilson Center

Late Book 1/Book 2 Group Class – Cello

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Charlie Rasmussen · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Book 2 Group Class – Violin/Viola

Thu, Sept 6 – Dec 9 · 6:00 PM-6:55 PM
TBA · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Barbara Schneider · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 6:00 PM-6:55 PM
Gretchen Rebar · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Book 2 Group Class – Cello

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 6:00 PM-6:55 PM
Charlie Rasmussen · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Book 2 Group Class – Violin/Viola

Thu, Sept 6 – Dec 9 · 6:00 PM-6:55 PM
TBA · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Barbara Schneider · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 6:00 PM-6:55 PM
Gretchen Rebar · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Book 2 Group Class – Cello

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 10:00 PM-10:55 PM
Charlie Rasmussen · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Book 3+/Fiddling Group Class – Violin/Viola

Sat, Sept 8 – Dec 9 · 10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Gretchen Rebar · 15 weeks · McIntosh|Goodrich

Wed, Sept 5 – Dec 9 · 6:00 PM-6:55 PM
Gretchen Rebar · 15 weeks · Audubon Court

Suzuki Parent Group Classes

Spring  |  This free, monthly group class for parents of Suzuki students will focus on parent discussions, playing, note reading, and more! Bring your own instrument, if you have one.

Cello

Monday, September 10 · 8:00pm
Charlie Rasmussen · Audubon Court

Monday, October 8 · 8:00pm
Charlie Rasmussen · Audubon Court

Violin/Viola

Monday, September 10 · 8:00pm
Gretchen Grube Rebar · Audubon Court

Monday, October 8 · 8:00pm
Gretchen Grube Rebar · Audubon Court

Public Performances

In addition to classes and lessons, the Suzuki program provides performance opportunities that train performance technique and etiquette. Recent locations include:

Milwaukee Art Museum · Milwaukee Brewers · Milwaukee Bucks · Saint John’s on the Lake

Fall 2018 Performance Schedule

Coming soon!

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Suzuki at the Conservatory

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.

The Suzuki Method

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.

Course of Study

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.

Suzuki Faculty

Gretchen Grube Rebar

Chair — String Department, Violin, Suzuki

Chair — String Department, Violin, Suzuki

Gretchen Grube Rebar 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!


Barbara Schneider

Interim Director, Community Partnerships | Violin, Suzuki

Interim Director, Community Partnerships | Violin, Suzuki

Barbara Schneider received her MM in violin performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied violin with Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and violin pedagogy with respected violin and viola pedagogue Rebecca Henry. She received her BM in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where she studied violin with Klara Fenyo Bahcall, former concertmistress of the Budapest Opera Orchestra. Barbara also spent two summers at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Institute in Maine, and has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Fine Arts, and Orford String Quartets.

While living in Baltimore, Barbara actively performed both chamber and orchestral repertoire. She was a founding member of the Tempest Trio, and a recipient of the Peabody Development Grant for the trio. Barbara performed on the chamber music series, "Sundays at Three" and also premiered contemporary chamber works on the An Die Musik LIVE! Series. She performed regularly with area orchestras including the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the St. Mary's River Concert Series, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. John's. Barbara was also concertmaster of the Bach Cantata Series, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Opera Vivente.

Barbara taught at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland for 16 years. While at Peabody, Barbara taught as adjunct violin faculty in the Conservatory as well as violin and chamber music faculty in the Preparatory Division. She coached advanced chamber music groups in the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, created and coached the Adult Chamber Music Program, and led Suzuki group classes there. Her students have been consistently recognized for their talent. Honors for her students include the Peabody Preparatory Silver and Honors Recitals, principal and concertmaster positions in the Chesapeake Youth Orchestras and Peabody Preparatory's senior orchestra, Junior and Senior All-State Festival Orchestra performances, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Sideby-Side performances, and solo concerto performance with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. Barbara's students have been accepted into major music schools and festivals including the Peabody Institute, the Hartt School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Miami, the Tanglewood Institute, the Indiana University Summer String Institute, the Ithaca Summer Institute, the Summit Music Festival, the Killington Music Festival, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Barbara has also performed educational programs at Maryland schools for the BSO Arts Excel Program and has taught at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Barbara just recently moved back to her hometown of Milwaukee. She began her violin studies here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as a child.

April Dannelly-Schenck

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

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

Violin, Suzuki

Violin, Suzuki

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.

Laura Mintz

Violin and Viola, Suzuki

Violin and Viola, Suzuki

Laura Mintz has been a member of the violin faculty at the Conservatory since 2018. Teaching for over 23 years, Laura has taught all levels of students, from beginner Suzuki to advanced college students, in her private studio as well as public and private school settings. Her experience teaching in London allowed her to introduce and adapt the Suzuki method of teaching into several schools with success. She previously served as an assistant at the Meadowmount School of Music. In 1995, Laura was chosen as one of the top young orchestra musicians in the country to perform and record the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern and Sir Georg Solti. She has performed in the US and Europe as a member of numerous orchestras including the New World Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival orchestra. Ms. Mintz holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, studying and performing with a wide array of world-class artists and pedagogues including Stephen Shipps, Nelli Shkolnikova, Mimi Zweig, Josef Gingold, Rostislav Dubinsky, and Sidney Weiss. She has undertaken Suzuki teacher training with Judy Offman and others.

Teaching Philosophy:

“I teach violin because, aside from making beautiful music, I teach my students skills for life. Learning an instrument requires focus, physical skill, patience, and is great for developing the brain. Parents want their children to be involved in challenging activities that help them grow, while kids most enjoy musical activities that are fun, social, and rewarding. I believe a good music teacher or program can make all of this happen.”

Anna Rasmussen

Violin and Viola, Suzuki, Early Childhood

Violin and Viola, 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

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

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.

Natalie Stawarski

Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music

Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music

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

Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music

Violin and Viola, 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


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