Your gift builds the pathway for student success


Your gift builds the pathway for student success

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Support the benefits of early childhood music education

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is dedicated to providing access to music education for all students of every age and skill level. Over the past year, WCM adopted Smart Start™, a new and innovative Early Childhood education program using musical activities to train fundamental cognitive skills for children ages 0 – 6. Smart Start™ teaches children how to learn, through music.

Our vision: To make Smart Start™ accessible city-wide; in every zip code. Music education is an essential part of getting children ready to attend school. Through Smart Start™, children develop better school readiness skills such as memory or language acquisition, social-emotional skills through teamwork and collaboration, and confidence to authentically grow.

It is vital that we continue to expand our Smart Start™ programming so all children in Milwaukee can receive the benefits of music education. Donate today and help bring music education into the lives of young Milwaukeeans across the city!


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How will you make a difference?

Each year, thousands of students in the Milwaukee area participate in Wisconsin Conservatory of Music programming. Whether it be through private lessons, ensembles, camps, or in school through the Conservatory Connections program, many depend on gifts from supporters like you to remove the barriers there might be to music education.

A gift to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is an investment in the future musicians in the Milwaukee community and beyond. Thank you for joining us in making exceptional music education accessible for all.


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Our scholarship recipients thank our donors.

“Dear Donors and WCM,
Thank you for awarding me the scholarship. I like music and playing piano makes me happy. I will keep practicing and learning new songs. Thank you again for your support.


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WCM is bringing the studio to the streets!

This Summer, the MusiCreation Station is coming to a neighborhood near you! A mobile music sound lab will bring digital music technology to our city’s residents, giving anyone a chance to contribute to a soundtrack of our city using keyboards, percussion instruments, microphones, headphone, speakers, and more. The MusiCreation Station brings our WCM Faculty, local artist, and community together for moments of joy and inspiration. Supporters like you help make this close-to-home experience possible. 


Music Changes Lives

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“Music changes lives.” A phrase that certainly comes to mind when you think of Javon, who prior to WCM programs at his school, had little interest in music. Now, thanks to generous donors who allowed him to move into one-on-one lessons with WCM teaching artist Mitch Shiner, he’s a thriving young musician.

Blind since birth, Javon experiences the world through sound and touch. His fascination with how instruments produce sound continues to grow. He’s even had the chance to participate in his school’s drumline and make new friends through his new-found passion for music.

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As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music embraces the values of accountability and transparency as a matter of ethical leadership and stewardship.

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