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.
One-on-one instruction is the perfect way to build your musical foundation, fine-tune your talent, and express yourself. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities.
> Call 414-276-5760 to schedule a sample lesson with an expert teacher.
Instruments & Disciplines Offered
Acoustic · Bass · Electric · Ukulele
Baroque · Blues · Classical · Fingerstyle · Flamenco · Jazz · Pop · Rock
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.
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
Beginner Flamenco Guitar
Grades 4 – 10
Expand your guitar skills in a multi-cultural, musical environment. Learn the basics of note reading, fingering techniques, flamenco strumming techniques, rhythmic patterns, flamenco chords, and repertoire.
Beginner Classical & Flamenco Guitar
Ages 16 – Adult
Expand your guitar skills in a multi-cultural, musical environment. Learn the basics of note reading, fingering techniques, flamenco strumming techniques, rhythmic patterns, flamenco chords, and Classical and Flamenco repertoire.
Great Jazz Guitar Solos
Ages 14 – Adult
Experience the mastery of legendary jazz guitarists. You will get a hands-on exploration of classic jazz guitar solos, focusing on relevant theory and techniques used in each piece. Open to all guitarists with a basic knowledge of
chords, and tablature or notation.
Blues Combo offers the opportunity for teens and adults perform various Blues and Rock styles in an ensemble setting. Learn more about Blues and Rock chord progressions, rhythms, dynamics, improvisation, and repertoire in a laid-back, fun environment. Audition or permission of instructor.
Mon, Sept 11 – Dec 18 · 8:00-8:55 PM
Matt Schroeder · 15 weeks · $299 · McIntosh|Goodrich
> Fall registration closed – call for further assistance.
Classic Rock Band
Rock on! Classic Rock Band is open to all teens or adults on drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and vocals. This performance-focused course will teach you how to play music from the classic rock era. Meet like-minded individuals and get a band started! Audition or by permission of instructor.
Mon, Sept 11 – Dec 18 · 7:00-7:55 PM
Matt Schroeder · 15 weeks · $299 · McIntosh|Goodrich
> Fall registration closed – call for further assistance.
The teaching artists for guitar are gifted performers and skilled in nurturing students’ musical talents.
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.
Thomas Clippert savors the wide variety of music available for the guitar, from the early Renaissance to the present day. He frequently performs as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the Chicago area. Thomas has appeared with a variety of ensembles including L’Opera Piccola, Heartland Voices, CUBE, Northwest Chicago String Quartet, Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, and the George Crumb Project.
Tom is a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and was awarded the Eliot Fisk Guitar Prize. Additional studies include Phillip de Fremery at the Mount Holyoke Guitar Master Class and Patrick Roux at the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec. In addition to his work at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Tom teaches at Oakton Community College, The Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, and the Chicago High School for the Arts. Tom has been a featured artist at the Interlochen Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop.
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
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
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.