Conservatory Prep Programs Wisconsin

Conservatory Prep

Conservatory Prep Programs Wisconsin

A Comprehensive Music Education

The Conservatory Prep Program gives students a comprehensive and unparalleled music education. Students receive individual instruction on their instrument, a small group class with peers, and a music theory class – to give them the tools to better understand the music that they are creating.

Conservatory Prep packages are available for Suzuki Strings & Guitar and our Band Beginnings program.


Suzuki Strings & Guitar Band Beginnings

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Conservatory Prep Package

Suzuki Strings & Guitar

For violin, viola, cello, and – new this Spring – guitar.
Give your child a strong foundation in their violin, viola, cello, & guitar 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. To register for your Suzuki package, please call Student Services at (414) 276 – 5760.

Our Suzuki package options are:

  • $799 – Suzuki Group Class + 30 Minute Private Lesson + Music Theory Class (see music theory classes below)
  • $1049 – Suzuki Group Class + 45 Minute Private Lesson + Music Theory Class (see music theory classes below)
  • $1275 – Suzuki Group Class + 60 Minute Private Lesson + Music Theory Class (see music theory classes below)


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Conservatory Prep Package

Band Beginnings

For Horn & Trumpet, Flute, Oboe, & Percussion.

Private lessons and Music Theory classes are available to register online individually. Conservatory Prep packages (private lessons, group class, music theory class) are not available for online registration. Please call Student Services at (414) 276- 5760 to register for your package. Our Band Beginnings package options are:

  • $799 – Band Beginnings Group Class + 30 Minute Private Lesson + Music Theory Class (see music theory classes below)
  • $1049 – Band Beginnings Group Class + 45 Minute Private Lesson + Music Theory Class (see music theory classes below)
  • $1275 – Band Beginnings Group Class + 60 Minute Private Lesson + Music Theory Class (see music theory classes below)


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New For All Students

Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program

The Royal Conservatory of Music Program is available to all students enrolled in private lessons, from beginner to advanced levels of study. Over half a million students worldwide participate in this program which meets the highest standards in music education and assessment.

Register by calling Student Services at (414) 276 – 5760 or ask your private lesson teacher for more information.

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Music Theory Classes

Open to All Students

Create compositions, learn basic piano skills, and better understand the music that you create with our new Music Theory classes – now available for all ages.

Music Theory Classes can be taken individually or bundled with a private lesson and group class (Conservatory Prep package), for a comprehensive musical experience.


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Conservatory Prep Faculty

Suzuki Strings, Band Beginnings, & Guitar

Mary Kelly Hutchinson


  • Bachelor of Arts, Violin Performance | Carthage College


  • A founding member of the President’s String Quartet who has performed for internationally-renowned teachers including Latzko Reinhardt, Jörg Birhance, and Vladimir Kharin at the European Music Institute of Vienna.
  • Has been featured twice in the Brahms Project Series, performing on the same program as distinguished violinist Illya Khaler and collegiate faculty members.
  • Performed at the Kenosha Creative Space, Fine Arts at First, the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church Concert Series, and in acclaimed venues throughout China and Europe with the Tremper Golden Strings.
  • Previously served as guest instructor for violin and chamber music in urban school settings within the community.
  • Prior to the conservatory, she was the assistant director and a violin teacher at the Carthage Arts Academy, providing a well-rounded education for pre-college and adult students in the Southeastern Wisconsin area.
  • Received Suzuki Book 1 training from Joanne Melvin and is planning on pursuing the remaining certification.
  • Previous teachers include Andrew Williams, Stanley Nosal, and Nancy Nosal.

Leanne League


  • Undergraduate Degree, Violin/Baroque Violin | Eastman School of Music & Florida State University
  • Masterʼs Degree | University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played in the Strelow String Quartet and studied with Vartan Manoogian.


  • Leanne League is the violin and viola professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
  • Serves as the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
  •  Has also performed extensively with the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio, and her performances have taken her to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Vienna, Graz, Spoleto, Slovenia, Costa Rica, and throughout the United States.  Leanne League
  • Was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, where she performed occasionally as concertmaster and principal second violin.
  • Played in the Strelow String Quartet and studied with Vartan Manoogian while at UW-Madison.
  • Chamber music and orchestral festivals include the Tanglewood Music Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, AIMS in Austria, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Tatiana Migliaccio


  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Lviv National Music Academy
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | Lviv National Music Academy


  • Joined the Violin faculty of the Conservatory in 2005.
  • Previous teachers include Alexander Tatarinzew, Eleonor Stanlis, and Mark Zinger.
  • Received Suzuki violin training for levels 1-7 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Deerfield Trinity University.
  • An avid musician, Tatiana began her musical career performing in the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, touring to countries such as Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, and Estonia.
  • Has also performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the American Polish Orchestra, and the Chicago University Orchestra.
  • Had the great privilege in performing with astounding musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Doc Severinsen.
  • Has worked with artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Regina Carter, and Almita Vamos in numerous workshops.
  • Previously taught at the Rockford College Music Academy.

Laura Mintz


  • Bachelor of Music | Indiana University
  • Master of Music | University of Michigan


  • Instructor at the Conservatory since 2018.
  • Received Suzuki Teacher Training with Mimi Zweig and Judy Offman.
  • Has taught students of all ages and levels for 25 years.
  • Created and directed Suzuki and traditional instrumental programs in schools in New York, Texas, Wisconsin, and London, England.
  • Has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral violinist and freelance chamber musician, performing in the US and Europe with the New World Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
  • Chosen by Isaac Stern and Sir Georg Solti to perform and record as a member of the Solti Orchestra Project at Carnegie Hall.
  • First prize recipient in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
  • Began playing the violin as a Suzuki student at the age of three.

Talia Pavia

Co-Chair – Strings


  • Bachelor of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Performer’s Certificate | Northern Illinois University


  • Member of the Conservatory String Faculty since 2018
  • Pavia studied with international soloist Shmuel Ashkenasi and trained with the Grammy Award-winning Vermeer Quartet as a member of NIU’s Graduate String Quartet In-Residence
  • Received numerous awards and scholarships, including graduate fellowships, from both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the NIU Graduate School to pursue violin studies.
  • Currently performs as Associate Principal Second Violin of Camerata Chicago, is on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra, and has touredboth nationally and internationally in chamber music festivals, including the Zeister Musiekdagen Chamber Music Festivalin the Netherlands.
  • As first violinist of the Ethereal Shima Quartet, her chamber music interpretations have been called “remarkably sensitive and mature” by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Performance credits include the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (Concertmaster, Emmy Award-winning recording), Chicago’s Symphony Center, and at acclaimed venues throughout the world with renowned artists including the incomparable fiddler Mark O’Connor and jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling.
  • Pavia’s students have won numerous concerto competitions and have gone on to pursue classical and contemporary violin performance at universities such as the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Berklee School of Music.

Charlie Rasmussen

Co-Chair – Strings


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music | Luther College
  • Master of Music in Cello Performance | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy | The University of Denver


  • Suzuki cello instructor at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Trained by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Suzuki Cello Units 1-10, and provides lessons for a full range of students.
  • Studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr.
  • Active as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and viola da gambist performing with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Sonata à Quattro.
  • Was the guest artist for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Cello Fest Clinic in May 2018.
  • Has served as the principal cellist with the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA) and the Madison Bach Musicians.
  • Previously performed with the Vitali Ensemble, the New York Continuo Collective, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (CT), and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC).
  • His solo CD, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall’Abaco,was released by Centaur Records in July 2018.
  • He has recorded tracks for Grammy Award Winning Broadway composer, Paul Bogaev.

Anna Rasmussen


  • Bachelor of Music Education with a Strings Emphasis | Baylor University
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | University of North Carolina


  • Violin and Viola faculty at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Completed Suzuki Teacher Training with Julia Hardie, Mark Mutter, Doris Preucil, Ann Smelser, Nancy Jackson, and Kathleen Spring and Sarah Bylander Montzka, and long-term training with Allen Lieb at the School for Strings in New York City.
  • Over 11 years of teaching experience in Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema-inspired schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas.
  • Plays Baroque violin in Early Music ensembles in Beloit, Madison, and Milwaukee.
  • Performed in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
  • In 2016 recorded tracks for Grammy award winning Broadway composer, Paul Bogaev.

Barbara Schneider

Director, Community Partnerships


  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory


  • Conservatory violin faculty since 2017.
  • Has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Orford String Quartets.
  • Coached advanced chamber music groups in the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, created and coached the Adult Chamber Music Program, and led Suzuki group classes while teaching at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore for 16 years.
  • Barbara’s students have been consistently recognized for their talent, being accepted into major music schools and festivals including the Manhattan School of Music, the Ithaca Summer Institute, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • A founding member of the Tempest Trio, and a recipient of the Peabody Development Grant for the trio.
  • Performed regularly with orchestras such as the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has served as the concertmistress of the Bach Cantata Series, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Opera Vivente.

Taylor Skiff


  • Bachelor of Music | University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Music | Juilliard School


  • Cello instructor at the Conservatory since 2018.
  • Past cello teachers include Timothy Eddy, Parry Karp, and Uri Vardi.
  • Has been a featured soloist with multiple orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the  Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
  • In addition to his solo playing, Taylor is an avid orchestral musician, and has performed several times at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
  • Most recent orchestral  appointments include the assistant principal cellist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (2010-2011), co-principal and section cellist of The Juilliard Orchestra (2013-2015), and co-principal  cellist of The Orchestra Now (2015-2016).
  • Former cellist of the University  of Wisconsin’s Perlman Piano Trio (2010-2013).
  • Has been teaching the cello privately for over a  decade.

Natalie Stawarski


  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Millikin University
  • Master of Music | Illinois State University
  • Suzuki Training | Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville


  • Joined the Conservatory Violin faculty in 2017.
  • Studied under Georgia Hornbacker at Millikin University, and Dr. Lenora Anop at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
  • Teaching for 9 years, Natalie became trained in Suzuki violin up to Book 8 under Vera McCoy Sulentic.
  • Had the honor of performing at the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria in 2014.
  • Has participated and performed in various classical, bluegrass, and free improv ensembles as an active musician, in addition to doing work within the recording studio at Millikin University.

George Teague


  • Undergraduate Degree | Northern Arizona University
  • Master’s Degree, Cello Performance | Chicago College of Performing Arts


  • Studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under renowned pedagogue and former Suzuki Association of the Americas President, Dr. Tanya Carey.
  • Recently completed his training through Book 8 in the Suzuki Method, and looks forward to completing all 10 books in the next year.
  • Before moving to Chicago, George completed his undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University under Dr. Mary Ann Ramos.
  • As an accomplished performer, has held principal seats in numerous orchestras, including the CCPA Symphony and NAU Symphony Orchestra, as well a cello section member of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
  • He is also a recipient of numerous performing arts awards, including the Nadene Bean Cello Scholarship.
  • Enjoys performing and teaching in a variety of styles, and takes special interest in performing contemporary works for the cello.
  • He is always looking for new ways to play and teach, and enjoys the fusion of traditional and Suzuki methods, with an additional interest in making contemporary music accessible to beginners.
  • His students have won numerous regional competitions, as well as placing in regional and All-State programs.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music String faculty member, George Teague.

Emily Watson-Stodola


  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Minnesota
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | Texas Tech University
  • Master of Music Education, Suzuki Violin emphasis | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


  • Joined the Conservatory Suzuki Faculty in 2014.
  • Worked with Professor Pat D’Ercole while at Stevens Point, and was awarded the Margery Aber Talent Education Scholarship for two consecutive years.
  • Pursued Sonata Repertoire training with Tom Wermuth, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with ECE pioneer, Dorothy Jones.
  • Has also studied with Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony and Klara Fenyo-Bahcall, professor of violin at UW-Oshkosh.
  • Started as a Suzuki violin instructor in Lubbock, Texas in 2002 and has taught Suzuki violin in Milwaukee since 2005, both independently and on the faculties of North Shore Suzuki Strings and Barcel Suzuki String Academy.
  • 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.
  • Maintains involvement with the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin where in 2010, she served as organizational chairperson for their biennial workshop.
  • As an avid performer, has served as concertmaster of the Green Bay Civic Symphony from 2007-2011, and is now currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic.