Music Classes for Toddlers, Babies, & Preschoolers

Early Childhood

Music Classes for Toddlers, Babies, & Preschoolers

Introducing Smart Start™

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is now the first institution in the United States to offer Smart Start™, a new and innovative Early Childhood education program that uses musical activities to train fundamental cognitive skills for children ages 0 – 4.

Studies have demonstrated that Smart Start™ helps children achieve growth in vocabulary, pre-reading abilities, and singing ability after their first year, with similar levels of growth in years two and beyond.

For children ages 3 and up, WCM’s First Instrumental Study classes will help young students build basic techniques while exploring fun and familiar music selections. Classes include hand drumming, piano, and ukulele, with beginning Suzuki strings/guitar classes available through a comprehensive package.



Music that Teaches Children How to Learn

What is Smart Start™?

Smart Start™ teaches children how to learn. Through playful, familiar activities like singing, listening, movement, stories, games, and music making with age-appropriate instruments, children develop important cognitive skills. Songs and activities are carefully chosen to match each age group’s specific developmental needs.

Smart Start™ builds on the inherent link between music and the mind to help prepare children for success in literacy, mathematics, and other academic pursuits.


Countdown to Kindergarten

Smart Start™ Develops Four Key Cognitive Skills

Smart Start™ classes strengthen these key skills by guiding children through an intentional, hands-on sequence of songs and activities with highly trained teachers.

How we concentrate on a mental or physical item.

How we store and recall things in the mind.

How we make sense of the world.

Cognitive Flexibility
How we adapt, innovate, and create.

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Family Discount Program

Register For The Conservatory

Save on classes and private lessons when enrolling multiple family members. Receive a 5% discount for 2nd and 3rd siblings and a 10% discount for 4th and additional siblings!

Your discount will be applied on the final checkout screen, once you have selected your courses.



Early Childhood Faculty

Meet Our Teachers


Sofia Mattson

Elise Pennington

Chair – Early Childhood


Bachelor of Music, Minor in Psychology | DePauw University in Greencastle, IN


  • Joined the WCM faculty in 2005.
  • Taught preschoolers at the Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Center while attending DePauw University.
  • Worked as a music teacher for Little People’s Music. Inc and at the Academy of Learning and Leadership for three years as a preschool teacher of two- and four-year-olds.
  • Received training in the Kodaly Concept, completed coursework at the Community Coordinated Child Care Center, and is certified as a lead Early Childhood Teacher.
  • Teaches in the Early Childhood Program at WCM and also taught music to children in grades K4 – 8.

Lynn Roginske


  • Bachelor of Music | Wisconsin College – Conservatory
  • Master of Music | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • Wisconsin D.P.I. Certification in General Music, Adaptive Music, and Choral Education | Alverno College


  • Has been a member of the Piano faculty at the Conservatory for over 30 years.
  • Provides lessons for beginners and continuing students of all ages.
  • Served as the music specialist with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2014.
  • Specializes in songwriting, arranging for choral ensembles, and early childhood education, and enjoys contemporary piano styles including jazz, blues, pop, and rock.
  • Performs for various events throughout Wisconsin, in high demand as both a piano soloist and member of a jazz trio: Recent engagements have included Greendale Gazebo Village Nights, Wilson Center for the Arts, Alexian Village, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, and the Ovation Jewish Home.
  • Stays active in the community by being the Children’s Program Notes Host for the Festival City Symphony.
  • Took part in summer studies at the KodályMusic Institute, which serves to promote professional development for music educators.

Dana Sherman


  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance and Mathematics | University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Master of Music, Music Performance | Northwestern University


  • Started at the Conservatory in the Fall of 2018.
  • Is currently Principal Horn of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Third Horn of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and a member of Alloy Horn Quartet, which was the Featured Guest Artist at the 2018 International Horn Symposium and featured soloists with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
  • Is a substitute musician with Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Held positions in Omaha Symphony (Acting Associate Principal Horn) and New Mexico Philharmonic (3rd Horn).
  • Served as Brass Instructor and Associate Band Director with the El Sistema inspired program at Ravinia.
  • Taught horn at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
  • Played at several summer music festivals, including Peninsula Music Festival (in Door County, WI), Grand Teton Music Festival (in Jackson Hole, WY), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, FL), and Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO).

Annemarie Weyer


  • Bachelor of Music Education | UW-Eau Claire
  • Kodaly Certificate Completion | Silver Lake College
  • Masters in Music Education | Silver Lake College


  • Has over 15 years of experience in K-8 vocal music teaching and Liturgical music coordinating.
  • Has worked for the Milwaukee Children’s Choir as an Associate Director and taught for Silver Lake College’s Music for Tots program.
  • Has held office positions in the Wisconsin chapter for Kodaly music education, AWAKE, and is an active cantor and accompanist with her church.
  • Loves singing, playing the piano, and being with children.
  • Lives in Oak Creek with her husband and twin baby daughters.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Piano faculty member, Annemarie Weyer, demonstrates an Early Childhood sample lesson.


Girl Playing The Violin

Music Education For The Community

Community Partnerships

Does your school, church, early childhood center, public library, senior center, or community organization have a need for quality music education programs in the Milwaukee area? The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers community programs to match your need!


The Royal Conservatory of Music

Smart Start™ was developed by the Royal Conservatory of Music, one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. For more than 130 years, The Royal Conservatory has translated the latest thinking about creativity into inspiring programs benefiting millions of individuals around the world.