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Guitar Lessons Wisconsin

Milwaukee’s Top Guitar Program

The Conservatory’s guitar department offers top quality instruction on a variety of guitar styles and types. Students will thrive in a welcoming environment catered to whatever skill level you may have. Whether you want to learn just some simple songs for your own enjoyment or take part in a preparatory environment for a professional level, we have the faculty to meet your needs. Choose your teacher from our website and/or our student services will recommend a teacher for you.

 

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Guitar Studies At The Conservatory

Individual Classes and Packages

Guitar Discoveries 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.

 

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Guitar Studies At The Conservatory

What You Can Expect

Playing the guitar can have a number of social and psychological benefits for you or your child; from the brilliant way it allows an individual to express themselves through music, to the dedication it demands by requiring patience and perseverance. What you can expect from guitar lessons and classes at the Wisconsin Conservatory:

  • High quality teaching for all ages in multiple guitar types and diverse musical styles.
  • Professional guidance that will build proper technique and help you play, cleanly, musically, and without tension.
  • Solo and group performance opportunities at the Helen Bader Recital Hall and in the community.
  • An enjoyable learning experience and improved self-confidence through playing.

Private Guitar Lessons

New Student Private Lesson Discount

$185 FOR SIX 30-MINUTE LESSONS

Thinking about learning to play the guitar? Enjoy a private guitar lesson by some of Milwaukee’s best guitar teachers! Get six 30-minute lessons for only $185.

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Music Theory Classes

Open to Guitar 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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Guide to Guitar Styles, Types, Techniques, and Associated Accessories

Classical Guitar

Classical Guitar

  • Nylon string guitar (hollow body)
  • Metronome
  • Foot stool to rest the left foot on so guitar can lie properly on the left leg. (This will facilitate good technique and posture)
  • Right-hand finger techniques are used to pluck the strings
  • Involves music note-reading – Music to be discussed with instructor

Country Guitar

Country Guitar

  • Steel String Acoustic guitar (hollow body) or Electric guitar (solid body) with pick guard
  • Pick or fingers or pick/fingers hybrid to pluck and strum the strings
  • Finger techniques are an offshoot of classical techniques but with a different right hand angle
  • Amp for guitar to be plugged into for guitar to be heard

Fingerstyle Acoustic and Folk Guitar

Fingerstyle Acoustic and Folk Guitar

  • Steel String Acoustic guitar (hollow body) or Nylon String guitar (hollow body)
  • Pick or fingers to pluck and strum the strings
  • Finger techniques are an offshoot of classical techniques but with a different right hand angle
  • Strap to hold guitar

Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco Guitar

  • Nylon string guitar (preferably with a tap plate), hollow body, and low string action at the bridge (Classical guitar can be used but is not ideal.)
  • Taught by ear as the style is an aural art form and with improvisation
  • Metronome
  • Foot stool to rest the left foot on so guitar can lie properly on the left leg, which will facilitate good technique and posture
  • Right-hand finger techniques are used to pluck the strings (very similar to Classical techniques with some variants in position), and inherent to the style, there are specific types of right hand finger strumming techniques used to accentuate flamenco rhythmic patterns
  • Involves learning by ear and improvisation

Jazz & Latin Jazz Guitar

Jazz & Latin Jazz Guitar

  • Steel String Acoustic guitar (hollow body) or Electric guitar (solid body) with pick guard
  • Strap to hold guitar
  • Pick and Picking techniques to pluck and strum the strings
  • Amp for guitar to be plugged into for guitar to be heard
  • Involves note and chart reading of music, and improvisation

Rock, Fusion, Funk, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Alternative, Pop, Metal Guitar

Rock, Fusion, Funk, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Alternative, Pop, Metal Guitar

  • Electric Guitar (solid body) with pick guard
  • Strap to hold guitar
  • Pick and Picking techniques to pluck and strum the strings
  • Amp for guitar to be plugged into for guitar to be heard
  • Effect Pedals
  • Involves note and chart reading of music, and improvisation
Jazz Ensembles At The Conservatory

New For Guitar 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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Community Partnerships

Music Education For The Community

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!

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Guitar Faculty

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Jack Beyler

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Classical Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Classically trained, Jack is an active musician in the area, performing with a variety of groups including Tabula Nova, D’Amato, Triplex, Rocket Paloma, as well as solo.
  • Continues to have opportunities to perform in several Milwaukee festivals such as Summerfest, Summer Solstice, and Chill on the Hill.
  • Taken masterclasses with internationally renowned guitarists such as Marcin Dylla, Michael Partington, Roland Dyens, Edel Munoz, and Isaac Bustos.
  • Studied under Professor Laura Young at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya while living in Barcelona, Spain.

Thomas Clippert

Education

Yale School of Music

Background

  • Studied with Benjamin Verdery while at Yale, 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.
  • 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.
  • Has been a featured artist at the Interlochen Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop.
  • Frequently performs as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Chicago area.
  • 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.

Tobias James

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance – Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music, Guitar Performance and Pedagogy – Peabody Institute

Background

  • Chicago-native that began to play Suzuki classical guitar at age six and Suzuki cello at age eight.
  • Ever since, Tobias has played in halls such as Mixon Hall in Cleveland, OH, Lutkin Hall Evanston, IL, Hatch Recital in Rochester, NY and Comstock Concert Hall in Louisville, KY.
  • Was a prize recipient at Guitar Foundation of America (4th place youth 2012), Indiana International Guitar competition (2nd place youth 2011), All Ohio Stroud Competition (4th place 2014), East Carolina Guitar competition, Louisville Guitar competition and others.
  • In addition to classical guitar, Tobias is also an avid flamenco guitarist that accompanies Peabody Preparatory’s flamenco dance class.
  • He wishes to bring this tradition back into the classical realm by commissioning new pieces that incorporate elements of flamenco as well as performing solo works of flamenco guitarists.
  • Certified to teach Suzuki Guitar Book 1 and 2, and studied teaching under Travis Marcum, Jeremy Osborne, and Matt Hinsley.

Raymond Mueller

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Classical Guitar Performance | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Classical Guitar Performance | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Background

 

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 1977, serving as the classical guitar instructor.
  • Teaching the core repertoire, Mr. Mueller focuses on preparing his students for performance at all levels of study.
  • Mueller is currently active as a composer and arranger of music for solo guitar and guitar ensembles.
  • An active soloist and former member of the Viennese Guitar Duo, as well as the WCM Classical Guitar Quartet.
  • Has been giving historical recitals on period guitars based on the original works and repertoire of Sor, Tarrega, Llobet, Barrios, and Segovia since 2004.
  • When not performing, he spends his time coaching various guitar trios and quartets.

Matthew Schroeder

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors, Guitar Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • WCM Faculty member since 1992.
  • Milwaukee based WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winning guitarist who is equally at home on acoustic or electric guitar.
  • As a fingerstyle guitarist, Mr. Schroeder studied under John Stropes, and graduated with a performance degree in American fingerstyle guitar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Currently performs acoustically as a soloist, in a duo with vocalist Lynda Lee, and with the trio La Guitarra.
  • As a rock guitarist, performed extensively throughout the Midwest with Blackfish, Pet Engine, Steve Grimm and the Thrill Cats, and Jamie Jess, and the WAMI-award winning Barbeez.
  • A featured instructor on the Hal Leonard DVDs Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine and Rock Guitar Licks Goldmine, which were released in Spring 2011.

Carlos Serrano

Education

  • Bachelor Degree, Classical Guitar Performance | Florida International University
  • Master Degree, Classical Guitar Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2018 and brings with him experience from the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee and Vivace Arts Conservatory in Miami, Florida.
  • Prize winner of the 19th Annual Florida International University Concerto Competition, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 South Florida Young Artist Competition.
  • His teachers include Italian guitarist Federico Bonacossa, Turkish guitar composer Mesut Ozgen, Cuban virtuoso Rafael Padron, and guitarist Rene Izquierdo.
  • Has performed in events presented by organizations such as the Miami Classical Guitar Society, Perla de Esperanza Foundation, Marcus Theaters, and the Florida Guitar Foundation.
  • Selected to perform in master classes for esteemed artists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Aniello Desiderio, and many others.
  • Participated in the 2018 Camino Arts Guitar Workshop in Carrion de los Condes (Spain) and conducted the 2018 UCC Guitar Festival Orchestra.

Paul Silbergleit

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts | Oberlin College

Background

  • Member of the WCM faculty since 1996.
  • 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.
  • Has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries such as Melvin Rhyne, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Tierney Sutton, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and Jack McDuff, to name just a few.
  • 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.
  • A member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet, he has also worked with institutions like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • In addition to his performance career, Paul is an active and experienced teacher and clinician, and the author or co-author of numerous widely-distributed instructional materials for Hal Leonard.

Michael Standal

Background

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 2017 serving as a guitar instructor, and working for the Guitar Prep Program.
  • Teaching for over 33 years, Michael specializes in genres such as jazz, fusion, rock, alternative, and finger-style acoustic.
  • Additionally, emphasizes in music technology, composition, and production.
  • His compositions have been placed in over 1,000 different television shows and films worldwide including American Idol, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, and The Emmy Awards.
  • Corporate music work includes extensive recording and production for Hal Leonard’s play-a-long series, 2018’s “Stronger Together” live music activation for Aurora Health Care and extensive jingle and custom music composition, recording and production.
  • Performed, recorded and composed in an extremely wide variety of genres and styles, including Jazz, Latin Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Funk, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Alternative and Pop and proficient in Metal, Country, Folk, Finger-style Acoustic, Classical and other styles.

Marija Temo

Chair – Guitar

Education

  • Bachelor Degree | Baldwin – Wallace College Conservatory of Music
  • Master Degree | Peabody Conservatory of Music of The John Hopkins University

Background

  • Conservatory faculty since 2015.
  • Widely recognized as a virtuoso classical and flamenco guitarist, vocalist, conductor, and former dancer.
  • Has been featured with the Baltimore and Calgary Symphonies, as well as in guitar festivals in Asunción, Paraguay, New York City, and The GFA International Guitar Festival and Competition.
  • Has had the privilege to perform 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.
  • Had the honor of having two works for guitar and orchestra written for her, Tango Fantasyand Concierto del Fuego, by Loris Chobanian.
  • Other performances include being a guest artist with the Zac Brown Band, providing music for a GE Capital/Taylor Guitar national television commercial, and performing in a flamenco documentary.
  • Knownfor 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.

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