Piano Lessons At The Conservatory
Wisconsin’s Top Piano Program
The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers comprehensive piano lessons in Milwaukee to players of all skill levels. From K4 to adult classes, our supportive and relaxed classroom encourages a lifelong love of piano playing by learning note reading, rhythm, and improvisation, all within the setting you prefer; private or group.
New Student Lesson Discount – Online & In-Person
$190 for six 30-minute lessons
Online music lessons use easy-to-use Zoom Video Conferencing and give you access to more than 90 skilled faculty members for any instrument and genre. Join a community of more than 10,000 students and schedule your first lessons today!
Piano Lessons At The Conservatory
What You Can Expect
Whether you are looking to accompany your church choir or perform in competitions or recitals, the piano program at the Conservatory is the place for you. Students who enroll into the Piano Discoveries program at the Wisconsin Conservatory are required to:
- Professional faculty with high levels of training on their particular instrument and style.
- A welcoming and inclusive learning environment.
- Lessons are universally taught on grand pianos of the highest quality (Steinway, Yamaha, Bösendorfer).
- Solo and group performance opportunities at the Helen Bader Recital Hall and in the community.
Included with your Piano Discoveries registration
NEW – Piano Safari Books
Piano Safari is a piano method that incorporates the best elements of a range of techniques for teaching children and older students.
Compared to other methods, Piano Safari progresses deliberately in terms of reading yet quickly in terms of playing. This builds foundational skills while developing a strong ear and technique in the student.
“Piano Safari is a refreshing, well conceived, and pedagogically sound endeavor.”
– Piano Journal, European Piano Teachers Association
NEW THIS FALL
Jazz & Contemporary Music
The Conservatory’s new Jazz & Contemporary Music offerings will continue to preserve and share the unique heritage of American Jazz — a longstanding WCM tradition — while celebrating its proud heritage that is ever present in the music of today.
For Students with 2+ Years of Experience & Beyond
Intermediate & Advanced Programs
Students with at least two or more years on their instrument can enroll in an ensemble or audition for the Advanced Chamber Music Institute and the Honors Jazz Institute.
Open to Piano Students
Music Theory Classes
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.
Meet Our Teachers
- Bachelor of Arts, Music – University of Nebraska-Kearney
- Master of Music – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- WCM faculty member since 2002.
- Chosen at the age of 13 to participate in a solo concert with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, Colombia to play the Haydn Concerto in F.
- Trained broadly in accompanying for instrumental and vocal ensembles and soloists.
- Appeared as a recitalist at the University of Nebraska and the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall and Olav Roots Auditorium in Bogota, Colombia.
- Appeared at several opera productions with the UWM voice students, as well as several voice faculty recitals here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
- Studied under Harold Martina, Blanca Uribe, James Cook, Jeffrey Peterson, Katjia Phillambaum, and Judit Jaimes.
Maria Valentina Delgado
- Piano Performance Degree – Escuela de Música Manuel A. Lopez (Venezuela)
- Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Master of Music in Piano Performance – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Joined the Piano faculty at the Conservatory in 2010.
- Has worked with a full range of students, from beginner to musicians at the university level, since she began teaching in 2001.
- Has taught several individual and group lessons at UWM.
- Debuted as a soloist at the age of 11 with the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra.
- Has performed with all the major symphony orchestras and theaters throughout Venezuela.
- Won first prize in three piano competitions, the Harriet Serr Competition in 1994, the MoisésMoleiro National Competitions in 1996, and the McDowell Club of Milwaukee in 2005.
- Was awarded the highest honor to a Venezuelan young artist, the Medal of the Third Grade Order, by President Dr. Rafael Caldera in 1997.
- Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy – Lawrence University
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Lawrence University
- Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy – University of Colorado-Boulder
- Joined the Piano faculty at the Conservatory in 2015.
- Has been teaching since 2009 and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities.
- Has presented on creativity, studio development, and Recreational Music Making (RMM) for the Music Teachers National Association national conferences (2017 Baltimore, 2016 San Antonio, 2015 Las Vegas).
- Adjudicates for piano festivals, auditions, and competitions.
- Serves as a board member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
- Actively performs and collaborates with WCM faculty, students, and other musicians in the area.
Director, Education | Chair — Piano
- Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Piano Performance | Northwestern University
- Master of Music, Piano Performance | Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
- WCM faculty member since 2003, Piano Department chair since 2005, Director of Education since 2018.
- Member of Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, WMTA and MMTA.
- In her 23 years of teaching, she has taught group and private piano lessons at the Conservatory, as well as coached chamber music.
- Through Conservatory Connections she has taught general music and piano to students throughout Milwaukee and most recently taught our Music Counts curriculum at St. Joseph Academy of Early Learning.
- An active performer in the Milwaukee area, Ms. Drews often collaborates with WCM faculty and MSO musicians.
- She also performs annually with the Washington Island Music Festival in Door County.
- Has studied with Sylvia Wang, Ann Schein and Seth Knopp, and performed in master classes by David Burge and Menahem Pressler.
- Prior to moving to Milwaukee, she taught piano in Baltimore, Maryland at the Friends School of Baltimore and the Music Workshop.
Chief Operations Officer | Piano
- Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude | University of Central Missouri
- Master of Music | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Has served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Conservatory since 2014 after previously managing the Student Services department for four years.
- Has been a member of the WCM Piano Faculty since 2007, specializing in instructing young pianists.
- Certified as a teaching artist by the International Piano Teaching Federation.
- Participated in the 2017 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI).
- Taught group piano at Des Moines Symphony Academy and maintained private studios in Lincoln, NE, and Warrensburg, MO.
- Has been an active member of the Music Teacher National Association.
- Serves as President for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
- Serves as pianist at Redemption Lutheran Church.
Dr. Catalin Iacob
Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance | Texas Tech University (May 2020)
- Started studying piano at the age of seven in his native country of Romania, where he pursued intensive music classes all throughout high school.
- Attended an impressive number of national and international piano competitions at that time, and scored in the top three at all of them.
- Came to the United States in 2013 to continue his education in music by enrolling in a master’s degree program in collaborative piano and chamber music at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, under the coordination of Dr. Ilonka Rus.
- Traveled and performed in the US as well as Europe and South America in countries including Colombia, Romania, Italy, and Germany.
- Started his doctoral degree in 2016 under the guidance of the well-renowned pianist and pedagogue Dr. William Westney.
- Served as a teaching assistant at the TTU School of Music and was one of the main piano accompanists for the voice and instrumental departments, chamber groups, and large ensembles.
- Won the TTU 2019 Piano Concerto Competition, for which he was scheduled to perform Franz Liszt’s “Totentanz” in Fall 2020 with the TTU University Symphony Orchestra.
- Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna cum laude – Harvard University
- Master of Music, with highest distinction in Piano Performance – Indiana University
- Joined the WCM Piano faculty in 1987.
- Focuses on the areas of educating an array of students and chamber music.
- Received the Milwaukee Civic Music Association’s award for Excellence in Studio Teaching.
- Enjoys being an active musician in the Prometheus Trio, and participating in the Washington Island Music Festival.
- Made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 17, and her Carnegie Hall debut in 1984.
- Twice awarded Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and received Indiana University’s Leo Weiner Prize for Chamber Music.
- Has soloed with both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.
- Recorded for the Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, Equilibrium, and the Wisconsin Conservatory labels.
- Received WCM’s “Teacher of the Year” honor in 2017.
- Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance | St. Olaf College
- Master of Music, Piano Performance/Pedagogy | University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Joined the WCM faculty in 2019 with 18 years of experience teaching private lessons as well as group piano.
- Studied under Catherine Kautsky, Jessica Johnson, and Kenneth Graber.
- Enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, and her students have regularly participated in WMTA Auditions and the NFMC Festival.
- Has served as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions.
- Worked as a faculty member at community schools in the Boston, MA and Madison, WI areas.
- Is a collaborative pianist for instrumental and vocal soloists and choirs.
- Bachelor of Music
- Master of Music
- Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance – University of Kansas
- A piano teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since September 2013, and the Milwaukee High School of the Arts since November 2013.
- His musical interests have taken him throughout the United States as well as to Europe and Asia.
- Heinzel performs regularly at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Clinic, David Barnette’s Art Gallery, Alexian Village, St. John’s on the Lake and Chai Point.
- Many of his current students participate in annual events such as WSMA, the Federation Festival, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association Auditions and the Wisconsin Conservatory’s Piano Festival.
- In addition, they perform twice every year in fall and spring studio recitals held at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
- His students span a wide range of age, ability and interest.
Elizabeth Lieberman holds a MM and is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Northern Illinois University.
- Piano Pedagogy Professional Training Program – New School for Music Study
- Western Carolina University
- WCM faculty member since 2005.
- While at the New School, studied with founder Frances Clark and co-founder Louise Goss, as well as renowned pedagogue Richard Chronister, composer David Kraehenbuehl, and author and composer Elvina Pearce.
- After graduating, Ms. Medford became a supervisor in the professional department and served as a clinician in teacher workshops across the US.
She also taught piano at the New School for Music Study, in Chicago and at an American school in Germany.
- Was also the National Representative for Summy-Birchard Music Publishing Company.
She is the founder of Piano Arts, a National Concerto and Solo Competition.
- Following her move to Milwaukee, was appointed by the Milwaukee Symphony as the Director of Education and Education Concert Manager, positions she held for 23 years.
Bachelor of Music, Performance, Minor in Piano Pedagogy | Lawrence University
- Joined the WCM Piano and General Music Faculty in 2018.
- Earned her Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in the studio of Professor Anthony Padilla, graduating magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
- Has performed in several competitions and masterclasses, playing for musicians such as internationally-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk and pianist and harpsichordist Lorna Peters.
- Enjoys exploring the arts of all kinds and holds an additional degree in English.
- Continues to collaborate with instrumentalists and choirs.
- Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
- Bowling Green State University
- Ruben Piirainen is a Milwaukee-based pianist, music director, vocal coach, composer, and local restaurant owner.
- Was on the music staff of the Florentine Opera for six seasons where he coached and accompanied the Studio Artist Program.
- During his time with the Florentine Opera, Ruben was also involved with music preparation for all mainstage productions, played in the pit orchestra, presented a recital of new operatic works at the National Opera Center in New York, and performed solo recitals with opera stars Alyson Cambridge and Noah Stewart.
- He has also worked extensively with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Present Music, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, Theatre Gigante, Sunset Playhouse, Music by the Lake, and Opera for the Young.
- His original one act children’s opera A BUSY BEE was commissioned and premiered by the Florentine, and received subsequent performances by Opera Carolina.
- A Hal Leonard Corporation recording artist, and has been on the faculties of Interlochen Arts Camp, Bluffton University, and Bowling Green State University.
- Has also received commissions for compositions from Skylight Music Theatre and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music Degree (Cum Laude) | Seoul National University
- Master of Music Degree | Boston University
- Doctor of Musical Arts | Boston University
- From professional musical engagements to educational activities and community service at various settings, Haeshin’s international and multi-cultural experience helped her develop a unique insight into the universal value of music education.
- Native of South Korea, she has appeared in solo recitals, concerts, and festivals throughout the US, Russia, UK, Luxemburg, Belgium, Puerto Rico, China, and Korea.
- During the recent seasons she has performed at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (Seoul, Korea), Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Tsai Performance Center (Boston), as well as at Harvard, the Moscow Conservatory, among others.
- Haeshin is the founder and Artistic Director of the Medtner Society of Korea, and joined the Conservatory faculty in the fall of 2019.
- Haeshin’s performance in the 75th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein Piano Recital at Lenox Library (2018) was broadcast on CTSB, the public channel in the Berkshires, MA.
- She won 1st prize at American Protégé Concerto Competition, 1st prize at American Protégé Romantic Music Competition, 2nd prize at Richmond Piano Competition
- As a collaborative pianist, she was granted a fellowship at Garth Newel Music Center with her piano quartet, and recently went on concert tours in Washington, D.C. including the White House Holiday Performance Talent, Ireland, UK, and Spain with Boston College High School Concert Choir.
- Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
- Master of Science – Juilliard School
- Doctoral Program – Peabody Conservatory
- WCM faculty member since 1999.
- Curtis has performed in more than 30 countries, and appeared on national radio and television networks on four continents.
- Was a featured guest on NBC’s Today, where he performed part of an original piano concerto and was interviewed by Hugh Downs.
- As winner of the Harriet Hale Woolley Prize for two consecutive years, he studied piano in Europe with Wilhelm Kempff, Robert Casadesus and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messaien.
- Previously taught at Vassar College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Juilliard School.
- His repertoire has included the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven in seven recitals, and Great Music for Piano from Haydn to the Present in twelve.
- Also performed the complete piano works of Debussy in a series and over twenty all-Chopin programs.
- Has toured extensively for the State Department and was the first American pianist to play for mixed audiences throughout South Africa.
- In addition to his musical studies he earned a second Master’s Degree in cinema from the University of Paris (Sorbonne).
- Bachelor of Arts – Taipei National University of the Arts
- Master of Music – Mannes College of Music, New York City
- Doctor of Musical Arts, concentration in Collaborative Piano – University of Kansas
- Collaborative pianist for the Milwaukee Children’s Choir since 2015, and has taken part in the choir’s tours in California (2016), the Bahamas (2017) and New York (2018).
- Served on the piano faculty in the Music Department at Tainan University of Technology, and Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Taiwan before moving to Milwaukee in 2014.
- Was the pianist of the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2006, and participated in the orchestra’s performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and Shostokovich’s Fifth Symphony.
- Trio performance with saxophonist Valerie Vidal and flautist Hyun-Jung Kang was broadcasted on WQAR, New York.
- Primary teachers and musical influences were Richard Reber, Jacob Lateiner, Robert Koenig and conductor, Nicholas Uljanov.
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!