Register For The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
At the Wisconsin Conservatory, individuals are able to enroll in three easy ways: online, over the phone, or in person. Benefits for students include free conservatory concert tickets, access to the Dorothea Meyer Music library, practice rooms with exceptional pianos, access to performance opportunities, and more. View more information on scholarships, registration, and policies.
New Student Private Lesson Package
Want to enroll in private lessons but nervous about committing to a full semester? New students to WCM can sign up for our introductory private lesson package.
Introductory Private Lesson Package: $205 for 6 weeks of 30-minute lessons on any instrument. Call our Student Services team at 414-276-5760 or send in a contact form to start the conversation!
3 Ways To Enroll
Students are able to register online for most courses by creating an ActiveNet account. Students may also be asked to fill out an inquiry form for the desired course along with you or your child’s age and instrument of interest.
Over The Phone
Our staff is readily available for any questions or concerns you may have during the registration process. Our business hours are: Mon – Fri: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM or Sat: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
We can be contacted at: (414) 276 – 5760.
For Individuals & Families
- Fall, Spring, & Summer Semesters | $45 per year per family is charged to individuals or families initially registered for the Fall semester to cover the Fall, Spring, and Summer semester for a period of 12 months.
- Spring & Summer Semesters | $40 per family is charged to individuals of families initially registered for the Spring semester to cover the Spring and Summer semesters.
- Summer Semester Only | $25 per family is charged to individuals or families who register for the Summer semester
No registration fees are applied for summer camps, workshops, or classes with tuition less than $75
For New & Returning Students
Full and partial needs-based tuition assistance is available for all Conservatory programs for individuals and families who may need financial support in the pursuit of their music education. Tuition must be paid in full prior to the first class or lesson.
We are most grateful to all the donors who make it possible for us to offer this program.
For all other questions, or if you’re interested in payment plans, please contact Student Services at (414) 276 – 5760
You can give someone the gift of music by purchasing a WCM Gift Certificate. Gift Certificates are available for our 6-pack of Private Lessons or for a class like Smart Start Early Childhood Music or Ukulele Discoveries.
Our 6-week Private Lesson Package gift certificate is $245 and is good for any instrument or voice for students ages 3 and up.
Smart Start gift certificates start at $229** for a 16-week semester of classes and are for children ages 0 to 4 years old.
Application open February 1, 2022
Scholarship Auditions 2022
Through generous financial support of our donors, the Conservatory annually awards merit scholarships to new and current students. These merit scholarships are meant to reward accomplishment, effort, and to encourage our talented students to further their skills. The Conservatory’s scholarship auditions provide a wonderful opportunity for students to have a professional assessment of their abilities within a positive and supportive environment.
Auditions for 2022-2023 will take place on April 24, 2022. Winners will play on stage at a special event in May.
Special scholarship for MPS students grades 6 – 11
Mary Horwitt Piano Scholarship
The Mary Horwitt Piano Scholarship is available for Milwaukee Public School students in 6th – 11th grade. One or more scholarships will be awarded of up to $1,000 for piano study at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for the 2022-2023 school year, beginning in September 2022.
Application deadline: February 21, 2022
Audition date: April 24, 2022
Apply for an Instrument
WCM accepts donations of gently used instruments from the community and then repairs them before giving them new life with a student in need. Anyone regardless of age or experience level can apply to receive one of these repaired instruments. Fill out the form if you would like to apply to receive a repaired instrument.
Other Registration Information
Cancellations will be posted on all local news stations and wcmusic.org. Private lessons canceled for winter weather or acts of nature will be made up at a later date. Group classes and ensembles cancelled for inclement weather or acts of nature will not be made up.
Regular attendance at scheduled times is expected. Instructors are not required to make up private lessons that a student has missed. Make ups are offered at the instructor’s discretion. Lessons missed on the account of the instructor will be made up. There are no makeups for group classes and ensembles.
Photography & Videography
The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music reserves the right, and may give permission to the media to photograph or take video of classes, programs and participants at all our facilities and Conservatory Connections sites. Please be aware that these photos/videos are for promotional purposes and may be used in future publications and/or media communications. By participating in Conservatory classes and programs, you consent to the taking and publication of your photo or videofor these purposes.
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Withdrawals and Refunds
A withdrawal is considered the discontinuation of any or all studies at the Conservatory. All requests for withdrawals must be submitted, in writing or via email, to Student Services before any student will be considered withdrawn. Verbal requests or notification of intention to withdraw made directly to a student’s instructor do not fulfill this requirement. The date on which the written withdrawal is received by the Conservatory, not the last date of attendance, is considered as the official date of withdrawal. Tuition refunds for classes will be considered when written notice of withdrawal is received. Refunds because of a student’s withdrawal are for tuition only. The Registration fee is non-refundable. Complete refunds (including the Registration fee) will be issued only if a class is canceled by the Conservatory or the instructor.
Withdrawal From Classes
100% of the tuition is refundable if the student withdraws before classes or lessons begin; 75% of the tuition is refundable during the first week; 50% during the second week; and 25% during the third week of the semester. No refunds will be issued after the third week of the semester.
Withdrawal From Individual Instruction
A student who wishes to withdraw from Individual Instruction must give the Student Services office two weeks written (or email) notice. The student is responsible for payment for those two lessons and may attend them if he or she chooses. Informing a teacher of intent to withdraw does not constitute adequate notice to Student Services. If proper notification has been received, the student will be refunded for any lessons remaining beyond the two-week notification period.