Music Theory At The Conservatory
Music Theory Courses
Become more fluent in reading music, and use pianos to help visualize the musical scale. Learn more about harmony and structures that composers use when writing music, and try your hand at writing music yourself! Develop and fine-tune your ear to recognize and be able to reproduce melodies and rhythms. Classes available at all levels, and a placement exam is offered to guide you into the correct class.
Music Theory Assessment
To help find the class level that’s right for you, new music theory students will complete an assessment following registration. If you have already taken the assessment then you will not need to take it a second time.
Conservatory Prep Programs
Music Theory courses can be taken as part of a Conservatory Prep Package, which 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 – where students are given the tools to better understand the music that they are creating.
- Suzuki Strings | Beginner | 3 – 18 years
- Band Beginnings | Beginner | 9 – 14 years
Music Theory Faculty
Meet Our Teachers
Chair – Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion
- Bachelor of Science, Music Education | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
- Master of Music, Trumpet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2017.
- Plays with groups such as the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Philharmonics and the Lake County Symphony Orchestra.
- Premiered new music with Present Music and DIY Chamber Ensemble.
- Plays in the pit orchestras of dozens of musicals around Wisconsin.
- Taught master classes throughout the Midwest.
- 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.
- · Bachelor of Fine Arts, Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Education – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Has taught band, chorus, and general music for grades 1 – 12 at various public and private schools for the past ten years in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
- As a performer, has sung and played piano and percussion with a variety of jazz ensembles and community theatre groups.
- Has been a church music director for the last eleven years, currently serving as the Choral Director for the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee since 2013.
- Has taught private voice, piano, and percussion lessons.
- Studied voice with Tanya Kruse-Ruck, percussion with Dean Borghesani, Tom Wetzel, and Carl Storniolo, piano with Jeffry Peterson, and organ with Jim Burmeister.
Rosemary McGee Walzer
- Bachelor of Music | Heidelberg University
- Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Music educator and saxophonist Rosemary McGee Walzer is Director of the UWM Youth Jazz Ensemble, and Director of Bands at Maple Dale Elementary School.
- During her time at UW-Milwaukee, she studied conducting with Dr. John Climer, saxophone with Curt Hanrahan, served as a graduate conducting associate with both the University Band and the Youth Wind Ensemble program, and assisted with the overall administration of the university band program.
- Additionally, she served as music director for Pankratz Arts Exchange in Mount Calvary, WI for five seasons.
- In addition to her regular teaching gigs, Rosemary has served as a guest lecturer, clinician, and music camp instructor.
- Is a regular clinician with the Woody Herman Jazz Festival, and has been invited to work with many instrumental ensembles throughout Southeast Wisconsin.
- As a performer, Rosemary was one of the winners of the Heidelberg University Concerto Competition in 2003, and received the Arthur Bean Award there in 2005.
- Freelances in the Milwaukee area and has been in several instrumental ensembles, including the funk/soul band Montage, the East Side Jazz Orchestra, the Kicks Big Band, and the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra.
- 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.