Music lessons

unique to you.

Private music lessons at the Wausau Conservatory of Music provide students with the opportunity to explore their individual interests and develop their unique musical talents and skills. One-on-one lessons with our professional musical educators focus on in-depth instrumental and vocal techniques, practice methods and proper preparation for performances. Within our welcoming environment, each student has the opportunity to develop their own unique musicianship while enhancing life skills that help them overcome challenges through dedication and commitment.

Personalized Placement

WCM will work one-on-one with you to identify an instructor best suited to your musical interests and goals. Potential students may take the opportunity for a meet-and-greet with faculty members prior to committing to lessons.

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What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki Method is a highly effective, time-proven music education approach that teaches children the language of music. Students begin by learning music by ear and gradually learn to read musical notation. Parents are highly involved in the Suzuki approach — they serve as encouraging role models who participate in learning and practice alongside their child. The Conservatory offers Suzuki method for violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano.

Lesson times and rates

Lessons available in the following time allocations:

15 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes

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Piano

WCM piano faculty are highly trained in music education, pedagogy, musicianship, musicality, and performance. Students may begin as young as 3 years old.  Adults and senior students encouraged!

Suzuki and traditional methods are offered.

Piano Faculty:
Ann Applegate
Dr. Lily Chia Brissman
Michael Fisher
Mona Grote – Suzuki Method
Ashley Jehn

Piano | Traditional method private lessons
Virtual available or in-person available
Piano | Suzuki Method Private lesson
Virtual available or in-person available

Violin

Offering both Suzuki and Traditional methods, each WCM violin faculty work with students on balanced posture, tone and intonation as they develop their musical skills.  Students may begin as young as 3 years old. Adults and senior students may consider honing their skills through individual lessons.

Violin Faculty:
Patrick Langer
Rochelle Pearson

Violin | Traditional or Suzuki
Virtual available

Viola

WCM viola faculty work with students, offering both Suzuki and traditional methods. Balanced posture, tone and intonation are the focus as they develop their musical skills.  Students may begin as young as 3 years old. Adults and senior students may consider honing their skills through individual lessons.

Violin Faculty:
Rochelle Pearson

Viola | Traditional or Suzuki
Virtual available

Cello

Cello faculty at WCM offer traditional and Suzuki method lessons that focus on seated posture and movements along with lovely tone production and intonation as the student progresses in their musicianship.

Cello Faculty:
Ann Johnson

Cello | Suzuki or Traditional
Virtual and in-person available

Double Bass

WCM double bass faculty offer lessons that focus on posture and movements along with lovely tone production and intonation as the student progresses in their musicianship.

Cello Faculty:
Kirsten Hornby

Cello | Suzuki or Traditional
Virtual and in-person available

Guitar/Banjo/Ukulele

If it can be strummed, WCM guitar faculty can instruct to play it. Guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, bass guitar are taught through traditional and Suzuki methods.

Guitar Faculty:
Thomas McComb

Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele | Suzuki or Traditional
Virtual and in-person available

Voice

Vocal faculty at WCM provide training in posture, tone, style and technique as students also expand their sight-reading skills. A wide variety of musical genres are studied. Lessons start at age 10. Adult and senior students are welcomed and encouraged.

Vocal Faculty:
Dr. Judith Durocher Sidlowski (online lessons only)
Jody Hettinga
Barbara Lattimer (No lesson times available first semester)
James Mauk
Angela Sedrak

Voice
Virtual and in-person available

Flute

Each student, whether a beginner learning fundamentals of fingering, note reading and sound production, or a more advanced player enhancing style and interpretation,  receive individualized attention to achieve their goals.

Flute Faculty:
Dr. Jacob Roseman

Flute
Virtual and in-person available

Clarinet

WCM clarinet faculty provide beginners with instruction on sound production, fingering and posture. Experienced students continue their studies in interpretation and style while receiving a variety of repertoire for study and performance.

Clarinet Faculty:
Lisa Phalen
John Greiner

Clarinet
Virtual available

Saxophone

WCM saxophone faculty provide a wide variety of musical genres for study while beginners work on on sound production, fingering and posture and extend  their studies in interpretation and style as they become more experienced players.

Saxophone Faculty:
John Greiner
Lisa Phalen

Saxophone
Virtual available

Trumpet

Beginning students of the trumpet at WCM learn sound production, technique along with note reading, posture and breath support. As students advance in their abilities, they study intonation and style while working with a variety of musical pieces.

Trumpet Faculty:
Michael Fischer

Trumpet
Virtual available

Brass: Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba

Trombone, tuba, baritone or tenor horn, euphorium – lower brass instrument instruction is available at WCM. Students learn proper breath support, ambreusher, and posture to produce beautiful tone and intonation.

Low Brass Faculty:
Ted Aarrestad

Brass: Various
Virtual available

Drum Set

Drum set lessons at WCM focus on rhythms, coordination, posture and the art of putting numerous percussion sounds together to make music both in solo and ensemble works.

Drum Set Faculty:
Michael Kowaleski 

Drum Set
Virtual available