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Bass Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

  • Callum

    Saturday

  • Deanne

Deanne Carloni

Deanne

Deanne Carloni grew up in a very musical family. She began playing the violin in third grade and since then her love of music has never stopped growing. Deanne Carloni graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, a General Music Certificate, and a Minor in Spanish. While at UW-Whitewater she was a recipient of the ASTA Student Exemplary Service Award and the Richard Gaarder Award. During her time at UW-Whitewater, Carloni served as the President of the UW-Whitewater Student ASTA Chapter, taught lessons as a part of the after school strings program, and served as String Camp Head Counselor for two summers.

Deanne Carloni currently is a member of the Wisconsin American String Teacher's Association Executive Board, serving as the Membership Coordinator. She is also a member of NAFME and has attended the Wisconsin State Music Association Conference for many years. She has taught summer Orchestra lessons and taught at the Orchestra Jumpstart Camp for young musicians in Mukwonago, she has taught K-8th grade General Music in Milwaukee, and is currently teaching middle and elementary school Orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and bass) in the Oshkosh Area School District. In Oshkosh, she has also taught summer orchestra lessons, and she started the Orchestra Jumpstart Camp for students entering 6th grade.

Deanne Carloni has been very active performing in the community through being a member of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a coach for the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and she has played in PIT Orchestras for musicals such as Singin' in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Shrek the Musical, Cinderella, and Into the Woods.

Deanne Carloni is always seeking to learn more and challenge herself to be a better musician and teacher so that she can pass on her knowledge to her students. This is evident through her involvement in the Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop last summer, where she attended a week long camp with an extensive emphasis on improvisation, composition, and learning music by ear in the fiddle, jazz, and rock styles. She is passionate about alternative styles and learning music from around the world. One of her favorite experiences was getting to work with internationally known fiddlers Liz Carroll and Kiana June Weber, as well as taking a composition workshop with Andy Reiner. When she is not teaching, she loves to play traditional Irish fiddle music, read, watch superhero movies, cheer for the Milwaukee Bucks, and she is a competitive ballroom dancer.

Minimum age: 8

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Raul Bonde

Raul

Raul (rhymes with Paul) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who lives in the Milwaukee area. He started bass and guitar lessons with jazz guitarist Clark Otto from age 12, and since then has taught himself to play most fretted instruments. Raul played guitar in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra for two years and is currently a member of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society. His expansive musical palette and good ear make him a very versatile teacher for students across a vast array of interests and disciplines. He has performed at Festival of the Arts and at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. His favorite style of music to play is classical and rock.

Minimum age: 10

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Callum Fettiplace

Callum Fettiplace

Callum Fettiplace is an incoming senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a BA in double bass. Over the past three years he has played with the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, the UWM jazz ensemble, the UWM symphony orchestra, the UWM wind ensemble, the UWM community orchestra, and numerous UWM choirs. Currently, Callum is the principal bassist of the UWM Symphony Orchestra and the University Community Orchestra. Callum has been playing bass for 10 years and specializes in jazz bass and classical bass but also loves to play things like the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Vulfpeck on his electric bass.

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Brass Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Alec

    Tuesday

  • Alec

    Wednesday

  • Dana

    Thursday

  • Kobina
  • Alec

    Friday

    Saturday

Kobina Sampson Davis

Kobina

As a performer, Kobina always strives to push limits of eccentricity within tradition, Kobina Sampson-Davis is a vibrant trumpeter in the Los Angeles area. Kobina will earn a master's degree from the USC School of Music this spring, where he studies with LA Philharmonic principal trumpet Thomas Hooten and Grand Teton Festival Orchestra trumpet/former “The President's Own” US Marine Band member Jennifer Marotta. He frequently performs with the USC orchestra and has performed multiple concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Prior to moving to LA, Kobina was a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony trumpet section for 2 seasons, as well as being an active freelancer. He performed in numerous seasons, productions, or concerts with the Milwaukee Festival Brass, Greenfield Concert Band, UWM Graduate Brass Quintet, West Allis Players Theatre, and the Waukesha Civic Theatre. Kobina performed 2 national tours in the Drum Corps International world champion ensemble The Cadets, as well as the DCI World Class finalist ensemble, Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. In his 2016 tour with The Cadets, Kobina was a cast member in the Fuse Network Docu-series Clash of the Corps.

Kobina's pedagogical philosophy is to be flexible in his approach to meet the variety of needs students have. His primary aims are for students to become comfortable routinely having diverse practice sessions that address weaknesses, and, to eventually be their own personal diagnostician in their practice sessions. Students will also receive help finding and learning from musical heroes and models. He taught small and large ensembles in the Oak Creek School District for 4 years and has been teaching private lessons for 4 years.

Kobina earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music performance at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, under the tutelage of Kevin Hartman. He also studied at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale during the summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019, with Edward Carroll, Thomas Hooten, Håkan Hardenberger, James Thompson, Clement Saunier, Pacho Flores, and many other prolific musicians.

In his spare time, Kobina enjoys the hobbies of fitness and keeping up with the incoming new wave of electric mobility.

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Virtual Lessons Only

Alec Burke

Alec Burke

Alec Burke holds an M.M. in Performance from UW-Milwaukee and a Bachelors in Music Education from Ball State University. Alec is an active teacher throughout the Milwaukee area, including private lessons, masterclasses, and general brass instruction in schools. As a performer, Alec frequently plays in regional orchestras such as the Wisconsin Philharmonic, musicals, dance bands, and in churches. Currently, Alec performs in his contemporary chamber ensemble Microcosm, Black Cat Ensemble, and with his acoustic pop duo Ekruteak with his fiancée, Jennifer Rodriguez. An Indiana native, Alec previously served as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Education Coordinator. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Alec performed as the 2017 Concerto Soloist with the Music for the Sake of Music Symphony Orchestra, a chamber musician for Classical Music Indy and the Muncie Symphony, and as a lead trumpet player for numerous musicals and shows across Central Indiana.

Trumpet: Age 7+
French Horn: Age 10+
Euphonium: Age 10+
Trombone: Age 10+

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Dana Reckard

Dana Reckard

Dana Reckard is a French horn performer, educator, and administrator based in southeastern Wisconsin. She is a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music, earning her degree with high honors. Her primary mentors at IU were Richard Seraphinoff, Dale Clevenger, Wayne Wallace, and Rodney Dorsey.

In summer 2022, Dana attended the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria on full scholarship. As a part of her time in Graz, Dana also served as a member of the music library staff. Dana also attended the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix International Music Festival in Quebec, Canada, studying with renowned horn pedagogue William VerMeulen.

In 2019, Dana studied with Jacques Deleplancque and his horn studio at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Paris. She also completed an advanced language immersion seminar while in France as a part of her French minor. Past summer festival acceptances- all deferred due to COVID-19- include Berlin Opera Academy, Miami Classical Music Festival, and Prague Summer Nights.

Throughout her undergrad, Dana became an in demand performer in the Jacobs community and southern Indiana. She performed several engagements with the Bloomington Chamber Singers, New Voices Opera, Jacobs conductor’s orchestras, and local church groups, among others. She was an active member of the IU natural horn studio. Dana has also studied jazz horn, and she has performed with the Jacobs Latin Jazz Ensemble.

In addition to her musical achievements, Dana has a dedicated passion to arts administration. Dana currently serves as the Associate Program Coordinator for Invested Musician program: a musician mastery course founded by principal musicians in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Dana has also worked as a student ambassador and tour guide for the Jacobs School of Music admissions office, serving as a liaison between prospective students and their families and the Jacobs School admissions team. Other previous positions include assistant orchestral manager for a Jacobs school orchestra and advisor and tutor for HiLink: a startup dedicated to providing English language training to students in China. Dana also currently serves as a member of the Student Advisory Board for the International Horn Society.

Beyond music, Dana loves quilting, cooking, collecting refrigerator magnets, and biking.

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Guitar Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

    Tuesday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Jack
  • Michael
  • Isaiah

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Ramiro
  • Manuel

    Saturday

  • Ramiro

Jack Tell

Jack

Jack is a multi instrumentalist and graduate of the UWM finger-style guitar program. Over the years Jack has played in numerous local bands of various genres including Rock, Bluegrass and Folk music. The variety of instruments in Jack's skill set include Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Electric Bass guitar and various hand drums. He has a passion for teaching and a desire to share his musical abilities within the community.

Minimum age: 8

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Michael Mckinnon

Michael

Michael is a student at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts of Performance in Finger-Style Guitar. He has been performing since fifth grade and has played the guitar for nine years. He looks forward to working with those who are interested in pursuing excellence in music and can't wait to spread the knowledge of such a fine instrument.

Minimum age: 8

Not accepting new students

Virtual Lessons Only

Raul Bonde

Raul

Raul (rhymes with Paul) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who lives in the Milwaukee area. He started bass and guitar lessons with jazz guitarist Clark Otto from age 12, and since then has taught himself to play most fretted instruments. Raul played guitar in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra for two years and is currently a member of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society. His expansive musical palette and good ear make him a very versatile teacher for students across a vast array of interests and disciplines. He has performed at Festival of the Arts and at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. His favorite style of music to play is classical and rock.

Minimum age: 10

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Ramiro Rubio

Alec Burke

Ramiro started learning guitar at Laredo Community College under the tutelage of Dr. Cain Budds and later under Dr. Matthew Bishop, where he received an Associate’s Degree in performing arts. He then transferred to the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he studied under Dr. Michael Quantz in 2013. Ramiro has concertized with the One O’ Clock Guitar Ensemble in prestigious events and venues including the Schonbrunn Palace, the “Amerikahaus” U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, Worarlberg, Austria, he also performed at the NFA Concert Series in Washington D.C., GFA Concert Series in Oklahoma City, the State Capitol in Austin, Tx., as well as had a special performance alongside the Grammy award winning artists Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The UTB One O’ Clock Guitar Ensemble and Ramiro were also among those selected to perform in the premier of Dr. Joe Williams’, recordings of an old Alfred Hitchcock movie entitled “The Lodger”. Most recently Ramiro has performed at the Camino Artes Guitar Workshop in Carreon, Spain in 2019. He has performed in many masterclasses with artists such as Jason Vieaux, Rovshan Mamedkuiev, Anton Baranov, Stanley Yates, Rene Izquierdo and Dr. Isaac Bustos among others. Ramiro started working at a pubic high school in Brownsville, Texas and had been teaching for about 2 1/2 years. Ramiro has accepted to pursue his Master’s Degree with Rene Izquierdo at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Minimum age: 7

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Manuel Rodriguez

Manuel Rodriguez

Manuel has been passionately teaching for more than a decade. He has experience teaching all ages ranging from first graders to retirees, in group or individually. He has taught in Wisconsin for the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee, and at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown. For two years he was the director of the guitar program at Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas, with an average of 130 students. In ensemble work, he has conducted numerous student ensembles at a local level (for an institution) and at a district level (for ensembles composed of students from different institutions). Additionally, he has taught technique workshops, summer intensive courses, held music summer camps, and judged in local competitions. He became a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Certified teacher in 2021 and has a Bachelors of Arts in Music degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance degree from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

All skill levels, minimum age: 6

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Isaiah Kitts-Lewinski

Isaiah Kitts-Lewinski

Isaiah has studied Jazz guitar with Jay Mollerskov, Peter Billmann, and Ben Dameron, as well as piano, music theory, improvisation, and ensemble playing with Neal Chandek, and he has also taken classical guitar lessons with Simon Farintosh. He is currently working towards completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Isaiah has played in several small group jazz combos at UWM, the UWM Big Band and Afro Caribbean Big Band, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Latin Jazz Combo. He frequently participates in open jazz jam sessions hosted by the Milwaukee Jazz Institute, the Jazz Estate, and Jazz Unlimited, and enjoys listening to and practicing music every day of the week. Isaiah specializes in improvisational music, especially straight ahead jazz, and also teaches practical music theory as well as learning music by ear. Isaiah is excited to teach and eager to share the knowledge he has been accumulating since he began his musical journey.

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Drum Teachers

  • Sunday

  • Dan
  • Monday

  • Tim
  • Tuesday

  • Dan
  • Paul
  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

  • Dan
  • Friday

  • Saturday

Dan Broderick

Dan

Dan holds a BS from UW-Milwaukee and has 15 years of full-time teaching experience. He teaches 30+ students each year, totaling over 20,000 lessons since 1996. Dan instructs students on drum set, snare drum, parade drums and mallets. He teaches students as young as age 5 or 6 with a parent present, otherwise ages 7 and up. He describes himself as being a relaxed teacher who emphasizes reading to develop skills in listening, coordination and performance. In addition to teaching, Dan has more than 32 years of playing experience, including performances, tours and recordings.

Minimum age: 6 with parent

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Tim Dries

Tim

Tim Dries is available for private percussion lessons at Brass Bell. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. Tim has performed with groups including Marquette Symphony Orchestra in Marquette, Michigan, as well as with the Cardinal Stritch Community Orchestra. Tim enjoys playing drums with Big Style Brass Band, a group which specializes in iconic New Orleans music. Aside from teaching at Brass Bell, Tim is also the Band Director at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay.

Minimum age: 8

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Paul Westfahl

Paul

Joining the Brass Bell team in 2015, Paul Westfahl is an active performer and educator in Southeast Wisconsin. He earned his BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2012 with an emphasis in Percussion Performance, Composition and Jazz Studies and he currently holds the position of Percussion Director at The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Paul is a frequent collaborator with dancers from UW-Milwaukee, Danceworks and The Young Dance Academy and keeps a busy performance schedule with a myriad of groups including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and First Stage to name a few. In addition to working with students and maintaining a demanding freelance performing schedule, Westfahl leads and composes for several of his own projects and is also involved as a sideman and co-conspirator/performer/composer with many new music ensembles in the Milwaukee area. Since 2015, Paul has dedicated himself to studying tabla along with South Indian rhythm and is a disciple of Pandit Hindole Majumdar.

A note from Paul:

"I take special care and time to find the 'spark' in each of my students. Yes, on the surface I'm teaching them to play the drums but above all I want them to learn the tools to make MUSIC in whatever way comes naturally to THEM. To achieve anything and progress as a musician, it absolutely can not be treated as a 'once-a-week-for-a-half-hour' endeavor. Commitment to a DAILY dose of applied practice-time with the instrument is required and expected for anyone taking lessons. I'm really a laid back guy I swear! However, when it comes to music, I make sure to treat it with upmost seriousness."

- Paul

Minimum age: 10

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Piano Teachers

    Sunday

  • Connie
  • Joe

    Monday

  • Nicole
  • Kendra

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Nicole
  • Grace
  • Kendra

    Wednesday

  • Nicole
  • Grace
  • Jack
  • Jeffrey

    Thursday

  • Ruth
  • Nicole

    Friday

  • Connie
  • Joe
  • Austin
  • Faith

    Saturday

  • Nicole
  • Grace

Austin Bare

Austin Bare

Austin Bare is a classically trained tenor with a specialization of the Romantic era, especially song cycles by his favorite composer, Franz Schubert. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance. Austin has been performing as a soloist in the Milwaukee area since his graduation in 2019 and has been seen in various opera performances to date. His experience singing classical styles has also translated to pre-classical eras, such as the Medieval and Renaissance vocal styles he has the privilege of singing in APERI ANIMAM, a Milwaukee based early music vocal ensemble. Though he has focused on pre-modern styles in his training, Austin is an advanced vocalist in many contemporary styles such as musical theatre, jazz, and pop.

In addition to voice lessons, Austin has been teaching piano and bass lessons for over a year. His teaching style focuses on inclusivity, creativity, and the continued growth of each individual student. Every aspiring musician brings their own unique experiences to each lesson, and from there, Austin seeks to deepen the student’s passion and understanding of their chosen path. For a fresh take on all styles of music, old and new, Austin is ready to help students of all ages take their next step as proud musicians.

Minimum age: 8 (Voice), 5 (piano)

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Ruth Brown

Ruth

Ruth has been teaching voice since 2010, and teaches students how to sing varied styles of music, including jazz, pop, classical, and musical theatre. She enjoys giving students a full spectrum of training, including note reading and ear training, tailoring communication and content to the student ́s specific needs, goals, and strengths. She believes good vocal technique will feel easy and natural, and happens best within the context of great music and text. She teaches beginning through advanced students, ages 7 and older.

Ruth studied in Germany at the Leipzig Conservatory for Music and Theater. While abroad, she sang the roles of Rosina, Gretel, Clorinda (Cenerentola), and Nicoletta (The Love for Three Oranges). Her other roles include Valencienne and Mabel with Music by the Lake, and selections from the roles of Sophie (Rosenkavalier) and Pamina. On the concert stage, Ruth has sung Bach cantatas, Figlia from Carissimi’s Jephte, the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem, and is the soprano soloist for Milwaukee Camerata, an early music group. Locally, Ruth has sung with Madison's Fresco Opera Theatre, and most recently with Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

Minimum age: 6

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Virtual Lessons Only

Connie Gordon

Connie

I am proud to be a new member of the Brass Bell team. I have been teaching classroom music and private piano for over 20 years. I currently am teaching middle school music with Milwaukee Public Schools.

My greatest inspiration have been the teachers I have had throughout my life. They have shaped the way I understand and appreciate all types of music. I hope to be an inspiration to my students, and instill in them a love for music.

I enjoy working with all of my students, and I learn so much from them every time we work together. I love teaching piano, and cannot imagine a day without playing. When I am not teaching, I enjoy watching movies with my family, trying out new recipes, and reading.

Minimum age: 5

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Ben Kalb

Ben Kalb

Ben Kalb is a cellist, composer, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist originally from New York. After completing his Master's degree in cello at SUNY Purchase in 2005, Ben performed and collaborated with many singer-songwriters including Duncan Sheik, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson, and was a band member in two Broadway rock musicals (Spring Awakening and Next To Normal). He has been teaching music for over 10 years to students of all ages and skill levels. He is excited to be teaching both piano and cello.

Minimum age: 10

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Nicole McCarty

Nicole McCarty

Nicole McCarty is a soprano who teaches voice and piano. She holds a B.M. in music education and recently received a M.M. in Vocal Performance. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree, she taught elementary music for 6 years, choir directed for 7 years, music directed for 6 years and has taught private voice and piano lessons for 6 years. Nicole enjoys teaching students of all experience levels in classical, musical theatre, jazz and pop; and she is skilled in finding each student’s strengths and helping them gain the tools necessary to succeed.

Nicole's most recent performances have been as Apollo in L'Orfeo with Aperi Animam and Milwaukee Opera Theatre, as Nan Carter in Exit, Pursued by a Bear with Sunstone Studios, as Joy in Southside Summer with the #Enough project to end gun violence, as Renee in Babel with the Constructivists, and as an ensemble member in Black Nativity with the Black Arts of MKE. Recently, she was the music director and accompanist for an original musical reading of RIP the Musical at Sunstone Studios. When she's not performing, she teaches private piano and voice lessons, sings with the Master Singers of Milwaukee, and is the female vocalist for the funk band Montage.

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Grace Sorenson

Grace

Grace Sorenson is a pianist and composer currently studying Music Composition and Technology at UWM with an emphasis in piano. When she graduates with that degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in piano pedagogy. As a pianist, she studies under the wonderful pianist and pedagogue Dr. Peggy Otwell. Currently she finds herself studying some true classics (Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc.) as well as more modern composers such as Phillip Glass, John Cage, and others that she has had the opportunity to work with closely. As a composer, she likes to work with both technology and acoustic instruments by including looper pedals, synths, and other fun tools in her compositions. As a piano teacher, her main goal is to work along with the student’s interests to help them develop a strong intrinsic motivation for piano. She believes that piano is fun, and that it’s her job to make sure the student thinks so too! Because of her knowledge of composition software, she regularly composes pieces for her students at their appropriate level that fit their interests. Her younger students enjoy the many piano games she likes to play, and they learn so much without even realizing it. She hosts an annual Winter Holiday recital that her students are strongly encouraged to participate in.


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Kendra Lee Kabara

Kendra Lee Kabara

Kendra Lee Kabara is a voice and piano teacher currently working on her BFA of Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With an emphasis on opera performance, she also loves to sing jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. She studies voice with Wendy Rowe and piano with Johanna Brahm. Kendra has been studying music since 2010 and has a knack for theory and pedagogy. She specializes in teaching neurodiverse kids. Moreover, she loves to explore new techniques and push the boundaries on standard approaches to music education. Kendra also loves to explore how music connects the mind, body, and soul; she believes that she can learn just as much from her students as they can learn from her. She is excited to create a safe space for students to express themselves and encourage their passion to create.

Voice: Age 8+ all skill levels
Piano: Age 5+, beginner to intermediate
Music Theory and Composition: all skill levels

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Joe Nicolay

Joe

Joe is our fun, serious, positive piano tutor here at Brass Bell. He has been showing off his teaching talents for twenty-some years. Such bands as the Beatles and Miles Davis rock Joe's world: he loves music! He also has a pet dog, a long coat Akita, by the moniker of "Kijo Kuma," which translates to "Lady Dear."

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Faith Charbonneau

Faith Charbonneau

Faith Charbonneau grew up in a family of musicians: her parents being music teachers and her sisters loving to perform. Since she was 5 years old, singing with her family, she knew she wanted to perform and write music that people could perform and enjoy. Faith is currently a Senior at UW-Milwaukee, earning her BFA in Music Composition and Technology.

Faith has been involved with several UWM music ensembles since her Freshman Year, including the Alto Voce Ensemble, the Bella Voce Ensemble, UWM Chorale Chamber Choir, UWM Community Band, and the Steel PANthers. In addition to being proficient in Voice, Faith has been studying Piano for 13 years, and Percussion for 5 years. She has studied Piano with Dr. Margaret Otwell.

Faith hopes to integrate traditional techniques of Piano instruction while also including more popular songs that her students want to play. Faith teaches beginning to advanced students, ages 4 and older. She is thrilled to be teaching Piano, Voice, and Theory.

Minimum age: 4

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Jack Cavanaugh

Jack Cavanaugh

Jack Cavanaugh is a jazz pianist from the Milwaukee area. He studied classical piano for many years before discovering a love for jazz at Homestead High School in Mequon and has since focused primarily on jazz piano performance and composition.

Studying jazz under the likes of Milwaukee's own Mark Davis, Vanderbilt University's Bruce Dudley, and Grammy-award winning Brian Lynch, Jack has become a true jazz cat!

He is excited to teach piano to beginners who prefer a relaxed and easy-going teaching style, while still emphasizing the essential music theory and foundational basics required to begin one's piano adventure.

In his free time Jack enjoys running, honing his disc golf and ultimate frisbee skills, and playing monopoly with his family.

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Jeffrey Wilde

Jeffrey Wilde

Hi, I'm Mr. Wilde. I've been studying oboe since I was 10, voice since I was 15, and piano since I was 18. I've loved music all my life, and I'd like all my students to learn to love music too.

I've been teaching music for years and have been an English teacher for years also. I'm happy to move the music around and adapt the lessons to you as an individual, so that you can find something fun and enjoyable to work on. I have worked with many students who are just beginning, and I am a very kind and patient teacher.

I believe that much of the joy in music is found in working with other people, and I want you to find music fun and beautiful too!

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String Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

    Tuesday

  • Iuliia
  • Alex
  • Ben

    Wednesday

    Thursday

  • Iuliia

    Friday

    Saturday

  • Deanne

Iuliia Mykolyk

Iuliia

Born in Ukraine, Iuliia has been playing the violin since the age of six. After graduating from the Lviv National Music Academy where she received her Bachelor and Master degrees in violin performance, Iuliia performed with the Lviv International Symphony Orchestra (INSO-Lviv) for five years. During that time she performed at numerous festivals in Switzerland, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Poland. In 2013, Iuliia decided to pursue her musical training in the United States. She received an artist diploma in violin performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with Professor Mark Zelmanovich in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 Iuliia performed in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Mimi Zweig, and Clara-Jumi Kang at UW-Milwaukee. She also served as the concertmaster of the UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive years. Iuliia holds a master's degree in Chamber Music Performance from UW-Milwaukee, where she studied under Dr. Bernard Zinck. As a teaching assistant, she was teaching violin to undergraduates of the UWM violin studio. As a violin instructor, Iuliia uses different teaching methods and studies such as Suzuki, Franco-Belgium School, Russian School (Yankelevich), and Czech School (Ševčík and Schradieck). Her goal as a music teacher is to share music knowledge with all of her students and their parents. Iuliia’s diverse background as a musician gives an opportunity to students not only to learn about violin performance, but to have a full understanding of music history and violin within its place. Currently Iuliia is working at Wauwatosa School of Music as a violin instructor and at Brass Bell Music Store in the Education Department.

Additional Langauges:

Ukrainian

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Alex Fisher

Alex

Alex Fisher has been a dedicated and passionate violinist and violist for eleven years, and has been teaching private lessons in both instruments for five years. He is currently attending the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for pre-medicine and psychology with the intention of becoming a psychiatrist, but still maintains a large focus on performing and teaching. In earlier years, he was a member of the local Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for seven years and performed in the Senior Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra ensembles, through which he toured in Ireland in the summer of 2019. He has also been a part of various string ensembles, such as the Rosewood String Quartet and Dream City Strings, through which he plays at weddings and other events.

Currently, Alex is performing as a part of the Milwaukee Philharmonic and is taking on numerous freelance performing opportunities outside of classes. He has also been credited for performances in pit orchestras for musical productions such as The Music Man, Guys & Dolls, Les Misérables, and Hello, Dolly, both as a violinist and violist. Alex’s teaching experience covers students of all ages, having taught beginning and intermediate skill levels for kids and adults. His teaching disposition emphasizes cultivating passion for music at all skill levels, and he emphasizes the importance of learning the styles and genres that each individual student is interested in, and reducing anxiety when it comes to learning and performing. Furthermore, Alex is experienced in and passionate about teaching students with various special needs. Outside of teaching, he enjoys furthering his studies, playing video games, and other musical pursuits.

Minimum age: 7+, 5+ (with parent)

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Ben Kalb

Ben Kalb

Ben Kalb is a cellist, composer, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist originally from New York. After completing his Master's degree in cello at SUNY Purchase in 2005, Ben performed and collaborated with many singer-songwriters including Duncan Sheik, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson, and was a band member in two Broadway rock musicals (Spring Awakening and Next To Normal). He has been teaching music for over 10 years to students of all ages and skill levels. He is excited to be teaching both piano and cello.

Minimum age: 10

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Virtual Lessons Only

Deanne Carloni

Deanne

Deanne Carloni grew up in a very musical family. She began playing the violin in third grade and since then her love of music has never stopped growing. Deanne Carloni graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, a General Music Certificate, and a Minor in Spanish. While at UW-Whitewater she was a recipient of the ASTA Student Exemplary Service Award and the Richard Gaarder Award. During her time at UW-Whitewater, Carloni served as the President of the UW-Whitewater Student ASTA Chapter, taught lessons as a part of the after school strings program, and served as String Camp Head Counselor for two summers.

Deanne Carloni currently is a member of the Wisconsin American String Teacher's Association Executive Board, serving as the Membership Coordinator. She is also a member of NAFME and has attended the Wisconsin State Music Association Conference for many years. She has taught summer Orchestra lessons and taught at the Orchestra Jumpstart Camp for young musicians in Mukwonago, she has taught K-8th grade General Music in Milwaukee, and is currently teaching middle and elementary school Orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and bass) in the Oshkosh Area School District. In Oshkosh, she has also taught summer orchestra lessons, and she started the Orchestra Jumpstart Camp for students entering 6th grade.

Deanne Carloni has been very active performing in the community through being a member of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a coach for the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and she has played in PIT Orchestras for musicals such as Singin' in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Shrek the Musical, Cinderella, and Into the Woods.

Deanne Carloni is always seeking to learn more and challenge herself to be a better musician and teacher so that she can pass on her knowledge to her students. This is evident through her involvement in the Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop last summer, where she attended a week long camp with an extensive emphasis on improvisation, composition, and learning music by ear in the fiddle, jazz, and rock styles. She is passionate about alternative styles and learning music from around the world. One of her favorite experiences was getting to work with internationally known fiddlers Liz Carroll and Kiana June Weber, as well as taking a composition workshop with Andy Reiner. When she is not teaching, she loves to play traditional Irish fiddle music, read, watch superhero movies, cheer for the Milwaukee Bucks, and she is a competitive ballroom dancer.

Minimum age: 8

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Music Theory & Composition Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Alec
  • Kendra

    Tuesday

  • Paul
  • Alec
  • Kendra

    Wednesday

    Thursday

  • Alec

    Friday

  • Faith

    Saturday

Paul Westfahl

Paul

Joining the Brass Bell team in 2015, Paul Westfahl is an active performer and educator in Southeast Wisconsin. He earned his BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2012 with an emphasis in Percussion Performance, Composition and Jazz Studies and he currently holds the position of Percussion Director at The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Paul is a frequent collaborator with dancers from UW-Milwaukee, Danceworks and The Young Dance Academy and keeps a busy performance schedule with a myriad of groups including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and First Stage to name a few. In addition to working with students and maintaining a demanding freelance performing schedule, Westfahl leads and composes for several of his own projects and is also involved as a sideman and co-conspirator/performer/composer with many new music ensembles in the Milwaukee area. Since 2015, Paul has dedicated himself to studying tabla along with South Indian rhythm and is a disciple of Pandit Hindole Majumdar.

A note from Paul:

"I take special care and time to find the 'spark' in each of my students. Yes, on the surface I'm teaching them to play the drums but above all I want them to learn the tools to make MUSIC in whatever way comes naturally to THEM. To achieve anything and progress as a musician, it absolutely can not be treated as a 'once-a-week-for-a-half-hour' endeavor. Commitment to a DAILY dose of applied practice-time with the instrument is required and expected for anyone taking lessons. I'm really a laid back guy I swear! However, when it comes to music, I make sure to treat it with upmost seriousness."

- Paul

Minimum age: 10

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Alec Burke

Alec Burke

Alec Burke holds an M.M. in Performance from UW-Milwaukee and a Bachelors in Music Education from Ball State University. Alec is an active teacher throughout the Milwaukee area, including private lessons, masterclasses, and general brass instruction in schools. As a performer, Alec frequently plays in regional orchestras such as the Wisconsin Philharmonic, musicals, dance bands, and in churches. Currently, Alec performs in his contemporary chamber ensemble Microcosm, Black Cat Ensemble, and with his acoustic pop duo Ekruteak with his fiancée, Jennifer Rodriguez. An Indiana native, Alec previously served as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Education Coordinator. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Alec performed as the 2017 Concerto Soloist with the Music for the Sake of Music Symphony Orchestra, a chamber musician for Classical Music Indy and the Muncie Symphony, and as a lead trumpet player for numerous musicals and shows across Central Indiana.

Trumpet: Age 7+
French Horn: Age 10+
Euphonium: Age 10+
Trombone: Age 10+

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Kendra Lee Kabara

Kendra Lee Kabara

Kendra Lee Kabara is a voice and piano teacher currently working on her BFA of Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With an emphasis on opera performance, she also loves to sing jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. She studies voice with Wendy Rowe and piano with Johanna Brahm. Kendra has been studying music since 2010 and has a knack for theory and pedagogy. She specializes in teaching neurodiverse kids. Moreover, she loves to explore new techniques and push the boundaries on standard approaches to music education. Kendra also loves to explore how music connects the mind, body, and soul; she believes that she can learn just as much from her students as they can learn from her. She is excited to create a safe space for students to express themselves and encourage their passion to create.

Voice: Age 8+ all skill levels
Piano: Age 5+, beginner to intermediate
Music Theory and Composition: all skill levels

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Faith Charbonneau

Faith Charbonneau

Faith Charbonneau grew up in a family of musicians: her parents being music teachers and her sisters loving to perform. Since she was 5 years old, singing with her family, she knew she wanted to perform and write music that people could perform and enjoy. Faith is currently a Senior at UW-Milwaukee, earning her BFA in Music Composition and Technology.

Faith has been involved with several UWM music ensembles since her Freshman Year, including the Alto Voce Ensemble, the Bella Voce Ensemble, UWM Chorale Chamber Choir, UWM Community Band, and the Steel PANthers. In addition to being proficient in Voice, Faith has been studying Piano for 13 years, and Percussion for 5 years. She has studied Piano with Dr. Margaret Otwell.

Faith hopes to integrate traditional techniques of Piano instruction while also including more popular songs that her students want to play. Faith teaches beginning to advanced students, ages 4 and older. She is thrilled to be teaching Piano, Voice, and Theory.

Minimum age: 4

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Ukulele & Folk Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Jack
  • Michael

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Ramiro
  • Manuel

    Saturday

  • Ramiro

Ben Kalb

Ben Kalb

Ben Kalb is a cellist, composer, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist originally from New York. After completing his Master's degree in cello at SUNY Purchase in 2005, Ben performed and collaborated with many singer-songwriters including Duncan Sheik, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson, and was a band member in two Broadway rock musicals (Spring Awakening and Next To Normal). He has been teaching music for over 10 years to students of all ages and skill levels. He is excited to be teaching both piano and cello.

Minimum age: 10

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Virtual Lessons Only

Jack Tell

Jack

Jack is a multi instrumentalist and graduate of the UWM finger-style guitar program. Over the years Jack has played in numerous local bands of various genres including Rock, Bluegrass and Folk music. The variety of instruments in Jack's skill set include Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Electric Bass guitar and various hand drums. He has a passion for teaching and a desire to share his musical abilities within the community.

Minimum age: 8

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Michael Mckinnon

Michael

Michael is a student at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts of Performance in Finger-Style Guitar. He has been performing since fifth grade and has played the guitar for nine years. He looks forward to working with those who are interested in pursuing excellence in music and can't wait to spread the knowledge of such a fine instrument.

Minimum age: 8

Not accepting new students

Virtual Lessons Only

Raul Bonde

Raul

Raul (rhymes with Paul) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who lives in the Milwaukee area. He started bass and guitar lessons with jazz guitarist Clark Otto from age 12, and since then has taught himself to play most fretted instruments. Raul played guitar in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra for two years and is currently a member of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society. His expansive musical palette and good ear make him a very versatile teacher for students across a vast array of interests and disciplines. He has performed at Festival of the Arts and at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. His favorite style of music to play is classical and rock.

Minimum age: 10

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Ramiro Rubio

Alec Burke

Ramiro started learning guitar at Laredo Community College under the tutelage of Dr. Cain Budds and later under Dr. Matthew Bishop, where he received an Associate’s Degree in performing arts. He then transferred to the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he studied under Dr. Michael Quantz in 2013. Ramiro has concertized with the One O’ Clock Guitar Ensemble in prestigious events and venues including the Schonbrunn Palace, the “Amerikahaus” U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, Worarlberg, Austria, he also performed at the NFA Concert Series in Washington D.C., GFA Concert Series in Oklahoma City, the State Capitol in Austin, Tx., as well as had a special performance alongside the Grammy award winning artists Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The UTB One O’ Clock Guitar Ensemble and Ramiro were also among those selected to perform in the premier of Dr. Joe Williams’, recordings of an old Alfred Hitchcock movie entitled “The Lodger”. Most recently Ramiro has performed at the Camino Artes Guitar Workshop in Carreon, Spain in 2019. He has performed in many masterclasses with artists such as Jason Vieaux, Rovshan Mamedkuiev, Anton Baranov, Stanley Yates, Rene Izquierdo and Dr. Isaac Bustos among others. Ramiro started working at a pubic high school in Brownsville, Texas and had been teaching for about 2 1/2 years. Ramiro has accepted to pursue his Master’s Degree with Rene Izquierdo at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Minimum age: 7

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Manuel Rodriguez

Manuel Rodriguez

Manuel has been passionately teaching for more than a decade. He has experience teaching all ages ranging from first graders to retirees, in group or individually. He has taught in Wisconsin for the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee, and at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown. For two years he was the director of the guitar program at Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas, with an average of 130 students. In ensemble work, he has conducted numerous student ensembles at a local level (for an institution) and at a district level (for ensembles composed of students from different institutions). Additionally, he has taught technique workshops, summer intensive courses, held music summer camps, and judged in local competitions. He became a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Certified teacher in 2021 and has a Bachelors of Arts in Music degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance degree from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

All skill levels, minimum age: 6

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Voice Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Nicole
  • Kendra

    Tuesday

  • Nicole
  • Kendra

    Wednesday

  • Nicole
  • Jeffrey

    Thursday

  • Ruth
  • Nicole

    Friday

  • Austin
  • Faith

    Saturday

  • Nicole

Ruth Brown

Ruth

Ruth has been teaching voice since 2010, and teaches students how to sing varied styles of music, including jazz, pop, classical, and musical theatre. She enjoys giving students a full spectrum of training, including note reading and ear training, tailoring communication and content to the student ́s specific needs, goals, and strengths. She believes good vocal technique will feel easy and natural, and happens best within the context of great music and text. She teaches beginning through advanced students, ages 7 and older.

Ruth studied in Germany at the Leipzig Conservatory for Music and Theater. While abroad, she sang the roles of Rosina, Gretel, Clorinda (Cenerentola), and Nicoletta (The Love for Three Oranges). Her other roles include Valencienne and Mabel with Music by the Lake, and selections from the roles of Sophie (Rosenkavalier) and Pamina. On the concert stage, Ruth has sung Bach cantatas, Figlia from Carissimi’s Jephte, the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem, and is the soprano soloist for Milwaukee Camerata, an early music group. Locally, Ruth has sung with Madison's Fresco Opera Theatre, and most recently with Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

Minimum age: 6

Not accepting new students

Virtual Lessons Only

Nicole McCarty

Nicole McCarty

Nicole McCarty is a soprano who teaches voice and piano. She holds a B.M. in music education and recently received a M.M. in Vocal Performance. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree, she taught elementary music for 6 years, choir directed for 7 years, music directed for 6 years and has taught private voice and piano lessons for 6 years. Nicole enjoys teaching students of all experience levels in classical, musical theatre, jazz and pop; and she is skilled in finding each student’s strengths and helping them gain the tools necessary to succeed.

Nicole's most recent performances have been as Apollo in L'Orfeo with Aperi Animam and Milwaukee Opera Theatre, as Nan Carter in Exit, Pursued by a Bear with Sunstone Studios, as Joy in Southside Summer with the #Enough project to end gun violence, as Renee in Babel with the Constructivists, and as an ensemble member in Black Nativity with the Black Arts of MKE. Recently, she was the music director and accompanist for an original musical reading of RIP the Musical at Sunstone Studios. When she's not performing, she teaches private piano and voice lessons, sings with the Master Singers of Milwaukee, and is the female vocalist for the funk band Montage.

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Austin Bare

Austin Bare

Austin Bare is a classically trained tenor with a specialization of the Romantic era, especially song cycles by his favorite composer, Franz Schubert. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance. Austin has been performing as a soloist in the Milwaukee area since his graduation in 2019 and has been seen in various opera performances to date. His experience singing classical styles has also translated to pre-classical eras, such as the Medieval and Renaissance vocal styles he has the privilege of singing in APERI ANIMAM, a Milwaukee based early music vocal ensemble. Though he has focused on pre-modern styles in his training, Austin is an advanced vocalist in many contemporary styles such as musical theatre, jazz, and pop.

In addition to voice lessons, Austin has been teaching piano and bass lessons for over a year. His teaching style focuses on inclusivity, creativity, and the continued growth of each individual student. Every aspiring musician brings their own unique experiences to each lesson, and from there, Austin seeks to deepen the student’s passion and understanding of their chosen path. For a fresh take on all styles of music, old and new, Austin is ready to help students of all ages take their next step as proud musicians.

Minimum age: 8 (Voice), 5 (piano)

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Kendra Lee Kabara

Kendra Lee Kabara

Kendra Lee Kabara is a voice and piano teacher currently working on her BFA of Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With an emphasis on opera performance, she also loves to sing jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. She studies voice with Wendy Rowe and piano with Johanna Brahm. Kendra has been studying music since 2010 and has a knack for theory and pedagogy. She specializes in teaching neurodiverse kids. Moreover, she loves to explore new techniques and push the boundaries on standard approaches to music education. Kendra also loves to explore how music connects the mind, body, and soul; she believes that she can learn just as much from her students as they can learn from her. She is excited to create a safe space for students to express themselves and encourage their passion to create.

Voice: Age 8+ all skill levels
Piano: Age 5+, beginner to intermediate
Music Theory and Composition: all skill levels

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Faith Charbonneau

Faith Charbonneau

Faith Charbonneau grew up in a family of musicians: her parents being music teachers and her sisters loving to perform. Since she was 5 years old, singing with her family, she knew she wanted to perform and write music that people could perform and enjoy. Faith is currently a Senior at UW-Milwaukee, earning her BFA in Music Composition and Technology.

Faith has been involved with several UWM music ensembles since her Freshman Year, including the Alto Voce Ensemble, the Bella Voce Ensemble, UWM Chorale Chamber Choir, UWM Community Band, and the Steel PANthers. In addition to being proficient in Voice, Faith has been studying Piano for 13 years, and Percussion for 5 years. She has studied Piano with Dr. Margaret Otwell.

Faith hopes to integrate traditional techniques of Piano instruction while also including more popular songs that her students want to play. Faith teaches beginning to advanced students, ages 4 and older. She is thrilled to be teaching Piano, Voice, and Theory.

Minimum age: 4

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Jeffrey Wilde

Jeffrey Wilde

Hi, I'm Mr. Wilde. I've been studying oboe since I was 10, voice since I was 15, and piano since I was 18. I've loved music all my life, and I'd like all my students to learn to love music too.

I've been teaching music for years and have been an English teacher for years also. I'm happy to move the music around and adapt the lessons to you as an individual, so that you can find something fun and enjoyable to work on. I have worked with many students who are just beginning, and I am a very kind and patient teacher.

I believe that much of the joy in music is found in working with other people, and I want you to find music fun and beautiful too!

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Woodwind Teachers

    Sunday

  • Julia

    Monday

  • Lewis

    Tuesday

  • Jennifer

    Wednesday

  • Jennifer
  • Jeffrey

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer Rodriguez is a collaborative flutist and educator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Described as a “breakout flutist” by Danceworks Inc., Jennifer has a passion for sharing musical experiences within local communities in solo and chamber settings. Recent projects include performing at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute and facilitating MOVE MKE, a cross-curricular fundraiser recital featuring flute and dance.

Jennifer has a great passion for community involvement, having previously taught bucket drumming, storybook performance presentations, and non-traditional composition classes through after-school programs such as Girls Inc. in Indianapolis, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Muncie, Indiana.

Along with being a solo artist and teacher, Jennifer Rodriguez performs with the Black Cat Ensemble, and Microcosm Ensemble with co-artist and fiancé Alec Burke. In addition to Brass Bell Music Store, Jennifer is an avid teacher in the Milwaukee area at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Brookfield Academy. Jennifer is a member of the Chicago Flute Club, President of the Flute Player’s Guild at UW-Milwaukee, and is certified in Every Child Can through the Suzuki Association. Jennifer received a B.S. in Music Education from Ball State University in 2017, and a double M.M. Degree in Flute Performance and Chamber Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Minimum age: 5

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Jeffrey Wilde

Jeffrey Wilde

Hi, I'm Mr. Wilde. I've been studying oboe since I was 10, voice since I was 15, and piano since I was 18. I've loved music all my life, and I'd like all my students to learn to love music too.

I've been teaching music for years and have been an English teacher for years also. I'm happy to move the music around and adapt the lessons to you as an individual, so that you can find something fun and enjoyable to work on. I have worked with many students who are just beginning, and I am a very kind and patient teacher.

I believe that much of the joy in music is found in working with other people, and I want you to find music fun and beautiful too!

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Lewis Zwiefelhofer

Lewis Zwiefelhofer

Lewis Zwiefelhofer grew up in Whitefish Bay and started his musical journey in grade school continuing on to band and has now been playing the saxophone for over 15 years. After cultivating a passion for music in the Whitefish Bay High School Band, Lewis attended the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point, where he studied Music Education and Saxophone Performance. In the last decade, Lewis has studied Saxophone under Eric Schoor, Preston Duncan, David Hastings and Myles Boothroyd. He has also collaborated with artists such as Janet Planet, The Bad Plus, Mathew Buchman, and Robert Brooks. He has experience with a diverse variety of music styles, making his teaching style adaptable to any aspiring Saxophonist.

Lewis’s philosophy is that you cultivate a love for the Saxophone in students to engage them in the enjoyment and entertainment of learning their instrument. This introduction is essential and enhances the learning process to master the techniques of the musician. The ultimate goal for a teacher is to be a partner in the development of strong musicians who love their instrument.

All skill levels, minimum age: 10

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Julia Lewandowski

Julia Lewandowski

Originally from the South Side of Milwaukee, Julia Lewandowski attended Greendale Schools where she was heavily involved in jazz ensemble, pit orchestra, marching band, and choir. After high school, she went on tour with the Kids from Wisconsin, played in pit orchestras for the Menominee Falls Patio Players, Waukesha Civic Theater, Lakeside Players of Kenosha, Madison College, she joined her current rock/blues group Wonderful Bluffer, and participated in various ensembles during her time at UW-Milwaukee. Earning a degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies with a minor in Music, Julia has worked for non-profit arts organizations such as The American Theatre Guild in Kansas City, Skylight Music Theatre, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance in marketing and development for the last five years. As a saxophone player, she has taken lessons with Curt Hanrahan, Aaron Gardner, and Dr. Nicki Roman.

Julia is currently enrolled at UW-Parkside to complete a post-baccalaureate program in Performance and Jazz Studies where she will be studying with trumpeter Russ Johnson and saxophonist Jon Irabagon. For more information, please visit julialewmusic.com.

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