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Bass Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

  • Jack

    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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 7/10/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/4/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/1/21

Brass Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

    Tuesday

  • Kobina

    Wednesday

  • Kobina

    Thursday

  • Will
  • Alec

    Friday

  • Alec

    Saturday

William Akers

Will

Will is an active performer and collaborator in the Milwaukee music scene. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016 with a BFA in music performance, concentrating on the trombone. As an avid chamber and ensemble musician, Will spent much of his education playing in trombone quartets and brass quintets alongside concert band, jazz ensemble, and orchestra. Since graduation, he has shared the stage with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Southport Sound (Kenosha, WI), and Milwaukee Festival Brass. These days one can regularly find Will in the low brass section of the Milwaukee Philharmonic, in new and improvised music settings both live and recorded, and paying tribute to the timeless Louisiana sound in Big Style Brass Band.

Minimum age: 11

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Kobina Sampson Davis

Kobina

Kobina Sampson-Davis is an active trumpet player in the Milwaukee area. Kobina is a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony and has performed numerous seasons with the Milwaukee Festival Brass, Greenfield concert Band, as well as two national tours in the Cadets and Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Kobina is in his fourth year of teaching at Oak Creek High School and will be receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Spring 2020.

Accepting new students!

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. Currently, Alec is on faculty as a brass instructor with several organizations in the Milwaukee area. 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. Alec has a breadth of experience teaching both in and out of the classroom including traditional public school ensembles, clinics and masterclasses, general music and PreK, and managing his own private studio. Currently, Alec performs in his contemporary chamber ensemble Microcosm and with his acoustic pop duo Ekruteak with his fiancé, Jennifer Rodriguez.

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

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Guitar Teachers

    Sunday

  • Michael
  • Raul

    Monday

  • Xai

    Tuesday

  • Ramiro
  • Xai

    Wednesday

  • Nick
  • Raul

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Jack
  • Michael
  • Raul

    Saturday

  • Michael

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/4/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/1/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/1/21

Xai Osa

Xai Osa

Xai Osa is a contemporary vocalist/composer finishing her bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition & Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been teaching voice lessons for one year so far and loves taking a creative, individualistic approach to each and every unique voice. Xai can cover any contemporary vocal style such as folk, pop, jazz, musical theatre, rock, rap, and even metal. As a bonus, Xai can be a guide to preparing classical repertoire for solo & ensemble, and she can teach the often forgotten style of early Renaissance music. Xai thrives in coloring outside of the lines: the exploration of timbre, the freedom to improvise, and the volition to expand one’s vocal palette. Xai also teaches guitar and music composition & theory.

Xai has immersed herself in the Milwaukee performing arts scene as the lead singer of experimental indie band Angry Fix, a soprano with early music vocal ensemble Aperi Animam, and as a voice & electronics soloist. At UWM, Xai developed her skills in extended vocal technique and experimental improvisation with Amanda Schoofs. Under the same mentor, Xai also received two SURF grants (Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows) to write, premiere, and edit a contemporary opera about the #MeToo movement. Ask Xai anything about healthy vocal experimentation, composition, theory, technology, pro-audio, and improvisation!

Minimum age:
5 (piano)
8 (guitar)
10 (voice)

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/7/21

Nick Elert

Nick Elert

Nicholas Elert is a guitarist and composer that has been performing across the country and releasing recordings since the early 00’s and has been contributing original scores for films for the last decade.

As an educator, Nicholas encourages students to navigate the multiple paths through musicianship in the way that best resonates with them. At the core of each lesson is an understanding that the discipline and organization of learning an instrument, the social skills of navigating a van full of band members, and the empathy required to create new music can enrich life beyond the stage and studio.

Minimum age: 10+

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/2/21

Drum Teachers

  • Sunday

  • Dan
  • Monday

  • Tim
  • Tuesday

  • Dan
  • Paul
  • Wednesday

  • Paul
  • Thursday

  • Dan
  • Paul
  • 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

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/7/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/22/21

Piano Teachers

    Sunday

  • Connie

    Monday

  • Ben
  • Xai

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Xai

    Wednesday

  • Nicole

    Thursday

  • Connie
  • Ruth

    Friday

    Saturday

  • Nicole
  • Grace

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

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/3/21

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

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.

Currently, Nicole is a soprano with Aperi Animam and is the female vocalist for funk band Montage. Recently, Nicole was seen performing with UW-Milwaukee in their world premier of Kirsti and the Priest, as Kirsti, and The Choice, as Crew Member One. Previously, she performed as Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and UW-Milwaukee. Her other notable performances were as Princess Winnifred (Once Upon a Mattress), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Celia Peachum (Threepenny Opera), Gwendolen (Ernest in Love), Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). She has also performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir in Madison as a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Zelenka’s Magnificat.

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Xai Osa

Xai Osa

Xai Osa is a contemporary vocalist/composer finishing her bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition & Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been teaching voice lessons for one year so far and loves taking a creative, individualistic approach to each and every unique voice. Xai can cover any contemporary vocal style such as folk, pop, jazz, musical theatre, rock, rap, and even metal. As a bonus, Xai can be a guide to preparing classical repertoire for solo & ensemble, and she can teach the often forgotten style of early Renaissance music. Xai thrives in coloring outside of the lines: the exploration of timbre, the freedom to improvise, and the volition to expand one’s vocal palette. Xai also teaches guitar and music composition & theory.

Xai has immersed herself in the Milwaukee performing arts scene as the lead singer of experimental indie band Angry Fix, a soprano with early music vocal ensemble Aperi Animam, and as a voice & electronics soloist. At UWM, Xai developed her skills in extended vocal technique and experimental improvisation with Amanda Schoofs. Under the same mentor, Xai also received two SURF grants (Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows) to write, premiere, and edit a contemporary opera about the #MeToo movement. Ask Xai anything about healthy vocal experimentation, composition, theory, technology, pro-audio, and improvisation!

Minimum age:
5 (piano)
8 (guitar)
10 (voice)

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/7/21

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.


Accepting new students!

Face to face and Virtual lessons available

String Teachers

    Sunday

  • Ian

    Monday

  • Jason

    Tuesday

  • Alex
  • Ben

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

  • Deanne

Jason Busniewski

Jason

Jason is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Music (BMA) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (MA), where he is currently a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. He has studied music from Ireland, Scotland, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, West Africa, and North America and performed with various ensembles at venues from Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA to Egypt’s famed Cairo Opera House. Jason has been an active Irish fiddler for the last two decades and is currently working to preserve the multiethnic old-time music of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, teaching and performing with his band, the Lakeside Ramblers, running a jam in the Milwaukee area, and serving on the board of directors for Folklore Village in Dodgeville, WI. He is also the recipient of an American-Scandinavian Foundation Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions Fellowship to produce a book and recording of the music of Wisconsin fiddler Otto Rindlisbacher. As a teacher, Jason draws on pedagogical traditions from around the world and puts a special focus on issues of tuning and temperament often neglected in string teaching. Students can expect individually tailored instruction, high attention to detail, and the development of fundamental skills and the principles of effective musicianship.

Accepting new students!

Face to face and Virtual lessons available

Alex Fisher

Alex

Alex is a dedicated and passionate violinist and violist. Alex is a recent graduate from Brookfield East High School, and will be attending UW-Milwaukee for violin performance. He has been a serious violinist for nine years. Alex has participated in the local Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for seven years, and is in the Senior Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra ensembles, through which he has toured in Ireland. He has also been a part of various string ensembles, such the Rosewood String Quartet and Dream City Strings with whom he plays at weddings and other events. Currently, Alex is performing as a part of the Milwaukee Philharmonic Orchestra, Alex also has teaching experience, having taught beginners in music to intermediate students from elementary to middle school, and has teaching experience with students who have special needs as well.

Minimum age: 7

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/1/21

Ian Wasserman

Ian

Ian Wasserman is a Milwaukee-based cellist who has been appointed as a Section Cellist with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2020 Season. Additionally, Wasserman has performed with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Beloit Janesville, Symphony Orchestra, Lake Geneva Symphony ORchestra, Milwaukee Philharmonic, and as a soloist, PianoArts of North America. As an instructor, Wasserman teaches at Brass Bell Music Store, and has given masterclasses at Whitefish Bay HIgh School, coached sectionals, chamber music ensembles, as well as taught privately within the community. During his summers, Wasserman has performed at festivals such as Brevard Music Center, Decoda SKidmore Chamber Music Institute, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. He is an active chamber musician and has performed in masterclasses under numerous artists including the Emerson String Quartet, Kronos String Quartet, Altius String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, the Shanghai String Quartet, the Prometheus Trio, Myron Kartman, Alison Wells, Frank Almond, and Soovin Kim. Wasserman is currently a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts under the tutelage of Stefan Kartman. He has been instructed by Stefan Kartman, Jichen Li, Benjamin Karp, and Peter Thomas. He is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Minimum age: 7

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

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

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 7/10/21

Music Theory & Composition Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Xai

    Tuesday

  • Paul
  • Xai

    Wednesday

  • Paul
  • Nick

    Thursday

  • Paul
  • Alec

    Friday

    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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/22/21

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. Currently, Alec is on faculty as a brass instructor with several organizations in the Milwaukee area. 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. Alec has a breadth of experience teaching both in and out of the classroom including traditional public school ensembles, clinics and masterclasses, general music and PreK, and managing his own private studio. Currently, Alec performs in his contemporary chamber ensemble Microcosm and with his acoustic pop duo Ekruteak with his fiancé, Jennifer Rodriguez.

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

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Xai Osa

Xai Osa

Xai Osa is a contemporary vocalist/composer finishing her bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition & Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been teaching voice lessons for one year so far and loves taking a creative, individualistic approach to each and every unique voice. Xai can cover any contemporary vocal style such as folk, pop, jazz, musical theatre, rock, rap, and even metal. As a bonus, Xai can be a guide to preparing classical repertoire for solo & ensemble, and she can teach the often forgotten style of early Renaissance music. Xai thrives in coloring outside of the lines: the exploration of timbre, the freedom to improvise, and the volition to expand one’s vocal palette. Xai also teaches guitar and music composition & theory.

Xai has immersed herself in the Milwaukee performing arts scene as the lead singer of experimental indie band Angry Fix, a soprano with early music vocal ensemble Aperi Animam, and as a voice & electronics soloist. At UWM, Xai developed her skills in extended vocal technique and experimental improvisation with Amanda Schoofs. Under the same mentor, Xai also received two SURF grants (Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows) to write, premiere, and edit a contemporary opera about the #MeToo movement. Ask Xai anything about healthy vocal experimentation, composition, theory, technology, pro-audio, and improvisation!

Minimum age:
5 (piano)
8 (guitar)
10 (voice)

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/7/21

Nick Elert

Nick Elert

Nicholas Elert is a guitarist and composer that has been performing across the country and releasing recordings since the early 00’s and has been contributing original scores for films for the last decade.

As an educator, Nicholas encourages students to navigate the multiple paths through musicianship in the way that best resonates with them. At the core of each lesson is an understanding that the discipline and organization of learning an instrument, the social skills of navigating a van full of band members, and the empathy required to create new music can enrich life beyond the stage and studio.

Minimum age: 10+

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/2/21

Ukulele & Folk Teachers

    Sunday

  • Michael
  • Raul

    Monday

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Raul

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Michael
  • Jack
  • Raul

    Saturday

  • Michael

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

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/4/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/1/21

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

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/1/21

Voice Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Xai

    Tuesday

  • Xai

    Wednesday

  • Nicole

    Thursday

  • Ruth

    Friday

    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

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.

Currently, Nicole is a soprano with Aperi Animam and is the female vocalist for funk band Montage. Recently, Nicole was seen performing with UW-Milwaukee in their world premier of Kirsti and the Priest, as Kirsti, and The Choice, as Crew Member One. Previously, she performed as Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and UW-Milwaukee. Her other notable performances were as Princess Winnifred (Once Upon a Mattress), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Celia Peachum (Threepenny Opera), Gwendolen (Ernest in Love), Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). She has also performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir in Madison as a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Zelenka’s Magnificat.

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Xai Osa

Xai Osa

Xai Osa is a contemporary vocalist/composer finishing her bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition & Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been teaching voice lessons for one year so far and loves taking a creative, individualistic approach to each and every unique voice. Xai can cover any contemporary vocal style such as folk, pop, jazz, musical theatre, rock, rap, and even metal. As a bonus, Xai can be a guide to preparing classical repertoire for solo & ensemble, and she can teach the often forgotten style of early Renaissance music. Xai thrives in coloring outside of the lines: the exploration of timbre, the freedom to improvise, and the volition to expand one’s vocal palette. Xai also teaches guitar and music composition & theory.

Xai has immersed herself in the Milwaukee performing arts scene as the lead singer of experimental indie band Angry Fix, a soprano with early music vocal ensemble Aperi Animam, and as a voice & electronics soloist. At UWM, Xai developed her skills in extended vocal technique and experimental improvisation with Amanda Schoofs. Under the same mentor, Xai also received two SURF grants (Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows) to write, premiere, and edit a contemporary opera about the #MeToo movement. Ask Xai anything about healthy vocal experimentation, composition, theory, technology, pro-audio, and improvisation!

Minimum age:
5 (piano)
8 (guitar)
10 (voice)

Accepting new students!

Face to face lessons available 6/7/21

Woodwind Teachers

    Sunday

  • Clay

    Monday

  • Clay

    Tuesday

  • Miko
  • Jennifer

    Wednesday

    Thursday

  • Miko

    Friday

    Saturday

Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer Rodriguez moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to pursue her Master's Degree in Flute Performance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Fall 2019. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Jennifer has spent the last 7 years in Muncie, Indiana and received her B.S. in Music Education from Ball State University in Fall 2017.

With a love of teaching students at all levels, Jennifer has held a personal studio of 15 flute students and has taught woodwind sectionals at a variety of schools in the Indianapolis area. Along with working for Brass Bell, Jennifer Rodriguez is a General Music Instructor for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Jennifer frequently overlaps her love of music with her interest in art and administration, recently working as Community Programs Assistant for Indianapolis not-for-profit, Classical Music Indy (2018-2019). Jennifer also worked as Education Intern for Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble (Fall 2017), Education Coordinator Assistant for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra (Spring 2018), and spends her summers working as Program Coordinator for music not-for-profit Music for the Sake of Music located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Minimum age: 5

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Clay Steiner

Clay

Woodwind Specialist Clay Steiner is dedicated to exploring the endless possibilities of music in today’s society. Clay is an advocate for Milwaukee’s diverse musical scene extending into classical, jazz, contemporary, and pop genres, always searching for ways to push the boundaries.

Clay is a frequent on-call saxophonist in the area with the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, Water City Jazz Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony, Present Music, West Allis Players, UW-Milwaukee Jazz Combo, and local bands. As a performer of new music, Clay actively works with a variety of area composers and has had the pleasure of commissioning national composers in the recent 2018 Saxophone Commissioning Consortium. Clay has enjoyed numerous performances with Nomad Quartet, a Milwaukee-based saxophone quartet. Nomad’s first commission was recently premiered at the 2019 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5.

In addition to his dedication to performance, Clay is an enthusiastic music educator. He teaches lessons both privately and is the saxophone and flute instructor at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Clay also appreciates the chance to provide educational clinics and performances both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles with schools in the Milwaukee area.

Clay Steiner is pursuing a degree in Multiple Woodwinds Performance, and a minor in Business at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UW-Milwaukee, Clay has experienced success in a variety of ensembles and was runner-up of the wind ensemble concerto competition in 2018. He currently studies applied saxophone with Nicki Roman.

Minimum age: 8

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

Miko Roman

Miko Roman

Miko Roman is a Milwaukee based woodwind player who focuses on the playing of the double reed instruments, oboe and bassoon. Fully qualified to teach saxophone, flute, and clarinet, he particularly enjoys teaching the double reeds because of their unique sound and the unique challenges that are specific to each double reed instrument. With experience playing oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, bassoon, and contra bassoon, Miko enjoys the aspect of having to make reeds for all of his instruments.

Miko frequently plays in the Milwaukee area and enjoys being able to play different roles in different types of ensembles. His favorite type of ensemble is the chamber ensemble. Miko receives regular chamber ensemble coaching from the UW- Milwaukee faculty members Dr. Bernard Zinck for bassoon and string trio, from Dr. Nicki Roman for reed quintet, from Gregory Flint for wind quintet, and from Beth Giacobassi for bassoon quartet. Miko believes that through the practice and performance of chamber music, one can achieve their highest potential as a musician. In addition to chamber music, Miko has experience playing in wind ensembles, symphony orchestras, church ensembles, pit orchestras, and double reed ensembles.

Besides performing, making reeds, and teaching, Miko enjoys fixed-gear cycling along Milwaukee’s bike routes, drinking coffee from local roasters, and attending local art- shows. He is pursuing a major in bassoon performance at UW- Milwaukee with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He studied oboe with Kathrine Young- Steele (Professor of oboe, UW-Milwaukee and Principle oboe, MSO) from 2017- 2019 and currently studies bassoon under Beth Giacobassi (Professor of bassoon, UW- Milwaukee, bassoon/ contra, MSO).

Minimum age: 10

Accepting new students!

Virtual Lessons Only

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