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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!

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!

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

Not accepting new students

Brass Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Alec

    Tuesday

  • Alec

    Wednesday

  • Michaela

    Thursday

  • Kobina
  • Alec

    Friday

    Saturday

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. 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+

Accepting new students!

Michaela Prall

Michaela Prall

Michaela completed her Masters in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in the Spring of 2021. She holds a Bachelors of Art in Music and Psychology from Carthage College. As a recent graduate, Michaela is continuing to play in chamber ensembles and freelancing around the Milwaukee area in addition to teaching. In the past, she has worked as a program writer for the Carthage Philharmonic Orchestra and played in pit orchestras, in chamber ensembles, and as a freelance musician. Though her primary instrument is the tenor trombone, she also takes every opportunity to perform on alto trombone. As a performer, Michaela takes a great interest in new music, particularly in pieces that employ theatrical elements. One of her core beliefs is that music has the ability to bring people together and share in nonreplicable experience of sound and emotion. She strives to play in way that conveys the joys of performing so that the audience may also find pleasure in the music.

Accepting new students!

Guitar Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

  • Jack

    Tuesday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Jack
  • Michael

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Jack
  • 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

Accepting new students!

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

Not accepting new students

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!

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

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

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!

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

Not accepting new students

Piano Teachers

    Sunday

  • Connie

    Monday

  • Austin
  • Nicole
  • Kendra

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Jennifer
  • Nicole
  • Grace
  • Kendra

    Wednesday

  • Jennifer
  • Nicole

    Thursday

  • Ruth
  • Jennifer
  • Nicole

    Friday

  • Connie

    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)

Accepting new students!

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

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!

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

Jennifer Lind

Jennifer Lind

Jennifer has 5 years of experience teaching voice and 10 years of experience teaching piano. She has also professionally directed instrumental and vocal ensembles. Jennifer teaches a wide range of styles, including musical theatre, jazz, classical, romantic, impressionistic, and early music, as well as contemporary, R&B, pop, folk, and rock. Jennifer believes that developing the proper technique will enable one to handle a number of styles. Jennifer is eager to assist in preparing for auditions and competitions and also encourages participation in recitals. Jennifer believes in well-rounded musicianship and enjoys teaching theory, ear training, improvisation, and even arranging and composing, if desired. As a singer/pianist, Jennifer is able to teach self-accompaniment. Jennifer can serve as a coach to musicians who want to begin performing professionally, guiding development of business skills such as advertising and networking, on numerous media platforms and in the community. Also certified in music therapy, she can help students improve their “mental game,” enabling them to practice and perform at their highest potential, unencumbered by anxiety, self-doubt, unhealthy perfectionism, procrastination, and other common obstacles.

Jennifer studied music education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with emphases in voice and piano, and finished her bachelor of music degree at Alverno College. Jennifer is a soprano alumna of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and has sung with the chamber vocal ensemble Chant Claire. She performs as a solo jazz singer with various jazz instrumentalists regionally, specializing in Latin styles. She composes piano music in a meditative style.

Piano - any age, beginner to intermediate

Voice - any age, beginner to intermediate/advanced - any voice type unless advanced - then soprano/alto only

Accepting new students!

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.

Not accepting new students

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!

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

Accepting new students!

String Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Jason

    Tuesday

  • Alex
  • Ben

    Wednesday

  • Jason

    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!

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)

Not 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!

Music Theory & Composition Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Alec
  • Kendra

    Tuesday

  • Paul
  • Alec
  • Kendra

    Wednesday

    Thursday

  • 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

Not accepting new students

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+

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

Ukulele & Folk Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

  • Jack

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Jack
  • Michael

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Jack
  • 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

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!

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

Not accepting new students

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!

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

Accepting new students!

Voice Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Nicole
  • Austin
  • Kendra

    Tuesday

  • Nicole
  • Jennifer
  • Kendra

    Wednesday

  • Nicole
  • Jennifer

    Thursday

  • Ruth
  • Nicole
  • Jennifer

    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

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.

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.

Not accepting new students

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)

Accepting new students!

Jennifer Lind

Jennifer Lind

Jennifer has 5 years of experience teaching voice and 10 years of experience teaching piano. She has also professionally directed instrumental and vocal ensembles. Jennifer teaches a wide range of styles, including musical theatre, jazz, classical, romantic, impressionistic, and early music, as well as contemporary, R&B, pop, folk, and rock. Jennifer believes that developing the proper technique will enable one to handle a number of styles. Jennifer is eager to assist in preparing for auditions and competitions and also encourages participation in recitals. Jennifer believes in well-rounded musicianship and enjoys teaching theory, ear training, improvisation, and even arranging and composing, if desired. As a singer/pianist, Jennifer is able to teach self-accompaniment. Jennifer can serve as a coach to musicians who want to begin performing professionally, guiding development of business skills such as advertising and networking, on numerous media platforms and in the community. Also certified in music therapy, she can help students improve their “mental game,” enabling them to practice and perform at their highest potential, unencumbered by anxiety, self-doubt, unhealthy perfectionism, procrastination, and other common obstacles.

Jennifer studied music education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with emphases in voice and piano, and finished her bachelor of music degree at Alverno College. Jennifer is a soprano alumna of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and has sung with the chamber vocal ensemble Chant Claire. She performs as a solo jazz singer with various jazz instrumentalists regionally, specializing in Latin styles. She composes piano music in a meditative style.

Piano - any age, beginner to intermediate

Voice - any age, beginner to intermediate/advanced - any voice type unless advanced - then soprano/alto only

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

Woodwind Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Lewis

    Tuesday

  • Jennifer
  • Clay
  • Catherine

    Wednesday

  • Jennifer
  • Clay

    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 is currently pursuing a double M.M. Degree in Flute Performance and Chamber Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Minimum age: 5

Accepting new students!

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

Not accepting new students

Virtual Lessons Only

Catherine J. Dyer

Catherine Dyer

Catherine J. Dyer is a Woodwind teacher with experience teaching both privately and through Music & Arts and Shepherd University Music foundation. Catherine believes that everyone of all ages should have a chance to learn about music and is very enthusiastic about helping people along their musical journey. She graduated from Shepherd University with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Performance and Jazz Studies under the instruction of Master Sergeant Jeremy P. Koch and Dr. Kurtis Adams. She teaches and performs in a variety of styles on the Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in saxophone at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee under the instruction of Dr. Nikki Roman. She performs both solo and with various groups in the Milwaukee area, such as the Cosmo Quintet. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and traveling.

Minimum age: 6

Accepting new students!

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

Accepting new students!

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