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Bass Teachers

    Sunday

  • Raul

    Monday

  • Gary

    Tuesday

  • Gary

    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!

Gary Williams

Gary

Gary is a freelance guitarist and music instructor in the Milwaukee area. He studied at the David Hochstein Memorial Music School in Rochester, NY, and was a Jazz Performance major in the Bachelor of Music program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in the 1970s. He has been an instructor in the Music Occupations program at Milwaukee Area Technical College since 1988 and maintains a private music studio as well. Gary has also worked for Hal Leonard Publishing Company. Gary's thousands of musical performances include combo and big band jazz, Broadway touring productions, and 20th century classical and pops concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured with artists that include Lukas Foss, Doc Severinsen, Joel Grey, Theodore Bikel, Alan Thicke, Sally Struthers, Mickey Rooney, Lainie Kazan, Engelbert Humperdinck and Al Martino, among others. He is also featured on the album “Let Me Be Frank” which includes his composition “Kiara’s Song” and is available online.

Minimum age: 12

Accepting new students!

Jack Tell

Jack

Jack is a multi instrumentalist graduating from the UWM finger-style guitar program this spring. 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

Accepting new students!

Brass Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

  • Dale
  • Maya
  • Alec

    Tuesday

  • Kobina

    Wednesday

  • Kobina

    Thursday

  • Will

    Friday

    Saturday

Dale Elenich

Dale

Dale started teaching trumpet in the summer of 2002. He also coaches on the cornet, flugelhorn and the piccolo trumpet. Classical, jazz, and Latin are his game in the classroom, however when playing out, salsa, polka, and Broadway come into play. Dale is a professional performer who teaches not just music, but performance attitude and maturity.

Not accepting new students

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!

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.

Not accepting new students

Maya Schiek

Maya

Maya Schiek is a French Horn Performance Major at UW-Milwaukee. She has been playing the French Horn for over 10 years and is excited to be teaching others! She has performed with many ensembles including the UWM Wind Ensemble, the UWM Jazz Ensemble, UWM Panther Pep Band, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, and the UWM French Horn Quartet.

Minimum age: 10

Accepting new students!

Alec Burke

Alec Burke

Alec Burke is pursuing his M.M. In Performance from UW-Milwaukee as the Trumpet Teaching Assistant. He also holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Ball State University. Currently, Alec is on faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Brookfield Academy. 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 other music non-profits, 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. Alec has been the Trumpet Teaching Artist for the Music for the Sake of Music summer festival in Green Bay, WI since 2015. Currently, Alec performs in the UW-Milwaukee Brass Quintet and with his band Ekruteak.

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

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Guitar Teachers

    Sunday

  • Michael
  • Raul

    Monday

  • Andrew
  • Gary
  • Larry

    Tuesday

  • Gary
  • Larry
  • Sergio
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Larry
  • Sergio

    Thursday

  • Andrew
  • Michael
  • Sergio
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Michael
  • Jack

    Saturday

  • Andrew
  • Michael

Andrew Black

Andrew

Andrew began his teaching career at Brass Bell in 1999. He has a BA in Music from UW-Milwaukee. He can teach a wide variety of genres including classical, pop, rock, blues, jazz, improvisation and accompaniment. He will teach students to play by ear, but only after the student has some knowledge of chord structure and progressions. He is patient and adapts his approach to meet each student's needs. Andrew has a goal-oriented teaching style by holding student recitals and helping his students enter music competitions and festivals, such as the National Federation of Music Club. He also stays active in professional music organizations such as MAPTA and MTNA. Oh yes, and Andrew rides a motorcycle to lessons.

Not accepting new students

Gary Williams

Gary

Gary is a freelance guitarist and music instructor in the Milwaukee area. He studied at the David Hochstein Memorial Music School in Rochester, NY, and was a Jazz Performance major in the Bachelor of Music program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in the 1970s. He has been an instructor in the Music Occupations program at Milwaukee Area Technical College since 1988 and maintains a private music studio as well. Gary has also worked for Hal Leonard Publishing Company. Gary's thousands of musical performances include combo and big band jazz, Broadway touring productions, and 20th century classical and pops concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured with artists that include Lukas Foss, Doc Severinsen, Joel Grey, Theodore Bikel, Alan Thicke, Sally Struthers, Mickey Rooney, Lainie Kazan, Engelbert Humperdinck and Al Martino, among others. He is also featured on the album “Let Me Be Frank” which includes his composition “Kiara’s Song” and is available online.

Minimum age: 12

Accepting new students!

Jack Tell

Jack

Jack is a multi instrumentalist graduating from the UWM finger-style guitar program this spring. 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!

Larry Pumpian

Larry

Larry has more than 20 years of experience teaching and playing guitar. Larry has his dream job working at Brass Bell and teaching his passion for guitar to his students. Whether it's learning about different styles of music or the various ways to play the guitar, Larry wants his students to be well-rounded musicians who will want to play for a lifetime. When teaching students how to practice, Larry incorporates computer learning programs that can accelerate and enhance the process of playing the guitar. Larry has performed in many types of bands since the 1960s, including years of road, studio and club work. His approach to teaching is to find what style of music the student can be passionate about and build from there.

Not 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: 7

Accepting previous students 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!

Sergio Hernandez Felix

Sergio

Sergio was born in Mexico and has resided in the U.S since 2012. Sergio received a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In May 2019, Sergio received his Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Cuban virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. During his education, Sergio achieved notable international performances including Vienna and Spain.

Additional Langauges:

Spanish

Minimum age: 8

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

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Drum Teachers

    Sunday

  • Dan

    Monday

  • Tim

    Tuesday

  • Dan
  • Paul

    Wednesday

  • Paul

    Thursday

  • Dan
  • Paul

    Friday

  • Paul

    Saturday

Dan Broderick

Dan

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

Minimum age: 6 with parent

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Tim Dries

Tim

Tim Dries is available for private percussion lessons at Brass Bell. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. Tim has performed with groups including Marquette Symphony Orchestra in Marquette, Michigan, as well as The Knightwind Ensemble in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tim enjoys playing drums with The Lakeshore Four, a Milwaukee based jazz ensemble. Aside from teaching at Brass Bell, Tim is also the Band Director at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay.

Minimum age: 12

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Paul Westfahl

Paul

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. Paul has been seen performing with the MIlwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Racine Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Swing Nouveau, The Eastside Jazz Orchestra, The Little Lake Stompers and Swing Chevron.

As an educator, Paul holds a position on the percussion faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, privately at Brass Bell Music Store and as a clinician for area schools. In addition to working with students and maintaining a busy 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 and collectives in the Milwaukee area such as the SeedSounds series and the DIY Chamber Orchestra and UnrehearsedMKE. Since 2014, Paul has dedicated himself to studying tabla along with South Indian rhythm and is a disciple of Pandit Hindole Majumdar.

"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 treat with upmost seriousness."

- Paul

Minimum age: 10

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Piano Teachers

    Sunday

  • Carol
  • Connie
  • Ioulia
  • Joe

    Monday

  • Alicia
  • Andrew
  • Anna
  • Ben
  • Michel

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Carol
  • Joanna
  • Renato

    Wednesday

  • Joanna
  • Joe
  • Maria
  • Renato
  • Nicole

    Thursday

  • Andrew
  • Connie
  • Carol
  • Ruth

    Friday

  • Joe
  • Nicole

    Saturday

  • Andrew
  • Joe
  • Katherine
  • Maria

Alicia Rytlewski

Alicia

Alicia Rytlewski has studied piano since she was seven years old. When she began taking lessons with Rose Collier in high school, Alicia decided she would pursue music in college. She received her degree in music performance at Ripon College and has taught piano professionally since 2011. Alicia believes in well-rounded piano instruction and emphasizes performance as well as composition, theory, ear training, and improvisation, individualizing lessons according to the student’s interests, age, and abilities. Her ultimate goal is to inspire her students to discover true bliss in the love of music and the joy of self-expression. She has extensive experience collaborating with classical artists as well as musical theater programs and music camps, including summer music camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition to teaching, she performs organ music and directs a local church choir. Her interests outside of music include organic farming, yoga, and cooking.

Not accepting new students

Andrew Black

Andrew

Andrew began his teaching career at Brass Bell in 1999. He has a BA in Music from UW-Milwaukee. He can teach a wide variety of genres including classical, pop, rock, blues, jazz, improvisation and accompaniment. He will teach students to play by ear, but only after the student has some knowledge of chord structure and progressions. He is patient and adapts his approach to meet each student's needs. Andrew has a goal-oriented teaching style by holding student recitals and helping his students enter music competitions and festivals, such as the National Federation of Music Club. He also stays active in professional music organizations such as MAPTA and MTNA. Oh yes, and Andrew rides a motorcycle to lessons.

Not accepting new students

Anna Mayo

Anna Mayo

Anna holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from UW-Stevens Point. She has been teaching music in the Milwaukee area schools for the past five years and is excited to be joining the Brass Bell team! Anna has experience with students of all ages, from kindergartners to adults. She loves getting to know her students and their families, and is passionate about being a part of both their development as a musician and as a person of character. Anna has a wealth of knowledge around a variety of method books and teaching techniques. She offers lessons in both piano and cello and looks forward to meeting you soon!

Not 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

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Carol Alms

Carol Alms

Carol has two advanced piano performance degrees: a M.M. from the University of Washington and a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has attended workshops at the Julliard School of Music, performed and taught in concerts that range from solo classical piano at Yale to accompanying the Connecticut and Boston Women's choir, to being the pianist in the pit with the Seattle Civic Light Opera, to playing background jazz at the Hilton. Carol has performed and taught piano for 36 years and has had students perform in district and state competitions. Her professional goal is to continue teaching, performing, arranging, composing, and learning music in all possible genres while adjusting these experiences to meet the needs of today's audience and students.

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Connie Gordon

Connie

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

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

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

Minimum age: 5

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Ioulia Ionina

Julia

Ioulia Ionina received her early musical training in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied Music Education at State Herzen University, where she finished with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. After moving to Pittsburgh, PA in 1999, Ioulia studied Piano Performance at Duquesne University, where she received a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma Certificate. After moving to Milwaukee, WI in 2009, Ioulia completed the post baccalaureate program at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and became a certified general music teacher K5-12. Ioulia has taught individual and group piano lessons for more than 26 years. She is a former faculty member at Community College of Allegheny County and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Her professional experience also includes playing organ and piano in churches and singing in choirs. Currently, Ioulia works at Albright Methodist Church as an organist/pianist, teaches privately at Brass Bell Music Store, and holds a music teacher position at St. Agnes Elementary School.


Additional Langauges:

Russian

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Joanna Rogowski

Joanna

Joanna teaches beginning through advanced piano to students 5 and up. Lessons focus on practice habits, technique, and of course, musicality. While method book work is important, Joanna believes that the integration of outside repertoire is vital in the musical growth of a student. There will be a recital once a year in which the students are strongly encouraged to participate. Currently, Joanna is working towards her BFA in Piano Performance at UWM under Profesor Elena Abend. Past training includes three years at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music under María Schlei. Recently, she has taught, accompanied, and performed as a soloist and chamber group member. Though her experience is largely in the classical genre, she does have limited experience in gospel and jazz. Piano has been the one of the most wonderful parts of her life and she is excited to pass this on to her students.

Minimum age: 6

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Joe Nicolay

Joe

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

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Katherine Powers

Katherine

Kathy teaches beginning through advanced piano to students age 5 and up. Inquire in store for more info on Katherine P.

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Maria Delgado

Maria

Maria Valentina Delgado has been teaching since 2001 and has been a member of the piano faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 2010. Maria has multiple levels of teaching experience from beginners to University level. She has taught individual and group lessons at UWM as a Lecturer. At 11 years old Maria debuted as a soloist with the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra and performed with all the major Symphony orchestras and theaters throughout Venezuela. She participated in the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Institute of Chamber Music at UWM and has performed in various locations throughout Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin. She won first prize in three piano competitions: the “Harriet Serr” Competition in 1994, the “Moisés Moleiro” National Competitions in 1996 and McDowell Club of Milwaukee in 2005. In 1997 the President of Venezuela, Dr. Rafael Caldera, awarded her the Medal of the Third Grade Order “Jose Felix Rivas Prize” highest honor to a Venezuelan young artist due to her artistic merits and contributions to her country. Maria received her Piano Performance degree from the “Escuela de Musica Manuel A. Lopez” in Venezuela. She came to the United States under a full scholarship for her Bachelors and Master's degrees in Music / Piano Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the guidance of Prof. Judit Jaimes.

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that learning an instrument is a process that goes with dedication, perseverance, commitment and patience. People are unique individuals and as so, they will learn at their own rate to fulfill their own potential. I think whether it is a hobby or a career, the basics of a proper technique, theory and correct practice habits are very important for all ages and all levels. They give the tools to be able to translate notes into sounds and feelings to get the complete experience of what music is about. I also believe that students have to love and enjoy music and have fun with the process of learning, without these there is no improvement.


Additional Langauges:

Spanish

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Michel Shestak

Michel

Michel Shestak received her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where she studied with Dr. Timothy Schorr. She completed her master’s degree in Collaborative Piano-Vocal at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teachers included Jeffry Peterson, Katja Phillabaum, Elena Abend, and Judit Jaimes. She is active as an accompanist in the greater Milwaukee area and current organ scholar at the Cathedral Church of All Saints.

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Renato Umali

Renato

Renato studied classical music at Northwestern University, graduating in 1993. He continues to perform as a wedding pianist and as a keyboardist in pop and rock groups. His teaching style is quite traditional: there is an emphasis on rhythm and note-reading. Older and adult students are introduced to chord formation and harmony. Renato holds two piano recitals a year and encourages his students to participate in the Wisconsin Federation of Music Spring Music Festival. He also teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is a faculty member in the Film Department.

Minimum age: 10

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Ruth Brown

Ruth

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

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

Minimum age: 6

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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.

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String Teachers

    Sunday

  • Ian
  • Anahit

    Monday

  • Anna
  • Ben

    Tuesday

  • Alex
  • Ben

    Wednesday

  • Dana
  • Jonathan

    Thursday

  • Iuliia
  • Anahit
  • Jonathan

    Friday

    Saturday

  • Deanne

Iuliia Mykolyk

Iuliia

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

Additional Langauges:

Ukrainian, Russian

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Anahit (Anna) Campbell

Anahit

Anahit (Anna) Campbell has been playing violin for over 20 years, teaching for 12 years, and holds a M.S. degree. She teaches violin at all levels, ages, and styles. She uses the traditional method and emphasizes music theory. Her main goal is to share her love of music with her students and ensure that they enjoy learning and have fun while doing so. Anahit’s students learn how to perform in recitals, play in orchestras, and compete in competitions. Student achievements include highest (“Superior”) scores for all students who participated in the WMTA competition.

She has studied with Ms. Anna Svirski (Columbus, OH) as well as Ms. Cheri Lyon-Kelley (Louisville, KY). Anahit enjoys playing in the community and has been a part of numerous symphony, chamber, community, and pit orchestras, as well as festivals, competitions, and gigs.

Minimum age: 3 with parent, 6 without

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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!

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!

Anna Mayo

Anna Mayo

Anna holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from UW-Stevens Point. She has been teaching music in the Milwaukee area schools for the past five years and is excited to be joining the Brass Bell team! Anna has experience with students of all ages, from kindergartners to adults. She loves getting to know her students and their families, and is passionate about being a part of both their development as a musician and as a person of character. Anna has a wealth of knowledge around a variety of method books and teaching techniques. She offers lessons in both piano and cello and looks forward to meeting you soon!

Not Accepting new students

Jonathan Brodie

Jonathan

Jonathan Brodie studied modern violin and viola with Abraham Chavez at the University of Colorado and Robert Emile at the University of Nebraska. He also holds a teaching certificate in instrumental music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He has taught stringed instruments in the Whitefish Public Schools for the past 29 years and will retire from that position at the end of the 2017-18 school years. He has also taught for the Latino Arts String Program and maintains a private teaching studio.

Orchestral paying has been with the Lincoln Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Milwaukee Civic Orchestra , and the Waukesha Symphony. More recently, he has played baroque violin, viola, and viola da gamba with Shakespeare’s Band, Ensemble Musical Offering, The King’s Musique (under the aegis of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s ACE program) and the Klezmer-folk band, the Chai Guys.

In 2012 he was named Music Teacher of the Year by the Milwaukee Civic Music Association

To honor his life-long affection for cowboy music, he is now playing fiddle for Mike’s Country Classics and working hard to get better at his mandolin chops.

Not 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!

Dana DeBofsky

Dana

Dana is from Highland Park, Illinois and began playing the violin at age 4 and the viola at age 17. She has a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Lawrence University and is currently a Masters of String Pedagogy student at UW-Milwaukee. She has attended such festivals as Interlochen, College Light Opera Company and Aspen Music Festival, and is currently a violist with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra.

Minimum age: 6

Accepting new students!

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

  • Clay

    Monday

  • Clay
  • Alec

    Tuesday

  • Paul

    Wednesday

  • Paul

    Thursday

  • Paul

    Friday

    Saturday

Paul Westfahl

Paul

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. Paul has been seen performing with the MIlwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Racine Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Swing Nouveau, The Eastside Jazz Orchestra, The Little Lake Stompers and Swing Chevron.

As an educator, Paul holds a position on the percussion faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, privately at Brass Bell Music Store and as a clinician for area schools. In addition to working with students and maintaining a busy 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 and collectives in the Milwaukee area such as the SeedSounds series and the DIY Chamber Orchestra and UnrehearsedMKE. Since 2014, Paul has dedicated himself to studying tabla along with South Indian rhythm and is a disciple of Pandit Hindole Majumdar.

"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 treat with upmost seriousness."

- Paul

Minimum age: 10

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

Alec Burke

Alec Burke

Alec Burke is pursuing his M.M. In Performance from UW-Milwaukee as the Trumpet Teaching Assistant. He also holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Ball State University. Currently, Alec is on faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Brookfield Academy. 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 other music non-profits, 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. Alec has been the Trumpet Teaching Artist for the Music for the Sake of Music summer festival in Green Bay, WI since 2015. Currently, Alec performs in the UW-Milwaukee Brass Quintet and with his band Ekruteak.

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

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Ukulele & Folk Teachers

    Sunday

  • Michael
  • Raul

    Monday

  • Ben

    Tuesday

  • Ben
  • Sergio
  • Ramiro

    Wednesday

  • Sergio

    Thursday

  • Michael
  • Sergio
  • Ramiro

    Friday

  • Michael
  • Jack

    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!

Jack Tell

Jack

Jack is a multi instrumentalist graduating from the UWM finger-style guitar program this spring. 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: 7

Accepting previous students 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!

Sergio Hernandez Felix

Sergio

Sergio was born in Mexico and has resided in the U.S since 2012. Sergio received a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In May 2019, Sergio received his Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Cuban virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. During his education, Sergio achieved notable international performances including Vienna and Spain.

Additional Langauges:

Spanish

Minimum age: 8

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!

Voice Teachers

    Sunday

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

  • Nicole

    Thursday

  • Ruth

    Friday

  • Nicole

    Saturday

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!

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!

Xai Osa

Nicole McCarty

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 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!

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Woodwind Teachers

    Sunday

  • Clay

    Monday

  • Clay

    Tuesday

  • Mike
  • Jennifer

    Wednesday

  • Mike

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

  • Miko

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

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!

Mike Miller

Mike

Mike fell in love with the tenor sax in middle school and has been playing it ever since. He toured the northeast with the 19th Army Band, with such luminaries as Grover Washington, Jr. and Billy Cobham. Around that time he studied in NYC with jazz great Joe Henderson. Mike considers it great good fortune to have worked with such legendary local groups as Junior and The Classics, The Esquires, and Vic Pitts and The Cheaters. From there, Mike went on the road with many groups, including Jackie Wilson. While performing with Motown recording artist Chuck Jackson, he played shows with Gladys Knight, David Ruffin and Dianna Ross and The Supremes. Mike's travels have taken him to Germany, Paris, India, Miami Beach, and Myrtle Beach, where he met and became friends with soon-to-be-stellar bass player Steve Bailey. Along the way he added flute, clarinet and all the other saxophones to the list of his instruments for performing and teaching. At North Texas State University he studied with James Ogilvie and Denis Diamond. Besides currently playing with the super talented people in The Mike Miller Group, he teaches privately at Brass Bell Music (since 1994) and retired from the Milwaukee Public Schools as a traveling music teacher, and co-conducted two Milwaukee Biennial Music Festivals.

Minimum age: 4th grade

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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: 14

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