Piano/Keyboard – Voice – Recreational Music Making
Sandy Ryan – Owner/Director
Sandy believes that solid fundamentals lead to confidence in ability. She likes to use well-researched and proven teaching techniques to bring out the best in students. Listening, singing and thinking are the priorities of every lesson. Getting to know her students and the music that motivates and moves them on an emotional level is the rewarding process that has kept her teaching in the Sussex area for over 20 years. A variety of music study opportunities abound in her studio: Group and private lessons, annual recitals, master classes with state university instructors, accompanying other students, adjudicated events and basic digital piano/electronic keyboard operation. She offers a free meet and greet time to all her students prior to starting lessons.
Sandy studied voice, piano, and piano pedagogy at UW-Waukesha and Alverno College as an adult and continued private piano lessons with Don Stimpert of Waukesha. She is also certified to teach nationally-known MusikGarten programs. Sandy regularly updates and improves her skills through attending annual workshops and seminars – the studio wall is full of certificates of completion. Currently, she is studying classical voice with our instructor, Darralyn Scott.
List of Piano Methods Used: Alfred Premier Piano Method, All Alfred Piano Courses, Faber’s Piano Adventures, Bastien Piano Method, Hal Leonard Piano Student Library’s Piano Method, The Music Tree, Piano Discoveries by Lorenz Publishing, Glover Piano Method (Piano All The Way), John Thompson’s Piano Method, John Schaum’s Piano Method, Leila Fletcher’s Piano Method, Hal Leonard Adult Piano Method, Piano Adventures Adult Piano Method, Keyboard Encounters Adult Group Method, Musical Moments Adult Group Method, Way Cool Keyboarding for Kids and Teens.
Sandy is the Director of Music Dynamics, is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (http://mtna.org) and state affiliate Wisconsin Music Teachers Association wisconsinmusicteachers.com and she is the Treasurer for the local Greater Milwaukee Chapter. She also has a broad background in church worship music, weddings and funerals. She plays the organ and piano and accompanies her own vocals. Currently, Sandy has a regular Sunday morning engagement as worship musician with St. Anskar’s Episcopalian Church in Hartland. (http://stanskar.net)
Contact: email@example.com, 262-820-9984 or 262-533-5020
Robin Wohlfeil (See also Classical Guitar & Piano)
Voice – Flute
Danielle is an undergraduate student at Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls and is majoring in music with an emphasis in string pedagogy. She has participated in Indiana University summer string academy as well as in the Falls Baptist Church music program. She has had the opportunity to study under Elizabeth Zempel, Mimi Zweig, Suzanne Ignaszak,and Jamie Hofman. In addition to her studies, she has been able to participate in master classes with Erin Aldridge and Wyatt Sutherland.
Danielle started violin at the age of three and has continued her study for the past 20 years.She currently teaches private lessons ranging from beginner level through advanced and also leads orchestras and groups on a regular basis.
Classical Guitar, Piano, Musikgarten
Robin is a classical guitarist and pianist with a BA in Music from Carroll University. She is passionate about the value of music education to enrich lives. She has been teaching guitar (classical approach) and piano since 2007. Her students can expect an emphasis on strong basics through an individualized, balanced program of study. In addition, students are encouraged to explore their interests, discover new musical territory and engage in creative projects. Performance opportunities are offered at various times throughout the year.
Band Instruments – Low Brass
Rachel teaches all beginning band instruments and specializes in low brass for beginning to advanced students.
Rachel Deutsch began her musical training with piano at age 7, but she began singing and composing as early as 3 years. In middle school, she picked up the trombone and began studying under Lake Country local Randy Hake in high school. She continues to play trombone and recently received her B.A. in Instrumental Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Rachel loves working with band students of all ages and has a passion to see her students grow musically and academically.
Rachel has performed in the Arrowhead High School Wind Ensemble and North Jazz Band, the Augustana College Symphonic Orchestra and Band, and numerous low brass ensembles. She has toured the Midwest and throughout Japan, playing trombone with the Augustana College Symphonic Band. Rachel has studied under leading contemporary interpreter of saxophone, Randall Hall; ground-breaking composer Jacob Bancks; conductor and brass professor James Lambrecht; and low brass professor Samantha Keehn.
Born in Milwaukee in 1949. Moved to Whitefish Bay in 1964. Attended St. Phillip Neri Elem. School; Dominican HS; UWM Fine Arts School, majoring in Music Education-major instruments: Percussion; and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, studying electronic music.
Teaching Philosophy: Flexibility; Balance; Creativity. A teacher should be flexible in teaching. Students don’t learn at the same rate, and have individual interests. Balance is achieved through the use of sight, sound and touch studies. Creativity is achieved by mastery of ear-, eye- and hand-foot co-ordination studies (listening and copying; reading music; music techniques).
What goes on in a lesson: At the first lesson, the student will be asked what he/she would like to learn. This will serve as a focus in the lessons. New drummers may need basic technical studies before focusing on their goals. The topics of instruction are listed above in “Philosophy”.
Background: Teaching private lessons professionally since 1966. Teaching class percussion lessons at Milwaukee Public Schools since 1979. Performing professionally since 1968 in symphonies, wedding bands, ethnic groups, concert bands, rock, blues, jazz, country, Hawiian, Jamaican, Latin, Swing and other styles.
Vic Firth company Artist Instructor’s Award for 60,000+ private lessons taught. Performed through the USA; Canada; Mexico; Jamaica; France; Germany; Austria; Hungary. Has been awarded over a dozen teaching awards, including Teacher of the Decade 1979- ’89 and 1989-’99.
Megan holds a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Multiple Woodwinds Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has performed with university and professional ensembles including the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Champaign Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, Kettle Moraine Symphony, and Wisconsin Philharmonic. While a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, she performed with both the Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, she traveled with MYSO Senior Symphony to Prague and Vienna, participating in the Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival. Her past teachers include Timothy McGovern, Ted Soluri, and Beth Giacobassi.
Megan enjoys working with students to develop a strong foundation in all aspects of music making. Her pedagogical priorities include establishing solid fundamental skills in note reading, rhythm, intonation, and phrasing. This includes setting goals, creating a consistent practice plan, and fostering a positive learning environment. In addition to standard method books and repertoire, she encourages students to explore other musical styles and interests. She is able to teach her bassoon students how to make and adjust their own reeds. Megan takes joy in seeing her students overcome challenges both musically and personally.