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.
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.