Making music, building dreams through the arts

Faculty

Amber Palmer
Drama Instructor
MFA Creative Writing: Playwriting Western Michigan University

BA Theatre Studies Youngstown State University
“Young artists are an unstoppable force of passion and curiosity. My goal as their instructor is to foster this innate love of creation and provide a safe space for experimentation and creativity.”

Barbara-Wolfman
Barbara Wolfman
Piano & Composition Instructor
B.M. Music Education University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
“It’s such a wonderful gift to discover new things about one’s self in the process of making music and to soar on the ability to express one’s self through that music - both alone and in collaboration with and support of others!“
Brian Grimm
Cello and Bass Guitar Instructor
B.M. with Honors in Music Theory/Composition and Jazz Minor Butler University Minor in Traditional Chinese Music Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
“My two main principles when teaching are: (1) for every student to have healthy technique, no matter what style of music they wish to play; (2) for students to comprehend applied music theory on their instrument.”
Emily Vandenberg
Voice & Drama Instructor
Bachelors of Music Education, Cert. in French at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
“By participating in the arts, we are able to broaden our perspectives on the world around us and develop a deeper appreciation for its existence in our daily lives. Few things are capable of tapping into our humanity in such a tangible yet indescribable way, and its existence simultaneously strengthens our sense of individuality and our sense of unity.”
Julie Baskinger
Program Director/Piano Instructor
B.M. Piano Performance (Pedagogy)

M.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy
“There is innate, unique, and beautiful musicianship and artistry within all people. No matter the student’s age or level of experience, anyone can achieve joy and personal satisfaction playing a musical instrument!”

Justine Ostrander
Violin/Viola/Piano Instructor
B.A. String Pedagogy and Performance with Proficiency in Piano Maranatha Baptist University
“Music is a gift. My goal in teaching is guiding students in cultivating that gift to be used to the fullest in their lives and in the lives of others.”
Kari Engleson
Executive Director/Founder/Piano Instructor
B.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy Lawrence University

M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy University of Louisville
“Everyone has an ability and a right to experience the arts. Learning moments should be a collaborative process and guide students to their own unique creative path.”

Kyle Rightley
Guitar, Euphonium, Trombone, Jazz Instructor
B.M. Euphonium Performance University of Colorado-Boulder M.M. Euphonium Performance University of Wisconsin-Madison “I want to foster individual expression, collaboration, and communication through music.”
Madison-Deyo
Madison Deyo
Art Instructor/Administrative Assistant/Media Specialist
Bachelors of Science in Art (Drawing and Illustration) and Communication Arts (Radio, TV, Film) University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Working with the arts allows people to express themselves and their creativity through a visual outlet, letting them better understand who they are as well as the world around them. The arts are the most evident sign of what it means to be a human, and participating in any form of art gives people the opportunity to foster their own creativity and individualism.”
Matt Allen
Percussion/Drum Set/Jazz Instructor
Professional Drummer, B.E. Computer Engineering, UW-Madison B.S. Computer Science, UW-Madison “When we practice music, we are improving the most central skills of the human experience: communication, teamwork, improvisation, pattern recognition, organization, mindfulness, focus, and emotional vulnerability."
Nicha-Pimthong
Nicha Pimthong
Piano Instructor
B.M. Piano Performance (First Class Honors), Mahidol University, Thailand

M.M. Piano Performance, Bowling Green State University

D.M.A. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, The University of Iowa
“I believe that music has the power to uplift, inspire, and transform. Each musical journey offers endless possibilities for character building, critical thinking, creativity and perseverance. Challenging students to become independent thinkers, I equip and provide my students with abundant musical tools to deliver music with joy and excellence.”

Peter Baggenstoss
Piano & Jazz Studies Instructor
B.S. Piano Performance, Mathematics UW-Madison
“Music education can teach us things like creativity, discipline, flexibility, and the ability to cooperate with others, but most importantly it can simply make life more enjoyable.”
Rosie Brand
Voice Instructor
B.F.A. Music with an emphasis in Musical Theater, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
“I am a strong advocate of the arts and what experience in the arts can do for children, adults, and families throughout our nation.”
Ying-Wang
Ying Wang
Piano Instructor
Ying Wang B.A. Piano Performance and Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.M. Piano Performance Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University

Currently pursuing D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
“My job as a teacher is to help students cast me aside so that they eventually become their own teacher.”