Cascio Music Lessons & Instructors - Take Lessons At Cascio Interstate Music Store Located Near Milwaukee, Wisconsin On National Avenue In New Berlin, WI

Cascio Offers Music Lessons for All Ages & Skill Levels

We offer personalized music instruction with some of the best teachers in the state! These lessons encompass technique, theory, performance and songwriting for all different types of instrument, including:

  • GUITARS: acoustic, electric, bass
  • PERCUSSION: drum set, mallets, marching symphonic, jazz, latin or R&B
  • PIANO: keyboards, organ, acoustic
  • STRINGS: violin, viola, cello, bass
  • WOODWINDS: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe
  • BRASS: trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba
  • VOICE: rock, pop, classical or opera musical theater
  • SPECIALTY: accordion, harmonica, ukulele

Lessons run between $17 to $25 per half hour (though 45 minute or one hour lessons are also available) and are determined by individual instructor. Lesson hours run Monday to Thursday (10am-7:30pm), Friday (10am-6:30pm), Saturday (10am-4:30pm) and Sunday (11am-3:30pm). Instrument rentals are also available in-store. Please contact Rachel Repetti at rrepetti@interstatemusic.com or call our helpful customer service department at 262-789-7600 if you have any further questions. All lessons are availabe at Cascio's Retail SuperStore located at 13819 W. National Ave. in New Berlin, Wisconsin (located near Milwaukee).


Instructor Bios: Guitar | Percussion | Piano | Strings | Woodwinds & Brass | Voice | Specialty


Guitar Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Jim Barr (Guitar, Electric Bass)

  • Has taught in the Milwaukee area for over 14 years.
  • Studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Participated in the MATC Guitar Music program under Jack Grassel. Has studied rock, blues, American finger style, classical, and jazz with numerous other area guitarists and educators.
  • Teaches students to recognize the fundamentals of guitar music theory and their respective application to the fingerboard, as well as the elements that differentiate musical styles. Knowledgeable in theory, harmony, analysis, transcription, ear training, and sight reading methodology.
  • Voted Milwaukee's "Best Music Teacher" by the Shepherd Express.
  • For publication, has transcribed music for Milwaukee area guitar phenom, Greg Koch.
  • Welcomes enthusiastic students of all ages and abilities.

Doug Boduch (Guitar)

  • Studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Emphasis on classical guitar technique, theory and improvisation and is also versed in rock, blues, classical and finger style techniques.
  • Has taught in the Milwaukee area for over 10 years.
  • Currently working as a freelance music editor and recording artist, producing instructional CD's and videos for the Hal Leonard Corporation.
  • Welcomes all skill levels from beginner to advanced, electric or acoustic.

Joey Carini (Guitar)

  • Education includes studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelor's Degree from UW-Milwaukee.
  • Studied with Greg Koch for two years.
  • Currently performs with SaddleBrook, Lovanova and No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band).
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Dallas Dagenhardt (Guitar)

  • Degree in Music Recording and Technology with an emphasis on Music Theory.
  • Performs locally and around the Midwest with the band "Super Custom Deluxe".
  • Nominated for WAMI "Guitar Player of the Year" in 2006.
  • Specializes in many styles of rock, blues and pop music.
  • Tailors lesson to each student's needs and interests.
  • Shows students the musical skills needed to perform with other musicians.
  • Teaches ages 8 and up.

Jeff Dagenhardt (Guitar)

  • Degree in Mechanical Technology from M.I.T.
  • Over forty years experience playing and teaching guitar.
  • Opened for bands including Lynard Skynard, Cheap Trick, Blues Brothers and others.
  • Has played at every Summerfest.
  • Specializes in blues, classic rock, fingerstyle and some metal.
  • Flexible scheduling. Learn your favorite songs. Set your own pace.
  • Teaches ages 7 and up. Full or part time students welcome.

Dan Johnston (Guitar)

  • Educated at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, emphasis on jazz and music theory.
  • Adv. studies with Gregory Scott, Chris Hansen, Greg Carpenter, Troy Stetina, Don Linke, Jimmy Stewart & Bill Martin.
  • Over the years, has performed with many popular groups, opened for national acts, released his own CD's and made several television appearances.
  • Has been the guitarist (since 2005) for the house band of the Milwaukee chapter of a national women's showcase known as Chick Singer Night.
  • Area teacher since 1992, Cascio Interstate Music teacher since 1998.
  • Teaches all styles of music, specializing in blues, rock, country and jazz.

Dave Kasik (Guitar, Electric Bass)

  • Music Occupations Degree from Milwaukee Area Tech College. Graduated with Honors.
  • A professional musician for over 42 years.
  • Played and recorded with Leroy Airmaster, Jim Liban, Short Stuff, Spanic Boys, Jon Paris, Sam McCue, and Tim Castle and Young Southern.
  • Specializes in blues, blues rock, rock & roll and theory.
  • Teaches ages 4 and up.

Randy Komberec (Guitar)

  • Graduate of the Madison Media Institute - Recording Technology.
  • Studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music with George Lindquist.
  • Bass player for the jazz band at UW-Waukesha and the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.
  • Current, active member of many local bands: The Boogiemen, Band X, Moloko Shivers (performer, writer and arranger of original music), The Sofa Kings and The Lawrence Brothers.
  • Welcomes students of all skill levels, ages 8 years and up.

Jon Matelski (Electric Bass)

  • Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance, U.W. Stevens Point 1996.
  • Private instructor in Milwaukee area since 2004.
  • Member of band Highway 414 (blues, classic rock and originals). Has played with the Central Wisconsin Symphony.
  • Freelance jazz performer with groups such as the Howard Schneider Orchestra, Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate, Burgundy Ties, and the Dick Strauss Orchestra, etc.
  • Lessons emphasize ear-training, music theory, reading, and transrcription of students choice music.
  • Teaches ages 10 and up.

Matt Miller (Electric Bass, Guitar)

  • Studied at UW-Eau Claire and at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA.
  • Teaches a variety of styles including jazz, classical, latin and rock.
  • Creator of educational website millermusicmethod.com that provides students with play along mp3 audio files along with sheet music to enhance performance skills.
  • Has Performed with national artists like Jeff Coffin, The Flock, Chris Poland, Ignacio Berroa, and American Standard. Currently performs more locally as a hired musician and is an active composer / writer of music for both radio and television.
  • Teaches both individual and small group music theory courses tailored to teach students how to become strong leaders, understand improvisation, and become versatile musicicans.
  • Offers specialty group lessons to small ensembles looking to expand their knowledge of all styles of music and develop their own sound as an original group.
  • Lessons are tailored to the individual students needs, offering a progressive course for advancing students of all ages and styles. Willing to accept beginning students if they are serious and self motivated.

Jim Mitchell (Guitar)

  • Bachelor of Music - Classical Guitar Performance degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
  • General music certification - General Music K-6 from Mount Mary College.
  • Performed for the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society, weddings and parties.
  • Has played in master classes of Angel Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Robert Guthrie and numerous others.
  • Constructs his own guitars.
  • Cascio Interstate Music Instructor since 1990.
  • Teaches a variety of styles including jazz, classical, folk and rock.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Rigel Mitchell (Guitar, Electric Bass)

  • Attends UW-Milwaukee pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree.
  • Active musician for over 10 years. Current musician in the Milwaukee area, playing clubs and outdoor festivals.
  • Main focus is rock and blues music, electric and acoustic styles.
  • Brings enthusiasm to his teaching and welcomes students of all ages and skill levels.

Keith Pulvermacher (Guitar)

  • Cascio Interstate Music teacher since 2002.
  • Over 25 years experience, with over 15 years experience with live performance and recording.
  • Active local musician, currently performing both solo and with the Love Monkeys.
  • Has worked in the past with: Kenny Aronoff (Michelle Branch, John Mellencamp), Louis Johnson (Quincy Jones, Brothers Johnson), Stephanie Eulinberg (Kid Rock). Recently auditioned for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
  • Strong focus on blues, rock, country and jazz, ear training, theory and songwriting.
  • Works individually to help students reach their personal goals.
  • Great with all ages and experience levels.

Don Szymanski (Guitar)

  • Professional musician for over 30 years. Don has performed & recorded with many bands during the span of his career from Milwaukee to New York.
  • Proficient teaching skills in: music theory, songwriting, improvisation, reading and writing transcription, advanced playing technique with special attention in helping his students visualize the fret board in a way that they will understand scales, chords, arpeggios & soloing.
  • Patient and caring teaching style. Learn at the pace you are comfortable with.
  • If you want to learn songs exactly as they were recorded, Don will precisely explain & write out for you a note by note transcription of your favorite songs along with teaching you the special playing tricks used by the artist.
  • Over 25 years of professional teaching experience (children to elderly).

Jim Waller (Guitar)

  • Studied with Richard Pick, James Yoghourijian, master classes with Andre Segovia.
  • Performed at Wisconsin Conservatory and across Wisconsin on lute and other early musical instruments.
  • Backed Patsy Cline, Ray Price and appeared on Johnny Cash show on tour playing guitar.
  • WAMI award winner for bluegrass banjo.
  • Lecturer / performer on ethnic instruments for The International Institute.
  • Guitarist in "The Elegant Gypsies".
  • Teacher in Milwaukee area for over 25 years.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Percussion Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Bob Hudy (Percussion)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Instrumental Music Certification from UW-Milwaukee.
  • Orchestral percussion including marimba, xylophone, bells, marching percussion, and drum sets of all styles.
  • Instructor for the state high school honors band at UW-Green Bay.
  • Adjudicator for the Wisconsin Federation of Music. Serves as Master Adjudicator at District and State levels of the WSMA (Wisconsin State Music Association).
  • Performs and records professionally with many diverse groups. Clinician in-demand throughout the Midwest.
  • Active member of Central State Judges Association, judging of drum corps throughout the Midwest.
  • Listed in Modern Drummer magazine's International Directory of Drum Instructors.
  • Has over 35 years teaching experience specializing in drum set, symphonic, marching and ethnic percussion.
  • Experienced conductor of symphonic and marching bands, jazz ensembles, pit orchestras and percussion ensembles.
  • Teaches ages 8 and up.

Justin Krol (Percussion)

  • Attended UW-Oshkosh and UW-Milwaukee. Over 15 years playing experience.
  • Extensive international and domestic touring including Europe, South America, Australia and Africa.
  • Currently tours and performs around 150 dates a year with Fresh water Collins (Milwaukee), The Celebrated Workingman (Milwaukee), Corey Hart (Madison) and The Amber Estate (Minneapolis).
  • Current endorser of GMS Drums, Istanbul AGOP Cymbals and Silverfox Drumsticks.
  • Enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities.

Mark Mantel (Percussion)

  • Born 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Received Ph.D at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Music explores the creation and layering of dense musical materials derived from physical models, text-driven and real-time live electronics, "found-objects," and theatrical elements.
  • Started musical life as percussionist and remains active in the performance of orchestral and chamber music, avant-garde, experimental, rock, blues, and new music.
  • Actively involved in the first wave of independent music, playing rock, crossover, and punk.
  • Orchestral training and experience opened the doors to studio work in Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Buffalo and other cities.
  • Performed orchestral percussion (primarily in modern music ensembles) in New York and Europe.
  • Remains active as a conductor and improviser in the U.S. and Europe. His music has been heard throughout the U.S., Japan, Australia and Europe.

Ryan Schiedermayer (Percussion)

  • Private instructor since 1998 with over 15 years of drum set and percussion experience.
  • Studied abroad in Puerto Rico and has toured internationally throughout Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean.
  • Has performed locally with Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans, Janet Planet and Urban World, Madison-based salsa band Madisala, the Arrangement jazz quartet and the world beat percussion ensemble Pangea.
  • Actively plays at events such as Summerfest, Rainbow Summer and the Navy Pier in Chicago.
  • Currently the drummer and co-leader for Streetlife, the house band for the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Specializes in several musical styles from Latin / Afro-Cuban to jazz, R&B, funk and folk.
  • Welcomes students of all skill levels ages 8 years and up.

Dave Schoepke (Percussion)

  • Studied at UW-Waukesha and UW-Whitewater.
  • Workshops with Ed Thigpen and Dom Famularo, Gordy Knudtsen, Jim Chapin. Session musician for over 50 albums.
  • Drummer / percussionist for national artist Willy Porter since 2002. Involved in local bands Lovanova, Jimmy at the Prom, Tristan Royalty Squad.
  • Ten WAMI nominations, "Drummer of the Year" winner in 2009.
  • Conducts clinics, member of Vic Firth Teachers Network, plays 200 shows / year nationally. Endorsed by Yamaha & Paiste.
  • Teaches all styles from Latin and Afrobeat, to hard rock and metal, to jazz, folk and funk.
  • Will develop a lesson plan around student. Uses multimedia approach to teaching.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Piano Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Roza Borisova (Piano)

  • Studied at Miami University, MA. Lived in Oxford, OH.
  • Attended the Music Academy of Gnesin's in Moscow, Russia.
  • Has played in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.
  • Worked as assistant and principal.
  • Worked at Lawrence Academy of Music as a cello teacher.
  • Current freelance musician in the Milwaukee area.
  • Teaches beginner piano ages 3 and up.

Alissa Christopherson (Piano)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Saint Mary's University, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Education at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Former choral and general music educator at De La Salle Elementary School, grades K-7, in Memphis, TN.
  • Served as music liturgist and piano accompanist in church and various recitals.
  • Active singer at weddings and recitals. Soloist at the Cathedral of Milwaukee, member of the Cathedral Choir.
  • Former member of the international-touring University Choir, Cathedral Choir of Memphis, and lead singer for praise and worship bands.
  • Has recorded original compositions and collaborated with other projects as both vocalist and pianist.
  • Experience with teaching beginning and intermediate piano and voice students, ages 6-20.
  • Enjoys teaching young musicians!

Jeanne Hryniewicki (Piano)

  • Studied at Alverno College.
  • Active teacher for over 25 years, teaching students of all ages. Employee of Cascio Interstate Music since 1992.
  • Past President of the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs (WFMC). Representative from Wisconsin to the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). Executive Board Member of the NFMC and Secretary / Treasurer for the North Central Region of the NFMC. Chairman of the WFMC Waukesha Area Federation Festival and Wisconsin State Junior Composes Chairman.
  • In addition to WFMC, active member of the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association and Lake Country Music Club. President of the Cascio School of Music Federated Club. Adjudicator for WFMC Federation Festivals as well as MAPTA and WMTA Auditions.
  • Students actively participate in WFMC Junior Festival, WSMA Solo / Ensemble Contest and semiannual recitals.
  • Enjoys working with students from 5 years old to adult.

Rosemary Poetzel (Piano)

  • Master of Music & Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Northwestern University.
  • Possesses 500 unlimited music teaching licenses from the State of Wisconsin.
  • 45 years of teaching experience including private lessons, Milwaukee Public Schools: Junior High Music & Orchestra, West Allis - Grade School Strings and Junior High Orchestra.
  • Welcomes students of all ages and skill levels, including special needs students.

Andrea Schwellinger (Piano)

  • Master of Arts degree with emphasis in piano performance from California State University, Los Angeles. Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Lawrence University.
  • Further studies at Alverno College, Pius XII Institute in Florence, Italy and Aspen Music Festival, among others.
  • Active teacher for over 25 years, teaching students of all ages.
  • Former teacher at MATC, Elmbrook School District and Burlington School District.
  • Member and adjudicator for the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs (WFMC) and the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association (MMTA). Students participate in the WFMC Federation Festival and MMTA auditions, as well as recitals.
  • Welcomes students 6 years and older at beginning, intermediate or early advanced levels.

Mary Thomas (Piano)

  • B.A. Music Education and Music Therapy from UW-Milwaukee. Studied jazz at Wisconsin conservatory of Music.
  • Recently completed 4 year course in the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute with internationally renown master teacher, N. Jane Tan.
  • Full-time piano instructor at Cascio since 1998. Also a performer, organist and adjudicator in Milwaukee and surrounding metropolitan area.
  • Specializes in teaching "natural technique" (how to play correctly), music theory, jazz / classical / pop, accompanying skills and college prep for auditions and placement exams.
  • All ages and interests welcome, including the very young and special needs students. Believes that studying music is a pleasurable, life-long endeavor.
  • Teaches ages 4 and up.

Stas Venglevski (Piano)

  • Masters degree in Music from the Russian Academy of Music, Moscow.
  • Instructor at Cascio Interstate Music since 1996.
  • Studied accordion with famed Russian accordionist, Friedrich Lips.
  • Active participant in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program (ACE) and in Milwaukee theater productions.

Alicia York (Piano)

  • Currently studying at Charter Oak College.
  • Studied piano for 15 years. Active teacher since 2002.
  • Presently studying with Dr. Jaimes, the piano department chair.
  • Studied composing with Julie Brandenburg and Dr. Keith Carpenter.
  • An accompanist at Maranatha Bible Baptist College, fall 2005.
  • Enjoys teaching piano and voice to a variety of age and skill levels.

Strings Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Roza Borisova (Cello)

  • Studied at Miami University, MA. Lived in Oxford, OH.
  • Attended the Music Academy of Gnesin's in Moscow, Russia.
  • Has played in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.
  • Worked as assistant and principal.
  • Worked at Lawrence Academy of Music as a cello teacher.
  • Current freelance musician in the Milwaukee area.
  • Teaches cello of all levels ages 3 and up.

Jon Matelski (Double Bass)

  • Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance, U.W. Stevens Point 1996.
  • Private instructor in Milwaukee area since 2004.
  • Member of band Highway 414 (blues, classic rock and originals). Has played with the Central Wisconsin Symphony.
  • Freelance jazz performer with groups such as the Howard Schneider Orchestra, Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate, Burgundy Ties, and the Dick Strauss Orchestra, etc.
  • Lessons emphasize ear-training, music theory, reading, and transrcription of students choice music.
  • Teaches ages 10 and up.

Rosemary Poetzel (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp)

  • Master of Music & Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Northwestern University.
  • Possesses 500 unlimited music teaching licenses from the State of Wisconsin.
  • 45 years of teaching experience including private lessons, Milwaukee Public Schools: Junior High Music & Orchestra, West Allis - Grade School Strings and Junior High Orchestra.
  • Welcomes students of all ages and skill levels, including special needs students.
  • String bass lecturer at UW-Milwaukee, the National String Work shop at UW-Madison, the American String Workshop at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up, as long as student can write / print their own name.

Jim Schultz (Violin, Viola, Cello)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Milwaukee.
  • Studied with original 1st and 2nd violinists of the Fine Arts Quartet.
  • Currently performs with the Larry Lynne Band - country / rock.
  • Performs at Summerfest, State Fair, Country USA and Country Thunder.
  • Opened for Rascal Flatts, Tommy James, and Willie Nelson.
  • School, college, community theatre and orchestra experience.
  • Fiddle - WAMI nomination for "String Player of the Year".
  • Cascio Interstate teacher since 1999. Private and group teaching experience.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Holly Trimborn Schuh (Violin)

  • Studied with Leonard Sorkin, founder of the Fine Arts Quartet and master classes with Pinkas Zukerman.
  • Staff Musician and violin instructor at University of Wisconsin Washington County. Students have been accepted for further study at Oberlin, UW and with Eugene Fodor.
  • Concertmaster of opera and musical comedy orchestras throughout the Milwaukee area.
  • Performer and lecturer on ethnic styles of violin playing for the International Institute.
  • Featured performer at National Governor's Convention (1998) and World Trade Conference (2000). Solo violinist for Public Access Easter Television special (1994).
  • Solo violinist on CDs for several Wisconsin artists and CDs used for dance performances in Chicago, New York & Miami.
  • Violinsit / fiddler for "The Elegant Gypsies".
  • Averages over 250 performances per year at clubs, festivals, corporate events, weddings and formal recitals.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Jason Loveall (Violin)

  • Violin Performance at Northern Illinois University
  • Performance groups include Sam Llana, the Danglers, the Tossers, Luvahl, God's Outlaw, Esh, Violent Femmes, Derek Trucks, etc.
  • Specializes in Improvisation, Country/Bluegrass, Classical Technique, Irish, Gypsy, Beginning Violin
  • Teaches Ages 5 and up

Woodwinds & Brass Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Jenny Fedyszyn (Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree - Music History & Literature from UW-Milwaukee.
  • Principal instrument: clarinet.
  • Trained in both classical and jazz music.
  • Active member of the Collegiate Music Educators' National Conference and the Wisconsin Music Educator's Association.
  • Cascio Interstate Music instructor since 2003.
  • Welcomes students of all ages.

Ana Gerlach (Flute)

  • Master's degree - Music History & Literature from UW-Milwaukee. Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee.
  • Also studied at the Ignacio Cervantes Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba.
  • Performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Cuba.
  • Instructed flute and general music for over 20 years. Cascio Interstate Music instructor since 2001.
  • Welcomes students all ages and skill levels.

Dr. Jason S. Ladd (Tuba, Euphonium)

  • Assistant Director at Marquette University.
  • Bachelor's degree in Tuba Performance / Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Master's degrees in Tuba Performance and Music Education from Syracuse University. Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University.
  • Serves as director of the Marquette Symphonic Band and assisting with the Marquette Pep Band. Previous positions include teaching in the public schools in the cities of Oswego (NY) and Syracuse (NY). Also serving as an adjunct professor in tuba and euphonium at Syracuse University.
  • Currently serves on the advisory board for MENC's Music Educator's Journal.
  • Memberships include the American Federation of Musicians, American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, College Band Directors National Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, Music Educators.
  • National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
  • Performed with the National Touring Company of Chicago, vocalist Nancy Wilson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, tubist Howard Johnson, and conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama.
  • As a composer his works have been read by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Eppes Quartet. His works were performed by the Eastman School of Music's Tuba Mirum and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble.

Amy Miller (Flute)

  • Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance from UW-Whitewater.
  • Performed with the UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra.
  • Cascio Interstate Music instructor since 2001.
  • Welcomes students of all ages and skill levels.

Matt Miller (Trumpet)

  • Studied at UW-Eau Claire. Cascio Interstate Music instructor since 2001.
  • Teaches a variety of styles including jazz, classical and latin.
  • Creator of educational website millermusicmethod.com that provides students with play along mp3 audio files along with sheet music to enhance performance skills.
  • Has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Woody Herman, and the Flock. Currently performs more locally as a hired musician and is an active composer / writer of music for both radio and television.
  • Teaches both individual and small group music theory courses tailored to teach students how to become strong leaders, understand improvisation, and become versatile musicicans.
  • Offers specialty group lessons to small ensembles looking to expand their knowledge of all styles of music and develop their own sound as an original group.
  • Lessons are tailored to the individual students needs, offering a progressive course for advancing students of all ages and styles. Willing to accept beginning students if they are serious and self motivated.

Peter Neumer (Saxophone, Flute)

  • Saxophone performance major from Berklee College of Music.
  • Active player with over 35 years of experience.
  • Featured saxophonist with Sly and the Family Stone (1984-1986), featured performer with the jazz group Venture at the Curacao Jazz Fest (1993-1996), member of Daryl Stuermer band (1988).
  • Currently performing with The Prince Experience, 52nd Street Band and Alter Ego.
  • Keilwerth saxophone artist and clinician since 1990.
  • 2010 WAMI Award Winner for "Reed / Brass Player of the Year".
  • Offers instruction to all levels of players and musical styles.

Chris Nowak (All Brass Instruments)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental and General K-12 Music Education from the UW-Milwaukee.
  • Studied with Kevin Hartman, Mark Niehaus, Pete Roth.
  • Performer and director of the Basilica Brass Ensemble.
  • Performed with numerous artists including Wayne Bergeron, Doc Severinson, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Drake, Bud Henrseth and Vince Chicowitz.
  • Director of Bands at Whitnall High School.
  • Certified Adjudicator for the Wisconsin State Music Association.
  • Current affliliations include the International Trumpet Guild, the International Trombone Association, High School Band Director's National Association, Music Educator's National Conference and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.
  • Teaches ages 8 and up.

Darralyn Scott (Flute)

  • Bachelor of Music Flute (equivalent) from UW-Whitewater. Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • UW-Whitewater Flute Camp staff.
  • Played at National Flute Convention in Kansas City (1994). Played master classes with Judith Ormond of Milwaukee Symphony and Laura Barron.
  • Soloist and Fullbright scholar of McGill University, Montreal.
  • Judge for area festivals such as the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs.
  • Teaches Suzuki flute method as well as traditional flute methods.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.

Jill Streator (Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet)

  • Bachelor of Arts degree - Music Education from St. Benedict College.
  • Current woodwind technician for Cascio Interstate Music.
  • Active instructor for over 10 years. Cascio Interstate Music instructor since 2001.
  • Past performer in various ensembles, community bands and churches.
  • Enjoys working with highly motivated students of all ages and skill levels.

Dan Zaffran (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)

  • Bachelor of Music degree - Northern Illinois University.
  • Holds teaching licenses in general and instrumental music.
  • Band director in the Milwaukee Public Schools since 1998.
  • Has taught instrumental lessons and directed several middle and high school bands.
  • Member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and the National Association for Music Education.
  • Emphasis on Jazz Performance including jazz arranging and transcription of jazz solos, comprehensive theory, ear training and history.

Voice Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Alissa Christopherson (Voice)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Saint Mary's University, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Education at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Former choral and general music educator at De La Salle Elementary School, grades K-7, in Memphis, TN.
  • Served as music liturgist and piano accompanist in church and various recitals.
  • Active singer at weddings and recitals. Soloist at the Cathedral of Milwaukee, member of the Cathedral Choir.
  • Former member of the international-touring University Choir, Cathedral Choir of Memphis, and lead singer for praise and worship bands.
  • Has recorded original compositions and collaborated with other projects as both vocalist and pianist.
  • Experience with teaching beginning and intermediate piano and voice students, ages 6-20.
  • Enjoys teaching young musicians!
  • Teaches 10 years old and up

Darralyn Scott (Voice)

  • Bachelor of Music (Voice) degree from UW-Whitewater. Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Professional engagements at Festa Italiana and the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, and as a chorister with the Baltimore Opera Chorus, the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford, WI, the Bluemound Park Estates Independence Day Celebrations, and many area churches.
  • Performed operas in Chiari, Italy at the International Institute of Vocal Arts.
  • Recently organized performing events for students performing solos and duets at the Relay for Life Opening Ceremonies in Sussex, WI and the Sussex Village Park 50th Birthday Celebration.
  • Received two semesters of training in Pedagogy - the method of teaching singing.
  • Studied diction with acclaimed professor Thomas Grubb of the Juilliard School of Music.
  • Enjoys teaching the following styles: broadway, opera, art song, pop and some rock.
  • Assists singers in developing a strong, beautiful tone and good control of their voice.

Alicia York (Voice)

  • Currently studying at Charter Oak State College.
  • Studied voice for the last seven years.
  • Presently studying with Diane Lane.
  • Current member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.
  • Performed with the Florentine Opera and the Milwaukee Opera.
  • Teaches a children's choir.
  • Enjoys teaching voice and piano to a variety of ages and skill levels.
  • Teaches 8 years old and up.

Specialty Teacher Bios | Back to Top

Dave Kasik (Harmonica)

  • Music Occupations Degree from Milwaukee Area Tech College. Graduated with Honors.
  • A professional musician for over 42 years.
  • Played and recorded with Leroy Airmaster, Jim Liban, Short Stuff, Spanic Boys, Jon Paris, Sam McCue, and Tim Castle and Young Southern.
  • Specializes in blues, blues rock, rock & roll and theory.
  • Teaches ages 4 and up.

Stas Venglevski (Accordion, Bayon)

  • Masters degree in Music from the Russian Academy of Music, Moscow.
  • Instructor at Cascio Interstate Music since 1996.
  • Studied accordion with famed Russian accordionist, Friedrich Lips.
  • Active participant in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program (ACE) and in Milwaukee theater productions.

Jim Waller (Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Various Ethnic Strings)

  • Studied with Richard Pick, James Yoghourijian, master classes with Andre Segovia.
  • Performed at Wisconsin Conservatory and across Wisconsin on lute and other early musical instruments.
  • Backed Patsy Cline, Ray Price and appeared on Johnny Cash show on tour playing guitar.
  • WAMI award winner for bluegrass banjo.
  • Lecturer / performer on ethnic instruments for The International Institute.
  • Guitarist in "The Elegant Gypsies".
  • Teacher in Milwaukee area for over 25 years.
  • Teaches ages 5 and up.
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