Arts
Music

CODA

co•da
/ˈkōdə/
noun
the concluding passage of a musical piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.

Private Music Lessons

Your Brookfield Academy scholar can study music with top-notch private instructors right at school. Our highly-qualified music instructors guide your student to new musical heights whether they are just beginning on an instrument, expanding their skills in choir, band, or strings, or looking to reach a new level of musical mastery.

Enjoy the convenience of completing music lessons right on BA’s campus while building foundational musical literacy in a supportive and challenging environment.

Schedules are flexible to meet your student’s needs.

Please contact the Director of Summer and After-School Programs to schedule lessons.

Director of Summer and After-School Programs

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  • Ms. Mary Schmidt 

Lesson Offerings

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  • Primary School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels K4–2, in Constitution Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Lower School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 3–5, in Liberty Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Alto Saxophone
    • Cello
    • Clarinet
    • Flute
    • French Horn
    • Guitar
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Piccolo
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Viola
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Middle School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 6–8, in Freedom Hall, for the following instruments:

    • Alto Saxophone
    • Cello
    • Clarinet
    • Flute
    • French Horn
    • Guitar
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Piccolo
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Viola
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Upper School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 9–12, in Patriots Hall, for the following instruments:

    • Alto Saxophone
    • Cello
    • Clarinet
    • Flute
    • French Horn
    • Guitar
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Piccolo
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Viola
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Schedule, Fees, and Policies

    • $32/30-minute private lesson.
    • Lessons are held one day a week on full class days. There are no lessons during the first or last week of the school year or on noon dismissal days.
    • Lessons are not held if school is cancelled due to inclement weather.
    • Families will need to provide instruments for practice at home. Your instructor will be able to provide information on rental instruments and low-cost purchase options.
    • Every effort will be made to reschedule cancellations made within 48 hours of a lesson.  No refunds for lesson withdrawals will be provided.
    • Parents should contact the teacher regarding make-up lessons/conflicts/cancellations. 
    • 2021-22 Schedule and Fees
  • Registration Form

  • Payments

    CODA must be paid in full before the first lesson by cash, check written out to Brookfield Academy, or online.

    Click here to pay for lessons online.

INSTRUCTORS

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  • Jena Nahnsen - Woodwinds, Beginner Piano

    BM Iowa State University
    Jena Nahnsen is a flourishing and mindful young clarinetist and teacher with a special interest in exploring brain health advocacy through music. Jena has won spots as principal clarinet in both the University Wind Ensemble and orchestra, was a prizewinner at the Schubert Club competition in St. Paul, MN, and served as a performance fellow at The Cortona Sessions for New Music, Bay View Chamber Music Festival, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Fresh Inc. Also, she appeared as a soloist with the Iowa State Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and jazz ensemble.  Jena holds a bachelors of music degree from Iowa State University where she studied with Dr. Gregory Oakes. She is currently pursuing her masters of music degree at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee where she studies under the guidance of Mr. Todd Levy.
  • Alec Burke - Brass

    MM UW-Milwaukee; BS Ball State
    Mr. Burke is on faculty as a brass instructor with several organizations in the Milwaukee area. 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 the Muncie Symphony, 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. Currently, Alec performs in his contemporary chamber ensemble Microcosm and with his acoustic pop duo Ekruteak with his fiancé, Jennifer Rodriguez. Listen to Mr. Burke here.
  • Jamie Johns - Piano

    BM Baldwin-Wallace College, MM University of Cincinnati
    Having just finished six years of conducting the Phantom of the Opera on tour, pianist and conductor Jamie Johns is settling into civilian life in Madison, WI.

    Jamie has been the Director of Opera and Musical Theatre at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the Resident Music Director at the Skylight Opera Theatre and the Education Director at Orlando Opera. Conducting highlights include 
    The Marriage of FigaroCarmenRomeo and JulietThe Coronation of Poppea, and La Traviata. Favorite shows on which Jamie has served as music director are Avenue Q, No, No, NanetteThe Last Five YearsLittle Shop of HorrorsCabaretArchy and MehitabelJacques Brel…Rent, and The World Goes Round. In addition to shows, Jamie enjoys arranging and playing cabaret performances and recitals. Accompanying Gary Briggle as Noel Coward, Jamie has performed A Talent to Amuse; an evening with Noel Coward, in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Sarasota, Sacramento, Iowa City and St. Paul.  Other companies that Jamie has worked for include Milwaukee Rep, Florentine Opera, Madison Rep, Madison Opera, First Stage, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Bel Canto, Present Music, Writers’ Theatre (Chicago) and Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
  • Allyson Smalley - Voice

    BA Luther College - Voice & K-12 Music Education
    As a classically trained vocal musician, Mrs. Smalley believes in a holistic approach to teaching voice by connecting vocal production and technique to traditional yogic based breathing, meditation and movement. Students can expect to explore breath work, music vocabulary, vocal technique, repertoire in varied styles & genres (i.e. classical, musical theatre, contemporary, pop, etc.), and mindfulness practices for presentations and performance anxiety. She has completed Orff Graduate Music Levels 1, 2, and 3 at the University of St. Thomas and most recently taught music at The Prairie School for nine years while serving as Performing Arts Department Chair for five years.

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  • Marcya McReynolds - Voice & Piano

    BA Roosevelt University/Chicago Musical College
    Ms. McReynolds has over thirty years of experience teaching voice. She is a frequent performer with credits including: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lyric Theater of Illinois, and Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. She loves teaching students on material they are passionate about in a wide range of genres from opera to jazz and musical theatre. Listen to Marcya McReynolds here and here.
  • Brandon Miller - Guitar

    BA in Jazz Studies, UW-Milwaukee and a WI State license in General Music Education
    Mr. Miller has been performing professionally in and around the greater Milwaukee area since 2007 with Gonzales/Miller Duo, Davis/Miller Duo, Jon Lovas Trio, Brandon Miller Quartet, Brazazz, Loup, Birong, YLLA, Gauss and others. In 2013 Brandon was awarded third place in the Wilson Center International Guitar Competition in the Jazz category. When not teaching privately, Mr. Miller is a much-loved music teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools.
  • Jennifer Rodriguez - Flute & Piccolo

    BS Music Education Ball State
    Jennifer Rodriguez is a collaborative flutist and educator based in Milwaukee, WI. Described as a “breakout flutist” by Danceworks Inc., Jennifer has a passion for sharing musical experiences within local communities in solo and chamber settings. Recent projects include performing at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute and facilitating MOVE MKE, a cross-curricular fundraiser recital featuring flute and dance.
     
    Jennifer has a great passion for community involvement, having previously taught bucket drumming, storybook performance presentations, and non-traditional composition classes through after-school programs such as Girls Inc. in Indianapolis, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Muncie, Indiana.
     
    Along with being a solo artist and teacher, Jennifer Rodriguez performs with the Black Cat Ensemble, and Microcosm Ensemble with co-artist and fiancé Alec Burke. In addition to Brookfield Academy, Jennifer is an avid teacher in the Milwaukee area at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Brass Bell Music Store. Jennifer is a member of the Chicago Flute Club, President of the Flute Player’s Guild at UW-Milwaukee, and is certified in Every Child Can through the Suzuki Association. 

    Listen to Jennifer here.
  • Sharon Oh - Strings & Piano

    BM University of Memphis; MM Manhattan School of Music 
    Ms. Pyung-Kang Sharon Oh started playing the violin at the age of five and has performed in renowned venues including Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She was featured on NPR’s From the Top, a classical radio program showcasing young artists, twice in 2004 and 2005. Ms. Oh is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland College Park where she has won the school-wide concerto competition in 2015. She has participated in many prestigious festivals such as Yellowbarn Young Artist, Kneisel Hall, New York String Orchestra Seminar and has performed as a concertmaster of Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony/Philharmonia/Opera Orchestras, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra to name a few. Professionally, Ms. Oh frequently performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has been teaching for more than a decade and she would love to share her expertise and her love for music with you all!
  • Suae Yun - Piano

    BM Northeastern Illinois University
    Miss Yun studied under Susan Tang and Inna Falicks for her degree in Piano Performance at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. She has 15 years of teaching experience and enjoys helping students achieve their musical goals. Listen to Suae Yun here.
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