the concluding passage of a musical piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.

Private Music Lessons

Your BA scholar can study music with top-notch private instructors right at school. Our highly-qualified music instructors can guide your student to new musical heights whether they are just beginning on an instrument, expanding their skills to augment their experience 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 Independence Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Piano
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Lower School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 3–5, in Liberty Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Piano
    • Clarinet
    • Saxophone
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Middle School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 6–8, in Freedom Hall or Independence Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Piano
    • Clarinet
    • Saxophone
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Upper School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 9–12 for the following instruments:
    • Piano
    • Clarinet
    • Saxophone
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Schedule, Policy, Tuition


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  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Diane Voegtlin - Piano

    Diane Voegtlin has performed extensively throughout Europe and the USA as both a classical pianist and as a singer/songwriter.

    She currently leads two projects, Potter’s Daughter, and Octarine Sky, which record and perform Diane’s original compositions. The latest album by Octarine Sky, (Close to Nearby) features Simon Phillips on drums and Guthrie Govan on guitar.

    Diane earned a BA in classical piano performance (Robert Goldsand) from the Manhattan School of Music and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in classical piano performance (Konstantin Lifschitz) from the Luzern Conservatory in Switzerland.

    She has worked as collaborative pianist at Shenandoah University, LaGrange College, Children’s Theater Charlotte, Charlotte Theater, and has extensive experience teaching piano, both in the USA and in Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • Sarah Kwon (Suae Yun) - Piano

    BM Northeastern Illinois University
    Miss Kwon 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 Sarah Kwon here.
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