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

Now 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.

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:
    • Piano
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Lower School

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

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 4 & 5, in Liberty Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Alto Saxophone
    • Bass Clarinet
    • Clarinet
    • Euphonium
    • French Horn
    • Guitar
    • Tenor Saxophone 
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Viola
  • Middle School

    Brookfield Academy offers individual lessons to students in Levels 6–8, in Freedom Hall, for the following instruments:
    • Alto Saxophone
    • Cello
    • Bass Clarinet
    • Clarinet
    • Euphonium
    • French Horn
    • Guitar
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Tenor Saxophone
    • 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
    • Bass Clarinet
    • Clarinet
    • Euphonium
    • French Horn
    • Guitar
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Tuba
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Tenor Saxophone
    • Viola
    • Violin
    • Voice
  • Fees and Policies

    • $32/30-minute private lesson.
    • Lessons are held one day a week, each week there is a full day of classes, with the exception of the first week of school in August, all noon dismissal days, and the last week of school in May.
    • Lessons are not held if school is cancelled due to inclement weather.
    • In the event that there is cancellation of in-person lessons due to a school closure, all students in Levels 3 and up will receive lessons via Zoom. All students in Levels 2 and under may opt for Zoom lessons or retain the credit balance for use when in-person lessons resume.
    • 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.
    • If you cancel lessons during the term, you will be billed for four lessons past the date of cancellation. 
    • Cancellations within 48 hours will be billed however every effort will be made to reschedule.
    • Parents should contact Julie D’Arruda regarding make-up lessons/conflicts/cancellations. 
    • 2020-21 Schedule and Fees
     
    Questions: Julie D’Arruda, Director of Summer and After-School Programs,
    julie.d’arruda@brookfieldacademy.org
Questions, contact Julie D’Arruda
262-783-3200 x175 | julie.d’arruda@brookfieldacademy.org

INSTRUCTORS

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  • Jennifer Bulmahn - Strings

    BM Wisconsin Lutheran College
    Mrs. Bulmahn studied cello under Adrien Zitoun (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) for her degree in string pedagogy, and has since studied with Jean Dexter for her Suzuki cello teacher training.  She has over ten years of teaching experience, the last eight years specifically working with the Neenah after-school Suzuki Talent Education Program and its over one hundred practicing students.  Mrs. Bulmahn enjoys many different genres and varieties of music, and is always looking for something new to try with her students!
  • Alec Burke - Brass

    MM UW-Milwaukee; BS Ball State
    Mr. Burke is pursuing his M.M. in Performance from UW-Milwaukee as the Trumpet Teaching Assistant. An Indiana native, Alec previously served as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Education Coordinator. 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 other music non-profits, and as a lead trumpet player for numerous musicals and shows across Central Indiana. Listen to Alec here.
  • Holly Dykstra - Voice & Piano

    BA Music Education UW-Milwaukee/Carroll University
    I thought I might be a concert pianist by the 8th grade, until I overcame my fears and started to sing. From my first solo & ensemble experience my freshman year of high school, to Kids from Wisconsin at 17 years old, to a spot as a featured soloist in the Broadway Gospel Choir in NYC, my musical experiences have shaped much of who I am today. As much as I enjoy performing, one on one instruction with young vocalists is my heartbeat. Give me the kid who is scared out of their wits to sing, or the overly confident teenage singer that needs improvement, perhaps the slightly insecure kid that has much more than they think. That's when I come alive with excitement, hope and a vision for that student to move through their fears, create an atmosphere to freely make mistakes, give specific, tangible ways to improve, tone, pitch control and adjustment. I also want my students to understand what they are singing through lyric analysis in order to sing with intellectual integrity and expression. I find ways to help every student decrease performance anxiety with tools students can access anytime they practice. I want my students to anticipate coming to their vocal/piano lesson and feel as if it's the lesson "wasn't long enough!" Whether teaching voice or piano, seeing students light up with that "AH-HA!" moment of understanding, smiles and success, that joy is my joy. 

    Listen to Holly 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.

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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.
  • Nathan Pflughoeft - Guitar

    BA UW-Milwaukee
    Mr. Pflughoeft has been teaching students of all ages for 4 years and enjoys helping students to reach their unique musical goals while gaining a greater understanding of the guitar and music. He studied Jazz guitar under Pete Billmann and Don Linke at UW-Milwaukee and has toured, performed, and recorded regularly with local artists spanning a variety of genres including jazz, funk, R&B, blues, rock, pop, hip hop, and gospel. 
  • Jennifer Rodriguez - Woodwinds

    BS Music Education Ball State University
    Ms. Rodriguez is 
    pursuing her M.M. in Flute Performance at UW-Milwaukee and received her B.S. in Music Education from Ball State University in 2017An avid performer and music educator, Ms. Rodriguez has spent 7+ years teaching flute, woodwinds and general music at schools in Indiana and Milwaukee. In addition to teaching, she has worked in music administrative positions for Classical Music Indy, Music for the Sake of Music, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Previous teachers include Dr. Mihoko Watanabe at Ball State University, Melissa Ngan, and Scott Metlicka. 

    Listen to Jennifer here.
  • Laura Mintz - Strings & Piano

    BM Indiana University, MM University of Michigan
    Mrs. Mintz is an alum of Mimi Zweig's Indiana University String Academy and trained as a Suzuki teacher with Judy Offman in Houston, Texas. Performance credits include New World Symphony, New Haven Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Laura has many years of private and ensemble teaching experience and has prepared hundreds of students for performances and auditions.
  • Sharon Oh - Strings

    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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