NEW 2016-2017 The Prairie Music & Arts Music Achievement & Piano Studies Program, or "MAPS," is a unique umbrella program offering additional classes and learning opportunities for the enthusiastic pianist beyond the studio lesson! MAPS includes our Honors Program for Pianists, which is now in its seventh year. MAPS also includes classes and seminars for middle-school and high-school students eager to experience a formal performance master class and for those wanted deeper studies in music theory and composition.
Advanced Piano & Theory Seminars (Grades 8-12)
For the student serious about performance and music theory, this series of classes will focus on learning chord structures, formal analysis, part-writing and composition, and practice strategies. Performances classes are held free of charge during Enrichment Weeks. Theory classes are held separately in 90-minute or 2-hour intervals.
Theory Classes: Thursday Sessions are 90 minutes from 6:00-7:30pm
October 27, November 17, January 26, February 9
Tuition: $24 per class or $90 for all four classes. Saturday Session are 2 hours from 9-11am
March 18, April 22nd
Tuition: $32 per class or $60 for both classes.
Honors Program for Pianists (Grades 4-12 via nomination)
For serious piano students who want to challenge their skills. Students are recommended into the program by their instructor and are chosen by audition. Honors Piano Program Activities: Monthly performance and content based classes led by the Prairie Music & Arts piano faculty. Classes explore music history, theory, and performance technique. Year-round performances throughout the community. Special spring recital is held annually to celebrate the efforts of this unique group of musicians. Mentoring within the program allows elementary and advanced level students opportunities to learn from each other. Community involvement is emphasized through service projects and performances. Guests lecturers are invited annually for a presentation and masterclass. Past guests include Catherine Kautsky, Anthony Padilla, and Michael Mizrahi Professors of Piano from Lawrence University in Appleton, Dr. Jessica Johnson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Marvin Blickenstaff from the New School of Music in New Jersey.
For more information regarding the Prairie Music & Arts Honors Program, contact coordinators Kari Engleson at or Julie Baskinger at
Honors Audition: September 29th from 6-8pm
Class schedule will be emailed after auditions.
Tuition: TBA