Bethany Hohman
Art Instructor
BA Fine Arts & Art Education, Purdue University
“Visual arts are a way to improve the ability to make connections, focus, be intune with one’s emotions, and foster a sense of accomplishment.”
Brian Grimm
Cello and Bass Guitar Instructor/Composition
B.M. with Honors in Music Theory/Composition and Jazz Minor Butler University Minor in Traditional Chinese Music Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
“My two main principles when teaching are: (1) for every student to have healthy technique, no matter what style of music they wish to play; (2) for students to comprehend applied music theory on their instrument.”
Emily Vandenberg
Voice & Drama Instructor
Bachelors of Music Education, Cert. in French at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
“By participating in the arts, we are able to broaden our perspectives on the world around us and develop a deeper appreciation for its existence in our daily lives. Few things are capable of tapping into our humanity in such a tangible yet indescribable way, and its existence simultaneously strengthens our sense of individuality and our sense of unity.”
Jon Nelson
Piano/Composition/Jazz Studies
B.M. Music Composition/Jazz/Commercial Music (Instrumental Emphasis: Piano) Ball State University
"Through creating music we may convey emotions, rather vulnerably, that may otherwise be held in; there is beauty in this kind of artistic expression."
Julie Baskinger
Program Director/Piano Instructor
B.M. Piano Performance (Pedagogy) Lawrence University M.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy University of Oklahoma
“There is innate, unique, and beautiful musicianship and artistry within all people. No matter the student’s age or level of experience, anyone can achieve joy and personal satisfaction playing a musical instrument!”
Justine Ostrander
Violin/Viola/Piano Instructor
B.A. String Pedagogy and Performance with Proficiency in Piano Maranatha Baptist University
“Music is a gift. My goal in teaching is guiding students in cultivating that gift to be used to the fullest in their lives and in the lives of others.”
Kari Engleson
Executive Director/Founder/Piano Instructor
B.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy Lawrence University M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy University of Louisville
“Everyone has an ability and a right to experience the arts. Learning moments should be a collaborative process and guide students to their own unique creative path.”
Kyle Rightley
Guitar, Euphonium, Trombone, Jazz Instructor
B.M. Euphonium Performance <a href="https://www.colorado.edu/music/about-us".University of Colorado-Boulder M.M. Euphonium Performance <a href="https://www.music.wisc.edu/".University of Wisconsin-Madison
“I want to foster individual expression, collaboration, and communication through music.”
Matt Allen
Percussion/Drum Set/Jazz Instructor
Professional Drummer, B.E. Computer Engineering, UW-Madison B.S. Computer Science, UW-Madison “When we practice music, we are improving the most central skills of the human experience: communication, teamwork, improvisation, pattern recognition, organization, mindfulness, focus, and emotional vulnerability."
Paul Dietrich
Trumpet Instructor/Jazz
B.Mus Trumpet Performance (Jazz Studies), Lawrence University M.M. Jazz Studies, DePaul University
“There is a reason we love music, and as a teacher I am trying to help students understand why we love it and how to attempt to recreate the music we enjoy most. The best way, and the best reason, to get better at something is by doing it because you love it and have a passion for it.”
Peter Baggenstoss
Piano/Composition/Jazz Studies
B.S. Piano Performance, Mathematics UW-Madison
“Music education can teach us things like creativity, discipline, flexibility, and the ability to cooperate with others, but most importantly it can simply make life more enjoyable.”
Rosie Brand
Voice & Drama Instructor/Outreach Coordinator
B.F.A. Music with an emphasis in Musical Theater, Stevens Point
“I am a strong advocate of the arts and what experience in the arts can do for children, adults, and families throughout our nation.”
Sinai Exposito Vivas
Piano Instructor
"My goal as a teacher is to inspire & cultivate the confidence of my students while making them feel proud & excited about learning. I believe in building a strong foundation through developing values such as passion, compromise, optimism and skill to help them gain competency in this beautiful art."