Faculty

Matthew Allen

Percussion/Drum Set/Jazz


Matt Allen (Percussion/Drum Set/Jazz)
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."
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Peter Baggenstoss

Piano - Classical and Jazz


Peter Baggenstoss (Piano, Jazz)
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.”
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Julie Baskinger

Program Director - Piano and Early Childhood


Julie Baskinger (Piano, Group Programs Coordinator)
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!”
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Rosie Brand

Voice and Drama


Rosie Brand (Voice, Drama Program Director)
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.”
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Paul Dietrich

Jazz Program Director - Trumpet


Paul Dietrich (Trumpet, Jazz Program Coordinator)
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.”
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Kari Engleson

Executive Director - Piano and Early Childhood


Kari Engleson (Prairie Music & Arts Founder, Executive Director, Piano)
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.”
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Brian Grimm

Cello and Jazz Club


Brian Grimm (Cello, Bass Guitar) 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.”
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Emily Vandenberg

Voice/Early Childhood/Drama Outreach


Jon Nelson

Piano, Jazz, Resonance Composition


Jon Nelson (Piano, Jazz, Composition)
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."
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Justine Ostrander

Violin/Viola/Piano


Justine Ostrander (Violin/Viola/Piano)
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.”
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Kyle Rightley

Guitar, Trombone, Euphonium and Jazz Club


Kyle Rightley (Guitar, Trombone, Euphonium, Jazz)
B.M. Euphonium Performance University of Colorado-Boulder
M.M. Euphonium Performance University of Wisconsin-Madison
“I want to foster individual expression, collaboration, and communication through music.”
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Caitlin Schmidt

Voice, Early Childhood, S.I.N.G.


Caitlin Schmidt ​(Voice, Early Childhood, S.I.N.G.​)
B.S. ​in​ ​Music​ ​Education​ ​from​ University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh​ ​Choral and General Music
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Bethany Hohman

Art, Art Outreach