At Wondersound Music, We have plenty of opportunities for you or your children to learn music. We teach both beginner and advanced students.
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Below are our teachers for The School of Music.
All of our lessons are 30 minute one on one lessons. Just about any instrument starting at $22 per lesson.
No registration or cancellation fees.
Jim Kube Drums / Percussion
Educator of Snare Drum, Drum Set,Marimba/Xylophone, Orchestra bells,Timpani, Hand Percussion techniques. Studied music education at UW Milwaukee and has more than 30 years' teaching experience. Employed by the Menomonee FallsSchool District in the summer as apercussion instructor, preparingselected percussionists for their rstyear within the Falls band program. Current student base includes Menomonee Falls, Germantown, Sussex, Richeld, Hubertus, Colgate, Butler, Lannon, Waukesha, Pewaukee, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and Greeneld. All levels and styles, from beginner to pro.More than 35 years' performing andrecording experience. Performs periodically with various bands.Records with various artists such as Eden Concept and Eric Biggins Band
Nick Zwirlen Guitar/Bass
Nick Zwirlein has taught bass guitar, and guitar privately for 8 years, at Brass Bell Music and Wondersound. He has performed on guitar all over Milwaukee and Chicago, most notably at Summerfest and Martyr’s, and has performed on bass guitar at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, CA. Nick is comfortable in styles ranging from jazz to metal, and teaches students from beginner all the way to advanced. Nick also happens to be an accomplished cellist and recording engineer. He lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife Stacey, the director of bands and orchestra at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, WI.
Donny Jirschele Guitar
Donny Jirschele’s guitar experience started at age five, when his Father Roy started giving him lessons. Donny continued taking lessons from his Father until age twelve. At that time Donny joined his first band with some older boys, 15 and 16 yr. olds. The band played most Friday and Saturday nights earning Donnyenough money to buy his first nice guitar and amp. Donny continued taking lessons from a friend of his family – Jamie, who was a Berkeley School of Music grad. Donny continued lessons and playing out most week ends on and through college, of which Donny studied music at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Out of college Donny played full time and traveled with the band Kathouse for a couple of years. Donny then moved to Milwaukee to play with the band Mirage, and then started teaching guitar and working at Mars Music. A few years later, Donny started teaching at the Academy of Music in 2004, now called Wondersound Music. To date, Donny continues to enjoy teaching beginners on up to the most advanced student – Some of which study song writing,as Donny oers his expertise on thissubject as he encourages the guitarist to write music. Donny currently writesmusic for his band Skye Pilot.Rock On!
Rob Wessel Guitar, bass
Rob Wessel studied guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for 9 years, in classes and lessons taught by David Hazeltine, Michael Sullivan, John Foshager, and Don Linke. At the National Guitar Workshop, Rob has studied guitar in classes and seminars taught by Mike Keneally, Terry Syrek, Matt Smith, Harry Jacobson and other gifted musicians.
Rob has been playing in local bands since the 80's, as well as writing and recording music in his studio. Rob’s original recordings have placed in the finalists in the Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band competition, and have earned him a scholarship to attend the National Guitar Workshop.
Rob is an experienced guitar, bass, who has taught students in styles ranging from rock and metal to blues and acoustic. Rob teaches all levels of guitar and bass
Michelle Grzanna Piano, Voice, Sax, Flute and Clarinet
Michelle Grzanna is a composer, Jazzsaxophonist, vocalist and music teacher. She teaches piano, voice, saxophone,flute, and clarinet. Michelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education with two certifications in Instrumental and General Music K4-12th grade from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Ms. Grzanna started learning music at the age two with violin and shortly after she, started piano lessons. Michelle Grzanna later joined the family band as a vocalist. She performed with her mother, brothers and sisters all over the Milwaukee area starting at a very young age.Michelle started recording in the studio in Australia during her tour with the UWM Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands. She then recorded her next CD in a big band style called “Playing Hardball” with the UWM Jazz Ensemble. Ms. Grzanna performs for various events such as clubs and private parties in a jazz combo style. Michelle has been teaching privately since 1996 and has been teaching at Wondersound Music since 1997. Michelle is comfortable teaching all ages from preschoolers to adults.
Tom Robinson Guitar Piano
Tom has been a professional musician for 30 years and teaching for 25 of them. He is proficient in teaching most musical styles including; finger style, jazz, pop, rock, blues and classical for students of all ages and skill levels.Providing beginning instruction on piano and folk stringed instruments. Emphasis on development of positive/productive practice habits, sight reading skills, technical skills, ear training, applied music theory, arranging and composing for the instrument, improvisation, and music appreciation.
He has played with many working bands including The UnXpected and currently Shirley Green.
He is also a BIG JAM Coach and has a few immediate openings.
Dave Melstrand Woodwinds, Guitar
Dave Melstrand has been a private music teacher for more than twenty years. He has taught students from ages four to sixty-eight on saxophone, clarinet, guitar and beginning piano. His students perform well at the state solo and ensemble competitions, have won concerto competitions, and also placed second in the country at National Honors Band. Many of his students have pursued musical study at college and even attended the Paris Conservatory of Music. Dave received his music degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he studied classical and jazz under Professors Jack Snavely and Curt Hanrahan. He then pursued further jazz studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music under Berkely Fudge and Don Linke, and also privately with Curt Hanrahan. Dave’s performance experience consists of various small jazz combos, salsa bands such as Bajo Zero and Isla Adentro and also some big band experience. His focus in the lessons is based mainly on developing a strong foundational understanding of musical skill where the students learn to develop for themselves important practice habits requiring dedication, perseverance, concentration and memory. His advanced students are encouraged to develop their own musical voice through improvisation and composition.
Greg Nelson Brass
Greg Nelson is a native of Wisconsin. He graduated with his Bachelor of Music Education in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Master of Music Education in 1997 from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. Nelson is a trumpet player but has also spent many years honing his skills as an instructor on all brass instruments. Mr. Nelson spent 20 years as the Director of Bands at Hartford Central Middle School. Under Mr. Nelson’s Direction, the Central Middle School Band program grew in size and was successful in all aspects of performance. The program offered three concert ensembles, marching band, two jazz bands and various small ensembles. His confidence with the ensembles allowed them to attend a contest in the Chicago area where the band received a Superior rating under his leadership.
Annette Perkins Woodwinds, Strings and Piano
Bachelor of Arts MusicPerformanceUniversity of Wisconsin MilwaukeeOboe and English HornAssociate Degree MusicPerformanceUniversity of Wisconsin GreenBayFlute and PianoPrivate Music Teacher Since 1991WoodwindsPianoStringsGood Hope Christian Academy 20022008General Music TeacherBand, Orchestra and Choir DirectorMy main goal is to spread the joy of music to all. I like to challenge my students sothey can be the best that they can be while still keeping lessons enjoyable. Music isa great foundation in which skills such as: selfdiscipline,responsibility,coordination, and problem solving skills are harvested.Over the years I have had several students involved in: Milwaukee Youth SymphonyOrchestra (MYSO), University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Youth Music Ensembles(UWAY), and Green Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra (GBSYO).I have numerous students that have received high honors from Wisconsin SchoolMusic Association State Solo Festival and Wisconsin School Music AssociationRegional Solo Festival (WSMA).I am currently a member of The Concord Chamber Orchestra and The MenomoneeFalls Symphony Orchestra.
Danny Ellis Voice / Piano
Daniel Ellis has a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from Iowa State University and a Master's in Vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been teaching piano and voice for five years. He is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). In addition to teaching, Daniel is an active singer in the Milwaukee area opera community.Daniel's teaching philosophy is based on an anatomical and physiological understanding of both playing the piano and singing. Healthy playing/singing is the most important aspect of lessons, in order to enable the student to enjoy music for the entirety of their life without physical problems. He encourages his students to take advantage of as many performing opportunities as possible. Additionally, Daniel teaches a wide variety of genres, including rock, pop, gospel, musical theatre, and classical.
Sande Becker Guitar
Sande Becker has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. She specializes in Acoustic Guitar. So, if it's folk of flamenco, classical or country, if singing and playing is your thing, Sande is for you. She teaches all ages and skill levels and has just a few opening currently.
Theresa Bollhagen Violin, viola and guitar
Theresa Bollhagen has been teaching violin, viola, and guitar since 2003. She majored in violin with a minor in viola under the instruction of Jamie Hofman of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; and majored in guitar at Milwaukee Area Technical College under the instruction of Jack Grassel and Steve Peplin. Her philosophy of teaching is to have fun with music while learning the techniques and fundamentals of the student's chosen instrument. She teaches not only what the student should learn, but also what they want to learn. In addition, she introduces them to styles they may not be familiar with to help make them well rounded musicians. Also, she is familiar with the teachings of the Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee Public Schools' music programs, and some local youth orchestras, WSMA, and their requirements, which helps make her students successful. She has also performed with a variety of bands and orchestras ranging from classical toheavy metal.Instruction is available for all ages in violin, viola, and guitar and music theory and istaught by a teacher with 10 years experience. Lessons are once per week for a half hour,and are catered to fit each student individually. There is emphasis on note reading for allinstruments, however, students are taught to play by ear as well. For violin and viola, thefocus is classical, but a variety of styles is taught for all instruments. Most of all, the biggestfocus is having fun playing music!
Sharon began her musical career at the age of four studying the piano with Miss Edna Frieda Pietsch at her studio in Milwaukee. Sharon grew up playing Miss Pietsch’s compositions along with many classical works. Sharon began the oboe as a sixth grader and participated in Music for Youth for the next six years. A highlight was playing principal oboe with the Music for Youth Symphony Orchestra on a trip to Puerto Rico between her junior and senior years of high school. Sharon began the alto sax during summer school at Longfellow Junior High and participated in jazz ensemble during her high school years at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and later at Bethany Lutheran College and Minnesota State University at Mankato. She continued her study of the piano during college with Dr. Tim Lindeman at Bethany and Dr. Ann Nadeau at MSU. Sharon graduated Magna cum Laude from Bethany with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts in 1986. In 1989, she graduated Magna cum Laude from MSU with a B.S. in Music Education. Sharon has taught piano and instrumental music at several private schools and out of her home. She and her husband Gary have three children who are 24, 22 and 20 years old. Sharon is grateful to her family for their support and encouragement and her amazing teachers, colleagues and students for their inspiration and friendship.