Education Programs

PianoArts winners selected as fellows return to Milwaukee to participate in the Artist Training Institute that includes CommunityArts "on-the-job" classes and "on-site" presentations.


Meet the PianoArts Education Team
PianoArts fellows receive intensive instruction in teaching and curriculum development by specialists in education with years of experience in the classroom. Highly qualified local teaching artists provide in-school classes to prepare students for presentations and concerts by the fellows. Artists-in-residence include the Prometheus Trio, musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, PianoArts alumni, and PianoArts fellows.

Elementary and Middle School Students
Music Explorers
A popular curriculum-based general music program, Music Explorers will help students to become better listeners, develop vocabulary, and write about what they hear. Sessions include three in-school classes by a teaching artist, a fellow’s classroom visit, and a Youth Concert presented by the fellow with a “Spotlight Performer,” a local singer or instrumentalist, and a writing challenge.

Small group gatherings that encourage conversation and provide the
close-up experience of an exciting performance by a PianoArts fellow, Student-to-Student is tailored to the needs or talents of the participants.

Youth and Family Concerts
Dynamic and captivating concerts presented by PianoArts fellows, these programs are eagerly anticipated community events. Hosted by partners with grand pianos, the concerts are held in churches, schools, hospitals, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, White House of Music, Steinway Gallery of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee, and Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

High School Students
Small group gatherings and an exciting performance by a PianoArts fellow, Student-to-Student can be integrated into many disciplines. Programs have themes, such as “Story Telling with Music.” Presentations can spoken in French, Russian, Mandarin, or other languages, and coordinated with classes in mathematics, history, literature, visual arts, music analysis, or instrumental and vocal music.

ArtsDay for Young Urban Leaders
A day of discovery, ArtsDay provides young leaders with the opportunity to participate in a docent-led art museum tour, meet a young visual artist, attend a concert performed by PianoArts fellows with selected local high school students, and network with peers.

Chamber Music with Piano and Vocal/Piano Performance
In-school coaching sessions by teaching artists and PianoArts fellows culminate in the school’s participation in Wisconsin School Music Solo and Ensemble Auditions, a chamber music meet-up that brings together urban and suburban schools, spring recitals, performances for elementary students, and in community centers throughout metro Milwaukee.

Especially for Pianists
Local young pianists and a PianoArts fellow perform an exchange public concert that includes speaking about the music. The question and answer session provides pianists with an opportuity to share common experiences. This event is a collaboration with music teacher associations who develop the theme and invite performing students.

Spotlight Performers
Showcasing local talent, Spotlight Performers are youth and adult musicians who rehearse and perform with fellows in public concerts.

College Connections
Colleges partner with PianoArts to host Youth and Family Concerts, providing their students with the opportunity to observe outreach programs. Followup discussion by the students with the presenting PianoArts fellow brings insight into the purpose of community engagement. Frequently the fellow and college students perform for each other and participate in a round table discussion of their performances.

Education programs are supported in part by a grant from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee Arts Board, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowmnet for the Arts, PPC Foundation, Bert L. and Patricia S. Steingleder Charitable Trust, John Ambrose, and generous individuals.