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Applications coming soon!

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 28, 2021
AUDITIONS: March 27, 2021 (Venue and format TBA)
FINAL RECITALS for 2020-21 students: May 12 and 13, 2021


Scholarships provide private lessons with a professional musician or music educator to selected music students who have not yet had the opportunity for private study, live in the 5 county greater Milwaukee area, and whose family is in need of a financial helping hand.  On Audition Day, students participate in a workshop on Audition and Recital Preparation and enjoy a performance by winners of the High School Competition. 


Students must be recommended by a teacher.  Music teachers with students whom they think meets this criterion are encouraged to make this application available to those students. 

As a culminating experience to the year of lessons, students perform on a year-end recital showcasing each participant in a solo performance for a live audience. 



  • Instrumental students who will be in grades 4-11 in the following school year (band or orchestra instruments, piano and guitar)

  • Vocal students who will be in grades 8-12 in the following school year

  • Family has demonstrated financial need (CIVIC MUSIC will determine this from the application)

  • Reside in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee or Racine County      

  • New to private music lessons on this instrument/voice

  • Shows exceptional musical potential and strong interest in pursuing their musical development

Application Process:

Students must be recommended by a teacher. (Parents and students can certainly ask their teacher for that recommendation!) Students, parents and recommending teacher need to work together to complete the application. Please make sure to give yourself enough lead time when preparing it.

Audition and Interview: 

If we re able to meet in-person, students will be assigned to either a morning (9:00AM-Noon) or afternoon (1:00-4:00PM) session and must attend with their parent/guardian.  Several valuable experiences are planned:

  • Program Orientation 

  • Audition and Recital Preparation Workshop 

  • Recital Performance by one or more of our High School Showcase Recital winners

  • Audition/Interview (5 minutes) before a panel of two music educators

Year 2 and 3:

The opportunity for advancement to Year 2 and Year 3 lessons is available only to Year 1 students who earn their private teacher’s recommendation.  Teachers will be asked for their recommendations in February. 


The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through generous funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff, generous CIVIC MUSIC donors and 

Elmbrook Rotary Club
Pieper Electric, Inc./Ideal Mechanical


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