FOR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Life Lessons through Music
APPLICATIONS DUE: March 1, 2024
AUDITION DAY: April 13, 2024
FINAL RECITALS for 2023-24 students: May 4, 2024
Scholarships provide private lessons with a professional musician or music educator to selected music students who are new to private study (less than 25 hours), 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 Performance Preparation and enjoy a performance by winners of the High School Competition.
Students, if you want to be part of this program, ask your teacher for their recommendation.
Music teachers, if you have students who would benefit from this program, we encourage you to make this application available to those students.
Student is already playing an instrument and going into grades 4-11 the following school year (band or orchestra instruments, piano and guitar)
OR Student is already singing and going into grades 8-12 the following school year
Family can demonstrate financial need (CIVIC MUSIC will determine this from the application)
Family lives in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee or Racine County
Student is not new to their musical studies, but new to regular private music lessons on this instrument/voice (i.e. less than 25 hours of private lessons taken previously)
Students must be recommended by a teacher. (Parents and students may certainly ask their teacher for that recommendation!) Students, parents and recommending teachers need to work together to complete the application. Please make sure to give yourself enough lead time when preparing it.
Audition and Interview
On Audition Day, students are assigned to either a morning (9:00AM-Noon) or afternoon (1:00-4:00PM) session and must attend with their parent/guardian. The day's schedule includes:
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
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.
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 March. We will notify you in April if you have been recommended. Please do not apply before we send you the application.
Posters are available in English and Spanish. Contact us if you would like us to send you one for your building.
The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through
generous funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff, generous
CIVIC MUSIC MKE individual donors and
Harri Hoffmann Family Foundation | Maihaugen Foundation | Bader Philanthropies
Francie Luke Silverman Foundation | Woman's Club of Wisconsin | Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation
The Gardner Foundation | Townsend Foundation | Bert & Patricia Steigleder Charitable Trust
White House of Music Foundation | Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation | AptarGroup Charitable Foundation
We Energies Foundation | Pieper Electric, Inc./Ideal Mechanical |GMAR Youth Foundation
Elmbrook Rotary Club | Herbert Kohl Philanthropies