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Life Lessons through Music



APPLICATIONS DUE: Extended to March 27, 2021

AUDITION VIDEOS DUE: Extended to April 2, 2021

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 Performance Preparation and enjoy a performance by winners of the High School Competition. (This year, all audition activities will remain online.)


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. 

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 9-12 in the following school year

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

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

  • Student will be new to private music lessons on this instrument/voice

  • Student shows exceptional musical potential and strong interest in pursuing their musical development

Application Process:

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: 

Because of the continued COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting applications and video auditions from which we will make our enrollment decisions. We are confident that next season will look different and we will be able to resume our usual schedule. 

When we are able to meet in-person next season, 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. The day's schedule will include: 

  • 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 March. We will notify you in April. 

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and Private Lesson Program. 


The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through

generous funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff, generous

CIVIC MUSIC MKE individual donors and 

Elmbrook Rotary Club
Pieper Electric, Inc./Ideal Mechanical

White House of Music Foundation 

Judith A. Keyes Family Fund

CIVIC MUSIC MKE supports music education and provides performance

opportunities to young musicians in the Greater Milwaukee area.