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Piano Lessons:  I teach all ages, 5-adult. Lessons (45 minutes) are taught in my studio at St Stephen's Lutheran Church in Monona. 

I do not start younger than 5 anymore. I recommend group music classes for very young children, singing, dancing, listening!

  • Children and Teenagers: Children enjoy piano when they understand how to read, and when the playing itself feels good. I focus on these skills.

  • Adults:   I teach all levels of the classical repertoire, specializing in technique.  Injury prevention/recovery, comfort/coordination, and ease of expression.

Organ Lessons:  Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees were earned on the organ.  Organ lessons are available for teenagers and adults.  

Scholarships for organ study are available in Madison thanks to the Ruth Pilger Andrews Scholarship fund.  

Back Pain: I offer classes in the Gokhale Method, to help people access a life not defined by pain, to access the activities that give them happiness. It is a posture reeducation program, designed to restore and sustain a more natural architecture you can bring to any daily activity or exercise. Does it hurt to live? It's possible that Gokhale can help. 

Upcoming Special Classes:

1. Intensive course over Spring Break (March 26, 30, 31 2024), at the stunning Pilates studio Stillpointe in Brooklyn, WI:

https://gokhalemethod.com/civicrm/event/info?id=12505&reset=1

2. Gokhale Method Retreat on Celebrity Cruise, July 13-20 2024:

https://gokhalemethod.com/civicrm/event/info?id=12428&reset=1

My Philosophy

 

My guiding pedagogical principle is to set up a compassionate and structured environment in which your children can learn, and therefore be successful and happy.  Learning a musical instrument is a long game, and it is such a privilege to be present for each student's journey.

Students will learn:

  • A coordinated technique

  • Musicianship

  • Music reading and notation

  • Improvisation, transposition to different keys

Music study can equip you or your child with a method of self-expression, an escape, a creative outlet, a marketable skill, a shareable skill.  Music study delivers perseverance and stamina, and a lifelong ability to create joy and beauty for self and others.

'If they could, they would':

To get an idea how I approach the emotional needs of children while they are learning, read Anat Baniel's Kids Beyond Limits. If I had 3 wishes, one would be for everyone to read this book.  

Note: I do not currently have openings. I maintain a waiting list. 

“I like how Sigrun breaks up the lesson with a variety of activities....which is especially helpful for younger kids.” 
 -Melissa C-G
“We feel lucky to have found Sigrun! Our daughter started lessons in grade school and has remained a student through her senior year of high school.”
- Julia N
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