FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the private music lessons?
Most lessons take place Monday - Friday from around 11am to 7pm. Availability and scheduling will vary per instructor.
What is the cost of private music lessons?
Most private lessons are $25 to $30 per session.
How long are the private music lessons?
Most private lessons are in half hour sessions, once per week.
What instruments are taught?
Most instruments are taught at the Morgan Music Academy. For a complete list and teacher bios, please see our teacher bio section.
Where are the private music lessons?
Our lower floor and upper floor at the Morgan Music building are private lesson studios.
All instructors run their own studios and schedules. Most of them only allot themselves 1 administration day per week, so please allow a week to hear back.
Morgan Music Academy students will receive a 10% off all music and accessories at Morgan Music after registration/lessons begin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pay for lessons?
When you first register for lessons, you will be sent a Website Login Info email that will direct you to set up a profile account. You can access your invoice, schedule, and more by visiting our website and logging into the student portal. We use PayPal to process lesson payments, which is secure and easy to use. While you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay for lessons, it does make the payment process easier.
If I have more questions, who do I contact?
You may email Jennifer, our program director, at email@example.com. She can help you with any questions you may have, and help you find the right teacher for your needs.
What are the next steps to take?
Step 1: Read the teacher bios to see if anyone may be a good fit to you.
Step 2: Register via the lesson's portal.
Step 3: Check your email (and spam folder) for a "set password" email. This email should be automated from firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 4: Wait to hear back from our program director or your instructor. Again, this may be up to 1 week.
Music Teacher Bios
Program Director, Piano Lessons
Jennifer teaches piano to all ages and all levels, beginner through advanced. She has played the piano since she was nine, and has a degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from UWEC as well as a degree in history from Marshall University. She has won many awards throughout her career in both performance and research, and has performed with multiple orchestras as a featured soloist on piano as well as harpsichord. Jennifer is a professional musician, and is active in the community and university as a solo performer of piano and harpsichord, accompanist, vocal coach and church musician. She also teaches several piano classes at UW-Stout. As a piano teacher, she seeks ways to best meet the unique needs and desires of her students, while simultaneously keeping a focus on developing a healthy piano technique. She has a particular interest in the history of music, and tries to develop this curiosity in her students so that they can better understand the historical and cultural context of the music they play and experience.
Tim was given his first two chords on the guitar when he was in early Middle School. Thanks to his dad’s chords, his mom’s ear, and the heavy influence of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, he spent late school days and two solid summers in his room, trying to emulate the legend, catapulting him into a life’s work of trying to master the GUITAR.
Tim is dedicated to not only learning the instrument, but sharing it as well. He is a strong believer in the positive role music has in, not only young people, but anyone, at any stage of life.
Professionally, Tim has gigged and toured, both regionally and nationally. He is a songwriter, producer, and an instructor.
He has been teaching guitar to students of all skill levels since 2008. Living in Nashville, TN from 2011-2016, he continued to give private lessons after moving back to Eau Claire, WI.
It is important to Tim to find what the students’ interests are, and to make sure the lessons are equally fun as they are informative!
Jordan is a skilled percussionist with over 20 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from North Central University. Having studied a variety of musical styles and performed in diverse settings, he has crafted a unique and well-rounded approach to learning. Jordan is passionate about helping students find their voice on the drums through engaging and customized lessons. Students have the opportunity to learn musical genres for creative exploration, techniques for improved speed and accuracy, musical notation for sight reading, and ear training for transcribing recordings. Jordan welcomes students of all backgrounds to learn and grow in their musical endeavors.
Guitar Lessons, Bass Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Piano Lessons, Woodwind Lessons, World Flute Lessons, and Improvisation Theory Lessons
Victoria Shoemaker received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Illinois), where she studied classical flute and piccolo performance with Kaye Clements and Mary-Christine Stingley. Her other flute instructors include Laurie Lau and Dr. Tim Lane, Professor of Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Victoria Shoemaker received the 2021 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) People's Choice Award for Best Music Teacher in Northwest Wisconsin (as well as nominations in 2018 and 2019). She also received a 2021 "Healing Flute" award from the Native American style Flute Awards.
Victoria also studied bamboo flute performance/flute making with Billy Miller of Windwood Flutes. Presently, she is studying antique and contemporary world flutes and improvisation with Grammy-nominated flutist, Peter Phippen.
Since the release of her debut album, The Witching Hour in 2016, Victoria has continued to perform regularly on world flutes as well as on percussion, saxophone, guitar and vocals in her rock and roll group known as “Virginia Steel”, which performs across Wisconsin and neighboring states.
Rowan Rupakus is a Senior Bachelor of Music Education; Voice Major at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire intending to graduate in Spring 2023. Though still a student, she has been actively studying and learning with multiple professors at the university and is a part of several musical groups outside of the university including Audacious A Cappella and Trinity Lutheran Church Choir. Well versed in multiple music styles, Rowan has had the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally with notable groups such as Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music and Master Singers. Most recently, Rowan performed at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Paris, France the summer of 2019 with Master Singers and several other musicians from around the world. Rowan is actively looking to expand her musical knowledge for the better of her students' learning and their own musical journey.
Violin Lessons, Piano Lessons
Emma is a recent graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Violin Performance. She began playing violin at three years old under a Suzuki Instructor and took up piano in the 3rd grade. Growing up homeschooled, she was able to run a private piano studio in high school. Going on to college, Emma held a full tuition scholarship playing in the Eileen Cohen String Quartet, accompanied the Women's Concert Chorale on piano, and was the Teacher's Assistant for the University Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of multiple performing ensembles in the community. You can also find Emma playing for church services in the area on Sunday mornings.
Marcy has a bachelor's degree in music therapy from UW-Eau Claire and has worked as a music therapist and music minister. Marcy designs the lessons specific to each student's goals. She recognizes that piano lessons need to incorporate teaching the value of discipline and hard work while also having fun. She teaches all ages and has a passion for helping her students develop a lasting love of music. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and involved with its local chapter, Chippewa Valley Music Teachers Association.
Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Bass Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Saxophone Lessons, Flute Lessons, Piccolo Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Composition & Music Theory Lessons
Jerod studied at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. He is an accomplished musician who has been playing professionally for the past 14 years. His focus has been in jazz, classical, rock, pop, country, and bluegrass. He has performed saxophone, flute, and clarinet in every lower 48 US states, the lower Canadian provinces, and most of Japan. He is proficient in many instruments including; saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, ukulele, piccolo, recorder, penny whistle, composition/songwriting, and music theory. His love of music and its instruments is only matched by sharing his knowledge with any and all who would want to learn.
Guitar Lessons, Bass Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Exploring Music Lessons
Adam has been creating music in the Chippewa Valley for nearly 20 years. He plays in multiple groups spanning all genres. Adam is obsessed with all things music and guitar, and he'd love to share that joy and passion with you!
Staš teaches drumset and percussion and is an Eau Claire native who is fortunate to have been involved in many musical opportunities growing up and while at Memorial High School such as State Honors Band and State Solo Ensemble. He graduated from UWEC with a music liberal arts bachelors degree and emphasis in percussion where he participated in groups such as wind ensemble, jazz, symphony orchestra, BMB, and percussion ensemble. He has performed in the pits of over 2 dozen ECCT and CVTG productions, performs jazz around town, and regularly plays timpani and percussion in the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. He also tours nationally and records with many area bands such as Them Coulee Boys, Elvessa, Naalia, and Raptor Octavius. He previously taught at the Eau Claire Music School where he taught students of many abilities and as young as elementary school age. He believes in framing lessons around the student’s interests as much as he can with the primary goal of finding joy in playing music.
Piano Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Oboe Lessons, Bassoon Lessons
Music has been part of Becky's life for as long as she can remember. She began playing the piano at age 5 and the oboe and clarinet at age 11, adding the bassoon and other woodwind instruments a year later. Becky taught piano and woodwind lessons for seven years at her own studio in Prescott, WI, also teaching piano lessons at the Hastings, MN Veterans Home for three of those years. Becky teaches beginning to advanced piano, oboe, bassoon, and clarinet lessons. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, including adults and students with special needs. Her approach to lessons is tailored to each student's strengths, abilities, and interests.
Ukulele Lessons, Trumpet Lessons, Low Brass Lessons
Sarah is an Instrument Music Education Major at UWEC. She offers trumpet and low brass lessons. Sarah started playing guitar in fourth grade and trombone in fifth. Since attending UWEC, Sarah has taken up trumpet and euphonium. In her free time, she loves to read, play guitar, and cook! Sarah is excited to work with young and adult musicians alike to help foster, create, and expand great musical ability!
Why Should Kids
Take Music Lessons?
Improves academic scores, and improves engagement in school
Develops the language, math, and reasoning parts of the brain
Increases coordination and fine motor skills
Builds imagination, creativity, and intellectual curiosity
Teaches commitment and discipline
Builds confidence, social, and emotional skills