Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
Virtual / Online
Nothing is quite so interesting as working with a student, finding out how they think and learn and passing on my love of music! My full time job is private music instruction. I love to see my studios full of enthusiastic learners.
My Musical Education Background
After choral involvement and church piano accompaniment in High School, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. I also attended Ball State University and have an "all but thesis" there, studying with Pia Sebastiani. I have taught privately for 40 years and served as Worship Director in churches for many of those years. I have extensive Choral and Theater experience as well. To increase my abilities in teaching voice, I studied with a then member of the Milwaukee Florentine Opera Company for 4 years.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Having been classically trained, I have felt comfortable teaching beginners, college preparatory as well as adult beginners and returning adult students. I teach theater and art song, worship and piano technique and literature. Preparation for W.S.M.A. Solo and Ensemble as well as Federation Junior Festival. Through involvement with the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association, students have been prepared for auditions and Youth Concerts.
Current tuition is $22 per half hour lesson, payable by the month [$88) and prorated either over the 9 month school schedule or 12 week summer session. More advanced students are encouraged to take 45 minute or hour lessons, depending on their practice habits and literature needs. I no longer have time in my schedule to travel to your home.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Piano students from age 4 to young 90 year olds will all be welcome. Vocal students as young as 10 or as old as 80 also welcome.
My Certifications and Awards
Youth Concert Manager, Milwaukee Music Teacher's Association
Past President of Wauwatosa/MacFadgen Music Club
Students have received high honors in Junior Festival, W.S.M.A and several are now pianists/educators.
My Musical Influences
Besides worship music and hymnody, I fell in love with Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff in that order! Have played for and been in many musicals. Have directed a Senior Citizens' Choir [Harmony Singers] for 26 years, so I'm very familiar with popular music of the 1920's through the 70's and beyond. I also have been known to watch a little "Voice" and the Tony awards.
We’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with a true professional. Vickie Wagner is a talented musician and dedicated teacher, who expects only the best from her students. My daughter studied piano and voice with Vickie Wagner for 11 years and has grown into an accomplished musician, earning a Wisconsin Area Music Industry Rising Star nomination. Vickie inspires students of all ages to work hard and accomplish their dreams. She welcomed my 62 year old father into her instruction and gave my daughter the opportunity to compose her own music while receiving classical training. I would highly recommend Vickie Wagner to anyone who is interested in exploring their love of music! - Valerie L. Richter, Manager of Becca Richter/Singer-Songwriter