Elementary & Middle School Programs

Opportunities For Young Musicians


Some of the 2016 Showcase Recital Participants

AUDITION DATE: Saturday, March 24, 2018
LOCATION: First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa
DEADLINE: Extended to February 20, 2018

The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through generous funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff and CMA Friends.


  •  Instrumental students who will be in 4th through 9th grades in the following school year (band or orchestra instruments)
  •  Vocal students who will be in 8th or 9th grade in the following school year
  •  Family has demonstrated financial need (Civic Music will determine this from the application)
  •  Resident of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee or Racine County      
  •  Has never had private music lessons on their instrument/voice
  •  Shows exceptional musical potential and has strong interest in pursuing their musical development

Application Process:
Students must be recommended by a teacher. Students, parents and recommending teacher need to work together to complete the application. Please make sure to give yourself enough lead time when preparing it.

Audition and Interview: 
Students will be assigned to either a morning (9:00am-12:00pm) or afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) session and must attend with their parent/guardian.  Several valuable experiences are planned:

  • Orientation to learn more about the program
  • Audition and Recital Preparation Workshop facilitated by a professional musician
  • Recital Performance by one or more of our High School Showcase Award winners
  • Audition/Interview (5 min.) before a panel of two music educator

Scholarships provide private lessons to selected instrumental and vocal students.  Students are required to audition for a panel of music educators. An audition and recital preparation workshop is also held for students and their parents. As a culminating experience to the program, there is a year-end recital showcasing each participant in a solo performance in front of a live audience. Selected students receive 25 half-hour private music lessons through our unique Private Lesson Scholarship Program.  Students are recommended by their music teacher to audition for one of these scholarships.

YEAR 2 and 3
Students in Year 1 and Year 2 can be recommended by their private teachers for Year 2 and 3 lessons.  If you are currently a Year 1 student, talk with your private lesson teacher.

The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through generous funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff and other friends of CIVIC MUSIC.


ATTENDANCE: Open to all Private Lesson Program auditioning students and their parents
DATE: March 25, 2017
LOCATION: First Congregational Church, Wauwatosa

This workshop, led again this year by Julie Bamberger Roubik, is offered at no charge to all students who are auditioning for a private lesson scholarship. And, of course, parents/guardians are welcome! Learn some insights about practicing and performing from someone who has lots of experience with both!