Music Department

The BW Community Arts School offers a wide array of instrumental and vocal music educational opportunities. From private lessons to classes to ensembles, there are opportunities for all ages and all abilities. Leveraging the facilities and resources of Baldwin Wallace's renown Conservatory of Music, CAS students are able to take advantage of many opportunities unique to the campus. In addition to these immersive experiences, educators, conductors and artists can find ways to engage in our professional development opportunities.

Music Department Faculty

Jennifer Andersen-Germaine
Flute Instructor
Jessie Barnhouse
Music & Movement Instructor
Frank Bianchi
Director, BW Men's Chorus
Leslie Braidech
Violin/Viola Instructor
Cassandra Bryant
Violin and Suzuki Instructor
Lorelei Batisla-ong
Ukulele Instructor
Meghan Colbert
Clarinet Instructor
Andrew Dyet
Songwriting Instructor
Adrian Gonzalez
Oboe Instructor
Abigail Johnson
Electronic Music Instructor
Jessica Jonczyk
Prelude Director, New Horizons Orchestra
Jeff Krill
Piano Tuning Instructor
Julie Melik-Stepanov
Piano Instructor
Dr. Karren Melik-Stepanov
Cello Instructor
Richard Seil
Piano Instructor
Gabriel Swarts
Music Instructor
Lembi Veskimets
Viola Instructor

Music Classes

Music classes are a great way to introduce musical concepts to students in a group setting. Our music classes and programs for early learners from infants through elementary school are designed and taught by expert faculty who understand child development and musical growth. Typical class offerings include Music and Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, 'Ukulele for the Young Musician, and Rhythmic Solfege.


Private Lessons

Students may enroll in private lessons to receive one-on-one instruction and coaching from a Community Arts School faculty member. Lessons are offered at many times during the week with most of them occurring in the weekday afternoons, weekday evenings and weekends. Students typically enroll in lessons that meet once a week for a half-hour for the full semester. The Community Arts School offers a rolling admission where students may enroll at any time during the semester.

Private lessons allow each student to develop independently through the careful guidance and mentorship of expert, credentialed faculty.

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The BW Community Arts School offers instrumental and vocal ensembles for students in grades 4 through retiree! Each ensemble fosters a unique, positive culture that supports individual growth while also teaching the skills and training needed contribute to the artistic development of the greater ensemble. Our New Horizons Band and Orchestra Program allow adults of any ability to participate in a full band or string orchestra ensemble. The BW Men’s Chorus and BW Women’s Chorus are open to students high school age and up. An audition is required for each. CAS Chamber String Ensembles offer developing young string players in grades 8-12 the opportunity to engage in focused musical study in small ensembles of 3-4 musicians.
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Suzuki Center

The Baldwin Wallace Suzuki Center offers private lessons and group classes using the Suzuki method for ages 4 & up. With careful guidance from specially trained teachers, parents help their children learn to play violin or viola through the same natural process that occurs when their children learn to speak. The establishment of this "Suzuki triangle" provides the stimulation and encouragement that children need to acquire other critical learning skills.
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Summer Arts Programs

For over 90 years, The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University has been bringing school age and adult learners to campus for focused music study through workshops, camps and training institutes. Offerings include Summer Arts Camps for Grades 4-9, High School College-Prep Intensives, and the Summer Institute for Music Teaching and Learning. Caring staff, a safe campus, outstanding facilities and excellent food service help to make each participant’s experience a positive one. The BW dining hall provides an array of healthy meal options and will work with individual camp participants regarding dietary needs.
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Teacher Education

In partnership with the Baldwin Wallace University School of Education, the BW Community Arts School offers professional development opportunities for certified educators and teaching artists. With the University campus only being minutes from the airport and with modern on-campus living arrangements, participants around the world seek out opportunities to come to BW in the summer to learn from highly credentialed faculty. The portfolio of offerings is typically made available in January.

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