Video and Email Lessons

We all know life can get hectic. Daily struggles are real and sometimes things come up that can’t be controlled or avoided. Here at Holly Ann Music we understand that struggle. We want to make sure that if something comes up last minute and you have to cancel a lesson, that you don’t have to waste your hard earned money on a lesson that you can’t make!

We are now offering video lessons designed specifically for your ability and lesson plan/objectives and goals. When you can’t make a lesson, your teacher will use your lesson time slot to construct your lesson and send you a personal video and email that will continue to improve your skills. This insures that your spot will still be reserved and that your money won’t be lost for nothing. It will also allow you to be able to work on your lesson at your convenience and in the comfort of your own home at a time that works best for you.

We would still appreciate a call or email if you can’t make your lesson so we know everything is okay. We will also try and accommodate a make up lesson for any advance notice missed lessons, and, of course, a make up lesson or credit will be given if a teacher cancels a lesson.

An example of how a video/email lesson could look:

Mary, a 8 year old piano student, had a last minute cancellation due to a conflict in schedule. She unfortunately was unable to come into her weekly lesson. Christina her teacher sends her/her mom a lesson plan that she prepared for Mary with a video of the correct fingering placements and talks about the objective of the music selected. Christina may also ask Mary to use her mom’s phone to record her playing the music selection due for that weeks lesson and send it to her via text or email. if time permits Christina will give feedback on the video sent to her before the next lesson.

We are still new at this, but are very excited to be able to offer this method in place of lessons if something comes up!

Please feel free to give feedback or ask any questions as we begin this new adventure!

Thanks for being a part of Holly Ann Music Studio!

Get To Know Christina!

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Christina

Music has inspired me and given me joy since I was young. In fifth grade I picked up the flute (thanks mom and dad) and took private lessons (thanks Mrs. Bird). I had a dream to be in the orchestra pit for Phantom of the Opera. Ultimately, I applied to UW Eau Claire to pursue a Music Therapy degree, settling on a music degree in the end. What stuck with me from my time in Music Therapy was not only learning the science about the ways that music impacts the brain, but connecting with people of all ages and abilities through music.

After college, I took a job in Virginia as a wilderness therapist for at-risk teens and was immersed in the world of psychology. While I did not initially use my music degree, I still found immense joy in playing music. Mandolin and bluegrass music became a new avenue of musical discovery for me and I played in a small Irish band, learning from and creating music with wonderful people. The wilderness program I worked for encouraged me to implement drum circles and to teach private music lessons to students. My next adventure included moving to Boston, earning a master degree in Psychology, and taking voice lessons.

No matter where I lived or traveled, music was there. I found it on the streets of Haiti, in the heart of London, and the rituals of Belize. Now I find it outside in the woods and in the heart of my 3 year old son.  And I have realized, I do not have to be the best flute player or in an orchestra pit to be a part of the joy of music.

I am truly grateful to everyone I have met along the way, those who taught me about music and life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work as a teacher at Holly Ann Music Studio. Thank you for creating this studio and being an inspiration to me, Holly and Matt.  I am excited to teach music to anyone who wants to be apart of it, whether your dreams take you to the orchestra or to your own backyard.

Get To Know Matt!

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I've played piano since starting lessons at age 3 and since that time the piano has provided the foundation for my love of music. Learning to play the piano by ear in grade school allowed me to begin to understand and tap in to the power of applying music theory in a more profound way.  Those early skills I learned helped me to have the confidence to teach myself guitar and take singing more seriously as a teenager in high school and years to follow.

Earning a degree in music composition at Hamline University lead to my studying and playing jazz piano with many great teachers and fellow musicians.  After college I switched gears a bit and studied studio production, interning at professional studios in SanFrancisco, CA and  Phoenix, AZ along the way. I also played keyboards professionally for three years performing throughout the southwestern U.S.

I also spent eleven years working in the music publishing industry at Musicnotes.com where I worked in marketing, copyright and product management for an Internet Retailer Top 500 company. 

I have enjoyed the good fortune to have had many great mentors and teachers throughout my musical life; It is my mission and hope to give  back and provide the same to other aspiring musicians. Thanks to my wife Holly for inspiring and encouraging this dream to become a reality.

Get To Know Holly Ann!

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Music has always been important to me.  At the age of 6 years, if I wasn't singing to my cat or dog, you could find me dancing and singing to my favorite songs in the basement of my home.  

Music also changed my life in middle school.  I disliked going to school very much and was on the path towards poor grades and low self esteem.  Not until a pivotal moment when I auditioned for the high school choir (to avoid getting a detention because I was late to school) did I find out how much it could fill a void that had been missing.  My grades went up, I met new friends and for the first time felt like I was a part of something important.

After high school I wanted to have a career where music could help individuals the way it had helped me.  Music Therapy was my first degree and after graduation I worked in various places with children and adults with a variety of special needs.  

After 15 years of developing music programs, creating choirs with VSA, working in a variety of institutions and nursing homes I decided to go back to school and acquired a music education degree and teaching certificate.  I continued teaching music in a private school in Madison, WI for 4 years and then decided it was time to start my own family.

After spending 4 years caring for my two boys and learning a lot about hard work as a stay at home mother and wife, I've decided, with the help and support of my loving husband, to create a safe space to teach, empower, inspire and instill a love of music in everyone, no matter their age or ability.  

All of us at Holly Ann Music LLC have a genuine love for music and want to see everyone succeed and achieve what they are looking to accomplish.  We will listen, be patient and hopefully inspire you to go beyond what you thought you were capable of achieving.

Get to know Erik, Our drum instructor!

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Erik Juvonen

 

I was born and raised in central Wisconsin, surrounded by music from an early age. While my mother and older sisters played the piano, I went a different direction, setting up a mishmash percussion set with Tupperware, metal pots, and wooden spoons for sticks. The summer before 6th grade I enrolled at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, and I got my first drumset shortly afterwards at the age of 12.

Throughout middle and high school,  I was heavily involved in choir programs, jazz bands & the year end Pop Concert of Wausau West, which gave me  rhythmic, melodic, and ensemble foundations and opportunities to showcase my talents. The chance to play for and share rhythms with hundreds of people confirmed that percussion and drumset was my true passion. After graduating, I participated heavily in open mics and formed lifelong musical relationships with countless people from the area. 

In 2011, I joined my first gigging band that focused on unpredictable, partially improvised performances. This approach to music pushed me to find and break the boundaries of what a drummer’s role could be. I began implementing a wide range of non-traditional rhythmic instruments into my setup, creating a franken-set combining timbales, shakers, hand percussion elements, digital samples, a tree log, effects pedals, and even a Didgeridoo. All of these elements gave me the ability to express not only rhythm, but also mood, feel, and ambience.

In the last 3 years, I have expanded my resume to include several Wisconsin-based acts covering a wide range of genres, including Rock, Roots, Folk, Latin, Jazz, Funk, Pop. This includes Indigibliss, One Strong Army, Feed the Dog, The Local Heroes,  Joe Bucher & The Young Guns, Zopel Jazz Project, Substyle, and Featherwolf. I currently perform over 150 shows a year with these and other projects. 

I’m very excited to share my approach to percussion and drumset through Holly Ann Music. We are all lifelong students, and as I continue to dig deeper into the craft, my passion for drumming continues to grow deeper.  I am thrilled to teach my students not just the techniques, but how to find your unique identity as a drummer and find true satisfaction in expressing yourself through rhythm. 

Open Studio: Coming in August! - Welcome Christina!

6 years working in a year round outdoor wilderness therapy school for teens in Virginia  Masters degree in Organizational Consulting/Psychology  Bachelors degree in Music with a minor in Music Therapy and Research  4 years working with adults and children with a variety of abilities  Proficient in flute, piano, and guitar  Experience with mandolin, harp, drum circles, and Irish tin whistle  2 years playing music in a small Irish band  Stay at home mother of a preschooler  Lover of family, music, nature, traveling, and animals

6 years working in a year round outdoor wilderness therapy school for teens in Virginia

Masters degree in Organizational Consulting/Psychology

Bachelors degree in Music with a minor in Music Therapy and Research

4 years working with adults and children with a variety of abilities

Proficient in flute, piano, and guitar

Experience with mandolin, harp, drum circles, and Irish tin whistle

2 years playing music in a small Irish band

Stay at home mother of a preschooler

Lover of family, music, nature, traveling, and animals

We are excited to announce a new way of bringing music to the Wausau area!  Collaborate with others, or work alone.  Use our space to relax, connect, be creative and get inspired.  We are thankful to our newest volunteer who has the passion to bring this idea to life!!!

Music has inspired me and given me joy since I was young. Not only has it been a creative outlet for me, but a way for me to connect with my own emotions and a way to connect with other people. Music is for anyone who wants to be apart of it. I am very excited to begin my journey at Holly Ann Music Studio as a volunteer in the open music studio.  Please come in to play music in a safe and positive place where you will be encouraged to work on your own music, play the instruments available, share with others, and explore different music. Whether you just need a quiet place to practice for your next lesson or in need of some musical inspiration, the open studio will be a relaxed environment for members to enjoy. I will be happy to help in any way I can if you have a question. Looking forward to meeting you!

 

Music Opportunities in Wausau for grown ups???

At Holly Ann Music we are brainstorming what the needs are in Wausau for music groups, lessons etc. and we came up with some ideas.  We've realized there is a TON to do in Wausau for the little ones, ages 2 - 14yrs regarding camps and extracurricular schools activities, especially during the summer.  I see there are many opportunities for that age during the school year too, which is one reason I love the Wausau area and I am raising my family here.  

What happens though, when you turn 16yrs and the kiddy stuff just seems too kiddy?  Also, what about when you are 20-80 yrs and want to hang out and enjoy music together or learn a new skill with others of similar interest?  Is there somewhere in Wausau that accommodates that need?  I see a lot of art classes embracing that philosophy.   I have yet to participate in the painting classes, but every part of me wants dive in and paint and feed that side of me!  Unfortunately the introvert in me takes over and I seek other individual ventures that gives me that artist fulfillment.  But Bauhuas here I come!  

So, what if Holly Ann Music attempted to create a group music venture that helped feed the need for connecting adults with similar music interests?  Or an opportunity to get a group of friends together one evening for a music jam session and a glass of wine or beer?  What if we provided the instruments based on interest (or BYO guitar/Jdembe/uke/violin etc) and construct an evening of music with an amazing video and/or professional recording?  Maybe a simple group guitar lesson with friends?  Maybe create a band?  Maybe head over for karaoke and a drink at the end of a group voice lesson to show off some maddening skills?  Or what about a guided drumming circle with impromptu learning using good quality music instruments.

Folks, the sky is the limit... please give us some feedback!  We are up for anything you may throw at us...well, within limits :)

Teachers Who You Remember

Most everyone remembers that one teacher who made an impact on their life.  I'm sure that teacher was passionate about what they taught and I'm sure that teacher went out of their norm of teaching to connect with their student.  I personally want to thank my teachers and mentors that helped pave my path through the struggles and happiness while growing as an individual.  Karen Haines, my high school music teacher,  Mrs. Hughes, my creative writing teacher and Mrs. Staff, my 3rd grade classroom teacher, who most likely has no idea she made such an impact.  I also want to give a big thank you to Wingra School for accepting me into their community, teaching me how to embrace child centered learning and guiding me to become a better teacher and person.  Feel free to share your teacher stories!

Teaching Music to Students with Disabilities

I'm just putting this out there to anyone who has, or anyone who knows of someone that would benefit from music and has a disability.  I do have a music therapy degree. I do use a lot of the same techniques in my music lessons.  I am very knowledgable about most disabilities and have learned a lot working as a music therapist.  Mostly learned about unconditional love.  Also have become inspired and touched by many of the people I worked with...  

I will never charge more for a music lesson because of a disability.  But I will not call it a music therapy session and you will not get documentation like you would as if you were getting therapy sessions.  I just want to make it simple.  If there is someone you know that has a disability and would benefit from music, I would be more than happy to teach them.

Life Long Learning & Music

I believe music should be a life long venture.  It should be taught to relate to the student's current life experiences.  It should be taught with more than notes and theory, but with an emotional connection that can be used throughout the students life.  It should be taught with passion and encouragement.  It should be taught in a safe environment where mistakes are expected and welcomed.  If you find a teacher willing to adapt to the students needs and wants, while teaching the fundamentals of music, it should be a rewarding and beautiful experience.

I'm looking forward to working with anyone who has an interest in music, in any form, with any ability and any age.

 

 

Welcome Holly Ann Music

It's my pleasure to bring the downtown Wausau area a new kind of music instruction. One that's holistic, open and inclusive. I am a Music Educator,  certified in General Music and Choir, grades K-12th. My 6 years working within the Madison area schools as a music educator and 20 years working as a private music teacher and choral instructor provides me with the experience and patience required to foster the music talent in your child.

In addition to my years of music instruction experience, I also have a bachelors degree in Music Therapy and have 15 years experience working with children and adults with a variety of abilities. I understand the power music can bring to those who need it most. As the Mother of two preschoolers, trust that I understand the challenges and rewards of being a parent and how important it is to provide the kind of safe and creative environment that your child needs to grow.