Eau Claire Music School Instructors


Here at the Eau Claire Music School, dedicated and experienced teachers
make learning an instrument fun.
We cater to a wide variety of instruments and
learning styles. Call today and tell us about your musical goals. We'll match you
with the instructor that best fits your needs.

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ECMS is expanding and looking for instructors!

We particularly need instructors for voice and piano, but also have demand for violin (especially Suzuki method), guitar, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, autoharp, and bagpipes. Are you locally based and interested in working one or more afternoons/evenings a week during the after school and early evening hours? Ideal candidates would be able to stay on with us for a few years or more and build their studio as ECMS continues to grow our family friendly business.

If you meet these requirements and feel you would make a great addition to our team, email a resume with references to »


Minimum commitment to teach lessons weekly for an entire calendar school year (September - June)

Prior teaching experience or a degree in music or education

Interested in helping students of all skill levels and ages find the joy of music!

Music Lesson Instructor


Shawn is a founder of the Eau Claire Music School. In addition to teaching lessons, he served for the first half-decade as the school's Program Director. From brass to banjo to jaw harp, he plays over 20 different instruments! Shawn is a fan of a wide variety of musical genres and loves to get out and enjoy Eau Claire's incredible music scene.

Shawn Smets


Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Madison in Elementary Education


Professional Musician Since 2007


Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Percussion, Trumpet, Accordion, and More


Interests: Tutor, Coach, Camp Director, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Music Lover




Music Lesson Instructor


Elizabeth teaches 3rd/4th grade in Hallie. Prior, she taught 1st/2nd grade along with K-4 general music in Phoenix, AZ. She began teaching piano as a freshman in high school and found it to be one of her favorite things to do - blending her love of music with her love of teaching. She has participated in a local piano competitions, church bands, choir, and nursing home entertainment.

Elizabeth Ransenberger


Education: Bachelor's Degree from Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan in Elementary Education


Professional Musician Since


Instruments: Piano


Interests: Music, Teaching, Music Theory, Hiking, Coffee, and Quality Time with Friends and Family



Music Lesson Instructor


Bora Hong graduated from the top female music school in Seoul, South Korea in 2008. Along with performing in various musicals, TV shows, and music festivals, Bora has taught saxophone and piano to students of all ages and experience levels in academies throughout South Korea. Since moving to the Chippewa Valley, she has begun breaking into the local music scene sitting in with area groups/musicians as well as playing in the Eau Claire Municipal Band.

Bora Hong-Evans


Education: Bachelor's Degree from
Dongduk Women’s University in Applied Music


Professional Musician Since 2008


Instruments: Saxophone and Piano


Interests: Music, Teaching, Playing Kubb, Watching the Packers, and Spending Time with Family


Music Lesson Instructor


Gregory has enjoyed extensive performance and teaching experience with all levels and styles of guitar, bass, and other plucked strings. He has played guitar for 20+ years, and has a vast background in song writing, music theory, and performance technique. Gregory is currently recording and touring with the Evergreen Grass Band as an upright bassist and vocalist, with Irie Sol as lead guitarist, and along with several solo endeavors.

Gregory Manning


Education: Bachelor's Degree from DePaul University in Music and Interlochen Arts Academy in Guitar Performance


Professional Musician Since 2000


Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Voice (Non-Classical), Theory, and Song Writing


Interests: Travel, Culture, Soccer, Dogs, and Cats



Music Lesson Instructor


Olaf began playing violin and viola at age four with the London Suzuki Group in England. His studies continued with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. At 15, he joined the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, and spent the last two years of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Olaf has played in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, numerous string quartets, and improvisational groups spanning rock 'n' roll, blues, and jazz.

Olaf Lind


Education: Interlochen Arts Academy, Bachelor’s Degree from UW - Eau Claire in Philosophy


Professional Musician Since 1990


Instruments: Violin and Viola


Interests: Classic British Roadsters, Literature, Film, The Space Between the Notes


Music Lesson Instructor


Laurie currently teaches in the Fall Creek School District, directs the Squires Band at Messiah Lutheran School, and teaches piano and flute at Immanuel Lutheran High School and College.

Laura Lau


Education: Master's Degree from Ohio State University in Flute Performance and Bachelor's Degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato in Instrumental Music Education


Professional Musician Since 1988


Instruments: Piano and Flute


Interests: Performs with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Trillium Flutes


Music Lesson Instructor


Paul has played with Meridene, Adelyn Rose, The Gentle Guest, and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Jazz ensembles where he studied jazz piano under Scott Currier.

Paul Brandt


Education: Bachelor’s Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Political Science


Professional Musician Since 2005


Instruments: Piano and Guitar



Music Lesson Instructor


Primarily a guitarist, Luke also performs on bass and drums. He has performed in many projects as a studio musician at Pine Hollow Audio and several of his own projects like Rhythm Posse, AcoustiHoo, Eggplant Heroes, and Code Blue. With influences from Nine Inch Nails to Django Reinhardt, Luke blends styles in innovative ways.

Lucas Fischer


Education: Studied English Literature, Philosophy, and Journalism at University of Minnesota - Duluth and UW - Eau Claire


Professional Musician Since 2003


Instruments:  Guitar and Bass


Interests:  Guitar Building and Repair, Classic Japanese Cinema, Nature, and Learning



Music Lesson Instructor


Colin has played drum set for 12 years, while in school he studied classical percussion, and played in multiple jazz ensembles. He currently plays in The Dust of Men, Rivers, and performs with the Chippewa Valley Symphony. His playing blends the dynamic touch of classical music with the rhythmic diversity of Jazz.

Colin Carey


Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Music Liberal Arts


Professional Musician Since 2009


Instruments: Percussion


Interests: Making Coffee, Drinking Tea, Riding Bikes, and Fly Fishing


Music Lesson Instructor


Adam has played the drums for 20 years. He plays jazz, funk, R&B, rock, and gospel in several groups in the Chippewa Valley, including The Bug, Dames, The Shillelagh Lads, The Nick Foytick Band, and The Michael Rambo Project. He has also been a featured marimba soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (Indiana) and a member of the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (Indiana).

Adam Nussbaum


Education: Bachelor's Degree from
Indiana University in English and a Master's Degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Theology

Professional Musician Since 2007


Instruments:  Percussion


Interests:  Music, Books, and Film



Music Lesson Instructor


Dean has been a cellist in community orchestras since high school, and has played with numerous traveling Broadway shows at the Weidner Center in Green Bay. He has backed up musicians as diverse as Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville and Melissa Manchester. Currently, Dean is a member of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.

Dean Langby


Education: Bachelor's Degree from Carleton College in English


Professional Musician Since 1983


Instruments: Cello and Violin


Interests: Gardening, Organizing, Playing Fiddle for Barn Dances, and Home-Schooling One of His Two Daughters


Music Lesson Instructor


Jamie has been teaching children music for decades, including directing musicals, classes, and private lessons. She studied voice and piano at Union University where she started a degree in vocal performance, and piano at Black Hills State University in SD. Jamie has enjoyed performing in various church choirs and musicals since 1989.

Jamie Christian


Education: Pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a vocal emphasis from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee


Professional Musician Since 1990


Instruments:  Voice and Piano


Interests:   I love my husband and kids the most! Other interests include homeschooling, crochet, cooking, and literature.



Music Lesson Instructor


Annie has been performing since age seven in choirs, musicals, and church events. Having played the piano since 10 and attended private voice lessons since 12, Annie has enjoys working to achieve a new goals with each lesson. She has taught church choir for pre-K through 4th grade and directed musicals working with students ages 5-15.

Andrea Jackson


Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree from the UW-Eau Claire in Music Education


Professional Musician Since 2012


Instruments:  Voice, Beginning Piano, and Beginning Ukulele


Interests:  A Cappella Music, Campfires, Netflix, and Being at Home


Music Lesson Instructor


Sharon is a semi-retired band director, having taught instrumental music for 25+ years. She has also taught jazz studies, music theory, marching band, and general music at all levels. She is an adjudicator for the Wisconsin School Music Association and has been a clarinet and saxophone coach for the WSMA State Honors Bands. Sharon is a substitute teacher in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls and a member of the Board of Directors for the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.

Sharon Seymour


Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Music Education


Professional Musician Since 1973


Instruments: Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Music Theory




Music Lesson Instructor


Jeff is a practicing musician with over ten years of teaching and performing experience. Primarily a solo classical guitar performer, he has collaborated in the past with flute, bassoon, oboe, piano, guitar, and saxophone. Jeff's main interests are fundamental and classical guitar techniques, but he also has experience in popular styles and music theory (including reading music and tablature) making him a great fit for students wishing to learn any style.

Jeff Jaworski


Education: Bachelor's Degree from UW - Green Bay in Music Applied


Professional Musician Since 2004


Instruments: Guitar


Interests: Baseball, Bicycling, Hiking, Nature, Photography and Reading

Music Lesson Instructor


Born in Hamburg, Germany to Polish refugees, Zenon arrived in the US in 1957. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, as a self-described "child of the 60's". Zenon attended a catholic school where he was introduced to the accordion. He stopped playing after college, but picked it up again around the turn of the century. In 2006, he formed a klezmer band.

Zenon Wojcik


Education: Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington in Prosthetics and Orthotics (Currently working as a certified prosthetist for a private practice in Eau Claire)


Professional Musician Since 2003


Instruments:  Accordion


Interests:  Music, Fishing, Restoring Old Accordions, and Raising Four Children



Music Lesson Instructor


An Associate Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, baritone Luke Otto is versed in the operatic repertory and classical art song tradition. He also performs in and directs musicals. Luke's students have found success with popular music competitions, the theatre stage, and the karaoke machine. Luke teaches classes on performing, pedagogy and auditioning with the CV Theatre Guild and he is a certified Adjudicator with the WI School Music Association.

Luke Otto


Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Music - Voice Performance


Professional Musician Since 2009


Instruments: Voice and Piano


Interests: Fishing, Netflix, Drinking Coffee, and Spending Time with Family