Shad Wenzlaff Piano Studio

Shad Wenzlaff Piano Studio

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I teach privately from Shad Wenzlaff Piano Studio where I offer a personalized - private lessons - approach to learning to play piano. In the past 15+ years, I have given tens of thousands of lessons to hundreds of students. Many of my students have remained in my studio for over a decade, some go on to study piano in college. All discover and cultivate a passion for music and the piano.

I have a BA in Music from Lawrence University where I studied piano and voice (although currently I am not teaching voice lessons). I have also continued graduate studies in Art History, with a minor in Music History. I have continued to study advanced piano by participating in the Interharmony International Music Festival, having studied with Cathy Kautsky and Martha Thomas; I have participated in dozens of teacher master classes and workshops.

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I accept payment via ZELLE and CHECK.

The process! I love to see a student genuinely learn to love piano. It can be a discipline and sometimes we don't "want" to practice - but it's like exercising, or learning any other new skill - we find enjoyment when we put ourselves into the process. I also find immense enjoyment in seeing my students share what they've learned - whether it is in person at a recital, or an informal group class - I love to see students find ways to share their piano. After all - who doesn't have that favorite song, or that passion we can channel through a piece of music?!

If I don't have a space in my schedule that matches yours, I can place you with another teacher - I manage "Studio Share Madison", a shared teaching studio space with locations on both the near-north and near-west side of Madison. We also offer bi-lingual lessons (Spanish/English) at our N. Sherman Avenue location.


Hired 1 time
1 employee
19 years in business
Serves Madison , WI
Offers online services

Payment methods

Check, Zelle

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Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student has instrument

Students who have a piano, Students who have a keyboard

Interested musical styles

Classical, Pop, I can make recommendations

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  • Reviews

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    Nicole S.

    Shads patience and support of his students is impressive. He is gifted in finding the strength in each of his students, despite their diverse personalities and styles, and he imparts to each of them a love and respect for the piano.
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    July 30, 2020


    Triumph A.

    I highly recommend Shad as a piano teacher. He creatively approaches all learning styles and levels with integrated and proven methods that encourage, challenge and enlighten his students. He assesses his students’ strengths and opportunities for growth and tailors the instruction to the individual. Shad is a patient and devoted teacher who goes above and beyond to help you reach your goals.
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    July 26, 2020


    Hien N.

    My kids started learning piano with Shad since our family moved to Madison in January 2008 to now, 12+ years and counting. I cant say enough good things about his piano teaching: adaptive, patient, motivated, technical depth yet giving kids fun time to explore. He taugh my kids more than just piano techniques. Its lessons about life and with music in it.
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    July 25, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

    The first three or four lessons are exploratory - depending upon your current skill. Have you learned another instrument? Do you currently read Treble / Bass clef? 

    Students pay in advance for 10-14 weeks of lessons. 

    BA Music - specific coursework in Elementary Music Education, Piano, Voice, Conducting, over 15 credits in Educational Psychology. I completed a Music Therapy project that informs my awareness of students' developmental progress. 

    I have taught students with varying degrees of ability, including special needs and exceptional ears and rapid learning skills. My experience is varied, deep, and extensive. 

    A lesson starts at 30 minutes for $37.50 / prorated at $75/hour - most students take a 45 minute lesson. Additional fees for materials and books may be assessed beyond $80/year - all students pay $35 materials fee. Some festivals and events will cost extra - at least 1 per year will be provided at no extra charge. Also - please inquire about group piano classes (I partner with other teachers to offer these options).

    I gave my very first piano lesson when I was 13 to neighborhood youth - and adults! My very first student was an adult interested in playing at her church. In college, I studied formal classical piano and gained skills in teaching various learning styles.

    I have taught a very squirrely four year old!

    I have taught a very diligent six year old.

    Elementary aged, middle school, and high school students have all found my studio to be welcoming.

    I have taught transfer students who join my studio for a more advanced lesson. 

    Several students have gone on to study piano as a major or minor at such colleges as Brown University, University of Texas-Dallas, UW-Madison, UW-LaCrosse, University of Illinois, and elsewhere.

    Several of my adult students enjoy my style, flexibility, and creative approach to learning.

    My lessons are never "just from the book" - I personalize my approach for each student uniquely. 

    Meet with at least 2 teachers first - you want to find a good fit, so that you can plan long-term to truly enjoy the experience of learning piano.
    Do you have time to practice on your own at home? If you haven't invested in an instrument, do you need help finding a practice piano? Do you have any friends who have taken piano - ask their advice!

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