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Online String Academy

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The String Academy faculty believes learning music via a string instrument is stimulating, rewarding and creative. It requires the use of both hemispheres of the brain, which encourages problem solving and spatial reasoning.  More importantly, with hard work, the sense of accomplishment children experience makes them feel positive about learning in general.  Most importantly, children will experience and communicate the emotion of music.  String Academy is available to Pre-K to 12th grade.

Dates: Monday, May 25 - Friday, July 31, 2020



Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 6/19/20 . We do NOT accept walk up registrations.  

30 Minute Lesson: $30 each

60 Minute Lesson: $50 each

Note: Upon receipt of your registration, the Coordinator will contact you to set up private lesson times.

Fees Include

Private lesson fee includes one lesson and  instruction. 


There are no refunds after payment, with exceptions for medical issues subject to consideration by the director.

Missed Lesson Policy

A two-day notice must be given to the teacher if a lesson must be missed.  The lesson will then be rescheduled within a week as agreed upon by both teacher and student.  If a lesson is missed without prior notice, the lesson may not be rescheduled.  We encourage lessons to be made-up immediately so as to maintain a positive learning process.  Because of this, lessons cannot be made-up at the end of the semester.   All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name and event session.

Required Materials

Students are responsible for purchasing music books or other materials for study as required by the instructor.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from, SBC Global and are blocked from receiving  notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Questions asked:

  • Name, address, email, DOB, grade
  • I understand the refund policy
  • How did you hear about this event?
  • I have met all the minimal technology requirements to participate in this event
  • I understand CES is not responsible for troubleshooting technology software; other than the  registration system software

What You Will Need to Attend

  • computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • A reliable internet connection (hard-wired  connections work best)
  • A microphone (external mics preferred)
  • Webcam
  • Skype account
  • Schedule emailed from Coordinator 

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.


Leanne League, Co-Director

Leanne League

Leanne League teaches violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Leanne was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She has given master classes and clinics throughout the Midwest at both high schools and universities. Sought after as a performer in many different roles, Leanne is the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio.

Susan Chandler, Co-Director

Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler has been a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2009. She teaches String Pedagogy, String Techniques, multiple Music Education Methods courses and supervises student teachers. She is a Master Level Adjudicator for the Wisconsin Music School Association and a frequent guest clinician with school orchestras throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Susan retired as Director of Orchestras from the Kettle Moraine School District, where she taught for 23 years leading her orchestras on international tours to England, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand and within the United States to multiple state and regional music conferences.

Emma McAlister

Emma McAlister

Emma McAlister earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from UW Whitewater and a Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Suzuki Talent Education from UW Stevens Point. She has extensive experience teaching private violin lessons, group classes, and coaching orchestra sectionals. At UW Whitewater she had the privilege of being concertmaster of the UW Whitewater Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra. While at UW Stevens Point she was assistant concertmaster of the UW Stevens Point Symphony. She enjoys working with students of all ages.

Rena Blazek

Rena Blazek

Rena Blazek is a classically trained violist from Delafield, Wisconsin. Rena received her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and then went on to Bowling Green State University where she received her Master of Music in Viola Music Performance. During this time, Rena studied with Matthew McBride-Daline, a graduate of Juilliard and Yale. Before this, she was a student of Leanne League, who studied at Eastman and UW-Madison. Rena has finally returned to Wisconsin after an exciting stay from a String Quartet residency in Upstate NY. When not performing or teaching, Rena enjoys going out on the boat and spending time with her family and friends!

UWW String Education Majors - advanced level standing

UW-Whitewater String Education Majors will assist in the Academy and teach the private lessons. These students are training to be music teachers and have received specific training in teaching young children. The private lesson teachers meet with the Academy Director regularly and provide a written record of each lesson to track each student's progress.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.