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UW-Whitewater String Academy

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.

Date: 2019 - 2020

  • Summer: June  - August 
  • Fall: September  - December 
  • Spring: January  - May 


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Registrations accepted online until 7/1/19 for Summer; 10/11/19 for Fall; 2/20/20 for Spring.  We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

Summer 2019: $175

Fall 2019: $290

Spring 2020: $290

Family Discount Rate: $250 per semester, per registrant (Fall and Spring).  

Early Bird Discount: $20 off per semester, per registrant when registered by August 31, 2019 (Fall and Spring).

Allegro Strings: Are violin students in pre-k through grade 2.  Parents are required to attend lessons.  The curriculum is Suzuki book one.

The teacher will schedule:

  • Summer: Six 30-minute individual lessons with additional group lessons.
  • Fall: Ten 30-minute individual lessons with six additional group lessons.
  • Spring: Ten 30-minute individual lessons with six additional group lessons.

Schedules of lessons TBA.

Vivace Strings: Are violin, viola, cello or bass students grade 3 - 12.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend lessons.  The curriculm is etude, scales and Suzuki books.

The teacher will schedule:

  • Summer: Six 30-minute individual lessons (or four 45 minute lessons may be arranged).
  • Fall: Twelve 45-minute individual lessons.
  • Spring: Tweleve 45-minute individual lessons.

In addition, parents are asked to monitor and supervise home practice sessions for both Allegro Strings and Vivace Strings.

Note: Upon receipt of your child's registration, the coordinator will contact you to set up private lesson times. 

School Orchestra Enrollment

Once students reach the grade level of the orchestra program at their school, they must also enroll in the school orchestra. If a student is not a member of the school orchestra, she/he will not be allowed to continue in the UW-Whitewater String Academy.   Should a school not provide an orchestra program, then the student may enroll in the UW-Whitewater String Academy.

Missed Lesson

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.  Large group lessons cannot not be made-up.  All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name and event session.

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Check In

Participants should plan on arriving approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the session for check-in at Greenhill Center of the Arts.

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 and are blocked from receiving notifiactions 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.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays. Vehicles arriving after Parking Services office hours may purchase a parking permit from the vending machine located behind the Visitor Center in the service drive.   Membership permits are available for purchase.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

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.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.


Leanne League, Co-Director

Leanne League

Leanne League teaches violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2010, Leanne was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award 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 String Tri. From 1996-1999, Leanne was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under Michael Tilson Thomas. Leanne completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University, studying violin and baroque violin with Karen Clarke.  She earned her masterʼs degree at UW-Madison, where she studied with Vartan Manoogian.

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 orchestra 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.   In addition to her teaching experience, Susan was a Music Director and Administrator with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for ten years.  Susan holds many awards and honors including the Wisconsin State Music Teachers of the Year from the Wisconsin American String Teacher's Association, the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award and the Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association.  Susan currently serves on the national string division board as a Certified Yamaha String Educator for the Yamaha Corporation.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with string education certification from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Francis Seminary.

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, who then went on to Bowling Green State University where she received her Master of Music in Viola Music Performance. During this time, Rena had studied with Matthew McBride- Daline, a former graduate from Julliard and Yale. Before this, she studied with Leanne League, a graduate from 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.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

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.