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About Us

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”
― Plato
“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand."
― Stevie Wonder
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."
― Bob Marley
“Music is love in search of a word."
― Sidney Lanier

Welcome To

WAM

The Wisconsin Academy of Music (WAM) is a teacher-run music studio committed to inspiring and educating students of all ages and abilities. We have been offering one-on-one music lessons and small ensemble classes since 2007.  Our teachers are some of the best in the industry – each with a minimum of 15 years experience teaching and performing music.

Spacious lesson rooms, a large ensemble room, on site recording studio, and a comfy waiting room allow us to offer a unique experience for our students and parents.

Located in Germantown, WI, our studio is about 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee. We serve students from the entire Milwaukee Metro area and its surrounding communities such as Mequon, Richfield, Hubertus, Colgate, Sussex, Menomonee Falls, Jackson, Brown Deer, Wauwatosa and the Milwaukee Northshore (Bayside, River Hills, Glendale, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay and Shorewood).

Simply put, our mission is devoted to you – making the most of your musical talent and helping you achieve your goals.

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Spacious lesson rooms, a large ensemble room, an on-site recording studio and a comfortable waiting room allow us to offer a unique experience for our students and parents.

Contact us to schedule a tour today.

What Makes WAM Different?

Month-to-Month Pricing

Affordable month-to-month pricing with no commitment. Absolutely no enrollment or early termination fees.

Experienced Teachers

Our teachers are professional and dedicated - with a minimum of 15 years experience.

The Ultimate Flexibility

We offer one-on-one studio or online lessons and group ensembles. Limited in home sessions available by request.

One-on-One Relationships

At WAM, students and families work directly with our teachers. Absolutely no academy middle men to deal with.

Convenient & Comfortable

Our large waiting room (with WiFi) is set up for easy social distancing. Plus convenient nearby shopping options.

A Fun, Unique Experience

Spacious lesson rooms, a large ensemble room, on site recording studio and a large waiting room.

What our Students Say...

"Our son has been taking lessons with Micah for at least 8 years. He has grown as a musician and gained so much confidence playing guitar. He truly looks forward to his lessons each week with Micah. Micah’s flexibility and willingness to work around Drew’s busy schedule has allowed him to continue lessons this long. WI Academy of Music is a great location for all budding and established musicians!!"
Kira Testin
- Wanna go Jupiter
"Micah has a special magic and enthusiasm of inspiring young people to explore music. While he is super knowledgeable and skilled, he also encourages creativity with his students. Both my daughter, and several friends' kids have enjoyed their lesson time with him for years. Thank you, Wisconsin Academy of Music for providing such a welcoming, positive environment for young artists."
Alexandra Ridgway
- Wanna go Jupiter
"Phenomenal group of dedicated teachers!!! This is a gem of an organization tucked away in suburban Germantown (corner of Mequon & Pilgrim Rds.) Some of metro Milwaukee's best performers/teachers on staff, including: Ben Hans - percussion; Micah Olson - guitar; Johnny Padilla - sax, clarinet, flute; Jean Dorney - piano; Chris Ballman - trumpet; Eric Larsen - trombone & low brass; Carol Meves - flute; Nicole Moritz - piano & voice; Dave Petty - saxophone & clarinet; Linnae Stewart - flute”
Jean Dorney
- Wanna go Jupiter
"This is by far the best organization I have been to with my son, a trumpet player. The teacher, Chris Ballman, is extremely professional, qualified and accommodating. We have never had any issue with him. My son and I are very fond of him."
Leysa Corsten-Blitz
- Wanna go Jupiter
"I agree with Jean - faculty is outstanding and some of the best music educators in the area. It is a true joy to teach here. Germantown is so fortunate! HOWEVER, there are a few MORE fantastic teachers she did not mention: Carol Meves, Flute; Lenee Stewert, flute; Dave Petty, Sax and clarinet; Nicole Moritz, piano, voice and violin; Lisa Knies, piano; Ruth Mixdorf, piano. You will not find a more dedicated group of music educators anywhere! Many of these teachers are not only accomplished educators but performers as well!
Carol Meves
- Wanna go Jupiter
"Micah is a patient teacher but will push you to be the best guitarist that you can be. His positive words make you feel comfortable and make you want to work harder.” Will, age 11, first year student. “P.S. Micah is cool too 😉 ”
Mary Jo Sagent
- Wanna go Jupiter
"Riley absolutely loves taking guitar lessons from Micah. Micah is super talented, very patient with kids & always so positive. Riley loves being able to decide what songs he wants to learn each week. I’ve recommended Micah to several friends and neighbors."
Eileen Burke
- Wanna go Jupiter
"Micah makes learning music fun. I remember as a kid taking lessons and getting bored with it really fast. Within just a lesson or two, Micah and I were working on songs that I wanted to learn to play. His explanation of how to improve were simplistic enough to understand and apply right away. If you’re looking for someone that can have fun and teach you guitar at the same time, Micah should be your teacher. He is fantastic."
Jimmy Boettcher
- Wanna go Jupiter

Our Teachers

With the right teacher, learning a musical instrument can be rewarding and fun! Our professional staff of teachers is highly skilled at working with all ages of students – from beginner through advanced. All of our teachers have over 15 years of experience performing and teaching music education.

Micah Olsan

Owner, Teacher

Guitar, ukulele, bass, songwriting, vocal, band.

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Dave Melstrand

Teacher

Piano, saxophone, clarinet and guitar.

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Chris Ballman

Teacher

Trumpet and small brass ensembles.

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Carol Meves

Teacher

Flute

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FAQs

How does billing work? Do you offer any discounts?

At WAM, each teacher runs his or her own studio and collects payment from each family. Students are generally billed monthly with payment due the first lesson of each month. Some teachers offer discounts if billing by semester.

Do I need my own instrument?

It is crucial to have an instrument at home so you can practice in between lessons. If you don’t have one, you will need to buy one or rent from a local music store, both of which are popular options.

I don’t have any experience. Can I still take lessons?

Of course! No experience is necessary to take lessons at WAM! We all have to start somewhere, and our teachers are highly experienced teaching students of all levels – beginners through advanced.

Do you offer make-up lessons if I miss one?

Yes. Make-up lessons are offered as long as a 24-hour notice is given for missed classes.

Can I wait inside during my child’s lesson?

Yes, we have a large waiting room with good social distancing and wifi if you need to catch up on work.

I’m interested. How do I get started?

Great! Simply give us a call at 262-707-7274, or fill out our easy form. Someone from our team will contact you shortly.