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Music after Lakeland

Students who major in music will be able to:

  • Perform to an "advanced developing" or a semi-professional level of mastery, either in voice or their chosen instrument
  • Lead an ensemble with technical clarity and expressive effectiveness
  • Play the piano well enough to use it as a professional tool and a means of artistic expression
  • Demonstrate a functional understanding of music history and literature, including the tradition's seminal cultural periods, composers, and genres
  • Master the language of music, both in analysis and aural skill
  • Display professional discipline and aesthetic appreciation

These skills will prepare you for a career in music. Below are just some of the careers Lakeland College music students from recent graduating classes have landed:

  • Music teacher, Dreams Unlimited
  • Music teacher, Waupun Area School District
  • Choral director, New Holstein High School
  • Choral director, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District
  • Webmaster, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association; Masters of Music Performance, James Madison University
  • Business Owner: New Song Piano Studio

Snapshot of Success

Name: Elisabeth Daniels

Hometown: Plymouth, Wis.

Title: Private piano instructor; Lakeland College piano instructor

Elisabeth Daniels was 6 years old when “my mom forced me to take piano lessons.”

As Elisabeth kept playing, she kept improving. And slowly but surely, she began to love the beautiful music her fingertips were producing.

“My mom made me stick with it, and suddenly it got to the point where it was more voluntary than forced,” Elisabeth says. “Then by late high school, I realized I really wanted to be challenged.”

Elisabeth arrived at Lakeland as a math major, but ended up double-majoring in math and music. More and more, her passion shifted toward playing music and reaching new heights on the piano.

After graduating in 2010 with a degree in piano performance and pedagogy, Elisabeth applied to and was accepted by the James Madison University School of Music. She earned a masters of music and while she was there, taught classes in piano proficiency for non-piano majors.

Now she’s back at Lakeland, teaching classes as an adjunct instructor while also building a strong clientele base of private instruction students of all ages.

“One of my favorite things about being a musician is the many opportunities I am involved in,” she says. “I can accompany, perform and teach. I’m not stuck in a 9-to-5 job.”

Elisabeth says she’s thrilled to be back at Lakeland.

“People really care about you here,” she says. “They are invested in your life. Nobody at Lakeland is just another person. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s really true. Knowing how much people invested in me at Lakeland really drove me to work harder.”

As for her mom, who urged her to excel when she was little, Elisabeth noticed something special after her graduate recital at James Madison.

“I could tell she was proud of me,” Elisabeth says.

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