We believe that in order to help students become the best musicians possible, they must have a teacher who inspires! At the Wauwatosa School of Music, we hire only the most qualified instructors. All instructors are professional, working musicians who have both the formal education and performance experience required to be well-rounded teachers.
Katie Koester - Voice & Piano
Soprano Katie Koester is a Milwaukee native who has performed with the Florentine Opera, Skylight Music Theater, and the Eastman Opera Theater. She has also sung as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda, and is a member of AGMA.
Maura Atwood - Voice
Maura Atwood has been teaching in the Milwaukee area since 2016, after graduating summa cum laude from Carthage College. She holds degrees in Theater Performance and Music, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. In addition to teaching music lessons, Maura teaches with the Christian Youth Theater and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Maura performs regularly with various theaters, including Kohl’s Wild Theater, where she is often a singing animal of some kind.
Riles Walsh - Piano & Music Technology
Riles Walsh earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition and Technology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He teaches all ages and levels, and tailors lesson plans and curricula to each student’s personal goals. He has had many successful students in his 10+ years of teaching experience, which included time in South Korea, Louisiana, and California.
Since 2005, Riles has engineered many records, working with artists such as John Muther, Scrimshaw, and The Trusty Knife, in addition to producing recordings from his own bands: Farms In Trouble, The Candeliers, and Wavy V. His other interests include cooking, hiking, reading and chess.
Logan Penington - Drums
Logan has been the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller since 2006. He has worked with the Quincy Jones Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Chuck Berry, on Carnival Cruise Lines, and others.
He is a Milwaukee based drummer who began playing piano at age 6, which he picked up quickly coming from parents who are both professional musicians. At age 8, Logan picked up his first pair of drumsticks and never looked back. He began taking lessons from the best classical and jazz drummers, as well as studying with the legendary Jim Chapin. By age 14, Logan was gigging professionally with various blues and jazz acts.
After studying music at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, he decided to pack up his bags and join Carnival Cruise Lines where he honed his sight reading chops to a high level and became proficient in every style of music, ranging from jazz and afro-cuban, to various types of rock and pop acts.
Victor Campbell - Drums
Victor Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has had the opportunity to study with such great drummers as Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham and Roy Haynes. Victor has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, performing with Carlos Santana, the Ko-Thi Dance Company, Brian Lynch, Bobby Broom, The Drifters, Tim Ries (saxophonist for the Rolling Stones), West African drummers Mamady Keita, Chief Bey, and Mor Thiam, among many others.
Victor has taught many drum clinics and master classes, including classes at UW - Milwaukee, UW - Green Bay, the University of Kentucky, MPS and the Boys’ Club of Miwaukee.
Praneeth Madoori - Violin & Viola
Praneeth Madoori is a graduate of Illinois State University, studying liberal arts under the instruction of Dr. Sarah Gentry and Dr. Glenn Block. He was a teaching assistant for Illinois State University’s “String Project” program, which allowed graduate and undergraduate string players to teach and instruct students around the community ages 8 - 14. Teachers’ responsibilities included conducting within full orchestral settings, small group pods, and individual private lessons. Praneeth is continuing his education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he is completing his master’s degree in music performance with a concentration in string pedagogy.
Iuliia Mykolyk - Violin
Born in Ukraine, Iuliia has been playing violin since she was 8. After graduating from the Lviv National Music Academy, where she received her bachelor and mater’s degrees, she performed with the INSO-Lviv International Symphony Orchestra, and played at numerous festivals in Switzerland, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain.
Iuliia decided to pursue her musical training in the U.S., and received an artist diploma in violin performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2014. She holds a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, studying under Dr. Bernard Zinck, and was a concertmaster of the UW - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As an instructor, Iuliia uses methods such as Suzuki, Franco-Belgium School, Russian School (Yankelevich) and Czech School.
Nathan Pflughoeft - Guitar & Bass
Nathan Pflughoeft has been an instructor at the Wauwatosa School of Music since 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he studied with Pete Billman and Don Linke. He performs regularly with various artists in the Milwaukee area, spanning a multitude of genres including jazz, R & B, pop, hip hop, rock and gospel.
Cory Tcheng - Guitar & Bass
From 2006 - 2009 Cory taught and performed in the Chicago area, teaching at both the Academy of Music and Art, and the Upbeat School of Music.
Prior to 2006 he taught and performed in Los Angeles and Orange County. While there he taught at the Orange County Music Academy, received his music degree from Fullerton College (studying guitar with L.A. studio guitarist and Grammy Award winning Dr. Joseph Jewell), and performed at various jazz festivals, including a 2005 trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. Cory has been teaching guitar since 2001, and in that time has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of students of all ages and levels.