About Me



Hello! I am Carol Lombard and I love teaching piano. 


Why do I teach? Because I enjoy nurturing the creative and expressive musical spirit in each unique student. You can read below about the special features in my lesson offerings, including off-bench activities, creative play, and a flexible and balanced approach to a home practice philosophy in the context of family life.


Call or email me today and let's talk about the possibilities! ~Carol

                                          Unique Features                               
Off-Bench Activities

Piano lessons at my studio include more than simply playing out of music books at the piano. Time is also set aside regularly for off-bench activities that deliver a good dose of fun and learning. Music theory games and composer and history games; rhythm activities like playing drums and other percussion instruments; these activities and more infuse the lesson with fun and supportive learning adventures.

  Creative Play

From improvisation to final composition, students are encouraged to experiment at the piano and create pieces that express their unique individuality. I believe in the creative spirit inherent in the human soul --- a gift to be nurtured at every stage of musical development. I love to allow students the opportunity to use their imaginations as they unlock and free the musical expression inside of them.

     Music & Life

I see music-making in the piano studio as a vehicle to spark joy. If your child also is excited to play piano at home between lessons, that is wonderful and highly encouraged. If time or other constraints in your family life keep piano practice from happening, that is perfectly okay. No pressure and no guilt. We will make music every week at the lesson; joyful and spontaneous.



I was lucky to begin my studies with Carol. Through teaching sightreading and theory, she cultivated a skill set in me that others in the music field hadn't developed early in their careers, which made it possible for me to be an active, successful musician at a younger age than most and to be able to take many gigs at a time while still maintaining a high level of performance quality.


Additionally, her patience, kindness, and words of encouragement allowed me to embrace my love of music early on and assuaged any performance anxiety that a young musician could have. I cherish my lessons with Carol and truly believe that she is one of the best teachers a young student could begin his/her musical journey with! 

~Clara Byom, multi-instrumentalist, musicologist, archivist, Co-founder/Co-director of New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, M.Mu. University of New Mexico, B.A. Luther College


 Performance Opportunities

For students who find joy in performing music for others, I am able to offer a variety of performance opportunities as a member of several professional and community organizations: through Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA); La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association (LAMTA); and others, including the following:

  • LAMTA PianoFest (for grades 1 through 6) and Halloween Showcase (all ages) 

  • WMTA District Auditions (grade 1 through adult); Badger State Competition (WMTA qualifiers in grades 4+)

  • WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association) Solo and Ensemble Festivals (middle and high school)

  • Old Main Historical and Community Arts Center concerts with intermediate/advanced pianists.




Holmen, WI