Hello! I am Carol Lombard and I absolutely adore teaching piano. Why do I teach? Because I am thrilled when I hear beautiful music, am inspired to unlock the secrets of creating and interpreting music with emotion, and love to pass along the tools of inspired playing to a new generation of students and their families who delight in musical beauty. The gleam of joy in a student's eye when s/he uses skilled artistry that makes the piano sing with a panorama of lovely tone color is worth every bit of work that goes into such a moment. Are you moved by gorgeous piano music? Contact me to start your family on a joyful journey to new musical horizons! ~Carol
All students new to my studio first receive a four-week introductory period of 30-minute weekly lessons. Purposes for the trial period include the following: assessing student readiness for ongoing piano lessons and developing ideas for a program tailored to each student's unique musical needs and goals. See the Getting Started page for more information on scheduling lessons.
Two Lesson Options
Piano Panorama students are offered a low-key lesson option called Exploratory Lessons or a competition option in Premier Lessons. The choice to perform is available in both lesson formats, but Premier Lessons also provide opportunity for students grades 4 and up who enjoy competition to prepare for WMTA District Auditions for the Badger State Piano Competition. Pick your option and enjoy!
New for 2020!
Join Piano Panorama in 2020 to celebrate one of the major events of the century: Beethoven's 250th Birthday! Be part of the year-long festivities that feature this beloved, iconic and quirky personality --- a titan of the music world who broke through the boundaries of classicism to forge paths of innovation that thrill music students and audiences alike. Your children will love to meet Beethoven at 250!
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
As a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA), and La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association (LAMTA), and through association with other arts organizations, I am able to offer my piano students a variety of performance opportunities, 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
Other performances you choose: school, church, community --- I'm happy to help students prepare for these!
After all of the time that is spent practicing, many students find performing to be an affirming and vitalizing experience. Music taken out of the realm of the solitary --- practicing alone --- and shared with an audience becomes a gift to be treasured in both the giving and receiving.