Community Music School

WIU Community Music School - Piano Lessons

Welcome to the WIU Community Music School Piano Program! Students will have weekly lessons in Browne Hall (in our state-of-the-art digital piano lab and/or on one of our many beautiful grand pianos), and will present a formal recital at the end of the semester in WIU's stunning Recital Hall. Piano training is a daily commitment, and we look forward to watching the students grow and mature as the semester progresses.

Piano Program Coordinator/Piano Instructor - Jacob Metzler metzler

Jacob Metzler is a Teaching Support Assistant at Western Illinois University currently pursuing a Master's degree in piano performance with Dr. Jeffrey Brown. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance under Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang and a minor in general business. During his time at Iowa State, he appeared with the ISU Symphony Orchestra and ISU Wind Ensemble on many occasions, maintained an active schedule giving solo performances and accompanying voice and instrumental students. Jacob has been selected to play in masterclasses with world-renowned pianists including Charlie Albright, Simone Dinnerstein, Dr. Margarita Schevchenko, Dr. Arthur Greene, Lise de la Salle, Dr. Caroline Hong, Dr. Ted Reuter, Dr. Sean Duggan, and Dr. Liang-yu Wang. For the 2016 and 2018 seasons, he attended the piano institute of the Atlantic Music Festival.

Community outreach was always an important part of music for Jacob since he started his journey in piano at the age of ten, so he is excited to help show others what impact music can have on their lives and the lives of those in their community! After obtaining his Master's degree, Jacob plans to pursue his DMA in piano performance and one day teach at a university.


The WIU Community Music School Piano Program was created to offer students of all ages in the Macomb area a formal, organized, exciting and engaging piano experience. Students will have the opportunity to take lessons from some of the finest WIU students, and will benefit from their teachers' enthusiasm, up-to-date pedagogical methods, and the camaraderie that exists within the piano student body.

Lesson Time

Students will take one private lesson per week (30, 45 or 60 minutes). Students will meet their teacher in Browne 213 each week (the digital piano lab) or the Browne Hall lobby and will be directed to their lesson location from there. Parents may make special arrangements with the teachers directly, if they would like their child met in an alternate location (the Browne parking lot, bus stop, etc.).


Parents or adult students need to register their vehicle with the secretary in the Music Office (Browne 122) at the beginning of each semester. You will be issued a placard to place on your dash, which will allow you to park in the Browne parking lot during your lesson each week. More information on parking (including maps) is available on the Community Music School website.

Register now!

New and returning students must register for lessons via the Community Music School website in January (for spring lessons) and in August (for fall lessons). No registration is necessary for summer lessons, but if the student's regular teacher is not available, a different teacher will be assigned for the summer interim.

Registration Online
All checks made out to "WIU Community Music School"


Lessons are prorated at $30/hour

  • 30 minute lessons - $15
  • 45 minute lessons - $22.50
  • 60 minute lessons - $30

Payment is due monthly, at the first lesson of each month, and is payable by check only, written to the WIU Community Music School. Students should bring their monthly check to their teacher at the first lesson of each month. If payment is not received by the second lesson of any given month, the teacher has the right to cancel lessons until payment is received.

Typical tuition example: Joey's Thursday afternoon piano lessons in September will be held on September 3, 10, 17 & 24. Joey takes 30-minute lessons from his teacher each week. Joey should bring a check for $60 to his September 3 piano lesson (4 lessons x $15), and his tuition will be considered current for the month of September.

For more information, contact

Richard Cangro, CMS Director
Phone: (309) 298-3114