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Juanita M. Becker

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Professor of Music



  • Education

    B.M., Piano Performance, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
    M.M., Piano Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    D.M., Piano Performance: Accompanying and Chamber Music, Florida State University


    I grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, where I started piano lessons at age six. My family moved to Florida when I was ten, and by age thirteen I was playing for church services at various WELS mission congregations throughout Central Florida. At the Oberlin Conservatory, where I did my undergraduate work, I took three years of organ lessons in addition to my primary piano lessons, and played for mission congregations in the Cleveland area. I chose to attend UW Madison for my Master of Music degree so that I could attend the WELS Student Chapel there. I enjoyed the campus ministry activities, played organ, directed the choir, and eventually was called to be the first part-time coordinator of music. Interestingly, my former WLC advisee, Rich Freese, is the first full time called Coordinator of Music at the Chapel in Madison! (Rich is putting the finishing touches on his PhD in Music Composition at UW Madison, while serving at the Chapel.)  Doing my doctoral work at The Florida State University put me back in the WELS Mission field, and every Sunday morning found me driving across Tallahassee to play piano for church services, which at the time were held in an Arthur Murray Dance Studio.  My first full time college teaching position was at Truman State University, where I sponsored a small WELS campus ministry group. Then in 2001 I was called to teach at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I enjoy teaching both music majors and non-majors to effectively use their God given talent for music by developing their technical skills, practice habits, and musical discernment. I know that whether my piano students have a career in music or in another field, they are equipped to serve as musical servant leaders in their congregations.


    • MUS 182/282 Piano Performance
    • MUS 184/284 Applied Harpsichord
    • MUS 240 Accompanying
    • MUS 342 Piano Pedagogy 1
    • MUS 345 Piano Pedagogy 2
    • MUS 411 Piano Literature
    • Class Piano Sequence (MUS 083/084/088)
    • MUS 101 Music Fundamentals
    • Music Theory and Aural Skills as needed

    Research Interests

    • Pianist Composers from Northern European countries who are significant but not well known in the U.S.A. (For example, Henriëtte Bosmans and Julius Röntgen)
    • Solo and collaborative piano performance
    • Solo and collaborative harpsichord performance
    • Musician wellness

    Scholarly Work

    Select Publications

    Book In Progress:  Henriette Bosmans: Pianist and Composer  (Mellen Scholarly Press TBD)

    Compact Disc Recording and Liner Notes: "Dutch Music for Oboe and Piano" by The Lake Cottage Duo, Sheri Mattson, oboe, and Juanita Becker, piano (Centaur CRC 3234) released October 2012

    Published in The American Music Teacher journal April/May 2007 “Professional Certification: An Interview with Two Successful Candidates from Diverse Backgrounds.”

    Panel report:  Advanced Clarinet and Advanced Piano Lessons published in One--on--One & Three--or--More Teaching Proceedings from Pedagogy Saturday IV (MTNA National Convention March 25, 2000).

    Panel report:  How do Teachers Acquire the Skills for “Three or More” Teaching?:  Professional Music Teacher Organizations published in Three or More:  Beyond the Traditional Private Lesson Proceedings from Pedagogy Saturday Three III (MTNA National Convention March 20, 1999).

    Select Presentations 

    June 2015 Biannual College Music Society International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, presented “The Fugelsang Connection.”

    September 2010 Annual Conference of the College Music Society  “Pairing Music and Art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden,” Lecture Recital (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

    Presented "Chamber Music of Women Composers" at Music Teachers National Convention, March 2002

    Select Performances

    Regular Faculty and Student Recitals at Wisconsin Lutheran College

    August 7, 2016
    Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen on the campus of UW Madison

    Perform annually with the Lake Cottage Duo in Hart Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Central Missouri

    November 24, 2013
    Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio

    2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
    Milwaukee Art Museum performances with the Lake Cottage Duo, pairing Music and Art

    October 28, 2011
    Wisconsin College Faculty Recital at the Wisconsin MusicTeachers Association State Conference—Lake Cottage Duo

    July 22, 2008
    Strings on the Bay, presented by Bay de Noc Community College (a summer concert series) Escanaba, Michigan

    Select Workshops

    2014 August Workshops for the Barbados National Youth Symphony Orchestra August 9-17, Bridgetown:  included a “technique and artistry” workshop for local piano teachers and students.

    2014 April Workshop for Milwaukee Area Piano Teachers Association at Mount Mary University:  Lecture demonstration on making a smooth transition out of the Method books and into art music repertoire.

    2013 October Workshop for Moraine Area Private Piano Teachers Association at UW Washington County:  Lecture demonstration on combining technique and artistry at all levels of instruction.

    2013 June Workshop for WELS Middle School Band Camp at WISCO Lecture Demonstration and Hands On Experience Introduction to the History, Repertoire, and Inner Workings of the WLC “Stehlin” Harpsichord

    2013 April Workshop for Milwaukee Music Teachers Association, Inc.  Lecture Demonstration “Technique and Artistry: How One Helps the Other.”

    2009 June Workshop for WELS Youth Chorale and Wind Ensemble Summer Clinic, Introduction to Music Theory.


    2009 Community Engagement Seed Grant Award from the College Music Society for Lake Cottage Duo performances at the Milwaukee Art Museum


    • Music Department Academic Prioritization Report Contributor, 2014-2015
    • Assessment Committee, 2009-2014
    • Department Chair, 2005-2007
    • Faculty Development Committee, 2002-2004
    • Assessment Committee, 2004-2005
    • Lutheran College Conference Planning Committee Coordinator, 2003
    • Music Department Self-Study, 2003
    • Search Committee for Vice-President of Academic Affairs, 2003
    • Member of the Music Teachers National Association and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association
    • Member of the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association
    • Adjudicator for National Piano Guild Auditions