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The Castle Conservatory for Music & the Arts  

Private Lessons 


Lessons are set up by a weekly appointment convenient to the student and the teaching faculty. 



Depending upon the students' interests, students will have the choice to learn classical, jazz, rock n' roll, and/or popular music. Students will have the opportunity to learn theory, technique,  improvisation, and composition.



Options for guitar include jazz, folk, rock, funk, and/or reggae. Students will learn chords, reading, improvisation, and composition. 



Students will learn song-writing basics as well as playing technique, reading, and theory. 



Students will focus in on many different perucssive beats. They will learn anything from a shuffle to 50's rock n' roll. 



Students can further their singing abilities whether they are looking for a career or enjoyment. 



In these classes geared towards younger children, students will explore playing multiple types of instruments and learn the basic rudiments of music. 


Music for Tots


Learn rhythm patterns, develop a relationship with different music styles through art, dance, and play. Make instruments. Learn simple beats and songs. Educational puppet shows.


Ages 1-7  

Dates and times to be determined - visit for more information

$24 for series/$8 for individual classes

Half-price for siblings


Thanks to Ecolab for your continued generosity and 
grant funding.  

Enrichment Programs

at The Castle at 501 Prospect

The Youth Unite is proud to present "The Castle Conservatory for Music and the Arts" at the Castle at 501 Prospect Ave, Beloit. Group classes, private lessons, music therapy programs and classes for tots are a few of the services provided by the Conservatory. 


The Castle Conservatory has been home to a group of young persons who’ve benefitted from The Youth Unite Music Therapy Program, a program created with the help of a substantial grant from EcoLab!! Music educators at the Castle spend quality time with victims of traumatic experiences, exploring all facets of music, including instrumental lessons, vocal performance coaching and songwriting. This interaction has proven to be effective in terms of refocusing these young unfortunates. 

Inquire about lessons today!

Johnny Wittnebel 

Guitar, Bass, Trumpet, Accordion, Banjo, Ukulele, Piano, Percussion, Voice


As well as being an accomplished musician, Johnny Wittnebel is a UW Whitewater graduate. He has been a member of several various Beloit bands, in which he plays a variety of instruments. He has played at large audiences, such as at Summerfest 2012. His primary instrument is the guitar; however, he has teaching experience with piano, bass, trumpet and percussion. 

Johnny has experience working with differently-abled students and connects well with the youth. He has also been the keynote speakers for The Youth Unite's Self-Control / Anti-Bully / Suicide-Prevention Assemblies for public schools and clubs, teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindful Awareness Education. 

  Dan Rubato  
Jake Handrich 

Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Voice


Jake Handrich is an accomplished singer/song-writer and musician, a local talent from the Beloit area who bolstered his musical aspirations as a proud member of the award-winning 2014 Beloit Memorial High School’s Jazz Band. He is continuing studying under David Newman, an adjunct professor and well-known pianist with the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. With experience playing various instruments such as piano, ukulele, drums, and a number of other percussion instruments, as well as his experience with both jazz and classical stylings, Jake brings yet another level of depth to our group of Castle Conservatory teachers.

Jacob has also been instrumental in curriculum development and presentation of The Youth Unite assemblies. 

He and his family have been active members in the Occupaws Guide-Dog training program for many years. Both of his parents are teachers in the Beloit School District. 

  Margaret Sharp  
Sara Lemen


Sara Lemen is a local singer and piano player with vast performance experience. She holds a degree in Music from The Chicago Conservatory at Roosevelt University as well as extensive studies in Vocal Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University. She has performed at the Kaz Bar at the House of Blues in Chicago and Rockford's Coronado Theater. Her styles include spiritual and sacred music, classical, pop, jazz, country, and musical theatre. 

  Thelma Da Capo  
Brittnay Wittnebel 

Piano, Drums, Clarinet


Brittnay Wittnebel graduated from Beloit College with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. She went on to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Brittnay has continued to teach and get involved with youth educational music programs through out her schooling.


Brittnay, founder of The Youth Unite, is passionate about creating a safe, creative space for students to express themselves without judgment. Brittnay developed The Youth Unite to provide at-risk youth with rolemodels and mentorship through the gifts of music and art.

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