Diane E. Madsen Piano Studio

Excellence in Keyboard Arts

About Diane

Diane Madsen started studying piano at the age of seven. She has studied with numerous teachers over the years:  Lucille Ferguson (Blair, NE), Lois Carlsen (Blair, NE), Dr. Alan Brandes (Dana College), Dr. James Clark (Augustana University), Patricia Will, (University of NE - Omaha), Dr. Auden Ravnan (University of NE - Lincoln), and Bill Chapman (College of Lake County - Grayslake, IL).  Her experiences with this group of highly qualified teachers has allowed her to work the best facets of their teaching styles and methods into her studio.  She has been sharing her love of music over the past 45 years In numerous capacities across the country.  These include employment as a music educator/director In the Nebraska public schools (LaVista Junior High 1975-81), an adjunct professor of music appreciation at St. Joseph's College of Maine, Standish, ME (2000-2005),  and operating a private piano studio teaching students of all ages, beginner through advanced levels, in Nebraska, Illinois, Maine, and Wisconsin.  

Diane has been active in her church music ministries in every state that she has lived.  She served as Church Musician at Grace Lutheran Church, Libertyville, IL where she was organist, choir accompanist, and Vacation Bible School Music Director;  at Emmaus Lutheran Church, Falmouth, ME she was Sunday School Music Director, member of Worship and Music Committee and a substitute organist; she was Director of Gospbells (a handbell choir), organist/accompanist for various music groups, and sang in the Chancel Choir at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Madison, WI; currently she directs The Master Ringers (a handbell choir), sings in the Chancel Choir and is an organist/accompanist on a substitute basis at Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, NE.

Professionally, Diane was a member of Elixir Piano Trio in Madison, WI. The ensemble  played for various events and recorded a CD "Christmas and More" in 2007.  She has also performed as a soloist for art openings, weddings, funerals, and other venues during her career.  In addition to her piano/organ background, Diane played the flute for seven years and the guitar for five years.  

Diane is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Nebraska Music Teachers Association (NMTA), and Omaha Music Teachers Association (OMTA). Previously she served on the boards of the Libertyville Piano Club (LPC) and the Madison Area Piano Teachers Associated (MAPTA). She was a founding board member of the Middleton-Cross Plains Performing Arts Center, Middleton, WI serving as its Program Director from 2003-2008.

When not teaching, directing, accompanying, attending music conferences, or practicing, Diane's greatest satisfaction comes from being with her family- husband Gary, sons Lars and Leif. their wives Julie and Amanda and last, but not least, her grandson Cole and granddaughter Elodie.

Lifetime Piano

My goal as your teacher is to make this music study rewarding and fulfilling for a lifetime of enjoyment.


*Instruction - To meet the above stated goal, all lesson programs are designed to meet specific needs of each student.  This includes a balanced curriculum of theory, technique, computer technology, sight playing, ear training, and all styles of musical repertoire appropriate to the student's level of proficiency.

*Mindset - a person's attitude is of the utmost importance to the success of music study.  If the initial way of thinking is "I'll try it to see if I like it" then failure will be the outcome.  But if the goal is to "play music for a lifetime", then success will be the outcome. 

*Environment - an area free of distractions for practice is essential to getting the most out of music study.

*Instrument - A well tuned acoustic piano or full size digital keyboard with touch sensitive keys is a necessity. 

*Practice - Students are expected to follow a regular practice routine.  I teach students how to practice by working repeatedly to become proficient.

*Parental Involvement - Few students have the self-determination to practice on their own day after day.  Parents need to provide leadership, a listening ear, lots of encouragement, and a well- tuned instrument.  Parents are invited to observe lessons from time to time and I welcome parental communication.

*Performances and  Recitals - Students are encouraged to pursue all types of performance opportunities. These might include school contests or talent shows, church services, or playing pieces informally for friends and family.  Additionally, each spring there will be one formal recital to which parents, relatives, and friends are invited.  All students are expected to participate.  Music will be memorized except for duets or other ensembles.  When planned and prepared for appropriately, playing for these types of events is a wonderful motivator and stimulating addition to musical training at any playing level. 

When Diane served on the board of Madison Area Piano Teachers Associated, she twice co-chaired its Piano PlayTogether event which is held every three years.  For the 2011 monster concert MAPTA commissioned Robert Vandall to write its opening number.  This was the premier of his  piece, "Fanfare Celebration",   You can view the performance by clicking on the link below.  Also, please note the comment that Robert Vandall posted in regards to the event.


Music Study Bonuses

  • Music study enhances ability to do well in school. 

  •  Music study enhances school readiness, fine motor control, use of  symbol systems, following directions, concentration, memory,  perseverance, visual and aural discrimination, organizational skills,  task completion, and goal setting.

  •   Music study encourages  abstract thought and stimulates right-brain activities - synthesis,  creativity, intuition, and innovation - skills that are not covered  adequately by the school curriculum. 

  • Music study develops attention span and concentration level.

  •  Music study builds self-esteem and develops initiative.

Confirmed by research findings conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Contact Diane

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Better yet, set up an interview by phone or in person.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  i'd love to visit with you about private lessons for you or your child/children.  

Lifetime piano

(402) 896-6355

Studio Hours

Private Lessons By Appointment

Saturday and Sunday - Closed