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 - Orlando Riveros orland

Orlando Riveros was born in Asunción, Paraguay, where he began his music studies at the nationally renowned Jorge Báez Music Conservatory. After ten years of training on piano, violin, and other related music subjects, he graduated in 2010, receiving his diploma of Superior Music Teacher, and Music Language Teacher. His graduation gala recital awarded him the Golden Medal for Outstanding Artistry, given by the Ministry of Education of Paraguay.

At age eighteen he enrolled Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he received a full scholarship to study under Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn. In 2012 he became the National Fund for Culture and the Arts Scholarship Recipient from Paraguay. Orlando won Henderson State University's President's Concert Competition four-times in a row, which enabled him to perform with an Orchestra all four years. In 2014 he was accepted to the world-renowned Brevard Music Festival, in North Carolina, where he spent the summer under the tutelage of Dr. Jihye Chang. Besides collaborating regularly with vocalists and instrumentalist during his studies at Henderson, he also joined Henderson's string orchestra as the concertmaster.

He became a piano instructor for the newly established Musicarte Conservatory in Paraguay on November of 2015. During the last months before his arrival at Western Illinois University, he gave many performances, and became an important member of Paraguay's selective piano club Sostenuto.


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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