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Our Story

Millard Music Studios began the summer of 2007 in downtown Appleton. Since then we have moved to our location on East Wisconsin Avenue and are continuing to grow. Renee Millard is a trumpet player/brass instructor who saw that there are not many options in the Fox Valley for wind instruction and is working to offer another. Millard Music Studios is a nurturing, judgement-free lesson environment. The only requirements of students are to practice and have fun.

Our Instructors


Renée Millard

Trumpet & Low Brass
Renée has been playing the trumpet for 26 years and completed her Bachelor of Arts coursework at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Her performance work has included playing with a Brass Quintet, numerous Jazz Ensembles and solo work for weddings. Currently, she plays with the Appleton-based band Orange Iguanas. Renée has been teaching privately in Appleton for 10 years.

Renée’s students are involved in many different performing ensembles, including New Horizons Band Fox Valley, Lawrence Academy Honors Groups, Green Bay Youth Symphony, Fox Valley Youth Symphony, the Valley Eight program and the Wisconsin State High School Honors Band and Jazz Band.

Rachel Richards

Strings & Bassoon
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in music education from St. Norbert College, and a Master of Arts in education with an emphasis in educational technology from Marian University. Rachel’s main areas of study included String bass and bassoon, but she is also well versed in beginning to intermediate violin, viola, and cello. She was a 2004 recipient of the Tony Winters Instrumental Music Award from St. Norbert College, in recognition of community outreach through instrumental music performance for the purpose of expanding the appreciation of music to diversified community audiences.

Rachel joined the Lawrence Academy of Music in 2005 as an instrumental coach for both the New Horizons Band and Orchestra. In 2006, she became the orchestra's conductor. An elementary and middle school strings teacher for the Appleton Area School District, she is actively involved in teaching and promoting music for all ages.

As an active member in the community, she enjoys playing the string bass or bassoon with various ensembles. Rachel is also a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association and the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Rachel is very excited to become a part of Millard Music Studios!

Erik J. Meyer

Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet
Erik has been playing saxophone, clarinet and flute for over 20 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Stevens Point, where his musical studies included classical and jazz styles and also a minor in history. Erik teaches private at Millard Music studios in Appleton and performs over 150 times per year throughout the Midwest. In his spare time away from music, Erik enjoys working on classic automobiles and motorcycles.


Pride in our community

Millard Music Studios is proud to support and be a part of the following community programs and to partner with the following businesses


New Horizons Band Fox Valley

The New Horizons Band Fox Valley (NHBFV) provides music education, training, and performance opportunities for adults of any musical experience – beginner, intermediate and advanced – who desire to play in a community band.



Community Music

We are proud to be supported by and to support the following local music organizations:

Fox Valley Symphony & Youth Symphony
web: http://www.foxvalleysymphony.com/

Green Bay Symphony & Youth Symphony
web: http://greenbaysymphony.org/

Lawrence Adult Music Program (LAMP) Ensembles
web: http://www.lawrence.edu/

The Orchestra at LAMP




We are proud to be supported by and to support the following local businesses:

Globally Sound Fair Trade Imports
604 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
phone: 920-993-9989
web: http://globallysound.com

Heid Music Company
308 College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
phone: 920-0734-1969
web: http://heidmusic.com

Yoga at Globally Sound
604 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
phone: 920-993-9989
web: http://globallysound.com

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