Patrick Byrne’s Credentials

Credentials for a Varied Musical Life


Bachelor of Music EducationDe Paul University, Chicago, Illinois

Master of Music, Musicology (Music History) emphasisNorthwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

After I received my Masters degree, I remained for a few years at Northwestern and completed all of the required course work for a Ph.D. My area of focus was French music during the mid-19th century. In particular the conservative Parisian music critic Paul Scudo and his adversarial relationship with the composers Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner.


Pat is a member of the Rotary Club of Hartland Lake Country

Time line of Pat’s very diverse musical life:

6th Grade – Began music lessons on a Conn “Minuet” electronic organ.

8th Grade – Played first church service on a Pipe Organ and began 24-year long career as a Pastoral Musician in Chicago

1960sDirected first Children’s Choir; played “pep” organ at high-school basketball games; inspired by the Beatles, Pat taught himself to play the guitar and formed a garage band: the TIKIS; by initiating a student petition, Pat helped establish Jazz as part of the curriculum at the DePaul University School of Music making it one of the first major music schools in America to accept a non-Classical genre as part of its course of study.

1970sGraduated from DePaul University (B.M.ed) and Northwestern University (M.M); began 35-year long career as a Music Teacher; wrote music criticism and record reviews for Daily Northwestern and Chicago Daily News.

1980sStudied piano for several years with Edward Mondello, principal keyboardist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra;sold pianos at Hendricks Music; became a Keyboard Editor at Hal Leonard Publishing in Milwaukee, the world’s largest publisher of printed music.

1990sResumed teaching career in Madison Metropolitan School District and eventually worked for 15 years as a Music Teacher in the Hartland/Lakeside School District.

2000s – Solo/Ensemble Adjudicator for Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA); Special training in Reston, VA on Yamaha’s Music in Education (MIE) digital keyboard lab.

2010sRetirement from full-time teaching in the Hartland/Lakeside School District and launch of the Studio of Musical Arts, LLC. Resumed performance career playing piano for Weddings, Funerals, Memorial Services and Parties in Wisconsin and Illinois. Played piano at the Mayfair Mall Food Court.

Patrick Byrne