Rhapsody Arts Center

Michelle “Mickey” Lytle, NCTM

Finance Manager & Founder
Advanced Private Piano, Accompanying
Master Level Teacher

Mickey’s studio is currently full. Please inquire about her waiting list for advanced students.


Education: Bachelor’s Degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Hastings College in Nebraska.

Teaching Experience: 29+ years

With Rhapsody since 2000


Former Executive Director, current Finance Manager, and Founder of Rhapsody Arts Center, Inc., Ms. Mickey Lytle has taught early childhood music classes and private and group piano lessons since 1988. Prior to living in the Madison area, she served as accompanist for various vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles in the Department of Music at Oklahoma State University while maintaining a private piano studio. A past church music director, choir accompanist, and organist, she has also served as musical director and accompanist/pianist in numerous high school, collegiate, and community musical productions. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in piano, she is also a certified NGPT ACM teacher.

A native of Nebraska, Ms. Lytle graduated magna cum laude from Hastings College. Mickey studied with Ruth Moore and was the recipient of the prestigious Presser Scholar, Elmer Christensen Keyboard Award, and Outstanding Contributor in Music. She is a former Kindermusik® and Harmony Road® early childhood music educator.

Mickey is the current president of the Madison Area Piano Teachers Associated (MAPTA); certified member teacher, adjudicator, and local chairperson of the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT); member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and current member of the board of Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WTMA), serving as the Independent Music Teachers Forum (IMTF) chair. Her students have received numerous musical honors including the Guild Paderewski Medal, Guild Sonatina Medal, Guild National and International Winners, MTNA Junior Auditions State Winners and Convention Recitalist, District and State competition trophy winners, and college scholarship recipients.

Ms. Lytle is a member of the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce, the Madison Area Friends of Piano, is active in Verona Area Community Theater, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for College and Career Readiness and EdCenter, Inc. Along with her husband and two children, she resides in Verona. Mickey was the owner of Music By Mickey, Inc., the predecessor of Rhapsody Arts Center, Inc.

(*Ly´-tle, not “little”)

What People Are Saying About Mickey:

  • “I’m never stopping! Never let me give up!”
  • “Continues to be an excellent teacher. Able to positively treat a teenager who is not always very well prepared. Effectively uses every opportunity to strengthen student’s skill. Good attention to detail. Takes into account student’s present proficiencies.”
  • “Mickey, you’re great! We couldn’t ask for more. Thank you!”
  • “Thank you for your extra support and encouragement this year. Selected good pieces and helped me master them. Very patient.”
  • “Mickey really brings out the best in my daughter through her own excitement about music.”
  • “Continued to foster the love of music. Treats student with respect even when student isn’t focused.”
  • “You’re super!”
  • “I love Tuesday nights when he gets home and can’t wait to play new songs for us. (His Dad) and I had quite the recital last night which really warmed my heart. He sure loves taking lessons from you and we really appreciate all you have taught him in his many years with you!”
  • “You are such a fantastic teacher. I cannot imagine Ella taking piano lessons from anyone else (and neither can she).”
  • “You seem to know her so well. I think you’ve got her hooked on piano for the long haul. THANK YOU!! You are an amazing teacher, Mickey.”
  • “Mara is loving college. She spent a long time on the phone with me one day going through her piano music at home that she wanted brought up to her. She is practicing everyday on the piano in her residence hall!! Thanks again for the years of your time with Mara.”