Rhapsody Arts Center

Michelle “Mickey” Lytle, NCTM




Mickey was Executive Director of Rhapsody Arts Center from 2006-2013, Finance Manager from 2013-2017, and was a piano instructor. Mickey now serves as Founder, advising Rhapsody as needed. Ms. Lytle is president of the Madison Area Piano Teachers, member of Madison Area Friends of Piano, founding member of Madison Area Music Educators, 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.

History of Rhapsody Arts Center

In 1988, Mickey Lytle began operating an independent piano teaching studio called Music By Mickey. In the fall of 2000, two teachers joined her in expanding the studio, opening a 500 sq ft storefront in downtown Verona, WI. Ms. Lytle recognized a need for quality music lessons in the Verona area, and also recognized the talents of several musicians and teachers she met, most of whom were not teaching because of the many drawbacks to self-employment.

In the fall of 2001, the company moved to a 1300 sq ft location in the Prairie Oaks Retail Center in Verona and expanded to 20 employees, incorporating in January of 2002. In the summer of 2004, Music By Mickey relocated to a 3000 sq ft building in downtown Verona. In June of 2004, Music By Mickey was the recipient of a Dane County Small Business Award, the first Verona-based business to win the award.

Recognizing its impact on the community and wanting to ensure the longevity of the business, Mickey and her husband Patrick donated Music By Mickey’s assets, and a non-profit 501(c)(3) company was formed in July of 2006, as Rhapsody Arts Center, Inc. In January of 2011, the company relocated back to the Prairie Oaks Retail Center. In March 2012, Rhapsody was named one of Madison Magazine’s Best Places to Work and was recognized as a Constant Contact All-Star.