Hal Leonard acquires Schaum Publications

Milwaukee-based music publisher continues to grow

Trish Dulka of Hal Leonard, David Jahnke of Hal Leonard,, Jeff Schaum of Schaum Publications, Wesley Schaum, or Schaum Publications Mary Jo Remus-Curran of Schaum Publications, Jeff Schroedl of Hal Leonard and, Larry Morton of Hal Leonard at the acquisition close.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:13 pm

Milwaukee-based Hal Leonard Corp., an educational music publisher, has acquired Mequon-based Schaum Publications.

Trish Dulka of Hal Leonard, David Jahnke of Hal Leonard,, Jeff Schaum of Schaum Publications, Wesley Schaum, or Schaum Publications Mary Jo Remus-Curran of Schaum Publications, Jeff Schroedl of Hal Leonard and, Larry Morton of Hal Leonard at the acquisition close.
Trish Dulka of Hal Leonard, David Jahnke of Hal Leonard, Jeff Schaum of Schaum Publications, Wesley Schaum of Schaum Publications, Mary Jo Remus-Curran of Schaum Publications, Jeff Schroedl of Hal Leonard and Larry Morton of Hal Leonard at the acquisition close.

Schaum, founded in 1959 by John W. Schaum, publishes educational piano scores. It has more than 700 titles in its library, including the best-selling Fingerpower line of educational piano products. John’s son, Wesley, has led Schaum Publications since 1989.

“We are grateful to be leaving our family’s business in the hands of another publisher that has the same respect for and dedication to music education as we have had,” said Wesley Schaum. “We’re certain the Hal Leonard team will take care of the Schaum brand and see it through for future generations of music teachers and students.”

Hal Leonard, which recently sold majority ownership to a California private equity firm, sells methods for learning a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, and school music instruments. It has more than 200,000 titles in its catalogue and its products are sold in more than 65 countries. Hal Leonard has been in growth mode this year, also acquiring play-along company Music Minus One in May.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome the Schaum catalog to our company,” said Larry Morton, president of Hal Leonard. “We are well aware of the legacy of John and Wesley Schaum and are honored they came to us. The fact that we’re both based out of the Milwaukee area just made the connection even more natural. We look forward to keeping the Schaum titles an active part of piano pedagogy moving forward.”

Get our email updates

Molly Dill
Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.