Academy of Music

Music lessons
Academy of Music instructor teaching UNW student to play the cello

The Academy of Music is a community music program sponsored by the University of Northwestern Department of Music. The Academy offers private lessons, group music lessons and ensembles taught by Northwestern students, graduates and faculty.


Fall 2017 registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now in session for private and group lessons and ensembles.

Fall semester has begun, but new registrations are accepted throughout the semester.

Spring semester registration will open on December 1.

Orchestra Children's Concert - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Registration opens October 15! Admission is FREE!

NEW Academy of Music Scholarship Fund

We will launch this effort at the UNW Orchestra Children's Concert! This is a FREE concert, but every year we ask attendees to consider making a charitable donation to a select charity. This year, we have chosen the Academy of Music Scholarship Fund to receive these charitable donations. In doing so, you will help in enabling lower-income families to participate in music instruction offered by the Academy.

To donate to this worthy cause, click on the link below OR bring your donation to the Academy of Music display table before/after the UNW Orchestra Children's Concert. A tax receipt will be issued.

Mission statement

The Academy of Music seeks to provide quality musical instruction and performance opportunities for community members of all ages and backgrounds to develop their God-given gifts.

Inclement weather information

The Academy of Music only cancels lessons for bad weather when the University of Northwestern cancels events for that day. Call 651-631-5310 to find out if the campus is closed. If the student decides to cancel a lesson due to bad weather when the Northwestern campus is still open, the instructor is not obligated to make up the lesson. Call the Academy of Music office at 651-631-5108 if you have questions.

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