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Welcome to the Lawrence Academy of Music!

Devoted teachers, a diverse curriculum, a rich history, strong community relationships, extensive performance opportunities, a musical community – these are the distinguishing characteristics of the Lawrence Academy of Music.

Founded in 1874, the Lawrence Academy of Music is a nonprofit division of Lawrence University and a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.  While its primary function is to provide outstanding musical opportunities for citizens of the Fox Valley, it also maintains close ties to the community as a member of the Fox Arts Network, provides outreach and support to area school music programs, and provides Lawrence Conservatory music education students guided opportunities to hone their teaching skills.

Academy teachers believe that music education is fundamental to the development of all individuals regardless of age, experience, or economic circumstances. 

Academy teachers have extensive training in pedagogy as well as performance experience. Approximately three-quarters of our teachers hold masters or doctoral degrees; two-thirds of our teachers have taught in the Academy for more than 10 years. Guest teaching artists augment Academy instruction with master classes and recitals.

Because we believe that music making is a lifelong experience, Academy programs are available to students aged 6 months through adult. Within this website you will find information on private and small group instruction, early childhood music classes, ensembles for children and adults, musicianship classes, world music opportunities, non-performance-based seminars and summer camps. Need-based tuition assistance is available to ensure access to all of our programs.


The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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