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About 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 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 offers Lawrence Conservatory music education students guided opportunities to hone their teaching skills.

Because we believe that music making is a lifelong experience, Academy programs are available to students from birth through adulthood. Need-based tuition assistance is available to ensure access to our programs.

Academy teachers believe that music education is fundamental to the development of all individuals regardless of age, experience or economic circumstances. We invest in the personal and musical growth of our students and work to develop each student’s full musical potential. We employ diverse curricular materials that both encourage and challenge our students. We celebrate the crafts of musicianship and pedagogy as we mentor emerging music educators. Our goal is to help students become well-rounded musicians who have internalized the joy of music-making.



A division of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, the Lawrence Academy of Music has been in existence since 1874. Its colorful history includes being a preparatory school in the early 1900s before a public high school was available in Appleton. Established as a non-profit community music school, the Academy became a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts in 1983. The Preparatory Program became the Arts Academy in 1990 and in 2002 the name was changed to Lawrence Academy of Music to better define its role as a music education provider.

Lawrence Academy of Music currently serves almost 1500 students annually from throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

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