Frequently Asked Questions

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Below you will find answers to the Academy's most frequently asked questions. Please visit our Studio Recital FAQ page for answers to questions about our studio recitals.

How is the Academy affiliated with the university?

The Academy is a division of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. We offer musical instruction to all ages and interest levels. We also serve as a laboratory school for Conservatory students and offer preparatory experiences for high school students interested in conservatory training. Please visit our Academy history web page for more information.


Why should I study music at the Academy?

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. Please visit our Faculty and Staff web page for more information about our teachers. Guest teaching artists augment Academy instruction with master classes and recitals.  


What are the ages of the Academy's students?

Because we believe that music-making is a lifelong experience, Academy programs are available to students from birth through adulthood.


When do you register new students for private music instruction?

New students may register for private instruction at any time during the year. Placement will depend upon teacher availability. Tuition for private lessons is prorated when not beginning at the start of a semester. If no teacher is available, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when an opening occurs.


What instruments do you provide private music instruction for?

Lessons are available on piano, string, winds, percussion, and voice. Below is a complete list of instruments

Violin Flute Trombone
Viola Oboe French Horn
Cello Clarinet Baritone
String Bass Bassoon Tuba
Classical Guitar Saxophone Percussion
Harp Trumpet Voice
Piano    

Does the Academy offer summer private music instruction?

Summer lessons are based upon teacher availability. They must be prepaid through the Academy office and scheduled with the individual studio teacher. There are no refunds.


How much are lessons with a teacher? How much are Academy ensembles and classes?

For a full list of prices, please visit our Fees and Payment Schedule web page. Ensembles and class fees vary widely and are listed on each individual page.


I am interested in an ensemble, what does the Academy have to offer?

We offer a variety of ensembles. Please click on the links below to visit each ensemble's web page for more information. 

Academy Ensembles

Which of the ensembles listed above require an audition?

Auditions are held in the spring each year for the following ensembles. Please fill out our interest form to receive audition information.

  • Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO)
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Girl Choir - Primo, Allegretto, Capriccio, Arioso, Cantabile and Bel Canto Girl Choirs require an audition. The Ragazze Girl Choir (grades 3-5) does not require an audition. Please visit the Girl Choir web page for more information and links to each choir's page.

What other programs does the Academy offer?

Below is a list of other programs that the Academy offers. Please click on the links to visit each program's web page for more information.


What if I can't afford the tuition?

Tuition assistance is available to ensure equal access to all Academy programs, regardless of a student's financial status. Please visit our Financial Assistance web page for more information.


Is there a registration fee at the Academy?

There is an annual registration fee of $15 per student. This fee covers all registrations for the student, including private lessons, ensembles and classes.

What are the expectations of an Academy student/family?

Academy guidelines have been established to ensure that students and teachers have productive musical experiences. Registration in an Academy program indicates understanding and acceptance of these guidelines. Please visit our Academy Guidelines web page for information.


How long are private lessons?

Private lessons vary in length according to the age and ability of the student. Lessons are available in quarter hour increments (30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour)


How much are lessons with a teacher? How much are Academy ensembles and classes?

For a full list of prices, please visit our Fees and Payment Schedule web page. Ensembles and class fees vary widely and are listed on each individual page.


Is there a registration fee at the Academy?

There is an annual registration fee of $15 per student. This fee covers all registrations for the student, including private lessons, ensembles and classes.


What is the billing cycle at the Academy?
  • August - bill for fall semester of private lessons and year-long programs
  • January - bill for spring semester private lessons

Does the Academy offer an installment plan for payments?

The Academy does offer an installment plan. There is an $8 set up fee per semester. If you have any questions about your specific account please contact Billing at 920-993-6278.


What if I can't afford the tuition?

Tuition assistance is available to ensure equal access to all Academy programs, regardless of a student's financial status. Please visit our Financial Assistance web page for more information.


What is the registration cycle for private lessons?

If you are taking private lessons in the fall you are automatically re-registered for spring term unless you have given notice of discontinuation.  Summer lessons are based upon teacher availability and must be prepaid.


What is the registration cycle for ensembles?

An audition is required for the following ensembles. You will receive notification of placement and registration information once auditions are completed. 

No audition is required for the following ensembles. Registration is open on their web pages.

 


Where are lessons/rehearsals held?

You will be contacted by the studio teacher about the location of your lessons. Ensemble rehearsal location information is listed on each individual ensemble web page.


What if I want more than just private lessons?

The Academy builds well-rounded musicians through additional programs including Music Theory and Aural Skills, Academy ensembles (please click on the links above for each ensemble), and Summer Camps/Workshops.


What if the weather is bad?

Severe weather conditions often prompt area schools to close. Academy lessons, classes and ensembles are not automatically canceled because of weather. In the event Academy classes or lessons are canceled, a message will be left on the Academy answering machine and posted to the Academy website. A student’s individual lesson teacher will notify students of cancellations. The Academy will notify ensemble members if a rehearsal is canceled via email.

We encourage families to use their best judgment regarding travel conditions and to let their teacher or ensemble manager and/or the office know if they will not be attending. Ensemble rehearsals canceled due to inclement weather are not made up. Lessons canceled by Academy teachers due to inclement weather will be made up. If a teacher does not cancel lessons due to inclement weather, s/he is not required to make up the lesson for families who choose not to attend.

If the Lawrence University emergency alert system is initiated during a rehearsal or lesson, all Academy students and faculty must follow the university’s emergency protocol. This includes instances of fire, tornado, or other severe storms.


How can I contribute to the Academy of Music?

To make a contribution to the Tutti Scholarship Fund or to other Academy programs, please visit our Giving page.

 

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

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