The Lawrence Academy of Music
Did you know you and your family can receive music instruction at Lawrence?
The Academy of Music, a division of the Conservatory, is the largest community outreach program for Lawrence. It offers music instruction for over 1,800 Fox Valley students, ages 6 months to 90+, and welcomes 8,000 community members to campus to enjoy concerts and recitals every year.
Where is it?
The Academy building is located near the intersection of Olde Oneida Street and West Water Street.
What programs are available?
Academy programs include private lessons for youth and adults, early childhood music classes, an adult orchestra, youth ensembles that include two bands, an orchestra, and seven girl choirs, a community gamelan, adult opera outings, adult music seminars (no experience required!) and summer camps.
Which instruments are available?
Private instruction is available in voice, piano, guitar, harp, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, low brass, and percussion.
Who are the teachers?
Students receive instruction from Academy teachers, Conservatory faculty and Conservatory student teachers who have completed a pedagogy sequence. 18 Academy staff members are Lawrence alumni. Three-quarters of Academy teachers hold masters or doctoral degrees. More than two-thirds of Academy teachers have taught here for more than ten years.
How long are lessons?
Private lessons vary in length according to the age and ability of the student. Lessons are available in quarter hour increments (15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour).
How much are lessons?
Private lessons with Academy teachers are $26.00 per half hour, and $18.50/half hour with Conservatory student teachers. For a full list of prices, see the fees page. Ensemble fees vary and are listed on each ensemble’s web page. Lawrence Adult Music Programs (LAMP) have separate registration processes and fees.
Is tuition assistance available?
Tuition assistance, provided by the tutti! fund and a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is available to ensure equal access to all Academy programs, regardless of a student’s financial status. Download forms and applications here: Scholarship Information
How can I register?
Music lesson registrations are accepted at any time throughout the year, based on teacher availability by contacting the Academy office. University employees receive priority placement for instruction or a priority position on a wait list, if one exists for that instrument.
How can I contact the Academy of Music?
You can reach the Academy office by calling 920-832-6632 or sending an e-mail message to Acad_Music@lawrence.edu
How can I help ensure access to Academy programs?
You can support tuition assistance by purchasing items in Academy’s annual tutti! online auction, purchasing raffle tickets from any Academy staff or student in February-March, or making a donation to the Academy’s tutti! fund. Gifts in memory or in honor of individuals are encouraged during the holiday season.
as of Dec. 2013