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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.

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. Guest teaching artists augment Academy instruction with master classes and recitals.  Academy programs are available to everyone at every age and level of experience, not just those interested in a career or college major in music.

What are the ages of your students?

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

When do you register new students for private lessons?

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 lessons for?

We offer private lessons on:

violin viola cello
string bass classical guitar harp
piano flute clarinet
oboe bassoon saxophone
French horn trumpet baritone horn
trombone tuba percussion

Does the Academy offer summer private lessons?

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

How much are lessons with your teacher?

For a full list of prices see the Fees page.

**Ensemble and class fees vary widely and are listed on each individual page.

Which ensembles require auditions?

  • Wind Ensemble- Auditions are held in the spring each year. Fill out our interest form to receive information as the date gets closer.  Visit the Wind Ensemble page for general information.
  • ASTRO- Auditions are held in the spring each year.  Fill out our interest form to receive information as the date gets closer.  Visit the ASTRO page for general information.
  • Girl Choir- Auditions are held in the spring each year. Fill out our interest form to receive information as the date gets closer.  Visit the Girl Choir page for general information, and for links to each choir's page.
  • Young Men's Chorus - Fill out our interest form to receive information.  Visit the Young Men's Chorus page for general 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 page for more information.

Is there a registration fee at the Academy?

Yes, there is an annual registration fee of $15.00 per student.  This fee covers all registrations for that student, including private lessons, ensembles and classes

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

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