Winter Quarter 2022

In accordance with CDC guidelines, all participants over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks for in-person activities. Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that instruction will need to shift back to online format at some point. 

Please explore our offerings for Kindermusik classes. If you have questions, reach out to Amy Shinohara at

If you’re interested in studying a musical instrument, see individual pages for Piano and Strings, answer the Interest Form questions, or contact us by email at Please wait to register until you have a teacher assignment. We’d love to have you join us, but space is limited.

Music Lessons for Children and Adults

For more than 70 years, Northwestern University’s Music Academy in Evanston has provided music instruction to children and adult students from surrounding communities and the greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana area.

Most Academy instructors also teach in the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and hold master's and doctoral degrees in music teaching and performance. The Academy often serves as a teaching laboratory for college students enrolled in pedagogy courses and is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

More than 500 community students gather on campus each week for Kindermusik classes and lessons in piano, strings and voice. An amateur adult chamber chorus collaborates with collegiate vocal, conducting and orchestra programs. Students have many opportunities to perform in School of Music recital halls. The Northwestern Strings travel to perform in Midwest locations and have completed trips to Paris and Italy!