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 on alternate years to perform in either Midwest locations or overseas (including recent trips to Paris and Italy)

Families are welcome to observe music lessons and meet our instructors. Contact the coordinator in your area of interest to arrange a visit. The Academy director can also answer general questions related to music study and choice of instrument.

December 2018 Events

Music Academy String Group Concert

December 2, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Galvin Hall, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston, IL

Listen to children of all ages playing together in a variety of folk, classical, tango, and fiddle music. Special performance by our Baroque performance class.

Free and open to the public
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Music Academy Chorus Fall Concert

December 9, 2018
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL

The Music Academy Chorus will perform the beautiful Schubert’s Mass in C and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 with a Bienen student orchestra conducted by Rose Xiao. The concert will include Mozart arias and other solos.

Free and open to the public
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