Spring and Summer Quarters 2021

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 musicacademy@northwestern.edu. We’d love to have you join us, but space is limited. We will transition to in-person lessons as soon as it is safe to do so.

Kindermusik classes are now being offered through Zoom until in-person classes can be resumed. Please contact Amy Shinohara at kindermusik@northwestern.edu for details.

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.