The Music Academy’s String Program offers private lessons in violin, viola, cello, and classical guitar, as well as supplemental weekly violin group lessons. The string program believes that all children can learn to their potential when placed in an environment that includes clear instruction, an involved parent, and regular opportunities to listen and perform.
Beginning string students may have the opportunity for additional coachings with university students who are in pedagogy classes. Parents are required to attend all lessons and supervise daily home practice sessions. Group and solo performance opportunities are offered each semester and chamber music is available for advanced students. A summer chamber camp is held in the month of August.
Instruction is based on a combination of the methods of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, and the experiences of the professional teachers. Instructors emphasize an easy and balanced approach to playing the instrument, with a wide range of repertoire, and strive to instill a sense of discipline and a love for music.
The Music Academy faculty continue to offer string lessons online. Violin groups will meet virtually during the quarter. A virtual recital series will happen at the end of each session. In-person lessons will resume when it is safe to do so. New students should fill out the “interest" form below or contact us by email.
Tuition: Contact Music Academy
Time: TBA/11 weeks per quarter
Structure: 30-minute lessons (beginner), 45-minute lessons (intermediate), 60-minute lessons (advanced)
Tuition: Contact Music Academy
Time: TBA/11 weeks
Contact: Stacia Spencer
Note: recital dates and times subject to change.
Current students register for each new academic year in late spring. Incoming new students fill out "Inquiry” link questions and will be directed to register when they have been assigned a teacher and lesson length.
Tuition is paid by credit card in full at the beginning of each quarter. There are no refunds on tuition. Families who need assistance may apply for financial aid scholarships prior to fall quarter. Full-time benefits eligible NU faculty and staff may apply for a discount each year as part of their benefits package.
String teachers are not obligated to make up lessons cancelled by students and tuition will not be adjusted. If the teacher cancels a lesson, it will be made up. Parents are encouraged to trade lessons with other students when conflicts arise. Parents are responsible to give reasonable notice to their teacher in the event of a cancellation or traded lesson.
The Academy reserves the right to dismiss any student due to delinquent payment of tuition, frequent absences, failure to practice, behavioral problems, etc.
Please arrive on time to your lesson. Students who are late cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Teachers reserve the right to end a lesson early if a student arrives unprepared or without their books or instrument.
Weather Related Cancellations
In the event Northwestern University closes for inclement weather, Academy lessons will also be cancelled. Any classes or lessons cancelled due to the official closing of the school will be rescheduled.
Quarter-end recitals are held throughout the year. Students are invited to perform.
Financial aid applications are accepted in the fall for children (not adults) with completed application and the required income documentation. Students who have received financial aid in the past should complete this application for the 2020-21 academic year:
Financial Aid Application
Due to COVID-19, we may not be able to offer financial aid to new students. If you are a new student interested in receiving financial aid, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.