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Since 2011 we have helped hundreds of students begin and continue on their musical journey. Rochester Academy of Music is the most COMPLETE music school in southeastern Minnesota, offering private lessons in all popular instruments, as well as voice. We know you are busy and it can be very hard to find a reliable music teacher. That's why we go above and beyond to find the BEST music teachers in the region--so you don't have to!
Through exceptional music instruction, we help children develop their confidence, creativity and grit so that they become well-rounded and successful adults.
Our faculty consists of experienced music teachers, capable of teaching all ages, styles and levels. We constantly renovate and improve our facilities as well as provide on-going support to our instructors to ensure we are always providing our students and parents with the best possible musical experience.
We are the SAFEST studio in the area. Teachers undergo a four-way criminal background check: national, state, sex-offender and Social Security number verification. We have security cameras in every classroom, with a monitor in the lobby for parents. Each door has an observation window. All of this is what we call our Family Safety Plan.
While you're researching the best school for you, consider the benefits of becoming a Rochester Academy of Music student and find out why we are the most complete choice for music lessons!
Benefits of becoming an Academy student:
Private Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, Piano, Bass, Strings, Percussion in ONE location!
We are the only school in southeastern Minnesota that offers private lessons on all of these popular instruments: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Piano, Bass, Strings, Percussion in one, convenient location in northeast Rochester. Beginners welcome. All styles and levels welcome.
Open seven days a week to fit your busy schedule.
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 1-6 pm
Stop in for a free tour! 3169 Wellner Drive NE, Suite C,. Rochester, by Shopko north.
Two Free music recitals per year.
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital. In April and November many of our students, including preschoolers, choose to perform in our biannual recitals located at various venues. For our students these recitals are free and unlike many schools in Rochester, we do not charge recital participation or admission fees.
All students save up to 40% off books.
One of the most popular perks for parents is our free music-ordering service. While not a music store, we order any books or materials the teacher recommends, as a convenience to our clients. Most books arrive in less than one week. They are delivered to the teacher, who hands them to the student at the next lesson. Saves parents and teachers time and hassle. Even better, students get the right books they need on time. The Academy also sells some instruments and accessories. All books and some accessories are discounted based on the number of students in the family; 1 student=10% off, 2 students=20% off, etc, up to 40% off.
Private lesson tuition for minors is tax-deductible as an educational expense on Minnesota state taxes (not federal), because all of our teachers are legally qualified. Click here to see our page on tax-deductions.
Unlimited Make up classes.
We are the ONLY studio authorized to give group make up classes.
Missed a lesson? Out of town? No problem. Instead of private make up lessons, just sign up for our group make up classes: Music Enrichment. They never expire, and you can come when it's convenient for you, even two or three months later.
The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student is here on a month-to-month basis.
We are the only music school in Rochester that offers a picture day for their students. Twice a year, we host free picture sessions with a professional photographer. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.
Weekend makeup classes.
Too busy during the week? No worries! If you're only missing a lesson or too, you don't have to withdraw from our program. You can sign up for a weekend enrichment class, which keeps you caught up on lessons.
Sign up here.
A highly-trained and experienced faculty.
All of our instructors have either college training or extensive professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least two music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that YOU want to learn in your music lesson.
Attractive, spacious, inspiring classrooms.
No tiny, cramped practice cubicles here. We have six lovely studios with plenty of space.
Musical Ladder System celebrates student achievement.
We are the ONLY music school in southeastern Minnesota that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces (see pictures to the right) by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder System is our unique method of music education that you can only get here. All this is INCLUDED in tuition!
More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.