Early Childhood Music – provides developmentally appropriate classes which explore musical concepts through singing, moving, playing and instrument sampling for children ages six weeks to eight years.
Classes and Group Lessons – Classes offer students with the same abilities and interests the chance to learn individual skills in a group setting, and Group Lessons give students the opportunity to create their own course of study with friends.
Ensembles – MacPhail has the most extensive range of ensemble offerings in the region. Ensembles provide musicians of all ages the chance to join others with the same abilities and interests in a performance-based setting.
Individual Instruction - offered on more than 35 instruments in a broad range of musical styles and genres tailored to the ability, schedule and musical goals of both children and adults.
Suzuki Talent Education – provides instruction on eight different instruments using the Suzuki teaching method which is based on the belief that children can learn music the same way they learn language – through listening, repetition, encouragement and parent involvement.
Music Therapy – board certified music therapists use music to accomplish non-musical goals and build physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills.
Summer Camps – from Rock Week to Adult Chamber Music Camp, camps give children and adults a chance to learn, laugh and explore music during the summer.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
• MacPhail’s financial aid makes classes and lessons possible for more than 400 students in the Twin Cities area each year
• Students receiving financial aid are eligible for up to 75 percent tuition reduction
• As many as 27 merit-based performance scholarships offered annually
• MacPhail works with more than 64 partner schools, preschools, nursing homes and community organizations with limited access to music instruction to provide services for more than 4,000 students ages 6 weeks to 100 plus years.
• Seventeen service organizations partner with MacPhail’s Music Therapy department to help those with physical and developmental disabilities, including Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
• Forty-eight percent of K-12 students in MacPhail Community Partnership Programs qualify to receive free or reduced-cost lunch.
• MacPhail hosts 450 events and concerts throughout the year that are open to everyone. From the MacPhail Spotlight Series to Free Family Music Events, MacPhail offers opportunities for music lovers of all ages.
MacPhail Center for Music has three locations:
Location: 501 South 2nd Street and 5th Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis (near the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater)
Opening Date: New building opened January 2008
• Antonello Hall - a two-story formal performance center with a green room and recording space
• A six-story studio block with a sky-lit entry
• Informal performance space for small recitals and impromptu gatherings
• Six classrooms for Early Childhood Music programs
• Labs for piano, harp, rock, jazz and percussion
• Fifty-five studios of various sizes and several individual practice rooms
• A suite devoted to MacPhail’s Music Therapy program
• Size: 55,250 square feet
• Architect: James Dayton
• Cost: Estimated at $25 million, funded by a capital campaign
MacPhail's Access Sites
Purpose: To provide the broader community greater access to MacPhail and its full range of music education programs.
Location: 14750 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley
Opening Date: Spring of 2010
• 375 students and 14 instructors
• Originally opened at the Paideia Academy in 2005
White Bear Lake
Location: Birch Lake Elementary School, 1616 Birch Lake Ave
Opening Date: Fall of 2006
• 232 students, 10 instructors - opened in fall of 2006
Course Offerings: Each Access Site offers the same high-quality instruction as the Minneapolis site on select instruments and programs.
Now offering Live Online Lessons