About MacPhail

Our mission is what drives us to push the boundaries of music education – from classical to jazz to electronica and beyond. We do that by caring about each student’s distinctly unique musical goals, by experimenting, testing, and trying new things, and by cultivating an inclusive community where all people and music styles are welcome.

Why MacPhail?

We’re committed to sharing our expertise in all we do — from our outstanding faculty and highly credible programs to our iconic building and performance halls, developing creative and inspired lifelong music learners is our passion. Implementing new ideas and technology in music learning, MacPhail Center for Music is home to world-class teaching artists who bring their rich professional backgrounds into the studio.

Our Mission

Transforming lives and strengthening communities through music learning experiences that inspire.

The Power of Music

Day in, and day out, students and MacPhail teaching artists join to create an innovative model of music instruction that combines the best of classical music tradition with evolving world music. MacPhail believes that when all students are included, performance quality transforms. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to embrace lifelong learning.

210
Teaching Artists
35
Instruments & Voice
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14,000
Students Enrolled
44%
of all students come from diverse backgrounds
104
Community Partners
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33%
of students are under 8 years old
15%
of students are 55+ years old

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Global Music Initiative

As the largest community music school in the nation, MacPhail is committed to playing a key role in rebuilding and contributing to real and substantive social change. MacPhail aims to address and correct the historic underrepresentation of students, musicians, music educators, and composers from diverse populations.

Meet Our Student Services Team

MacPhail promises distinctive individual and shared music learning experiences that unite us, inspire us, and lead us down new paths of self-discovery. Finding the right lesson, teacher, or the perfect class at MacPhail can be daunting. We understand. There’s a lot going on here. That’s why we have a team of student services experts waiting to assist you in finding the teacher or class—perfect for you.

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Jakkee Phillips
Student Services Manager
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Lydia Komatsu
Chanhassen Site Coordinator
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Justin Harte
Student Services Placement and Data Administrator
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Mikalia Bradberry
Student Services Assistant
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Minna Zhou
Individual Placement Coordinator
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Elysa Hays
Student Services Manager
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Erik Aas
Student Services Representative
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Amanda Yang
Student Services Representative
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Rubina Regan
Lesson Placement Assistant
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Kallysta Morgan
Student Services Representative
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Rebekah Walker
Student Services Representative – Apple Valley
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