Updates and Information


Last updated May 18, 2020

New at MacPhail Center for Music

Teaching music online is not new at MacPhail. Live Online lessons at MacPhail began in 2011 and now thousands of classes take place online each year.

If you are interested in learning more about online at MacPhail or would like to start live online lessons as you shelter in place, the JumpStart package is designed for you. Simply fill out a student profile form and you can begin a package of 4 lessons offered at 25% off. One package per student. Valid for new students only. Subject to instructor/instrument availability.

MacPhail K12@Home Spring Semester 2020 ends on Friday, May 22. Please check back for summer programing.

MacPhail School Partnership Program has launched a new program for students sheltering in place called MacPhail K-12@Home. The program is offered at no charge for any students registered in a Minnesota school (K-12) and provides live streamed music classes Monday-Friday. Offerings change weekly. The program also provides resources for music educators.


Individual and Group Lessons

  • As of Monday, March 16- ALL MacPhail music instruction (individual instruction lesson, shared classes, groups and ensembles) will be conducted via distance learning. Instructors will plan personalized music eLearning with you.
  • Live Online lessons have been extended through Summer 2020.
  • Summer Camp 2020 will be delivered virtually. Details and descriptions.
  • Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® classes and summer camps will be delivered virtually for Summer 2020. Details and sample video on the SPL web page.

Performances and Recitals

One of the roles of MacPhail Center for Music has always been to be a place where people can gather around music. We will continue this work through live online lessons, eLearning and virtual performances, providing opportunities for you to engage and connect. We look forward to serving you in person, welcoming back our faculty and staff, and to re-opening our doors to our community and all the wonderful music that happens when we get together.

All MacPhail Center for Music LIVE performances are cancelled through Summer 2020. Student performances are also taking place online, students should consult with their teacher and Jon Iverson at Iverson.Jon@macphail.org, Student Performance coordinator, regarding online performance opportunities. Check MacPhail On Demand for recorded performance. More will be added throughout the Spring and Summer.

  • Music Matters Luncheon, originally scheduled for April 28, has gone virtual. To watch the three Music Matters videos go to Macphail.org
  • MacPhail Spotlight Series: Anatomy of Genius on April 4 is cancelled. We are working on ways to virtually present this program over the next few months – as a whole or in installments – to celebrate some of the beauty and drama that Beethoven’s music adds to our lives.
  • Family Music Series: the Bazillions concert on May 3 moved to a virtual recorded platform. Please go to our On Demand Performance page to watch this fun family concert.
  • Spring II Honors Recital- moving to a virtual platform. The performance can be watched at MacPhail On Demand.
  • Achievement Day- is moving online. The deadline for student submissions has been extended to May 3. Detailed information and an application link is on the Achievement Day web page.

(Updated May 11, 2020)

MacPhail Summer Camps and Programs Notice: COVID-19

MacPhail Summer Camps have moved online. Registration is now open.

If you have not received a refund for your in-person 2020 Summer camp registration, please contact services.student@macphail.org

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at services.student@macphail.org


The health and safety of all members of the MacPhail Center for Music community is our top priority.

During this closure, we are working behind the scenes to expand protocols and practices that include social distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, and adapted programming. Our decision as to when and how to reopen will based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Governor Walz’s Directives, Minnesota Department of Public Health, local health officials and the MacPhail Sr. leadership team. We will keep you updated along the way.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and its spread, please refer to the situation pages available through the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.



Check back for updates.

Student Resources for E-Learning:

Skype Quick Guide Updated 

MacPhail “What You Need” for eLearning Technology