MacPhail Demographics

MacPhail Center for Music reaches 16,000 people annually.  Of the 16,000 students, 9,000 of those students are served in 127 partner locations, where we bring music learning to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to this high quality experience. The other 6,500 students are “registration-based” students who take classes and lessons at one of MacPhail’s five onsite locations or live online. The following data shows the demographic breakdown for both our partnership and registration-based students.


  • 8,000 students reached
  • 50% racially diverse
  • 27% of school partnership student receive Free and Reduced Lunch
  • Up to 49% have Special Needs

*Based FY15 MacPhail Customer Demographic Survey



  • 6,500 students reached
  • 25% racially diverse
  • 65% youth, 35% adults
  • 91% have bachelor’s or higher. Of those, 67% hold a master or doctorate degree.
    • (This compares to 35% of general population with college degree and 11% holding a graduate degree in the Mpls/St. Paul area.)
  • 75% earn $75K or more. Of those, 20% earn $150K or more. 26% earn $200K or more.


MacPhail Student Demographics for Registration-Based and Partnership Programs

FY15 FY13 FY11
Tuition-based students identified as racially diverse 25% 21% 30%
Community Partnership students identified as racially diverse
50% 37% 49%
Grand Total of Tuition/Community Partnership students identified as racially diverse 44% 34% 45%
Metro Area racial diversity 16.6%** 16.6%** 16.6%**
State of Minnesota racial diversity 12.6%** 12.6%** 12.6%**

Notes: MacPhail follows US Census Bureau categories for students to self-identify race. Racial diversity is identified as the population that is not classified as white alone or white in combination with one or more races in all US Census data. In the demographic survey, racial diversity is defined as any response other than white.

^  Metro Area is defined as the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro geographical area which includes the following 13 counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright, Pierce, St. Croix.  

Numbers do not include MacPhail Music for Life ™ partnerships

*Based on 2000 US Census data

**Based on 2010 US Census data