Discounts and Benefits


MacPhail offers four categories of scholarships: Performance, Voice, Composition and Need-Based.

Click here for details. Go to Registration Info/Scholarships


Financial Aid

MacPhail offers financial aid to qualifying students in the form of reduced tuition. Financial aid is based on need and is determined on a sliding scale that considers family financial resources and number of dependents. Learn more.



Music Plus! discount

A 15% discount is available for select classes when you or anyone in your family is enrolled for at least 5 hours of Individual lessons, Music Therapy or Suzuki during the same semester as the discounted class.  Just look for the words “Music Plus Discount” on the select offering.


Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® Sibling Discount Policy 

When you register one child for Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® classes at MacPhail for full tuition, each additional child in your immediate family will receive a 10% discount for Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® classes for the same semester. This discount does not apply to the Family Music Class.


Ticket Discounts

MacPhail Spotlight Series:  MacPhail students are eligible to buy two tickets for $5 each to the concert of their choice. Discounts may not be combined with a subscription. Please redeem student rate by phone or in person.  Click here for Spotlight page


Master Classes: MacPhail students enjoy free admission to all master classes. Click here for master class page


Performance Opportunities

Performing is at the heart of learning to play music. MacPhail provides a broad range of opportunities to perform:

Student Performances

  • All-school Recitals (Youth, Adult & Popular Styles)
  • Adult Student Soirees
  • Department Recitals (Keyboard, Strings, Voice, WBP, Guitar)
  • Composition Recitals
  • Access Site Recitals


Honors Recitals

The Honors Recitals are distinguished student recitals at MacPhail. There are four per year: three Honors Recitals and one Junior Honors Recital. Students must audition before a panel of faculty judges and be selected as a finalist in order to perform. The judges’ decisions are based on the highest demonstrated musical and artistic merits of the student at the age and ability level he or she is performing. Finalists have their biographies published in a recital booklet for them as a keepsake of their accomplishment.

Concerto and Aria Concert

The MacPhail Concerto & Aria Concert is our premiere performance opportunity for students. MacPhail students of all instruments and ages are eligible to perform before a panel of judges in two rounds of auditions with a movement from a concerto or an aria from an opera. Six students will be selected to perform live on stage with a chamber-sized orchestra comprised of professional musicians – both MacPhail faculty members and guest musicians – in Antonello Hall. We are pleased to welcome back Mischa Santora (Artistic Director of the Spotlight Series) as guest conductor for this event.


Staff Accompanist
MacPhail also offers a staff accompanist for your performance opportunities.
Download the MacPhail Staff Accompanist Request Form


Crescendo Programs

Crescendo guides students through graded levels of repertoire and technical work. It also encourages development of musical skills, motivates students by tracking and rewarding progress, develops performance skills, provides an opportunity outside of the private studio for professional feedback, and helps develop the student into a well-rounded musician.

Crescendo for Piano

Crescendo for Strings

Crescendo Online


Certificate Program for Performance Achievement

MacPhail’s Certificate Program for Performance Achievement is an individualized guide, deepening students’ music education and motivating students toward a greater level of achievement.

The Certificate Program is a two-year, part-time program for students ages 14 through adult on any instrument or voice.


The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. Students celebrate accomplishments and track their progress with others across the country. Ask your teacher if this program is right for you.


Video Tutorials

MacPhail Center for Music produced these video tutorials to help students throughout Minnesota prepare to audition for MMEA’s All-State Band competition. The MMEA videos will be available again this fall.


Practice Rooms

Two practice rooms with pianos are available in Minneapolis to MacPhail students during business hours.  MacPhail reserves the right to limit reservations to one hour during the following times: Monday – Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Room reservations can be given away if the student is more than 10 minutes late.  Rental fee is just 50 cents per 15 minutes – the best deal in town!  Call 612.321.0100 on the day you would like to rent a room to arrange time and availability.  Due to popular demand, we have same day reservations only.

Questions about Programs and Concerts at MacPhail?

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