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Music Strikes a Chord

Enhances Community

“Without musical engagement, the development of intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of life will be greatly impoverished.”
Tanglewood Symposium II, 2007

Builds Connection

“Whenever humans come together for any reason, music is there. Music is and was [always] part of the fabric of everyday life.”
Dr. Daniel Levitin

Brings Joy and Beauty

The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life – indeed, every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals.
National Association of Music Education (formerly MENC)


MacPhail Makes a Difference

Exceptional Faculty

MacPhail’s 210 teaching artists receive rigorous training to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations in music learning and to provide the highest quality teaching for every student. The majority of faculty also hold advanced degrees on their instrument and are actively performing musicians.

National Leader in Music Programming

Founded in 1907, MacPhail is the largest community music school in the nation, offering developmentally appropriate music learning opportunities across the lifespan. It is a national leader in early childhood music, an early adopter of Suzuki Talent Education and music therapy programs, and offers live online learning options.

High Quality

MacPhail continually evaluates its programs and customer service in the pursuit of high quality music education, partnering with Wilder Research and other third party research institutions. Leadership connects often with a strong network of music educators to share and disseminate findings that contribute to best practices in the field.


WE HAVE A PLAN – We want you to play a part.

Help support the next generation of music performers and listeners! You can help ensure that every aspiring musician has a chance to achieve their potential and experience the joy of music by supporting MacPhail.

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Offerings for Youth


How it Works

access-for-allAccess for All: In 2016, more than 8,500 students accessed MacPhail programs at little or no cost through $710,000 in subsidized community partnerships. An additional 800 students received $490,000 in financial aid toward the MacPhail offering of their choice. In total, MacPhail distributed $1.2M in assistance to more than half of its student population.


classes-and-workshopsMaster Classes and Workshops are presented throughout the year by MacPhail’s talented teaching artists and outside guests. These opportunities are offered to MacPhail students at no cost. Master Classes and Workshops focus on technique, intonation, improvisation and performance practices on one or more of the 35 instruments MacPhail offers.


performingPerforming is at the heart of learning to play music. MacPhail provides a broad range of opportunities to perform. More than 400 recitals are scheduled each year, ranging from informal recitals to auditioned honors recitals.


world-classWorld Class Facility: MacPhail’s 55,000 ft., state-of-the-art downtown Minneapolis headquarters features 56 instructional studios, 9 classrooms and lecture rooms and two performance halls. MacPhail has four locations beyond the Twin Cities Metro and over 104 different community partnerships.


MacPhail Teaching Artists Help Make Student Dreams Come True

Sam, age 19, voice

Sam, age 19, voice
Kya - MacPhail Stories

Pathways to Performance

Kya, Age 14

Music has taught Kya that growth is achieved through...