K-12 School Partnerships

MacPhail provides customized and innovative music education programs for K-12 schools.

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About K-12 School Partnerships

MacPhail School Partnerships enrich the lives of students by providing unrivaled in person or live online instruction in tandem with Minnesota schools. Our staff works with schools to develop customized and relevant programming through individual instruction, sectionals, ELL support, residencies, masterclasses, and more. 

The MacPhail School Partnerships Advantage

Students participate in MacPhail School Partnerships music classes each year
Schools receive individually designed, innovative music classes to supplement their current music programming
Two students dancing
Student playing flute
Years Experience from the largest community-based music school in the country with award-winning school partnership experience
Teaching Artists have the skill sets to ensure a positive and fun experience with a majority of staff holding masters degrees

“Our MacPhail partnership has been invaluable for three decades. The program provides access and exposure for our scholars to have opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible. As one parent told me, their family can do what is necessary to provide resources to assist their child with additional academic support, but music lessons from MacPhail through our school was something they could not replace.”

–Benito Matias, Principal, Ascension Catholic School

a teacher and his student playing drums

Project Amplify

Delivering inclusive resources for K12 music educators in Minnesota

Online School Partnerships

High-Quality, Live Online Instruction

For over a decade, MacPhail has been using online instruction to bridge the gap between MacPhail’s teaching artists and students across the state. Through generous grant funding, we are able provide the high-quality programming MacPhail is known for in an online format to Title I and greater Minnesota schools at a significantly discounted rate. We have the technology, resources, and expertise to accommodate shifting school schedules throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

How It Works

Get Started

Email Ben Bussey, Partnership Development Representative, to start the process. 

Step One: Planning

Customize: discuss you goals, budget, scheduling needs, and curriculum goals.

Step Two: Logistics

Choose Programming

In-Person or Online


May be low as $15/session via grant subsidy

Type of Class

Size: Individual Instruction, Sectional Work, Large Ensemble, etc.


  • Instrumental
  • Choral
  • EMRA(Electronic Music Recording Arts)
  • GMI (Global Music Initiative)
  • General Music
  • Orff Instruments


  • Semester
  • Year-long
  • Quarterly
  • Short-term

      ex: Audition Prep

  • Summer

Step Three: Letter of Agreement

Sign Letter of Agreement: this document outlines your customized program and provisions.

Step Four: Begin Partnership

Start: after your administration reviews, signs, and returns the LOA, programming will begin.

Resources for K-12 Teachers and Administrators

student playing violin

Ready to learn more?

Questions? Contact Us

Elizabeth Winslow, Director of School Partnerships
Morgan Huenik, School Partnerships Coordinator
Ben Bussey, Partnership Development Representative
Rachel Hickman, Online School Partnerships Manager
Heather Vanderley, School Partnerships Budget & Payroll Coordinator
Makayla Ferraro, School Partnerships Metro Partnerships Coordinator

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