Individual Lessons

MacPhail’s outstanding faculty is experienced in teaching beginning through advanced music lessons for children, youth, and adult learners.

Our teachers understand challenging work schedules, family, and social demands and varying personal aspirations and goals. We offer various ways to help you achieve your goals today and tomorrow. Whether you or a family member are just learning, amplifying your skills, or trying to achieve your highest level of proficiency, we have the right teacher for you.

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How It Works

To be matched with a teaching artist, fill out our Student Placement Form or call 612.321.0100 to get started. The Student Placement Form will help our student services team to assist in finding the perfect teaching artist for you based on your individualized goals, experience, interests, and preferences.

After you are matched with your teacher, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions as to when, where and how to meet your teacher for the first lesson. At your first lesson (or your child’s first lesson) you and your teacher will discuss goals, preferences, schedule, and studio policies.

Each lesson is personally designed just for you to ensure an exceptional learning experience. Your teaching artist will motivate, inspire, and support you on your musical journey. Your teacher will help you to play the music you love while learning the skills that give a solid musical education.

Expert Teaching Artists

While inspiring and creative, we’re serious about music without being stuffy. Our faculty are talented, organized, and well-trained in best practices for today’s learning environments.

Individualized Instruction

MacPhail promises distinctive individualized musical learning experiences that will inspire and lead you down new paths of self-discovery.

Genuinely Caring

At MacPhail, we care about every student. Helping you succeed in reaching your goals through enduring relationships is what drives us.

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In Person

Individual lessons available at five convenient locations:

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MacPhail is a national leader in online music education with over a decade of virtual music education experience. Enjoy your lessons from the convenience of the location of your choice. More about Live Online.

MacPhail Jumpstart

Start Music ASAP
4 half hour lessons at 25% off. Valid for new students. Subject to instructor/instrument availability.

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Average Cost of Lessons at MacPhail

The average cost of 30-minute private music lessons is $45. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher and location, you should expect to spend between $43 to $49.50 for a 30-minute lesson or $86 to $99 for a 60-minute lesson.

Performance Opportunities at MacPhail

Performing is at the heart of learning to play music.

MacPhail provides numerous opportunities for students to perform. More than 400 recitals are scheduled each year, ranging from informal recitals to auditioned honors recitals and Concerto & Aria

Crescendo for Piano & Stings

 Supplemental Opportunity for Individual Instruction Students

Italian for ‘growing,’ Crescendo encourages and promotes students’ growth at all stages of musical development.

The program aims to develop well-rounded musicians, recognize students’ progress, and set benchmarks for the advancement of musical skills. Crescendo offers an opportunity outside of lessons for professional feedback and develops performance skills and well-rounded musicianship.

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