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Offering a full range of private music lessons by experienced qualified professionals in
    violin, viola, cello, piano/keyboard, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute, and voice.
        For instructor time availabilities, please call 269-362-5780 or email us at:
                                                       info@themusicacademies.com

                                            Please Review our New Policies found here.

New Programs!
The Music Academies are now an official KiddyKeys center.
We continue our unique KiddyStrings program for kids 2 1/2 years old and older,
and we are adding an EarlyWinds program for kids 6 and older.

Click the links above for more information.

The Music Academies Fall Class 2014 Schedule


Private lessons: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Voice, Classical Guitar, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, and Percussion arranged with instructors


Group Classes:


Piano/Keyboard Classes

KiddyKeys

Ages 4 to 6 Monday 1:30 2:00pm (start 9/8/14)

Ages 4 to 6 Tuesday 11:30am Noon (start 9/2/14)

Ages 4 to 6 Tuesday 6:30 7:00pm (start 9/2/14)

Ages 4 to 6 Saturday 9 9:30am (start 9/6/14)

Children will experience the joy of music. Each week's class emphasizes character development by way of rhythm and movement exercises, recognition of notes and note values, memory skill building, counting exercises, music and introduction to music staff and piano keyboard; development of listening skills - high and low, loud and soft; and hand-eye coordination through experience with rhythm instruments and keyboard. Musical story time focuses on composers, music terminology.

Piano/ Keyboard Level 1B-3B

Ages 6 and older Tuesday 1 011:00am (start 9/2/14)

This class is for those who have completed one full year of piano lessons and ready to begin the next level of instruction. Class will continue to work with note reading, rhythm patterns and music theory and music history.


Band Classes

Early Winds Class

Ages 6 to 10 Monday 1:00 2:00 pm (start 9/8/14)

Our unique Early Winds program for kids 6 -10 years old permits meaningful instruction to take place in a way that retains the child's fascination with music. Utilizing flutes and saxophones designed specifically for young musicians, students will learn real playing skills that will last a lifetime.


Beginning Band: Percussion

Ages 10 and older Tuesday 2-2:45pm (start 9/2/14)

This class is the first level of percussion instruction. Students will learn basics of snare drumming and orchestral bells. Students will need to have their own instrument to play and will need to purchase a book at the first class.


Beginning Band: Woodwinds

Ages 10 and older Tuesday 3-3:35 pm (start 9/2/14)

This class is the first level of woodwind instruction for those interested flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe or bassoon. Students will need to have their own instrument to play and will need to purchase a book at the first class.


Beginning Band: Brass

Ages 10 and older Tuesday 4-4:45 pm (start 9/2/14)

This class is the first level of brass instruction for those interested trumpet, trombone or French horn. Students will need to have their own instrument to play and will need to purchase a book at the first class.


Intermediate Band

Ages 11 and older Tuesday 1-2:00pm (start 9/2/14)

For those that have played a wind or percussion instrument for at least 1 year, Intermediate Band focuses on continuing performance techniques, ensemble playing and basic music theory.


Marching Band

Ages 13 and older Wednesday 3 4:00 pm (start 9/3/14)

For wind and percussions students interested in marching arts. In addition to increasing their musical performance skills, students will learn movement and spacing skills that will allow them to perform in both outside (fields and parade) as well as inside (gymnasium) marching activities.

Color Guard

Ages 13 and older Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm (start 9/4/14)

Combining artistry of dance with the precision elements of flags, rifles and sabers, color guard provides the majority of the visual interest to the marching arts activities. Students will learn the fundamentals of dance and equipment handling (flags, rifles, sabers) as well as staging, form and spacing.


Guitar Classes

KidGuitar Class

Ages 5 to 8 Monday 4:00 -4:30 pm (start 9/8/14)

Ages 5 to 8 Saturday 9:30 -10:00 am (start 9/6/14)

Each week's class will introduce new notes or chords. Rhythm and recognition of notes and note values. Memory skill building, counting exercises, music and introduction to music staff and guitar finger board and chords. Development of listening skills - high and low, loud and soft. Hand-eye coordination through experience with guitar and rhythm instruments. Musical theory time focusing on composers, music terminology



Orchestral Strings Classes

KiddyStrings: beginning level

Ages 2   to 4 Tuesday 11 -11:30am (start 9/2/14)  

Ages 4 to 8 Wednesday 1:30 2:00pm (start 9/3/14)

Ages 4 to 8 Thursday 6:30 7:00pm (start 9/4/14)

Ages 3  to  6   Saturday 1:00 1:30pm (start 9/6/14)
Children will experience the joy of learning to play the violin through the use of musical adventures and song
. Each weekly class will introduce new technics through the use of violins and rhythm instruments. Memory skills, counting exercises, note reading skills and introduction to the musical staff will all be taught, helping to develop listening skills, hand-eye coordination.



Young Strings Class

Ages 5 to 10 Thursday 1 1:30pm (start 9/4/14)

Learn to play the violin!

Each weekly class will introduce new techniques through the use of violins and rhythm instruments. Memory skills, counting exercises, note reading skills and introduction to the musical staff will all be taught, helping to develop listening skills, hand-eye coordination.



Orchestra Ensemble

Ages 12 and older Thursday 1:30 3:00pm (start 9/4/14)

This class is for students who are interested in performing more challenging pieces of music in a group setting and who have played their instrument for two or more years, strings, woodwinds & brass. Opportunity for performances three times during the school year and once as a side by side with the Niles Area Community Orchestra. Music provided.



Voice Classes

Children's Choir

Ages 6 and older Friday 10:30-11:15 am (start 9/5/14)

Children will experience the fun and joy of singing. Our musical adventure will begin with fun vocal warm-ups, beginning music theory and history of the pieces we will be working on. Performance at the end of the semester.