From cello to ukulele or classical to rock, there are music lessons for almost any interest in the southwest metro. We polled a variety of local music schools to help you find the school that fits your needs.
Ardent music lovers and young musicians stand to gain a diversity of experience from the wide range of classes offered in the region. Not only is there a rich culmination of variegated instruments, but also an opportunity to pick the teaching style that works best for aspiring musicians. The variety of instruments taught range from core instruments like the guitar, bass, drums, keys (piano) and vocals to more exotic instruments like oboe, French horn, euphonium, percussion, viola and cello, ukulele, piccolo and tuba.
Most of these schools focus on providing individual attention to students, which is reflected in the number of teachers working with them.
One universal theme that runs through the variety of schools is that music holds the potential to transform lives and lend treasurable life experiences.
The Eden Prairie School of Rock believes in finding the balance between celebrating successes and challenging students to achieve their potential. The students at School of Rock have been able to perform live rock concerts at top clubs throughout the Twin Cities, including GB Leighton’s Pickle Park in Fridley, Bogarts in Apple Valley, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in St. Louis Park and The Minnesota Music Café in St. Paul. Some advanced students have also performed at St. Paul’s Grand Old Day, Mall of America’s New Year’s Party, Minnesota Roller Girls half time show, and at the St. Paul Saints pre-game entertainment.
Instruments: guitar, bass, drums, keys and voice.
Ages taught: 2–18 years
Classes: Four programs, based on age and experience, ranging from $119/month to $305/month
Summer camps from Mon–Fri 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day; average $400/week.
6585 Edenvale Blvd., Suite 100b; Eden Prairie; 952.934.7625.
Sound Check organizes performances with theme-based shows that cover a particular genre or timeframe in music history.
Instruments: drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, voice, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, and violin
Ages taught: 6-20 years
Classes: Lessons (45 min, once a week): $175 per month
Performance Programs (45 min. lesson, 3 hour group rehearsal once a week): $285 per month
320 N. Walnut St., Chaska; 952.856.2743.
MacPhail Center for Music
At the MacPhail Center for Music, it is a strong held belief that children and adults can gain confidence, self-esteem, leadership skills, creativity, communication and listening from indulging in music.
Instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium (baritone), percussion, voice, piano, guitar, violin, viola and cello
Ages taught: 5–18 years
Classes: Camps are usually between $162-385. Classes vary but usually are about $15-25 per class, depending on the offering.
470 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 612.321.0100.
With an emphasis on specialized teaching, Chaska Music Studios has added a Music Therapist for children and young adults with special needs to its staff of specialized, professional music instructors. Chaska Music Studios offers two recitals a year (in December and March) and offer opportunities for students to perform at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis and for elders in nursing homes. The school also offers a KinderMusik program through the Chaska Community Center.
Instruments: piano, guitar, voice, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, flute, piccolo, trumpet, French horn, English horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass and ukulele.
Ages taught: 4 years through adults
Classes: Lessons are $27.50 for a 30-minute private lesson with a professional instructor.
1340 Crystal Lane, Chaska; 952.448.5656.
For early beginners, Kindermusik with Friends in Chanhassen is the ideal blend of fun and learning. It is an early childhood program where young babies and toddlers get to play many varieties of shaker instruments, bells, tambourines and more. Kindergartners learn how to read and write music and are taught to play the glockenspiel, dulcimer and recorder.
Ages taught: Newborns–7 years
Classes: A full 16-week semester is $280, which includes a weekly 60 minute class with 10 minutes of pre-class gather time and at home materials of instruments, books and CDs.
560 Market St., Chanhassen; 952.215.4877.