The Musically Minded Progam

Since 1994, Musically Minded has offered a unique program that combines weekly private lessons with one instructor with monthly Academy wide events. This educational model has proven to be highly successful. The re-enrollment rate for this program is very high as students continue for many years.

For almost 20 years, Musically Minded has offered “The Musically Minded Program”. This successful educational model pairs each student with an instructor for weekly private, semi-private or small group lessons. These lessons are customized to meet the needs of the each student. There is a monthly calendar of events that each student participates in, and each instructor skillfully plans their individual instructional inside of the event schedule.

The Musically Minded Academy Program Events have been carefully constructed to meet many needs.  The combination of the dates of the year, the sequence and focus of each event, and the feedback and inclusion of many styles of music allows MMA instructors to foster confident, skilled, content, creative and collaborative students. These students become a part of the MMA community and work as a team with the administration, their families, and the instructors.

We have a motto, “people first, music second” that sounds backwards to most educational centers. We believe that when student are in environments that meet their greater needs for connection, inspiraton, collaboration and self-expression, that they thrive and cannot help but to grow into fantastic musicians.

By joining our program, students gain:

  • Inclusion in a dynamic, creative and inspiring community of peers
  • Student Camraderie/Collaboration
  • Technical skill and Knowledge of Music Theory
  • Repertoire Building
  • Development of “artist’s persona” as students learn to think for themselves and express their own artistry
  • Increased ability to collaborate and work with others with a team approach

MMA Program Events

Sunday Event DatesType of EventDescription
Sept. 8, 2013Casual PerformanceTHE "ENCORES" EVENT: Students play their favorite pieces.
Oct. 6, 2013Outdoor Street FairOUT & ABOUT IN ROCKRIDGE STREET FAIR: Six hours of performances on our own stage on College Avenue for this Rockridge Street Fair.
Oct. 27, 2013RecitalHALLOWEEN/FALL RECITALS: Students must qualify pieces to be accepted on the program for these recitals. Students may elect to perform in costume to lighten the formailty of the event.
Dec. 8, 2013Casual PerformanceHOLIDAY PERFORMANCES: Students have the option to play holiday pieces. The Academy is festive during that time with many decorations and holiday lights.
Week of Jan. 6 - 12, 2014Themed WorkshopsGOAL SETTING THEME WEEK: Students set new goals after reflecting on the accomplishments of the prior year. They may listen to recordings, watch videos, or review accomplished skills. They may meet in small groups to be motivated by their fellow students' work and goals.
Feb. 9, 2014Small Academic LabsSKILLS LABS: Students work specialized skills like technique and rhythm.
Mar. 9, 2014Performance Event with Master Class FormatDUO/ENSEMBLE CLASS: All students are paired to play in small ensembles. They attend each other's lessons to rehearse, giving them exposure to other Academy instructors. The community is strengthened as new relationships form. These pieces are performed in March and repeated in the end-of year recitals.
May 4, 2014Performance Preparation ClassOPTIMAL PERFORMANCE CLASSES: This event focuses on mental preparation as well as the importance of organizing your music and parts of your instrument (bow, sticks, bench, music stand, etc.) to ensure the ability to consistently produce polished and satisfying performances.
May 18, Jun 1, or Jun 8, 2014Recital - DressyEND OF THE YEAR RECITALS: Students demonstrate all of the skills and knowledge they have gained in their musical studies thusfar. Musically Minded Academy is known for these fantastic events featuring polished pieces performed by students of all ages and abilities.

Instructors/Instruments offered

We carefully select each member of our instructional staff to find people who are not only talented, educated, and experienced, but who are also warm-hearted, down to earth, and community-spirited.

Click on an instrument below to see the instructor options.

PercussionWindsStringsSpecialized Subjects
PianoFluteViolin & ViolaComposition
Hand DrumsClarinetGuitarMusicianship
Drum SetTrumpet Harp
Mallet KeyboardsSaxophoneUkulele

*Please note: Smaller children who want to play viola or bass will play on smaller modified instruments until they grow large enough to hold instruments at their full sizes.

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Enrollment Options and Tuition Costs

Please read our policies here

Lesson TypeNumber of StudentsLesson lengths
Private Instruction120, 30, 45, 60 and 90 mins.
Semi-private instruction2 students of similar level. Youths must be similar ages as well. 20, 30, 45, 60 and 90 mins.
Group Instruction*4-6 studentsDepends on specific class.

Program Tuition

Enrolled students pay tuition which includes weekly lessons and program events. Many options are available for the frequency and method of tuition payments. Although the program continues year round, restarting in late August each year, we constantly accept new students throughout the year. Tuition prices are prorated for each student who enrolls after August 26th, 2013. Proration calculations are based on an addition of the number of lessons and the number of months left in the enrollment term.


Type of LessonTerms20 m30 m45 m1 h1.25 h1.5 hr

Private Lessons

1 student
$25-$30 per month program fee. Multiple payment options. Withdraw at any time with 4 weeks written notice.$32$48$61$76$95$115

Semi Private Lessons

2 students
$15 per month program fee. Multiple payment options. Withdraw at any time with 4 weeks written notice. $20$30$38.25$47.50 $59.50$71.25

Small Group Lessons

4-6 students
$7 per month program fee. Multiple payment options. Withdraw from long term groups after the 15th week with 4 weeks written notice. No refunds or credits for withdrawal from classes less than 15 weeks long. -$15$20$25$30$35

Medium Group Lessons

7-10 students
$5 per month program fee. Multiple payment options. Withdraw from long term groups after the 15th week with 4 weeks written notice. No refunds or credits for withdrawal from classes less than 15 weeks long. --$16$20$24$28

Large Group Lessons

11-20 students
$4 per month program fee. Multiple payment options. Withdrawal only after 15th week with 4 weeks written notice. No refunds or credits for withdrawal from groups less than 15 weeks long. --$12$15$18$21

Non-Program Tuition

Some of our instructors do accept students that do not want to enroll in the MMA Program. Here are the rates for these alternate enrollment types.  Contact us  to enroll in any of these options.

Enrollment Typeper 20 min lessonper 30 min lessonper 45 min lessonper 60 min lesson


Minimum of 6 lessons per quarter:
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December



Schedule lessons at will with customized schedule.