Now is the time to fulfill those neglected interests in music. The cost is minimal and the time spent is gratifying. “We are so fortunate to have a multitude of excellent music instructors in Minnesota,” according to The Schubert Club’s Artistic and Executive Director, Barry Kempton, “due largely to the Minnesota Music Teachers Association helping ensure instructor standards.” Here are five outstanding organizations in Minnesota where adults can immerse themselves in learning voice, instrument, composing, writing and many other aspects of music.
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
MacPhail delivers music instruction at four metropolitan locations in Minneapolis, Apple Valley, Chanhassen and White Bear Lake. Most music instruction programs are offered live online as well. Voice students can develop their talents, focusing on classical music, theater music, jazz or pop. Persons seeking to master an instrument will find instructors specializing in all genres of piano and most types of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. The center teaches violin in classical, eclectic and folk styles. Guitar enthusiasts can learn electric, acoustic, classical and electric bass. The center also offers courses to adults in composition, theory and songwriting.
Schmitt Music Company
2400 Freeway Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Nine Minnesota stores are open for music instruction seven days per week at Duluth, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Edina, Maplewood. Minnetonka, Rochester, Roseville and Virginia. Schmitt Music instructs individuals and group on an amazingly diverse types of instruments. Signing up is easy on Schmitt’s online system, especially because it gives the user easy access to all of the options available at all locations. A fourth generation of the Schmitt family is continuing a legacy of providing musical instruments and instruction to Minnesotans from infant to senior, just as their grandfather did beginning in 1896.
McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange St. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Young adults seeking to break out on the popular music scene should look into McNally Smith offerings. The faculty is filled with gold and platinum record winners as well as Grammy Award recipients. Ever on the cutting edge, the school opened the nation’s first accredited Hip Hop diploma in 2009. Not only do the programs help develop budding performers, composers or songwriters, but so do they train people for careers in audio engineering, managing, promoting and producing music.
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Saint Paul Conservatory of Music
26 E. Exchange St., Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
A large staff of accomplished performers and instructors offer individual lessons on most traditional classical instruments such as piano, harpsichord, harp, violin, cello, viola, clarinet, oboe and percussion. The Conservatory also offers adults the opportunity to enjoy music while developing their skills by playing in groups. Adults of various levels of accomplishment can register to play chamber music in groups of diverse instruments or in single instrument groups such as viola da gamba, clarinet and flute.
Groth Music Company
8056 Nicollet Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55420
Sixteen music professionals provide instruction locally at the store located near I-494 on Nicollet in support of the store’s main mission of supplying high-quality musical instruments. Schools and churches throughout the US purchase instruments online and from its Music Education Catalog distributed nationwide each year in August. The Groth family has maintained these high-quality services throughout since the store’s founding in 1939.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.