The Music Academy Instrumental Instruction in Rockford, IL

We are a not-for-profit community school of music dedicated to providing high quality, affordable instruction, and performance opportunities to academy students, regardless of age or ability.

It is the mission of the Music Academy to inspire in students a life-long love of music and the arts. The Music Academy is a member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education. As a Guild school, we believe the arts are fundamental.

We believe excellent instruction and expert individual education in the arts continues to be an important and vital factor in the welfare of all people. We believe the arts give meaning and wholeness to all human existence, extending from the life of the individual to the community and ultimately to our entire civilization. Thus, it must follow the pursuit of the arts is the rightful heritage of every individual and not the privilege of the gifted few.
Lessons Offered
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice
Contact Information
Phone Number (815) 986-0037
City Rockford, IL
Zip Code 61104
Address 226 S 2nd St
Professional Associations and Certifications
  • National Guild for Community Arts Education
National Guild for Community Arts Education
Key People
Mary Ann Anderson
Mary Ann has been with the Music Academy since 1989. She takes delight in starting each year's class of new beginners and has become a specialist with the baby beginners (ages 3, 4 and 5) and their parents
Marilyn Cade
Marilyn Cade joined the Music Academy faculty in 1985. Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska with continued professional study with artists in the United States and Vienna, Austria.
Patricia Jeske
Patricia Jeske has been a member of the piano faculty of the Music Academy since 1998. She teaches traditional piano. She teaches piano and group piano at Rockford College. She is a performing member of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. She's active as an accompanist and church musician in Rockford.
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