Get Started!

Contact Our Office for Details

Music Lessons are Fun & Easy
for Kids and Adults!

Sign-Up For On-Site or
Online Music Lessons!

Beginning June 15


The Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s #1 Choice For Music Lessons

The Academy of Music in Grand Rapids is the largest professional music lesson studio in the Grand Rapids area offering quality lessons in PianoElectric & Acoustic GuitarDrumsBassUkuleleVoice and SingingViolin, Viola, and Cello all taught under one roof.

Top Award Winning Music School in West Michigan!

Nationally recognized for Music Academy Success and Voted #1 Grand Rapids Music Studio by Grand Rapids Kids (


Instruments We Teach

Guitar | Piano | Singing | Voice | Drums | Bass | Ukulele | Violin | Viola | Cello

15 Benefits Our Students Enjoy!

One extra benefit right now is that we are continuing to offer music lessons online during this time.  Most activities are being shut down, but we are still able to keep music in your lives with just a click of a button.   We are enrolling students in easy, fun, and educational online lessons.

Drum Instruction in Grand Rapids

1. We Teach 10 Instruments All In One Location

Families With Multiple Musicians or Instruments Save Time & Money

Our students save time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day.  Other studios offer multiple instruments, but we are the only one to offer all of the most popular instruments – Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, and Violin –  in a high quality, convenient, professional environment.  We teach music lessons to all ages (including adults) and all ability levels (beginner to advanced).

Violin Student in Grand Rapids

2. Most Qualified Music Teachers In West Michigan

40 Professional Music Teacher All with College Training or Performance Experience

Our music teachers are experienced teachers, dedicated to learning about your personal goals and helping you to achieve them. With several teachers for each instrument (guitar, piano, strings, drums, and voice), we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs.  Academy of Music teachers are friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lessons.

Piano Students in Grand Rapids

3. Widest Range of Lesson Times Available

Open Seven Days A Week

Music lessons at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, Mi are available seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedules.  In addition to our after school lesson times, we offer other scheduling options for homeschoolers and retirees.  We also offer lunch hour music lessons for business professionals or late evening music lessons for college students and other adults.

  • Monday-Thursday 9 am – 9 pm
  • Friday 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm – 6 pm
Guitar Student in Grand Rapids

4. Proven 15-Year Track Record of Excellence

Our Full-Time Mission is Teaching Music Lessons

Visit our Testimonials page to see what our students are saying.  Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later they close. The Academy of Music in Grand Rapids has a proven track record of offering quality music, piano, guitar, voice, drums, and string instruction in Grand Rapids, Michigan year-round. Our full-time mission is teaching music lessons, and we have been trusted by hundreds of Grand Rapids families for more than a decade.

Music Academy Waiting Area in Grand Rapids

5. Family Members Wait in Comfort

Enjoy Comfortable Chairs, Kids Activities, Wi-FI and FREE Coffee

With 4200 square feet at the Academy of Music, we have the most spacious and family-friendly waiting area in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom or an in-home teacher’s driveway or living room, our clients a enjoy spacious, professional waiting areas with comfortable chairs, activities for children, Wi-Fi, reading material, a filtered water cooler, and free coffee. We also provide observation windows on every door so that you have the option of observing your child’s lesson. If you prefer, you may sit in on their lesson at any time.

Music Academy Studio in Grand Rapids

6. High Tech & Fully Stocked Music Rooms

Modern and Engaging Lesson Experience Available

Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.

Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, and we have installed LED monitors and Apple TVs in every classroom.  Teachers can wirelessly connect iPods, iPads, or laptops to the monitors. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software and more. Feel free to “Bring Your Own Device” to your lesson in addition to your instrument! No other school in Grand Rapids offers this technology.

One of the things that has really set up apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging.  By integrating technology, we’re providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the Grand Rapids area. That helps our teachers keep our students happy, challenged, and engaged.

Music Recitals in Grand Rapids

7. Free Recitals in World Class Music Halls!

Perform On-Stage With a Grand Piano & Dynamic Acoustics

We are one of the only music schools in Grand Rapids that offers free recitals with a Steinway grand piano in a first-class professional recital hall.

Every parent wants to know how their child is doing and whether they are progressing. The best way to understand if your investment in guitar, ukulele, bass, piano, voice, drums, violin, viola, or cello is really worth it, is to have your child participate in a recital.

Many of our students choose to perform in our recitals.   We hold these in a professional setting where students can perform on a stage platform with a grand piano and excellent acoustics.

For our students, these music recitals are free, and we do not charge recital participation or admission fees.

Music Academy Staff in Grand Rapids

8. Professional Office Staff

Full Time Customer Service, 7 Days a Week

The Academy of Music in Grand Rapids is the only music school in Grand Rapids that offers full-time professional customer service for our music students seven days a week. Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner, or more commonly, an answering machine.  We have friendly, full-time staff members who are available at the Academy of Music front desk to assist our clients quickly and professionally.

Music Academy Awards in Grand Rapids

9. We Celebrate Achievement

Trophies, Certificates, Award Wristbands & Positive Affirmation

We are the only music school in the Grand Rapids area that gives students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), certificates AND trophies for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder is our unique method of music education that you can only get here.

More importantly, when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder here. Our adult students also the recognition for achieving their goals.

Music Academy Discount Cards in Grand Rapids

10. Student Discount Cards

Save Money On Music Books & Other Supplies

We are the only music school in Grand Rapids that offers student discount cards for their music students, which save them money all throughout the year.

As a convenience to our students, the Academy also sells music books and other music retail items.  All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs.

Voice Student in Grand Rapids

11. Early Morning & Lunch-Time Lessons

Perfect For Homeschoolers, College Students, Working Adults, and Retirees

Music lessons at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, Mi are available seven days a week to accommodate your busy schedules.  In addition to our after school lesson times, we offer earlier scheduling options for homeschoolers and retirees.  We also offer lunch hour music lessons for business professionals or late evening music lessons for college students and other adults.

Music Academy Front Entry in Grand Rapids

12. Safe & Accessible Location

On 28th St. Near the Lovely Cascade Shopping District

Our location one mile east of I-96 on 28th St in Grand Rapids, Michigan makes our school convenient to all areas of the greater Grand Rapids community. In addition, there’s plenty of parking on even the busiest lesson days when more than 100 students come and go.  Near our studio, you will find the lovely Cascade shopping district which includes D & W grocery, Target, Meijer, a library, and many excellent family dining opportunities.

Safety during lessons is also a priority at the Academy of Music, and we carefully follow a Family Safety Plan: five background checks for everyone who works at the school, observation windows for every teaching studio, video cameras in studios and the lobby areas, plus admin staff present during all lessons.

Music Academy Front Entry in Grand Rapids

13. Make-Up Classes Available on Weekends

Easy, Fun and Convenient Master Classes

Missed a lesson?  Out of town?  No problem!  Sign up for a make-up class whenever it’s convenient for you.  Make-up classes are available all year round.  Students benefit from these informal, small group settings, and have an opportunity for an extended lesson with one of our fabulous teachers.  The group make-ups offer a perfect opportunity for informal performances, getting to know other students who take the same instrument, and reinforcing material or learning something new in a fun class with other students.

Musician Pictures in Grand Rapids

14. Picture Day

Free Student Photos With a Professional Photographer

We are the only music school in the Grand Rapids area that offers free picture days for our students.

This is a service that our music student parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photoshoot and wear whatever they like.

Several times each year, we also take Face of the Academy photos that are used in our print and online marketing. If you would like your child to be featured in these photos, just let the office staff know and we will add you to the list for the next set!

Drum Student in Grand Rapids

15. Month-to-Month Lessons

Easy to Start – Easy to Stop – No Long-Term Commitments

The Academy of Music in Grand Rapids does not require semester minimums for music lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to learn. We will not commit you to a long-term contract.

Technologically Advanced Facilities

Our students enjoy over 4,200 sq. ft. of Grand Rapid’s most advanced music lesson rooms. Each studio is soundproofed and stocked with everything our students need, from pianos, keyboards, and full drum kits with pads to amps and stereos. Parents can sit in on their child’s lesson, watch through large observation windows, or relax in our spacious and comfortable parent’s lounge with WiFi, magazines, and activities for kids.

Meet The Owner

As a mother of five and music teacher with a master’s degree in music education and more than 30 years of experience teaching music, I understand what parents need to know about helping their children experience real success in music.

Since 2003, I have dedicated myself to offering an outstanding music education experience for students in the Grand Rapids community.  What began as an early childhood music and piano studio is now the largest professional music school in the area, offering lessons on five major instruments – piano, guitar, drums, voice, and strings.  I’m most grateful for our fabulous teachers and hundreds of students in such a supportive community who trust us each week with their music education.

Barbara Hendricks
Founder and Owner

Academy of Music Grand Rapids

Barbara Hendricks - Owner of Academy of Music Grand Rapids
Music Student Recitals in Grand Rapids Michigan

Our Students love performing on Grand Rapid’s Biggest Stages

Academy recitals are FREE to participate and attend – no tickets will be sold. Invite friends and family and feel free to attend additional recitals!

Upcoming Events

News At The Academy


Lessons are first come, first served, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson

Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff at the front desk seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no semester minimums.

Lessons are first come, first serve, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!
$30 / 30 minutes
Lessons are available seven days a week, and scheduled once a week.
A one-time registration fee is $30 (due only at time of registration).