Northwest Academy Of Music

Northwest Academy Of Music

24 employees
30 years in business

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A full service music school offering group and private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion. Established in 1989, the Northwest Academy offers the finest children's music courses in the Inland Northwest. Toddler Tunes and preschool Music in Me offer parents and kids an excellent introduction to music. Harmony Road musicianship programs offer elementary students lessons in piano, singing, music theory, and ensemble. Summer activities include free Sesame Street Workshops and Rockin' in the Lot for teens and adults.

The Northwest Academy of Music was founded in 1989 as a music school for young children, offering programs which develop total musicianship skills from a very early age. These include being able to accurately identify and reproduce musical pitch vocally and instrumentally,  imitate and create new rhythms, develop good sight reading skills, have a thorough understanding of music theory, create compositions using students’ natural creativity, and exhibit polished ensemble skills. We strive to motivate students at their various developmental levels through song, movement, and a variety of activities which inspire children of all ages to excel in the joy of musical pursuits.


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Coeur D'Alene, ID 83815
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It depends on the age of the student and type of lesson. Young children learn the subject of music through movement, exploration, and participation. Through this process of discovery they find they begin making great music as a natural extension of what they have learned in music class. Older students have the reward of following their dreams in a custom-made lesson which caters to their own personal goals. Students move at the pace with which they are comfortable.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

The majority of our teachers have degrees in music as evidenced by their biographical information on our website. All teachers have an extensive background in professional performance, being lifelong musicians.

Not all great musicians are good teachers, however. Our teachers go through an extensive interview and audition process to qualify as instructors who truly can impart information in an appropriate and easy to understand format.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Class students are billed according to a family-friendly pricing structure. Most classes are priced at half the rate of what a typical private lesson would be billed at. Early pay and second child discounts are available.

Private students pay according to the rate various teachers set, usually $20-$25.00 per half hour

How did you get started teaching?

Each teacher will tell you that music is the most important thing in his/ her life. It is sheer joy to impart that knowledge to another person. It is a life-changing experience which will enrich each student for many years to come.

What types of students have you worked with?

All types: toddlers to elderly adults and every age in between, child prodigies, learning and physically disabled, you name it! We have done it all. No student is beyond our ability to teach.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We had Rockin' in the Lot in our parking lot where local bands and our own students got to play! We love it when our students participate in competitions and charity events, putting their music study to good use.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It pays to get a quality teacher. There is an easy way and a hard way to learn everything. We have often seen students who studied elsewhere first, making half as much progress than they would have with us. When you add it all up, it doesn't pay to go with an inexperienced, less expensive teacher. It will cost more in the long run. We guarantee that you will be taught correctly in the best manner possible from our team of highly educated instructors.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What kind of music do I like? What have I always wanted to know how to sing or play? What is my lifelong dream in becoming a musician?