Three Rivers Music Academy

Three Rivers Music Academy

5.0 (1)
Best of 2022
6 years in business

About this pro

Three Rivers Music Academy offers daytime and evening lessons for all ages and skill levels in guitar, piano, voice, and drums. So, whether you want music enrichment for your public, private, or homeschooled child or you're a working adult, retiree, or stay-at-home parent, Three Rivers Music Academy can provide the guidance necessary to reach your goals. 

We hire experienced, college trained instructors. Most have a Bachelors if not Masters degrees in music.

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From Ric Oliva, our Executive Director: "What I enjoy most is experiencing that moment with a student when the piece they've been working on so hard for so long finally comes together and they have a huge smile on their face. Whether it's the first song they play, or their first time on stage, that feeling never gets old!"

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Minneapolis, MN 55420
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  • Tiffany Turner

    My son had Rick as a baseball coach. Ric is a great teacher with a lot of patience. He cares a lot about his students.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

As the Executive Director I make sure we are pairing students with the correct teacher in regards to playing and teaching as well as skill level.

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

Our teachers are college trained, most holding a Bachelors degree if not a Masters degree and MN teaching licenses.

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

Tuition is $105/month for half hour weekly lessons, $210 for hour weekly lessons. Most months will have four lessons but some may have five and, due to our holiday schedule, some may have three. Your tuition will remain the same from month to month. There are discounts available for group lessons.

How did you get started teaching?

Many of our teachers have 10-20+ years of experience and have taught everywhere from music stores, at home, Churches, colleges, and in a K-12 setting.

What types of students have you worked with?

Children as young as four all the way to retirees!

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

Someone who is a good player isn't necessarily a good teacher, and vice versa. Make sure you hire a good teacher! Ask yourself these questions: Does this person specialize in what I am trying to learn? What experience do they have that I can relate to? Will they cater their teaching style to match my learning style?

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

You should certainly think about what your personal goals are and what your learning style is. Some teachers will drop students who do not practice. If your goal is to become a concert pianist then maybe that level of commitment is appropriate. If your goal is to play campfire songs with your kids, then a more laid back approach may be more appropriate.