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Classes begin Oct. 8th, 2016

Enriching children

Through the joy of music!

We help young classical musicians

learn to express their curiosity, creativity, and unique musical voices.

A place to thrive

and grow with like-minded students and faculty.

A rich musical community

that can become a home for them throughout their lives.

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Off-campus performance opportunities

are numerous and are arranged for the students throughout the school year.

Pre-college division students

participate in master classes with distinguished visiting artists and senior faculty

Enjoy an audio tour of the Academy:

Read our current newsletter here.

Letter from the president

IMG_0140Stroll the corridors of the Academy of Music Northwest and you may come upon a class of young composers unfolding the intricacies of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.  Next door, a History and Literature class is engrossed in studying analogs to sculpture and architecture and analyzing forms in counterpoint and harmony.  Elsewhere, an Ear Training class is singing solfège exercises in various clefs while conducting the rhythms.  Each Saturday ends in the Performance Hour, when students perform for each other for criticism and encouragement.

Everywhere in the Academy, I sense the devotion to teaching and learning, and the desire for excellence.  Here I find a range of Ph.d and Master’s specialists, ranging from those who focus on motivating the young beginners to those qualified to teach the most advanced student.

Read more here.

Academy Of Music Northwest depends on generous donors like you to continue to enrich the lives of young musicians now and in the future. Every gift directly supports scholarships, community outreach concerts and operating costs, allowing us to continue to serve the community through our excellent music education.


Junior Program (ages 9-12)

Our offerings for younger musicians include theory and ear training courses, along with Performance Hour and the option of Vocal Ensemble. Children who are approved by the Ensemble Director to work in an ensemble also have that option.

Pre-College Program (ages 13-20)

For serious young musicians, our Pre-College Division offers a certificate program for music studies and performance.

Concert Series

Performance experience is key for the growth of all musicians. In addition to our weekly Performance Workshop, we offer students the opportunity to perform in our monthly recital series: Academy Young Artists.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The academy was such a perfect place for me and I had the opportunity to play such
important chamber repertoire that I felt prepared for college.

As an alumnus of AMNW, I have reaped the benefits and advantages from attending such an intensive pre-college program. I was able to take courses to not only help me become a well-rounded musician, but to prepare me for college studies at the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music. I have developed strong friendships with the faculty and they have frequently invited me to give master classes, presentations, and performances at the school. While the AMNW caters to a wide variety of students, it is a premier program for young musicians who are passionate about music and want to pursue it as a career. I am extremely grateful for the knowledge acquired there—it was truly priceless. The instructors are first-rate and are able to promote a warm, friendly, and non-competitive environment.Dr. Frank Huang

Frank Huang, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Piano Miami University, Oxford, OH

Schwarz-Gerard-09I have followed the Academy since its inception and I’m happy to say that it is among the finest pre-college music programs in the country. Its faculty is outstanding, the curriculum is excellent, and it attracts the finest young performers from our region.

Gerard Schwarz, AMNW Honorary Director