At our beautiful facilities at MacPhail Center for Music, guitar and piano students experience musical growth through the stimulating teaching of our excellent faculty, the motivating presence of their peers and the nurturing support of their parents. Students receive a combination of classes providing individual attention and group participation. Classes include a master class and group class along with enrichment classes that include composition, music theory and drumming.


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Student Fees

  • FULL Day Piano and Guitar Book 1 thru 7 and beyond (all ages, 8:45 am -4:00 pm) $480
  • HALF Day Piano and Guitar Book 1 (ages 6 & younger, 8:45 am- 12:00 pm) $266

HALF Day Piano Advanced Repertoire for High School Students:

  • Book 5 and beyond (entering grades 9-12, 1:00 pm—4:00 pm) $266

Registration deadline is June 19, 2018. No refunds after July 10, 2018.

Teacher Fees

  • Piano Unit 3 training $480
  • Guitar Unit 5 teacher training $480
  • Teacher enrichment class $45
  • Daily Observation fee $30

Teachers registering for 5 days of observation may attend the teacher enrichment class for no additional charge.

Registration deadline June 19, 2018. No refunds after June 19, 2018. If the minimum number of registrants needed to run the course is not met, registered participants will be notified by June 20, 2018.

Housing & Meals

Housing and meals are the responsibility of institute attendees. MacPhail Center for Music is located in downtown Minneapolis. Hotels and restaurants within short walking distance. The Depot Hotel and Residence Inn, across the street from MacPhail, features rooms/suites with kitchens and an indoor swimming pool.; Ask for the MacPhail rate.


MacPhail Center for Music is located in downtown Minneapolis. Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater and the Mississippi River are within two blocks of MacPhail. Many other recreational activities, including Orchestra Hall and local theaters are easily accessible. Light rail transit is easily available to Target Field and the Mall of America.

Other Info

Some limited financial aid for student attendance may be available. Contact director for information. There is light rail transit from MSP airport to within 3 blocks of MacPhail. The institute will take place in MacPhail’s newly constructed school; full handicap accessibility. See for details.

The SAA does not run the workshops and summer institutes; it approves separate businesses to run them. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly with inquiries. To get your event listed here, please see the Event Listing Guide.