Crescendo Academy of Music Brings Music to All Ages, Abilities and Income Levels

All Are Welcome at Crescendo Academy of Music

Regardless of age, musical ability, or financial status, there’s a place for your kid at this special community music school in downtown Kalamazoo. 

There’s no “too young” or “too old” at Crescendo. Sign up the toddlers, sign up the grandparents – there are classes for all ages.

Is your kid a music newbie or a virtuoso? Either way, no worries! All skills levels are accommodated through individualized instruction. My daughter just started piano lessons, and it’s been amazing to witness the amount of progress she’s made in just a few weeks.

If money is a concern, need-based financial assistance is offered for all classes and abilities. Your budding musician can also participate in the school’s instrument loan program – pretty awesome.

Kids Learn from Positive and Supportive Instructors

You’ll love the positive and supportive atmosphere led by professional and passionate instructors. Your kid won’t just learn to play an instrument – they’ll also improve reading skills, discipline, and self-confidence.

With more than 35 faculty members, 570 students, and a 33-year history of providing top-notch instrument and vocal classes, this school definitely knows what it’s doing.

The facility in Kalamazoo’s Epic Center features 19 studios and three ensemble rooms. Crescendo also is a member in good standing of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.

Your child will be in great hands with Crescendo’s highly-qualified and skilled teaching artists. All have earned bachelor’s degrees or higher in music education or music performance or have many years of teaching experience.

They also perform professionally in orchestras, symphonies, and chamber ensembles throughout West Michigan. 

Crescendo Piano

Crescendo Academy of Music Lessons

With a huge variety of classes, there truly is something for everyone. You can choose between individual lessons or group classes. Either way, your kid will have regular opportunities to participate in performances.

Want to drum, sing, and dance with your little one? Rhythm Kids is for ages 4-6 with their parents or caregiver. Together you will learn rhythms from around the world.

Does your teen dream of performing on Broadway? Sign them up for the Epic Broadway Musical Theater Camp. This summer’s theme is musicals of the seventies. Go Greased Lightnin’!

Customize Your Private Lessons

Whether your kid wants to play an instrument or learn to sing – or both, like my kid – private lessons are available. Classes are offered on strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, mandolin, percussion, voice, theory, and composition. 

You can choose from 15, 30, 45, or 60-minute sessions year-round. You’ll coordinate with the instructor to determine the schedule that works for your family, based on age and skill level.

Join an Inspiring Group Lesson

For kids who thrive in social settings, there are plenty of group classes from which to choose.

When my daughter was just two, we took a Music Together class. Each week, we sang, danced, and made music together. It was a great bonding experience in a playful setting, and we made new mom and toddler friends as well. 

Music Together at Crescendo is offered in six-week sessions ($125) and 10-week sessions ($185). Ages newborn to five. Bonus: discounts are provided for siblings in Music Together.

More Group Classes
Rhythm Kids: ages 4-6 plus a caregiver drum, sing and move to rhythms from around the world (10 weeks, $185)
Mando For Kids: elementary schoolers learn to play the mandolin as a classical instrument (10 weeks, $150)
Beginning Strings: students review pieces they’ve learned in private lessons ($10 for 45 minutes, $20 for 60 minutes)
Music Theory & Composition: requires passing a placement exam (cost varies)

For ensemble opportunities, students need to audition and/or be recommended by a teacher:

Ensemble Programs
Chamber Music Ensembles: all instruments plus voice
Community Voices: led by a music therapist for intellectually disabled teens
Fiddlers: for violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, and guitarists who want to explore folk fiddle music

Sign Up Now for Outdoor Music Together Classes

Registration is now open for Music Together classes! Families can choose either outdoor or virtual classes online and enjoy making music as a family. 

Outdoor classes are in parking lots and limited to eight families per class. Family groups will be spaced eight feet apart. Bring your own blanket and chairs. Wagons and strollers are welcome.

Online classes are on Zoom in the comfort of your own home. Try a free demo class to see if it’s a fit for your family. 

Community Partnerships & Outreach Programs

As a non-profit school, Crescendo collaborates with educational, cultural, and neighborhood organizations. What’s not to love about that?

Partners include the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, local public schools, and retirement centers. The school also participates in local community events such as Harvest Fest, Wheatland Music Festival, and Kalamazoo Art Hops. 

Outreach programs are offered at schools to ensure that music education reaches all children:

Kalamazoo Area Outreach Programs
Marvelous Music: a collaboration between Crescendo and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for preschool children from at-risk households
Vicksburg Strings: a string class for grades 3-5 from Indian Lake, Sunset Lake, or Tobey Elementary
Kalamazoo Public Schools String Coaches: for students at Loy Norrix High School and Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts

Getting Started with Crescendo

Ready to register? Sign up online for West Michigan’s only independent and non-profit institution for music education.  

Questions? Contact Crescendo via an online form or send them an email

Partner Info

359 S Kalamazoo Mall # 12
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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