Students of all ages and skill levels have access to some of the area's best musicians! With individual or group instruction in voice, piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, clarinet, drums, and more, the Arts Academy at The Grand offers a friendly environment, diverse programming, convenient location, and affordable rates – all within the beautiful setting of the historic Grand Opera House. Students participate in unique learning and performance opportunities, including: workshops with Arts Academy faculty and touring artists who perform at The Grand; showcases at The Grand and local events; and recitals on the stage of the baby grand. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. 

Private Instruction

Highly individualized music instruction is provided to all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced learners. Private lessons are offered in The Grand’s newly renovated Arts Academy studios, located on the second floor of The Grand overlooking Market Street. Our talented faculty of working musicians and accomplished performers cover a wide range of genres: from classical, jazz, and bluegrass to calypso, gospel, blues, rock, pop, and more. Whatever your musical interest, we'll find the right fit for you!

Rates are specified by the instructors, ranging from $25-$35 per half hour.

Scheduling is based on mutual convenience for both students and teachers. Hours of operation are:
Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, and Saturday 12pm-4pm

Guitar Boot Camp
Guitar Boot Camp

Get your playing into high gear! GUITAR BOOT CAMP is a 90-minute intensive guitar workout that is ALL hands on, ALL playing, ALL fun. These sessions will help you build stamina, enhance your technique, increase your playing speed and endurance, while developing your phrasing and timing on the guitar. Your playing ability will improve by leaps and bounds with GUITAR BOOT CAMP, led by drill sergeant Chris Gordon.

Registration is required: $96
8 Saturday Classes:
MAR 4 – APR 29, 2017 (no class on 4/15)

11 AM-12:30 PM
This class requires one year of playing experience on guitar. Open to ages 12 and above. Enrollment limited at 5-9 students.

Contact Sana Bell at 302.658.7897 ext. 3105, or email, with any questions.

Rock Academy
Rock Academy

Does your rock band need a little coaching? Are you getting ready for the recording studio? Bring in the whole group and learn how to rehearse and perform together or get a fine tuning of your sound with guitar instructor Shaun Dougherty. We’ll plan a custom schedule to meet your needs and work on the songs you want to learn! Your group will develop creative techniques for blending varied styles, learn music theory, understand the basics of composition, improvisation, and much more. When you’re ready for a public performance, strut your stuff with a showcase at The Grand! Open to all musicians: guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, keyboard, strings, brass, reeds. Ages 10-18. Rates vary.

Contact Shaun Dougherty at 302-377-5667 or