General Information

  • Private Lessons
    The instruments on which private lessons are offered are subject to change, based upon instructor availability.  Please call or  the music office for the currently available instruments.
  • Tuition
    Lessons may begin at any point in the semester. Tuition is billed monthly, based on the number of lessons received in the month. Lessons canceled according to the Academy of Music policy will not be billed. 
  • Placement
    New students registering for individual instruction are placed with a teacher based on skill level, interests, expectations and schedule.  Providing this information enables the coordinator to select the teacher that will best match your interests and needs. 

Academy of Music

The Crown College Academy of Music is a comprehensive music program of private instruction, designed to accommodate the growing needs of the community at large. The goal of the Academy is to provide a supportive and enriching learning environment in which each student can develop a greater understanding and appreciation of music to the glory of God. The Academy is committed to providing quality musical instruction by highly qualified faculty and trained music students from the College.

Availability of lessons changes each year. Lessons are taught based on the availability of instructors. Most lessons occur between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

FALL 2013 LESSONS: Fall lesson schedule is in process. Please or call 952-446-4231 to request your day and time!

For the most updated information, or to obtain a registration form, contact JLeigh Wohlgemuth, Academy Coordinator, at 952-446-4231 or email .

Our instructors...

All Academy instructors are chosen because of their love for music, their commitment to their faith, and their desire to share music with others. Instructors choose their own teaching methods and tailor lessons to individual student interests, levels and abilities.

  • Jordan Bentley, student level, trumpet
  • Skye Bonati, student level, piano
  • Anna Christianson, graduate level I, violin & viola
  • Amelia Schmidt, student level, piano and french horn
  • Maddie Sorensen, student level, piano
  • JLeigh Wohlgemuth, graduate level II, piano

Program Policies


Private lessons begin with the academic school year. After the registration form has been submitted, the coordinator will conduct a placement interview and schedule a lesson time.  Lessons may begin at any time after the registration form and annual fee are submitted to the Music Office.

Changes of address or telephone number should be provided to the Academy of Music Office in a timely manner.

Lessons by Instructor Level (2013-2014 tuition)

  • Faculty Instructor: starting at $26 per half hour
  • Graduate Instructor (Level II): $24 per half hour
  • Graduate Instructor (Level I): $22 per half hour 
  • Student Instructor: $18 per half hour

Annual Fee: $50 per student or $75 per family (applied in the first semester lessons begin; there after applied each Fall semester; students who begin lessons after July 1 will not have the fee applied until the Fall of the following year). This fee is non-refundable and covers registration and materials used.

A minimum down payment of $100 (one student) or $150 (multiple students) is required at the first lesson of the fall semester. Monthly invoices will be sent via email. Alternative payment arrangements may be made with the Music Office.

Lesson Use

Prepaid unused lessons from the Fall semester may be rolled over into the following Spring semester, and unused lessons from the Spring semester may be rolled over into the following Summer Session. In the event that an instructor is unable to finish the lessons paid for, arrangements will be made for a substitute instructor. Unused lessons with student instructors may be refunded at the end of the year, or the dollar amount rolled over into the following year.

A registration for lessons is expected to be a registration for the entire academic year. Learning a musical instrument is a skill that takes time to develop. Students who discontinue lessons mid-semester may continue to be charged for lessons unless the Music Office is notified according to the Academy policy.

Instructor Requests

In the event that a student wishes to study with a different instructor within the course of a given semester, a request must be made in writing to the Music Office. This request must contain the desired instructor and date to change and reasons for the request. Requests to change instructors at the end of a semester must be made through the Music Office.


Teachers must be notified of student absences 24 hours prior to the lesson to avoid the lesson charge.  Messages may be left through the Music Office or on the teacher's cell phone. 952-446-4231 or

In the event of illness, the Music Office must be notified by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the lesson to avoid the lesson charge. 952-446-4231 or

In extreme cases (family emergency, dangerous road conditions, extended illness) efforts will be made to reconcile lost time in the best interest of both parties. Students who have attended a complete day of school will be expected to attend their lesson unless they have a fever, are contagious with a communicable disease, or are unable to appear in public due to the nature of the illness.

Lessons cancelled by an instructor will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of both the teacher and the student. In the event that the College is closed, students will be notified by the Music Office. If the student's school is closed or has early dismissal due to weather, the parent is responsible to notify the Music Office of their intent to make or cancel lessons as soon as the school's announcement is made.

Late Arrivals

Students are expected to arrive on time for their lessons. Instructors will wait 10 minutes before assuming that a student is absent for a lesson.  Instructors are not required to make up the lost time.  If an instructor is late, however, he/she will arrange to make up any missed lesson time.

Withdrawal from the Academy

Discontinuing lessons or classes requires three weeks written notification to the Music Office.  Students who discontinue and do not provide written notification of withdrawal will be considered officially enrolled.  The student will therefore be held responsible for any tuition charges associated with official enrollment.