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    Millikin Community Arts Academy

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    A Tradition of Arts Education for the Greater Decatur Community

    For over 100 years, Millikin University’s School of Music has provided quality music lessons for students of all ages from Decatur and surrounding communities. Today, that tradition continues as highly trained faculty and upper-level Millikin students teach in their areas of expertise. Our programs have expanded to include not only Private Lessons but such programs as the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra, Decatur Youth Chorale, Rap-U, First Gig, Rock University: Millikin, Millikin University Community Cello Choir, Millikin Community Jazz Ensemble, Millikin Community Percussion Ensemble, Millikin Group Piano Class, Music & Movement, Group Guitar and Ukulele Classes, and Summer Camps in the arts. We continue to add programs that represent the vast offerings of our College of Fine Arts.

    The goal of the Millikin Community Arts Academy is to provide art programming to our community that fosters an appreciation of and participation in the Arts while instilling a lifelong love and enjoyment of the Arts.  

    Register for Classes

    Registration for MCAA Spring programming is open for all ages!

    Click here to see Spring 2024 programs

    Click here to see Summer 2024 programs

    MCAA Mission:  

    The Mission of MCAA is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of the Arts by providing performance learning opportunities for students of all ages in music, theatre, dance, media, and visual arts and cultivating a companionable link between the university and the community.  

    MCAA seeks to provide equitable community access to arts education opportunities in support of:  

    • artistic literacy and wellness; 
    • innovative activities that promote creating, performing, and responding;  
    • the pursuit and integration of meaning across cultural contexts; 
    • excellence in pre-professional training.


    Accessible arts education that facilitates artistic expression essential to personal development and healthy communities


    • inclusivity     • creativity       • expression     • community     • joy     • empathy 


    Millikin University College of Fine Arts
    Millikin Community Arts Academy
    1184 W. Main Street
    Decatur, IL 62522

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