September 28, 2022 at 1:45pm

Millikin Community Arts Academy

Millikin Community Arts Academy (MCAA) expands programming to serve Decatur residents, pre-school through adulthood!

Music, theatre and group exercise offered at affordable rates for all age groups in a positive learning environment.

Millikin Community Arts Academy (MCAA) continues the School of Music’s long tradition of providing quality private music lessons for students of all ages by expanding its programming to include group sessions and classes that cater to a variety of interests. This fall’s calendar includes offerings for novice and experienced musicians, as well as theatre and exercise classes for the interested.

  • Music and Movement, a class specifically for young children (infant through preschool) offers students the chance to explore the art of music and movement using creative play and traditional classroom instruments. Saturdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 12, $40 per semester. 
  • Mat Pilates, is a 10 week course of 50-minute sessions taught by a certified instructor. Sundays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13. and Thursdays, Sept. 8-Nov. 17. $60 per semester or $10 drop-in fee.
  • Community Choir, for students entering grades K-12, focuses on the joy of singing and the development of lasting musical knowledge. Tuesdays, $75-$150 per semester.
  • Theatre Class, in partnership with Pipe Dreams studio, offers youth theatre classes for preschool through 2nd grade, and one 8 week course for 3rd through 8th grade. Saturdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 19, pre-k is $30 and K-2 is $40 for the entirety of the session.
  • Percussion Ensemble, open to percussionists ages 5th grade and older, for students at all percussion levels with at least one year of playing experience. Sundays, Sept. 11-Dec. 11, $165 per semester.
  • Piano Class, group session for those who have little or no experience playing, ages 16 and older. Develop basic music reading skills and playing techniques. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15, $165 per semester.
  • Rock U, for middle and high school students who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and/or sing, who want to play in a band and perform. Players should have experience on their instrument. Saturdays, Sept. 17-Dec. 3, $200 per semester.
  • DIY Audio Recording, these workshops introduce students to sound mixing, creating songs and producing records. Previous experience not required. Ages 14 and older. Thursdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 10, $72 per semester, $20 drop-in fee.

About Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Kirkland Fine Arts Center is located on the Millikin University campus in Decatur, Illinois. Since its grand opening in 1970, Kirkland Fine Arts Center has played an integral part in continuing the arts in Decatur and central Illinois. The center is home to a 1,903-seat auditorium and houses several music and choral facilities, lecture halls, art galleries and other multipurpose rooms. Kirkland Fine Arts Center has brought in many nationally acclaimed musical tours including Rent, 42nd Street, Grease, Godspell, Side by Side, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats and many others. World-renowned entertainers such as Trace Adkins, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Vicki Lawrence and others have also performed at the center. Visit to learn more.

About the Millikin Community Arts Academy

The mission of the Millikin Community Arts Academy (MCAA), formerly known as the Preparatory Department, is to foster an appreciation of and participation in the arts while instilling a lifelong love and enjoyment of them. MCAA seeks to provide learning and performance opportunities for students of all ages in music, theatre, dance and art; enhance students’ knowledge and performance expertise; and cultivate a companionable link between university and community. Visit to learn more.

About Millikin University

Millikin is a private, not-for-profit, four-year university with an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students in traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located in Decatur, Illinois, you will quickly discover that the signature of a Millikin education is a unique experience we like to call Performance Learning.

Since its founding more than 120 years ago, Millikin has operated under the philosophy of providing an education that combines theory with practice. While this was a radical idea at the time, we know today that students must perform their knowledge in order to be truly prepared for a successful career after college. Through immersive experiences such as internships, co-teaching, running a business, presenting research to experts and performing in front of audiences, students find new ways to live out their learning and reap the rewards of their hard work. Visit to learn more.


For further information, please contact LJ Pemberton, Marketing and Patron Relations Manager at Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 217.424.3931 or