Piano lesson

Private Lessons

MCAA offers private lessons for ages 6 - adult in voice, bass, bassoon, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, horn, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, ukulele, violin, viola, and percussion instruments, as well as K-adult group instruction through the Millikin Community Cello Choir, Millikin Community Percussion Ensemble, Millikin Community Jazz Ensemble and for singing, the Millikin Community Choir.


Step 1: Please fill out the Registration Form below.

Step 2: Our Millikin Community Arts Academy (MCAA) Director or Assistant Director will be in contact with you to set up your initial lesson.

Step 3: After your initial lesson is complete, speak with the instructor to determine your weekly lesson length and number of lessons and confirm your lesson length and number of lessons with MCAA director, mjtaylor@millikin.edu.

Step 4: Confirm billing and payment by paying online HERE, dropping payment off in MCAA Drop Box by the Front Office, PMC 102 or contact our front office staff in person or via phone 217-425-4698.

If you have questions, please contact the MCAA directors at mcaa@millikin.edu.

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View the recommended learning outcomes/guidelines for each instrument area.

Millikin Community Arts Academy
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

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MCAA Policies and Waiver

Please review our MCAA Policies and Waiver. Signed forms will be collected prior to the beginning of lessons or programs.

MCAA Frequently Asked Questions

What are Applied Lessons?

Applied Lessons are private, one on one lessons with a qualified instructor in voice, piano, or an instrumental area.

How old do I need to be?

Currently we offer age appropriate private lessons for ages 6 to adult. Often this depends on the readiness, discipline, and desire of the student as well as our instructors' policies.

We also offer group programs for various ages as young as preschool.

Some of MCAA's programs include Millikin Children's Choir, Millikin Community Cello Choir, Rock University, Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra, beginning guitar and ukulele classes, Mat Pilates starting January 2022, and upcoming 2022 Summer Camps.

What do private lessons cost?

The cost for private lessons depends on the category of instructor and the duration of the lessons. Current tuition rates are listed below:

MCAA Tuition Rates

Spring or Fall (based on 15 week term)

30 Minute Lessons

45 Minute Lessons

60 Minute Lessons

MU Faculty

Current or retired Millikin School of Music Faculty



$25 per lesson



$37.50 per lesson



$50 per lesson


MCAA/Preparatory Faculty

Has a college degree; does not teach university level courses in the School of Music at Millikin University


$20 per lesson



$30 per lesson



$40 per lesson


MU Student Instructor

Current MU student who has been recommended by University faculty. 


$15 per lesson



$22.50 per lesson



$30 per lesson



I signed up but haven’t heard from anyone yet, what should I do?

At the beginning of every semester, it is oftentimes frustrating that we do not have a quick turn-around of placing students with teachers. This is because most of our students and faculty are not settled in their schedules until the end of the first week of classes. We do our best to start the process; however, it is sometimes late August or early September (or early February in the Spring term) before students are officially placed with an instructor. If you fear your contract or name might have fallen off the list or want to check on the status, please contact the MCAA at mcaa@millikin.edu or (217) 425-4698.

Who do I contact if I have a question or concern?

Please contact the MCAA at mcaa@millikin.edu or 217-425-4698.