Music School in Rochester, Minnesota

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Our Mission

Rochester Academy of Music was created to provide positive, memorable opportunities for students of all skill levels to explore their interest in music through a rewarding progression of discovery.

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Our Teachers

Our instructors are skilled artists themselves and experienced teachers that are committed to our students success and growth. Teaching is a conduit for our amazing staff to pass on their passion for music and the arts.

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Music enriches our lives. Enrich your life: listen, learn, and perform. Your interest is the key. You must take the first step. Let our teachers be your guide.

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Lessons We Offer

Quality music lessons for people of all ages

  • Guitar


    One of the foundational instruments of contemporary music, our guitar instructors teach across genres and will equip you to play for yourself or as part of a group.

  • Piano


    The piano is both approachable for young beginners and richly complex for advanced players, and is perfect for learning to read music and building a strong musical foundation.

  • Voice


    The vocal instrument is a complex living system and healthy technique is the key to lifelong enjoyment. Let our instructors guide you on your journey of expression and discovery.

  • Drums


    The drum kit is an energetic instrument that cultivates precise playing and strong music fundamentals. Learn to create fun and complex beats while developing healthy technique.

  • From classic to contemporary pieces, our instructors will help you master the bowing and finger technique needed to excel at playing the violin.

Welcoming you to music lessons in Rochester, Minnesota!

The Rochester Academy Of Music is the most complete music school in Rochester, Minnesota. We teach almost 200 students in a week, ranging in age from 4 to adults. If you want to learn an instrument, the chances are we teach it; we offer piano, guitar, drums, brass, woodwinds, voice, and ukulele for starters! We do this all in one location in NE Rochester.

We have the distinct honor to be endorsed by world-famous flutist Sir James Galway. Owner/flutist Cathy Arhelger knows him personally because he reviewed her “Rejoice!” CD in 2008. He was delighted to write a letter of endorsement for the accomplishments he knows our students are achieving.


We offer private/one-on-one music lessons to get the most our of your lesson time.

Why is Rochester Academy of Music the #1 choice for music lessons in southeastern Minnesota? Because RAM offers much, much MORE than other music schools in the area! We offer you:

  • MORE instruments. No other music lesson provider teaches as many instruments as we do! With over twenty different instruments, you’re sure to find a good match. Our versatile faculty can teach you or your child: piano, voice, guitar, drum set, bass  guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, band percussion, banjo and mandolin.  
  • MORE lesson days to choose from. RAM is the ONLY music school that’s open seven days a week. We’re open on Saturdays and Sundays, in addition to weekdays, to fit your busy schedule.
  • MORE student recognition. We are the ONLY music school in southeastern Minnesota licensed to use the new, cutting-edge Musical Ladder System ®. Every three months, all of  our students take a test with their teacher for cool awards such as certificates, wristbands and trophies. All included in tuition! 
  • MORE  learning opportunities. We are the ONLY music lesson provider in the area authorized to offer free, unlimited, one-hour music enrichment classes for when  students have to miss a regular, weekly lesson. Students may even make up their lessons before they go on vacation!
  • MORE ways to take lessons. Going away on vacation, or moving out of state? No problem! Take lessons via the latest technology. Skype or FaceTime are viable options ONLY at Rochester Academy of Music.
  • MORE safety. For your peace of mind, we are the SAFEST music school in the area! All teachers undergo a state, federal and national sex offender background check, in addition to a Social Security number verification. We have installed observation windows in each studio door. We have gone to the extent of installing  a security camera in each studio, with the monitor in the lobby for you to watch

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long-term contract. 

It’s easy to take the first step. Enrollment is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff at the front desk seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no semester minimums. 

Lessons are first come, first served, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson! Call or stop in person to pick a day and time for weekly lessons, set up billing on a credit card and sign the paperwork. 

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