Music Academy

NDSU Music Academy

Laura Kellogg
We are excited to continue another year of music-making at the NDSU Music Academy! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all lessons for the 2020 Fall Session will be taught remotely only

We feel this will be a great opportunity to enrich our community by educating students young and old about music and the fine arts. Please contact us for more information about lesson availability or other questions you may have concerning the Academy. We look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Laura Kellogg
Music Academy Director

Notable News


The NDSU Music Academy is a non-degree organization that provides a high quality music education to students from age four years through adult. The Academy allows students to work at their own pace in an encouraging environment. We also provide opportunities for students to perform and interact with each other in a non-competitive atmosphere. The instructors at the Academy are highly qualified NDSU graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in music education, music performance, and conducting. The NDSU Music Academy is housed at Peace Lutheran Church (1011 12th Avenue N, Fargo, ND).

Summer Session 2020

Registration Opens - Returning Students May 1
Registration Opens - New Students May 6
Lessons Begin June 2
Fourth of July Break - No Lessons July 1-7
Lessons Resume July 8
Last Day of Lessons July 30

Fall Session 2020

Registration Opens - Returning Students Aug 3
Registration Opens - New Students Aug 7
Lessons Begin Sept. 8
Thanksgiving Break - No Lessons Nov. 23-27
Last Day of Lessons Dec. 14
Recital - Due to current gathering restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Music Academy will not be offering a fall recital. N/A

Pay tuition online

30 minute lessons

  • Fall (13 lessons): $247.00
  • Spring (15 lessons): $285.00
  • Full School Year (29 lessons): $551.00
  • Summer (8 lessons): $152.00

45 minute lessons

  • Fall (13 lessons): $370.50
  • Spring (15 lessons): $427.50
  • Full School Year (29 lessons): $826.00
  • Summer (8 lessons): $228.00

60 minute lessons

  • Fall (13 lessons): $494.00
  • Spring (15 lessons): $570.00
  • Full School Year (29 lessons): $1102.00
  • Summer (8 lessons): $304.00

Prorated Fee

  • $19.00 for 30 minute lesson
  • $28.50 for 45 minute lesson
  • $38.00 for 60 minute lesson

(Summer lessons offered only by specific teachers, check with your teacher to see about availability in the summer.)


There is a $20 registration fee per student for first time registration only

After registering, we will contact you to schedule your weekly lesson time. Once we have found a time that works for your lesson, please pay your new student registration fee of $20 online through our website within 48 hours. When we have received your new student fee, we will reserve your lesson time. If the new student fee is not received within 48 hours, the lesson time that was agreed upon will become available for other students to reserve.


Once you have registered, you may pay in full or make two payments per semester for the fall and spring semesters. Payment is due before the first lesson. Lessons will not begin until payment has been received. If paying twice per semester, the second payment is due during the seventh week of the semester. Payment can be made in the form of check or credit card. Checks should be made out to NDSU. Summer session payment is due in full before the first lesson.

Make-up lessons

There will be the option of making up one lesson each semester for excused absences. An absence will be counted as excused when the teacher is notified at least one week prior to the missed lesson. If a student is ill, the teacher must be notified by phone a minimum of two hours prior to the lesson. If the teacher was not notified prior to the absence, the lesson will be counted as unexcused and will not be rescheduled. All make up lessons will take place during normal Academy hours.


Academy students are expected to:

  1. keep a regular practice schedule as specified by their instructor
  2. attend all lessons and recital in which they are enrolled
  3. bring instrument, music and all lesson materials to each lesson

Building Policies

Peace Lutheran Church has graciously opened their facility for Academy use, we wish to keep their building in good order and respect their property. The Sunday school wing is the only place students and parents will be allowed to wait in the building. An adult must accompany students at all times. Students may not wait outside of the building for any reason and must remain in the Sunday school wing. Our building host will greet you at the door and escort you to the Sunday school wing. Please use the west door located by the parking lot.

Student Dismissal

Students who are not meeting the expectations listed above may be dismissed at any time with tuition forfeited.

Cancellation of lessons

Lesson cancelled by the instructor will be made up at the earliest convenience of both parties. The Music Academy will only cancel lessons due to bad weather if NDSU cancels events for that day. Check the NDSU website,, for cancellation information. We will not follow public school or Peace Lutheran cancellations.If a student decides to cancel due to bad weather, the instructor is not obligated to make up the absence.

Withdrawing from lessons requires written notification to the Academy office. If written notification is not received, students will still be considered officially enrolled and charged accordingly for tuition.


After the first payment has been received, students are obligated to pay for that half of the semester. If a student has paid in full for the semester and does not continue lessons in the second half of the semester, a refund will be given for the second half of the semester.

Late Arrival

Students are expected to arrive on time and be ready for their lesson to begin at the specified time. Instructors will wait 15 minutes before assuming the student will be absent for the lesson. Instructors are not required to make up lost time. However, if an instructor is late they will arrange to make up the lost time.

Please fill out this registration form for NEW students only. If you have previously taken lessons through the Music Academy, you will receive an email with returning student registration information on August 1, 2021.

Registration for New Students Fall 2021

Registration for new students begins August 6, 2021

Scholarships for students are available on the basis of need through Excite Music FM.