Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than any other for education”.

You will find many music teachers who would agree with him. Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain simultaneously, a fact that makes it valuable in all areas of development. Music affects brain growth academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

We as humans are naturally born as musical and rhythmical. Even those who say they cannot hold a tune or sing off-key, have a musical and rhythmical intelligence. We live in a universe where rhythm and beat are intrinsically embedded in our lives. Recent research is just now beginning to show the profound affects of music on learning and our lives.

At the Fox River Academy, we are proud of the many dynamic, passionate, and experienced educators we have as part of our faculty.

Music Departments

Guitar Department

Guitar is one of the most popular instrument choices at the Fox River Academy. We offer lessons in acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar.


Piano Department

Private piano sessions involve establishing a solid foundation in rhythm, pitch, ear training, and coordination/technique, as well as keyboard geography and music reading.


Voice Department

Whether you are a beginner, solo singer, member of a choir, or want to participate in your school’s musical, our private voice lessons can help you reach your goals.


Strings Department

We currently teach violin, viola, and string bass. Classical training is offered for violin/viola, as well as a Suzuki violin program for parents who prefer the Suzuki approach.


Woodwinds Department

The Fox River Academy Woodwinds Department provides high level professional musical training to our community through a fun and nurturing learning environment.


Harp Department

For many instruments (violin, for instance) it may take years to develop a pleasing tone. With the harp, you will often have more immediate results.



Students learn several areas of percussion studies (standard, jazz, Latin, etc) reinforced with basic concepts such as rudiments, sight-reading, ear training, and improvisation.


Bass Guitar

String bass lessons focus on traditional classical styles, or jazz studies and give instruction on  lead sheet reading, improvisation, and scale techniques.


Suzuki Music Program

Our Suzuki programs have a weekly group class as well as a weekly private lesson, which develops ensemble skills and nurtures a mutual respect for each other as musicians.