The academy is under the direction of Northwestern State music faculty Dr. John Price and Dr. Francis Yang and offers piano, guitar, percussion and voice lessons for students from age six as well as adults. Lessons are taught face to face or online. Teachers at the academy are graduate and undergraduate music students studying at Northwestern State University.
Piano teachers are David Paz, Hannah Potter, Karla Gonzalez and Kamryn Purdue. Naydu Daza Maya is teaching guitar and Jackson Forester is teaching percussion. Valentina Alvarez and Ella Castro are the voice teachers.
Last semester, students performed in an end-of-semester spring recital in Magale Recital Hall. Many students also performed in the inaugural NSU Music Festival held in February. This semester, students have the opportunity to perform in a Monster Concert during Halloween season and a Christmas Concert. Students in past years also participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival, the Central Music Teachers’ Association Sonatina Festival and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Upper Elementary Auditions.