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February 2024 Newsletter

Update From Director John Dewey!



Read the latest update from Director John Dewey:



Happy February, Academy families!


February wasn’t just about love songs; it was also about sweet treats! We wrapped up our “Guess the # of Candy Hearts” contest with a grand prize win for Hannah! Congratulations, Hannah!

We’ll be announcing our Spring Recital dates soon. This is your chance to witness the magic of music firsthand as our students showcase their talent and dedication.

Don’t miss it!


Know someone who’s been itching to learn an instrument? Share the love and refer them to our academy! We offer a variety of instruments and programs for all ages and skill levels.

Remember, music enriches lives, sparks creativity, and builds confidence.

Let’s keep the love for music strong this February and beyond!


Okemos Music Academy is the only music school in Greater Lansing that gives its students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets, trophies, AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®.
Find out more about the Musical Ladder System® at or contact the office staff at 517-664-1110!


Please welcome our new students who registered in January!

Hannah K.

Annette A.

Connor K.

Shloka N.

Kristen L.

Clint C.

Skyler L.

Dawit K.

Mateo S.

Caroline D.

Maewynn F.

Louis C.

Cecilia K.

Serene R.

Austin A.

Alaya A.

Dayton H.

Jeffrey C.

Henry M.

Itzal T.

Sema M.

Louisa B.

Mariam A.

Sema M.

Indumathy J.

Collin P.

Nicholas B.

Katelyn H.

Emma B.

Nicholas B.

Trevor H.

Hattie S.

Aria M.

Madon C.

John A.

Welcome and thank you for being a part of Okemos Music Academy!


“I have nothing but great things to say about Okemos Music Academy!”

-Aravind Madishetty, Okemos, MI 2/3/2024

“It was great! She had such a good time and I think it’s going to be a really good fit for her!”

-Emily Dawson, East Lansing, MI 1/25/2024

“I really enjoy having Matt as my instructor, we’ve been learning lots of new music and he’s been very helpful when I’ve been learning it. He’s also been very helpful with preparing me for the upcoming recital and making sure I’m ready to play the song.

Thank you!”

-Zoey McArdle, Okemos, MI 1/20/2024

“We love Okemos Music Academy! Staff is always professional, helpful, and friendly. We feel at home every week we go to our lessons. My children love their teachers and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. If you are looking for a great place for music lessons, this is it!”

-Janet Lee, Okemos, MI, 1/20/2024

“My daughter enjoyed performing in the Recitals.  Her first Recital experience was great.  Thank you!”

-Kelly Chase, Webberville, MI 1/20/2024


Thank you to all who have provided us with feedback about your lessons. We appreciate you being a part of our academy!

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day, or time, please contact any of our office staff team, and they can add you to the waiting list.  



Gerardo de la Torre: Wednesday: 2 Spots Left

Shelly Gleason: Wednesday: 1 Spot Left

Catharine Harrell: SOLD OUT

Amanda Laming: Saturday: 5 Spots Left



Jacob Hampton: Wednesdays: 5 Spots Left

Steve Pinckney: SOLD OUT

Jim Pinckney: Tuesday: 2 Spots Left

Matt Poirier: Friday: 1 Spot Left

Sebastian Quesada: Tuesday: 2 Spots Left

Adam Meinerding: Thursday: 1 Spot Left



Kathy Yun: Friday: 3 Spots Left

Shelby Host: Wednesday: 4 Spots Left

Gahyung Kim: Wednesday: 3 Spots Left

Susan Froman: Thursday: 1 Spot Left

Christian Clark: Monday: 5 Spots Left

Fred Issac: Saturday: 2 Spots Left

Lily Chen: Saturday: 4 Spots Left



Geoff Lewis: Monday: 1 Spot Left

Kayden Spring: Saturdays: 4 Spots Left


STRINGS (Violin/Viola):

Farangiz Takhirova: Sunday: 4 Spots Left

Peter Kent: Thursday: 4 Spots Left 


WOODWINDS (Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute):

Gary Clavette: Wednesday: 1 Spot Left

John Khaydarov: Monday: 1 Spot Left


BRASS (Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet):

Joe Schmidt: Tuesday: 2 Spots Left

Upcoming Dates


Sunday, March 31st, 2024


Memorial Day-CLOSED

Monday, May 27th, 2024


Spring Recitals

TBD in June 2024


Ready to start? You have nothing to lose.
Sign-up 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 serve, so visit and select “Register Now”, or contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

Lessons are available seven days a week and are scheduled once a week.
A one-time registration fee of $30 per student (maximum $60 per family) is due only at the time of registration.

Lesson & Office Hours
10:30am – 8:30pm
12:30pm – 7:00pm
9:00am – 3:00pm
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Okemos Music Academy
2220 University Park Dr.
Okemos, MI 48864