Performance opportunities for young musicians as well as the ability to serve the community are just some of the many benefits of the Southwestern Music Academy.

This fully accredited music preparatory program provides children and young adults with the quality instruction in piano or violin through weekly private lessons in a Christian environment. Registration for new students opens Jan. 11.

Jill Sprenger, acting chair of piano in the music school, started the music academy to help her own master’s and doctoral music students gain experience in music pedagogy, or teaching.

The music academy also functions as a medium for these Southwesterners to form relationships with their students, giving them a chance to minister one-on-one with the young musicians, says Sprenger.

Students work toward two formal annual recitals, each one planned for May and December. A more casual “Creative Concert” takes place in the fall and a master-class opportunity is also available for intermediate and advanced students in the spring.
The recitals are given in Reynolds Auditorium of Cowden Hall, providing the students with the opportunity to play in an academic and professional venue.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the student’s pursuit of their instrument through the classes at the academy, and these parents are coached through the program on how to help their child succeed.

For more information on fees and registration, contact Jill Sprenger at 817-923-1921, ext. 3241, or by e-mail at