College of Visual and Performing Arts

Private Music Instruction

The IPFW Community Arts Academy offers private music instruction for children and adults; instruction may begin at any time of year. Private music instruction students must register each semester or prior to their first lesson if starting mid-semester. Monthly payments are available. Contact Melinda Haines for more information or to register at 260-481-6059 or

Current CAA Classes

Click to view the listing of CAA classes in art, dance, music and theatre, all held on the campus of IPFW for students in pre-K through grade12! Call 260-481-6059 or click to register.

Arts Classes for Adults

If you are an adult searching for instruction in art, dance, theatre or music, please note that while the CAA does offer private music instruction in voice and many instruments for adults, the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies offers many personal enrichment classes in art, dance, theatre and more. To find out more about these classes, please visit their web site for details.



The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

NGCAE Logo_ColorThe Community Arts Academy is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all.

Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the IPFW Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.

Parental Supervision Statement

IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.

Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults

The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The IPFW Community Arts Academy abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here:






Online Payments for Private Music Instruction Available


Monthly payments for CAA private music instruction should be made online by the first of the month by clicking here. Instructions for use may be downloaded here. Before using the system for the first time, please email Melinda Haines to confirm your lesson length and rate. New students must register over the phone or in person prior to their first lesson.

Private Instruction Schedule

Spring/summer classes run January 1 through August 31, 2018.

Fall classes run September 1 through December 31, 2018

Students may enter into instruction at any time of year.

CAA Piano and Violin Recitals for Spring 2018

  • The CAA spring violin recital is scheduled for Monday, May 21, at 6pm (time subject to slight change), in Rhinehart Recital Hall.
  • The CAA spring piano recital is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Rhinehart Recital Hall. The time slot is early- to mid-afternoon, and there may be two recitals depending on the number of students participating; please see your CAA piano instructor for more information. The rehearsals for this recital are scheduled for Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, at 2pm, and all students who plan to take part in the recital must attend one of the rehearsals.

These recitals feature the students of all CAA piano instructors and are free and open to the public.

Private Music Instruction for Ages 3 Through Adult!

New and returning students must register and pay prior to the start of each semester. Online monthly payments are available for returning students; new students should call Melinda Haines at 260-481-6059 to register or for instructor information. Lessons are available in 15-, 30-, 45- and 60-minute increments; please discuss the appropriate length and number of lessons with your instructor prior to registering.


  • IPFW Music Department faculty
  • Professional community musicians
  • Selected IPFW students
  • For a detailed listing of current instructors, click here and then choose the Music Instructors tab at the top of the page.

Lessons Available:

  • Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone and Other Woodwinds
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Tuba and Other Brass
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass and Other Strings
  • Voice
  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Call if your instrument is not listed!

For information about or to register for private music instruction or classes, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact CAA director Melinda Haines at 260-481-6059 or

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