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A student of ours was recently awarded a music scholarship by the University of Minnesota.  In response, the parent wrote: "Thank you for giving her such a strong foundation to further develop her skills." 


Studio Location, Hours and Learning Resources


We are located in Apple Valley, MN near the intersection of Pilot Knob Road and County Road 42.  Studio hours are 8:30 AM to 8 PM Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday-Sunday.  Closed Fridays during the Summer Session.


We have a comfortable, inviting music learning center with two spacious studios (not cramped cubicles), extensive music library, computers with widescreen HD monitors, and quality speakers for audio/visual music training.  


Artist-Quality Studio Pianos


The head instructor teaches on a beautiful acoustic grand piano, whose American-style design produces a warm, rich tone. The key action was upgraded by a master technician, allowing his students to learn refined control of volume and tone, leading to a high level of musical expression.


Beginners use a high-end digital mini-grand that some new customers mistake for an acoustic piano. Its lighter keys, which are easier on young fingers, provide a superb touch response that rivals many consumer acoustics.


Top 10 Reasons to Take Piano or Guitar Lessons from Us


Our studio has produced virtuoso performers and college scholarship winners. 

Free prizes and incentives that motivate younger students to practice. 

Free hot and cold beverages, including premium-quality espresso, cappuccinos and lattes.

Free Wi-Fi access for smart phones and tablet computers.

Free custom learning materials for piano created by our head teacher, that you can't find in stores or on the Internet.  These include custom-created sheet music, scale and chord charts, and music theory/history handouts, which are not available in stores or on the Internet.

Free abridged (not simplified) arrangements of concert piano music, so you can sound like a virtuoso without spending months learning long pieces.

Catalog of rarely played/published piano music treasures you can download for free from the Internet. Many offer children the opportunity to play classical music without being overwhelmed by technical difficulties.

Comprehensive musical training that includes technique, musicianship interpretation, theory, and ear training.  We also offer a course in composition, arranging and improvisation for advanced students.

Unique note-recognition flashcard software, written by our head teacher.

Piano skill testing by grade level for students/parents who request it.


Lesson Formats and Performance Opportunities


Standard lessons are private for a single student, 30 minutes per week.  Longer sessions for two siblings can also be scheduled at a discounted rate.


Formal recitals are held at venues with a professional-grade/concert grand piano.  We also arrange performances in the studio with other students and their families as an audience.  Performers earn points towards prizes.




Testimonial of an Amazing Transformation

Letters from Students and Parents

More Letters from Students and Parents

Piano Buying Guide

Essential Piano Accessories


Registration for Lessons


If you're interested in lesson enrollment, please fill out the appropriate form below.  Each PDF is fillable with a computer by typing in the blank fields, and can be emailed to us as an attachment.  Or, you can mail it.  Both addresses on located at the top of the form. 


Piano Student Registration Form

Guitar Student Registration Form




1. PDF reader software is required on your computer to access the forms. 


2. Some Internet browsers display the form in read-only mode, which you cannot fill in.  If so, save the PDF file to your computer hard drive first by clicking on the download icon at the top of the form.  It should then appear in your browser file download list (double-click to open it there), or you can search for it on your computer as:


PianoForm.pdf OR GuitarForm.pdf


Once opened on your computer/hard drive, it can be filled in and saved.


The form must be received before scheduling a regular or introductory lesson.


 What Do Lessons Cost?


To maintain competitive confidentiality, we do not publish our lesson rates on the Internet.  For a fast quote, please call 952-322-4329.  Or, you can text the following information:

  1. The name of the parent/guardian

  2. The age of the student

  3. The student's instrument: indicate piano or guitar.  For guitar, tell us the type (acoustic steel-string, acoustic nylon-string, electric/amplified)

  4. The style of music the student wants to learn (pop, rock/lead, classical, blues, jazz, etc.).  Providing a few examples of song titles with the name of the composer or artist is also helpful.

You should receive a reply to your text within a few hours. 


Special Articles on the Piano


The Inside Story of the Piano

Piano Tone Production Theory

(These articles explain many technical terms used in those below)

How to Use the Piano's 3 Pedals

How to Improve the Sound of Your Piano

Piano Tuning: The Key to Beautiful Tone


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Customer Service Contact information


Contact Apple Valley Piano and Guitar Academy,

Apple Valley, Minnesota


Call or Text: 952-322-4329

E-mail: info @ AVGuitarAcademy . com


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Privacy Statement


All information we obtain from customers in order to conduct our music lesson business and process payments is kept confidential.  We do not sell e-mail or postal addresses of our customers to any other party.


Payment, Cancellation, Return and Refund Policies


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We are located in Apple Valley, MN, and serve the following South of the River communities: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cannon Falls, Coates, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Farmington, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, New Market, Northfield, Owatonna, Prior Lake, Rosemount, and Webster




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