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Discover why Greenwich Arts Academy is Lower Fairfield County's #1 choice for music lessons for so many families.

"Greenwich Arts Academy not only made me love music, but made me want to teach it."
Athena, 16, Stamford, CT
"...I feel like we are opening up music as a lifelong pursuit."
Donna M. Volpitta, Ed.D, Pound Ridge, NY
"I would very highly recommend working with Greenwich Arts Academy..."
Liz DeWinter, San Mateo, CA
"... [my teacher] has made it easy to understand..."
Logan, 17, Old Greenwich, CT
"Thank you for making it look so easy, painless, and FUN!"
Ariane Herne, Old Greenwich, CT
“You have a gift, and we feel so lucky you have shared it with our children.”
Craig and Lynette Renfer, Walnut Creek, CA
"Mr Michael allows his students to choose the music they want to learn."
Delaney, 17, Old Greenwich, CT
"A great experience."
Noah, 11, Westport CT
Greenwich Arts Academy is an official Family Safety Plan School.

We are an Official Family Safety Plan Music School!

In order to keep our students, staff, and teachers safe, we have implemented the Family Safety Plan in our school! This includes glass windows on lesson rooms to foster transparency between teachers and parents, full-time office staff so that students and teachers are never left unsupervised, requiring extensive background checks of all of our teachers and staff, security cameras in all rooms, and an open-door policy for parents, which means that they’re always invited to sit in on their child’s lessons. Learn more at FamilySafetyPlan.org.

Ari loves to learn Music at Greenwich Arts Academy

Greenwich Arts Academy is one of the largest music schools in the state of Connecticut. Students from Westport to Rye and Pound Ridge to Stamford take lessons with us. We have served hundreds of families for the past 15 years here in CT, offering lessons ages 4 to adult in piano, voice, singing, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, songwriting, GarageBand music production, as well as audition preparation services.

Benji studies piano at Greenwich Arts Academy
Jane studies voice and singing at Greenwich Arts Academy
Harry studies bass at Greenwich Arts Academy
Joey studies bass at Greenwich Arts Academy
Blanco studies ukulele at Greenwich Arts Academy
Omi studies drums at Greenwich Arts Academy
Horace studies songwriting at Greenwich Arts Academy
Athena studies music production with GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy
Anna preps for her auditions at Greenwich Arts Academy
Music FunTime at Greenwich Arts Academy
Benji studies piano at Greenwich Arts Academy
Jane studies voice and singing at Greenwich Arts Academy
Harry studies bass at Greenwich Arts Academy
Joey studies bass at Greenwich Arts Academy
Blanco studies ukulele at Greenwich Arts Academy
Omi studies drums at Greenwich Arts Academy
Horace studies songwriting at Greenwich Arts Academy
Athena studies music production with GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy
Anna preps for her auditions at Greenwich Arts Academy
Music FunTime at Greenwich Arts Academy
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14.5 Benefits of becoming an Academy student:

people playing music at Greenwich Arts Academy
kids playing music at Greenwich Arts Academy

1. Piano, Voice, Singing, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Songwriting, GarageBand lessons, Audition Preparation services and LED monitors for your favorite mobile device in each room!

We are one of the only schools in Lower Fairfield County that offers all of these popular instruments and areas of study: Piano, Voice, Singing, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Songwriting, GarageBand, and Audition Prep year-round and in ONE location. We have installed $10000 worth of LED monitors and other electronics in each teaching room, so that you can bring your iPhone, iPad or any mobile device to give you the BEST music lesson experience in Lower Fairfield County that no one else can offer.

Hayley learns Piano at Greenwich Arts Academy

2. The most qualified teaching faculty in the Greenwich area.

All our music teachers have either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. We are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the  style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

Athena learns to sing at Greenwich Arts Academy

3. A wide range of music lesson times available six days a week!

We are one of the only music schools in Lower Fairfield County that offers music lessons six days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays

kids playing music at Greenwich Arts AcademyMadri passes her test at Greenwich Arts Academy

4. A proven track record of excellence since 1992.

Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it's closed. The Academy has a proven track record of offering quality music, piano, voice, singing, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, songwriting, GarageBand, and audition prep lessons in Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by over 1,000 families, first in California from 1992-2003, then in and around Greenwich for over fifteen years.

Athena learns to sing at Greenwich Arts Academy

5. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients.

With over 1,000 square feet, our atrium is the most spacious and parent friendly waiting area in the Greenwich and Stamford area.

Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parents' lounge with comfortable chairs, kids' toys, Wi-Fi, magazines and bottled water service. We also provide large observation windows on every door so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

kids playing music at Greenwich Arts AcademyMadri passes her test at Greenwich Arts Academy

6. The most technologically advanced music lessons in Greenwich!

Technology is a big part of lessons at the Greenwich Arts Academy. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, Zoom, and more. Feel free to "Bring Your Own Device" to your lesson in addition to your instrument!

Athena learns to sing at Greenwich Arts Academy

One of the things that has really set us apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our curricula to incorporate them where appropriate. By doing so, our students never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. It's a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we're providing a cutting-edge lesson experience in the Greenwich area.

6. The most technologically advanced and fully-stocked music lesson rooms in the Greenwich area!

Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.

Technology is a big part of lessons at the Greenwich Arts Academy, and we have installed LED monitors with Mac Minis in every lesson room. The monitors have cables that can attach to iPods, iPads, laptops, etc. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, Zoom, Muzie, and more. Feel free to "Bring Your Own Device" to your lesson in addition to your instrument! No other school in Lower Fairfield County offers this level of technology.

One of the things that has really set us apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our curricula to incorporate them where appropriate. By doing so, our students never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. It's a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we're providing a cutting-edge lesson experience in the Greenwich and Stamford area.

Benji learns GarageBand at Greenwich Arts AcademyAthena learns to produce music with GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy.Kids learn GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy
Greenwich Arts Academy Director Mr Michael performs at our Concert in January, 2019

7. Music recitals in beautiful local venues.

We are one of the only music schools in Greenwich that offers biannual recitals with a grand Steinway or Yamaha piano in first-class venues.

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.

In June and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these in lovely spaces with world class acoustics, such as the First Congregational Church in Stamford or St. Paul Lutheran in Westport.

Athena performs "Come Out and Play" at our Concert in January, 2019

For your child, the Greenwich Arts Academy recital experience will be low-stress and high-reward. Many music schools don't adequately rehearse their students, leaving  them prone to stage-fright and the kinds of bad experiences some of us remember from when we were kids. Our students prepare for four to six weeks -- when it's their turn to play, they're ready, and steady. In fact, our recitals are so well-rehearsed and our young and not-so-young performers so professional, that we don't even call our shows "recitals"... they're concerts.

Unlike many schools in Greenwich we do not charge admission or sell tickets to our concerts -- there is only a small participation fee per student. You are encouraged to bring your family and friends to the show for free to share in the fun!

Greenwich Arts Academy Director Mr Michael performs at our Concert in January, 2019.
Athena learns to produce music with GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy.
Athena performs "Come Out and Play" at our Concert in January, 2019.

7. Music recitals in beautiful local venues.

We are one of the only music schools in the Greenwich area that offers biannual recitals with a grand Steinway or Yamaha piano in first-class venues.

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worthwhile is to have their child participate in a recital.

In January and June many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these in lovely spaces with world class acoustics, such as the First Congregational Church in Stamford or St. Paul Lutheran in Westport.

For your child, the Greenwich Arts Academy recital experience will be low-stress and high-reward. Many music schools don't adequately rehearse their students, leaving them prone to stage-fright and the kinds of bad experiences some of us remember from when we were kids. Our students prepare for four to six weeks -- when it's their turn to play, they're ready, and steady. In fact, our recitals are so well-rehearsed and our young and not-so-young performers so professional, that we don't even call our shows "recitals"... they're concerts.

Unlike most schools in the Greenwich area, we do not charge admission or sell tickets to our concerts -- there is only a small participation fee per student. You are encouraged to bring your family and friends to the show for free to share in the fun!

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The stage awaits at Greenwich Arts Academy

8. Audition Preparation Services.

One of the benefits of living in Fairfield and Westchester Counties is the proximity to great arts programs. It also means that standards are high and competition is fierce. Whether you are auditioning for the middle- or high-school musical, for any of the many excellent local or regional theater groups, or competing to get into an excellent conservatory or university music program, being cool and well-prepared is key. We are proud to offer this vital service to performers of all backgrounds in the Greenwich area.

Awesome Musical Ladder trophies at Greenwich Arts Academy

9. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.

We are the only music school in Greenwich that gives its students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids  and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical  tests.

Bobby and his Musical Ladder wristbands

Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder®” wristbands and trophies that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder® is a unique method of music education and Greenwich Arts Academy is one of the few schools on the East Coast that offers it.

Sue and her Musical Ladder wristbands

More importantly, when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder® here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

Bobby and his Musical Ladder WristbandsEarn cool Musical Ladder trophies at Greenwich Arts Academy.comEarn cool Musical Ladder wristbands at Greenwich Arts Academy!

9. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.

We are the only music school in the Greenwich and Stamford area that gives its students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical  tests.

Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder®” wristbands and trophies that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder® is a unique method of music education and Greenwich Arts Academy is one of the few schools on the East Coast that offers it.

More importantly, when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder® here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

Athena learns GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy

10. GarageBand and Songwriting lessons.

Greenwich Arts Academy is the only music school in Greenwich offering training on GarageBand, which is included free with most Apple desktop and laptop computers. Does your child sit in front of the computer stringing loops together, then wondering what to do next?C'mon, we all know it happens -- the daughter of the director of the Academy was creating and recording her own songs when she was five! (That's her working in Mr Michael's studio, by the way.)

Kids learn GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy

We can help your child take that budding creative streak and give it focus. Some of our students study composition; some study songwriting, or beat-creation, or improvisation. The results speak for themselves.

10. GarageBand and Songwriting lessons.

Greenwich Arts Academy is the only music school in the Greenwich and Stamford area offering training on GarageBand, which is included free with most Apple desktop and laptop computers. Does your child sit in front of the computer stringing loops together, then wondering what to do next? C'mon, we all know it happens -- the daughter of the director of the Academy was creating and recording her own songs when she was five! (That's her working in Mr Michael's studio, by the way.)

We can help your child take that budding creative streak and give it focus. Some of our students study composition; some study songwriting, or beat-creation, or improvisation. The results speak for themselves.

Benji learns GarageBand at Greenwich Arts AcademyHarry learns to write music at Greenwich Arts Academy.Kids learn GarageBand at Greenwich Arts Academy
George studies piano  at Greenwich Arts Academy

11. Early morning and lunchtime lessons for home-schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.

Since we are one of the largest music schools in the state of Connecticut, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 8 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

Picture Day  at Greenwich Arts Academy

12. Picture Day.

We are the only music school in the Greenwich area that offers a picture day for their students.

Every Spring and Fall we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. This is a service that our students' parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

See Broadway shows with your friends from Greenwich Arts Academy

13. Really. Cool. Field Trips.

A couple of times a year, the Academy invites students (and parents) to come on field trips to a variety of local or regional arts performances or other presentations. Every care is taken to make the experience smooth and fun, from tickets to meals to transportation.

The stage awaits you with your friends from Greenwich Arts Academy

Students and parents ride in style to the venue in a private Limo Bus, enjoy a meal and a world-class performance on a renowned stage such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, or any number of world-famous stages on Broadway -- then return home tired and inspired.

We are proud to offer our Greenwich families unique and amazing outings like this!

Ride a carriage in Times Square with your friends from Greenwich Arts Academyawesome trips to Broadway with Greenwich Arts Academythe stage awaits at Greenwich Arts Academy

13. Really. Cool. Field Trips.

A couple of times a year, the Academy invites students (and parents) to come on field trips to a variety of local or regional arts performances or other presentations. Every care is taken to make the experience smooth and fun, from tickets to meals to transportation.

Students and parents ride in style to the venue in a private Limo Bus, enjoy a meal and a world-class performance on a renowned stage such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, or any number of world-famous stages on Broadway -- then return home tired and inspired.

We are proud to offer our Lower Fairfield County families unique and amazing outings like this!

Miguel learns guitar at Greenwich Arts Academy

14. Month-to-Month lessons.

The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose, as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long-term contract.

We help get kids off their phones at Greenwich Arts Academy

14.5. Just imagine how it could be...

Painless music lessons.

Happy kids, with...

Better grades.

More self-confidence.

More self-discipline.

More self-worth.

'Nuff said.

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Meet the Director

The  ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. The Greenwich Arts Academy has made substantial investments in our methods and faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy.

If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a musician, songwriter and music professor, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help Greenwich area students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.

Michael Hienzsch,Founder and Director
Greenwich Arts Academy

Our Students love performing in Lower Fairfield County's beautiful venues.

Every parent wants to know how their child is progressing. That’s why, twice a year, we present our Red Carpet recitals in professional recital halls equipped with a Steinway grand piano. Bring your family and friends to share in the fun.

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It's easy to take the first step.

Ready to start? You have nothing to lose.

Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with a kind, helpful person to answer the phone seven days a week. We are here 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 fees, and no semester minimums.

Lessons are first-come, first-serve, so contact us today to arrange for your first lesson!

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$60.00 / 30 minutes, billed monthly

Lessons are available six days a week, and scheduled once a week.
A one-time registration fee of $35 is due at the time of registration.
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