A provider of personalized, positive music lessons and programs

Crescendo Academy of Music provides private and group instruction for instrumental and vocal music to all who are interested. Through scholarships, an instrument loan program, and more, we make music accessible to everyone. Our music lessons and classes are taught by professional teaching artists and performers in Southwest Michigan who are dedicated to every students’ musical growth and enjoyment.


We provide music lessons and instruction for the following areas of focus:


Check back frequently to see all the latest happenings at Crescendo

With recitals, performances, and more, Crescendo Academy of Music has events running year-round. We update our calendar every month with opportunities to see our live events, so everyone, including our students and their parents, can be active members of the music community.

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    Monthly Crescendo Fiddlers Club meeting

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Monthly academic-year fiddle classes meet the second Saturday of the month from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Jill & Dan Christian Large Ensemble room at Crescendo.

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    Student Recital

    2:00 PM-4:00 PM

    2:00 pm
    Greenwood Reformed Church
    1815 Winton Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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    Piano Guys at Miller Auditorium

    7:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Crescendo student/teaching artists will perform on stage with the Piano Guys.

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    Strings Workshop and Masterclass

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Crescendo presents a special workshop and masterclass for violinists and violists

    2:00-3:45: Exploration of left hand techniques and methods, presented by violinists Sophie Petroski and Michelle Bessemer
    4:00-5:00 Masterclass with violist Nicholas Jeffery

    This special event is FREE for Crescendo students; only $10 for non-Crescendo students

    Contact the office to register: 269-345-6664 or

Latest News

Fall Music Together registration is open!
August 2, 2022

Registration is OPEN for fall Music Together classes! Join us for 10 weeks of Mixed Ages, Babies, and Rhythm Kids family classes.

Financial Aid Available
July 26, 2022

Crescendo is now accepting applications for financial aid for the 2022-2023 school year. Needs-based aid is available for all private lessons and group classes. Submit your application by August 14 for full consideration.

Join the Crescendo Fiddlers this Summer!
June 1, 2022

It’s time for summer Crescendo Fiddler signup! Join Director Joanna Steinhauser weekly to learn folk fiddle music from various cultures, including Celtic, American, Canadian, Scandinavian, and Chinese styles. The Crescendo Fiddlers also perform throughout the summer at regional folk music festivals,


To provide individualized music instruction in a positive and supportive atmosphere to all persons regardless of age, ability or income.