Hollins Academy of Music

Academy of Music

Offering group and individual lessons to students of all ages and skills.

The goal of the Hollins Academy of Music is to provide our students with a strong musical education in a community atmosphere. We have a beautiful campus setting and several piano studios equipped with two pianos per studio.

What We Offer

  • Student recitals in Talmadge Hall
  • Presser Hall practice rooms
  • Rath Library and Listening Center, with its comprehensive collection of scores, reference works, and recordings
  • Opportunities to perform in master classes and group lessons
  • Community and out-of-town musical contacts
  • Performances in area and state auditions for qualified students
  • College placement advising
  • Periodic progress and repertoire reports



For purposes of placement and scheduling, we need prospective students to interview and audition. An audition fee of $10.00 is payable at the time of the audition to the teacher who conducts it.

Intermediate and advanced students should play recently learned pieces and perform brief sight-reading exercises. We also encourage you to list your previous music studies.

To audition, complete the registration form and send it to:

Ms. Kerry Morgiewicz
Hollins University
Department of Music
Box 9643
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24020

Due to scheduling and teacher load, sometimes immediate placement isn’t possible. We keep a waiting list on file, and notify prospective students on the list once openings occur.


Enrollment is by semester only, and tuition for each semester is due in full at the beginning of the term.

2017-18 Schedule of Fees (14-week term)

  • 30-minute lesson: $275.00
  • 45-minute lesson: $415.00
  • 60-minute lesson: $550.00

The Hollins University Business Office processes billing, and answers all questions about billing or payment. Tuition is not prorated for students starting late. There are no refunds of any part for early withdrawal during the term.

Make checks payable to Hollins University and mail to the Cashier’s Office:

Cashier, Business Office
Hollins University
Box 9658
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24020


Parents are welcome to arrange studio visits during lessons.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are taught during 14-week fall and spring semesters. Some teachers may substitute a group class for private lessons before preparatory recitals.
  • Private lessons may be one hour, 45 minutes, or 30 minutes in length. The teacher determines the appropriate length.
  • Beginners can take group lessons for a total of four semesters before they must start private lessons.

Group Lessons

Group lessons start the last week of August. The first semester begins in September, the second in January.
  • Schedules for individual teachers may vary slightly.
  • The teacher reserves places for the following semester for students making satisfactory progress.
  • If for any reason you expect to stop lessons, notify the teacher as early as possible.


Let your teacher know if you’re unable to attend a lesson. While our teachers will make up any appointment they are unable to meet, it is not possible to reschedule student lessons.

Frequent cancellation of lessons by the student can lead to the termination of study at the end of the semester.