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Grow through music

Walker|West Music Academy creates a music learning community rooted in the African American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds gather to explore, perform, and grow through music.

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There’s something for everyone from infants to elders, here at Walker|West.
About Us

Growing Through Music Since 1988

Walker|West was founded in 1988 when musicians Rev. Carl Walker and Grant West joined forces to provide piano instruction to children in the Summit University neighborhood of St. Paul. With one rented piano in the upstairs of a duplex, the founders pursued a vision that went beyond teaching music.

Minnesota Regional Cultural Treasures Award Recipient

Funding made possible by a collaboration of the McKnight, Ford, Bush and Jerome Foundations.

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We strive to provide music education to any student who wants to learn, and we offer a variety of lessons for all ages and skill levels. Get started with a free introductory music lesson.

Rondo Community Music Series

Rondo Community Music Series, sponsored by the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts is back for year 4. This year’s lineup features more of our talented faculty, and more concert dates for you to join.


Your participation helps support our mission to provide accessible music education in our community.
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New Students

Walker|West offers lessons in Voice, Piano, Organ, Bass, Percussion, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Violin, Viola and Cello for students of all ages.

If you’re a first time student, schedule a free trial lesson with one of our teaching artists. We can’t wait to meet you! Please use the button below to get started.

**Adults over 55 can enjoy special rates for individual lessons (50% off regular session costs).


Capital Campaign

Check out the blogs for all the latest happenings at WALKER|WEST including exciting program announcements, top-notch concerts, events, and inspiring testimonials from students and faculty.