Location: WWMA – Saint Paul, MN
Application Deadline: ASAP – aligned with semester start date of September 6, 2022.
Walker|West Music Academy creates a music learning community rooted in the African American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.
Walker West Music Academy (WWMA) is the premier non-profit community music center in Saint Paul’s Summit-University/Rondo neighborhood.
WWMA has provided music education for over 30 years. The Academy provides out-of-school time music education and enrichment activities to students of all ages and backgrounds. Rooted in the African-American cultural experience, Walker West serves and employs a diverse array of stakeholders – reflective of Saint Paul’s rich communities. Programs include individual and group instrumental and voice lessons, jazz and string ensembles, workshops, concerts and summer camps.
Founded in 1988, the school started small, with just three instructors providing lessons in a duplex in the St. Paul Rondo neighborhood. Every room rang with sounds of music instruction. As the Academy moved to more prominent spaces, it maintained its presence in the African American neighborhood. By 2022, WWMA had outgrown its 6,000 square foot location and made plans to purchase and build out an existing building located a few blocks away from their current location. The space which will be completed by early 2025 will expand the Academy’s available space to nearly 14,000 square feet.
This expansion encapsulates our goal of providing a bigger, better space for students, families, and music faculty. As we look toward the future, Walker West Music Academy will continue to be a uniquely significant community asset to the Rondo neighborhood and the St. Paul community – a true Cultural Destination.
This culturally relevant teaching method is designed to maximize the learning experience – to ensure successful outcomes for African American students in particular.
We are committed to intensifying our outreach and recruitment efforts in the African American community. We employ unique culturally relevant methods and techniques designed to maximize the learning experience. This ensures successful outcomes for African American students in particular.
At WWMA, music is taught as language, with a strong emphasis on identifying and transmitting an understanding of tonal organization.
Walker|West is an Equal Opportunity Employer.