College of Visual and Performing Arts

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Private Music Instruction

The Community Arts Academy at Purdue University Fort Wayne offers private music instruction for children and adults; instruction may begin at any time of year. Private music instruction students must register each semester or prior to their first lesson if starting mid-semester. Monthly payments are available. Contact Lynn Hanson for more information or to register at 260-481-6977 or

Current CAA Classes

Click to view the listing of CAA classes in art, dance, music and theatre, all held on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne for students in pre-K through grade12! Call 260-481-6977 or click to register.

Arts Classes for Adults

If you are an adult searching for instruction in art, dance, theatre or music, please note that while the CAA does offer private music instruction in voice and many instruments for adults, the Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies offers many personal enrichment classes in art, dance, theatre and more. To find out more about these classes, please visit their web site for details.



The Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.

Parental Supervision Statement

Purdue University Fort Wayne is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre-K – 12. While the Purdue Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the Purdue Fort Wayne University Police at 481-6827.

Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults

The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University West Lafayette Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The Purdue Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy abides by the Purdue University operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here:






Online Payments for Private Music Instruction Available


Monthly payments for CAA private music instruction should be made online by the first of the month by clicking here. Instructions for use may be downloaded here. Before using the system for the first time, please email Lynn Hanson to confirm your lesson length and rate. New students must register over the phone or in person prior to their first lesson.

Private Instruction Schedule

Spring/summer classes run January 1 through August 31, 2020.

Fall classes run September 1 through December 31, 2020.

Students may enter into instruction at any time of year.

CAA Piano Recitals for Fall 2019

The CAA fall piano recitals are scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2pm and 3:30pm, and Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2pm and 3:30pm, in Rhinehart Recital Hall. The rehearsals for these recitals are scheduled for Saturday, December 7, at 2pm, and Sunday, December 8, at 2pm, and all students who plan to take part in the recital must attend one of the rehearsals.

These recitals feature the students of all CAA instructors and are free and open to the public.

Private Music Instruction for Ages 3 Through Adult!

New and returning students must register and pay prior to the start of each semester. Online monthly payments are available for returning students; new students should call Lynn Hanson at 260-481-6977 to register or for instructor information. Lessons are available in 15-, 30-, 45- and 60-minute increments; please discuss the appropriate length and number of lessons with your instructor prior to registering.


  • Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music faculty
  • Professional community musicians
  • Selected Purdue Fort Wayne students
  • For a detailed listing of current instructors, click here and then choose the Music Instructors tab at the top of the page.

Lessons Available:

  • Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone and Other Woodwinds
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Tuba and Other Brass
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass and Other Strings
  • Voice
  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Call if your instrument is not listed!

For information about or to register for private music instruction or classes, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact CAA registrar Lynn Hanson at 260-481-6977 or