Why Choose us?

With our wide array of programming, your child’s life will become enriched with the arts!  

Our convenient locations and full-service staff are built to serve your family with the highest standards in mind.

So why choose the Academy of Music and Dance for your child’s arts education?  


Small class sizes! 

 With private lessons for our older music students and a maximum 12:1 student-teacher ratio for dance classes, our instructors take great care to know each student personally.  Smaller group classes, with a maximum of nine participants, are also offered for our youngest music and dance students to learn alongside their peers.

Professional educators!

You can rest assured that our instructors are university-trained professionals and all are background-checked prior to joining our team.  Many have current or former performing careers.  All serve as an inspiration to our students!

Top-notch facilities!

Our music rooms are distraction-free with sound-dampened walls to allow for maximum focus during lessons.  Our dance studios are equipped with sprung floors to ensure student safety, as well as large mirrors and state-of-the-art sound equipment.

Adult music lessons!

We believe it’s never too late to study music!  Our private music lessons are not just for children; our programs attract adults who have always wanted to learn to play an instrument but never had the chance before, or just want to dust off some old skills with a little help. We welcome students of all ages and backgrounds who desire to learn and grow their music skills.

Lots of options!

Music students can choose from a variety of lessons, including piano, guitar, voice, violin, drums, trumpet, and more.  Dancers, too, have a variety of options as they progress through our levels, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and world dance.  We also make it easy for families to schedule simultaneous lessons and classes for two or more family members, saving valuable time.

When I joined the Ballard Academy I was worried I wouldn’t know the skills I should know and I wouldn’t be caught up, but the teachers were wonderful! They helped me learn what I needed to know, helped me catch up on major skills and most importantly they helped me do what I love, dancing!
— Xelli B. Age 11 - Jazz and Hip Hop Dance Student - Ballard, Seattle WA