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New Families/Prospective Students

The purpose of Suzuki instruction is not to set out to produce professional musicians (although some may choose to go that route), but to enhance a child's life through cultivating a love of music, helping to build a child's character, and by using music lessons to further their brain development and concentration skills.

Additionally, by foregoing "instant gratification" and setting on a long-term path to pursue learning an instrument, a child learns that with dedication and persistence they will be able to succeed in almost anything, overcoming temporary setbacks. Such a lesson is invaluable for our children and helps to instill the confidence needed to face life's many upcoming challenges.

Kirkwood Academy has embarked on a number of tour performances to motivate Mr. Kaminsky's students. The group last performed in June 2017 in Disneyworld. Previous performances have been in Washington DC for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, and in Disneyworld in 2000, 1996,and in 1990. Mr. Kaminsky's students have also performed the National Anthem at the St. Louis Cardinals games at Busch Stadium for 10 consecutive years, performed as opening act for the Debbie Reynolds show at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago, and on an ABC TV show in the 1990's (see Ensemble button on the Home page to click on "Vivaldi Strings" group.)

While most of Kirkwood Academy's students come from St. Louis county, families driving for their weekly lessons with Mr. Kaminsky come from as far North as Quincy IL, as far East as Charleston IL, as far South as Rolla, and as far West as Kansas City.


Lesson Information

The school year consists of three 12-week quarters and a summer term. Group classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:35 - 7:30 once a month.

Lessons can be scheduled at mutually-convenient times.
Mr. Kaminsky realizes the financial sacrifice of a family committing to a quality musical education. Although other "Artist teachers" often charge more, he prefers to keep his tuition rates less than what a family would pay for the LEAST EXPERIENCED Suzuki teachers in Webster University's CMS Suzuki Program.

TUITION 2018-19: 

12 30-minute lessons and group classes................. $520.00

12 45-minute lessons and group classes................. $725.00

12 60-minute lessons and group classes................. $930.00

TUITION IS DUE by the end of the 2nd week of each term. A late fee of $10 will be assessed is tuition is not paid by week 6 of the term, and a late fee of $25 will be assessed if tuition is not paid before the end of the term.

ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE: $50.00 per family due prior to Fall term


All lessons cancelled by the teacher will be made up at a mutually convienent time or credited. Since a private teacher reserves a weekly lesson time, any lesson missed by the student due to student absence will not be made up, refunded, or credited.


Group classes will meet once a month on Wednesdays from 6:35-7:30. The SUZUKI class generally will meet the first Wed of every month from 6:35-7:30. The MIDORI group will generally meet the 2nd Wed of every month, CHANG meets on the 3rd WED, and the HEIFETZ group meets on the 4th Wed of every month. The SUZUKI group involves the beginners and all students who have not graduated from the Twinkles yet.

HOLIDAYS 2018-19: 

There will be no lessons on the following select holidays: Mon Sep 3 Labor Day, Thurs/Fri Nov 22/23 Thanksgiving, December 24-Jan 1 Winter Vacation, Mon Feb 18 Presidents Day, March 18-25 Spring Vacation



Dress uniforms are required for all formal group Concerts. The formal dress uniform consists of a crisp white tuxedo style shirt with a red bow tie and red cummerbund, black dress slacks or skirt and black dress shoes. The summer casual uniform consits of a "Kirkwood Academy" white polo shirt, and khaki shorts (available from "Just Me Apparel" on Old Sulpher Springs Rd in Manchester).



Mr. Kaminsky's studio at 419 Gabriel Drive in Kirkwood (across the street from Kirkwood High School) is conviently located 17 minutes or less from all of the Parkway High Schools, 13 minutes away from Lindbergh and Ladue High Schools, 19 minutes away from Clayton High, and 15 minutes away from MICDS.

All Wed evening group classes are at the Kirkwood studio location

Kirkwood Academy of Music  419 Gabriel Dr. Kirkwood Missouri • (314)965-1571 • Email Us