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We offer lessons for: Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Violin, Drums, Bass, & Rock Band.

Why Conway Institute of Music is Arkansas' #1 choice for music lessons

Conway Institute of Music is Conway's largest music school, teaching over 1900 students from ages 4 to adult. Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, electric & acoustic Guitar, Drums, Bass, Voice and Singing, Violin, and Rock Band all taught under one roof.

Winner of more awards than any other music school in Faulkner County!

Conway Institute of Music has won more awards than any other music school in Faulkner County. Since 2009, it’s been the school of choice for more than 1900 students. Students come from as far as Little Rock to study with us.

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Are we the right music school for you?

​Since 2009 we have helped thousands of students begin and continue on their musical journey. We are the largest school of music in Conway, offering private lessons in all popular instruments, as well as voice. We know you are busy and it can be very hard to find a reliable music teacher. That's why we go above and beyond to find the BEST music teachers in the entire Conway area--so you don't have to!

Our staff consists of experienced music teachers, capable of teaching all ages and levels. We constantly renovate and improve our facilities as well as provide on-going support to our instructors to ensure we are always providing our students and parents with the best possible musical experience.

While you're researching the best school for you, consider the benefits of becoming a Conway Institute of Music student and find out why we are your number one choice for music lessons!

Instruments:

We teach Guitar, Piano, Singing, Voice, Drums, Bass, & Violin Lessons
Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Lessons
Piano Lessons
Voice & Singing Lessons
Drum Lessons
Violin Lessons
Rock Band
15 Benefits of becoming a Conway Institute of Music student:
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1. Guitar, Bass, Voice, Violin, Drums, Piano, Rock Band, and LED Monitors for your favorite mobile device in each room in ONE location!

We are the only school in Faulkner County that offers all of these popular instruments: All acoustic Pianos, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Drum set, Voice, Singing, Bass, Violin, and Rock Band in one location. This saves our students time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day. Other studios offer multiple instruments, but we are the only one to offer all of the most popular instruments in a high quality, convenient environment.  We welcome all beginners and all levels--no matter what your age!

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2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in the area

We have 20 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least three music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

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3. The widest range of music lesson times available six days a week

We are the only music school in Faulkner County that offers music lessons six days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.

9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

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4. A proven track record of excellence

Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. Conway Institute of Music has a proven track record of offering quality music, piano, guitar, voice, singing and drum lessons in Faulkner County year-round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by thousands of families for over ten years.

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5. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients

With over 3,000 square feet we have the most spacious and parent friendly waiting area in Conway

Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge with comfortable chairs, kids toys, Wi-Fi, magazines, charging stations, patio seating, and bottled water service. We also provide large observation windows on every door so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

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6. The most technologically advanced and fully stocked music lesson rooms in Faulkner County

Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.

Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Conway Institute of Music and we have installed LED monitors in every classroom at both schools. The monitors have cables that can attach to iPods, iPads, or laptops. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, and more. Feel free to "Bring Your Own Device" to your lesson in addition to your instrument! No other school in Conway offers this technology.

One of the things that has really set up apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our teaching rooms with LED monitors. By doing so, our students have never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. It's a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we're providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the Faulkner County area.

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7. Free, all inclusive recitals in venues located around Conway

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it is to have their child participate in a recital. In June and December, many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these at various venues in Conway, Arkansas.  For our students, these recitals are free and unlike many schools we do not charge recital participation or admission fees. This can only be found at the Conway Institute of Music.

We also host a rock band showcase twice a year, which gives your child the opportunity to play with a live rock band.  We have Conway's most established an recognized rock band program for kids and teens. Since 2009, this high profile program has been featured in the Log Cabin, and Conway Corporation Local TV Program. Your child will love the opportunity to rock out on the big stage with a real rock band. You are encouraged to bring your family and friends to the show for free to share in the fun!

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8. Professional office staff to serve you

We strive to bring you the best customer service possible. We are continually adding hours to ensure that our desk staff is able to assist you when you call or come to the studio! Most music lesson providers do not provide front desk staff, but we have full time desk staff who are available at the front desk to assist you during ALL lessons, quickly and professionally. Excellent customer service is what sets us apart!

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9. Trophies, certificates, and award wristbands to celebrate achievement

We are the only music school in Central Arkansas that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces (see pictures to the right) by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder® is our unique method of music education that you can only get here.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder® here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

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10. Student Discount Cards

We are the only music school in Central Arkansas that offers student discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year.

The Institute also sells music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs. You don't need to worry about finding and purchasing music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs. We're here to help-- and save you the time it takes to find these items, so you don't have to!

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11. Early morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals

Since we are the largest school in Conway, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 9 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m. - 2p.m.  If you are a homeschool parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

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12. Conveniently located on Carson Cove in Conway

Due to its central location, our school is convenient and draws students from Conway, Greenbrier, Vilonia, Mayflower and all of Central Arkansas. We are easy to find, right off Prince St, with shopping and restaurants close by.

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13. FREE Photo Day

We are the only music school in Conway that offers a picture day for their students! Every six months, we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. We want to celebrate your music and share that memory through pictures. Examples pictured on this page! Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

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14. Month to Month lessons

Our desire is to inspire our students with the love of music. We do this through teachers and music that our students love. Unlike other programs, we do not require semester minimums for lessons. You can begin anytime!

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.

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15. Make-up lessons

Missed a lesson? Out of town? No problem. Just sign up for our make up classes. They never expire and there is no limit to how many you can attend, and you can come when it's convenient for you. These are 60-minute group classes (twice your normal lesson time!) Another great option if you’re out of town, is to take advantage of our ONLINE lesson capability!

Technologically Advanced Facilities

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Our students enjoy over 3,000 sq. ft. of Conway's most advanced music lesson rooms. Each studio is soundproofed and stocked with everything our students need, from pianos, keyboards and full drum kits with pads to amps and stereos. Parents can sit in on their child's lesson, watch through large observation windows, or relax in our spacious and comfortable parent’s lounge with WiFi, magazines, toys for kids and bottled water.

Meet the Director

The ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. Conway Institute of Music has made substantial investments in our facility and elite faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy.

If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a musician, songwriter and music teacher, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help our students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.

Jim Skelton
CEO and Founder
Conway Institute of Music

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ANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE

Our students love performing on Conway's biggest stages

Every parent wants to know how their child is progressing. That’s why, twice a year, we present our Red Carpet recitals in professional recital halls equipped with a Baldwin grand piano (at no added fee). And at our Annual Student Showcase, your child can perform at a local festival. Bring your family and friends to share in the fun.

Since 2009, our program and students have been featured on THV11, FOX 16 News, and KARK4 News.

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Excellent! The staff was extra friendly and my daughter loved her ukulele teacher. Also a great setup inside. Each room has their own camera so you can watch the lesson from the waiting area, which is always kept nice and clean. Would definitely recommend this place.

-Amy Grace, Hot Springs, AR

My daughter took guitar lessons and I was impressed at how much she was able to play after only a few lessons with never having played before! She enjoyed her instructors and they were always so helpful. Jim Skelton goes above and beyond.

-Kerry Jones, Conway, AR
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