History & Values

The mission of The Music Academy of North Carolina is to enable students of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds to discover, develop, realize, and express their inherent talent.  The Music Academy was founded in 1982 by Dr. Ivan Battle in response to the need for a community music school that offered exceptional music education in a structured, well-paced course of study.  Starting out with just three teachers and 20 students, today MANC has 35 instructors and about 800 students from the Piedmont and surrounding areas.
In order to both reflect and serve the community and the state, The Music Academy offers a comprehensive, culturally diverse curriculum including classical study, jazz, folk/bluegrass, rock/pop, musical theater, and early childhood music. The positive response to this more diverse offering has resulted in increased diversity among teachers, students, and volunteers who more truly represent the rich mix of cultures of the Piedmont.

At The Music Academy of North Carolina, we offer:

  • Confidence in MANC’s reputation of excellence since 1982
  • Teachers with advanced degrees and many years of teaching and performing experience
  • Convenience of MANC ordering materials for next-lesson use
  • Affordable, discounted instrument rental
  • Inviting, friendly, and inspiring musical atmosphere
  • Commercial recording studio with technicians on site
  • Showcase Concert Series recitals with printed programs
  • Clinics, workshops, masterclasses, and national competitions
  • Merit scholarships as recognition and incentive for student achievement
  • Financial aid for students with limited financial resources (by application)
  • Tuition discounts for referrals
  • Partnerships with colleges and public/private schools allow additional opportunities for lesson times
  • Electronic piano/computer lab for group learning experiences
  • Community performing opportunities with other MANC musicians
  • On-site interaction with other respected music teachers/students
  • Availability of teacher subs for assurance of lessons if teacher misses lessons
  • Ease of registration by phone, with credit cards and payment plan
  • Professional and organized collection of fees
  • Office staff availability and voice mail
  • Student and faculty accomplishments promoted through newsletters, e-mail marketing, and social networking online
  • High quality musical instruments/supplies and maintenance
  • CD/tape players/recorders for teaching assistance

Learn more about our exceptional faculty and staff.