Rapid City School of Music is Rapid City's #1 choice for music lessons!
About Rapid City School of Music
Rapid City School of Music currently offers lessons in piano, guitar, bass, voice, saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and stand-up bass.
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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City School of Music student and find out why we are your number one choice for music lessons!
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Meet the Director
Desirée De Vries fell in love with music at an early age, listening to oldies and singing at the top of her lungs with her parents in their family car. Desirée began playing music when she was 8 years old and hasn't quit since.
Desirée studied music all through primary school and secondary school and went on to study music education at Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, WA and music performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.
She played with many musicians and bands in both Seattle and Austin before moving back to her hometown of Rapid City the summer of 2015.
Desirée opened Rapid City School of Music in February of 2021 with the intention to share her love of music with more people and to spread more joy via the magical path of music.
Desirée De Vries
Director / Founder
Rapid City School of Music
Rapid City School of Music Student
1. Lessons for Guitar, Voice, Piano, Strings, and Woodwinds.
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!
2. The most qualified teaching faculty in the area!
We've handpicked our music teachers so your student can have the right personality and the right teaching style that works for them. All our teachers have teaching experience, a degree in music or extensive performing experience, and most importantly, a fun, motivating personality that you're sure to love! No matter what your musical goals are, we want to help you reach them! Our goal is to inspire your student--and that's the best teaching method of all!
3. A wide range of lesson times available, sure to fit any busy schedule!
Monday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM & 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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. We have a proven track record of offering quality piano, voice, singing, violin, viola, cello, and stand up bass lessons in Rapid City, year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons, trusted by hundreds of families.
5. A waiting room for parents.
We have a parent friendly waiting area! Our clients enjoy a waiting room with free wifi. We also provide observation windows for every studio so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait.
6. Fully stocked lesson rooms.
Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for lessons, including keyboards, pianos, headphones, iPads and more. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio for everything you need for music lessons!
7. Recitals, Musical Seasons and Summer Camps
Every parent 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. During Spring Term, many of our students choose to perform in our annual recital. Our recital location is in a real theatre so the students get to feel ultra special being on stage for a day!
Our school is run year-long with our Musical Seasons structure. This means that every Fall, Winter, Summer, and Spring we rotate our extra-curricular learning skills to ensure that we are helping our students to grow into well-rounded musicians. We accomplish this by focusing on different musical aspects every season alongside our standard method books.
Rapid City School of Music doesn't stop there! We also offer Summer Camps from the months of June-August to keep our students engaged all year long. It’s far too easy to begin to forget what you’ve learned during the school year if you take the entire summer off.
Studies have shown that taking an extracurricular activity during the summer months helps fill in the challenge gap that is otherwise experienced by children who take the entire summer off. Studies show that most of us have the tendency to forget whatever it is that we are studying within two to three days so you can only imagine the impact that two to three months can have! There is a term for this in learning circles and it’s called “learning loss”. Our summer camps combat learning loss by providing new classes and fun challenges that we don’t provide during the normal school year. Your student will be ahead of their peers in the music game once they’ve completed a fun summer camp or two with us!
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, email or come to the studio! Excellent customer service is what sets us apart!
9. Conveniently located on West Boulevard in Rapid City!
Due to its central location, our school is convenient and draws students from Rapid City and surrounding areas. We are easy to find, right off West Boulevard, with shopping and restaurants close by.
We have taught students from Rapid City, SD and many surrounding areas such as Hill City, Custer, Box Elder, Summerset, Sturgis, and Spearfish.
10. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.
We are the only music school in Rapid City that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies and certificates for passing musical challenges. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, “Musical Ladder” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.
More importantly, when our students have a playing challenge 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. We love to teach all ages! We don't think learning music should be boring--it should be fun!
Rapid City School of Music is the only music school in South Dakota that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical challenges with the Musical Ladder System®. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.
More importantly when our students have a playing challenge coming up, they
practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins!
We couldn’t be happier with the group piano lessons that our 3rd grader has been participating in for about a year and half. He looks forward to going each week and always leaves his lesson more joyful with lots to share. Love the energy! Definitely not your grandma’s piano lessons 😉
Ms. Desirée has been nothing but professional, kind, and my son has loved working with her the past couple years. I am always excited to tell people to try to get in for her lessons. I highly recommend!
Rapid City Music studio is the best and one of a kind. I love that my daughter takes an hour long voice and piano lesson. Doing it together really helps her learn better.
IT'S EASY TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
Lessons are first come, first served so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!
Rapid City School of /music has a one-time forever registration fee of $25 per student and offers the largest family discount in Rapid City for multiple lessons/family members.