String Academy

Music Theory faculty

Joey Grunkemeyer is pursuing a PhD in music theory with a minor in music history and literature at Indiana University, where he also serves as an associate instructor teaching music theory and aural skills. Prior to attending IU, he earned a BA in music theory from Kennesaw State University, where he also studied cello. In addition to his theory and history coursework, Joey studies viola da gamba and historical performance with Joanna Blendulf.

For more information, please contact Christina Hightower at or 812-856-1523.


2023-2024 Schedule
August 21 - December 10Fall Semester 2023
January 8 - April 27Spring Semester 2024
April 29 - May 25Summer Session One

Tuition and deadlines


Please Note: 1) The scheduling of lessons will be handled individually with each instructor. 2) 15 weeks of instruction in Fall and Spring Sessions.This includes private lessons, group class, guest master classes, and performance opportunities.

  • 30-minute lessons for beginners - $450 
  • 30 minute lessons - $600 
  • 45-minute lessons - $750 
  • 60-minute lessons - $850 
  • 60-minute lessons (only Virtuosi) - $950 


Fall Semester 2023 

  • Registration: August 18 
  • Financial Aid: August 18 
  • Payment: August 21 

Spring Semester 2024 

  • Registration: January 5 
  • Financial Aid: January 5 
  • Payment: January 8 

How to apply

  1. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration. New students must contact Christina Hightower at or 812-856-1523.
  2. Merit and financial aid: For merit inquiries, please contact To request a Financial Aid application, contact For those individuals awaiting merit or financial aid decisions, please register in full (e.g., specify the class selection) and select the option to delay payment.
  3. Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. For any questions regarding payment, please contact IU Conferences at or 1-800-933-9330. 

Register for Spring 2024

Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form