Meet our Music Education Director - Richard V. Purcell

An experienced teacher and musician, Mr. Purcell has taught hundreds of beginning and advanced students as a Music Education and Instrumental Music Instructor and Band Director for more than 30 years in private and public schools. He has also developed an inter-school band program, The Band Connection. The program promotes music education to the public, while maximizing performance opportunities for band and orchestra students alike. 

In addition, he's taught students on a private level, serving them through group studies and private instruction. Recently retired from teaching in several private schools in New Hanover and Columbus Counties, he is President and the Music Education Director with Music & More, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Frequently Asked Questions...

 Here are the most common questions and answers we hear from students and parents about our Group Education Studies program and private Music Lessons. 

Q: Which instrument should a beginning music student play?

A: In general, the musical instrument that is best for the beginner is the one he or she most wants to play. Occasionally, the teacher will suggest an instrument other than the one the student chooses. The reason for this might be the shape of his/her lips, an overbite, braces, or respiratory problems. Even the student's physical strength may affect the selection of instrument. 

We're happy to guide you and your student in instrument selection and will ensure that the instrument is a good fit.

Q: How do I get an instrument?

A: We strongly recommend that a student rent an instrument the first year of study. If you have access to a playable instrument in the family, please feel free to use it. After the first year of study, parents should consider purchasing an instrument and upgrading the instrument as the student advances in music education and performance ability.

Q: What are the study requirements of private and group instruction?

A: Students are required to spend 20-30 minutes a day practicing. A regular amount of time set aside at the same time each day works better than a hit-or-miss type practice scheduling. Parents should supervise or guide setting up a daily practice schedule. It is very important to have a quiet place to practice away from distractions.

Q: What materials are needed?

A: An instrument in good working condition, a music book, cork grease, reeds and swab for clarinet and saxophone players, value oil for trumpets, French horn and tuba players, and slide oil for trombone players. A music stand isn't required but it's a good idea.

Q: What about private lessons? Are they available, too?

A: Individual music lessons are certainly not necessary to advance in the musical discipline. In fact, most students will make excellent progress through group education. In some cases, private lessons are well worth considering, and they're available through Music & More, Inc. and The Performing Arts Academy. You may want to discuss lessons with the student's music teacher or our Music Education Director, Richard Purcell, if:

• A student shows superior ability, and is advancing much more rapidly than his or her peers  or players at the same level of instruction.
• Likewise, a student who is demonstrating interest, commitment and reflective activity that surpasses the usual peer level may really benefit from the one-on-one learning environment of concentrated instruction.
• A student has a history of commitment to study and practice but is suddenly discouraged with his or her studies, or finds new work too difficult to master.
• The serious student is advanced and needs additional guidance and the more focused instruction of private lessons to prepare for competition, performance or a scholarship.
• The student is new and needs additional instruction to master lessons already learned by his or her peers. Or, in some cases, a mid-level or advanced student might change instruments, or wish to add new instrumentation techniques to the skill set.

Q: Are private lessons expensive, and how many lessons are required?

Private lessons are very reasonable, and we think our tuition fees are an excellent value. As a rule, most students who fit into the scenarios above will need just a few lessons and in many instances, one might be enough to get over a slump or to master a difficult technique.

The Performing Arts Academy

Private/Group Education Music Studies

Program Sessions Schedule 2018

Fall Semester: September - December 
Spring Semester: January - June
Summer Semester: June - August

Instruction: 30/45/60 minutes
Age: 4th grade - Seniors
Experience: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Band & Orchestra 
Private/Group Education Goals and Requirements
• Students will learn techniques and methods in playing and reading music notation, the understanding of musical signs, symbols, and terms. 
• Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding through application, play and performance.
• Recitals and concerts are required.


To apply for the current session or an upcoming session, simply complete The Performing Arts Academy's free
online registration form. You may also print the PDF brochure.

There are several ways to get your registration / enrollment back to us:
• As an email attachment to 
• Or drop it off on your next visit

Make a Studio appointment - we'll be happy to help you enroll in one of our Group Education Session. Just call us at 910.686.0607.

Band & Orchestra Studies 

Whether you're an active member of a band program, a school-based orchestra student, a beginner player, or a self-study musician; private lessons and group instruction are excellent ways to advance your music education, skill level, and performance ability.

With Music & More, Inc. Music Education Group Studies, educational and development benefits are always part of the learning process. 

Music Education Goals & Requirements

• Students will learn techniques and methods in playing and reading music notation, the understanding of musical signs, symbols, and terms. 
• Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding through application, play, and performance. 
• Enhance your performance skills and teamwork; recitals and concerts are required. We are making music in a learning environment.

Meanwhile, players discover a fun and rewarding opportunity to learn to play and grow with their musical instrument. Levels of experience range from beginners to intermediate and advanced. Instruments and studies in the Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and String families are offered.

Ready to Advance? 
You can review our music studies program and enroll by downloading the brochure and registration.

Do you Know?
• Music education has shown to be a positive influence on student self-confidence, organizational abilities and the overall learning process that leads to achievement.
• Music study is a joyous way to improve self-discipline, teamwork skills,
personal responsibility and determination. 
• Music enhances brain development, cognitive ability and function.

Now you know. Enhance yourself. Enhance your Music Education.

Study Notes
“When I hear people asking how do we fix the education system, I tell them we need to do the opposite of what is happening, cutting budgets by cutting music programs….Nothing could be stupider than removing the ability for the left and right brains to function. Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, and people who understand the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians.” 

– Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, MENC Centennial Congress, Orlando, Florida, June 2007


Music Lessons for Private/Group Education,
Band and Orchestral Studies

Download the  Brochure and Registration

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