Private Lessons

Registration: We ask students to register for lessons in trimesters. There will be three sessions which will closely follow the Gorham Schools calendar and include vacation weeks in February, April and December (see calendar). Once a trimester is underway, new students may register at any time! The tuition will be prorated to reflect the remaining number of lessons in the trimester.

Payment: Payment for the full trimester is due on or before the first lesson. This policy aligns with most other music and dance studios, as well as organized sports activities in the area and beyond. Our rates are not changing for musicians who commit to enrolling for the trimester or remainder thereof. (We are more than willing to discuss other payment options for families whenever necessary.)

Cancellations: There will be a “makeup and performance week” included at the end of each trimester where no regular (paid) lessons are scheduled. Each student is entitled to one makeup “freebie” during that week for a cancellation made more than 24 hours in advance. Same day cancellations, for any reason, will be forfeited. ALL teacher cancellations will be rescheduled and made up.

*In case of snow: We do not follow the cancellation policies associated with any school district because our hours are different and conditions change throughout the day.  We will send out an email informing you if we will be closed. It’ll be posted on our website and our Facebook page, as well.


Fees: Our Fall Trimester will run for 12 weeks.

Private 30-minute=$360 Private 60-minute=$600 Group 30-minute=$180 Group 60-minute=$240 Drop-ins: $35/half-hour, $60/hour

To register for private lessons, please fill out this form. We will respond as soon as we possibly can.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, private lessons provide the opportunity to get the personal attention that can be beneficial to your growth as a musician. Schedule your first lesson today to enjoy summer flexibility!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of private instruction for musicians of all ages in all styles:                                          


1. One on One Attention:

A private teacher is able to note areas of struggle and give individual-specific assistance.

2. Pursue individual interests:

In music class, the teacher must teach and plan according to the collective. Repertoire cannot possibly be selected based on everyone’s personal preference, so the music may or may not be a style everyone enjoys. With private lessons, a musician has a greater opportunity to pursue his or her own musical tastes. A student who enjoys his/her music will naturally be more motivated!

3. Instruction based on learning styles:

Every person learns in a different way. Some are aural, some are visual, some are hands-on, etc. A class setting cannot offer such individually tailored instruction to everyone…but the private lesson setting can. Private lessons help children and adults achieve the greatest amount of success in the least amount of time.

4. Provides a sense of identity:

Private lessons give people a sense of identity. It is a special time just for them where they can meet with their teacher and work together to improve their own skills and build confidence. A class setting cannot offer this to the same degree.



5. Not hampered by group ability:

 If an individual is naturally gifted, nothing can be more frustrating than having to wait for everyone else in the class to catch up. Private lessons on the other hand move at the pace of the child/adult and can progress as slowly or quickly as need be.

6. Opportunity to perfect individual skills: 

With the one-on-one attention a musician receives in the private lesson, he or she is able to focus on developing individual skills. Where in a classroom setting would this same kind of pinpoint attention be available to each person?