Private Instruction

Available from youth through adulthood

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Private lesson study is the largest component of Academy programming. The relationship with a caring, professional instructor, combined with a commitment to regular practice, enables each student to acquire the technical and musical skills necessary for mastery of an instrument. All students are encouraged to supplement the private lesson experience with theory lessons and ensemble classes to broaden their musical understanding.

New students may register for private instruction as any time during the year. Placement will depend upon teacher availability. Tuition for private lessons is prorated when not beginning at the start of the semester. If no teacher is available, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when an opening occurs.

To begin the placement and registration process, please click here to fill out our interest form. You will be contacted by the Academy office.

Private Lesson Instrumentation

Lessons are available on piano, string, winds, percussion, and voice. Below is a complete list of instruments. Click on an instrument to view instructor biographies. 

Violin Flute Trombone
Viola Oboe French horn
Cello Clarinet Baritone
String Bass Bassoon Tuba
Classical Guitar Saxophone Percussion


Trumpet Voice



Taubman Approach to Piano

Private Lesson Fees

The Academy of Music has three categories of music teachers and corresponding lesson fees. 

  • Academy teachers number approximately 50; most of them hold advanced degrees, certificates or diplomas in music education or pedagogy. 
  • Lawrence University Conservatory of Music faculty members teach, by audition only, a small number of highly motivated and accomplished students. 
  • A limited number of Conservatory students offer private lessons and are supervised by the Academy. Student teachers are recommended by Conservatory faculty and have successfully completed a rigorous pedagogy class. 


2019-20 Lesson Rates
Price per lesson 30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes
Academy Teacher $29.00 $41.50 $54.00
Typical 16-week semester $464.00 $664.00 $864.00

Registration and Billing

For information on the registration process, billing, and online payment, please click the button below.

Registration and Billing

Financial Assistance

Need-based scholarships are available for all Academy lessons and programs with the exception of summer programming. Please click the button below for more information.

Financial Assistance

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Offered Lessons

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Instrumental Instruction
Students are expected to have access to an instrument they can practice with during the week. Instrumental students attend a weekly private lesson. Piano and string students meet three times a semester for a group class that will be substituted for a private lesson. The group class may include informal student performances, topics in musicianship, duets or chamber music or music theory. There will be no more than six students in each group lesson. Makeups for group lessons are not given, nor are private lessons substituted for group lessons.
Voice Instruction

Private voice instruction is not recommended until singers are in high school or, in rare cases, middle school based on vocal development. Young singers are encouraged to enroll in the Academy's Girl Choir, school choir, or other community children's choirs. Students enrolled in private voice instruction may also receive group class in lieu of a private lesson approximately three times per semester. The group class allows for student performances as well as supplemental material relevant to all singers in the class.

Summer Lessons
Summer lessons are based upon teacher availability. They must be prepaid through the Academy office and scheduled with the individual studio teacher. There are no refunds.

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