Private Lessons

PRIVATE LESSONS - 60 minutes/week: $260/month ($13 discount)

Private lessons are sixty (60) minutes per week.  The fee is $65 per lesson.  There's a $13 discount if you pay every 4 weeks.

  • I wrote a blog recently about what private lessons are like.  Read it here
  • Read and understand my Policies before coming for your first class.


Beginning students will learn the basics: music theory and how to read music, how to count, meter and rhythm, keys and chords; how to hold the instrument and pick (or bow for violin players); how to practice scales, arpeggios and exercises; how to play basic melodies.  At some point, usually within a few weeks, beginning students may be ready for more advanced material which will be assigned at that time.

Beginning students may be eligible for either the Music for Beginners' Group Class (Wednesdays at 7pm), or Fiddle is Fun, a group for people that want to learn how to play the fiddle together.

Advanced students that can already read and understand the basics of their instrument will study more advanced theory including the modes, advanced timing and rhythm, advanced chords, harmonization, improvisation, and will be introduced to a wide variety of music depending on the genre and style they have chosen to study.  For example, Classical musicians will be exposed to a variety of composers from the Renaissance Era up to the Romantic Era and everything in between.  Folk musicians will be exposed to a wide variety of western European traditional dance music styles including Celtic, Quebecois and Cape Breton music as well as American styles such as Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing, Jazz, Blues, and more.

Advanced students may be eligible for either the Classical Group Class (Tuesdays at 7pm), the Celtic Group (Thursdays 7-9pm) or the Bluegrass Group (Fridays 7-9pm).  Some advanced players may want to play in all three.  There is a $5 discount per class for students that wish to join more than one as long as they attend on a weekly basis.  The discount does not apply for one-offs or trial periods.

PLEASE NOTE: The Studio policy has always (30 years+) been that if you prepay for lessons, you may not receive a refund should you decide to cancel, or if you have to miss a class.  All classes, including the group classes, may be attended remotely using Hangouts (Android) or Skype (iPhone/Android).  If you're sick in bed or not within range of a wifi, then we can discuss it, otherwise there's no reason for you to miss a class.

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