Private Lessons are available on all instruments and in voice, composition, and jazz improvisation with Community Music School instructors and interns. For most instrumentalists the recommended age for beginning private study is age 7. Pianists and violinists may start at a younger age; for vocalists the recommended age is about 14.
Instructors and Interns
Community Music School instructors are professional artist-educators who are Western New York’s most sought after teachers and performers. Community Music School interns are Eastman School of Music students or recent graduates who are among the best and brightest young performers in the world. In addition to instructors and interns, some members of the Eastman School of Music collegiate faculty also offer lessons through the Community Music School; each sets his or her own individual fee. Call the Community Music School office for more details.
Community Music School Instructor Rates per Semester (17 weeks)
Lesson Length Private Lessons Equivalent Cost per Lesson 1/2 hour weekly $521 $30.65 3/4 hour weekly $767 $45.12 1 hour weekly $980 $57.64
Community Music School Intern Rates per Semester (17 weeks)
Lesson Length Private Lessons Equivalent Cost per Lesson 1/2 hour weekly $357 $21 3/4 hour weekly $528 $31.06 1 hour weekly $670 $39.41
Summer is a wonderful time to continue your lessons or for new students to try lessons at Eastman Community Music School. During the fall and spring semesters students make a 17-week commitment to study, however during the summer all students may make a commitment of any number of weeks they choose.
Most of our teachers are available for lessons during the summer.
- If your teacher is available during the summer, students/parents may set up a schedule with their teacher based on mutual availability. No new Registration form is needed.
- If your teacher is not available, you may request a different teacher for the summer by completing a new registration form and submitting it to the office.
- If you are a new student for the summer, please complete a registration form and submit it to the office for placement with a teacher.
Students will be billed based on their total lesson time scheduled during the summer.
Rate per hour Instructor $58 Intern $40
Introductory Piano Classes
Introductory Instrumental or Voice Classes are a great way to begin to play an instrument or sing with an eye toward possible future private study. No previous musical knowledge is necessary! over the course of the year, students will learn to read music, as well as the fundamentals of their particular instrument. Please note, instruments are not provided and are the student’s responsibility. Since the classes are at the beginner level, students with any previous experience, or who have taken a year of introductory classes, are encouraged to register for private lessons to enhance their developing skills.
Full year Introductory Classes (3 units)
Tuition: $204 per semester
$186 or less with other private lessons
Instrument Grade Day Time Room Piano Ages 4-6 Saturday 9:45-10:30 M 443 Piano 1-4 Saturday 10:45-11:30 M 443 Piano 5-6 Saturday 8:45-9:30 M 443 Piano 7-8 Saturday 12:15-1 M 443 Piano adult Saturday 2:30-3:30 MSH414
8-week Sampler Classes (2 units)
Tuition: $136 per semester
$125 or less with other private lessons
Instrument Grade Day Time Room Guitar for Children SamplerSeptember 9-October 28 1-3 Monday 4-5 MSH 405 Guitar SamplerJanuary13-March 110 9-adult Monday 6:30-7:30 MSH 405
Eastman Beginning Strings: a program of private and group lessons
Piano Classes: grade 8 to adult
Last updated: May 8, 2013